Monthly Archives: March 2011

Adding Links to your Website

In this podcast I will show you how to add links to your sidebar.

WordPress has a very convenient Links Manager in the backend. You can use it to either display and share your links, or if you want to remember a link for later just pop it in and it’ll be stored in a convenient and save place.

Jetpack: the new WordPress.com Stats Plugin

If you’re running the WordPress.com Stats Plugin on several sites (like me) then you may have noticed that it stopped working recently. This is a known issue and it’s being resolved soon.

If you can’t live without your stats in the meantime then read on. Help is at hand in the form of a brand new plugin by the wonderful folks at WordPress: it’s called Jetpack and spices up your self hosted WordPress site with a number of additions – including a new version of WordPress Stats.

Upon installation it will automatically remove the old stats plugin and give you a new tab underneath Dashboard which now includes a link to your full stats. Jetpack however does a whole lot more:

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How to add new Themes to your website

Let’s take a look at how to add new layout designs (Themes) to your website and how to activate them. You’ll love this feature about WordPress: your content stays the same while the look and feel of your site changes completely. Webdesign was never easier – from a creative mind’s point of view that is (it’s still a tough task to build good themes that you can use at the touch of a button though).

Every Theme provides its own options in the back end, which is why I’m exploring some in more detail in my Theme Workshops section.

There are countless free and Premium Themes out there – the dialogue I’m showing here pulls in free Themes from WordPress.org but you’ll soon find many others if you search for “wordpress themes” in your favourite search engine.

Most of those will come as a .ZIP file which you can install on your site via Appearance – Themes – Install Themes – Upload.

Have fun 😉

 

How to style your website with Twenty-Ten

In this workshop I will introduce you to the styling options of the Twenty-Ten default theme. This is a great starting point to get a feel for what you can do with your new site.

Twenty-Ten is ideal because it allows you to use Custom Menus, a Custom Header and a Custom Background. Not ever theme allows you to change all these options as you will soon discover. Typographically it looks great too so I recommend you stick with it for a while.

Enjoy Twenty-Ten responsibly 😉

Adding Widgets to your Sidebar

In this screencast I will explain how you can populate your sidebar with useful widgets. WordPress has plenty of them built-in and it is really easy to add them to your site.

Many websites offer badges for their services, and I will explain how you can embed them into your own site using the Text widget.

 

Snapshot Backup goes 2.0

I seriously hadn’t expected over 1000 downloads in only 9 days of releasing Snapshot Backup. Thank you to every Presser out there giving it a chance – I truly appreciate it 😉

This success puts the pressure on me to get things right and make things better – and this is a heads up that I’m working on just that. Let me give you a rundown of the features that will (hopefully) make the next release:

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