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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Introducing Wordpress Essentials For Beginners
8 pages
Section 2: Registering, Installing and Setting a New Domain
06:09

Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

For this tutorial, we are going to take a look at how to buy  domain name.  Now there are lots of sites that will allow you to buy a domain name.  We’re going to be using GoDaddy.com, but other sites include name a namecheaps.com, bluehost.com, and many more.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at our front page here and see what kind of specials Godaddy is offering us.  Along the top, we have domains, hosting and servers; we’ve got storage, web design, how to generate income, web-based e-mail, SSL Security, auctions, and My Account.

Now I am not logged in yet, but we’re going to take at that in just a moment.  When you scroll down, you’re going to see a box that says “search for new domain name”, and we are going to look for a domain name that we want to use.  And in this case, it is going to be Wordpresstutorialhub, and at the end it says dot com.  Now you can use the drop down box, and you can choose .net, .org, etc.  You can use any of these tags afterwards.  And once you find one you want to use, click on “go”.  So right now this is available, and it shows us the different options that they are offering.  Right now it is $12.99, and you can click “add” and it will go into your shopping cart.  You can also choose to add an addition to .com, .co .net, .info, etc..  The .info actually comes free with your .com with a special they’re running right now.  So choose any tags you want to use.

It also shows you other variations you may want to consider.  So you may decide to use one of these instead, if you don’t want to use your original, and it shows you the price.  It shows you premium domains you may want, and these are all using more expensive because they are more likely to have people do searches on these particular word sequences.  Underneath, you may see a country or region domain that you may want to use, and then again underneath it has additional pricing for additional tags.

So I’m just going to choose the one we originally put in, Wordpresstutorialhub.com and I’m just going to click “add”.  You can see that it has popped up over here in my shopping cart.  We’re going to continue to registration.  Now notice in red it says that you can get bulk pricing, and if you do that you can add five more domains and it will lower the price of each domain name.  But let’s click on “continue registration”.

It now has another window that has popped up that shows us that we can get three more or that you can get five more.  You may decide that you want to get these names so that if people put in these word combinations with these tags, they will end up coming to your site.  And it will show you how much you can save at the bottom.  Or you can click on ”no thanks”.  If you are already a customer, you can go ahead and log in.  If not, you can go ahead and create your domain registration information.  First name, last name, e-mail address, address, city, country, state, zip code, and phone.  You can tell all of these are required because they have a red star after them.  So go through and fill out all of this information.  Since I already have an account, I’m going to go ahead and log in.  And click “next”.

On the next page, it’s going to take us to our domain registration information.  It will show us what our domain name is, and we can also view or edit it right underneath, and then it will ask how long we want to register with this name.  I’m going to buy it for one year.  Next is going to ask if you want to certify the name, or keep it uncertified.  If you certify your domain name, it certifies that your website name belongs directly to you, rather than a hacker.  It will also display the certified name seal on your site.  If you’re going to be hosting your domains elsewhere, you can set your name servers in the next box.  And you can include free auto-renewal protection if you want to click right here.  Right now it’s set to free auto-renewal, but you can change this by clicking.  You can click here for product disclaimers and legal policies, click on three for your privacy and domain protection.  And we’re going to use the privacy with business registration, because we don’t databases to find us quite yet until we get the website built.  So I’m going to click “select”.

And you can see again, this has popped up our shopping cart.  Next is activate your domain.  Right now our e-mail address is inactive, but if we want to activate our e-mail addresses, which would be, say, your name at Wordpresstutorialhub. com, you could click here for five or 10 e-mail addresses with unlimited storage, or you can get their complete e-mail package.  This is only $5.49 a month but you can also choose these other packages.  Almost all sites are going to offer these types of packages.  If you want to add hosting, you can also choose a hosting plan.  As you can see here they offer two hosting plans: the web hosts economy for $4.74 a month, as well as the web hosting deluxe plan for $6.64 a month.  And you can also choose other features for your site, which include an SSL certificate, which guarantees your customers information; a search engine enhancement, which is $35.88 a year to bring more traffic to your website, and a shopping cart that allows you to put 20 products in your catalog for $9.49 a month.

I’m happy with what I’ve already chosen, so I’m simply going to click “next”.  The next stage is my shopping cart.  This will show my domain name and any other details that I chose.  Once again it allows you to add matching domains and it also allows you to choose a private registration service or a business registration service.  Once we have everything we want, we’re going to go ahead and click on “continue to check out”.  I’d like to use Paypal to pay for this site, and it will ask if I want to use my saved Paypal profile and I’m going to click “OK”.  So now, as you can see, Wordpresstutorialhub.com belongs to me and a no one else can buy it.  So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope it helps you get through the process of purchasing your domain name.  We will see you next time!

07:00
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi in this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to buy your web hosting.  And the web hosting is where you are actually going to have your web sites home.  So all of your files will be in this server, just like they would be on your hard drive.  For this one, we’re going to use blue host dot com, and I’m going to actually put in a special address up here that will allow me to buy my hosting for a lower price.  And it’s WWW.blue host dot comtrackspecial bonus.  And I’m going to go ahead and click enter, and it will take me to a certain page. 

This page is going to allow me to buy my web hosting for $4.95 a month, so this is a savings of $2.00 a month.  This will also have all the features that come with this web hosting.  It will also show you other services offer by the hosting company, such as their 800 numbers, how to resell for web hosting, and how to actually use your Cpanel, which is what you’ll use to build your site.  And then down on the bottom, that we have one click script installs.  So if you want to use any of these, you would just click on them.  That would be Wordpress, june law to recall, etc. 

For the moment, we’re just going to go ahead and buy are hosting.  I’m going to click sign up now.  First, you need either tell if you have a domain name or if you need a domain name.  I actually already have a domain name, so I’m going to type in right here.  However, if you need one, this will allow you to type in the domain name, choose dot com, .net, or any other ending you want, click next, and it will tell you if your domain name is open, and if you can buy it.  I already have a domain name, so I’m going to go ahead and put it in and I’m going to put it in as illustrated underneath, which is just the name of my site, which is Wordpress tutorial hub dot com, and I’m going to click next.  If I have any questions, you can start right here to chat with one of their customer service representatives, or you can call them at these 800 numbers.  I’m going to go ahead and click next. 

Now I’m actually going to be transferring my domain two blue host, because I’ve already gone the domain name and the domain I had no one is Wordpress tutorial hub dot com.  You can also choose .net, dot org.info or Dobbins,.  Each of these additional domains Kos $11.00 ID 5¢, Siew can add those on if you don’t already on them.  Next I’m going to fill out the account information including my business name if I have one, my first and last name, my street address city state zip code, phone number, and e-mail address.  You can also put in your mobile number if you wish. 

If you’re out scroll down you see you can also choose their pro package, which includes faster speed, more power, and better security, which it plus it’s only in 1995 a month instead of the normal price of 2495.  Siew can choose that option as well.  Underneath that, as our package information, whether you want to start with three years, two years, one year, or if you just want to do AVG pro for 12 month price for 1995 as explained up in that box above.  We’re going to go ahead and buy for 24 months.  You can also choose the site like domain security, and the site backup pro.  To find out more information about the nose, you will just click and those boxes.  Again, you can read all about information about those options, chat with a live person, or call the rate hundred number. 

Funny are going to go down to billing information and it will bring up the billing information or you can click on more payment options and decide to pay with plate play and pay with paypal.  I’m going to be using a MasterCard for this account, so I’m going to be using the drop down next to card type, put in MasterCard, fill out my credit card number, expiration date, and then the three digits.  Cut on the back the card.  Once that is done, I’m going to click on I agree to the terms of service and cancellation policy.  Always read those before you click them because you’re basically giving in your signature the brat them.  I’m going to go ahead and put my information and now.  Next it’s going to ask for the upgrade to suit my needs, including additional domain names as I discussed before, and it also includes available domains that are close the name I’ve already chosen, and if I want to search for register he domains register, I can do that as well. 

For additional domain names their $11.00 Monday 5¢ per year.  For the big sender’s e-mail attachments, this allows me to put the files into the cloud and send them through e-mail.  This goes up to two big gigabytes.  If you decide to use the service, it costs a 95 a month and it will add it to your card.  You can also back up your pro with your site backup and restore toll, which is 1295 year period that can vary will be worth it, especially if this is the first website you put together just to make sure you don’t lose your website and that it’s always backed up correctly. 

There is also dedicated IP address, which means that only one IP addresses tight your account and only your account for $30.00 a year.  A positive SS sell certificate, and you’ll want to use this if you’re going to be doing the commerce on your site, and this is going to give you a high level encryption between the website in the end user to make sure no ink and steal their information from you or from them as the information is being put into your site or afterwards.  And SCO link building. 

This is good if you plan on using this to network to build and he he link building services, and this allows you to pick your domain, and you can click on he add to cart if you want that.  At the bottom is your upgrade total, and you can click on complete.  Congratulations, we’ve gone ahead and we bought our first of a name.  Now before we log into the accounts or use the hosting features, we need to create a secure password. 

So we’re going to go to create your password.  As you can see, their password requirements.  We need at least one upper case letter, one symbol, one number, when lower case letter, and at least eight characters all together so I’m going to go ahead and make up a password to use for this site, and I’m going to ensure it first here and then again below.  Now you might wanna write this down if you’re going to be using a password that you don’t usually use so you don’t forgive it later.  Once you have your passwords in, then you can put in your verification and number. 

This will be 6 to 10 digits and jewelry type it.  If your pain entries don’t match, it will tell you and you can go in and put them in again.  Once you have your passwords and are verifications matching, click submit.  Now it is going to ask us to put in our password and login again.  And click log in.  And this will take us into our Cpanel.  If you need help, you can click on get started now to take you through the process or you can click on no thanks, I’m fine.  Either way, you can click on the box that says dot show this again and choose help or no help.  And now you’re ready to go.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and we’ll see you for the next one.

05:17
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to change the domains DNS. And the DNS is the address that the web servers will try to find to locate your web address.  Right now we bought our web hosting on Bluehost, but to show you this particular tutorial we’re going to change the DNS on GoDaddy, which is where we bought our original domain name.  As explained on the other tutorials, most of the sites have the same Cpanel or control panel setups, so no matter which one you bought, they should have basically the same thing.

First, I’m going to go ahead and log into my domain.  Once I am into FoDaddy, I’m going to go into the domain dashboard of the page I’m trying to work on, and this one is Wordpresstutorialhub.com.  I am going to scroll down, this gives me all of my domain information, my domain enhancement and related products, and below right here you see it says DNS, the nameservers’ or the DNS manager.  The DNS is the domain nameservers’ manager, and right now this gives you the information you need on the DNS. Over here you see it says NS05.domaincontrol.com. This allows me to set my nameservers or to manage my DNS records.

Now if I want to, say, used the Bluehost hosting that I had gotten earlier, I can go into the domain manager, pull up my nameservers tab, and it shows me right now what my DNS is for the site, which is NS1.Bluehost.com.  And it also shows my IP address.  So let’s say we actually had bought our web hosting on GoDaddy but bought our name from Bluehost. So what I would do to choose the nameservers would be either to click to set nameservers and click if you want to park your domains, forward your domains to your correct website, if you have a hosting account with domains, or if you have specific nameservers for your domains. 

Let’s say that I want to redirect from the web site at host my name to the actual website that I have on my hosting.  I click I have specific nameservers, and you’ll see that it comes up with a combination of letters and numbers, then the name of the site dot com, usually in nameserver 1 and nameserver 2. If I go to Bluehost and look into my nameservers, it will give me an as 1.Bluehost.com and ns2.Bluehost.com, and that’s what I want to change mine to.  So I’m going to right click, hit copy, go back into my domain manager, go into the nameserver, and I’m going to paste, either by right clicking and hitting paste or control+V or Command+V, depending if you have windows or Mac, and I’m going to grab the second one as well and make sure that I’ve got the correct nameservers under my nameserver box. You can also can add more if necessary. Or as I said, you can forward your domains. 

So let’s say you have an old domain and you want all of your addresses to forward to your new correct website, and you can also click on that, and it will show you how to forward your domain so people will be taken to your correct current site, and then you can click ok. Once that’s done, it usually takes between two hours and two days for your nameservers to be set correctly, but that will ensure if someone comes to your web site’s name they will be taken to your current site.  And you can also click on manage DNS records.  Since I’ve already put that I’m going to be changing this, it’s not going actually let me do anything with it now, but if you decide to change anything in the future, you can just click on that and follow the instructions. This also shows your DNS manager.  And if you need your calendar, e-mail, fax, or any other DNS information, this is the DNS information for those. 

Now there is usually one other way to forward all of your domains, and in case you’re using a Cpanel, I’m going to show you in Bluehost.  As I said, most Cpanels are pretty much the same depending on which hosting service you get. And if you scroll down, you’ll see in the Cpanel ithas that you can go to your domain manager.  If you go into your Cpanel, you’ll see that you can also go to redirects and this will redirect any old website you may have and then it will direct them to your new website. So you can make this permanent or temporary, put in all public domains that are under the name that you have bought.  In this case, it is going to be Wordpresstutorialhub.com, and also if you have a back slash. 

So let’s say you have a sub directory that is members, or special, or something like that, you can put that back slash in that sub directory and you can redirect to the website where you want to go. You also have a choice if you only want to redirect of people type in www, if you want to redirect with or without the www, because not all people use the www at the beginning, or if you don’t want to redirect if the person uses www. And click wildcard redirect if you want to make sure that every sub domain for this site will go back to the appropriate domain, and click on add.  So those are two different methods of going in and setting your nameservers, and forwarding your websites if necessary.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I look forward to teaching you again the next time. Thank you for listening.

09:32
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at the Cpanel or control panel of your website.  Now this has a whole bunch of really fantastic tools for you to use.  It will allow you to do everything from search engine optimization to adding ecommerce to your sites, to giving you templates, allowing you to control your email address, your files, domains and so on.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at the setup first of all.  The first thing you should know is that you will be using some of these departments more than others, and the great thing about the Cpanel is it will usually allow you to click on one of these and drag it up to wherever you need to go.  So the ones you use most often will be at the top of the page. 

So as you can see, at the top of the Bluehost panel; they’ve got a promotional items which are usually different specials you can get from their sponsors, including their Adwords, their yellow page listings, boxed art templates if you’re not sure what you want to do with your template and you want to build it up.  It has partners, and there are different services you can integrate into your website, including online payments, cloud storage, which is basically having all of your information stored on a remote server, preferences, and there is a getting started wizard here, too. 

So if you would like to click on that, it will take you through all the ways you can get started on using your Cpanel. It allows you to update your password, it gives you some how to videos which can be very helpful, you can update your contact and billing information. If you decide you want to use web-based email, this is also a large part that allows you to do that. There’s an e-mail marketing part, your web mail address that you can click on, and this will allow you to set up your e-mail address and password, and that way if someone sends you an email through your website it will go directly into you email account.

You also will have Postini, which is a great anti-spam program that is offered by Google so you won’t get too much spam coming to your email. You can set up auto responder so if someone sends you an e-mail through your site, they’ll automatically receive an e-mail back saying that you have received the e-mail and will be responding as soon as possible.  Forwarders that every time you get an email address and you want it forwarded to another one, you can have it automatically forwarded to another one, whether personal or business.  It has the e-mail lists, advance e-mail campaigns, user level filtering, you can import addresses, usually from Excel or from a database, you can send large files, you can adjust your spam adjustments. We also have site builders; Wordpress is extremely popular right now.

With Wordpress, it usually is just basically a plug and play type of thing, you can put in different functions and it allows you to update daily, and you can put in Google and Facebook and all kinds of good things there. You can also put in Simple Scripts and Weebly Website builder from Bluehost. Underneath is your file manager and this is going to be very, very important.  You’ll have a site backup and restore, and when you do make changes to your site, you always want to run a site backup and save it to your computer so if something happens you can come back later and you can restore your site, say, before anything went wrong. 

We’ve got file managers, and the file managers are where you will actually go into your server and you’re going to load all of your website files onto there. And if you click on that, it will allow you to use your directory for your website to go in. And once you get to here, it’s going to pull up all of your files and allow you to load your website and any widgets you may have, any databases and information.  It is also going to show you your disk space usage, take a look at your FTP accounts, and your FTP accounts are where you can keep large files of your own for customers or partners to download, or they can upload their stuff to your FTP accounts and you can pull it straight off from there, so it’s an easier way to send large files to each other. Website movers, you can sign up for unlimited FTP; for logs, this is going to show you how much bandwidth your site is using.  It has a Webalizer, and this is going to show you statistics on how many people are coming to your site, where they’re going on the site, where they’re coming from, their country of origin, things like that. 

You can choose your log programs, you can take a look at our statistics, you can take a look at all the statistics of your latest visitors and logs, and this is just a great way to see if your site is being successful and if it’s being looked at by the people you want it to be looked at, and this will allow you to kind of set up a better marketing campaign.  For security, we have ways to password protect directories, so people can’t get into certain parts of your website without a password. That’s very common for sites that have paid information on there that you don’t want just anyone to be able to get into. You have your SSL and TLS manager; that is your safety settings manager.  You can get into there and set that to make sure that your customers’ information is private and safe and yours is as well. 

We have our domains, again you can register a domain, you can transfer a domain, which we’ll look at in the next tutorial, and that will allow you to, say, buy a domain name on a different site like we did with GoDaddy and transfer that domain to your webhosting. You can add subdomains, which is when you can have freeowrdpresstutorials.com, but you also want to set up freewordpressvideotutorialsdot commembers, or freewordpressvideotutorials.comspecials , things like that.  You can set up the sub domains that will lead people to the correct site.  You can add on domains, and this when you can add a domain that isn’t already associated with your account, and we’ll have to verify ownership, and choose if it’s an add-on or parked. If it’s an add-on that means it’s going to point to a different sub-directory your account.  If it’s parked, it is going to go to the same directory as your primary domain or it can be unassigned.  And we’ll show you that later as well. Going down further, you can also do a redirect, so let’s say if someone types in freewordpressvideotutorial rather than tutorials, it will also redirect them to your site. T

here is also a DNS zone editor, and we already looked to the DNS in our other tutorial and that is your domain nameservers’ zone editor. You can put in your Google apps wizard and then your domain manager, that is going to allow you to change your DNS and things like that. Below, we’ve got your database tools.  The database tools will allow you to build up databases.  This could be of users, or visitors to your site, and databases are really helpful because they will allow you to do things like setup e-mail blasts and other large scale projects. Underneath we have software and services that are offered. All of these aren’t free, so you’ll want to go through and take a look. There’s some that are well-known like Simple Scripts and Perl Modules and Ruby On Rails.  There are Wordpress themes that are very popular. 

You can go in and build your page straight up from the Wordpress themes.  There’s also a Trendy Site Builder, so those are a good thing to go through and see what they’ve got. And then we’ve got the  more advanced programs such as Apache Handlers , image managers for pictures and PDF files, we’ve got Frontpage extensions, we’ve got process manager;, your 404 settings, which is if someone goes to a site that doesn’t exist on your server, that’s called the 404 page. And then we’ve got ways to follow Bluehost on social media, so this is for you to follow Bluehost on social media, not for anyone to follow you on the social medias.  But if you would like, you can go ahead and click on the social media sites. Keep in mind, like I said, you can move these wherever they need to go to make them easy for you to find when you’re using them. Now let scroll up again. 

We’ve got notices right here on the left hand corner, and this shows that right now they’re offering a free one-click install of a Wordpress and that is a special you can click on right here. This is a find tool so if you know what you want to do but are not sure in which of these tool boxes to find the tool, you can just type it in right there.

This will show your most frequently accessed areas, which is easy because it will just take you straight where you are usually visiting, and then your stats. So this shows your domain name, your user name, your home directory, and this is where you will be putting all of your files for your website, the IP address that you last logged in from, and your monthly bandwidth transfer. And right now I haven’t started building my sites yet so it doesn’t have anything. So I can click on expand stats, and you’ll see that it will bring up how many sub-domains, part domains, e-mail accounts, and etcetera that I have.  So all that information is on the left side. If you look over further to the domain manager, basically you can get to the domain manager through the Cpanel like I showed you. The site builders, upgrades, all of those things are under the Cpanel. So you can either go through and find them here, or click on them along the top. So I hope that this was a quick and easy way for you to take a look at the Cpanel, and I hope this is helped you out.  I look forward to seeing you at the next tutorial.  Thanks for listening. 

04:14
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

High.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to use and add on domain and this up domain in our control panel or Cpanel.  We’re going to use host gator for this tutorial, so what we’re going to do is scroll down until we get to our domain seCpanel.  We're going to use host gator for this tutorial, so what we're going to do is scroll down until we get to our domain section.  And here you can see we have sub domains at on domains, part domains redirects, an advance dns is the entries. 

I'm going to go ahead and click on sub domains first.  In a sub domain is a domain that has a URL for a different section of your website.  According to this, it can use your main domain name and a prefix.  So in the sub domain box, I'm going to go ahead and put in my sub domain name and it's going to be Wordpress tutorial hub two.  And here you'll see that says in lap .net.  But I can also make it any of these in the dropdown.  But I'm going to leave it as in lap .net.  And then down here it shows what our document route is. 

So if you were to go into your files, you would see that it would be public HTML,tutorial hub.  And I'm going to click on create.  And it shows me that this has now been created.  So it's at Wordpress tutorial hub 2. in lab dot net.  And that is our sub domain.  So let's go ahead and go back and if we scroll down you can see that we've got our subject mains.root domains doctorates, read erections, and actions. 

So this shows us what our sub domains are, and you can see we've got a few of them in here, and it shows us with their addresses are.  If they are be directed, meaning that if somebody types this name in will it redirect them to another web site, so it can even be your website.  If you want to manage the redirection or if you want to remove the file.  So that just means that basically if anyone types in Wordpress tutorial hub to dot in lab dot net, it's going to go ahead and take them to the sub domain off your website.  And you can link this back to your own domain if you want or any other domains.  So that's really simple. 

There's really not much more to say about than that.  So I'm going to scroll backup, and I'm going to go into my Cpanel again, and this time I'm going to take a look at my ad on domains.  Scrolling down, I'm going to click add ons, and this will allow visitors to reach one of your sub domains by typing in your sub domains URL.  That means you can put in additional domains on your new account if your host account allows it.Provider allows it.  These add on to me is a relative to your accounts home directory, and you know that the little house right Provider allows it. 

These add on to me is a relative to your accounts home directory, and you know that the little house right here means that it's your home directoryand then the document bridge.  So let's go ahead and put in our new domain name and I'm going to put in Wordpress tutorial hub 3. com.  And you must put the dot com and you'll notice that this will not turn into a green arrow until you do.  Underneath, we have our sub domains and FTP username and it comes up automatically as Wordpress tutorial hub three. 

You can change that if you want to, but I'm just going to leave it the same.  And then here are document route is home, public HTML, Wordpress tutorial hub dot com.  Underneath we can put in our password or you can use the password generator, and click on add domain.  And it shows us that this new add on domain has been created.  So let's go back and scroll down, and this shows us our ad on domains.  Again, this is our domain name, the domain name with a document route, the username that was chosen, whether it was retracted, and if you want to remove it or manage the redirection.  Meaning that if someone comes and types in this add on domain name, is it going to be a redirect it to another site or to your main page.  So that's how we add a sub domain and can add on domain.  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  Thanks for watching, and I will see you at the next one.

04:08
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to install Wordpress automatically on those web servers that don’t offer Fantastico Deluxe. For this one, we’re looking at Bluehost, and we’re going to take a look for the Wordpress button that is featured on its Cpanel or control panel. And we’re going to scroll down until we find Site Builder. 

Now I’m going to click on Wordpress, and this is going to show us how to install Wordpress on our website, or actually for our website. It also gives us external links for the official site for Wordpress, documentation, support forms, how you can donate to Wordpress, read reviews about Wordpress, or go to custom web design for Wordpress.  We’re going to scroll down, and it has directions to install Wordpress.

You can click on install Wordpress.  You can click on install or import below, and by doing this you accept the simple scripts Terms of Service.  And you always want to click on this box to read them before you agree to them.  And underneath there is also an article on creating simple scripts.  And here at theop it also gives versions, plugins and themes that we can add, licensing information, bugs and reported issues, and a script list.  And this script list allows us to put any of these into our Wordpress page.  But I’m going to go back to my Cpanel. 

