Upgrading And Deleting Plugins In The WordPress Admin Dashboard

In a separate article, we provide a detailed explanation of what plugins are about and how you can use plugins to easily increase your website’s capabilities. To view this article, go here: Using WP Plugins To Enhance Your Site’s Capabilities In this tutorial you will learn why plugins need to be kept up-to-date, how to safely update and uninstall plugins from your site, and some great tips to help you better manage your plugins if you plan to own or manage multiple WordPress sites. Why Some Plugins Need To Be Regularly Upgraded The WordPress software is regularly updated (about every 3-4 months) to fix bugs and address security issues and vulnerabilities found in earlier software versions, and to improve existing features. Depending on how many plugins you use on your site, there will typically be new updates for plugins every. The reason for this, is because most plugins for WordPress are created by external developers, so sometimes code in the new WordPress version conflicts with plugins that were developed and tested with a previous version. Whenever this happens, there is a potential for problems to sometimes occur. Fortunately, most WordPress plugin developers (and the WordPress developer community itself) are quite proactive when it comes to making sure that plugins get updated when a new version of WordPress is released (if this is required). All you have to do on your end, is maintain your plugins up-to-date, which, as you will …

Read moreUpgrading And Deleting Plugins In The WordPress Admin Dashboard

Tutorial: How to Edit Your WordPress Profile

Your Profile Section lets you how your name displays on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, other personal details, and personal options. In this blog post you will learn about editing your WordPress user profile. You will also learn how to set up a user information box that will automatically link your published content to the Author Archives page of your site and how to use this feature to better promote users or their business online. Editing Your User Profile And Personal Options In WordPress On the far right of the Admin Toolbar is the “Howdy, User Name” section … Hover over this area with your mouse and it displays an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link … Choose Edit My Profile… You can also access your user profile using the main navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile … This open up the Profile screen … The Profile section contains various subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your WordPress user account. These include: Personal Options Name Contact Info About Yourself Change Password Let’s now review each of these options … Profile Fields Please refer to the above image as you go through the sections below. Main User Profile Area 1 – Accessing Your User Profile As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile by …

Read moreTutorial: How to Edit Your WordPress Profile

Using WordPress To Grow A Successful Business

Do you know much about WordPress? Maybe you have heard of WordPress, maybe you haven’t. You may be forgiven for thinking that WordPress is mostly a “technical” software application that mostly excites code-programming techies and geeks such as website developers and website designers. I understand why you may feel this way. Maybe you believe that, as a small business owner, your focus should be on your business and not on technical things like websites. That’s why businesses hire web developers, website designers and web masters to build and manage their sites, isn’t it? In the Digital Economy, business owners can no longer think in terms of “looking after a business” and “owning a website” as being two separate things. A digital presence is now an integral part of your business whether you care to admit this or not, and managing your business online, is just as important as managing your business offline. Consider the following: Don’t Ignore Competition No matter what business you are in, you have global competition for new customers even at the local business level. You may not be targeting customers in your local area online, but your competitors most certainly are. You need a web presence that allows you to remain competitive in today’s digital economy. Can You Get By With Only A “Static” Website? Businesses can’t afford not to have a digital presence. Your web presence needs to be “dynamic” not static. You have to …

Read moreUsing WordPress To Grow A Successful Business

Statistics And Usage About WordPress – An Overview Of WordPress For Business

This blog post is part of a series of articles designed to help you understand how the WordPress content publishing application can help your business grow and succeed online using the WordPress CMS. For more information about of the article series, see this post: How To Grow Your Small Business With WordPress In this article, we present some statistics about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress and what kind of people and businesses are using WordPress today. WordPress: Facts And Figures A brief summary: WordPress began in 2003. WordPress is available as a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org). 23 out of every one hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for installing a new WordPress website. There are over 60 million installations of WordPress. This number is growing everyday. Over one-sixth of all websites around the world are driven by WordPress. More than 60% of all sites worldwide using a content management system are driven by WordPress. Over 30 million searches are made on Google each month for WordPress related terms. The WordPress application is completely free to download, use and modify. WordPress is built using an open source content management system. WordPress code is continually built by volunteers. Thousands of people from all around the world work on developing and improving WordPress functionality each day. WordPress is updated on a regular basis to …

Read moreStatistics And Usage About WordPress – An Overview Of WordPress For Business

Tutorial: Customizing the WordPress Dashboard

If you need help using WordPress, you may want to see this step-by-step tutorial on how to use your site’s administration area: The WP Administration Section – An Overview Is your website or blog powered by WordPress? If so, and you have to log in and out of your admin area on a regular basis, it’s useful to know how to customize your WordPress Dashboard. In this tutorial, we’ll show you a number of simple things you can do to customize the WordPress back-end without modifying any web code. How To Declutter The Dashboard Area As your site gets bigger, your admin area can start looking quite busy … Fortunately, you can “tidy up” your work area by hiding, minimizing and rearranging your admin panels. Hiding Information Panels The Screen Options feature is located in the top-right corner of your WordPress admin screen, in the header area … In the main Dashboard, clicking on the Screen Options tab lets you specify options like which panels of your Dashboard screen you want to hide or display … By hiding/displaying, you can organize your admin dashboard, and display only necessary information … Minimizing WP Dashboard Panels As well as hiding elements, you can minimize content blocks in your dashboard area by clicking on the little inverted triangle in the corner of a panel’s title bar … This will help keep your working area uncluttered. You can expand/collapse as much information in your …

Read moreTutorial: Customizing the WordPress Dashboard

Tutorial: Your WordPress Dashboard Explained

New to WordPress? Learn your way around admin screen of your WordPress web site. The WordPress control area of your website or blog is one of the most important areas of WordPress to master. In this tutorial you will learn how to use administration screen of your WordPress website.

