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WordPress Tutorials – How To Use Widgets

Widgets are the items located on the sidebar of your site. To manage your widgets, go to the Appearance tab and select Widgets.

The Available Widgets box lists all the widgets that you can put on your site. Each one is listed by name along with a basic description.

On the right side of the screen is located various areas to your place your widgets. Use your cursor to drag and drop widgets to the sidebar. You can organize these as you see fit. Clicking the dropdown arrow will bring up options for the widget. Depending on the widget, you will have more or less options. Clicking Close will close the options without saving them, Delete will delete them, and clicking Save will save the settings for this widget.

If you wish to get rid of a widget but save its current settings, drag it to the Inactive Widgets box. You can restore the widget at any time just by dragging it back.

Clicking the screen options at the top will give you a choice to enable accessibility mode. This just offers you a different way of managing your widgets. You can deactivate it at any time by going back to the screen options and hitting Disable Accessibility Mode. Once you are done, click your site’s name in the admin bar to view your changes.

WordPress Tutorials – How To Change Your Password

To change your password, hover over the Users button in the dashboard and select the Your Profile link. Scroll to the bottom of the page and type your new password twice in the boxes provided to the right of where it says New Password.

The strength indicator will display the strength of your new password. When you are satisfied with your password, simply click the Update Profile button at the bottom of the page and your new password will take effect immediately. At the top of the page, the profile updated message will let you know your password was successfully saved.

WordPress Tutorials – Using Quickpress

The QuickPress module is a mini post editor that allows you to create posts right from your dashboard. You can include a title, body text, media files and tags in the post. You also have the option of saving it as a draft or publishing it immediately.

For further options such as adding categories or setting a future publish date, you should use the Add New Post screen.

WordPress Tutorials – WordPress Admin Bar

If you are logged in as the admin of your site, you will see a gray bar at the top of your screen. This is called the admin bar and is only visible to anyone who is logged in. The admin bar provides various options and easy access to your site.

When logged in as admin, the admin bar will have the following items: a WordPress icon that contains information about WordPress along with support and contact forms, your site’s name followed by links to your dashboard, theme, theme customization, widgets, menus, background settings and header settings.

This icon lets you monitor your comments. That Add New icon lets you create new posts, media, pages and users. On the right end of the admin bar is your profile name and avatar icon. This gives you the options of editing your profile and logging out. Lastly, there will be a search icon that when clicked on allows you to do searches of any post or page on your site.

WordPress Tutorials – How To Restore A Post

The Trash feature removes items without permanently deleting them. If you have placed a post or a page in the trash and would like to restore, view or permanently delete the post or page, from the dashboard select Posts or Pages and then click the trash link.

Here you will find a list of all the items you have placed in the trash within the last 30 days. Items left in the trash will be permanently deleted within 30 days. Hovering your mouse over an item placed in the trash will give you the option to delete the item permanently, never to be seen again, or restore the item back to the Posts or Pages section of your dashboard for immediate use.

WordPress Tutorials – How To Trash A Post

To delete a post or a page, simply place the item in the trash. When working inside a post or a page, you can quickly click the Move to Trash button located in the Publish module. You can also move a post or a page to the trash by going to Posts and selecting All Posts or Pages and selecting All Pages and then place your cursor over any post or page.

Click on the trash link that appears in the list of action options beneath the title. At the top of the dashboard, you will be given the option to immediately undo the move.

Items placed in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days or you can permanently delete the item immediately by going to the trash section, hovering over the item and selecting Delete Permanently. Posts, Media, Pages and Comments each have unique trash folders to assist in protecting you from accidentally permanently deleting an item. If trying to restore an item, make sure to visit the proper trash folder.

WordPress Tutorials – How To Restore A Page

The Trash feature removes items without permanently deleting them. If you have placed a post or a page in the trash and would like to restore, view or permanently delete the post or page, from the dashboard select Posts or Pages and then click the trash link.