Once again, we’re going to have to click into my site builder for Wordpress, and I’m going to click on install a brand new version because I don’t have an existing installation already that can be installed.  And I’m going to click install because I have a brand new version rather than import, which is for an existing installation. Clicking install, it shows that it’s loading, and it’s going to ask which version I’d like to install. If you’re not sure, just pick the latest one, especially if it shows that it’s stable.  Next it is going to ask where we would like the Wordpress installed. 

This is our domain name, and I’m going to make a sub directory called tutorial folder.  And I’m going to make a sub directory called tutorial.  Next are the advanced options.  These include administrative privileges, database configuration, and more options. Let’s go ahead and click to display, and this will allow us to give your site a new name, to generate a random administrator username and password if you don’t want to use your own, or you can just put your username and password in here, and you can just automatically create a database. 

And this is going to create a new database for this Wordpress.  Underneath that shows us plugins and themes, including the commerce, small business themes, and Wiziapp, which allows your site to be turned into a native Iphone app.  Finally at the bottom is legal information. I actually want to click these off right now because I don’t want any of those plugins, and I’m going to click I’ve read the terms and conditions once I’ve read the terms and conditions, and click complete.

And our installation is now complete.  The shows us our site URL, our log-in URL; you can select it, then copy, and paste this into your favorites or click on bookmark this link.  The username is admin and right now this is my password because I didn’t reset the password.  So you will probably want to copy and paste that somewhere as well.  Once that is done, you’ll want to go to My Installs, and this shows that you have already installed Wordpress.  And this allows you to go to the admin login, extend, Uninstall the Wordpress, Advanced, and Find Support. Underneath you always have the script lists, and you can add these as well to your web hosting.

So if you want to go ahead and make changes to your Wordpress account, they’re going to automatically update to your Bluehost webserver. If you have any questions, click on support, and you can either call their 188 number, which is toll free, or start right over here with a simple scripts.  So I hope that this helped you out and it’s shown you that you can actually use Bluehost and Wordpress easily with a few clicks of a button. So thanks for watching and I’ll see you at the next tutorial. 

04:11
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to install a Wordpress automatically with Fantastico De Luxe.  Now if your web host offers Fantastico, this is a fantastic way to just do a quick installation of any Wordpress site.  So I’m on Hostgator right now, and I’m in my control panel, or Cpanel.  And to find the Fantastico De Luxe icon, I’m going to scroll down until I find the software and services bar. 

Once I get here, Fantastico De Luxe is one of the Software Services is offered.  I’m going to double click it, and it’s going to allow us to install automatically all the scripts are over here on the left hand side.  You’ll see that it has blog capabilities, such as Nucleus and Wordpress, and we’re going to do Wordpress. It also has content management, customer relationships, discussion boards, etc.  Also, keep in mind that if you remove any of these scripts from your Fantastico, it’s going to free up space on your databases. 

So let’s go ahead and click on Wordpress to see which details the can give us.  Now according to this, Wordpress is a blogging software with a focus on ease of use, elegance, performance, and standards with a huge selection of themes and plugins.  So let’s go ahead and click on it, and this gives us a home page, which is http://Wordpress.org.  It gives us a link to the Wordpress support form, it allows us to do a new installation, and it shows us current installations that are already in our site. 

So let’s go ahead and do a new installation, and it’s going to ask what domain I’d like to install it on.  And if you use the drop down, it will show you the subdomains that we have for our site.  So I’m going to go and leave it on imlab.net, and I’m going to install it in a directory.  And I’m just going to name this directory Wordpress.  This will be in a subdirectory called Wordpress that is on the domain imlab.net.  If you don’t go ahead and type in the name and directory, it will put the files directly into your root directory. 

Keep in mind, as it says here, the directory should not already exists because you’re currently creating it; I’e typed in the name into the box for install directory.  Underneath that will give us admin access data, and it will ask for your username, and let’s go ahead and put in a name and then a password. And then it’s going to ask for a base configuration.  So the admin nickname is going to be… and then it is going to ask for the admin e-mail address, your site name, and the description. 

And I’m going to click “install Wordpress”.  And now it tells us the SQL database and the SQL user imlab_WRDP is going to be created and used for the installation.  It also tells us that we’ve chosen to install a domain imlab, in a subdirectory called Wordpress in the access URL will be http://imlab.netWordpress.  And to continue, we’re going to go ahead and click “finish installation”.

On the next screen, it’s going to tell you that while Hostgator does offer Fantastico, it’s not going to actually give you support for the Wordpress, but it will allow you to auto-install and auto-configure.  And it’s going to tell you that you need a username and a password to enter into the admin area, and it gives you the username and password.  Then it gives you the full URL to your admin area.  So if you like, you can hit control or command V, if you’ve got PC or Mac, left click, and it will open it up in a new tab.

Once you get here, you can bookmark this so it will automatically go back to your administration page when you go in and make any changes to your Wordpress page.  You can go back into the Wordpress overview, or you can choose to e-mail the details of this installation.  So I’m going to put in the e-mail address I’d like it to go to, and I’m going to click on “send e-mail”.  It sent the installation details, and I’m going to go back into my Wordpress overview.  Now I can login to Wordpress, I can make my site active, and it will automatically save all my changes into my Wordpress site.  So I hope this is helped you out, and made this a little easier for you, giving you a better understanding of Fantastico De Luxe. We’ll see you at the next tutorial; thanks for listening.

07:43
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to download and install Wordpress on your web server site, even if you don’t have an easy one button click.  So let’s go ahead to Wordpress.org, and we’re going to find a page that says download Wordpress 3.4.  At the time of this recording, 3.4 is the latest version used, so I’m going to go ahead to click to download, and I’m going to tell it that I want the zip file, and click download Wordpress 3.4. 

I’m going to save the file, and then I’m going to double click and open the folder where the file is saved.  And it’s in my download folder.  I’m going to minimize that screen, and then I’m going to go into my Bluehost Cpanel.  I’m going to scroll down to my file manager and double click, and I’m going to put this into the web root.  Once I’m in the web root folder, I’m going to click on new folder and I’m going to create a new folder called manually.  Because this is where I manually put in the Wordpress. 

And click on create folder.  And now it pops up in my Cpanel, and this is in my root file.  Next, I’m going to reopen the folder where I have saved my Wordpress.  I’m going to right click, and I’m going to tell it to go into Winzip, and I’m going to extract it into a folder that has my name, downloads, in Wordpress.  I like to arrange my files by date modified when I’m doing a job like this.  Once I’ve got it here, I’m going to right click again and I’m going to click on add to Wordpress.zip.  And it’s going to add all of those files to a new folder called Wordpress. 

And a folder should pop up showing my original size and my compressed size, and I’m going to click OK and then get out of these folders.  So once I’ve got that file saved into a sub folder, I’m going to click on my manually folder, I’m going to click upload, and I’m going to find that folder that I just made.  So I’m going to click on Wordpress and I’m going to tell it open.  And it’s going to go ahead and add that whole series of files that are in that folder on to my web server into my manually folder.  So while that is going, and it’s going to take a while, let’s go back into my Bluehost Cpanel and now we’re going to build a database.

The database is going to be under my SQL databases, and we just have to find out where my SQL database is, I’m going to double click on that, and I’m going to put the name of the new database and /manually.  And click on create database.  That database has been made, so I’m going to click on go back, and I’m going to go across this database that I made, right click, and I’m going to open up my Notepad++, and I’m just going to go ahead and open up a new folder and paste that in as the database name.  And I’m going to type in there that that’s the database name. 

Next, I’m going to add a new user.  Then it’s going to ask you to create a username, and I’m just going to make this imlab2.  Now you can only use up to seven letters or numbers, so you want to make it a good one.  Then we’re going to click on password generator.  Once it comes up with a password, we’re going to copy it, and we’re going to paste that into our Notepad++ file, just so we know we’ve got it someplace that it’s definitely correct.  And then I’m going to tell it that I’ve copied the password in a safe place, and to use the password.  And I’m going to tell it to create the username.  So it’s now added this user and this password. 

And I’m going to click on go back.  Now I’m going to scroll down again and I’m going to add this user to a database, so the user is the imlab2, and I’m going to add this to the manually database that I just created that is now having all my files downloaded into it, and click add.  The next page is going to ask for which privileges you want to give this user.  Since its user’s me, I’m going to click on all privileges, but you can click any or all of these if you want to.  And click make changes.  And click on go back.  Now if you scroll down to our databases, you’ll see that in my manually folder, the user imlab2 is a user.  If you want to get rid of any of these user names, you can just click on X, or if you want to get rid of the whole database, click on delete database.  All right, so now that we’ve done that, let’s go back out to our Cpanel.  I’m going to go and check on my third tab, which shows how much progress has been made on my uploading this file. 

As you can see, I’m now complete, so I’m going to X out of the third, go back into my second, and it looks empty.  But if you click on reload, it will show you that all the files are in there.  So now I’m going to click on Wordpress to file, and I’m going to tell it to extract, which is right up here on the right, and this is where I’d like to extract it to, so I’m going to click on extract files.  This will show me all the files that came out, and I’m going to click close and then again I’m going to click reload.  And there they all are, everything from my admin content pages all the way down. 

So now my Wordpress pages uploaded to my web server.  So now, to go head and install it, I’m going to make a new folder, and I’m going to take into here, Wordpresstutorialhub.commanually because that’s the name of the folder, and click enter.  Once you type in the name of your website, back slash, and the name of a new folder you added, a database, you’ll come to a new screen it will say there doesn’t seem to be a WP-config.php file, and it’s going to put up a button for you to create a configuration file, and we’re going to do that now.  This takes you the Wordpress page.  And it’s going to ask you for some information about the database name, username, host, and table prefix. Let’s go in and do that now. So we’re going to go in and it’s going to ask us for the database name.

And we’re going to change the Database name. The database name is going to be from our Notepad file that we copied and pasted earlier. Then, our username, which is going to be the beginning, underscore, and then our username; our password, which we’ve also saved in Notepad, and we’re going to leave the host and table prefix the same. And click submit. And it takes us to a success screen. And we’re going to click on run the install. Now it’s going to ask my site title. My site title for this will be Wordpresstutorialhub. The username we’re going to use is admin right now, and now it wants us to put in a password.

Then it’s going to ask for an email, and once you click on the install button on the bottom of the screen, it’s going to go ahead and take you through the install process. And when you go to look at your website, you’ll see that it will take you to the Wordpress admin. So mine is wordpresstutorialhub.com/manually/wp-admin and it will ask me to go ahead sign in with my username admin and my password that I put in earlier. So that will allow me to get in and start building my Wordpress site. So I hope that this was useful to you, and I know you’re going to have a lot of fun building your site. So I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

Section 3: Basic Wordpress Features
05:23
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

For this tutorial, we’re going to go ahead and look at how to upgrade your Wordpress.  This is pretty easy.  There are bunch of steps to it, but once you see how we do it, it will make sense.  The first thing we’re going to do is back up our database that has my site in it.  The Bluehost has site backup and restore, but if your hosting company does not have that, you may need to go down to the databases section and look for that MySQL database wizard. 

I’m going to use the site backup and restore.  Instead of just restoring the database, I want to go ahead and do a full Cpanel backup, and that’s going to be for everything.  My databases, my pictures, everything.  That way if I mess something up, I can go in and reinstall my entire site, and we won’t really have lost anything but time.  So do a full panel backup, and daily system backup, I’m going to click just as if archived, and I’m going to click on start archiving.  Then it is going to give me an option to click to download, and I’m going to download the archive file to my computer. 

That way if something goes wrong, I can go back in and fix it.  I’m going to go back out to my Cpanel, and I’m going to go into the plug-ins on my website.  I’m going to deactivate each plug-in before I’d take these files off. The quickest way is to click the button on the top to click them all, go to bulk actions, and then click on deactivate it.  Once they’re deactivated, I’m going to go back into the Cpanel and then go back in here, and we’re going to take a look at what we need to leave in which files to the left.  So I’m going to go into file manager, into my web root because that’s where my file is from my Wordpress site, and click on go.

And my manually folder, which is where I’m keeping my Wordpress site, I’m going to choose all of the files, just the files, not the folders, by clicking on the top file which happens to be index, and clicking on shift and click on index scroll to the bottom of the list, and still holding shift, click the last one.  If you have a file that is titled WP-config.PHP, you’ll want to make sure that you click control or command and then click off on that file because you don’t want to delete that one. 

If you don’t have it but you should, we’re going to go up and click delete to get rid of those files.  And click delete.  So now we’re left with the folders.  Let’s go ahead and take a look at what we need to leave in the folders.  The first one we’re going to go into his WP content.  This file we’re not going to delete.  However, if you have a cache file in here, you’re going to delete that.  We’re also going to go ahead and take a look in the plug-ins folder.  If you have a file in there that says widgets, you will get rid of that; you’ll see we also have an akismet folder, which is a plug-in file, and I’m going to delete that as well.  And I’m going to go back out into my manually folder.

If you have a WP–images folder, you want to make sure that you leave that on your server.  You’re also going to want to search for a WP– includes/language is folder.  I don’t have any languages for my WP-includes but if you’re using a language file, you’re going to leave that there, too.  Don’t delete it.  Next, if you’ve added any custom rules to your .htaccess file don’t delete it.  And, leave you robots.txt file if you have any of those.  Since I don’t have any of the robots files, I’m just going to go ahead and save all my files and delete them.

Next we’re going to go to Wordpress.org, and I’m going to go to to Wordpress 3.4, which is going to be used as our upgrade.  We’re going to save the file to our computer, and here are my extraction results, and I’m going to click close.  And reload.  Open up my Wordpress file, shift, and click all the files; open up my public HTML folder so I can see my manually folder, and click on my bottom file and write it into manually to get into the right place.  And there it is, all of my files.  Now I’m going to go ahead and log into my Wordpress dashboard.  Once you log into the Wordpress site, you can figure out if you have any upgrades that are available by going up into your address bar and after the WP-admin/, type in upgrade.php.  And you’ll come to a string that will tell you if a database is up to date.  And click continue. 

Once on there, we’re going to go into our dashboard, into our settings, and check our Permalinks.  Make sure that all your Permalinks are correct.  Then, you’re going to go back into your plug-ins and you’re going to reactivate your plug-ins.  So that is how we go ahead and upgrade our Wordpress page.  So thanks for watching I hope this helped you out, and I will see you at the next tutorial.

09:49
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hello.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look and overview of the Wordpress dashboard.  Wordpress is one of the easiest ways to build a site, even if you don’t know anything about HTML.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the features it has, and we will make this a little simpler for you while you’re building your Wordpress. 

The first thing I’m going to do is look at my dashboard, and up here it tells me that Wordpress 3.4 is available, and it asks me to update.  And I’m going to go ahead and do the update.  And this will allow me to update it now, or download 3.4.  I’m just going to have it do an automatic update by clicking on automatic update.  And it shows me some of the new features of Wordpress 3.4.  At the top, it allows us to click and visit our site.  It also shows us how many plug-in updates we have and how many theme updates. 

It allows us to look at comments that are awaiting moderation to be published on our Wordpress page, and it allows us to click here to make a new post, add media, add a new link, a new page, or a new user.  Over on the right, you can edit your profile or log out.  Here on the left you will see the dashboard.  And when you click on the dashboard, it’s going to take you to the main area where you can add it all kinds of things in your Wordpress page. 

This shows you the basic settings, you can add content and customize your site.  So let’s go ahead and take a look first at the updates.  Again, these are the Wordpress updates.  Down below are the plug-in updates, so if we have any plugins, and right now I have Akismet, I have 2.5.3 automatically when I get a Wordpress page, but I can update to 2.5.6.  And I can view all the details and click update plugins.  Below, are my themes.  This allows me to update any new themes, and right now we can use 2011 or 2010.  And those are standard means that all Wordpress accounts come with.  Next, let’s look at posts.

Posts allow you to actually put your first post on your website, and this will allow you to look at each post you have and as you add in the new post, it’s going to put it onto your front page above your last post.  You can click on add new, you can look a categories, and it will allow you to separate your posts in the categories, choose their parents to decide whether they appear on your site or not, and it shows you run categorize ones.  Next, it allows you to tag your posts, and this will allow you to basically put in Meta tags so if someone is looking up the subjects that you’ve read about are posted, you will come up on the search engines.  Next, is the media.  And the media tab allows you to update pictures, media files, and all kinds of other media files so you can link to your web page.

Then you can click on add new, and you can either drag your files in or click on select files.  Below that are the links.  And this is going to show you different links that you can hook up to your web page.  And these are just basically links that it suggests you can have, but you can always go in and you can check any ones of these off that you don’t want, click on bulk actions, and delete them, and click apply.  You can also search for links over here on the side.  Next are your pages.  Your pages allow you to set up permanent web pages that will be affected every time you make a new post unless you choose for them to be.  This will allow you to make web pages that will be changed when you post a new post for them unless you choose not to have them do so.  And it shows you how many you have all together and how many are published.  These are the all pages, or you can click on add new.

  Add new allows you to put in a title, plus all of your content.  You can say a draft, preview what you’ve done, change your status, from draft to pending review.  You can change your visibility for public to password protected to private, and you can choose to publish immediately or later.  And click on publish.  But we’ll go over that a future tutorial.  Next for comments, some people choose not to have a comment section on their Wordpress page, but this is where you can decide how you’re going to allow people to comments on your content.  And you can set this up so you can moderate the comments or they can make whatever comments they want.  Many people choose to go head and moderate the comments, so they know that there won’t be any spam or let’s just say, undesirable comments on their page.  Next, we have appearance.

And appearance allows us to choose which themes we want from the ones are already in here, or we can install a new theme.  Underneath that is widgets.  Widgets are neat little programs that you can automatically put onto your web page that will allow you to use all kinds of different functions.  For instance, you can see my main sidebar.  I’ve got a search, recent posts, recent comments, etc.  You can even add more to your showcase sidebar.  You can download the widgets through the plugins page.  Next are our menus.  Some themes don’t have menus, but you can make custom menus and custom links.  We also have theme options.  This allows you to decide if you want to start building your Wordpress page from scratch.  The header function allows you to put the header that will be at the very top of your Wordpress page, and you can use a custom header or you can put in an image.  If I were to put an image here, it would replace this image that’s already on my web page. 

Or, you can choose one of these default images.  Next is the background. So you can choose a background from a file that we have, and it will allow us to preview it right in here.  Or you can just use a color by clicking on select a color.  Then we have the editor.  The editor is good if you know how to use CSS and HTML.  If you’re not sure, then you’ll want to avoid this area.  However, if you’re pretty good HTML or CSS, you can go in here and further customize your themes.  Let’s take a look at plug-ins.  Right now, the plugins that we have, and these are little programs that allow us to have more customization for our Wordpress page, and it shows us all of our plugins; those that are inactive, updates that are available, and those will also show up under plug-in or you can add new. 

You can click in the search box and put in any type of plug-in that you can think of.  Let’s say that you want to put in a Google custom search. Put that in there, click on search plugins, and a whole list of Google custom search options will show up and you will just find one that has the right the highest rating and is the newest updated.  I can also go to editor. Editor is another place it is going to allow us to go in and change the PHP files, CSS files, text files and etc.  And again, you don’t want to touch this if you don’t know what you’re doing because you can completely destroy a page just by accidentally deleting a comma.  Next is users.  Right now, I’m the administrator, so I’m in here as the administrator.  If I want to add more people, I can click on add new and when I do that, I can decide what functions they will have. 

So I’ll put in there their e-mail, username, etc., put their role, and click on add new user.  And I can look at my profile here as well.  And this allows me to change my personal options in my profile, including my website and other contact information, my biographical information, and I can even put in a password.  Once I do that, you can click on update profile.  Next, is tools.  Tools are going to allow you to import or export certain tools that you can find, and this is an app that lets your browser run and grab little pieces of the Internet to put on your own page.  And finally, we have settings.  And this has general settings for an entire page, writing settings there going to allow us to post the e-mail, do remote publishing, etc.  Reading, which allows us to set all the settings for people who are reading the pages so you can choose to have your latest posts on the front page, or you can have them on the static page etc.

We can look it discussion, and this is if you want to allow people to comment on your articles, and you would send these accordingly.  Media is next, and media is going to let you set your settings for how you want your pictures, PDF files, videos, etc., to come in automatically, and you can always change this later when you actually update the file.  We’ve got our privacy settings, and this allows you to choose whether you want search engines to index the site or not index the site, so you may want to keep it so search engines can’t index your site until it’s up and perfect the way you want it to be.  And finally, we’ve got the Permalinks.  The Permalinks allow you to choose comment settings for name and date, etc and other optional choices of the bottom.  So that’s a very quick overview of your dashboard.  If you have any questions, you can always go into the help button on the top right of your screen.  So I hope that this helped you out and I hope that you’re really going to make good use of you’re new Wordpress page. Thanks and we’ll see you next time.

03:08
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

High.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to work with tags for our posts., I'm going to go into my dashboard my Wordpress page and I'm going to click on posts.  And as you can see right here, we have tags that are in our posts, meaning that if someone is looking up any of these tags, kind of using it as a key word in google or the other search engines to find something, then our post is going to come up with these tags are keywords. 

So as you can see, I've got some that have no tags at all and I've got the one up here that does have some tags in aI’m going to go into my dashboard my Wordpress page and I’m going to click on posts.  And as you can see right here, we have Some that have no tags at all, and we have the one appear that does have tags in it. 

So I’m going to go ahead and click on add Some that have no tags at all, and we have the one appear that does have tags in it.  So I'm going to go ahead and click on add new, and we're going to add a post.  I am just going to put something quick in here, and we're going to scroll down.  You see we have formats, then categories, and tags.  And here's going to ask us to put in the tags that we would like to use for this post.

  So I'm going to put in tags, Wordpress, find, search engine, or you can choose from the most used tags.  And these are the taxi your views most in your Wordpress posts.  So we have first, pictures, post, tutorials, and what Wordpress.  So we can go head and click on any of these.  And it will go head and add that automatically.  And I'm going to click on add.  And now, we've got all are tags come up underneath, and if you want to delete any of them, just click on the gray axe next to the word.  I'm going to go up and I'm going to click on publish.

Once it updates, we're going to go back out into our posts, and here are our tags.  Now let's take a look up here under posts and go into tags.  This will allow you to add a new tack that you can then choose later on when you're posting.  And you can put in a slug, which is a URL friendly version of the name.  It has lower case letters, numbers, and hyphens.  You can put in a description, and not all themes are going to show your description that some of them well.  You can also choose if you want to edit, quick get it, or delete any of the tags you already have. 

And as usual like so many things in Wordpress, you can also click on a few separate choices and then do a bulk action such as delete.  You can also do a search on your tax.  So let's go ahead and do a search on Wordpress, which we know is in two separate posts.  I'm going to click on search tags, and there it is.  And we can actually go into the two posts that have Wordpress as part of the tags.

So let's say that you have a certain topic that you've posted on, and you want to pull up all of the posts that you have regarding that particular topic.  Simply put it into the search box, click search, and they will all come up here for you.  So that's an easy way to go in and classify what your posts are about basically.  So I hope that this tutorial has helped you out and thanks for listening.  All see you at the next one.

03:28
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Welcome back for another Wordpress tutorial.  This time, we’re going to take a look at media.  So over on the left hand side under the dashboard toolbar, we’re going to click on media.  And it’s going to give us a media library.  This shows us all the images if we want, how many images we have, or any unattached images that are actually not attached to any of your posts.  So go head and click on add new. 

To add new, you can either drag and drop your files your computer into this box, or you can select your files.  So let’s say that I want to add a picture.  I’m going to go to my folder, double click, and it’s going to show me that it’s crunching it and bringing it up.  So these are some of the demonstration portrait touch-ups that I’ve added, and I’m going to do some alternate text. 

These were Photoshop work.  I’m going to add a caption, and a description, and this is also going to show me the file URL of that picture, and I’m going to click on save all changes.  Now you can see that I can edit it, delete it permanently, or view it, and this shows how it will come up on my page.  It has under here my caption, and it has my description right here.  Now going back, it shows that the admin was the author of it, and I can attach it to a post if I like, and I can attach it to any of my pages by putting in a word for the search from your posts and clicking search and then click close.

Or if you want to click select, you can select.  Next I can show all the dates, so I can show the oldest or the newest and vice versa, and click filter.  I can also search for media.  So let’s say I knew I was looking for my flower person picture, I can type in flower, I can search media, and it shows the one picture that has that.  You can also go in and do bulk actions, or you can click next to each picture and you can click delete permanently.  Now remember though, once you delete it, it’s gone.