How To Plan Your Small Business Web Site: A Comprehensive Guide For Business Owners – Part 3

Are you considering the idea of getting a website built for your small business? Then this detailed guide to website planning is for you. The Website Planning Process – Part 3 In Part One and Two of this article, we have looked at the following areas of the website planning process: Part 1: Step 1 – Defining Your Website Goals Step 2 – Your Web Site Name Step 3 – Manage Your Website’s Technology Part 2: Step 4 – Define Your Website Target Audience Step 5 – Keywords Step 6 – Define Site Categories Step 7 – Defining Your Content Strategy Now on to the final step… You’re almost done with your initial website planning work. In this phase of the site planning process, we are going to set up an initial blogging schedule, define what type of content you will create for your website or blog, and decide who will do what on your site. Step 8 – Your Content Publishing Or Blogging Schedule You need to publish content regularly for your digital presence to grow. A content publishing system is the most productive and effective way to plan, schedule and track your content creation and publishing process. Create Your Blogging Or Content Publishing Schedule Now that you have created an initial list of content ideas, the next step is to set up an initial blogging or content publishing schedule. Although this step may not seem to be directly …

Read moreHow To Plan Your Small Business Web Site: A Comprehensive Guide For Business Owners – Part 3

How To Plan Your Web Site: A Comprehensive Guide For Business Owners – Part 2

The Website Planning Process – Part 2 Up to this point, we have looked at the following areas of the website planning process: Part 1: Laying the Foundation Step 1 – Defining Your Site Goals Step 2 – Web Site Name Step 3 – Manage Your Technology Step 4 – Defining Your Target Audience As you can see, in Part 1 we have established the foundations for planning your website. If you have been following our recommended process, you would have a clear idea of your site’s goals and objectives, established your website name, decided on the technology platform you will be using and defined your target audience. At this point, you could feasibly start building your web site. I suggest, however, that you go through the planning process presented below, as I will now cover planning your website content and reviewing effective strategies for managing and publishing your content. Getting all of your planning completely done before you start building your website or blog could save you a significant amount of time and money. Step 5 – Your Keyword Phrases Identify Your Main Keywords Now that you have a clearer idea of who you will be targeting with your site, it’s time to identify the main key phrases that you would like people and search engines to associate with your site. This will help search engines to connect your website with your target readers. Ideally, you should try to …

Read moreHow To Plan Your Web Site: A Comprehensive Guide For Business Owners – Part 2

How To Plan Your Website: A Comprehensive Guide For Business Owners – Part 1

Are you considering launching a website? If so, one of the many decisions you have to make is whether or not to build this site yourself, or get someone else to build your website. Both options have pros and cons. Whatever option you select will depend on a number of other factors such as: What kind of financial resources you have available How much time you can put into this area Your needs and priorities Sense of urgency Your level of technical skill Your level of commitment to supervise and manage the project etc … If you have a small budget and you want to save money, you could opt to develop the site yourself, and if that is the route you decide to go will need to spend time figuring out how to put it all together. That’s why I’ve pulled together this three part series to help you, no matter if you are planning on outsourcing or insourcing this series will help. The Web Site Planning Process – A Money-Saving Blueprint For Business Owners [postgopher name=”How to Plan A Website Post Bundle” pid=”14394,14430,14452″]In a hurry? Download ALL THREE Part of This Series[/postgopher] Whether you decide to build a website yourself or get someone to build it for you, the first important step is to plan your website. In this post we explain the importance of planning your small business website and how to save money getting a web site. …

Read moreHow To Plan Your Website: A Comprehensive Guide For Business Owners – Part 1

How To Create A Static Homepage In WordPress

Typically, most websites have a home page that acts as the virtual “face” of your business and greets everyone who arrives via your front door. The home page of your site is important, because it is generally the first thing a visitor sees when they arrive on your site if they type in your domain name on their web browser, or navigate to your website from a search engine or directory. The homepage can also act as a landing page to catch the attention of visitors, provide information to visitors about who you are, what you do and also to help them find their way to other pages on your website. In a traditional website, the main page and its content are normally intrinsically part of the home page file (e.g. www.mywebsite.com/index.php), so if you want visitors to see different content on the main page when they arrive on your site via the main URL (i.e. www.mywebsite.com/), you would have to edit the content of the page itself, or log into your server and change the file name. WordPress makes things easier for website owners, especially for site owners don’t want to mess around with stuff like editing page code and file names in server files. In a default installation, WordPress acts as a “blog” and presents a dynamic list of recently-published posts, with the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content visible for each entry published, and …

Read moreHow To Create A Static Homepage In WordPress