So you are a seasoned blogger paid to review the latest gadgets, beauty essentials, hottest restaurants, hippest clubs and coolest hangout places. Or maybe you just love to document your progress in digital filming and photography or someday want to put up a business with your passion for baking cakes and pastries. Simply put, even if you’re just a student starting out in the blogging world. Then WordPress is definitely for you.
Although we already see different types of websites out there using WordPress, it is best to know the basics, especially for beginners, on how to start off their website with the right tools. Others may just be concerned with how their website would appear but the overall accessibility would definitely make a visit to a website an even pleasurable experience. Here are some useful and important tips for beginners who want to use WordPress for their website:
Plan your Blog Posts – more bloggers try to track their schedule for publishing. It may be once a month, once a week or even once a day according to your preference. With WordPress, it is possible to schedule posts into going live at a particular date and time. It gives you the capability of posting without having to always be at your computer. Just go to the edit screen for blog posts you want to schedule and it lets you choose if you want to “Publish Immediately” or choose the month, date, time and year you want your blog to be published.
Changing Your Page and URLs – this tip helps your website be even more recognized with search engines. Unnecessary characters like $, %, #, @ or & might cause problems for browsers and hold back the page from loading. Another need for change is the page title or blog post title, one that is easily searchable or optimized for search engines. Search engines have a preference over high-ranking keywords from the beginning of URLs.
A little rephrasing would do a lot of magic. The easiest way to do so is to go to the Edit screen on the post or page you want to edit, click on the “Edit” button. You can change the post name and save changes. Click “OK”, “Publish” or “Update” button for revisions to take effect. Just remember to change the post name or page name before going live to avoid confusion for readers who might not see that title has been changed already.
Easy Library Setup – create an integrated folder where you put all your media to make searching easier. It is important to know where to get all your media when you need it. Use keywords to make finding files a breeze. Go to Settings & Media, uncheck the button adjacent to “Organize my uploads into month and year-based folders.”
WordPress Editor Tips – Even if you’re a newbie to blogging, a well written, grammatically correct article is easier to understand making more readers interested. You can fully take advantage of the WordPress editor to make this happen. Using Spellchecker takes out the time in having to look for errors in typing and speeds up workflow. It also helps if you know WordPress Keyboard shortcuts to easily navigate and save you time in customizing your blog.
Keyboard shortcuts are enabled on a per-user setting, and can be turned on by visiting the Profile panel in Administration > Users > Your Profile.
Embed Media Easily – We know that Social Media has been the craze as of late, and no one wants to be left behind. While most of us enjoy a good read every now and then, the reading experience can be lifted to a higher level when you add medias like Vimeo, Twitter, YouTube, Hulu, Viddler and Flickr just to name a few. Embedding is made easy with the copy and paste method. It usually means just pasting a small amount of code in your editor.
These are just some of the great features that WordPress has to offer, a simple tweak using these tools could make a difference for a wonderful user website experience.