Now let’s say I want to go into my post and click on the first post that I’ve done, and once I’m here, I want to add the second 2nd picture.  So I’m going to go in, and just like we did in the first one, I’m going to click on upload or insert, and I’m going to go to my media library, which is where my two pictures are, and I’m going to click on the one I want to put, click show.  I’m going to make sure all the information is correct including my dimensions.  I’m going to choose whether I want to non-align it, left align it, center align it, right align it, and how big I want the picture to be.

Keep in mind that if you put this in is a large picture, you can click on insert into post, but then you can click on the picture itself, and you can resize it by clicking and dragging.  And again, if you want to get rid of the picture, just run your mouse over it, click, and click on the delete button.  So that shows you some media settings.  You can also add PDF files in here, which people can click on here on PDF and open it up full screen if they wish.  You can even do, say, music.  But for the moment, I’m just going to do the pictures.  So I hope that gives you a good idea of how easy it is to use the media library in Wordpress.  So go ahead, add some images, spice up your Wordpress page, and I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks and see you next time.

04:03
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  Welcome to our next Wordpress Tutorial.  For this one, we’re going to take a look at links.  Links, of course, are ways for you to easily put a reference in one of your posts to basically any page that you want.  People can use those to go get more information about your topic, or to find something that you find interesting or that you think they may be interested in,  too.  You always know that it’s a link when it’s in blue with an underline.

  So right now, the links that we’ve got in here are already supplied by Wordpress.org.  If you click on any of these, you’ll see that it comes back with the name of the blog, the web address, or where it will take you; and you click on that link, the descriptions, and that will pop up in a little bubble over the link if someone lets their mouse hover over the link, or below the link.  It also has categories, and as we saw on the categories and tags with the posts, you can put links under different categories, say if you wanted to put Wordpress, and these would be say, all of your links that go to different Wordpress articles and pages on the Internet. 

And these can be your pages or they can be someone else’s.  And it also has the most used.  You can add new categories, just like before, and you can choose whether you want your target to come up in a blank window or or tab, in a top window or tab, which will pop up a new page over top of the page they’re on, or the same window or tab.  Next, is the link relationship.  And you can put in here with the relationship is, if it’s another web address of yours, whether the person is a contact, an acquaintance, a friend, or if you don’t know that all.  If you have actually met them, whether they’re a coworker or colleague from work, geographically where they are, whether they are a family member, or whether they’re a romantic interest. 

Some people may think that’s a little too much information, but it’s interesting to be able to put that in there.  Next we have the advanced section.  If you want to put an image address in, you can put that in right here, you can put in your RSS in here, which is a live feed that every time it’s updated it will feed into that article any notes that you want to leave, and if you want to put your rating for the page or link that you’re headed to.  So you can either use any of the links that are here or you can add a new link yourself.  You can click on visit link and it will take you to the link that you’ve put in there, you can keep the link private so no one can see it but you, and once you have everything fixed the way you want it, you can click on update link.

Again, under links you can click on add new or link categories, and this will bring up a list of different categories that you have that you can use for your links.  And you can add a new link category over here as well.  So let’s look at our post.  The first post that I did, I actually put a link in there.  So let’s look in there and see what it’s composed of. First of all, you can see that it’s a link because when I put my mouse over it, it is in blue and the link pops up underneath. Now let’s look at the HTML.  In the HTML, you can see that I’ve put in a link with the a ref that will take me to where I need to go for this.  I can click on that link and then click the link button on top, and it will give me the URL, the title if I want it show up, or it can link to existing content where I would put in the word that I wanted to search, and it would come up with pages that have that word. 

And I can click on update or cancel.  If I want to unlink this word in my blog, I would just click on the broken link or unlink button.  Once I were to preview this, I can’t pull it up and I can click on the Wordpress button, and it would take me right to my link. So that’s why it can be a really good idea to use links in your blobs.  It’s the best way to bring your blog up higher on Google or Yahoo, is to form a successful back linking network, so if you link to some of your friends’ blogs, or some company blobs, andI can get them to link back to you, you will start getting higher rankings in the search engines.  So I hope you see how easy it is to use the links that are in Wordpress, and I hope you use them to your advantage.  So thanks for listening and we’ll see you next time.

03:22
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

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For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look it yet another Wordpress site feature.  For this, we’re going to look at pages.  A page isn’t the same as a post, because it is a website page that is actually up permanently, while the post page will actually update every time you put in a new post.  So this is a part of your website that you can have up, let’s say if you have certain interests that you want to show in addition to your daily posts.  Let’s say that your interest is in Wordpress tutorials. 

So let’s go ahead and take a look at the sample page.  This will show up in your actual site navigation, and this is going to come off as a link on your page.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at the preview of this.  See it comes up in the top here as a sample page in it, and again, it allows people to leave a reply if you want them to.  So let’s say for this one, let’s start a whole new page.  We’re going to do that by clicking add new, and we’re just going to put it as this is the first page.  I’m just going to type a little bit of content in here.  All right. 

So now we’ve got a little bit of content, and just like with the post page, we can save the draft, we can preview it, we can publish it immediately.  And right underneath there there’s going to be a little bit different of the setup.  This will be page attributes, and this will be if there is a parent, and a parent means that this is a hierarchy of your pages.  So let’s say we want to make this a child of the sample page.  Underneath it, it has a default template, a showcase template, and the sidebar template. 

Once you upload the template you’re going to be using for your Wordpress page, these will be different for your pages.  But let’s see what happens when I click on showcase template.  And the order that I want this to show up in my parent page is the first one.  So let’s go up and do a preview, and see what happens.  He this is a showcase page.  As you can see, it’s different from before.  Now back in the page, I’m going to go ahead and click under publish.  And let’s see what that’s going to look like.

I’m going to go into the name of my database for this, I’m going to scroll down, ands now when I run my mouse over sample page, you’ll see that this is the first page that shows up, which means this is a child of this in the drop down menu.  So let’s go ahead and click it, and there it is.  So that is how you can arrange your pages according to which are the parents and which are the children.  And this makes it a lot easier for people to navigate your site, depending on what it is they’re looking for.  You can also set a featured image for this part as well. 

Once you put out to the pages, you’ll see that we have the sample page and then underneath it, with a dash, is the first page.  This shows you that this is a child of the page above it for the sample page.  You can do an edit, quick edit it, trash it, or view it, just from this page.  You can also click these all to do the same bulk edit as we did before.  You can filter it according to what day it was published, and you can do a search.  So this is an easy way to adjust your web site so people can easily find your content, depending on what subject they are looking for.  So I hope this is helped you out and I will see you at the next tutorial.  Thanks for listening.

03:55
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

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The next feature we’re going to look at on Wordpress are the comments.  Comments are what people are saying about or on your page, so let’s go ahead and see what it consists of.  Right now, there are no comments that if been found, but if there were, we could do pending comments, the ones we need to approve before they are published, approved, spam, or trash.  And you can mark each of those comments as one of these and that will allow you to get rid of the ones that you don’t want on there. 

As I’ve said before, there are a lot of spammers who go to Wordpress pages because a lot of people don’t make sure that they’re taking their spam off of their comments.  That can really drive you down lower in the rankings for Google.  However, you will want to have comments on your page usually, because the more you interact with people, the more they will come back and visit your site.  The more hits you get, the higher you get on the search engine rankings. 

Let’s go into the dashboard and we’re going to set our settings.  I’m going to go into “discussions”, and this is going to allow you to change your comment settings for each post.  You have your default articles settings up here, including attempt to notify blocks in the article, allow link notification from other blogs, which allows people to ping you back and track-backs. Pus this helps you to build your back linking network, which will bring you up higher in the rankings, and it will allow you to people to post comments on the articles.

On your other comments settings, the comment author must fill out their name and e-mail, which is very useful because bots that go and search different Wordpress pages are not able to fill those out.  If they can fill it out, they can’t get posted.  Users must be logged in and registered to comment, automatically close comments of an article is older than 14 days, and allow nested comments five levels deep, meaning someone can make a comment, and someone can respond directly to them and so on down to five levels deep.  You can break comments into pages, with top level comments on the first page or the last page, you can display comments with the older comments on the top of each page or the newer. 

You can make it so you are e-mailed whenever someone posts a comment or if a comment is being held for moderation, if an administrator must always approve the comment, or whether the comment author must have a previously approved comment to post. And that you want to hold the comment in a queue if there are two or more links, because this is often a very big problem with spam.

They’ll have more than one link in the content, which could mean they’re trying to grab all your people to take them somewhere else to either get spyware on their computer or to buy something, or something like that. You can also set your comment moderation statements, so if there are any words in a comment, name, or URL, you can make sure they are weeded out before they even hit your page, and you’ll want to put that in here.  And a lot of time people will use that for sales, pornography, things like that.

Underneath you can have a comment that is blacklisted, so any comment that has keywords that you choose will automatically be marked as spam.  Underneath that, you can choose avatars.  Whether you want to show avatars or not, what the maximum rating is; and you will want to make sure that you have this very accurate because you want to make sure that children are not seeing any kind of content that is questionable.  And whether you want them to have their own custom avatar or a generated one will show up based on their e-mail address.

And save changes.  Now, if you do like I do, I make sure that any time someone posts, the comment has to be approved.  Once I do that, again, I go into the comments section, and I go down to all my comments and decide whether they can be published are not.  Keeping a close eye on the comments that are published on your page will help you to be ranked higher to make sure that no one is putting information on there that you feel is inappropriate, or that you don’t feel you want your viewers to have.  So I hope you enjoyed this little section on comments.  Remember, be very careful with what you allow to be published, because it is all associated with your blog.  So thanks for listening, and I’ll talk to you soon.

03:44
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at the tools, and importing and exporting them on Wordpress.  Under the dashboard, we’re going to go down and click on tools.  This will bring up any tools we already have over here to the right.  The first is Press This, which is an application your browser runs that will allow you to grab little pieces of the Internet, including little pieces of text, videos, from any web page.  It also allows you to edit it before you save or publish it in a post on your site.

  It also has a category and tags converter, so say if you have a bunch of categories and you want to convert them to tags, this can do it for you and vice versa.  Or the tags back to categories.  So let’s take a look at other ones we can get.  First, I’m going to click on import.  And other tools that it has are a blogger tool, and this is to import posts, comments, and users; blog rule, to bring in a blog rule importer, to import links in OPML format; categories and tags converter, which we already have, a Livejournal importer, so that any posts be made from Livejournal using your API can bring posts straight to your Wordpress, a movable type in Typepad, which is when you can install a movable type importer so posting comments can be imported straight from your Typepad; an RSS, which allows you to put in your RSSfeed in your blog, Tumblr, which brings in a Tumblr import so posts immediately from Tumblr can be imported although your major API for that one as well, and a Wordpress importer for posts, pages, comments, etc.

So let’s go ahead and try the blogger importer.  And we’re going to click on install now.  It’s going to pull the plug-in in and I’m going to click on activate plug-in and run importer.  As it says, you have to have a Google account and you have to be updated to be hosted on Blogspot or a custom domain that isn’t an FTP.  So you have to let Blogger know that your Wordpress is allowed to access your account.  So after you provide authorization, it’s going to send you back here.  So I’m going to click on authorize and you’re going to click on grant access. 

And from there, if you’ve got a blog, it will actually import it back in and it will restart.  Now as it says, this information keeps you from having to start your own blog over again. If you attempt to reimport from it, though, duplicate blogs and comments are going to be skipped.  So you can can clear account information, and then we’re going to go into plugins, and now under my plugins you can see that we’ve got a Blogger importer.  So let’s go back into tools, and this time we’re going to look at export. 

And now I’ll click on export, it’s going to allow us to create an xml file that we can put into our computer.  This is going to create all of our posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags.  That means that you can back up the site on your computer, so that if you have to restart your website again, if there’s a mistake made that completely deletes your site or messes up, then you can go ahead and use this.  And I’m going to click on all content and I’m going to click on xml file.  And then it’s going to ask if I want to open it with my web design software or if I want to save it.  I’m going to click save and it’s going to put it into my downloads. So then, if I have to import again, I can do that and it will be just the same as it is now.  So that’s how you use the tools in Wordpress. It’s just one more thing that makes Wordpress even better and easier for building up your website.  So thanks for listening and I’ll see you next time.

08:51
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at the General settings in Wordpress.  And to get to those, we’re going to be on the dashboard page, and we’re going to go down to settings, and this is just going to have the General settings for our site.  So this will be things like the Wordpresstutorialhub, which is my site title, also a tag line, and as it says, we just want to use a few words but for what your site is about.  Not something to long, but something that gives an accurate idea. 

The Wordpress URL, the site address URL.  Now if you’re going to be using an address for this site page that is different from the directory that you installed your Wordpress in, you’re going to want to go in and put the address that is correct in the site address.  Next, is the e-mail address that you’re using.  The membership, and you can choose whether anyone can register or not, their new user default file, which will decide if they can be a subscriber, administrator, editor, or contributor, and keep in mind this is very important so if you just want someone to be able to come to your site and respond, you just want to have them as a subscriber. 

Your time zone, the date format that you want to appear on your site, and you can see we’ve got an American format, as well as the European format, or you can do a custom format.  The time formats that you would like to show, and what day you would like your week to start on.  Once you get all that information, you can just go ahead and click on save changes.  Let’s take a look at some of the other settings in here.  The first one we are going to look at is the writing settings.  The writing setting has different standards for what will actually be posted.

For instance, the size of your post boxes 20 lines.  You can either change this so it smaller or larger.  You can also choose whether to convert the emoticons text to graphics on the display and you can choose whether you want Wordpress to correctly and validly nest HTML automatically.  The default post category can be on categorized, or if you know, for instance, that everything you write is going to be about Wordpress, you can go ahead and click Wordpress. 

Or, if it’s going to be the pictures, you can click on pictures.  This is going to be your default, but you can always go in and change them later.  The default link category you can choose as blog role, and then there is the Press This, which will allow you to go and grab little pieces off the Internet to put on your own site.  If you want to post your Wordpress by e-mail, you can set up a secret e-mail account using POP3 access.  Any e-mail that’s received at that address will be posted, so you want to keep the addresses hidden, so you don’t want spammers, say, sending something from this e-mail address and then having it automatically pop up. 

These are three random strings you can use that are recommended.  It asks for your mail server, port that you use, your login name, your password, and then if you want to set a default mail category.  Next, we have remote publishing, and this is to post on Wordpress from a desktop blogging client or a remote site that uses the Atom Publishing Protocol, or the XMLR-PC publishing interfaces.  If so, you can check either of these boxes that apply.  At the bottom, when you publish a new post, Wordpress is going to notify updating services.  If you want to learn more about it, you can click right here on updating services and you can separate multiple service URLs by just clicking enter after you add each one.

And at the bottom, you’re going to click on save changes.  So let’s take a look at reading.  This is where you choose whether your front page is going to display the latest thing that you wrote or a static page.  If you choose a static page, it’s going to allow you to choose which static page they are going to see and a post page.  You can choose how many blog pages are going to be showing, so you can choose 10 posts or you can go higher or lower.  And show the syndication feeds, which shows the most recent, which can be 10 items or higher or lower.  If you want to show the full text of each article in your feed, you can show that or just a quick summary. 

And then you’ll want to leave that UTF-8 pretty much the same, unless there are other encodings you’re sure you can use successfully.  And again, hit save changes.  Now let’s look at the discussion.  The discussion settings are basically how you decide how people can interact with your blog.  This is going to be where you attempt to notify any blogs that are linked to you or from your article if you’re going to allow link notifications, such as pingbacks and trackbacks from other blogs, whether you’re going to allow people to post comments on new articles.

Also, comment settings such as whether the author of the comment has to fill out a name and e-mail address, and that’s a good idea if you want to keep spammers off of your site.  You can also choose whether they have to be registered or logged in to comment, which I’m going to choose, and you can automatically close comments on articles that are older than 14 days.  You can enable nested comments up to five levels deep, meaning people can make a response, people can respond directly to them, and so on down to five levels deep.

You can break comments into pages, with how many top level comments you want on a page and if you want those first for last by default.  Next, the comment should be displayed with the older comments within your comments on the page.  You can be emailed if someone posts for a comment or if a comment is being held for you to moderate it before it’s posted.  You can also choose what happens before the comments appear.  If an administrator must always approve the comment, you can click here, and if the comment author must have a previously approved comment to post, you can click there.  If the comment holds two or more links, which is very common in spam, you can also make that decision here.  You can match words and the contents that will have to be in the moderation queue, and then down here you can mark them automatically as spam.

  At the bottom, you can choose whether to display avatars or not, what the worst rating could for your site and its contents, and if they get a default avatar that will automatically generate the four on the bottom, or it will just have these three on the top.  And click save changes.  Next is media.  This decides how large your images are going to be when you bring them in.  It shows the size of your thumbnails, it allows you to choose whether though some may also be automatically cropped, what the medium size or largest images will be, what the largest size and largest images will be, whether they can embed media content from a URL directly into the page, such as from Flicker or Youtube.  The maximum imbed size, and as you can see, if that value is blank and will automatically imbed to the maximum width of your theme. 

Whether you can store uploads in a folder, whether you are going to have the full URL paths to files, and whether you want to organize your uploads into month and year-based folders.  Once you choose all of those, click on save changes.  Next is privacy, and this one is simple.  You may want to keep the search engines from finding your site and tell it to build up to where you want to be.  If so, you’re going to want to click on “ask search engines not to index the site.”  If it’s ready to go and you’re ready for people to see it, just leave it on “allow search engines to index the site” and click on save changes.  Finally, we’ve got the Permalinks.

  The Permalinks are a custom URL structure that is used for your Permalinks and archives.  This helps it to look better, makes it more useful, and makes sure that your links will be compatible on the future.  You can see here in the Permalinks, on the top is the default, which is the default web address, the folder where you web address it is, and the name of your page.  You can also do it by date and name, by month and name, numeric, the post’s name, or you can make up a custom structure of your own.  You can also choose a category base or a tag base if you would like.  And then click on save changes.  So that’s the basic overview of the settings of your Wordpress site.  And you can get a lot done and make sure that it is arranged the way you want it to be just by going in and making sure that the settings are correct.  If you have something you’re not quite sure about, as always, you can always check on Google or you can ask the Wordpress people.  So thanks for listening to this tutorial.  I hope that ithelped you out, and I’ll see you at the next one.

02:58
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to build a custom menu.  And a lot of themes have custom menus.  And a lot of themes have custom menus that you can put in.  As you can see, we're using the 2011 theme right now.  So I'm going to go ahead and click on menus.  Now let's take a look at what we've got.  Right now, we've got an archives menu that I've actually shut off on our home page and I'm going to pull that up so we can see.

As you can see, I've taken that menu off.  But let's take a look and add a new one.  And for this menu name, we're going to put in my custom menu.  And we're going to click on create menu.  Now, we've got all of these boxes over here on the left that are going to allow us to begin building our custom menu.  So we've got our custom links that we can add here, we've got our pages we can add, we've got our categories we can add.  We also have the formats that we use most. 

So if you want to go ahead in and put in a custom link, we can do that, and click on add to menu, and it's popped up.  Now let's do another one.  Let's go ahead and put our contact me page and our sample page, and click on add to menu.  Using our dropdown, this shows us for the link for what our navigation label is in the title attribute.  You can remove it or you can hit cancel.  Next is the contact me page, and you can also click on here with title attribute is and remove or cancel.  And for the page.  The same navigation, label, title attribute, remove or cancel.  So let's go ahead and click on save menu.  Now you'll also see right here that we can automatically add new top level pages.  And I would like to actually do that, so I'm going to click on that, and click on save menu.  Once I have that done, I'm going to go back out to my themes and I'm going to go to customize.

Now I'm going to click on navigation, and here it is going to allow you to change from your primary menu to your custom menu that I just made.  I'm going to click on my custom menu, and I'm going to click on save, and once it saves, I'm going to go back out into my Wordpress page, refresh it, and you'll see that it's come up as my first menu. 

So that's how we can do a basic customized menu through our themes.  But there's another way to do that as well, and that's by going up into our plug-ins and clicking on add new, and then you can just search here for customize menu.  Search your plug-ins, and then just find a plug-in that will do what you want it to do.  Remember to look for ones that have high star ratings and check their descriptions to make sure that they actually will put in a menu like the one that you want.  So that's how we can do customized menus to different ways.  So thanks for listening, I hope this helped you out, and I'll see you at the next tutorial.

03:51
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi there.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to work on the users who can use and access your site.  So if you look on dashboard, we’re going to scroll down until we get to users.  Now we have three choices.  We can see all of our users, we can add new users, or we can go in and fix our own profile.  Right now, I’m the only user for this site so it has my name as the administrator. 

You can also put your own name in here, and you do that by clicking add it.  It will give you your administration color theme.  You can also disable the visual editor when you’re writing.  It allows you to enable keyboard shortcuts, and you can get more information about that by clicking here.  You can show your toolbar of the site if you’re logged in.  It has your username, your first name, your last name, your nickname, what your display name will be publicly, your e-mail, and any other information you would like to put in here.  You can also change your password to the site by typing it into the first box, and then the second box, and as usual it has a strength indicator.  And then click update your profile. 

So let’s go back out to our list, and let’s say we want to adding a new user.  You can do that by clicking here or by clicking down here.  So to add a new user, I can put in, let’s say, Tom.  And I will also go ahead and enter his password for him.  You can choose to send the password to the new user by e-mail, which is always a good idea so you can make sure you have it right, and then you can choose whether he’s a subscriber, someone who can just read the site, an administrator, someone who can read and make changes to the site, and editor, an author, or a contributor.

  Let’s say that he is going to be an editor.  And I’m going to click add new user.  So now you can see we’ve got me as the administrator, and Tom, the guy I just made up.  You can also go in to bulk actions so I can say, click on time, I can delete, or do the bulk action that’s here in my drop down.  And I can change the role to administrator, editor, etc, so you can do a whole group of people at once, instead of having to do them one at a time.  So back and save you some time.

So now you know how to get in and set the users.  You can also filter this list down to just administrators, just editors, just subscribers, and what other classifications you have.  Now let’s go ahead and take a look at how we can figure out who was allowed to do what with the site.  I’m going to go into settings and under general settings I’m going to scroll down.  This will allow me to choose if anyone can register for the site, and the new user and what role they will play. 

That can be as author, editor, administrator, etc.  So when the new person joins your site or registers for your site, they will automatically come in as one of these.  Unless of someone you know, you may just want to have them come in as a subscriber, because that means they will be able to read your site, comment on your site if you allow comments, but they will not be able to go in and actually change your site for you.  So that’s how we go about going in and setting people up as users of our site, and this is a really easy way to decide who can make changes, and who can just contribute that can really make changes to your content.  So thanks for listening, and I will see you at the next tutorial.

Section 4: Appearance and Style
05:51
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi. This next tutorial is going to be really important for your Wordpress site, because this is going to allow you to choose the theme that you’re going to use for your Wordpress.  Right now, let’s take a look at what I’ve got here.  This one is the automatic default theme that shows up, and it has my picture, it has the links down here, what they are so far, my search, comments, archives, and all of these can be adjusted.  But let’s say that I don’t like this theme in particular. 

What I’m going to do next is go to the top of my dashboard in Wordpresstutorialhub and I’m going to click on that.  And it’s going to take me to my front page.  And then I’m going to go down to themes.  And the theme is what makes it look like it looks.  Right now, this is 2011.  2011 is the default theme that Wordpress gives you when you start.  It allows you to customize your widgets, menus, theme options, header, and background, but there’s also another 2010 down here that I can use.

Or, I can install a theme.  So let’s say that I want to look for a theme by key word.  And I’m going to put in tutorial, just because I want to see what happens when people have made a theme that was done for teaching.  And this will show me the few that come up with a particular key word, or I can go by author or tag.  So let’s say that I want to go ahead and pick one of those two that came up.

  I can also go into featured, and these are just a whole bunch of different Wordpress themes that are featured.  These are recently updated, and there’s also newest.  So I’m just going to pick this one, and it’s called Catchbox, and I’m going to click install.  It’s installing my theme, and it’s done.  So I’m going to click on live preview.  And this is going to show me what my site will look like with this theme.  If I decide I like what I’ve got, I’m going to click on save and activate.  So now when I go into my Wordpress page, the new theme is going to show up.  So now I’ve got home and sample pages just like before, but I can go in and change all sorts of things about this page.

So let’s go ahead and take a look at the widgets that it’s installed.  Widgets are just little programs that allow you to have little things on the side.  For instance you can see right here my main site so far has search, recent posts, recent comments, archives, and Meta data.  Sure enough, here’s my search, comments, archives, and Meta data.  If I decide that I don’t want to use any of these, I can always click and drag them out.  But I’m going to go ahead and leave them there for the moment so I can show you how to use them later.  It also has many options.

