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WordPress Tutorials – How To Use Heading Styles

Using different heading styles can make everything about your content stand out and give your viewers a better visual representation and what the more important points of your post or page really are.

Search engines also use headings differently than normal text as well. So not only will using them help your site appear more organized and interesting, but it may also help drive traffic as well.

To get started, make sure your post editor is showing the second row of formatting options also known as the kitchen think by clicking the show kitchen sink button at the far right of the content toolbar. From there you’ll see the default style is paragraph. Bring your cursor to the line or paragraph in which you’d like to modify and then use the dropdown menu to select a different style. You can choose from six different heading styles which are great to use for highlighting points in your content that you’d like to emphasize or for separating topics on the same page.

Heading 1 would be the largest and most important. Heading 2 is usually slightly smaller and a little less important and so on and so forth. When you’re finished modifying the headings, go ahead and click Publish or Update to save your changes.

How To Start A Blog – A Step By Step Guide

So – you’ve decided that you want to start a blog, but you’re not really sure how to proceed?

No worries – you will find all your questions answered in this friendly and easy to understand, step-by-step blog setup tutorial!

By the time you’re finished reading this tutorial on how to start your own blog, you’ll be able to have your site up & running in less than an hour.

Before you can create a blog you have to make sure you find an appropriate domain name and a reliable web hosting service. You have to be very careful when deciding what services to choose, as this can play a big role on the overall performance of your blog (stability, speed, up-time…). We will show you exactly where to find the best deals as we go along.

In case you are not familiar with the terms above, a domain name is the primary address of your blog , also known as the URL (www.example.com). It is essential to understand that the domain itself (although an important part of the website) does not represent the actual blog . Instead, it only serves as a pointer as to where your blog is located (Hosted).

This is where a web hosting service comes in. Web hosting provides you with the web-space necessary to support your content. It serves as a skeleton for your blog .

After you’ve successfully set up your domain name and web hosting service (which only takes about 5 minutes), it all comes down to configuring your blog . We will be using a free software platform called WordPress. It is a very simple platform that enables users to build professional looking blog within minutes!

Are you ready? Alright – let’s get started!

STEP 1 – Choose Your Domain Name

First you will need to decide what domain name you want for your blog . Obviously, this depends on what the blog is about, whether it is a personal blog , business blog, etc.

There are no “Rules” to what domain name you should choose, but here are a few ideas that might help you choose a suitable domain:

  1. Try to make it relevant to the content of your blog ,
  2. Make it simple and easy to remember,
  3. Make it as short and descriptive as you can,
  4. Use the right extension (preferably .com/ .net / .org)

For example, if you’re going to build a blog about »relationship advice«, you could pick a domain name like: www.relationshipadviceonline.com – this is just off the top of my head…

Once you have an idea of what domain you want to use, enter it into the domain name availability tool below to see if it is available.

DOMAIN NAME AVAILABILITY TOOL
Enter your desired domain name in the box below (without any extension) and click Search.
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If your first choice of domain name is already taken, you can usually just a add a word or two to the beginning or end of it.

For example, if your first choice was DogTraining.com and it was taken, you could try, DogTrainingGuide.com or SimpleDogTrainingTips.com or something like that.

Once you have found a domain that you like, you can move on to the next step.

Step 2 – Set Up A Web Host Account

I recommend using a company called GreenGeeks.com to register your domain and host your blog , they are an American company and have great services & support at a very competitive price.

So head on over to GreenGeeks.com:

Click Here Get 20% Off at GreenGeeks!

When you get there, you should see something like this:

GreenGeeks-Landing-Page

Once you can see the screen above, click on the “Order Now” button and you will then see the page below:

Enter-Domain-Name

 

You will need to enter your desired domain in the box to the left and then click “Continue”. (If you already have a domain name, then enter it in the right hand side box.

Quick Tip: If your first choice of domain is not available, you will see an error message, if that happens then just keep trying different variations until you find one that is available.

Once you have found a domain name that you are happy with, you should see the Secure Order Form below. Simply fill out the Order form with all your details, and choose a suitable plan.

Order-Page

Quick Tip: I usually try to pay for at least 12 months in advance, not only will you save a heap of money, but you also get your domain registration for free.

