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Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services  (AWS) offer a way to host your own WordPress sight with no hardware and little to no expense on a small WP blog site. This is ideal if you want to start working with a self hosted WordPress site for developmental purposes, monetization of your blog, or just good ol’ bragging rights.

In this article I will go into an overview of the EC2 service and the various Virtual Machines (referred to as instances from here on out) that are free and paid. Some may be free to download and initially spin up but may incur an additional cost to the AWS price tier even if you are in the Free Tier. Even though I discuss the free tier exclusively and micro-instances it should be mentioned that the AWS allows for scalability of your WordPress site so it can grow as your site(s) grow.

Bitnami Logo for WP instance.There are various pre-made instances for use with your AWS account that are configured for just about “one touch” configuration. Some are free, others are free to upload to AWS but incur a usage cost, and others cost for upload and usage. A few of the providers are; Bitnami, JumpBox, and Turnkey Linux. If you do choose to go with these “one click” solutions be sure to read all the print to verify if there are any charges for the instance or use of and how the charges are calculated. Continue reading Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

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Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

Domain Name Services (DNS) is a service which exist to help us humanize the addresses of networked resources. Humans remember words as a whole easier than numbers representing octal based Internet Protocol addresses of those same networked resources be them across the Wide World Web or just an arms length away on our local network.

That was a mouth full. Essentially through DNS you can type in a URL into your favorite web browser and through the process of name resolution your system contacts a server acting in your behalf to find the correct IP address that matches the human oriented address you type in.

Sounds simple but a lot of chatter between various servers near and far may happen just to pull up that favorite site that you wish to view. First your own system will see if it has the particular IP/URL pairing locally in it’s own tables. On your computer this information will be kept in a host.txt file and depending on the operating system the location varies. Continue reading Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

How to Use the WordPress.com Reader

WordPress.com Reader is ideal for the WordPress.com member who needs to be updated 24/7, those who work in industries where changes occur repeatedly such as news or finance, or just the average person who likes to have all the information they need at there fingertips. Can you just imagine having all this information fed into your computer or mobile device as it is happening? Well, this is what WordPress.com Reader will do for you.

The WordPress.com Reader displays all the posts in order as they are published with the most current blogs at the top of the list. You will see just a small excerpt of each post, as an introduction to the blog, with thumbnails of images. When you want to read more, just click on the blog title and you can read the full blog. Here is an example of what you might see from a blog excerpt:

WordPress reader blog feed example.

At the bottom of the WordPress.com Reader feed you have the option to Like and/or Reblog  by clicking on the icons in the bottom right corner of each post. Continue reading How to Use the WordPress.com Reader

Aligning Images in WordPress

This article is going to teach you the best ways to align your photos in WordPress.

You want to start by writing your article first. A lot of people think that it is better to have the images in first and then add the text around it, but that is actually not the best way. It is much harder to get around the images in the way you like if you do it that way. Continue reading Aligning Images in WordPress

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 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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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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