25 Quick WordPress Tips Beginners May Miss

Quick WordPress Tips

Many of these work for both WP.com and WP.org users, but any mention of customizable plugins is for WP.org users only.

One other note. For WP.com users, the edit screen is now a new light blue color with a different interface. You’ll have to revert to the classic editor in order to make sense of these tips. The option to revert to the classic editor is on the bottom right of the edit screen.

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1. Do you want to create an hyperlink in your post that references an older post? Rather than having to type out the URL or look for it in another window/window, use the search for other content arrow in the link box. Choose the link you’d like and click ADD LINK. There is no reason to check off the box “open in a new window” when you are referencing your own site. In fact, that can get super annoying for mobile readers. Only use that when you want to take someone to a webpage off of your site.

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2. The screen options tab at the top right of the screen will give you more options on your post screen. Do you want to change the author or adjust the commenting ability? Enable all the options in the screen option tag. Then they will appear as options below your post to turn on/off or edit.

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3. Your theme may support a format option on the right hand side. These options change the layout look of your post. The WordPress default themes use formats. Pick from the options to change the format of the page to match the type of media you want to display.

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4. You can create “private” posts that are only available to a specified population of users. On WordPress.com, you can choose to make your entire blog private, but on self-hosted, the easiest way to hide content is to password protect it. In the publish box, click on visibility and change the setting. A box will pop up that allows you to write in a password. Click okay.

Password protected pages

5. Pre schedule your posts if you think you will be away for a while. Just be sure your timestamp is accurate to the time zone you are in! *Later versions of WordPress are having trouble with this feature, so if you can’t get it to work, it might not be user error! To change the timezone, go to Settings > General.

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6. Write an excerpt (activate it in the post screen option) to customize how your post appears around the web. If you are using an SEO plugin, it’s called the meta description. One difference between the two: The excerpt box will display if you have your blog posts set to an excerpt format, whereas the SEO meta description usually only shows up in Google search results or in places where you share the link (like on social). The excerpt will show up in RSS feeders (if your blog is set to only show excerpts).

7. Make sure only an excerpt of your post blasts out to email subscribers. If they are reading the whole post in the email, there’s no reason to click on the link and go to your blog. To change how your blog posts display, go to SETTINGS > READING and change the option to summary.

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8. If you want to control how much of a post displays on the homepage, use a jump break. It’s also called a more tab and it cuts off the text and inserts a READ MORE link for people to click.

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9. You can edit the permalink of the Post URL if you changed the title or want to rename it. Click edit next to the link that appears under the post title. There are several instances when you DO NOT want to do this – and that is:

  • When you’ve already published a post and shared it online
  • If you are on WP.com and think you may move to self-hosted. Why? Because when a blog imports and a redirect is done, custom permalinks can cause issues.

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10. Download a WordPress app on your smart phone or tablet so you can blog and respond to readers on the go.

11. Use the little eraser button to undo pre-formatted text that looks wonky on the post screen. The eraser helps get rid of any extra formatting that may have happened if you wrote the post in a different application. You can also use the T on the clipboard button to paste text and remove extra spaces and tabs.

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12. Use the quote button to accent certain parts of your text.

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13. Change the name of your images to keyword friendly titles. That way if people are searching in Google images, they are more likely to stumble upon your blog.

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14. Use the toggle full screen mode if you are easily distracted when blogging. The fullscreen button is next to the jumpbreak.

This is what my post looks like as I'm editing.

15. Menus can be created using pages, categories, or external links. You can even use a combination of all three! When you first set up WordPress, it uses your pages as a default menu. For a full explanation of using categories on your menu bar, check out the post below.

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16. Do you want an author bio to show on every post? Edit the description in your profile and it will show up! Go to USERS > EDIT and adjust your description and add your various links.

17. WordPress.ORG users can create an archive index page following these instructions. This acts as an index for your entire site and is a nice auto-populated list of your posts, ordered by date. To check out my archive page, you can click here.

18. You can blacklist cyber bullies using email addresses listed in the discussion settings of WP. You can also filter out any comments that use trigger words you define.

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19. Do you want to change how many posts show up on the main page? Go to settings and then click on READ. You can change it there. If you like infinite scrolling (which is when posts just keep loading and loading), you can install Jetpack and activate the infinite scrolling module. Of course, not all themes cooperate well with it, so that’s something note.

20. Change the media image sizes (so that thumbnail, small, medium, and large are set to parameters you generate). Go to settings and media.

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21. Get a breadcrumbs plugin that allows users to easily find their way back to the homepage with a trail like this Home > About Me > Personals. Get the plugin here. Several themes like Genesis and Weaver will automatically include breadcrumbs in their structure.

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22. Did you know that you can share powerpoint, word docs, and pdfs on your blog too? Just click the image button to see all the file types available. You can upload them through the media library just like a photo. When you want to include them in your post, they will be inserted as a link that opens up a new tab.

23. Do you struggle with getting your numbered lists to format correctly? Simply type out each item in your list and hit enter. Don’t try to use indented spaces or tabs or anything fancy. Just type, return, type, return. When your list is finished, highlight all of it, and click on the either the bulleted or numbered list button in the toolbar. It will automatically adjust the spacing, indentation, and add either a bullet or a number!

24. Do you struggle trying to get two images to display side by side? I have an entire post on how to deal with images and image galleries on WordPress. Of course, there are a million plugins you can use as well, but I prefer to teach with the basics first, because installing something that could weigh down your site.