So once you have chosen your plan and filled out the rest of the Order Form, click on the “Create My Account” button at the bottom.

Next you will just need to wait for a confirmation email to come through with your login details. It can sometimes take a few hours to come through, but it generally happens pretty fast.

GreenGeeks may also call you to confirm your order, they have strict security measures in place to protect you (their clients) and their network, So they will just you to confirm a few things, and you will be on your way.

Once you have received your confirmation email from GreenGeeks.com you can continue with Step 2.

 

Step 3 – Setting Up Your Blog

Remember when I told you that you don’t need any programming or graphic design skills in order to make a clean, professional looking blog in a matter of minutes?

Well, it’s all thanks to a free CMS platform called WordPress. This platform actually makes the blog for you and all you need to do is to customize it to your own preferences!

Thanks to GreenGeeks’s built in WordPress installer (Fantastico), we can set up our site in less than 5 minutes. That’s one more reason why I always recommend this host.

So without further ado, fire up your browser and open up the GreenGeeks Account Manager (the link is below, but you will also find it in your email).

Click Here to go to the GreenGeeks Account Manager Login

It should look something like this:

Account-Login

Simply enter your email and password (that will be in the welcome email you received from GreenGeeks, and then click Login to Account Manager.

Next you will see a screen where you can manager your website:

cpanel-login

Click on the blue “cPanel Login” button.

Once you’re logged in, you will be astonished by the number of features that you can use, but for now, just focus on finding the blue smiley named »Fantastico De Luxe« and click on it.

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In the newly opened window, in the left sidebar under the column entitled »Blogs«, click on the link »Wordpress«.

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Once you’re here, there are just 3 steps to do:

1) Click on »New Installation«

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2) Select your domain in the drop-down menu, leave the »Install in directory« field BLANK (this is very important!) and fill in the details (username, password, site title…)

3) Click Install WordPress!

Once you do that, you will be given some information about your database (which you typically won’t need right now), just press »Finish Installation«.

See how easy that was? I told you a 10-year-old could do it! Now wait a couple of minutes and try accessing your URL, you should see a default (twenty-eleven) WP theme installed:

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Congratulations, you’ve now got a real, professional blog !

To configure your site, type /wp-admin after your url and press enter:

www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin

Once again, you will be asked to login. Simply use the information that you chose yourself while using Fantastico Deluxe (in the previous step).

Welcome to the WP dashboard. This is the main control panel of your entire website.

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Everything you will do, you will do it from here. Adding new content, images, videos, installing themes, plugins – it’s ALL done in the WP dashboard.

Let us check out some of the main features of WordPress:

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1) Posts and Pages

WP allows you to create 2 different types of web pages: Posts and Pages. Posts are commonly used when you wish to host a blog (instead of an ordinary website).

This means that you can have post previews on your pages, so users can click on the link to read the entire post (this is a default blog layout).

On the other hand, you can also just use ordinary pages and have links to them from your »homepage« (the first page that is displayed once a visitor comes to your site).

Either will work, however, if you’re creating a blog, you will want to get familiar with posts.

2) Media

This is an area in which all of your uploaded images and videos will be stored. You can upload media either here or directly while creating a page, it’s entirely up to you.

Personally, I upload my media right on the spot, and then I can review my media here.

3) Links

WP also allows you to create various link categories which you can then populate with all sorts of links of your own choosing. This tool can be very useful when creating widgets.

4) Comments

You can enable or disable for people to leave comments on your website, which is absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend you enable people to leave a comment, as it encourages them to come back and participate in a conversation – this is how you build a community!

Of course, you can also set up comment restrictions, moderation, etc – totally flexible.

5) Appearance

This is one of the best features of WordPress – its ability to change your website’s look entirely in just a few clicks! There is another free tutorial on our website that goes into this in deep details, so be sure to look for it.

6) Plugins

Another brilliant feature from WordPress. If you ever need anything for your website, you can bet that there’s a free plugin for it – whether it be visitor counter, image slideshow, anything!

Simply search for what you need and install them with a single click – easy peasy.

Once again, all of this and more about how to set up WordPress after the initial installation is explained in our other free website tutorials – so be sure to check them out!

