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.
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.
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.
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.