Right now, I don’t have a menu in here, but I can create a custom menu just by clicking into menu name.  And click create menu.  And it will allow me to start by clicking my primary menu, adding a secondary menu, and a footer head up menu if I want.  Then I go in here.  Let’s take a look at the theme options.  The theme options right now will allow me to select a color, whether I want my contents on the left or the right, whether I want to show an excerpt or full comment, and whether I want to do a feed direct or if I want to put in a custom CSS style.  So right now, let’s say that I want to change this to black, and I want to make it so my link color is orange.  You can click that and change it to any color you like it to be, by the way.

And click on save changes.  Now I can go into my tutorialhub, do a refresh, and now you can see that I’ve got the black and grey theme, rather than a white theme, and it shows all of my links in orange.  So there are lots of ways you can go in here and change any of these options.  From my featured slider, I can click here to edit, and I can put in a column one, and my column one is going to be my posts, and I can also put featured columns two, three, and four for my featured posts.  I can change my social links, and this is a great what place to put in your links for your Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and any other social media that you use. 

We’ve got our web master tools, and this allows us to do our Google site verification, Yahoo site, Bing site verification, etc.  You can choose your header, you can either keep it the way it is or put in another picture.  And the picture should basically be the size and shape of your header.  And I’m just going to go ahead in and choose a random picture and put that in.  And I’m going to upload it, and crop and publish.  Or, I can choose one of these pictures.  I can remove my header image, I can change what my header text is going to say, or restore my original header text, and click save.  I’m going to go ahead and click refresh again and see what happens.

You may want to make this big enough that it does the entire page, but if so, you’re going to have to make sure that it has to be 300 by 125 pixels to get it to fit across correctly.  You can also change your background, and the background can be a picture that you like, or it can be a background color.  So let’s say that I want to make it pale pink.  I will save it, then go ahead in hit refresh, and now my background is pale pink.

So as you can see, you can really do a lot of personalization just by using a pre-made theme.  Now let’s take a look at the editor.  The editor’s going to allow us to change our PHP and HTML files.  Again, if you’re not quite sure you’re doing this, you want to stay out of the section.  Because just one misplaced comma and you’ll blow out your entire web site.  So for the moment, if you’re just starting, just go with your themes and work from there.  So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I will talk to you the next time.  Thanks for listening.

05:31
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to use an editor to modify your theme.  Now a lot of themes are going to have choices over here on the dashboard, and you can go in and change all kinds of things like the headers, the backgrounds, things like that.  But some people want to get a little more in depth with that and go into the editor to change it. Right now I’m using the Infinity theme for my sample website. 

And I’m going to go into “editor” just to show you what the differences are.  As I’ve said before, you should only get into the editor if you know how to write HTML and you’re very comfortable with it.  If you go in here and you’re not really sure you’re doing, even a misplaced comma can completely crash your site.  But if you’ve come this far, you must be pretty sure you know how to write your HTML so it’ll come out the way you want it. 

Now I always recommend that you back up these files before you go in and start changing things, because that way if you do make a mistake, you can just go ahead and upload your last version of all of your files and it will undo whatever it is you’ve done.  So after you’ve gone in and backed it up, we’re going to take a look at our “edit themes”.  First, you can see over here that we need to select that.  I’m right now using the Infinity theme, so I’m going to stay on that one, and underneath it we have our templates.

The 404 template, of course, is the page it comes up when a viewer’s tried to look for a page that doesn’t exist, or if there is a problem with the server.  And all of these templates have information on how these will be handled in your site, including comments, content attachment, theme functions, headers, and so on.  If you want to change the colors, the fonts, anything like that, you’ll want to go into the style sheets, and all of these other templates will grab from the style sheets so it will set the site up the way you want people to see it.  So I’m going to go ahead and click on style sheet and see what I can find.  Now first, if I go into my page, I’m going to scroll down and I can see that my links are in a dark pink color that changes to a dark red if I have are over them.

  I’m going to right click, then I’m going to go to “view page source” and I’m going to look for those links in my HTML.  They’re at the bottom of the page, so they’re going to be right down here.  As you can see, they’re actually referenced after this “a href”.  The A is called the tag, and that means this is going to be a link.  So let’s say we want to change our links to a different color.  I’m going to go ahead into my editor, and I’m going to look for links.  Most themes are going to have these clarified pretty easily so you can see where each part of your page begins.  For instance, everything in this section has to do with the body of your page or post.  So let’s keep scrolling down until we find the links.  Here we’ve got headers, paragraphs, headings, text elements, and so on.

So once I get down to the links, you will see that right now we’ve got a color marked CC0066, and that is a hex color.  That is a web-based color in HTML that will tell your computer which color to show this page.  So this CC0066 is for the A tag visited, meaning I already visited this link.  And you can see they turn to dark red once I’ve already visited them.  So I know that this color is represented by that number.  This number, which is the hover, is the color that happens when if I hover my mouse over top the link.  So let’s go ahead and change the colors of those links to closely match the rest of the page.  I’m going to go into Google, and I’m going to look up hex colors for HTML, click “search”, and I’m going to find a page that shows me which colors are associated with the numbers.  So let’s say that I want to pick a blue.

I’m going to go ahead in, pick a color, and this is going to be the color that I’m going to use when someone is hovering over my link.  So I’m going to click across that number, hit copy, go back into my Wordpress editor, and with my hover, I’m going to paste that number and the hash mark over the existing color.  Now I’m going to go down to click “update file”.  I’m going to go back into my page, and I’m going to refresh it so that it will put into effect the changes I just made.

  And now you can see when I hover that it turns dark blue.  So let us go ahead and pick a color from the pages that I’ve already been to, and I’m going to pick a lighter blue for this one.  I’m going to again copy that color, and I’m going to come in and paste it over the existing color. Scroll down and update it, and again, refresh.  And now you can see all of my links that I’ve gone to have turned pale blue.  And they still turn darker blue if I’ve already gone to them.  Now this is going to work for each of the links on this page.  So that is an example of how I can get into the editor part of your Wordpress page, and you can make it really personalized even beyond what the theme allows you to do with the dashboard.

So if you’re curious about how to make something happen and you’re not sure how to find it, it is always useful to type what you’re trying to do into Google, and chances are, someone else has tried to do it too, and they can lead you in the right direction.  So I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and I’ll a catch you in the next one. Thanks for listening. 

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Section 5: Plugins and Widgets
04:32
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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For this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to use widgets.  Widgets are a lot of fun.  These are going to allow you all kinds of interesting things with your site that you may not even thought about before.  So let’s go ahead and take a look.  The first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to go into plugins.  And your plugins are basically your widgets.  Right now, Akismet and Helly Dolly come with any Wordpress site that you get, but let’s take a look at some of the other ones we have.

  Let’s take a look, for instance, at a mailing list that you can add to your site.  So what we’re going to do is we’re going to go to add new under the plugins tab on your dashboard and we’re going to put in mailing list.  And do a search for plugins that come up with this.  Now you’ll see that a whole bunch will come up and they have stars that show from 0 to 5 stars.  Now this will allow you to go in and choose which one works best for your needs.  For instance, this mailing list has a plug-in that allows you to collect e-mail addresses in the front end of your website, write newsletters, access the import and export for your mailing lists that are in Excel, manager mailing lists, etc.  So let’s go ahead and install it now. 

It will ask if you’re sure you want to install it and you’re going to click OK, and we’re going to tell it to activate plug-in.  So now you can see that we’ve got it activated in our plug-in last.  Let’s go ahead and edit and see what it’s going to let us do.  Now this will take us to the PHP page; again, keep in mind if you’re not sure about writing in PHP format, then you don’t want to go in and change any of the files here.  So let’s go ahead into our appearance and we’re going to click on widgets.

Now, we’ve got available widgets that we can add.  We’ve also got inactive widgets if you don’t want to keep them in your sidebar, but you want to make sure that all your settings are the same, you can click and drag these down into the inactive widgets box.  And drop it.  If you want to bring it back, just click it, drag it back up into your sidebar box, and drop it.  So now when we go to our main page and we click it, hit refresh, that particular widget is going to ask us to join the mailing list and we’re going to go ahead and add it in.  And click submit.  So we’re subscribed to the mailing list.  Now if I were to go in and refresh this page again, since I’ve already been here, it’s not going to ask me for that.  Now in my widgets, it’s going to… let’s take a look.

The one that we just did for the mailing list automatically comes up, but, for these ones, these available widgets, let’s take a look at the one you want to put in.  You can grab a links page that you can drag over.  And you don’t have to just put it in the sidebar.  In this particular theme, you can also put it into footer area one, footer area two, or footer area three.  So let’s go ahead and put our most recent comments in footer area one and you can put a title.  And it will ask how many comments you would like to show below.

Right now, I’m just going to leave it at five and I’m going to click save.  You can always delete this, or you can close it.  Now going back into my page, I’m going to refresh again and I’m going to scroll down, and since this is one of my pages, I’m going to go to the bottom and it’s going to ask me to leave a reply.  If there were already comments in here, I would just go ahead and click on post comment.  Now at the bottom of my page, this is the first comment that shows up as the “first comment.”  Now these widgets are really customizable.  You can find things that do pretty much anything you want to do.

  The important thing is to remember to go in and change the widgets the easy way, you’ll want to go into appearance, then into widgets here.  If you go into plugins and you click on editor here, it’s going to take you to where you need to know HTML or PHP to edit it.  So go through each one, decide which widgets you want to have, look at anything that may meet your little heart’s desires to make this page your own, add it as a plug-in, and then you can just pop it right into your Wordpress page.  So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it’s really going to help you to get in and do some experimentation.  Remember with the widgets, all you have to do is go into into your plugins page and delete them or go into your appearance widgets page and deactivate them.  And then it’s gone!  So that’s an easy way to do it and it’s an easy way for personalization.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I will see you at the next one.

03:39
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi! For this tutorial we are going to show you how to use the Aksimet spam plug-in to control spam.  When you first get your Wordpress account, and you go into your plugins, you will usually see the Aksimet is automatically plugged into your account.  If it’s not, you’ll want to go up to plugins, add new, and type in Aksimet, which is A-K-I-S-M-E-T, and search for plugins.  And it should come up automatically right at the top.

So going back into my install plugins, because I already have Akismet, I’m going to click on activate.  Plugin is now activated, so I’m going to go into my settings.  Now it’s going to ask me for an API key.  You will need to click to get an API key, so click on “get your key”.  On the next page, it’s “Get your Aksimet API key”, which I’m going to choose, and on the next page you can choose whether you want to get the Enterprise at $50.00 a month, Pro at $5.00 a month, or the Personal, which is $120 a year. 

And I’m going to click “sign up for free”.  This will allow you to decide how much you want to pay for it each year.  You will need to put in your name, your e-mail address, decide how much you want to pay each year, and if you decide to pay for it, you can choose your payment method.  But since this is just a tutorial, I’m not going to pay for it for this account.  And you can choose whether you want it to send you emails about how you can decrease spam, and click on “continue”.  Now it says I’m going to get an e-mail with my API Key, so I’m going to login to my e-mail account.

  And here in my e-mail is my API key.  So I’m going to copy it, I am going to go back into my blog page, I’m going to go back into my configuration page for Akismet, and I’m going to paste the key into here.  You can also choose whether you want to auto delete spamming on posts that are more than a month old, or show the number of comments you have approved beside each comment’s author.  I’m going to click on “auto delete spam more than a month old”, and click on “update options”.  Underneath, I’m going to show the server connectivity. 

Right now, all the servers are available, and they’re all working correctly and it checked it 3 minutes ago.  But if you’re not sure if it’s working right, you can click on “check on network status” again, and again, it shows that it is still working, and it last checked a minute ago.  Then you can click on here to confirm that it Aksimet.com is working.  So let’s go ahead and click on “click here” and see what happens.  And it shows us the performance and availability of Aksimet API.  We’ve got a few charts that show how it working and how it’s been working in the past few days, which countries use it the most, etc.

So clicking out of there, I’m going to go back into my Wordpress page, and now I’m going to go into my Wordpress page and into my Aksimet configuration, and now I’m going to go into settings, and now we know that if people respond to any of our posts with comments, this will look for any spam messages they include, sales, or people that are typing in the same things over and over and over again.

And it’s going to get rid of those posts before anyone even sees them.  So this is a great tool to use, so if you decide you like it, just keep it going.  If you don’t, just go into “installed plugins”, and click on “deactivate Aksimet“.  So I hope this helped you out, this is a good tool to use to keep that spam off your pages, and the less spam you have, the more good readers will read what you have to say, and the higher your rankings will go.  So thanks for listening to this tutorial.  I hope this helped you out, and I’ll see you at the next tuturial.

Section 6: Files Transfer
04:13
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to do a file transfer using the Cpanel file manager.  And this is going to be using the FTP information.  When you get your account, you should get FTP information that will help you to use this type of file transferring service.  So what I’m going to do is go into my Cpanel, and I’m going to go into my files, and go into FTP accounts.  It’s going to ask me to create an FTP account, which I’m going to do.  So I’m going to do my login again as a man, I’m going to put in a password, again you can make up your own or use the password generator, and then it’s going to ask for the directory. 

Here, you can choose your quota or if it’s unlimited.  I’m going to click create FTP account.  The account has now been created under admin.  So under FTP accounts you can see that we’ve got our new accounts and are here, along with the usage in quota.  You can change your password, change your quota, delete the account, or into your FTP client.  I’m going to go ahead and configure click on configure FTP client. 

Next, it’s going to ask you for Manual settings.  I like to use files alike, so I’m going to go ahead and choose files alone for this, although this also gives you the opportunity to choose for FTP or as a Cyberduck for Mac.  So the FTP configuration file is under files alone and you need to click on that.  I’m going to save my file, and it it’s going to save into my download folder and I’m going to minimize that screen.  Once you’ve downloaded that file you’re going to go into your Manual settings here and you’re going to want to copy and paste all of these into a new notepad page. 

Because you’re going to need these FTP username.  So once that’s done, we’re going to go into the FTP file that we just made on our server so using my new notepad file, I’m going to go to my FTP server, which is FTP.Wordpresstutorialhub.com, I’m going to open a newtab in my window, and I’m going to paste that address in and hit enter.  Then it’s going to ask for my username and password.  Again, I’ve got my username right here, which is my admin at Wordpresstutorialhub.com.  I’m going to post it in and then I’m going to put in my password and click OK. 

And this shows me that file, which is my Wordpresstutorialhub.com.xml.  And I’m going to click on it.  If I click on that, it’s going to show any style information that’s associated with this.  The information on how to use this file as an FTP is contained right in this document.  This is what we’re going to do next.  We’re going to copy this entire file that we’ve brought up on our FTP, we’re going to right click it, hit copy, go into our notepad, and we’re going to paste this into our notepad.  Then we’re going to go to file, save as, and we’re going to save this as a FTP file that we already saved into our downloads folder.  So I’m going to double click on the FTP admin, xml file, and click yes.

I’m going to minimize this window, I’m going to go minimize this window, I’m going to go into import, and this time I’m going to hit brows and I’m going to import our FTP Wordpress tutorial hub dot com xml page and click upload files and import.  Then it’s going to ask if I do want to download and import file attachments, and I’m going to click that on and click submit.  And it says “All done, have fun!”  And remember to update the password and the rules of the imported users.  And that’s how we do an import of a Wordpress page.  Now, if I go to my FTP again, and click, it shows me all of my information about my Wordpress page.  So that’s pretty cool right?  So I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial thanks for listening.

04:39
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use an FTP client such as Filezilla to upload files and do file transfers.  First, I’m going to open my Filezilla client.  And this is going to ask me in the top for the host.  The host I’m going to be using is FTP://Wordpresstutorialhub.dot.com.  I’m going to put in my username, which is admin,@Wordpresstutorial hub.dot.com, and my password. And I’m going to click “Enter”. 

Now once I’ve put this in ones, I can always click on my quick and a drop down, and this will bring up all of these other sites that I’ve gone too, and it will allow me to connect to them without having to put in the host username and password in.  So here I am, it says directory listing successful, and over here it shows that I’m on my FTP site.  So to make this quick, I’m going to take my Wordpress tutorial hub.dot.com xml page, I’m going to click it and drag it over and on the bottom, it shows that cute files and how many transfers have been successful or failed.

So we can see the successful transfers I was able to put this to the FTP file and I’m going to minimize that screen and I’m going to go into my FTP accounts.  Scrolling down, I’m going to go into my file manager and I’m going to look up that xml, and you can see that it’s now in my public_HTMLadminWordpress tutorial hub folder.  So in my public HTML, I’m going to go into my admin folder, and there it is.  So now, if I were to go into my Wordpress tutorial hub.dot.com the administration page I can go into tools, then into import, and there’s a file that I needed.  It says it was put in at 732, which was about 1 minute ago, and that’s how I can quickly transfer files using Filezilla client.  So let’s me show you some other way so we can go ahead and transfer files.

I’m going to go into my quick connect box, and I’m going to go into my site but just using my regular account.  And using my quick connect box, I went ahead and click on the one that I want, and now it’s going ahead and connecting me.  So I’ve gone in as the regular user of this account, and when I did you can see that now, and the remote site, as all the files that are on my server.  On my left side are all the files that are in my own computer, so I’m just going to use some of these are ones you can see what will happen when I choose some files. 

And up here, it shows you my folders, so I’m going to go down to another drive which is the driver use for these tutorials, I’m going to open a folder with documents that I want to put in here, I’m going to go down to the four were I want to put them, which is in my public HTML, and my manually folder. I can either click and drag an entire folder over or I can open the folder and I can just click one file to drag.  So I’m going to click and drag it over, or if I want more than one found, I’m going to hit click and shift, or if I only want to click and pick a few files, control or command and click what I want to make sure I don’t feel them in between. 

Once that’s done, I’m going to go ahead and click and drag them over into this folder and let them go.  And down here at the bottom you’ll see that it had the few files, it should be their progress and once you are finished, it went into successful transfers.  If it hadn’t worked, it would’ve gone in to full transfers and I would’ve had to find out why it didn’t work.  So the two files transferred over where the “add on a domain link document”, so let’s go head into our file manager on our Cpanel and make sure it’s in there.  So it was in the manually folder, and it was the add on domain link, and there it is.  So as you can see, using an FTP client is really a lot faster than going in and using the Cpanel.  So I hope this helped you out.  Do a little experimentation with your FTP client and I think you’ll be pretty happy with it.  So thanks for listening and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

Section 7: Content Creation and Communication
03:31
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create a static web page to be the Home Page of your Wordpress blog.  If you decide that you don’t want to use the blog functionality, you’re going to do this, and only create the first page and not the second.  But let’s go ahead and pretend that you are a lot going to use the blog function, but you want a static page as well.

The first thing you’re going to do is go into pages on our dashboard and click on add new.  We’re going to title this first page home and this is going to be our static page.  We’re going to set our template over on the right hand side to default template, and then we want to add any content we want in the front page.  Once I have my content in, I’m going to go ahead and publish my page.  Next, I’m going to add another new page, and this will be titled blog.

Or you can call it news articles or anything else you’d like.  So after calling a blog, this is going to be the page that can be used as a placeholder to show the posts on my site.  Now we don’t want to use a custom page template for this page.  This is going to be generated by home.PHP or index.PHP.  And we don’t want to add content to the blog page, either.  We’re just going to leave this area blank.  Any content that is there’s going to be ignored, and they will only see the title when they come to the page.  We’re going to go ahead and click publish. 

Next, we’re going to go to the administration dashboard, we’re going to go down to settings, and we’re going to go to reading.  Here you will see the front page displays, and we can choose whether to use our latest posts or a static page.  The static page that we’re going to use is going to be the home page.  If you want your Wordpress site to have a blog section, you can set your post page to the post page you’ve created for the blog.  This is right here under blog.  Then you can choose how many blog page is you want to show at most, and how many syndication feeds you want to show.  For each article in the feed, you can either show full text or summary.

Then, just leave your encoding to UTF-8 unless you know there are other encodings that will work for you.  And we’re going to go to save changes.  Next, I’m going to go down to Permalinks, and I’m going to enable the Permalinks to show the page title and the address, which would be right here under post’s name, or you can choose a category base and a tag base, and save the changes.  So let’s go ahead to our home page and see what pops up.  And sure enough, there it is.

Our home page now says “this is my static page for Wordpresstutorialhub”, and visitors will see this page first and the comments section underneath.  So that’s how we change it so instead of a blog page coming up first on our site, we have a static page come up.  And a lot of people like to use that because it look a lot more businesslike and professional than just having a blog on your front page.  So I hope this tutorial helped you out and I will see you at the next one. Thanks for listening.

07:31
Instructor: Penny Peters

Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi there.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to make and add a post in Wordpress, including how to use a schedule, how to include images, different things like that.  So let’s go ahead and take a look.  Right now, I’m in my dashboard for Wordpresstutorialhub.com.  And this shows you some information about your basic settings, add your content, customize your site, and so on.  Let’s go ahead and jump right in with making a post, which is going to lead us to all the other things we can need and use in Wordpress.  So I’m going to go ahead to posts, and go to add new. 

The first thing I’m going to want to do when I add a new post is add a good, catchy title.  And this is going to be down below. We’re just going to type something in, just so we can get some content, and you can see how all these different parts work.  Okay.  So I’ve typed in a little paragraph, there and let’s take a look at the different things we can get upload and all the different ways we can change all our posts.  You’ll see over here on the right we have a visual and an HTML version of this page.

If you’re not sure about your HTML, you may just want to stick in the visual area.  But if you know how to go into HTML and add different elements that you would use on a regular web page design, you can come in here and basically write in HTML.  Let’s go ahead and work on the visual side for a moment.  First, I’m going to go in, select Wordpress, and make it bold.  So just like any other word processing program, you can make a bold, you can underline it, you can use a strikethrough, you can even make a list.

If I were to type these three words, I can go in and I can put them in the list, or I can number them.  I can also do a block quote if I want to, I can left align, middle align, right align, I can even put in a link.  So I would do that by selecting Wordpress and clicking a link.  And it’s going to ask what the URL is.  So let’s say I want to put this to Wordpress.org.  I can put that in and you can choose whether to open a link in a new window, and that can be a good idea if you want to make sure people stay on your page, but can still access other links that you’ve put in there. 

Or you can link it to existing content.  I don’t have any existing content to list right now, so I’m going to go ahead and lead these two Wordpress.org, I’m going to open a new link and a window, and I’m going to click on add link.  And you can see that this comes across to the bright blue of a live link.

I can also insert another tag, I can do a word check, I can toggle full screen mode, and I can show or hide the kitchen sink.  Now by clicking on that, you can see I can choose between what format I want for my paragraph, whether I want to underline it, whether I want to do a full align, which will fully align on both sides; you can choose the color of your text, you can choose whether if you want to paste as plain text or as Word, you can remove the formatting, you can insert a custom character, you can indent, you can undo, or you can ask questions.

So right now I’m going to go ahead and left align those words, and I’m going to take a look at the upload and insert feature.  Now, you can use from your own computer, you can upload a picture, you can do it from a URL, or you can do it from the media library.  Right now I don’t have anything uploaded, but let’s take a look at what I’ve got on my computer.  You can click it and drop, or you can just go ahead and select a picture and it will compress it down and put it into your file.  Underneath, if you scroll down, you can put it in as the title, and you can put alternate text, even put a caption that will appear underneath the picture, and you can put in a description.

  It will also give you a link to a URL so you can pull from other web sites to this picture.  You can align it, left to right, center, or no alignment at all, and you can choose which side you want to put it, and then you can put insert into post, and there you go.  Then if you decide to change anything about this, you can click on your picture, click on the smaller picture that shows up, and this brings it up with your advanced settings.  You can use it as a link and it will link to this picture, or you can go into advanced settings and you can set up border, vertical space and horizontal space around your picture; you can also choose your style, your size if you want to type it in that way, and you can add a title, a relative link, CSS style, and a target, and click update.

  If you want to get rid of it, click on the picture and click on the delete image, and let’s say I want to move it around.  All I have to do is click and drag the picture to wherever I want to go.  Now let’s take a look at our HTML code now that we have added this picture and changed these different things.  So in HTML, you can see that we now have basic HTML language to put the site together.  On the right side of the page, you’ll see that we can save draft, we can preview it. Lt’s go ahead and preview it to see what comes up.