We would love to hear your feedback, did you like this tutorial? is there anything you didn’t understand, or needs to be explained better? We want to make this site and these website tutorials the best they can be, so we value any and all feedback from our users. Just post any comments you have in the comments form below.

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Setting Up WordPress For The First Time

With the WordPress finally installed, there are just a couple of things left to tweak to ensure its maximum performance. To start with, log in to your WP dashboard.

On the left hand side, click on a column entitled »Settings«:

1) The »General Settings« window should now be opened:

Here you can enter your site’s title and tagline, modify your access URL, insert your e-mail address and change the date settings.

The Site Title and Tagline is what the WordPress shows as the header of your homepage (depending on the theme you’re using), so make sure it is short but descriptive.

For example:

Site Title: Mark’s dating advice

Tagline: Learn how to become successful at dating!

If you want your website to have a (www.) prefix, then you can change that in the WordPress Address and Site Address fields. Just add (www.) before your URL.

Once you’re done, don’t forget to hit the »Save Changes« button!

2) Now click on »Reading« to open up the »Reading Settings«:

By default, WP will have »Your latest posts« checked, which is fine if you’re running a simple blog, but if you want to build a real website, you should select »A static page«, and from the drop down menu of Front Page, choose »Sample Page«.

The sample page is just a page that was automatically generated with your WordPress installation, and you can edit it and change its name to »Home« later on if you wish.

Don’t forget to save changes before moving on to the next step!

3) Open up »Discussion Settings«:

Since WordPress is primarily a blogging platform, comments are an inherent part of it. You can either choose to enable or disable comments on your website and modify their settings.

If you do not want people to comment on your website, uncheck the box that says:

»Allow people to post comment on new articles«

Other options are pretty much self-explanatory, so we’re not going to get into that in details right now, but if you wish, you can play with them more later on.

4) Click on »Privacy Settings«:

Here you can choose whether you want search engines (like Google, Yahoo and Bing!) to index your website (so others can find it) or not.

In my opinion, it is always better to leave this as it is, unless you really do not want to get traffic from Google (for some weird reason). However, even if that is the case, note that it is up to the search engines themselves to honor your request – so there are no guarantees.

5) Finally, open up »Permalinks Settings«:

This is where you decide how your URL looks like when opening a new page or post on your website. Since the default option looks really ugly, I’m going to show you a nice little trick which makes it look much better:

– Select »Custom Structure« and enter: /%postame%/

Now, when accessing a new page on your website, instead of having a URL that looks like this: www.youriste.com/?p=123, it will look like this: www.yoursite.com/new-page

Much better, agreed? Don’t forget to save your changes!

Widgets – What Are They And How To Use Them?

Widgets are one of the best features of WordPress in my opinion (along with plugins). There are literally a thousand ways you can use them + they give your site a fresh & unique look.
So what are they?

They are individual programmable parts of your website. Now before you go all »This is way too complicated for me…«, let me tell you that it’s much more simple that it sounds!

On this image, you can see that the basic WP template comes with 5 default widgets installed automatically: »Recent Posts«, »Recent comments«, »Archives«, »Categories« and »Meta«, and all of them are embedded in the right sidebar of your website theme.

You can substitute these with different widgets, like images, videos, graphs or whatever your current WP theme supports. To do this, click on the »Appearance« tab and select Widgets:

Notice that there are over 10 default widgets available at your disposal. You can have as many of them as you like, and some themes even come with their own pre-programmed widgets.

On your right hand, you can select where you want to put your widgets (main sidebar, showcase sidebar, footer, etc.)

To install them, simply use the drag & drop technique. For example, if you wanted to add the »Calendar« widget, you would click on it in the »Available Widgets« area and drag it all the way to your »Main Sidebar«.

Then, you can set it up and configure as you like and it will be shown across all pages on your website. You can also install custom widgets of your choice through the use of plugins!

Plugins – What Are They And How To Use Them?

Plugins are basically addons for your website and there are virtually thousands of them to pick from. Some are free and some you have to pay for, but none the less – they are a must-have.

Almost everything you need for your website, there’s a plugin for it. I once had a website that needed to have weather for my city displayed, so I simply found a plugin that does just that!

