All posts by Amy Herrington

I am 28 years old. I was born in Portland, OR and raised in Vancouver, WA. I love web and graphic design, animal rights, reading, writing, animals and names.

Why You Should Clean Out Your WordPress

Sarah Gooding of WPTavern posted an article talking about why you should clean out your WordPress. She compares a cluttered WordPress directory to leaving clothes all over your floor. The two reasons for keeping it clean is security and ease of use.

Plugins are often on the forefront of WordPress housekeeping lists. This is probably due to the fact that on a normal WordPress site you’re usually running just one theme and then multiple, sometimes dozens, of plugins. Unused plugins in the mix make it inconvenient to scroll through the list and troubleshoot conflicts. They can also pose a security risk if they’re not updated.

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How to Install a WordPress Plugin

There are two ways to install a WordPress Plugin. You can install them automatically within WordPress, or you can do it manually. This tutorial will show you how to do both on the self-hosted version of WordPress.

Automatic Installation

Taking advantage of the one-click installation feature for WordPress Plugins in WordPress is a good option for those who are new to WordPress. There is no downloading and uploading of files. It’s really one-click.

In the Administration Panels, go to Plugins > Add New.

Screenshot of the menu to add a new WordPress Plugin

You will be brought to a new page that will contain a search bar. You can either enter in the name of the Plugin you wish to install or do a search by category. For example, if you want to install a Plugin for a calender, type “calender” in the search bar and you will get a list of all of the available Plugins that fit that category. Continue reading How to Install a WordPress Plugin

How To Use The More Tag In WordPress

Need to quickly create post excerpts on your WordPress posts? Use the more tag to set the point at which the article is truncated on the front page of the site.

Here is a short list of the reasons why you should use the More tag.

  • Prevent those long, novel-length posts from taking up the entire screen.
  • It makes a blog look more organized and more visually appealing.
  • Comments are only visible on individual post pages.

What Does It Look Like When In Use?

Once you have published your post, this is what you will see on the main page of your blog:

A screenshot of what the more tag looks like  on the main page of a blog in WordPress

Once you click the ‘Continue reading’ link, you will be taken to your full post. Continue reading How To Use The More Tag In WordPress