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.
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
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
Post titles can be a great way for people to find your post, it can attract people through search engines, that is if they are used properly.
Post Titles and Themes
Most Themes restrict post title length to two lines, however this might not be the case for all WordPress Themes. If you would like to write long post titles, test out multiple WordPress Themes an check the single post pageview as well as the front page as they may look different.
When looking for a Theme for your site it is advised to look at every aspect of the Theme, and not just the home page, there might not be support for some headings, or there may be issues with images. Continue reading How to Write Post Titles in 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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If you’ve been looking for a fun and informative source for WordPress news and info checkout WordPress Tavern: WP Weekly Podcasts, a great resource for WordPress news, reviews, and interviews. Contributor Jeff Chandler is the host of WP Weekly Podcasts provides community members with great advice from WordPress developers, contributors and other web based companies, who provide insights that you would not have access to anywhere else.
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You will see on wpTavern a post about the release of BuddyPress2.0. If you don’t know what BuddyPress is, it can me best described as,
FaceBook in a box for WordPress
Meaning, BuddyPress gives the users the ability to indulge in chatting with one another just as you would on FaceBook!
This is exciting news for any one that has or will use buddy press. The new version has many things it is bringing to the table, including important security fixes and added improvements to WordPress menus integration. Expect to see things like synchronization of comments and conversations as well as a better hierarchal indicators.
Don’t settle to just know a handful of what is to be expected, there is much more to be offered! The article on wpTavern goes into much greater detail. Take a look to not only learn more about what BP2.0 is bringing to the table, but also what the BuddyPress documentation team has planned for the near future.
Postcard is a new, free app available in iOS app marketplace. It allows users to share content to multiple Social Networks including a “Custom Network,” aka your WP blog. This app, which is also a plug-in available on WordPress.org redirects traffic away from the Social Network sites and back to your site where it belongs.
To learn more checkout : “Own Your Content: Postcard Social Sharing App Launches With WordPress Integration”
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…
- Administration and Maintenance
- Content Management
- 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.
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).
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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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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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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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Finding the link to edit a post or page on WordPress is perhaps one of the simplest things that you can do (which is perhaps why I’m writing on this topic, but, shhh…don’t tell anyone.) To start with, you must have already made a post or page to edit in the first place. Continue reading How to Edit a Post or Page
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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