Took me about 2 minutes to install and set up. If I had been using a regular HTML website, I’d have to hire a good programmer to do that for me. Think about the money I saved!

To access your plugin area, click on the »Plugins« tab of your WP dashboard:

Here you can search for, upload and set up plugins. I won’t go into details right now, but you can read all about that + some cool plugins that I recommend in another tutorial here.

That’s it – we’ve pretty much covered all the important parts that need to be set up once you install WordPress. It’s pretty easy and takes about 5 minutes once you get used to it.

See you in the next tutorial!

Changing The Design (Theme) Of Your Website

Having the ability to completely change the way your website looks with a couple of clicks on your mouse is what makes WordPress one of the most popular CMS platforms on the market.

In this tutorial, we’re going to have a look at how you can quickly change your site’s appearance using both free and paid themes, where to find them & how to install them.

First, log in to your WP dashboard, click on Appearance and then select »Themes«:

As you can see, there are several things we can do here. We can either configure existing themes (widgets, menus, options…), or we can install new ones. If we choose to install a new theme, we must first click the »Install Themes« tab and then we have 2 choices:

  • Upload them from our own PC/Computer
  • Search for them using the Free WP theme database

That’s right, WordPress has a powerful integrated search engine which allows us to browse thousands of free themes according to our criteria (colors, columns, subject, features, etc)!

Simply select your preferences and then click »Find Themes«. You will be able to preview each one of them before you choose to install them.

Installation is also very simple. Once you’ve found a perfect theme of your choice, simply hit the »Install« button. Now that your theme is successfully installed, you can hit »Activate«.

– Your theme is now activated and you can see how it looks by refreshing your website!

If you can’t find a suitable theme, try typing »Free WP Themes« in Google, and you’ll find a huge number of websites offering free WP themes, so feel free to knock yourself out.

Quick tip: If you choose to download WP themes from 3rd party sources, you will need to install them by following these 3 simple steps:

1) Select »Install Themes« tab and then click on »Upload«

2) Locate the theme you downloaded on your hard disk. It has to be in the RAR (ZIP) format, if it is not – it won’t work!

3) Press »Install Now«

That’s it, it can’t get any easier than that, can it?

I recommend you spend some time looking for a good theme that will meet all of your requirements – it’s well worth it in the long run.

Setting Up Your Newly Installed Theme

Once you install and activate a theme, you should be able to access its settings here:

Hint: Some themes may have their control panel located in a different place, so be sure to read the author’s info and FAQ before installation.

Depending on its capabilities and features, each theme has different settings options, but usually they’re very easy to understand and configure.

Whats The Difference Between Free And Paid Themes

Free themes are generally used by people who don’t have large requirements for their website and want to get going as quickly as possible.

However, if you do not trust free theme providers or you would like more features and a nicer looking template, you can always choose to go with paid themes – the choice is yours!

Some of the best paid themes providers I’ve come across are the following:

  1. Studio Press
  2. Elegant Themes
  3. Woo Themes
  4. Theme Forest

Here are some examples of the types of themes you can get (remember – they are 100% customizable!):

Studio Press Themes: (www.studiopress.com)

Elegant Themes: (www.elegantthemes.com)

Whether you choose to go the free way or the paid way – you won’t be disappointed with the amount of different themes at your disposal.

Once again, configuration of WP themes (although different for every theme) is generally very straightforward and easy to understand, however, if you have any problems with it, you can simply contact the theme author or read their FAQ page.

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this brief tutorial!

Some Popular Plugins to Take a Look At

In this tutorial, we are going to have a look at some of the most popular and useful plugins that will make customizing your website a breeze!

I’m going to assume that by now you’re already somewhat familiar with the WordPress dashboard, at least enough to navigate around and configure the most important stuff.

So go ahead and click on the »Plugins« section, select »Add New«:

These are the 5 must-have plugins that we will be installing today:

1. All in One SEO Pack

This plugin is definitely the most important one. Why?

Because it is essential for ranking high in the major search engines (such as Google, Yahoo and Bing), and that’s where most of your traffic will be coming from.

How does it work?

