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Nomad World Map: Blog Your Travels

Create your own custom travel map. Link locations on the map to blog posts and share your travel plans. WordPress.org Plugins

Nomad World Map plugin in use on a WordPress site. From wordpress.org/plugins/nomad-world-map/
A screenshot of Nomad World Map plugin in use on a WordPress site. Retrieved from wordpress.org on June 13th, 2015

Would you like to…

  • Blog about travel
  • Review locations or destinations
  • Share trip plans with routs
  • Link to almost anything related to specific spot?

Nomad World Map is a plugin that lets you go beyond simpler map hacks to do all that in style. Continue reading Nomad World Map: Blog Your Travels

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The First Thing They’ll See: Choosing a Good Blog Name

There are myriad criteria to pick from when choosing a blog name:

  • You want it to stand out and be memorable.
  • It needs to searchable and fairly unique, but descriptive for good SEO.
  • It needs to convey a feeling about the kind of online community you want to foster.

…and all the best ideas seem to be already taken!A multicolored jumble of discarded name badges. Continue reading The First Thing They’ll See: Choosing a Good Blog Name

How to Change the WordPress Page and Post Authors

An author is the person who is credited with writing a post or page on WordPress. By default, the author is set to the name of the logged-in user who originally created the post or page. In some WordPress Themes, the author appears a a link to the users Gravatar biography, in others it may the biography as part of the page or post.

How to Select or Change Authors

Page and post authors may be changed from the edit screen on new pages/posts, or by editing existing ones Admin Side Bar > Posts/Pages > All Posts/Pages then click item to edit.

By default, the author selection menu is hidden. To unhide it, click Screen Options > Author.  The Author Menu is now added below the Visual/Text Editor (click-and-drag the menu title to move).

Screenshot showing the location of the Screen Options and Help menus in the upper-right of the Post Edit screen.

To change authors, click the drop-down selection menu:  Author > Selection. (Only one author selection is permitted; be sure to update or save).

Authorship may also be changed from the All Posts and All Pages screens, either by using Quick or Bulk Edit.

WordPress Words: Back-End

Of or relating to the part of a software system or online service that the user does not interact with and that is usually accessible only to programmers or administrators: back-end software.
The Free Dictionary.

Example 1: The  IT administrator logged in to the back-end of the program to change user permissions for the manager.
Example 2: Our company is seeking a Junior Full Stack Developer, who will work with back-end code, as well as front-end user interface design.

WordPress Back-End

With business software, the term back-end can refer to anything customers and most employees never see, such as database queries and code. With websites, the back-end is virtually anything not seen on the front-end by normal visitors to the site.

With WordPress however, the term back-end refers to something specific:

The back end is the area that authorized users can sign into to add, remove and modify content on the website. This may also be referred to as “WordPress”, “admin” or “the administration area”.
WordPress Codex Glossary.

The back-end of WordPress is primarily the administrator panel, but also includes anywhere you can post or modify content or settings.  When used as a verb rather than a noun, adding content is a back-end action which requires login and privileges on that blog. On the other hand, commenting, liking, and sharing are front-end actions available to site visitors.

A picture highlighting the main navigation of WordPress.com's back-end in red.
The WordPress.com Back-End

The Other Back-End

WordPress technically has more than one back-end. Users of WordPress.org open source software can modify settings in code to change the appearance and behavior if their installation of the software.

Example : A WordPress freelance developer modifies code on the back-end of the software to change the appearance of administrator panel for their client. The client has no access to the code, and modifies content by logging into their back-end: the administrator area. 

Additionally, the developers of WordPress software itself modify code within the software when they release new versions. For WordPress software developers, the front-end of their product is the administrator panel interface, since their primary audience is blog owners, while the blog owners primary audience is their blog visitors.

Example : WordPress.org hires back end developers to work on the code of their software. They release new versions, which website developers download and set up for their clients.

In the above example, each of these three persons have their own understanding of back-end access. One client’s back-end is another developer’s front-end.

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