  And there you go.  That’s a preview of my first page.  If you’d like to, you can go ahead and publish and edit, you can change its status between draft and edit, you can change its visibility between public and edit, you can publish it immediately, or you can schedule it to, say, let’s publish tomorrow instead.  And once you set the publishing date, click OK.  Now on the bottom, it will ask you about the format.  If you want a standard format, an aside, a link, a gallery, a status, a quote, or an image. 

You can open a close any of these categories by simply clicking on the title bar.  Next if you scroll down the page, you’re going to see the categories and tags.  We’re going to get into those in the next tutorial because those are how people are going to find your posts according to what it is they’re looking for.  So for instance, I would assign words that would go for categories and tags that deal with Wordpress tutorials for this blog.

  Down at the bottom is the featured image.  You can also take the picture that we just put in, and set it as a featured image.  You can see now that our gallery has one picture in it, and I can use this is a featured image.  We then click there, and click on save all changes.  You can also build up your own media library, and there are widgets that will allow you to do that.  So let’s go ahead and schedule this, and now tomorrow this will show up on my posts.  I’m going to click on posts over on the left hand side and it pops up on my post list. 

The first one that it does is just the standard hello world one, and that happens whenever you get your Wordpress page.  You going to click on that, and I’m going to click on trash because I don’t need that to be on my page.  So now my first page is this is Wordpresstutorialhub first post, and it shows the author was me as the administrator. It shows my categories and my tags, and the date that it will be published, which is tomorrow.  Plus it shows if there are comments.  You can set up your Wordpress page to approve any comments before they’re allowed to be posted, and is always a good idea because spammers target Wordpress pages.  So that’s how you create a post in Wordpress.  So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and see how really easy it is to go in and change any of these things.  So thank you for listening and we’ll see you next time.

03:22
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi. For this Wordpresstutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to add videos, photos, and other files to your site, and that can include word files PDF files, video files, anything that you think will add value to your site.  So let’s go ahead and go into the Media tab over on the dashboard.  And in the media tab, this shows us all of the forms that we already have.  We also have some jpegs, but let’s go ahead and see what else we can find to add.  I’m going to click on Add New, and I’m going to select a file from my computer.  Let’s say I’m going to pick a music file. 

And this is some stock music that I’ve got, so I’m going to go ahead and click a track, and it’s going to add that track.  It’s going to allow me to caption it, and it’s also going to give me the file URL.  So if I decided I’m going to go, say, to another site, and I’m going to attach this piece of music to that site, I can just go ahead and copy and paste this address to that site.  I’m going to go ahead and click on Save All Changes for the moment, and now you can see in my media library there is new music along with all my other files.  Along the top, it shows me that I have 13 files in this library altogether, how many images, how much are audio, and how many of these are unattached, meaning that they’re not put on any posts or pages that I have. 

As always, I can click on this button and it select all of them to do a bulk action, I can also do this by the dates that things were uploaded to see when things were updated, and which were the oldest or the newest.  If I want to add a new library so I can organize my files, I can do that as well.  If I wanted to add more, I can click on Add New Here or Add New over here.  So let’s go ahead into one of my pages, and let’s see how I would attach this.  I’m going to go into my first page, and I’m going to click at the bottom of my paragraph and go into upload and insert.  When this comes up, it allows me to pull a picture from my computer, from a URL, which is a picture or any file that is anywhere else online, or from My Media library.  And I’m going to go ahead in and click on the stock music file that I just put in and click Show.

So I’ve got everything the way that I want it, and I’m going to go ahead and insert it into my post.  And click on Preview Changes.  So scrolling down, you can see that I’ve got a link now called stock music, and when I click on it, it brings up my audio.  So that’s pretty neat and an easy way to put anything you want online.  Now keep in mind, you may have a limit to how much you can put onto your Wordpress account.  If that’s the case, you can just link anything in your post or pages straight from a file that you upload into your Cpanel’s File Manager on your server.  So that’s how we can go in and add more media to further personalize your Wordpress pages.  So thanks for listening, I hope this helped you out.  All see you at the next tutorial. 

03:43

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at where to find pictures for your blog.  If you go into your media on your dashboard, you already have a library usually, but sometimes we need to add more pictures.  There are a few ways to do it.  The first thing you can do is go to google images at images.google.com, and let’s say that you want to find a couple pictures of coffee.  In fact, let’s make it even a little more exact input: coffee cup.

As you can see, there are all kinds of pictures on here that you can use for your site, but there are few things you want to be careful for.  For instance, on this one, if you look closely you can see that this is from an illustration company and there’s a watermark across the picture.  This means this is copyrighted and they don’t want you to use this picture without buying it from them. 

But there are plenty of shots that you can get that are free.  Now let’s say that I want to use this one.  I’m going to go back into Wordpress, I’m going to pull up on my pages, and I’m going to put this on my home page.  When I go into visual, I’m going to hit enter a few times and I’m going to click on upload and insert.  Now you can do this from a computer or you can do a select a file from your folders.

We’ve already looked at how to do that, to get pictures off your computer.  You can do it from a URL, which is from another webpage, or you can do it from your media library.  And those are ones you are ready have on there.  I’m going to go ahead and pull this from the URL and one of the reasons to do it this way is that it already exists on line, which means it’s taking of space on somebody else’s server.  Wordpress only allows you to have a certain amount of space in your Wordpress page for pictures and media things like that. 

So to get the URL, I’m going to click back to my image result, I’m going to right click, I’m going to click copy in education, and we go back into my Wordpress page, and I’m going to right click and hit paste.  And this is an image, but if it’s an audio video or other file, you can put that in there too.  And I need to have a title.  So I’m going to put coffee cup.  Alternate tax, and I can also do an image caption.  Then, I can choose to align it left, center, or write, or not do any lineman and all, a write can even go and lead the image to another page.

  So let’s say I want to go to the website for this image.  I’m going to right click its address and I’m going to left click and pace that in their, and I’m going to click on insert into post.  Now you can take this image of course, if you can shrink it down and you can see I’ve got my caption read underneath it, and I’m going to click on preview changes, and here’s my picture.  Now because I put that links that page on there, when I run my mouse over, you’ll pull up and hand which means it will lead me to a page.  So I’m going to click on that, it’s going to take me to another page.

Now if I want to make any other changes to it, I can go ahead and click it, click the little picture, and I can choose, for instance, to go to my advanced settings and open any new pages that open up in a new window.  That means that I can still have my own page up but it will open up the other picture in addition.

So again I’m going to click on preview changes, I’m going to click Wordpress tutorial hub, I’m going to click on my coffee mug, and their pops up in its own page.  So that’s how we go ahead and we find new images.  So this was an easy tutorial, but I hope that helped you out.  That’s how you can find pictures on your Wordpress page.  Just make sure they’re not copyrighted and that you have permission to use them so thanks for listening and I’ll see you next time.

03:49

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  This tutorial’s going to show you how to have a lot of fun with your Wordpress page, and that is how to do a video plug-in Wordpress list.  So let’s go ahead into plugins, go to “add new”, and we’re going to look for “video plug-in Wordpress lists”.  And “search plugins”.

The second one down, you’ll see the Wordpress video Plugin, and I’m going to click on “install now” and activate it.  Scrolling down, I’m going to find my Wordpress video Plugin, and this filter is actually going to display video from a bunch of different video services, and what we’re going to do is go to the “instruction page” for this so you can see how to use it.

So we’re already gone ahead in and extracted the video, and here are all the video codes from video sites, and a code example for embedding the video for each of the sites.  Now let’s say, for instance, that I want to embed a Youtube video.  First, I’m going to go ahead and go back into my Wordpress dashboard so I can and do this one step at a time; I’m going to my page, and I’m going to go on to my homepage to install this particular video.  So once I get into my home page, I’m going to go into HTML, and now I’m going to go into Youtube and I’m going to find a video that I want to use.  I’m going to go ahead and grab the address that appears in the top, then I’m going to go ahead in and I’m just going to hit enter twice.

Snd I’m going to hit paste so it’s going to go ahead and put my address for my video right in here.  And I’m going to go back into instruction, go down to Youtube, and this will show you that for this particular Youtube video link that they used as an example, and the ID is the numbers and letters that are after the V=.  So what they did was they took bracket Youtube, ID, which is those numbers and letters all the way to the end, end bracket, or if you decide that you want to put in a particular size, you can put in bracket, Youtube, ID and then the pixels’ length and width.

  And it wanted to put it in at 210 and 175.  So I’m going to go ahead into my edit page and I’m going to put in bracket, Youtube, I’m going to copy and paste the letters and numbers that are after the V =, I’m going paste them in after that, and I’m going to put in end bracket.  I’m going to click preview changes, scroll down, and now I don’t want this in there twice, so I’m just going to go ahead and the erase out the http that I put in. I’m going to click “update” and “preview changes”.  It will open up my window, I’m going to scroll down, and there’s my video. 

Not it has popping up here my Google Analytics, but if I don’t want show that right now, I’m going to hit exit so I can see my videos and my page.  So that’s pretty neat.  Now let’s say I want to make it slightly smaller.  I’m going to go back into my Wordpresstutorialhub, and just like it did in our example page, I’m going to put in, let’s say, 270 by 235, and that’s the length times the width.  I’m going to preview the changes, and now it’s much smaller than it was before.  So that’s an easy way to go ahead and import video into your Wordpress page.  So I hope this helped you out; this is really going to help you to personalize your site so people know exactly what it is you’re trying to get across.  Thanks for listening and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

07:44
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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For this tutorial, let’s take a look at how to put a contact form it into my Wordpress page.  And this is going to be way easier than you’re thinking, because again, we always have plugins that we can use.  So let’s go to the plugins tab on our dashboard, and we’re going to go into “adding new plug in”.  From there, we’re going to type in to the search box “contact form” and we’re going to look for the best one for our needs.

  At the top, this shows us that we can do a contact form, and this allows people to give us feedback easily or we can post it to a page or one of our posts.  As you can see, each of these has a rating, so we’re looking for one that has a nice high rating out of all of these.  So let’s go ahead and look at this Contact Form Manager.  This has four and a half stars.  So let’s go ahead and see how it works.

I’m going click on “install now”, and click OK, and it installed it, and let’s click on “activate plug-in”.  Once that’s done, we’ve got our Contact Form Manager right here.  If you look right here under your dashboard now, we’ve got XYZ Contacts, and they’re the makers of the Contact Form Manager.  So let’s click on that, and we can choose our settings.  This will allow it to prevent auto removal of break and page tags.  You can enable that, or keep it disabled.  You can enter a star symbol for mandatory form fields, I want to keep that enabled because I want to make sure that I get the information I need and that can include their name, their e-mail address, their company, etc.

If you want to credit the link to an author, you can add an SMTP; if you want to do in SMTP bug, the pagination of 20 pages or you can put this up or down, if you want to do a Capcha, and then you can click on “update settings”.  So scrolling down, you can go into SMTP settings.  Right now, we don’t have an SMTP account, but will get into that later.  Below that is our contact forms.  This is our first form, and we can edit it or we can delete it.  Let’s go ahead and edit our first form.  First, let’s name it. 

And I’m going to put “contact”.  It is going to ask if we want boxes that say your name, and that will be text-1, your e-mail, e-mail-2, subject, which will be text-3, and message body, which would be text-4.  And you can see these are numbered as you go down the page.  And up here we have the submission, which is five.  We can also add elements.  So let’s go ahead and click on “select tag” and decide if we want a text field, an e-mail field, a drop down menu, date; check boxes, which allow you to check more than one; radio buttons, which only allow you to only choose one.  If you choose a new one, it will unchoose the last one; a place for them to upload files, a submit button, and the Capcha.

  I am going to go ahead and do a Capcha, because I know that spam is more likely to NOT be able to get through a Capcha element.  So I want to put a form element name, and I’m going to that as Capcha, and I’m going to click on “get code”.  It’s going to ask me to copy this code and paste it into the form on the left.  So I’m going to copy between the brackets and the brackets themselves, click copy, I’m going to click here under “message body”, and now you see it is going to give us a text box.  I’m going to right click and hit “text”.  Now here it gives us visuals, so you can actually change the format, the font, the link, how you’re going to set up your whole page; everything you’re going to do to set up a whole page or post.

This allows you to do it visually or through HTML.  And scrolling down, it is going to ask you about the mail-to-site admin.  Now let’s say that I want to make this the admin at Wordpresstutorialhub.com.  You can also put a CC that it will copy it to whatever e-mail address you want.  And then here you can see the from e-mail, which is e-mail-2, and up here the e-mail-2 is their e-mail address.  The subjects is text-3, up here text-3 is the subject they put in, and so on.  Here it allows us to choose whether we want to do a mail comment type of HTML or plain text.  Some people have an e-mail that would not allow them to accept an HTML e-mail, so you may want to be plain text.  But if you are doing this for, say, business or something like that, usually the HTML is a better idea because it looks more polished.

  Down here, we can choose what you want the e-mail to say to you.  For instance, since this is a contact form, you have a new contact request.  So every time someone fills out this form, you will receive an e-mail that says “you have a new contact request”.  You can do it visually or through HTML, and over here you can choose whether you want a redirection link after they submit the form.  So I’m going to just say that I want them to go back to Wordpresstutorialhub.com’s index page and I can just put back slash, and it will know that that means index. 

But you can send them to whichever page you want.  At the bottom, you can decide whether you want to send them an auto reply to the sender, and this can be useful because they will know if their e-mail actually worked.  So you can disable or enable it.  This will put in the sender’s e-mail, which is your e-mail address, your name, it will send it to the e-mail, which is e-mail-2, sending it back to their from, subject-3, again if you wanted HTML or plain text.  You can choose what you want your reply to be.  You can see this is very generic.  “Thank you for contacting us are emails been received the will be contacting you shortly”.  I’m going to take the submit-5 and move it down to the bottom, because I think it is easier for it to be at the bottom of the page than at the top, frankly.  So after HTML, I’m going to scroll down, and I’m going to paste it in right there. 

And I’m going to go down to the bottom and click “update”.  Now I’m going to go to my page, I’m going to click on “contact me”, and I’m just going to fill out the form below and it will get back to us.  Copy my code between the colons, right click, and I’m going to go into “my pages”, and I’ve made a new page called “contact me”.  And this is going to pop up on my list of pages.  I’m in HTML to make sure this works correctly, and I’ve typed in “just enough to fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you asap”.  So I’m going to go ahead and paste that little quick form right into my page, click on “update”, and I’m going to go into my page, and you can see now my “contact me” shows up on my toolbar because I didn’t tell it not to.

  I’m going to click on that, scroll down, and now here’s my form.  But you’re going to want to go in and make sure it works by going in and sending yourself a test email first.  Fill out the Capcha if you decided to use one, and click on “send”.  So I’ve sent it, and it’s redirected me back to my index page.  So that’s pretty cool right?  So once that’s done, in my e-mail address, I will have gotten an e-mail through the contact form and I can add this person either to my contact list or I can answer any questions are concerns they might have.  So you need a contact form somewhere on your sheet you can connect with your readers.  The more you connect, the more they’ll come to you, the higher you will get ranks, and the more popular you will become.  So that’s how this works.  Thanks for listening to this tutorial; I hope that helped you out, and I’ll see you at the next one.

04:00
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to use the testimonial plug-in for Wordpress so you can put testimonials on your page from fans of your site.  So let’s go ahead to plugins and we’re going to click add new, and do a search for testimonials.  And click on search plugins.  We’re going to look for one that has a nice high ranking, and this one for a IQ Testimonials looks like it has the highest ratings of all.

So let’s go ahead and click on install now and install a plug-in.  Once it is installed, I’m going to click activate.  So let’s go ahead into our settings for testimonials he and this will show you all of the settings so you can put in so you can have a maximum number of testimonials, you can rotate the testimonials, you can have a rotation speed and a fade speed for when they will come up on your page.

For the form settings, you can require a name, e-mail, and all these other options.  So check the ones you want and let’s go down to the global settings.  We’ve got the maximum image width, the maximum image height, they can randomize our testimonials, which is a good idea so people aren’t seeing the same one to the same people all the time, and you can choose your page settings so it has the maximum number of testimonials that will be displayed on any of your pages.

Then you can put in your administration e-mail and click on save changes.  You can reset all your settings to how it was originally, or you can uninstall the plug-in.  I’m going to click on save changes.  Now I’m going to click on IQ Testimonials under the IQ Testimonials tabs to the left.  Now let’s go ahead and add a new testimonial.  You can take these testimonials from emails that people send to you, or from conversations, but you will want to get their permission before you use it.  And you can leave it public, hidden, or pending.  And I’m going to click submit.  And the testimonial has been added successfully.

  Under here, we have other testimonials that have been added.  This is just the one from Gravatar, and this automatically adds because we have added the Gravatar plug-in to our Wordpress site.  So you can scroll to the bottom, check the ones that you want to delete, feature, run feature.  So I’m going to click both of these, mine and the one that was already done by Gravatar, and click on feature.

So let’s go to my appearance, and go to widgets, and find out where these are going to show up.  And here we have the IQ Testimonials.  Now as we know from when we look to the widgets menu before, we can go ahead and click the IQ Testimonials, and we can take it to our main sidebar, showcase sidebar, the footer area, etc.  And I’m going to drop the same footer area one.  I’m going to click, drag, and let it go.  And now I’m going to name it, and click save.  So.  I’m going to go into my website as a visitor I’m going to refresh it, and let’s see where that came up.

  Down here at the bottom, this is a sample testimonial.  Feel free to delete it.  But we know now that it’s going to show up with his picture and we can rotate through.  Another reason that it showed up with this picture, is because he uploaded his image to it.  Since I didn’t, it just put my testimonial, and as you can see they are fading and coming up between those two.  So if you decide that you don’t want to use that anymore, you can go in and delete it out of your footer area or you can always go back in to your plug-in and you can deactivate it.

  But the testimonial is always a good way for people to see how much other people are enjoying your site.  And remember, keep those testimonials new.  You always want to have updated information, because that’s going to help Google and the other search engines find you more easily. So thanks for listening. Use your testimonials and I hope you have a great day. See you next time.

09:04
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hello.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create an e-mail on your web domain.  We’re going to use Cpanel to create this e-mail account, and it is going to forward all your emails to your actual regular e-mail address if you wish.  Or, if you wish, you can just keep the separate e-mail account on your domain.  So what we’re going to do is go into your Cpanel, and we’re going to scroll down until we see “email”. 

And you can see we’ve got all kinds of different selections here, but let’s go ahead and go into “email accounts”.  Now a lot of the server companies will have a video tutorial that you can go through, or you can just watch this one.  So let’s say for instance I want to make an e-mail address that is going to be admin@Wordpresstutorialhub.com.  And this is going to be for me because I’m the admin. 

And I’m going to go in, and put in a password or you can click on password generator.  Just remember, if you use the password generator you’re going to want to copy and paste the password into a Notepad file and paste it later.  Underneath, you can have if you want to have a mailbox quota, or if you want unlimited.  I’m going to leave it at 256 MB because that is what comes free with my account, and I’m going to click “create account”. And now, that account is created for Wordpresstutorialhub.

Underneath, you’ll see that I can search my e-mail for e-mail addresses, and it also has any accounts that I have.  So it admin@Wordpresstutorialhub.com, how much I’ve used of my space, my quota, and the percentage once I actually used some.  Here, you can change your password, so if you used your password generator before, or if you just want to change your password; you will just need to put in your new password, and put it in again, and change password.  You can change your quota, or you can delete this account.  You can see right here that this shows you how many results per page you can have, and I only have one e-mail address right now. 

But if you start building up a lot of addresses, like for other users, you can have up to 25, 50 or 100 on each page.  I’m going to leave mine at 10.  Now I’m going to go ahead and click on the drop down that says “more”, and it’s going to ask if you want to access your webmail or configure your e-mail client.  I’m going to go ahead and click on “access webmail”.  It’s going to ask for your password.  So this is going to be the password that I just put in, so I’m going to put in the e-mail address that I’d just put in and hit “log in”.  And it’s going to take me to my e-mail. 

And right now, I don’t have any e-mail, but when I do, it will be listed on this page.  So we have here as well we can change the password, and we’re going to auto responders. And auto responders are good; let’s say, if you want people to know that you will respond as soon as you receive their e-mail, or let’s say that you want to put one for a holiday.  So I’m going to put here, from Brooke; the subjects is “auto response for vacation”, and my body would be “I am on vacation until July 5 but I will be checking e-mail until then remotely.  I will get back to you as soon as possible”.

Now you can either set it up to start immediately or a custom time so you can schedule it. Let’s say you’re leaving for vacation tomorrow; we can schedule it for then.  You can also set when you want to stop the message.  So let’s say after July 5, I don’t want this message to show up anymore, so I click on “custom”, and I will click on the day that I want it to stop.  When I’m done with that, I will click on “create and modify”, so every time someone sends an e-mail to this address between now and July 5, they’re going to get this response, which is my auto response for vacation.  You can also choose whether this will include HTML, and if it does, you will click this box.  Next, you will want to configure your e-mail client.  Again, you can configure this to go with Outlook if you like to use Outlook, Outlook Express, Imac, etc.  And you’ll click on the video tutorial to do that. 

But when you click on each of these, it will show you that it’s going to install the proper mail setting for whichever setting you choose, and it tells you how to do it.  If you’re prompted to open, run, or save the file, click run or open this file from its current location.  If you want to enter the information into the registry, choose “yes”.  And you would go ahead and save the file.  Underneath, we also have Manual settings so you can go ahead and choose any of these that you would put into your mail configuration.  And I’m going to click “go back”.  Next is e-mail filtering. 

E-mail filtering means that if anyone sends you an e-mail, with perhaps a particular word in it, you can create a new filter. And you can change your roles, if it’s from someone to someone, if it has some particular subjects, replied to address and so on; equals, matches, contains, doesn’t contain, etc.  And here you’ll put in your text.  Let’s say for instance you want to get rid of anyone who is trying to sell you something, so let’s say you want to take out the phrase “low low price”.  So we’ll say if the subject says in it, “low low price”, and then choose our action.

Discard it, redirect it to our e-mail, fail with message, stop processing rules, deliver to folder, or pipe to program.  I want to automatically discard it.  You can also add additional ones by clicking on the plus and click “create”.  And I’ve successfully created a new filter.  I’m going to go back into the filters list and this shows me rule one.  And when I click “add it”, it shows me that this subject equals “low low price”.  Now you can either delete it, or edit it, or you can create a new filter again and add a new filter on.  You can also test the message, so I’m going to put “low low price test”.  And click “test filter”.  And this is the result.  Normal delivery.  And I’m going to click on “go back”.  I can also click on “e-mail trace”. 

And this allows you to review e-mail delivery times from your account.  You can see the details of delivery attempts, including whether that message was delivered or whether the message from the account’s mail server was sent to a remote address.  So you can put the recipient’s e-mail and click on “run report”.  So let’s go back again.  Here I’m given three choices, on which of these I want to choose to enable my auto-load.  Let’s say that I want to read my mail accusing using Horde.  I’m going to click on that, and I’m going to tell it I want to log in.  Now I don’t have any e-mail right now, but if I did, I would be able to put it in here.  Filter it, make notes, make notes, have a calendar, tasks, and content search. 

And as you can see, this is set up just like any other e-mail address, so I’m going to go back into the post panel and I’m going to take a look at how to forward my emails.  So back into the Cpanel I go, and I’m going to scroll down and I’m going to go into “forwarders”.  Now on the forwarder screen you will see that there actually two separate options to forward the e-mail account or to forward all e-mail from the domain.  So let’s go for this one; you can forward it to individual mail accounts or all e-mail from one domain to another.  I’m just going to click on “add forward” for right now.

So in my address to forward, I’m going to go ahead and put in admin@Wordpresstutorialhub.com and I’m going to forward it to my regular e-mail address, which is Wordpresstutorialhub@gmail.com. Now I can also go into “advanced options”, I can discard with an error to sender, and you can place your error message in here if you want this sent to a system account or piped to a program, which enters a path relative to your home directory or discard the mail.  I’m just going to keep it forwarding to my regular e-mail address and click on “forwarder”.  And click “go back” and you’ll see that it’s here on my screen.  So every time someone sends an e-mail through your website to admin@ Wordpresstutorialhub.com, then it will automatically forward it to your forwarding address, which is Wordpresstutorialhub@gmail.com.  So I hope you found this tutorial easy and I think it’s a lot faster than you think it’s going to be.  So go ahead and use it, enjoy it, and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

02:36
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to look at how to create a gravatar for your blog.  Now gravatar is basically a little avatar that will show up next to your name, but a gravatar as neat because wherever you go and post, your gravatar will always pop up next your name.  You can also set up setting in your Wordpress page that will allow the gravatars to work automatically and always pop up.  So we’re going to go into plugins under dashboard, and we’re going to go into add new.  We’re going to type in the word gravatar, which is GRAVATAR, and click on search plugins.