All in One SEO edits your on-page settings (title, meta tags, etc.) and optimizes them in a way that the web spiders can easily pick it up and rank your site accordingly.

Web spiders are small search engine bots which crawl the world wide web, analyzing the website’s on-page configuration and then reporting back to their search engine (Google).

Our aim is to make a website that is totally compliant with the web spiders so that we get the highest rankings possible and grab the most visitors. Sounds reasonable? – So let’s go do that!

A) Search for the »All in One SEO Pack« plugin and install it:

B) Click »Activate plugin«

C) You will see this warning: (click on »the admin page« link!)

D) Scroll down until and set Plugin Status to »Enabled«:

E) Fill in the rest of the fields by following these guidelines:

Home Title will be the main title of your website and that’s what will show up in the search engines when people look for it (the example site below has home title: Reflux Relief)

Obviously, this person wants to be found when people type in »Reflux relief« in Google. In fact, that’s exactly how I’ve found it.

Your job is to set a home title that will include the keyword you’d like to rank for. For example, if your site is about dating, and you’d like to rank for »dating advice«, then you could have a home title that includes that keyword, for example: »Dating advice for teens«.

Home description is what shows beneath your home title. You also want to have your keyword included here, but make sure that your description is at least 2 sentences long.

Home keywords – just include all the possible keywords that people may use to look for your website on Google. Try to get at least 4 or 5 of them down.

– Now make sure that the rest of your settings look like this:

F) Click »Update Options« – and you’re done!

2. Contact Form

When making a »Contact« page (which is a very important page), you don’t want to just display your e-mail address publicly to everyone who visits. Why?

Well, because that way you will get a lot of annoying, spammy promotions to your inbox, and you want to keep your inbox as clean as possible…

Luckily, there’s a way around this, using contact forms. These are simple forms that allow the visitor to send a message to your e-mail without ever knowing your actual e-mail address.

They simply enter their name, e-mail and message and click Submit. Once they do that, you immediately receive their message in your inbox. Is that cool or what?

A) Search for »Contact form« plugin, install it and activate it (always the same procedure…)

B) Click the »Settings« link beneath its name

Here, you can choose which e-mail you want to use (either the default one or a new one) and you can see the code that you need to copy inside your page or widget for the form to appear.

The code is: [contact_form]

C) Click »Save Changes«, copy the code inside your contact page and you’re done!

3. WP-Insert

For legal reasons, every website needs a privacy policy. Instead of hiring an expensive lawyer to do this for you, you can simply use a plugin that generates one in a matter of seconds!

A) Look for the plugin »WP Insert«, install it and activate it.

B) In the left sidebar of your WP dashboard, look for »Wp-Insert«, hold a mouse over it and then select »Manage Privacy Policy«:

C) Click on: »Assign Page for Privacy Policy«

D) Click the button: »Create Now« and you’re done! Your privacy policy page is now created and you can check it out on your site.

4. Google XML Sitemaps

This is a very simple plugin, yet a very important one. Sitemap is a simple XML (Extensible Markup Language) file which basically tells Google where your pages are located.

Sounds complicated, but in reality it couldn’t be any simpler. Especially when there’s a plugin that does this for as in a click of a mouse!

A) Search for the plugin »Google XML Sitemaps«, install it and activate it.

B) Click the »Settings« tab in your WP Dashboard and click on »XML-Sitemap«

C) Click the »Click Here« link to generate the sitemap for your site for the first time:

D) That’s it – Your sitemap was built and the search engines were notified!

Note: Each time you add a new page, repeat this process.

5. Sociable

Sociable is a plugin that enables your visitors to share the content on your website with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.

This is a powerful way of spreading the word about your website and increasing overall traffic. Not to mention the links you will be getting which will in turn increase your rankings!

A) Search for the plugin »Sociable«, install it and activate it.

B) Click on »Select Sociable Plugin« from the left sidebar of your WP dashboard

C) Choose the style you want to use (skyscraper or classic)

D) Configure the options (arbitrary), scroll down and press »Save Changes«

E) Sociable is now activated and should be visible on your pages!

Adding Content To Your Website

Nobody wants to visit a website that has no content on it! So let’s make sure we learn how to put something interesting there for your visitors to see and comment on.