Here you will find a list of all the items you have placed in the trash within the last 30 days. Items left in the trash will be permanently deleted within 30 days. Hovering your mouse over an item placed in the trash will give you the option to delete the item permanently, never to be seen again, or restore the item back to the Posts or Pages section of your dashboard for immediate use.

WordPress Tutorials – How To Trash A Page

To delete a post or a page, simply place the item in the trash. When working inside a post or a page, you can quickly click the Move to Trash button located in the Publish module. You can also move a post or a page to the trash by going to Posts and selecting All Posts or Pages and selecting All Pages and then place your cursor over any post or page.

Click on the trash link that appears in the list of action options beneath the title. At the top of the dashboard, you will be given the option to immediately undo the move.

Items placed in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days or you can permanently delete the item immediately by going to the trash section, hovering over the item and selecting Delete Permanently. Posts, Media, Pages and Comments each have unique trash folders to assist in protecting you from accidentally permanently deleting an item. If trying to restore an item, make sure to visit the proper trash folder.

WordPress Tutorials – Post Excerpt

The blog roll can be a very important section of your site. It is the central location where people find all of your content. However, by default, WordPress uses the entire post in your blog roll and this can sometimes be a bad experience for your visitors. We can get around this negative experience by using post excerpts instead.

A post excerpt is an optional summary or description of a post. In order to properly set up post excerpts, we need to take a variety of different steps to ensure that it’s set up properly. The first thing we need to do is visit the Settings menu and go to Reading settings. In here you’ll see only a couple of options. You’re looking for the section that says, “For each article in a feed, show.” By default, full text is selected. Select summary instead and then update the changes.

The second step we need to take in order to use post excerpts is to turn on the visibility of the feature in the content editor. To do that, navigate to the top right-hand corner and select Screen Options. Here’s a menu that drops down and features a bunch of checkboxes that you can use to turn on and off the visibility of certain features in the content editor. The fifth one from the left is called Excerpt. Clicking this will turn on its visibility.

Now, when you scroll down below the content editor, you’ll notice another section called Excerpt. This is the area where you can put in the optional handcrafted summary of your content which, depending on your theme, can be used in a variety of ways.

I’m going to go ahead and stick this content right here into the post excerpt section. This is the summary that will display on my blog roll. I can go ahead and update my content by clicking the Update button here.

As stated earlier though, it does depend on the theme whether or not your excerpt shows up properly. In the default WordPress theme for example, excerpts don’t show by default. With these themes, we’ll need to take one extra step to highlight the summary that we’d like to use for the content.

In the toolbar at the top of the content editor, next to the spell check button is the insert more tag button. This is the button we’re going to click to highlight where our summary takes place.

To select the summary, find the area and the text that you would like to use from the top down. In this case I’m just going to use these two paragraphs here. Right after the period I’m going to go ahead and hit the insert more tag. This is an invisible line to the rest of the world and it highlights where in the post I’d like the summary to be.

Now we’re going to go ahead and hit Update. I’ve gone ahead and taken these steps with the other posts in the blog as well. As you can see, the posts are only displayed by the summary that we’ve selected and not by the entire post. If your viewers like the summary, they can click the Continue Reading button and be taken to the entire post where they can get all of the information that you had to share.

WordPress Tutorials – Embed Media

Embedding media content from external websites like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Google Video and WordPress TV is easy. Simply paste the media content URL on to its own line in the visual editor. The system will automatically convert the content for you based upon the type of media you have entered.

If you would like the media to display on a line with other content, you will need to wrap the URL with an embed tag. The embed tag is composed of an open square bracket followed by the word embed and closed out with a closing square bracket. Include this at the beginning of your URL in place an open square bracket followed by a forward slash followed by the word embed and the closing square bracket at the end of the URL. This tag will tell the system to convert the URL into its media format.

Many of these sites will also give customizable embed tags if you have specific video parameters you would like to set. You will want to place this embed code into the text editor. When you are finished, click on the Preview Changes button to preview the changes or click on the Publish button to update your content for immediate use.