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How to use PHPList: Creating Lists and adding subscribers

You can either manually add people to your individual lists (via Users – Add a User – select which list at the bottom) or use a signup option where users add themselves.

For the latter option there are either the direct link in PHPlist to the subscriber page or for much slicker integration use one of the many fine WordPress Plugins that are available. Search for PHPlist under Plugins – Add New.

One that springs to mind is WP PHP List: it adds a simple signup widget to your sidebar – check it out.

Templates for PHPlist make your emails look better

You can tweak the look and feel of your newsletters by applying a template (under Templates).

The default one that comes with PHPlist isn’t amazing but with a bit of CSS knowledge you can make design changes and create a nice look. To get you started, check out these two links I found on Google – they have a couple of ready-to-rock templates that you can use for free or amend to your liking.

Other Newsletter Options

Don’t like PHPlist but still need a newsletter software that delivers?

No worries – there are several options you can use too:

And let’s not forget Google’s excellent Feedburner Service: among many many other things you can let people subscribe to new posts in one or several categories. The service is absolutely free and has tons of other benefits too.

As always: enjoy 😉

How to use PHPList: Workflow and sending your first message

In this workshop I will talk you through using the PHPlist Campaign Manager.

PHPlist is another Open Source venture which has grown tremendously over the years. Even though not anywhere near as elegant as WordPress it gets the job done and it’s free to use – so we can live with its intricacies.

Using the system isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be so I thought it’s time for a screencast.

Continue reading How to use PHPList: Workflow and sending your first message

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.

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.

 

Custom Menus in WordPress

In this podcast I will introduce you to the WordPress Menu System. With it you can add pages, blog categories and even internal/external hyperlinks to your menu. You can even create pages that will never show up in your navigation – that’s great for landing pages and content you don’t want every visitor to see.

For this demo, I’m using the WordPress Default Theme called Twenty-Ten.

Please note that those menus need to be supported by the Theme you’re using. Many free Themes support this feature, but some older ones may not. I’ll cover how to hack unsupported themes in another workshop.

WordPress Workflow

In this video we will take a look at the basics of working with WordPress. I’ll show you how to use the “back end” and the “front end” at the same time with two open browser tabs.  I will also demonstrate how a change you make to your website will become live on your front page.

Workshop: How to post Source Code in your Comments

In this workshop I’ll show you how you can make source code show up in your comments. I’ll also show you how to format it so it looks different to ordinairy text.

By default, WordPress strips out most HTML tags for security reasons. That’s a good thing, however if you’d like to share some HTML or PHP source code with someone it won’t show up. The workaround is to paste the code into an empty post via the visual editor, then switch to the HTML editor and copy the resulting transcoded characters.

This works because single characters are not executable by the web browser and hence do not pose a security risk. It’s a bit tedious if you deal with code a lot, but it’s a safe solution and does not require any plugins.

Enjoy!