Now a lot of these will encourage people to sign up for their gravatar at your site, but I want to go down to the gravatar plug-in.  And I’m going to click on install now.  It will ask if you want to install, and you do, and it will go ahead and install it.  And let’s click on activate plug-in.  So our gravatar plug-in is plugged in.  And we’re going to click on there, we’re going to look at that site and go to gravatar today.  It’s going to ask for our e-mail address, which I’m going to go in and put in, and click on sign up.  So now it sends an e-mail to my e-mail address, and I’m going to go get it signed in and come back to the site, and set my password.

So now I’ve created my account.  And it’s going to ask me to put in a username, password, and sign up.  Now’s going to allow me to choose an image that I want to use.  So let’s add one by clicking here, and I’m going to get one off my computer’s hard drive.  And there we go!  And we’re going to put in this one, which is called the gravatar box, and this is a function that allows your page to find what gravatars they have, and it will pop it up if they already have one.  So let’s click on install now, and click OK, activate our plug-in, and it’s activated. 

Now, I’m going to go into settings, and under discussion, scroll down to the bottom, he and we’re going to tell it to show avatars, and if they do not have an avatar, we can either put in a display logo or the gravatar logo.  I’m just going to put mystery man, and click on save changes.  Their gravatar will pop up here next to their comments instead of these invisible man ones.  So that’s how you can make it so your Wordpress will automatically know what someone’s gravatar is as long as they are signed in under their e-mail address.  So I hope this is helped you out, it’s going to personalize your site, and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

03:53
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to add a favicon to your Wordpress blog.  The favicon is one of these little symbols up here the you can generate that will brand your website to being yours.  You can see that we’ve got here the Wordpress one, which is these little squares, but over here we’ve got one for AVG, which is their logo. So let’s go ahead and take a look at how to generate our own favicon and how to make it so it always pops up and our address bar and in our tabs. 

The first thing we’re going to do is generate a favicon, so go ahead into the search engine that you use, and type in favicon generator, which is F-A-V-I-C-O-N generator.  And you’ll see right here we have “favicon icu generator”.  And I’m going to go ahead and click on that site because I’ve used this one before.  You can create favicons, you can import image you already have, you can see the latest favicons and the ones that are top rated, you can login, or you can register.  I’m just going to go ahead and import my image.  I’m going to browse, pull it in; and I’ve already made this in Photoshop, and you can either choose to keep the dimensions are sure that was where I can’t.

I’m going to go ahead and click upload, because mine’s done and I like it the way it is.  They can go in here, and you can change colors or you can change this later, but I like it how it is already made, so I’m going to go ahead and click on “download favicon.  I’m going to tell it to save, and it’s going to save that to my downloads for all my hard drive.  Now I’m going to go into my Wordpress Cpanel. Now I’m going to go into my Wordpress dashboard, and I’m going to go into plugins and I’m going to click on “add new” because I want to find a favicon plug-in that will pull my favicon in and automatically install it on my Wordpress site.

So I’m going to type in favicon, and click on “search plugins”.  And I’m going to go down to “all in one favicon”.  As you can see, this has a very high rating and this is going to allow me to upload my favicon, and put it out as an .icu, .png file, or a gif.  And I’m going to click on “install now”.  Click “OK”, activate my plugins, and then scroll down and go into my settings for “all in one favicon” once it’s installed into my plugins file.  Now for the settings, it will allow you to put in your favicon icu, your favicon .png, your favicon gif, your favicon Apple Touch icon, and so on.

  Find the one you want to use and I’m going to put this in under front end gif.  But now I’m going to click browse , I’m going to go into my download folder, and upload my favicon.  And then I’m going to go down and click save changes.  You can see that now my favicon has popped up right here next to front end gif.  If this is not the one you want to use, you can check the box to delete the favicon and then go down and click save changes.  But this is the one I want to use, so let’s go into my Wordpress page, refresh, and now I’ve got my own favicon that comes up on my tab and in my address bar.  So back in my favicon settings when I scroll down, it also has tips for different types of favicon settings.

  It has delete settings in which you can check the box and check it to delete the settings to go back to the way it was when it was installed, or you can go back out into your regular page.  So doesn’t that look great? That really helps me brands my Wordpress blog.  So I hope you like this tutorial and it will be really easy for you to add your own favicon to your site. Thanks for listening and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

03:41
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi there.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look how look at how to hide an affiliate link.  An affiliate link is a great way for your Wordpress to make some extra money, and that can be people coming to your Wordpress page and then clicking through your links to do some shopping, and you can actually make, say, a few bucks a month just by having these links on your pages.  So let’s say that now I want to hide my affiliate links to make sure people are staying on my Wordpress page.

What I’ve done here, is I’ve made a post with my affiliates link, and then right down here there is a little bit of content with my affiliates link in it as well, and this is the visual feel rather than the HTML view.  So I’m going to open up another Wordpress dashboard page here so we can take a look, and we’re going to go into plugins and we’re going to look for a new plug in, so click on add new.  And this one is going to hide affiliate links.  So I’ve put in hide affiliate link and I’m searching.  And here at the top we’ve got an affiliate link cloaking.  This means that the visitors will not be able to remove my affiliate ID and they can visit my product website directly. 

You can also be used as a link shrink plug-in.  So let’s go ahead and install it now and activate the Plugin, and in our dashboard, lets go down to link cloaking and we can add a new link, view its status, its options, or get help and report bugs.  So I’m going to go in and add a new link, and link I’m going to put here is… and I’m going to put in the affiliate link.  I can auto replace that affiliate link with the short link that I’ve put up here, and I’m going to put the title, and click on add link. 

Now as you can see, it’s under our affiliate link cloaking.  So let me go ahead and click on view status and this will show you how many times each month that appears and how many times people actually clicked it.  And then down underneath here it shows the link title, the day it was shown, how many hits, how many unique visitors, and the short links on that page.  So up here is the daily status in July, and if you keep scrolling down, is the monthly status of 2012. 

See you can find all this information on how many people are clicking on each of your affiliate links, and this will also help you see which ones are making you money and which ones aren’t bringing you in any thing, so you can get rid of those ones that are bringing you in any money at all, and replace them with those that are making you more.  So let’s go back out to options, and this allows us to show the control panel and the post page, edit page, so I’m going to go ahead in and take a look at my post page. And up here you can see we now have the get the short link.

Scrolling down, we have our affiliate link cloaking with the short link, the affiliate link, and the auto replace affiliate link to the short link already checked, and then the title, and then down under here, it has the actual short and affiliate link.  So this is a great way to make sure that people are going shopping through your site in particular, and not going straight to the shopping site on their own.  That way you know you’re going to be making a few cents for each time they click through.  So thanks for listening, I hope this makes your little extra money, and I will see you at the next tutorial.

Section 8: RSS Feed Settings
03:15
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create a Feedburner account.  Feedburner allows me to take my RSS feeds and publish them automatically in Feedburner from my Wordpress page.  So as you can see, I’ve already signed in using my gmail e-mail address, and right here it says that you can look for feeds they used to have a fever dot com defined fee to use to have or to burn a new feed right now.

And it asks you to type in your feed address right here.  And over on the right hand side you’ll see that it has ad sense for feeds, which shows that you have stats right away, enabling social sharing with the flair, socializing your feed with footer, and these are all articles you can read to help you out.  And if the burner status.  So down here it has the known issues and the date.  So now I’m going to type in my blog address.

  If you’re a pod caster, you can click andI’m a pod caster and click the next button.  And it shows us that it’s found more than 1 feed at my Wordpresstutorialhub.commanually address.  So I need to select one of these two uses my source.  In Wordpress tutorial hub at http://Wordpresstutorialhub,commanuallyVcommentsfeeds, or the home, and speed.  So I’m going to go head and use the dot commanuallyV, which is my first option, and click next.  Now it’s gone ahead and verify that the black blog or feed address is mine, and it tells me that it’s going to place the most popular services on my feed and I can go ahead and modify remove them later if I decide that I do not want them.

It also shows the new fee will be activated on my feed per account and I can show setup optional traffic stats cancel including traffic and blog testing services.  So here’s my feed title which is Wordpress tutorial hub and then over here is my feed address, and that’s it feeds at feed burner dot comWordpress tutorial hub.  I can either choose next activated or cancel and do not activate.  But I’m going to go ahead and click next and this shows me my address where I can find my feed and where I can send the link to others so they can read my feed as well.  Right now its added browser friendly, which improves its appearance, and then feedburner stats, its basic fee traffic sand statistics.

  It can also go and add more feeds or stats options or go to my feed management.  I’m going to click next and see what other options we have.  These auctions show what you already have and if you want to track click through is, which is how often people click through items to go to your site, he can click that here.  And also if you want to have item and closure downloads, including podcasts.  If you’d like to have even more, you can click on this box and it will take you to the Feedburner options and click next.  And now I’ve successfully updated the feed for Wordpress tutorial hub.  So I hope this is helped you out, as you can see this is pretty easy.  For the next tutorial I’m going to show you how to activate this on your Wordpress page.  So thanks for watching and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

04:32
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to activate our Wordpresstutorialhub with Feedburner.  And this is going to make it so our RSS feeds on our Wordpress pages go automatically into our Feedburner RSS.  So on our Wordpresstutorialhub, I’m going into my dashboard, where I can edit my feed details, delete my feed, or transfer a feed. 

It also has options for me to analyze, which gives us all our statistics; optimize, to help it look good and to make sure that is giving you back all the information you need; publicize, and this is how you will start attracting some subscribers; monetize, and this is how you will get a Google Adsense for your feeds.  And then choose your options on how to control the ads that go into your feed and troubleshootize.  But let’s go ahead and look at edit feed details.  So I’m just going to go ahead and click on my edit feeds, and this will take me to my edit the details and all I have right now is my Wordpresstutorialhub and it doesn’t have any subscribers.

I want to go ahead and get this chiclet so it’s attached to my Wordpress blog.  I’m going to click Wordpresstutorialhub, and you’re going to go into the screen to integrate.  And this will pop up after you’ve successfully updated your feed.  If you go down, you’ll see that it has different options to put this through to Blogger, Typepad, Wordpress, Wordpress.com, Myspace, etc.  And if we click on any of these, it tells us how to go ahead and install this option on your blog or Wordpress feed. 

So I’m going to click on publicize, and I’m going to put what is called a chiclet on my website.  And I’m going to click on where it says posting a friendly graphic, and this is going to allow me to put a chiclet on my Wordpress page so people can click on it and subscribe to my RSS feeds.  This is the standard one right now, or you can go ahead and use one of these custom icons from other popular web sites.  I’m just going to click on subscribe in a reader with a larger one, and then I’m going to click and copy of all of the content and I’m going to come down, right click on the box, click on select all, right click again, and hit copy.

And I’m going to go into my Wordpress page, and I’m going to copy this into my Wordpress page.  I’m going to go into my dashboard, and that’s in Wordpress, I’m going to go into appearance, into widgets, and I’m going to scroll down until I find the text widget.  I’m going to open up footer area one, I’m going to go down to text over in my inactive, or unused icons, and I’m going to drop this into the footer area one and then I’m going to right click and paste my HTML from my Feedburner.  And I’m going to title it.  And click save.  I’m going to go into my Wordpress page and see where it comes up.  And there it is, right underneath the testimonials where I put it in the bottom, read my rants, and if they click here, they can subscribe to my feed. 

So let’s go back into our Wordpress dashboard, go into plugins, and then go into add new, and we’re going to look for the Feedburner plugin.  And click on search plugins.  Now if you don’t want to go ahead and use the Feedburner chiclet, you can also come in and use the Feedburner form, Feedburner You Are, or any of these.  Any of these plugins can be used for people to subscribe to your RSS feeds, and they have other options as well that you can read in their description.  So now, every time I go into my Wordpresstutorialhub, and I go into my blog, and I go into add new post, I can go ahead and type something and that will pop up in my Feedburner account.

  I’m going to go into my blog, and right here, this is from my Feedburner site.  It shows my recent posts, and if I go into Feedburner, and now I’ve gone into the address for my Wordpresstutorialhub Feedburner site, and sure enough, there it is.  My first RSS feed entry.  This is my Feedburner site.  It actually also pulled the one before that as well, even though that was before when I actually set up the Feedburner.  So this is really cool.  It is a good way to get good backlinks to your own Wordpress site, and to really get your words out there.  So I hope you really enjoyed this tutorial, and I will see you at the next one.

Section 9: Google Analytics and SEO
04:20
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to install Google Analytics onto your Wordpress blog using plugins.  The first thing we have to do is get a Google Analytics account.  And we’re going to do that by going to Google Analytics, which is www.google.comanalytics.  And we’re going to go into our Wordpress dashboard, into plugins, and we’re going to look at add new. 

We’re going to put in Google Analytics, and search our plugins.  And here you can see it gives us our profiles, our tracking code, our property settings, and our social settings.  I’m going to go ahead and click on tracking code, and as I scroll down, it’s going to give us our application tracking so we can choose if it’s going to be used with Android SDk and IO SDK.  It’s going to give us a property name and URL, the tracking has not been installed yet, but we’re going to do that a moment, and we’re going to do that by coming down here where it gives us a choice between standard, advanced, and custom.

  I’m just going to go ahead and use a standard right now, and I’m going to tell then I’m just going to be tracking a single domain.  But you can also choose multiple domains or multiple top level domains, if that’s what you’ve got.  You can also choose if you’re going to track Adwords campaigns, but I don’t have any Adwords campaigns right now, so I’m going to leave that blank.  And down below it’s going to ask you to paste this code into every page we want to track immediately before the closing, which is the head tag.  I’m going to go ahead and click on save, so it saves my settings.

Here in profiles, you can also choose your assets that you want to be available in this profile, the goals you would like to set, and you can set goals such as people who go to your contact me page, or even who click on your RSS feeds subscription, the users that you’re going to put in here that can check your Google Analytics, and right now it’s just me under administrator.  The filters, and you can choose filters to put in here, and your profile settings.  You can put your default page, if you want to exclude any URL parameters, how you what your currency displayed, whether it’s a commerce site, and if you want to search tracking. 

That’s if you want if you have asearch on your site.  And click apply and you’re done.  Going back into my Wordpress dashboard, I’m going into plugins, and installed plugins, and now I’m going to go into Google Analytics, click on settings, and it’s going to ask me to authenticate with Google.  Then, I’m going to go into my tracking code tab.  This is the traffic ID for my Google Analytics property, which I’m going to copy, go back into my Google configuration; now it’s going to ask you to select the correct Analytics profile.  I’m going to scroll down, and under Authenticate with Google button, I’m going to go into manually enter your UA code.

  I’m going to take the UA code and I’m going to click and paste that in, and tell it to put the tracking code in the header, or you can have it so you can insert it manually, track out on clicks and downloads, showing advanced settings if you wish, and click on update in Google Analytics settings.  And now my Analytic settings are updated.  That means that every time someone comes to my home page, it’s going to go into my Google Analytics and show up.  But it will take until the next day to show up.

  If you go into your dashboard of Google Analytics, you’ll see a bunch of the tools that it has, including how many visits you have your site, the average visit duration, the goal conversion rate, meaning how many goals you have set have been achieved, visits by traffic site, visits by page views and URL, visits and average visit duration, and goal completions.  It also can set automatic alerts.

  When you come back to Google Analytics, you’ll go to standard reporting and you’ll be able to choose which of these metrics you’re going to see.  It is also going to show you all this information down here.  If you want further information, just click through all your options over here on the left hand side, and it will show you everything from traffic sources to web pages people are looking at, to what they are searching for in Google to find your page.  So that’s how you set up Google Analytics using a plugin.  I hope you enjoyed it thanks and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

03:11
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to install your Google Analytics code directly into your Wordpress site without having to go in and use the plug-in.  So if you decide to do this manually, this is how it works.  When you get your tracking code once you set up your Google Analytics, you’re going to scroll down. You’re going to make sure that everything here is correct, including your property name, website URL, tracking status, etc.  You choose whether you going to put in a single domain, one domain with multiple sub domains, multiple top level domains, and if you want to include an Adwords campaign. 

I don’t have any Adwords campaigns, so I’m just going to go head and talent I’m going to be tracking a single domain right now.  Now if you scroll down further, you can see that you can paste this code into your site.  And this code will change with any of these options that you choose above.  So I’m going to go in, copy this file, and I’m going to go into my Wordpress, into appearance, down to editor, and I’m going to put this in the footer file.  The reason I’m going to put this in a footer file is because Google would like you to put this code into every page that you would like to have tracked.  Instead of going through and putting it in every single page all the time, I’m going to put it into a part of the page that shows up with every page that is looked at, and that is the footer.  So look for the footer.php.

I’m going to scroll down, and I’m going to paste that code that I just got from Google Analytics right above the body brackets.  Just paste in, click update file, and now every time someone comes two one of the pages on your site, it will automatically go into Google Analytics, so you can see how many people have been looking at it.  If you go into standard reporting, keep in mind that it’s going to give you information from the day before, so you will see that that is why there aren’t any visits on here now, because I’ve just pasted in all the code.  So you can also go into demographics, you can figure out where the people are looking at you from; you can look at the traffic sources, including where they’re coming from, if it’s Google, Yahoo, if they’re coming directly to you, or if they’re being referred by other sites; the website content they are looking at, what site speed your site is running at, if they’re doing site searches, and all kinds of other information. 

You can also set up customized reporting, where you can choose new metrics that it will report to you. For instance, how many people click to subscribe to your RSS feeds.  So as you can see, even if it seems intimidating, installing Google Analytics manually into your page is really simple.  All you have to do is copy the Analytics code, go into your foot.php, and paste it in right before the body, and there you have it.  So I hope you like this tutorial.  This is a really easy method to use, and I’ll see you at the next one.  Thanks for listening.


09:31
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to use Google Analytics.  Google Analytics is so important to understand what kind of impact your site is having on people, and that includes how many people are reading it, even where they’re coming from, including whether they are looking for youth research engine or coming to it directly, or for being forwarded to you from another site. 

This really allows you to see when you make changes to your site what is working and what isn’t.  So let’s go ahead and take a look.  We’re going to break down Google Analytics to help you get a little better of an understanding.  Now I know this can look a little bit intimidating, but it’s actually really really simple to use.  Once you learn how to look for information you need, and apply it, you’re going to find it this is a fantastic tool.  So what we’re going to do first is look at our home.  And this shows, first of all, my dashboard.

Right now, I have these widgets that come up automatically when I open my Google Analytics account.  That includes how many visits, the average visitor location, the goal conversion rate, visits by traffic and site, visit in page views, visits in average visit duration, goal completions, automatic alerts, if you’d like to set some.  If you’d like to add more, click add widgets, and this will allow you to add metrics, pie charts, timelines, tables; it allows you to name them, link them to report, and pretty much anything else you would need.

So let’s take a look at our standard reporting.  You can see right now that it doesn’t show I’ve had any visitors to my site, but that’s because I just opened this Analytics account a few minutes ago.  It is one day behind for your results.  So if you want to see how many people visited today, you would look tomorrow.  It allows you to look at everything from a day, for the last week, the month, and it allows you to choose whether you want a line chart or a bubble chart.

It allows you to set colors and sizes, and all of this is just make it easier for you to read the information.  If you have e-commerce on your site, you can track that as well.  Underneath, if you scroll down, you can see how many visits, how much revenue you made, how many transactions, the average value of each one, the commerce conversions, and the visit value.  Underneath, it will give you information about where the people are visiting your site from.

If you click on the left, you will see you have an audience tab and when you open that up, it gives you an overview, including how many people came to your site, your bounce rate, which is how many times people got to your page and realized immediately it wasn’t what they were looking for and left, and percentage of new visits.  You can also see their demographics, the systems they are using, if they’re using mobiles, and languages they speak.  If you click through here, you can see your demographics so you can see where your customers are coming from, what languages they are coming from, their behavior, including new versus returning, how often they have returned, and how recently that was; engagements, what technology they are using, browsers and networks, if they’re using mobiles and an overview of that, the devices that they are using.

You can set custom variables that are user defined, and you can do that by clicking on select the metric; and you can set this up by coming down here.  You can go into custom variables and you can decide what you want your variables to be, and you would do that by clicking on custom variable two.  You can also look at visitors flow, and I haven’t had anyone yet, but when it does come up, it’s a flowchart.  You can look into advertising if you have e-commerce accounts, which I don’t.  But if you did, you’d be able to use this part of that service. 

Traffic sources, including an overview where everyone is coming from.  That can involve search engines, direct traffic, and referrals from other pages.  Search engine optimization, which allows you to see what people are searching for when they find your page, and that helps you set up your own keywords.  Planning pages, a geographical summary.  If you’ve got social plugins, including Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., this will give you an overview of those.  And let’s get into content.  This will show you what your site’s content is, and what people are looking at on those pages, your site speed, your overview, page timings, etc.

  Page search, including if people are doing a search on your side, what they’re looking for, what terms they are using, and how many pages they are find from the windows searches.  Events, you can set of events.  For instance, if you have an e-commerce item and you are going to have a big weekend sale, you can set up events to track how many people come to your site.  Adsense if you’ve decided to use Ad sense, this gives you an overview.  Any experiments you feel like running, and you can go in here, and go into experiments and this will give you an idea how to do experiments.  In-page analytics, and this is once you’ve put your widget for Google Analytics or your code into your page, this will show you the insight analysis.  And then at the very bottom, conversions.

For the goals, you can set your conversion goals that you want to do.  To do that, you would click on set up goals, and let’s go ahead and click on goal number one.  And we’re going to call this RSS feed, and this can be so if they decide to become an RSS feed member so they can always see your RSS feeds, we can go ahead and set that up.  And that gold type is a URL destination; and the goal page for this, let’s say, would be our assetsblogRSSfeed.HTML.  You can put exact match, head match, which is the heading, or regular expression match; you can make it case sensitive, and you can do a goal value.  You can also do a goal funnel, which is a series of pages that lead to your goal destination, which is the RSSfeed.HTML page.  This can include steps in your check out process, which take you through your site into your shopping cart, through the payment method up, all the way through the banking page, which is the goal.  If you want to do that, click on save.  If not, click on cancel. 

Once you have your goals set up, it will show you your whole flow, which will show you how many times your goal has been met and you can track how many people actually subscribe to your RSS feed, for instance.  So that’s our standard of living.  We also have the custom reporting page, and this allows you to set up custom reports.  You can choose much of groups, and if you click on the aperture box, you can choose say, traffic sources, conversions, it will give you all the subtitles are subheadings.  If you want to search for one, put it in your search box and hit the magnifying glass.  Once you have named it, set up your mattress. 

You can just add the match and groove.  You can also add a filter.  Let’s say that you want to see everyone who visits your E commerce site from the United States, but you don’t want to see them from outside the country because you can’t send anything outside the country.  You can go in and choose traffic sources he, you can go in and choose so it will disclose anyone who’s not from the United States.  You can also click under profiles.  This our current profile, but we can add additional ones as well.  And again, once you’re done, click on save. 

If you click over here on the name of your site, it will bring up all the accounts if you have Google Analytics accounts with.  Right now I just have the one for the Wordpress tutorial hub.  And you can click on home.  Over here you can see on the homepage that you can do in real time, which will show you how many people are visiting your site right now, as well as how many page is they’re saying, their site speed, where they’re from, and other information, so that’s pretty cool.  You can also look of their traffic sources, so that is where they came from and this was a referral, and their content.  You can set up intelligence events.  And intelligence events and the way you set up customer lords.

Let’s say you have 100 people and a shopping your site, you can set it up so will automatically send you an e-mail.  You can also go into dashboard, and you can create a new dashboard.  It will let you either start one white, or lay you do a starter dashboard that will bring up all of the standard things you would need for this and you could arrange it according to what works best for you.  And once you title it, you can click create dashboard, or cancel out.

So you should really check your analytics page at least once a day he Siew can make sure that any changes that you’re making are having that side effects.  For instance, if you add a new option to your site at you want to see if it is working, you want to go into your dashboard and see if more people are coming to your site at events and implemented that change.  So that’s a quick overview of how to use Google Analytics.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial in this made it a little easier for you.  Thanks for listening and I’ll see you next time.