First of all, there are two ways you can add content in WordPress:

1) Posts
2) Pages

We already talked about this a bit in the previous tutorials, but just to recap, the difference between posts and pages is that posts are chronologically organized, dynamic structures and usually there are a couple of posts per page that visitors are able to comment on. That’s one of the reasons why they are frequently used on blogs (almost always actually).

On the other hand, pages are static and most of the time, commenting feature is disabled (although not necessarily). They’re used when you want to make a typical information-based website (posting articles on each page separately), and you don’t really need a blog.

Needless to say, you can always combine pages & posts. People do that all the time. They keep their articles linked together from the homepage and then they have a separate blog area.

In this tutorial, we are going to go through each of these a bit just to show you what your WordPress site is capable of. We’re also going to learn how to insert images & videos!

1. How To Create And Publish Posts in WP

To start with, log in to your WP dashboard and click on »Posts«.

You will notice that you already have a sample post created entitled »Hello World!«. Feel free to delete this post by clicking the »Trash« link beneath it.

Now, you have to understand that all the posts that you will create here will be organized into »Categories«. You can choose which post goes under which category, but in order to be able to do that, we must first configure them, so let’s go ahead and do that.

If you click »edit« on the default category (Uncategorized), you will be able to change its name and modify its options. You can also add more categories of your own choice.

Now, whenever you write a new post, you can decide which category it goes into, depending on how you chose to organize them. This makes posts a lot easier to group and manage.

Now, let’s go back to posts and click on »Add New«:

Insert the title of your post and then put your content in the body part. WordPress uses a WSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor, so if you’re ever worked with MS Word or a similar application, you should have no problem editing your content with WP.

If you want to add an image, or a video, just click the Upload/Insert media link:

Once you’re done with that, select a category on your right and insert tags (keywords you want people to find this post by – separate them with commas) and hit »Publish«.

Your new post will go live immediately and you can access it via its URL:

2. How To Create And Publish Pages in WP

To add a new page, simply click on »Pages« menu in your WP dashboard:

Again, you can delete the Sample Page, however, recall that when we were initially setting up WordPress, we set »Sample Page« as our static homepage.

If we delete it, and make a new one, we’ll have to go through that process again. That’s why I recommend you simply edit it and change the name to »Home« instead.

To do that, just click the »Edit« link beneath the page title. The rest of the process is exactly the same as with the Posts (enter title, content & hit publish).

Note: If you want to preview how your page looks like, before you choose to update (or publish), you can click on the »Preview Changes« button:

That’s it, we’ve covered pretty much everything you need to know to be able to successfully add new posts and pages to your WP website. There’s no big science behind it, and all it takes is a couple of minutes to figure out how it all works.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see you in the next one!

How to add images to your Website

It goes without saying that a website with no images on it is a boring website. A boring website will not engage your visitors to read your content and follow your advice, no matter how hard you try.

Did you know that 90% of the visitors decide whether they’re going to stay on your website within the first 5 seconds? That’s right, you only have 5 seconds to grab their attention! Good luck doing that with little or no images and poorly formatted content… It just doesn’t work!

If you are trying to get people to take some kind of action on your website, you need to engage them emotionally, get them to feel good on your website and enjoy reading your content – this is called good user experience.

Search engines (like Google, Yahoo and Bing) care a great deal about user experience, so they reward websites which use images with higher rankings. Higher rankings equal more traffic!

In this tutorial, we are going to explain step-by-step how to pick images for your website (while avoiding copyright infringement) and insert them into your posts and pages so you can enjoy all the benefits that come with it (better rankings, higher conversions, etc.)

1. Selection

You don’t want to make a rookie mistake of searching for images on Google and copying them onto your own website. This can be detrimental for your business (and your wallet…)

As it stands, most images out there are protected by copyright, and if you use them on your website without giving credit to the owners, you may have to face a serious legal penalty.

To avoid this, I recommend you use either:

A) Free resources, such as:

  • http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
  • http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
  • http://www.sxc.hu/

B) Paid resources, such as:

  • http://www.shutterstock.com/
  • http://www.bigstockphoto.com/
  • http://www.123rf.com/

C) Create your own images!