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25. Do you feel confused about the difference between a Page and a Post? A page is a static piece of content. It’s like a webpage. It isn’t dated, nor does it show up in any sort of RSS feed. Great uses for pages are your ABOUT page, RESOURCES page, CONTACT page. A post is a dated piece of content that gets pushed out to your RSS feed. It’ll show up in readers. It also is categorized and tagged in your database differently than a page. Think of a post like a daily newspaper article and a page as a brochure for your business or blog.

Book Review — Velocity by Dean Koontz

Velocity
by Dean Koontz (Goodreads Author)

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TyCobbsTeeth TyCobbsTeeth‘s review

Oct 18, 2016 ·  edit
 bookshelves: owned-paperbacks
Read from August 07, 2015 to October 09, 2016


I started this work by Dean Koontz quite a while back, then set it aside. I had several other books on the go at the time, and this offering by Koontz did not grab me the way his other work had. I enjoyed the prose, as always, but was not immediately hooked by the story.

Once I finished the other books, I picked Velocity up again. It became more compelling as it went. The hook was set and I burned through it—riveted.
Great character development, excellent prose, and a compelling, quickening plot made this book an excellent read. It kept me guessing, offered some twists, and finished well.

I would definitely recommend this novel.

The Great Horror Hoax – How to REALLY Harness A Readers Fear

I just found writer Sacha Black. She has some great posts and is definitely worth a follow. Check this post out:

Sacha Black

horror hoaxI’m terrified of spiders. I know. So cliched. If it helps, I am also terrified of boats – although the reasoning behind that is a little foggier given I swim like a fish – I must have drowned in a past life.

I had a date night recently and we happened to watch a film: London has Fallen. It gave me somewhat of an epiphany watching it. Horror in its most basic ‘blood and gore’ sense, is changing.

As a kid, I thought sword fights and giant spiders were terrifying. Granted kids find a lot of things scary but it wasn’t that long ago that adults cowered behind the sofa over the Blob, which barely caused me to raise an eyebrow recently, and only because it was that bad!

So why then, did I find this cheesy American action film only rated 15, so horrifying?

It’s because, horror, like society…

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What Lies!

I have some exciting updates!

I completed What Lies Within, edited it, edited it, edited it (mowed, mulched, and raked), and then ran it through some beta-readers. It’s ready🙂

Last month I signed with an agent who I had been talking with for a while. It’s a fantastic agency based in the U.K. and headed by Keith Chawgo. They specialize in horror and psychological thrillers, in fact, they’re the only international horror literary agency.

The MediaBitch™ Literary Agency was founded with a vision to get dark fiction books into the marketplace, books to scare and horrify the reader and to imbed themselves into the human psyche. Books can change the individual from the inside out and individual consciousness can transform the world.

My experience working with the close-knit community of MBLA staff and authors has been amazing, it’s a family and I feel privileged to be a part of it. Debbie Lyon, who is the MBLA literary agent in my Canadian neck-of-the-woods, has been a pleasure to work with. MBLA will be shopping What Lies Within to publishers and we will hopefully get a bite.

My focus now is on continuing the What Lies! series, and have begun book 2, What Lies Become.

Onward and upward!

What Lies Within – Submitted!

I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who helped with editing and beta reading. I received some great feedback and incorporated a several modifications because of it.
By popular request, I have added one last chapter to tie off those loose ends, and answer some lingering questions.

I sent out copies of the chapter to everyone. Please let me know if you did not receive it.

Again, thanks!
Rob

Nearing Completion

Today I sent out the last two copies of my manuscript to beta readers. I have a dozen that promised to feedback in short order. Now like an expectant father I wait.

What Lies Within
“There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.”
—Ambrose Bierce

A tortured past can shape a soul, that soul can shape the future.

The system failed Tyler McDermitt, now he and his brother have vowed to protect unfortunate youth from a similar fate—or at least make those responsible, pay.
The McDermitt brothers, victims of child abuse and molestation, escaped their hell and have decided to clean up after the failings of a flawed justice system. They have begun in their home town of Boston, but their designs are not limited to one city.
This is just the beginning.
The rough streets of Dorchester, in south Boston, have hardened two aspiring vigilantes and prepared them for a mission, a mission they feel is their duty, and their duty will not be easy.
One brother has a good heart, a conscience, and a burning compassion, which has burdened him with a deep sense of responsibility. That responsibility he first took for his brother, now he feels compelled to take on a grander level. The other brother is as hard as nails and as cold as ice. He is hell bent on revenge and aims to ensure the other stays the course.
There is a motivated young detective on their scent; she and her veteran partner look to foil McDermitt brother’s plan.
Something from the boys’ past, something dark, may also be closing in.

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I WON!

Well…a bronze isn’t too bad.

Inkitt Bronze

My short story, Breakfast is Severed just won Third Place in the Thriller category of Inkitt‘s writing contest.


Hi TyCobbsTeeth!
I just wanted to let you know that your story “Breakfast is Severed” has placed third in Inkitt’s “Cult” writing contest! Congratulations!
We were blown away by your narrative and effective prose. You have constructed a great story and a truly captivating thriller.
Well done!
We cannot wait to see more from you.
Warm Regards,
Alex
 Alexandra MacDonald
Quality Assurance and Community Manager | Inkitt.com


I also recently signed with an agent and am hoping for my novel, Society for Supper to get some splash (fingers crossed).

The WordPress community has always been so supportive and I really appreciate being able to share news, whether good or bad, with such a great group of bloggers, bibliophiles and fellow writers.

 

 

First Anniversary!

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So it turns out I just had my first WordPress anniversary, woohoo!

It’s been a great year and I’ve learned a lot, foremost being that WordPress is a fantastic community. I have had over 8,000 visitors and nearly 1500 followers!

I would like to issue a sincere thank you to all of you.

Here’s to another year like this one.