04:34

Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create an xml site automatically using Google.  Now a site map is used by Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. so they can better access your blog, which means their crawlers can go through your whole page, retrieve yours more efficiently, and you’re more likely to show up higher ranked on web searches.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at how to do this.

First of all, I’m on Wordpress.org, and I’ve looked up Google Wordpress.org site maps, and it has taken me to the plug-in.  Or as usual, you can go into your plugins page on your dashboard and look up Google XML Site Map Generator, and just click on search plugins.  Right here, you’ll see Google XML Site Maps, and you’ll go ahead and click on install now, and then activate plug-in, and you’re going to scroll down to your Google XML Site Maps. 

I’m going to go into my settings page, and it shows that the site map hasn’t been built.  And click here to build itfor the first time.  Underneath, it has basic options.  Like if you want to write a normal xml file with your file name, or write a G Zip file which is your file plus GZ.  You can pick your building mode, and this will ask you if you want to rebuild your site if you change your content.  You should leave that checked just in case you forget later, or you can enable Manual site and build it through a get request.

Next, you can update notifications so anytime you update your blog, you can click on notify Google, notify Bing, notify Ask, and it will add a site map URL to the virtual robots.txt file.  Although you can’t have a real robots.txt file in the blog directory, this is still a good thing to have clicked.  There also more advanced options, including whether you want to limit the number of posts in your site map, because it puts the newer posts first.

If you want to increase your memory limit, if you want to increase the execution time, include an XSLT sheet, enable a MySQL standard mode, but this is only good if you’re getting MySQL errors because it takes a lot of memory.  And if you want to build a site map in a background process so you don’t have to wait when you save the post.  I’m going to leave the use default, and leave the site up in the background checked.  Underneath that it’s going to ask about additional pages, and this is where you can show it if you want to have specific files are URLs to be included, although they’re not in your blog or Wordpress.

If you want to add any page, just click right here and fill it out.  Underneath is the post priority, and this selects how the priority post by already is calculated.  You can skip using this priority calculation, do it depending on the comment count, or how many average comments are on each post.  Underneath we can do an automatic detection, you can put it to a custom location, so you can choose it one of those and I’m just going to leave it the automatic detection, and this shows me my detected URL and my path, which is going to come in handy when you go to, say your web master tools in Google or Bing.

Underneath the site map contents, you can choose everything that you want to have included, uncheck anything you don’t want to have included.  You can include custom taxonomy and further options.  Underneath, you can choose your excluded items, including, say, categories or posts.  You can change the frequency of how often your pages are going to be crawled by the web searchers.  You can set your priorities, and then when you’re done, click on update options or you can reset them all.  Now, up to the top, I’m going to go ahead and click on click here.  It’s gone ahead and built my site map, it’s zipped it, it told Google and Bing about it, however there was a problem with notifying Ask, and we can click here to find out why and this will tell us how to fix it.

On the right hand side, it gives you more information out the plug-in and it gives you more site map resources.  So let’s say you go to webmaster tools which is from Google, and you want to log in.  You can go ahead, make up an account, in Webmaster Tools and you would use the site map in webmaster tools so Google can come and search a whole page.  So that’s a really quick, easy tool to use to generate your site map and if you ever need your site map address, and you will to tell it to the search engines, you simply go down here, find it, copy it, and paste it into their box. So that’s how it works.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’ll see you at the next one.

04:22
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial we’re going to take a look at how to use the All-In-One SEO pack for Wordpress.  All-In-One SEO is fantastic because it lets you make sure that you have the best keywords for your site all in one place, and it’s easy to go through and change them, update them, and everything else you need. 

So let’s go ahead into our plug-ins page on our dashboard.  We’re going to go up to plug-ins, and “add new”, and we’re going to search for All-In-One SEO.  And we’re going to go down to All-In-One SEO Pack and click on install, and then activate it.

Now we’re going to go our main page, to enable and configure, and we’re going to scroll down.  You can decide on here if you would like to make a donation, and you can enable the plug-in status, and then we’re going to put in the home title, which is Wordpresstutorialhub, and then our home description, which is Wordpresstutorialhub is a site built to demonstrate how to construct a Wordpress blog. 

Next is our keywords.  I’m going to put in Wordpress, and the comma is important because it’s going to separate these terms.  Tutorial, hub, and then I’m going to put all of them together, and then I’m just going to add a few more words that people may use to look me up, say in Google or Yahoo.  And this can be keywords, phrases, anything you think people will type in to find you. 

You can choose to put in canonical URLs, if you want to rewrite the titles, then it will show you the post title formats that you can put right under here.  And if you’re not sure how to change them, just leave them like they are.  You can also do your 404 page, your title format, and the 404 pages are where people are directed to when a webpage is missing.  You can pick SEO for custom post types, and you can choose whether you wanted to be for POS or pages, or both. 

You can also put in a Google Plus site profile by default, and I’m just going to put in Wordpresstutorialhub.com for that, and it’s going to ask for my Google Analytics ID.  So I’m going to go into my Google Analytics page, into my settings, I’m going to click on my Wordpresstutorialhub, I’m going to go into Admin, and I’m going to go into my tracking code that gives me my ID. 

I’m going to copy my tracking ID, put it into my Google Analytics ID box, and then you can choose whether you want to use categories or metatags, keywords, tags, dynamically generate keywords from post pages, meaning that it’s going to take words that you use most often in your posts and it’s going to generate keywords from that.  So say you were looking up Google Analytics, if I had done a post the mentions Google Analytics a few times, it would pull that with this plug-in and it would make Google Analytics one of my keywords.  I can use the no index for categories and archives, and tag archives, I can auto-generate descriptions, capitalize category titles, I can choose any pages that I want to have excluded.

If I want to put in additional post headers I can put them here, additional headers I type them here, to show home headers I can put them here.  I can also log important events.  And I’m going to click on “update options” or you can reset all your settings to default.  But I want to save what I did so I’m going to click on “update options”.  Now when I scroll down, I can see all of my keywords, and everything else.

If you want to change any of these, all you have to do is go back in settings, All-In-One SEO, and then come down and change whatever you need to change and just make sure that you save it afterwards.  So that’s how we can use All-In-One SEO to help us get our site recognized more easily by search engines, which will bring more people to your site and get your rankings higher.  So thanks for listening, and I’ll see you at the next tutorial. 

Section 10: Getting Social
03:46

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi. For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to add the Facebook ““like”” button to our Wordpress blog.  This is going to be really easy.  We’re going to go into our plug-ins from our dashboard, go to “add new”, and then we’re going to go to Facebook “like”, and click on “search plugins”.  Now we’re going to click on “install now”, and click “OK”, and activate our plugins. 

Scrolling down, we’re going to go down to settings, we’re going to go down to “Facebook like”, and it’s going to allow us to choose whether we want to display the buttons on all our pages, on the front page, on a single post page, are on the category pages.  I’d like to go ahead and install this on all the pages, so people can “like” your Wordpress the matter where they are. You can also decide where to place it in the content, on the bottom or the top of the page. 

Next, you’re going to put in your language.  For instance, EN_us for American English for FR_FR  for French from France.  Next we are going to do our Facebook application ID.  And I’m going to go ahead and click on “go to app”.  When you log into Facebook, it is going to give you an application ID, and you’re just going to copy it and paste it.  To find out what your Facebook application ID is, and your Facebook application ID for Meta, I’m going to take you straight to a page, and it’s easier to find it this way than any other way.  You’re simply going to go and log into your account, type in https:developers.Facebook .comapps, and here you’ll find all your settings, including your AP ID or your API key, and I’m going to click and copy those numbers.

  I’m going to go back into my Facebook application ID and paste it there, and then paste it here under Facebook application ID meta.  It has the size of my Facebook “like” button, the layout if I decide I want standard, a button count, or a box counter, and I’m just going to leave mine as standard.  If you want to show the people’s faces who “like” your account, which will bring up their profile picture on your page; if you want to show the “send” button, but this only works if you’re in FXBML in standard mode.  If you want to put “like” or “recommend” in your button, the font you would like to use, and you can personalize this font so it matches the look of your page.

I’m just going to leave mine on Ariall, and down here it shows me what is going to look like.  And for color, you can choose light or dark.  And I’m going to click on “save changes”.  Now I’m going to go into my Wordpress blog and we’re going to find that “like” button.  And there it is, right underneath my post.  I used dark on my page, so can see it came up as gray instead of white, and you can go back into your settings for your Facebook “like” button at any point and change anything you need to change.  So I hope this helped you out.  It’s going to make it really easy for any visitors to go straight to liking your Wordpress page.  So I hope this helped you out, and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

04:16

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi! For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to add breadcrumb links.  Now, you may be wondering what this breadcrumb thing is, but once you see it, you’ll remember.  It’s basically when it will have across your page all of the links that show how you got to your particular page. 

So let’s go ahead and take a look at plugins, and we’re going to find a plugin back and give us a breadcrumb link activity.  We’re going to check breadcrumb link in plugins, and here we go.  Here we’ve got Breadcrumb NAVXT, and that’s right of top of the list, and we’re going to go ahead and install it now.  Click OK, activate our plugins, and we’re going to come down here to settings and we’re going to click on settings.  And it’s going to ask what you want placed between each breadcrumb.  And I would like a larger-than mark between each breadcrumb.

It is also going to give the breadcrumb max title length, and I’m going to put in, let’s say four.  It’s going to place the home breadcrumb in the trail, if you want it too, and I’m going to leave that checked.  It has our home template, it has our unlinked home template. Our blog breadcrumbs are going to be placed in a trail of we keep that checked, it has our blog template.  Again, the blog template and links, the main site breadcrumbs, and we can place our main site home breadcrumbs in a trail if you’re using a multi-site setup as well.  I am not, so I’m going to leave that unchecked.

We’ve got the main site home template, and the main site home template unlinked.  And I’m going to click on “save changes”.  Next I am going to go to current items.  It is going to ask whether I want to link the current item, and I’m going to put yes, and then it’s going to ask if you want to include the current page breadcrumb in the breadcrumb trail.  And there is the page template.  For posts and pages, it shows us the post’s template as well as the unlinked one, the post taxonomy, and I’m going to put pages first, and I’m going to click on “save changes”. 

Next categories and tags, if you’d like to put categories and tags in there, and miscellaneous.  And “save changes”.  Next I’m going to go to the developers’ site for this plugin, and that is MTEKK.uscodebreadcrumb-navXT.  And I’m going to go down until I see “basic usage” and I’m going to copy and paste this code that he has into my header.PHP file.  So going back into my page, I’m going to go into “appearance”, then “editor”, and I’m going to be down to header.PHP and then I’m going to go down to where I would like this to appear.  OK?

I’m going to scroll down, and right before header bar, I’m going to copy that code, I’m going to paste that code that I had just copied from his page, and I’m going to click on “update file”.  Now I’m going to go into my Wordpress blog, I’m going to refresh, and I’m just going to go a few pages.  You can see that it’s actually coming up right here and it’s only showing the first few letters of each one of my pages and I don’t like that.  So I’m going to go back in and I’m going to fix it.

But as you can see, this shows you everywhere that you have gone to get to this page and it just makes it easier for people to navigate through your site, and to get back to where they were before.  So going back into “edit themes”, I’m going to go into plugins, I’m going to go back into my breadcrumbs settings, and I have this at four, and that’s because the maximum amount I put it in.

Let’s go ahead and change to 10, scroll down and click on “save changes”, and click on “refresh”.  And see, it’s given me more letters.  So you can put this up to anything you want.  You can even do up to 20 characters if you want, save the changes, refresh, and there you go.  So that’s how you make a breadcrumb trail on your site.  I hope you like this tutorial, and I’ll see you at the next one

06:10

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  This tutorial’s about how to send Wordpress posts directly to your Twitter account.  The first thing you’re going to do, obviously, is to have a Twitter account.  Next, we’re going to go into our dashboard on Wordpress.  We’re going to go into plugins, we’re going to go into add new, and we’re going to click on Twitter and search our plugins. 

If you scroll down, you’ll see the Wordpress Twitter, and that means that any time you have a Wordpress blog, it will update on your Twitter status using your URL.  So let’s go ahead and install this now.  Click OK, and click on activate plug-in.  At the top, it says that it requires authentication by OAuth.  So we need to update our settings to complete the installation of Wordpress to Twitter. 

So we’re going to click on update our settings.  We’re going to enter this application on Twitter’s application registration page by clicking on the link.  We’re going to login with our Twitter account.  It’s going to take us into a page that says create application, and this is going to be Wordpress to Twitter.  Underneath is the description and my Wordpress blog posts will automatically appear on Twitter.  And then it’s going to ask for the website. 

So I’m going to put in that information and then underneath is the callback URL.  I don’t want the application to use the callback, so I’m going to leave this one blank.  Underneath, are the developer rules.  Once you read through them all, you’re going to click I agree and then fill out the Capcha.  And click on create your Twitter application.  And it just came up and said I can’t include footer in the application’s name, so I’m just going to put in Wordpress blog.  Scroll down, and create my application.

If that name is also taken, I’m going to go ahead and put in the name of my site.  Scroll down again, click create Twitter application, and now my Wordpress blog post will automatically appear on slider.  I can also go in and use my settings, I can change my authorization tool, and here’s my consumer key, my consumer seeker, and my access secret.  So under my settings, I’m going to go in and click on read only, put in my callback URL if I want, put in my organization’s name, put in my organization’s website, and click on update this Twitter application settings.

Next, I’m going to go into the OAuth tool, I’m going to copy my consumer key, and paste it into my Twitter consumer key box in my Wordpress, and then I’m going to copy my consumer secret.  And paste that into my Wordpress is well.  Next, it’s going to ask me to copy and paste my access to open and access token and access token secret into these fields.  I’m going to go to my applications details page to get that.  I’m going to scroll to the bottom where it says your access token, and I’m going to click on create my access token.

I’m going to go back into my OAuth tool, scroll down, scroll down, and copy my access token tool, paste in, and then do my access token secret and paste that in.  And click on connected to Twitter.  And it says I’m not connected to Twitter.  You can come in here and you can disconnect your accounts as well.  Now down below, it has our basic settings.  Update when a post as published, update when a post is edited, update when a page is published, update when a page is edited, and then the settings for comments, settings for links; it allows us to choose our short URL if you want to.  And then click save to save all of your changes.

If you want to use a URL shortener account, you can go ahead and put your information and for the Su.PR account details as well, then you’re BIT.Ly details.  And then if you have a YOURLS account, you can put your details in as well.  Underneath your advanced Tweet options, you can choose to strip the non-alphanumeric characters from your tags, which I’m going to go ahead and click.  You can put a maximum number of tags, a maximum link of characters for the included tags, the lengths of the post exerpts.

The Wordpress date formatting, the custom text for tweets, the custom field or alternative URLs, your preferred status of the truncation sequence, if you have any special cases when you want Wordpress to send out a Tweet on its own, your Google Analytics settings, which you can actually track Twitter through your Google Analytics, if you want individual authors on the page to have their own individual Twitter accounts, and you can disable your error messages.  Again hit save.

  On the bottom, you can limit your updating categories.  Let’s say I only want my tutorial categories to be updated.  Click on that, and only when I have a tutorial updated category post, will it link.  Underneath, if you would like to get plug-in support, you can go ahead and write to the creator of the plug-in.  And you can also keep in mind that you need to make a donation to the developer of this plug-in in order to get an answer from them.  But these will be treated as bug reports if you don’t, so they will go in and try to fix the bug if it’s a problem a lot of users have.  So once that’s all done, we’ll scroll down and here’s the installation all the way the bottom. 

So let’s go to posts, and I’m going to add a new post.  Now, I’m going to scroll down until I get to WP to Twitter.  And it’s going to have a new post; this is my first tweet.  So let’s go ahead and tell it to Tweet this post, and read Tweet this.  And click Tweet, and there it is!  It’s automatically put onto my Twitter page.  So much easier than having to copy and paste your posts into Twitter.  So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  It’s really going to help you personalizing and get the word out there about your site. Thanks for listening and I’ll see you next time.

05:03

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi! For this tutorial we’re going to take a look at how to create a poll in your Wordpress page.  This is going to allow you to get information from your readers, whether it’s their opinions on your site, or on the topic you’re discussing, or pretty much anything.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at how to install a poll.  I’m going to go to plugins, because like everything else in Wordpress, pretty much everything has a plug-in.  And I’m going to go in and type “create a poll” and I’m going to scroll down and just install this “WP-polls”.  Install it now.  Activate it.  And you can see now on the left hand side we have “polls”.

So I’m going to click on that, and it’s going to give us our poll stats, our poll logs, and I had gone in and made a poll called “how’s my site”.  Te answers for this are good, excellent, bad, can be improved, no comments, or I can delete any of these or add even more.  And over here to the right, you’ll see that it shows how many votes each of these answers gets.  You can choose whether you want the users to select more than one answer and the maximum number of selected answers they’re allowed.  We also have a start date and time and an end date and time, or you can click on “do not expire this poll”.

Click on edit poll, and you’re ready to go.  Now I’m going to go into poll options.  And the poll options allow me to choose the colors I want my poll to be, the Ajax style, how the answers are going to be sorted. You can do that from ascending or descending, showing the poll results, and how you want to sort the poll results, how you want them to be allowed to vote, including registered guests, guests only, or both; the logging method, and you can log of this by cookie and IP, the expiry time for each time for the cookie and log, the number of polls for page, open polls only, our poll archive URL, and it automatically save that for us; Whether you want the poll archived the below the poll, and I’m going to click “yes”.

The current active poll, if you want to display it, don’t display it, or display it randomly, and decide when the polls close, if you want to display the results or not.  And click on changes.  Next, I’m going to go into poll templates.  And this allows us to look at all the variables and we can put in our voting form header this information, restore the default template, you can change the voting form body, and the form footer, and you also have the results templates.

Now if you are not sure how to write this type of code, just leave this alone and let it go, because you don’t want to mess it up.  Scroll all the way to the bottom; you can also choose your miscellaneous templates if the polls are disabled, or if there’s a poll error, and click “save changes”.  You can also uninstalled WP Polls right here.  So let’s go ahead into my plugins, and scroll down, and here are my WP Polls.  Now, and appearance, I’m going to go into my widgets.  Once that is done, we’re going to go head into the developer’s page for this, which is Wordpress.orgextendpluginsWP – pollsinstallation.

And right here, he has code that he would like us to enter into our side bar.  So I’m going to go back into my dashboard, into my appearance, into my editor, and then I’m going to scroll down until I find the sidebar.PHP, which is right here.  And I’m going to go right down to where I want this to appear, which is before the end of the page, and I’m going to click control or command V to paste it, and I’m going to click on “update file”.  I’m going to go into my Wordpress tutorial page and do a refresh, and then I’m going to scroll down until I see WP Polls. 

Open up my “footer area 1”, and I’m going to click on “polls” and drag it up.  And it’s going to give me some options here.  Whether I want to display the poll’s archive below the poll, which I said yes, and I want to display the latest poll and click “save”.  Now I’m going to go into my page, refresh it, and here it is.

My poll is at the bottom of the page, so they can choose whether they want to vote on it, click a vote, and they can view the results.  So that’s how it works.  This is a great way to learn what your readers think about your site or whatever it is you want to talk to them about.  So thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed it, and I’ll see you at the next tutorial.

Section 11: Membership Website and Forum Creation
10:19

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  For this tutorial we’re going to take a look at how to put a membership function onto your Wordpress page.  And this means that people can come and join your page and have access to more content, videos, whenever else you want them to be able to see. You can also set up different types of memberships on your page as well.  So let’s go ahead and take a look at the best way to do this. The first thing we’re going to do is after we log into our Wordpress page, we’re going to go into our plug-ins. 

Once I get there I’m going to click on add new, and I’m going to look for a membership plugin. And click on search plug-ins.  But here the top we see that we have one with four stars called Membership, and this allows us to turn it into a fully functioning membership site. So I’m going to go ahead and click on install now and click OK. 

Once it’s unpacked, I’m going to click on activate plug-in.  Scrolling down, you can see that we can click on visit plug-in site and this is going to give you more information about how to install this for your Wordpress page as well as different things that it offers and how to get it to fulfill everything that the company is put into it for you.  I’m going to scroll up, and you’ll see at the top we have a membership tab and this allows us to do a quick start. Let’s go ahead and click on the Quickstart, and this gives us each step were supposed to take to go through.

So the first thing that I’m going to do is create a category.  I’m going to go into my membership tab first, and this is for the membership dashboard. And you can see on the right hand side, it also has the Quickstart guide that it had put it before.  I’m going to go ahead and click on enable it where it asks if I want to enable the 2.0.7 plug-in, and that lets go ahead and edit our options.  And here it allows us to choose our membership levels. And I’m going to go ahead in and click on edit levels.

Let’s go ahead and put some levels in.  The first I’m going to do is add new.  And we’re going to put this as the gold level.  And a person who is in gold level are able to look at what is dropped here.  These are positives rules.  So I want gold level to be able to see posts, pages, categories, comments, menus, and groups. 

You’ll see that once you pull them in here, they’ll have their own boxes down below.  And here it will allow us to check which pages we want to have covered by these roles.  The thank you page, the opt-in page, the membership welcome, the overview, login, cancellation, and the sample page. Underneath, we can choose which posts they can see.  And I’m going to click all of them.  Underneath are the negative rules.  This means that these are areas you don’t want the members of this gold group to have access to, and I want them to have access to everything so I’m going to leave this alone. 

This will send us pings if a member joins or leaves the level, and underneath are associated roles.  So if you want a specific Wordpress role to be assigned to this section, you can put it here. So I want the administrator to access this group. And I’m going to click add. And now I have a gold level. Let’s go ahead and add another level just so I can show you the differences between the two.

The next one is going to be called the silver level. And these ones will be able to see posts and pages. They will also be able to see downloads and shortcodes. And up here, I’m going to take it so they can’t see comments for this group and I’m going to stick that under negative rules.  Going up further, I’m going to make sure that they can see the shortcode, that they can download and have the group name, that they can see all of the pages and the post titles.

The only thing they’re not going to be able to do is to read or get to make comments on the posts. And I’m not going to do any pinging.  And associated role with this would be the editor.  And I’m going to click add.  Now I’m going to click on edit subscriptions. I’m going to click on add new, and these will be the gold subscriptions that the gold level can come into. And my subscription description is of these folks get the most content and the best of the site.  And then going down, it’s going to show us what said the subscriber must go to first.  And I’m going to let them start wherever they want, so I’m going to click gold level and drop it down here.

I’m going to go ahead and choose that they’ll come in at the silver level.  And I’m doing that so I can show you what their modes are. This will allow us to choose whether it’s finite, meaning they will be at this level for a set period of time, indefinite which means they’ll be at it forever, or serial, which means they’ll be there for a set period of time and then it’s renewed at the same level. I’m going to go ahead and put that it’s finite, and that will mean they’ll be at this level for seven days, and then they will be able to move up to the gold level.  Let’s say that the price for this is going to be $5.00. 

After that, they can go to the gold level, and I’m going to pull that down to the next box and drop it here.  And this says they will be at the gold level indefinitely, and this will be for 365 days and the price for this will be $7.00. And we can keep going.  Again we have our subscription pings and leaving pings, and we’ll add. Let’s take a look at our gateways.  Right now it comes with a free subscription, Paypal Express with Subscriptions, and Paypal Express with a single payment.  Let’s go ahead and take a look at Paypal Express with subscriptions.

Here, you put in your Paypal e-mail address, put in the country where your Paypal address is, the currency, whether it’s a live site or a test mode, otherwise known as a sandbox, and then we have our subscription buttons. Then click on save changes.  That means that when a new member joins your site they can choose one of these three options. Let’s look at our URL groups now.  No URL groups have been set up, so let’s go ahead and add a new one.  The group name for the first one is going to be Tutorial Students.  And if they’ve got a particular page, we can put that right here. 

Let’s say we want to take them to Wordpresstutorialhub.commanually tutorial student.  And then scroll down, show if you want to remove a query string value prior to then checking the URL, or if you want to use a regular expression, and click on add group. So now we have a group ping. We can edit our pings, we can edit our options, and a stranger who comes to your site can be set to no access at all, silver level or gold level. It doesn’t really make any sense to have them enter at silver level, but if you put them at no access to content they can’t see anything.

So you might want to put them in a bronze level that is free but allows them to see certain parts of the site.  If you allow free registration on your site, you can choose which subscription they will originally have.  If you are using paid subscriptions, just set this to none.  You can also enable incomplete sign up accounts.  Which I don’t recommend, but you can still use. Next is the registration page, so if they want to register for your site they can do that right here.  And I’m going to have them go to the opt-in page.

