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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

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How to Use the WordPress.org Forums

Most people who spend any time on the web are familiar with forums, message boards where people get together and talk about certain specific subjects.

The WordPress.org forums are a great tool for anyone having trouble with their self-hosted WordPress site. In this tutorial, we cover some basics about using the WordPress.org forums:

  • How to access the forums
  • Posting on the WordPress.org forums
  • How to properly phrase a request for help
  • How to answer a forum question

How to Access the WordPress.org Forums

  1. Go to WordPress.org Support Forums

    A picture of the WordPress.org homepage, with the "Support" link opened up and the links for Forums and Documentation displayed

  2. Select the forum that best pertains to the problem you are having. 

    A picture showing some of WordPress.org's sub-forums,

It is worth noting that there is a specific forum for Multisite WordPress users as well as WordPress Plugins, Themes, and other areas of WordPress interest and support.

Posting on the WordPress.org forums

Now that you’ve navigated to the appropriate forum that pertains to the problem you’re having, it’s time to learn how to post in the forum.

  1. First, login to your WordPress.org account using the form at the top of the forum screen. If you do not already have a WordPress.org account, instead click on the “Register” button, which will take you through the steps of creating an account.

    Picture of the WordPress.org log-in form, as well as the "Register" button

  2. Click on the “Add New” button next to the forum’s title to start a new post. 

    A picture of the "Add New" button on WordPress.org's forum page

How to properly phrase a request for help

When starting a new post, it is important to give it a title that will clearly convey what help you are seeking.

Here is an example of a properly phrased request for help:

Picture of a WordPress.org post, asking for help with a password error

Anyone viewing the forums can tell at a glace what problem this user is having and if they are able to assist them.

A properly phrased request for help means it is more likely to get a response. Avoid overly general titles like “Looking for help!” or “I’m getting an error” as these are more likely to be ignored.

How to Answer Forum Questions

To answer a forum question, simply log in and click on the title of the post you wish to answer. This will bring you you to a screen that will allow you to reply to the question asked.

A picture of a reply form to a WordPress.org forum post

Finding posts that have a fewer number of replies will usually be more beneficial than responding to a post that has a large number of replies. While there’s nothing wrong with adding your voice to the conversation, there’s a better chance that the poster has already found the help they were looking from from a previous response.

Putting It All Together

WordPress.org’s forums can be a very powerful and helpful resource. By following the steps detailed in this post, you can not only find help to issues you are having with WordPress but also help strengthen the community by helping to solve the problems of others as well.

Here are some helpful articles to guide you through the WordPress Support Forums.

Becoming a WordPress Codex Contributor

WordPress Official Logo.WordPress would be nothing if people like you were not using it to the fullest. For each post you make, trick you learn, and thing you share, you breathe life into WordPress. There is a clear give and take here; one that should be embraced. One of the best ways to embrace this system is to contribute to it. Did you know that you can be a contributor to the WordPress Codex?

There are three approaches you can take to doing so…

  1. Administration and Maintenance
  2. Content Management
  3. Discussions and Decisions

Not everyone has the same skill sets or interests to invest in as a contributor. Learn about the different approaches and see what fits you best! Are you into managing people or content, or would you prefer to help using discussions? Surely one approach sparks your interest; wouldn’t you enjoy helping yourself and others in a fun new way?

Here’s how you get started…

First off you need to log in to your WordPress account or register for one . Next you will want to create a user page, which is best described as your profile for the WordPress Codex. You will use this to keep in touch as well as let people know who you are and what you’re about. To really stay in the loop, though, take one last step and sign up for the  wp-docs mailing list. Once that is taken care of, you will be ready to start contributing!

As with any multi-contributor site, you need to be sure that you are filled in regarding how you present content. Take some time and familiarize yourself with the guidelines and styles before actually contributing.

You are encouraged to network with others and look around the WordPress Codex to get an idea of how things work.  Don’t make becoming a contributor into a larger task than it is. It can be approached the way you want, you can work as much or as little as you desire, and it all can begin by taking one simple step.

How to Embed a Google Map

There are a lot of tutorials on how to use Google Maps in WordPress, so here is a very simple and detailed way of doing it.

Embed a Map

It’s quite simple actually. Begin by going to Google Maps. From there you can type in the exact address you’re looking for or a general location and click enter on your keyboard (or click the little blue search button).

This is a picture of Google maps and how to use the search button. Continue reading How to Embed a Google Map

Taxonomy: Tags in WordPress

Do you know how to use tags properly when making a post? Tags are easy to use and a very powerful tool. They pick out topics that pertain to the post they correspond with and guide your readers to related topics. They are not, however, to be used like categories, which are similar in definition but are used much differently. Tags are your site’s index words. Categories are the table of contents.

How would you handle your posts if you had a blog about, lets say running marathons. At the very least you would have three categories…training, stories, and community. Within these three categories you could easily separate advice you have to give from the stories from past marathons and still have a space to post about what’s happening in the running community. Continue reading Taxonomy: Tags in WordPress

What is Blogging, Anyway?

Defining a Blog

If you were setting out to write an article titled “What is Blogging, Anyway?”, you would probably start out by looking into the topic the way any true internet researcher would: by typing “Blog” into Wikipedia and seeing what results came up. The definition of what constitutes a blog is fairly inline with what you might expect:

A blog (a truncation of the expression web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Continue reading What is Blogging, Anyway?

The Art of the Screen Capture

What is a Screen Capture?

A Screen capture, which is also referred to as a screen shot, is the act of capturing what is displayed on your computer screen and saving it in an image format.

There are many ways to take screen shots, from basic button combinations on  Windows and Macintosh  systems to multiple different screen capture programs that are available to download for free. Continue reading The Art of the Screen Capture

How to Install a WordPress Plugin on InstantWP

Here, you will learn how to install a Plugin on WordPress, using InstantWP.

Don’t have InstantWP? Click here to read an instructional tutorial on how to learn more, install and use InstantWP.

(Please note: These directions are exactly the same when installing a WordPress plugin on WordPress.org.)
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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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