Category Archives: Tutorials

Tutorials on WordPress, blogging, web writing, and related topics.

Poetry Publishing on WordPress

Poetry is an amazing way for a writer to express himself/herself.  There is an internal need for a poet to form both the words on the page and to add the complex formatting.  Writers feel the format of the poem brings just as much meaning to the words as the words themselves.  So it is imperative that both can be accomplished on a post.
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How to Make HTML Lists

HTML lists are obviously quite common on websites. People tend to shy away from them however because the code can seem a little complicated, especially when you get into nesting lists to make one or two sub-levels. Though I assure you coding a nested list it is quite an easy concept! We will be doing all of this within the WordPress text editor.
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Tips for Using the WordPress Text Editor

I am going to attempt to make your life a little bit simpler with tips on editing your posts and pages on WordPress.com and the self-hosted version of WordPress using the Visual and Text Editors.

Log into your WordPress site and select a post or Page to edit. If you are unsure as to where to find the edit links, you may want to check out “How to Edit a Post or Page” by fellow Clark student Jesse Byars.

If you are a seasoned veteran of HTML, have no fear, you can use HTML to create your posts and pages with the WordPress text editing tab:
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How to Add Posts and Pages in WordPress

So you’ve logged in to WordPress and created a blog. Great! You won’t get very far until your blog has some content, though. In this article, we’ll let you know the various ways you can add content to your site.

Note: There are two basic types of published content on a WordPress site: posts and Pages. If you don’t know the difference, check out “Differences Between Pages and Posts on WordPress” to explain it.

Screenshot of the Admin Bar in WordPress to add a new post.There are multiple ways to add a new post in WordPress.

Once you’ve logged in to WordPress, look at the top bar on the site. You should see your gravatar on the far right. Slide your eyes to the left a bit…aha! “New Post” lurks there.

Do you think that might mean…? It means exactly what you think it means.

Click on New Post.

On the web page that pops up, start your new post with a title and the text. Don’t forget to put the post in a category and add some tags.
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What You Need to Know About Hosting WordPress

“How should I host my site?”

That is a question that many of us have asked, or asking, and will continue to ask. There are a few different ways on how and where your WordPress site lives on the inter-webs: hosted, managed and self-hosted.

Managed

When choosing a hosting service (aka when you want use WordPress.org but not WordPress.com), many companies offer and a “managed” experience. This basically means that all the back end of WordPress is dealt with, and you can focus more on your theme updates, WordPress updates, plugin managing and updates, (when applicable) extreme traffic permission; all the stuff someone that just wants to blog doesn’t want to worry about, but they want the power of plugins and full use of WordPress. Continue reading What You Need to Know About Hosting WordPress

How to Add Captions to Images in WordPress

When uploading an image to your post or media library, you are given an option to add a caption. You simply type in what you want your viewers to read below the image, and then you upload it, and everyone is happy.
But wait! You didn’t add a caption to that one picture, and now you want one. Oh, no! You’ve misspelled “The” in another caption and must fix it. Oh bother! One of your captions is no longer a trendy meme, and now you must remove it. But alas, you only know how to read tutorials instead of exploring the many ways of adding, changing, and removing captions on your own. Well, there’s good news: You’re here just in time, as I was just about to explain all of those things.

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How to Link to a Post, Page, Category, Tag, and Author in WordPress

Linking in WordPress can be an intimidating task at first, but this post will guide you through the steps and show you just how easy it can be. This post will also cover several different types of links, and the legal guidelines that must be followed when making these links. Soon you will be creating professional looking links that are neatly embedded in your own site.

The first thing you need to do is decide what it is that you want to link to. The methods are the same whether you are linking inside of a post or a page, but you must determine what you are linking to before creating that link.

Once you determine what you are linking to, there are a number of ways you can get the link information needed. The first is the most obvious, it is the address bar. You can just copy the information right from the address bar as shown below.
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How to Become a Professional WordPress Developer

How To Become A Top WordPress Developer” by Smashing Magazine’s WordPress writer, Jonathan Wold, was written in 2012 but still holds true today.

…becoming a top WordPress developer is hard work — very hard work. It’s going to take a lot of time, energy and determination. If you’re looking for an easy checklist or some “fast pass” to the top, you’re going to waste your time. Being one of the best is hard, and statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against you.

The article covers the basic steps and practices you need to take to earn the name “WordPress developer.”
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WordPress Resources and Experts to Follow

This is a list of WordPress resources, experts, and sources for WordPress official news, unofficial news, tutorials, techniques, and information to help students learn more about WordPress.

These sites may be added to a feed reader such as feedly, or mobile feed reader apps such as Google Currents or Flipboard for tracking the latest updates from these sites.

WordPress Official Sites

The following are the official sites for WordPress, the WordPress Community, and news and information.

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What Do You Need to Learn to be a WordPress Expert?

In “Wanna Create Dynamic Websites? Learn JavaScript” by Daily Blog Tips, Daniel Scocco says:

If you want to become an expert programmer and make a living developing software you’ll need to learn a wide range of stuff, from logic gates to how the hardware works, from algorithms to data structures and programming paradigms (if this is actually what you are looking for I suggest you peek at the curriculum of the Computer Science degree on some good university and follow along).

Luckily, Clark College’s degrees for Web Development, Web Programming, and Computer Graphics Technology degrees include the skills you need.

What do you need to learn to be a WordPress expert?
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