If you can’t find good free or paid images without violating the copyright, you can also decide to create your own! It is very easy to do, all it takes is some creativity.

Simply use your digital photo camera to shoot some HQ photos, learn to use Photoshop or MS Paint, or just use screenshots if you’re building a tutorial (scroll down for example)

What ever you choose, you can’t go wrong – any image is better than no image!

2. How to add images to WP

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to add images to your WP page/post:

A) Log in to your WP dashboard, click on posts/pages and select edit:

B) Once inside the WP page editor, look for a Upload/Insert tab and click on add image:

A new window will pop-up, allowing you to upload images directly from your hard disk, where you should have stored them. Once it’s done uploading, you will be asked to fill in some image details (not necessary but desirable).

Title – this is the title of your image, and it’s a required field (you can’t skip it…)

Alternate text – this tells search engines like Google what your image is about (some people think it’s good practice to include the keywords you wish to rank for here)

Caption – this is a very brief description of your image which is shown publicly

Description – the full description of your image

Link URL – if you want to make your image a clickable link, insert the URL here

Alignment – same as text alignment – left, center and right

Size – WP allows you to pick between the 4 default sizes (thumbnail, medium, large and full)

C) Click »Insert into post«

Your image is now visible in the page editor and you can move it around as you wish. You can also specify your own image dimensions by clicking on it, and then clicking on edit image. In the pop-up window, select advanced settings and modify your image dimensions.
There is no limit as to how many images you want to add, but don’t overdo it. Too many images take a long time to load and that affects the user experience in a negative way.

Try to aim for 1 image per 150-200 words. This has been proven to work best.

I hope this tutorial explained everything you need to know about adding images to your website, if there’s anything else you wish to know, please leave a comment below!

How to add videos to your website

It has been tested and proven that just adding one simple 1-minute video to your website can have an enormous impact on your overall user experience and average visit duration.

We already talked about the significance of good user experience, but why is visit duration so important? Well, for one – it tells search engines how interested people are in your site.

The longer visitors stay on your site (watching the video), the more Google thinks your site is relevant and the higher it ranks you in the search results. Sounds reasonable if you think about it – why would Google rank a website whose visitors leave within 3 seconds of visiting?

Secondly, videos can get you a lot of external traffic. If you create and publish a video on Youtube, it automatically gets exposed to billions of users worldwide and you never know when it can go viral and bring in hundreds, if not thousands of visitors to your website!

Thirdly, videos are very easy to use. You don’t even have to create your own video if you don’t want to, you can simply use any video on Youtube that’s relevant to your site – there is no copyright issues to worry about (unlike images).

In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to publish Youtube videos on your website.

Step 1 – Install a plugin called Smart Youtube PRO

To be perfectly honest, WordPress uses a very poor video implementation solution by itself (you can only post links to videos and not the actual videos…), that’s why I warmly suggest you install a great free plugin called Smart Youtube PRO.

It takes about 2 minutes to install and set it up and it’s a real life saver.

If you don’t already know how to do this, be sure to read our tutorial on how to install plugins.

Step 2 – Set up it up

One of the great things about Smart Youtube is that it is so easy to set up and it offers a whole range of useful features. For example, you can configure:

– video dimensions (size of the embedded video)
– autoplay feature (if you want the video to start automatically)
– loop videos (if you want the videos to loop)
– colorbox (you can design your own video frame)

And this is just a tiny fraction of the options available, so knock yourself out! Once you’re done setting up your configuration, remember to click »Update« and proceed to the next step.

Step 3 – Insert the video

This is the easiest part ever. All you need to do in order to insert a Youtube video on your post or page is add a “v” letter after the “http” part of the URL.

For example, if your Youtube video URL goes something like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlLdhaz14Yo

… then just add “v” after the http part so it looks like this:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlLdhaz14Yo

Inside the page editor, you will only see a link and not the actual video itself, but once you update the page and refresh it inside your browser, it will be there!

If you wish to insert your video inside a sidebar widget (instead of the page or post), you can do that as well. Just select a new text widget and paste the modified URL inside.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful, if there’s anything else you’d like to ask me about adding videos to your website, please post a comment below. Thank you.