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November 19, 2011

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5 Tips for creating content using WordPress Visual Editor

WordPress’ visual editor allows you to write blogs, pages, and posts without the knowledge of HTML. It allows for fast, quick, and efficient writing. Here are best practices for using the WordPress visual editor to help write amazing blogs and articles:

1) Use ‘Paste from Word’ icon in the Toolbar:

Often times, we like to write our posts on a Microsoft Word or another visual text editor. If you are the same, you may have noticed that copying and pasting from a word document into WordPress visual editor causes the information to insert weird indexations. To avoid this formatting issue, use the “Paste from Word” icon in the Toolbar.

2) Maximize on Media: Add an Image,  Add a video, Add Audio, or Add Media:

The web is growing rapidly and information is able to stream much faster than before. Make your website better than the rest and allow your users to absorb information beyond text. Create a full multimedia experience by adding rich images, videos, and audio. WordPress Visual editor has a Upload/Insert area where you can add multimedia content with ease. Remember! WordPress allows you to Upload/Insert Media so take advantage of this space.

Use the ‘Insert More Tag’ icon in the Toolbar:

When creating long posts, it sometimes maybe better to add a “read more tag” for your visitors. The “Insert More Tag” icon in the Toolbar inserts a separation and a button to view more content.

4) Add Website URL’s to words using ‘Insert Edit/Link‘:

There is no point in inserting those long URLs in your articles. Your viewers will not remember it so it is best to place a URL inside of a word or image. To do this, use to the “InsertEdit/Link” to place it inside of a related word in your article.

5) Use the ‘Preview Post’ before publishing your blog:

When you are finished with your writing and editing, it is always good to see what your viewers see. Always preview your posts to make sure all visual elements are in place

November 18, 2011

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WordPress Tip of the Day: Make a unique WordPress username

When running your website or web application on WordPress, it is a good practice to change the defaulted username that WordPress initially assigned to something more unique and different. WordPress assigns the name “admin” as the general user name. We recommend changing this to something that fits you. Also,  you should delete the old “admin” username.Why? By using something unique, only you are aware of it and it keeps hackers that specialize breaking into WordPress sites at bay.

November 17, 2011

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Reading the WordPress Codex first when you have trouble

As website owners whether you are a designer, developer, or content creator, it is always good to dwell into the official WordPress manual from time to time. WordPress calls it the WordPress Codex, which is an online manual for information and documentation.

They provide in depth information on what you need to know about WordPress. A few of those topics are:

  • What are WordPress Features
  • How to download WordPress and install WordPress
  • Finding your current WordPress version
  • WordPress News and Annoucements
  • Access to WordPress Support Forums
  • Trouble Shooting information

They also contain information on how to work on themes, write plugins, and topics on how to use WordPress. I recommend going here first to get vital information about WordPress and what you need to know. Anytime I hit a roadblock, I always learn something new here.

November 17, 2011

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How to protect your wordpress website from Hackers

Several years ago when we started using WordPress CMS to design our websites on top of, we learned the hard way about security issues and how to keep your website safe through a series of best practices. When optimizing your WordPress.org content management system(CMS), it is always good to keep your system safe from Hackers by keeping everything fully updated and lean.

Unfortunately, there is the good guys and bad guys in the internet and just like computers that contain virus protection software, you need to keep your website safe with best practices. To prevent your site from suffering this fate and possibly losing your data, content you have created, or even have important information stolen, follow our steps below to make sure you are well protected.

1) Keep your WordPress fully updated:

WordPress has Updates! The makers of WordPress always keep you up to date with the latest versions. In the left column of the “Dashboard”, you can click on “Updates” to see if you are running the latest version of WordPress. If you do not have the latest version, upgrade it as soon as possibly because they have addressed past security issues that will keep your  site fast and efficient.

2) Update your Plugins:

In the same Update page, wordpress will tell you if your plugins are up to date. When developers release in versions, you will be notified so you can update that as well.

3) Keep your WordPress CMS lean:

Always delete unused plugins and themes. By allowing more unused themes and plugins code to exist within your system, it can lead your website open to an attack. Take out things you do not need.

4) Always keep backups:

If you are hacked, it feels almost impossible to know what they did or planted inside your code. The best thing to do is keep weekly backups of your website so you can restore it in worst case scenarios.

How to keep backups:

A) Have your hosting service make backups of your database.

B) Export your content in Tools > Export > and export all content into a wordpress xml file.

C) Keep copies of your wordpress theme and plugins

April 17, 2011

By Orange Aura

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A collection of amazing websites created in WordPress

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) started in 2003 and has grown tremendously in the open-source community as a way to build flexible web design layouts for websites, not just for blogs.  In addition to their awesome blog management system which is probably my preferred solution, they allow the website user to extend their website with the use of plugins.

Their administration system is simple to use and can be explained very quickly. Now there are two types of wordpress systems and sometimes, people get them confused. WordPress.com is a hosted application by wordpress allowing users to choose themes and customize and add content. It is very similar to Tumblr and Blogger.

WordPress.org allows designers, developers, and anyone interested in using the open-source wordpress platform. This system is downloaded in a zip file and must be installed and configured on your own hosting plan.

Today, I want to showcase what the WordPress CMS can accomplish with the right web design skills found across the web beyond what we see from the traditional blog layout. See what can be accomplished and what might inspire you:

 

April 16, 2011

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Installing WordPress on your Website Hosting

For most people, downloading the wordpress content management system zip file, extracting the content, then uploading it a server via FTP can be a bit confusing. It even gets more complex when you have to create a database before proceeding to the wordpress install instructions. If you feel overwhelmed with this, you have 2 choices when installing wordpress on your own hosting plan. You can either hire a web design/developer or someone knowledgeable on the topic. The second option is even better, most hosting plans have a self install for open source software. WordPress will be included as well as other CMS systems like Joomla, Drupal, and OS commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For manual installation of wordpress, follow these instructions: (Also, keep in mind, WordPress has documention on installation and configuration here)

1)       Installing wordpress on your website hosting requires a compatible hosting plan that takes php. First, create a database in your hosting and remember what the database name, user, and password are. You will need it later.

2)      Download the wordpress CMS on wordpress.org. It will come in either a .zip file or .tar.gz file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)      Unzip the contents and then upload the files through a FTP service. (File Transfer Protocol)

4)      Once uploaded, go to the url directory that you uploaded the contents to. It may look like the following: (Yourdomain.com/ or yourdomain.com/directory)

5)      A wordpress install page will appear and enter the database name, user, and password when prompted.

6)      Create a wordpress username and password and enter all information needed to manage your new cms.

These are quick install instruction, but we will be expanding on our installation documentation very soon.