Underneath is the account page. So if they want to see their account or make a payment on the account, let’s have them go ahead and take a look at their membership overview page.  Underneath is their protected content page.  This page is going to be displayed if they have tried to access a post or page directly or through a link so you can turn one of these into protected content, which means they will not be able to see it. They actually have to be directed to this page through another part of your site.  They can go directly into it.

Underneath we have our short code protected content.  This is if you have parts of a post or page that you want to put in as Wordpress shortcodes.  Just put them in right here, you can tell it whether to use shortcuts visible that by default or short codes protected by default, a no access message that you can put in there if the content can be protected by the short code can be shown.  We also have our downloads and media protection. This will actually remap their perceived location and that way these are protected.

If the user does find these files on your server, they may still be able to download it so be careful of the URLs you put out there. Underneath you can do a more tag default and this sets your visibility for a post or page. Underneath choose your payment currency, your membership renewal, how many days you would like them to go by before they renew and I’m going to put that to 365, and if you want to put a membership upgrade time limit, meaning if they just joined you want them to wait, say, seven days or fourteen days before they move up and you would set that in here.  Underneath here are the invitation codes for the invitation panel.  You’re going to put the available codes on each new line and you can require them to check this box off. 

That means that if you send them an email that they need to enter the code to join it, this is going to take care of that. Simply click on require invite codes and put the code to allow in the box.  If they put in that code is well, that means they’re going to be able to join. And click on save changes. Now let’s go in and click on edit members. 

This has me in as the only member, but once more members started join, you can filter by subscriptions, you can filter by level, gold level or silver level, you can filter by their status, active or inactive, and so on. If you need to delete someone, you can do that as well. And now you can see that we’ve got all those pages that we’ve added right here on the top of this menu.  So that’s all for this tutorial, but I’m going to do a second tutorial that’s going to give you more info on how to set up your logins, your memberships, etc. So thanks for listening and offered it to check out the next one to get more information and I’ll see you then. 

11:12

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

Hi.  Welcome to the second part of the how to build a membership site on your Wordpress page.  We’ve already looked at part one, which was how to install the membership plug-in, and how to go down through and set up things like your subscriptions, your groups, your memberships, things like that. So let’s take a look at how we go on to the next part, which is setting the content for different pages on your site.  I’m going to go into membership, and I’m going to go down to edit options.

I’m also going to open up a second dashboard site here and I’m going to take you into pages. And in the pages screen you can see that I’ve built pages for the gold membership, the home page, members only information that only members will be able to see, an opt-in and upgrade page, a register page for if new people want to join the membership for the site, and a your account page that a member can go in and see what’s going on with their account in particular.

Once I have these pages build, I’m going to go back into my membership options screen, and this will allow me to set some of my other settings. For instance at the top I see my stranger settings. This means that if someone comes to our site who is not logged in or doesn’t have an active membership, this allows you to decide what their membership level will be. We can either get them none, which means they can’t access anything on the side, or they can only access gold level or silver Level.

Obviously if they have not paid to join your site or even if you have a free site and they haven’t joined it, you probably want to stick to no access to content.  Underneath is the user registration. If you have a free user registration on your site, select a subscription that they will be allow to use originally.  However, I have a paid subscription model on here so it is best to set this to none.  If you have a free user registration, it will come up with, say, a gold package or silver package.  Underneath is the question whether you want to an enable incomplete sign of accounts.

I recommend not clicking this, but you can if you’d like. Underneath is our registration page.  And this is going to ask us which of our pages that we’ve set up we want to have the registration on. So I’m going to click, and as I’ve said, I’ve already set up a register page so I’m going to click on register. Underneath is the account page.  As you saw before, I’ve already set up to your account page, so again using the drop down, I’m going to use the appropriate page that I’ve created for this. Underneath is the protected content page.  This means that if a post, page, or content is not available to a user, they will be directed to this page instead. 

So my protected content page is on my members-only information page. Underneath is my shortcode protected content.  If you want parts of your posts or pages protected by the short coats, you can go ahead and put the short coats and this box and you will want to make sure you put a shortcode into each separate line. Underneath you can choose whether you want the shortcode visibility as a default or if you want the shortcode to be protected. And underneath that is the no access message, so if they cannot see the content protected by the shortcode, you can go ahead and put a message in here or you can leave it blank.

Below that are the download and media files that are protected by remapping their perceived location.  That means that if you don’t want people being able to download your media files and your downloadable files, you will want to put the actual download URL here and then change it down here for the masked download URL.

So I’m going to go ahead and add another page here that will make it look like this is the URL that they will see.  And I’m going to just put the word downloads in there, and they will actually see this entire address instead of this address so they won’t be able to copy your file from your actual folder. And underneath we’ve got protected groups. This is each download group name, and removing these used groups will leave the content visible to all the users and members.

Underneath this is the more tag default.  If you place content after the more tag in a post or page, you can protect it by setting the visibility here.  You can also choose to override this with each level so here we can check either: yes more tag content is visible, or no, more tag content is not visible. And this is the message in this box that will be displayed when the content protected by the more tag can’t be shown, or leave it blank. Next is choose your currency, and I’m in the US, so I’m going to use the U.S. dollar.  You can also choose your membership renewal, and this is if you’re going to be using a single payment gateway.

I have mine set that changes will renew every 365 days.  Underneath is my membership upgrade, if I have a new person join my site and they want to go up, say from the silver level to the gold level, they have to wait seven days, but you can use whatever days you’d like. If you decide that you’re going to send out, say, an email blast with invitation codes that will be needed to use your site, you can click right here to require invite codes.  And then each code that you send out you’ll want to paste in this box on a separate line, and this will make sure that anyone who comes to the site with this code can go ahead and access your site.

Underneath you can also remove the code once it’s used, so if you want to give everyone individual code, this is what you would do. And you would click on save changes.  There is one more thing I would like to show you how to do to make your registration page work correctly.  We go into your membership tab, you’re going to click on membership up at the top and you’re going to go to edit options.  And in edit options you’re going to scroll down until you get to the registration page, and remember that before we made it so the registration page is on the page called register. Right here above this box you’ll see that it can contain any content but it must contain the shortcode somewhere for the location. 

So I’m going to copy this entire shortcode, which is [subscription form], copy it, and then I’m going to go into my registration page. So go into pages and then register, and I’m just pasting that right here into my registration page. This is something interesting, and it may weird you out at first but you’ll see why in a moment.  If you click on preview changes, it’s going to bring up your Wordpress site on your register page, and It just shows Step 2, select  a subscription from the options below.

Now to select your subscription, select your subscriptions from the option below.  I’m going to go into my membership tab, I’m going to go ahead in and click activate for both of these.  And this will show you that they’re active.  I’m going to click on my free content first.  Make sure that all of my settings are what I want them to be, and since this is free I don’t want people to pay for it and this is indefinite.

Going back, I’m going to click on my gold subscriptions to make sure that everything here is the way I want it.  Once they are activated, I’m going to go ahead and click on make public and this means that people will be able to see that when they go to register for the site.  The last thing I’m going to do before I go in and look at my actual page is go ahead and in my membership dashboard tab, click on membership version 2.0.7 and enable it.

Next what I’m going to do is to see how the registration has worked, I’m going to go up to where it has admin logged in and I’m going to log out.  And the reason I’m going to do this is because as I look at this as the administrator it is just going to show it to me as I would see it with the programming. 

So now we’re back on our Wordpresstutorialhub.commanually to see our site on the homepage, and now you can see that I can only see those links that free users could see when they came here.  So I’m going to click on register and I’m going to register a new name, I’m going to create a new account and register. I’m going to make a new account and register.  Next it allows me to choose my subscription.  And you can see right now that I’ve got a subscribe button to my free content and I’ve also got the gold subscriptions.

I will go back in and make sure I have a subscribe button for that too.  And I’m going to click on subscribe on the content and now it says thank you for signing up.  So my subscription is now set up and I should be able to visit the free content.  So wasn’t that easy?  So now I’m going to go in and take a look at what happened with my subscription from the administration standpoint.  So I’m going to log back into Wordpress under my administration name, and I’m going to go into membership and you can see now that we’ve got our membership accounts, how many are free content and how many have gold subscriptions, total users, and deactivated users. And I deactivated three as I was working on how to show you this tutorial, so that is why that is there.

So if I want to edit any of the members I go into edit members, and these are all the membership names.  Since this is the one I just activated it comes up is active.  I can also deactivate it and edit it.  Let’s click on edit and see what happens there. And this allows me to put in more information about this user, and also to change their password if I like.  I can also choose whether to give this user access to administer the membership system.  And then click update user.  We also have the subscription and the membership level.  If I decide that I want to add a part to this subscription I’m going to click on add, and I can choose which of these levels to add.  And then click the add button.

Or if I do not want to change it, I’m going to click cancel and it will take me back out.  You can also change the membership as well.  It shows what the expiration date is and also where my gateway is, and I can always move the gateway by clicking on move and it will ask where I want to select the gateway to move from and where I wanted to move too.  Again, click move or cancel.  You’ll notice that we have the option here to drop as well.  And this allows us to drop a person from the level they are at now to another level if we want to, or we can just move them.  If you have an issue with the memberships, you can click on repair memberships.  You can verify your membership tables or repair your membership tables, and this is used if you have issues with your membership site or if it’s been updated recently and you’ve been noticing strange behavior.

If so, just go ahead and click on verified membership tables and if something ends up being wrong you can click on repair membership tables.  So that would be a good start on how to set up the memberships to your website and to decide what people are going to see of your content depending on what subscription they are. So I hope you see found this really useful; this is a great easy tool to keep track of all your memberships without even having to go in and do it manually.  So thanks for watching and I’ll see you at the next tutorial. 

11:47
Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

This lecture is produced in three different formats: HD Video, Mp3 and Pdf. Just scroll down if you wish to download educational material.

For this Wordpress tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create a forum on your Wordpress page.  And as we do most things on Wordpress, we’re going to do this by going into our Plugins tab. And we’re going to go up to add new for plugins, because we’re going to add a whole new plug in. 

In the search box we’re going to type in forum and click on search plugins. Now as usual there are a few hundred different plugins we can use, but we’re going to use the one here the top, which is the Mingle forum, and we’re going to click on install now. Click ok to install the plugin, and then click on activate plug-in.

Once it’s activated, it’s going to take us back to our plugins page and we’re going to scroll down until I can find it on my list of plugins. And it’s right here under Mingle forum.  If you want to get more information about the Mingle forum, you can click on visit plug-in website and this will give you all the all kinds of information on what you need to install it, what it will let you do, and how to set it up correctly it on your account. It will also allow you to donate right here by clicking on this Paypal donate button. 

And you’ll see that on the left hand side, we’ll scroll down a little bit, we now have Mingle Forum on our menu, I’m going to click on that button.  Now the first thing it’s going to take you to is the Mingle options, and these options allow you to decide how people are going to see your forum on your page, how people are going to be able to respond, set up new posts, things like that. So here the top you’ll see that we have our statistics.  We have the number of posts and threads, number of users, total database size, database server and what size of Mingle forum you’re using.

Underneath that, it allows us to personalize it.  You can choose whether you want to integrate the Wordpress post with your forum, how many post you want with your page, how many posts per page, how many posts for hot topics, meaning for topics that are really getting people interested in posting to it, and the numbers of posts for a very hot topic.  The default, as you can see, is 10, 20, and 25.

  But you can have this set to any number you’d like.  Underneath that is the username display and the drop down. You can choose whether you want it to be a user Login, display name, first name, or last name.  Beneath that is the new users’ title.  The new users’ title is going to be newbie, and you can set the title and the level counts.

  For this, it shows that if they get up to 25 posts they’re a beginner. If they’re between 25 and 50 they’re advanced, and if they get between 50 and more, they are known as pro. So you can change that if you wanted so they can put a particular number of posts before they are automatically promoted to the next level.

You can also choose if you want to be notified any time someone makes a new post, if you want to show a forum login form, if you want it to show avatars, which are pictures that pop up next to the username when they post or respond to a thread, allow images to be uploaded so they can do this for pictures they want to upload and things like that, show user signature the bottom of the posts, if you want there to be a forum RSS feed that people can attach to their own pages, if you want to use SEO-friendly URLS, if you want registration required to post, and I recommend having that turned on. Underneath is the choice if you want unregistered users to have to use a captcha box.

That make sure that no bots are answering to your page, so that’s really a good way to keep your page clean of all that spam a lot of forums get.  Under that is the date format.  If you want there to be any closed categories where administrators only can post, you can put the name of that in here and click on save options. The next tab we’re going to take a look at is the ads tab.  And I’m going to click on that and we’re going to take a look at where on your page your ads can set up.

You can choose to have them above your forum, below, above your branding, above your info center, above your breadcrumbs, above the area for your quick reply forum, above your post, and you can also put in your own CSS coding.  If you don’t know how to do CSS though, you’ll want to leave this alone so you don’t mess up your forum.  So if any of these that you want to go in and activate, you can just go into the box, scroll down to the bottom, and click on save options. And next, let’s take a look at our skins.  And the skins of course our how your forum looks when people pull it up. 

As you can see right now, we’ve got this sleek royal blue theme.  We also have this one that I’ve already installed called the DDDartUniversal_Black. And it shows us right up here that we can get more skins by going into the Mingle on the actual developer’s website.  So I’m going to click on get more skins so you can see how to install a new skin and make this look just how you want it to look. And scrolling down you can see this is a category that is just for new skins. So I’m going to pick this one, the DreamOnOrangedark version 1.1.1, and if you scroll down on this thread, you’ll see what this will look like.

So this is kind of an orange and black and grey, it really stands out.  So what we’re going to do then is go to the download link and this should be in each post and this will download this to our computer. Click on the download button, and my computer is set up so will go automatically into my downloads folder.  From this forum it will bring up an ad page first, but you can go head and click on skip ad and it will go straight to your download. So I’m going to click on save file, and it’s gone into my download folder.  Next I’m going to go ahead and sign into my actual server, which as you seen on here for the other tutorials, and I’m going to go ahead and log in to get into my file manager.

So once I get into my server I’m going to go into the file manager, into the webroot, and because mine is actually on a subpage of Wordpresstutorialhub, I’m going to go intomanually and into the WP-content.  From there you will see that I’ve got Mingle- forum—skins in my file server.  If you do not have that folder in there, which you should already, but if you don’t, go ahead and click on new folder and put in Mingle- forum-skins. Once you do that I’m going to open up my folder and I’m going to upload that new skin that I just added to my downloaded folder by clicking browse, going into my downloads folder, I’m going to separate these by date, and it’s right here.  The DDart_Dream_On_Orange_Dark_1-1.  I’m going to upload that zip file to my server, and once it’s done I’m going to X out of my screen and click reload in my file.  And here is my zip fiIe. Now I’m going to go ahead and extract those files from the zip or it is not going to work. 

So I’m going to right click on that zip file and I’m going to go down to extract.  And it’s going to ask if this is where I want to put it. So it’s going to be under WP-contentMingle forumskins, and click on extract the file.  It’s going to show me all the files that are extracted and I’m going to hit close. And I’m going to hit reload, and there’s my new theme.  So going back into my Wordpress plugins page, I’m going to refresh this page and my new skin should pop up here. And there it is! So go ahead and use this skin instead of the one I used before, I’m just going to click on activate it will automatically pop up. 

So once I have the skin, I’m going to go into my forum structure tab and I’d already set up two new categories. I set up General Computer Help and Wordpress Tutorials, then the forums that are underneath those.  We have a help forum and a registration forum.  I’m going to go ahead and add a new forum to the General Computer help, and we’re just going to call this Device Solutions and put in a new description for it. And click on save forum.  And then underneath I’ve got my Wordpress tutorials category and I’m going to click on add forum here and I’m going to add a new forum for Wordpress tutorials and I’m going to call this one Troubleshooting.

And click on save forum again.  Now another feature that you’ll see here are the up and down arrows.  And this will allow you to change the order that these different forums will come up under the categories.  Or you can click on the up and down arrows next to the category names and it will change the order of your categories. If you want to modify any of them, just click on modify next to the title and you can do your modifications here next to the names and descriptions. Next we are going to take a look at how to choose moderators.  So I’m going to click on the moderator tab, and I made myself a global moderator by clicking this button and that is because I want to be able to moderate each of the categories in each of the forums.

If you want to change the administrator, you can click on update or removed completely.  And if you want to add a new moderator you can do that by clicking on Add New and then you can decide which categories and threads they’re allowed to go in and moderate.  Below that is user groups.  I already have a user group called newbies, but there aren’t any members in this group yet. 

And I can just go ahead and add a new one, and we’re just going to put this as Teachers and save the user group. If I decide I want to add members to my newbies group,  I’m going to click on add members here, and it’s going to bring up this blank box and you can put in the usernames divided by the comma signs for each of the users you want in here, then decide which user group you want them in. When you’re done, click on add users.  And it will show us how many errors, warnings, and users added we’ve done.  And it shows that I’ve added tinyroom2 to this group successfully. Underneath that button is the about button for the Mingle forums. 

And I’m going to click on that because we need to see how we’re going to put this into our actual page.  Now I’m in the Mingle forum help page from the creators of the Mingle forum.  And I’m going to scroll down because I need to find what I’m going to use as the shortcode in the new page I’m going to create,  and you can see right here that it’s under [Mingleforum].  And we’re going to need to make a new page on our Wordpress page, copy that shortform main goal forum, and put that word on it so we will have the page with the form. 

So I’m going to go back into my Wordpresstutorialhub dashboard, we’re going to click on pages and add new to add that new page for the forum, I’m going to click on add new here next to pages, and we’re going to make a new page called Talk Amongst Yourselves.  Then using the shortform that I had over here from the Mingle page, which I’ve copied, I’m going to click here and hit paste.  And then I’m going to do a preview for it.  And here it is.  We’ve got our forum right on this page, we still have our entire menu bar over to the right, and if I click, say on, device solutions, it’s going to allow me to go in take a look at my categories under that. So that’s how we ahead in and put in our forum.

So clicking back on my Wordpress page, I’m going to go back into the Dashboard, and this time when I click on Mingle forum, it shows that I’ve got one post and one thread, because I’d already put in my post in a thread earlier, I’ve got five users, and all the other information that I need.  So that’s how we go ahead and install a forum onto our Wordpress page. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and I’ll see you at the next one.  Thanks for listening. 


Section 12: Paypal
04:02

Instructor: Penny PetersInstructor: Penny Peters

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Hi.  We’re going to take a look at how to install the Paypal button on our web page, and we’re going to do that first of all by going into plugins. And when I add a new plugin, I’m going to do that by going into PlugIns and Add New, and I’m going to type in Paypal Button into my search plugins box.  Now we have a few different options as always with these installs. If you want to do a Lite Paypal button, this is going to allow you to put this button on your posts and pages.

Underneath, you can also add a Paypal Simple Donation widget, so you can allow people to donate to your favorite causes through your website.  And we’ve got a bunch of other ones as well.  I’m going to go ahead and click on Nice Paypal Button Lite, and click on install.  I’m going to tell it I wish to install this plugin and it’s going to go ahead and install it for me.  And I’m going to click on activate plug-in.  Once I am on the dashboard again, I’m going to scroll down to settings and I’m going to go down and click on Nice Paypal Button Lite. It’s going to ask for my Paypal account email and my merchant account ID. That means you’re going to have to go to Paypal and make yourself an account. 

Once you get your merchant account ID, this is where you’re going to enter your sandbox test seller email address, or if you have a merchant account ID you can put this in there as well.  Keep in mind that to use this feature you have to have a Paypal Developer account.  Here, you can choose whether to have all of your buttons on or out of test mode.  When it’s on, all these transactions are going to be sent to your Paypal sandbox, and of course, again you have to have your Paypal Developer account. Underneath, you put in your currency code.  I have USD for U.S. dollars, but you can also put in any of these other codes. 

Underneath, you can put in your country code and mine is US, underneath that you put in your language code and mine is English, U.S. English, so that’s what I’ve got.  And here we have our default button size which can be small or large.  Than if you want the buyer to be sent to Paypal, you can either have it in a current window or it will pop up in a new window for them to take a look at, and you’ll click on update your settings. Let’s take a look at our WordpressTutorialHub. I’m going to go into appearance.  So I’ve gone back into my plugins page, and I’m going to scroll down until I see my plug-in for my Paypal. 

And it is right here, Nice Paypal Button Lite and to see how to actually put the Paypal button into our pages, I’m going to click on Visit Plugin Site. And I’ve brought that up in a second screen.  Now you can see where it has our Paypal Button Lite for Wordpress documentation, and according to this, we need to use shortcode in our Wordpress page or post to bring our Paypal button in for this item. As you can see we’ve got the name of the plugin, which is Nice Paypal Lite, the name of it; let’s say in this instance you’re going to be selling a Wordpress coffee mug. 

So let’s use the Wordpress coffee mug and put the amount right here. So just as an example, let’s click and copy this and put it into our Wordpress site, and I’m going to put it in my sample page.  I’m going to scroll down to the bottom so we can easily see at and I’m going to paste my Paypal button in on the bottom of my first page.  Then I’m going to go up to preview changes, and scroll down and you will see that it has right here “buy now.”  If I click on that, it shows me that my order summary is for Wordpress coffee mug for $12.50. Isn’t that easy? So this is a really easy way to use Paypal on your account.  People can pay you, you can put straight into your checking how like you would with any other Paypal button. So that’s a really easy way to put a Paypal button into your Wordpress page.  So I hope you like this tutorial and I’ll see you at the next one.  Thanks for listening!

Section 13: Back Up
03:27
Instructor: Penny Peters Instructor: Penny Peters

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Hi! For this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to back up your Wordpress blog.  Now we’ve already looked in one of the other tutorials how to back up your site using the Cpanel and either your whole site, or your database, that your Wordpress sites is loaded into.  But let’s go ahead and look at the plugins that we can use to back up.  So I’ve gone into plugins, “add new”, and looked up “backup”.  And as usual, you’re going to see a bunch of different programs here that have different ratings.

Now going down, you will see that Updraft Plus has the best ratings, so I’m going to go head and click “install now”.  And Updraft Plus is going to allow you to back up into the cloud, meaning a Google drive or FTP, or even an e-mail, and you can store it with just one click.  You can also back up your files and databases on separate schedules, so let’s go ahead and click on “install now”.  Activate the plugin, and scrolling down, you can see that we’ve got Updraft Plus backup and restore. 

So let’s go ahead and take a look at our settings, and I’m going to click on “back up now”.  And this is going to show us the backup directory where it will go.  If you’d like this to go into another folder, you can go head and type the address in here, but I’m going to go ahead and leave it alone. It also shows you when the next backup is scheduled, when the next scheduled database backup is, and when the last backup has been done.  Since I haven’t done any of these yet, you will see that these are all set on “no backup has been completed”. 

Underneath that, it has file backup intervals.  You can do it manually, daily, monthly, and your back up intervals, which are also daily, monthly, or manually.  You can choose which files to back up, including plugins, themes, and uploads.  How many backups you want to retain, this is how many files and database backups you want to have retained, if you have a database encryption phrase, if you’re going to be doing a remote backup, and this can be to Amazon S3, to a Google drive, to an FTP, or Google e-mail.  And I’m going to have it do a backup to an e-mail, and then in e-mail address where this backup will go.  If you want to delete a local backup, and if you want to do it in debug mode.  Once this is done, I’m going to do it and save changes, and I’m going to click on “back up now”. 

This is going to schedule a onetime backup. Click OK, and you can see now that we have one backup file available.  So I’m going to click on that file, it’s going to show us when it took place, everything that was included in it, and if I need to restore it. I can click “restore”, choose which file you wish to restore from, and click on “restore now”.  So that’s just one way that we can use one plugin to go ahead in and back up our site.  Let’s go back into our plugins.  We can also edit, and this is if you know HTML and want to edit your files; again, not recommended unless you really know what you are doing.  And you can also donate. 

Donating is a great idea, because the people that are making these widgets for you are putting their hard-earned time and money into making these widgets for you and if you donate, you’re giving them something back.  So that’s how we are going to do our backup and restore with Updraft Plus, although you can choose any of the other plugins that you saw.  Just make sure they have a high rating.  So thanks for listening to this tutorial, and I’ll see you next time.  Have a great time with your Wordpress page!

Section 14: Wraping Up
What did you learn so far and how to use it
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