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Pros and Cons of Using WordPress

Is WordPress the Right Choice for My Website? If you're thinking about creating a new website or refreshing your current site, you may be contemplating a switch to WordPress. You've heard a few good things about it and your friends say that it's super easy to use but you're not really sure if it is is a good solution for...

Install WordPress

Once you have created a subdomain for your demo website, you'll need to install WordPress on it so you can start creating your masterpiece. Assuming you are using cPanel, below are the instructions you'll need. Install WordPress ► Login to cPanel. ► Scroll down to 'Software.' ► Click on 'QuickInstall' ► Click on the install WordPress option. ► Choose the URL...

Logging in to WordPress

To log in to your WordPress website, go to replacing 'yourwebsite.com' with your URL. The page will allow you to enter a Username and Password. Once you enter that information and click the Login button, you'll be taken to the Administration Area or 'back end' of your website.

WordPress General Settings

The Settings > General Settings is where I start when I am creating a new WordPress website. I suggest you start there as well since the choices you make here, along with the other sections of the Settings Administration Section will be the foundation of your website. I will start from the top and go down the settings explaining what...

WordPress Writing Settings

The Settings > Writing page helps you control which options are available to you when writing new posts. It also gives you control over the features available with adding and editing posts and pages. Remote Publishing, Post via Email and Updates Services is included on this screen as well. I will go from top to bottom explaining the settings and giving...

WordPress Reading Settings

The Settings > Reading screen is where you decide if you want your blog posts or a static page to be center stage when someone visits your site. You can also adjust syndication feed features to determine how the information from your website is sent to a web browser or app. I will go from top to bottom including my...

Set Home Page in WordPress

You have two choices when it comes to what your Home Page will be in Wordpress. You can leave it as the default, which will show a listing of your blog posts or you can set it to a static page that you have created. If you want to leave it as a running list of your blog posts, you...

WordPress Discussion Settings

The Settings > Discussion screen allows you to control incoming and outgoing comments, pingbacks and trackbacks. You can also control notifications from WordPress as well as whether your website will show your user's avatars and ratings. This screen has a lot of checkboxes, but don't worry, I recommend keeping things simple, so it will go quickly. 🙂 Default article settings...

WordPress Media Settings

The Settings > Media screen lets you control the general settings related to image, audio and video files that you use in your posts and pages. I will go from top to bottom with recommendations. Images sizes The sizes you indicate here will be used to set the maximum dimensions in pixels WordPress will use when you insert an image...

WordPress Permalink Settings

The Settings > Permalinks screen allows you to choose the default permalink structure for your pages and posts. Permalinks are the permanent URLs assigned to your individual pages, blog posts, categories, and tags. They are the web address that is used to link to your content, so it is very important that you decide the format prior to creating content...

WordPress Admin Dashboard Tools

The WordPress Admin Dashboard Tools section allows you to easily create new posts with Press This, import content from other sources and export your content. If you're just setting up your website, you likely won't need to do anything here unless you need to import content from another website. But, it's worthwhile to take a quick look so you know...

WordPress Admin Dashboard Users

The WordPress Admin Dashboard Users section allows you to see all of the user accounts, add a new user account, make edits to a user account and see your profile. All Users This area of the user settings will show a list of all the user account for your website. It will show the Username, Name, Email, Role and number...

WordPress Plugins Settings

The Plugins Settings section of the WordPress dashboard is where you can see a list of installed plugins, add a new plugin and edit the plugin files. Installed Plugins If you click on the Installed Plugins submenu, you will see a list of any plugins you currently have installed in WordPress. The list will include the name of the plugin,...

GeneratePress Customizing Set Front Page

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Set Front Page option is the first section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The 'Set Front Page' section is a duplicate of a setting you can also change in the Reading Settings....

GeneratePress Customizing Site Identity

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Site Identity option is the second section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The 'Site Identity' section has the following four settings: Site Title This is the name of your website. It will...

GeneratePress Customizing Layout Container

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Layout option is the third section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Container sub-option is the first in the list of this section. The 'Container' section lets you adjust the Container Width...

GeneratePress Customizing Layout Header

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Layout option is the third section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Header sub-option is the second in the list of this section. The 'Header' section lets you adjust the Header Width and...

GeneratePress Customizing Layout Primary Navigation

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Layout option is the third section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Primary Navigation sub-option is the third in the list of this section. The 'Primary Navigation' section lets you adjust the Navigation...

GeneratePress Customizing Layout Sidebars

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Layout option is the third section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Sidebars sub-option is the fourth in the list of this section. The 'Sidebars' section lets you adjust the Sidebar Layout, Blog...

GeneratePress Customizing Layout Footer

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Layout option is the third section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Footer sub-option is the fifth in the list of this section. The 'Footer' section lets you adjust the Footer Width, Footer...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Body

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Body sub-option is the fifth in the list of this section. The 'Body' section lets you adjust the color for the...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Header

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Header sub-option is the second in the list of this section. The 'Header' section lets you adjust the color for the...

GeneratePress Customizing Color Navigation

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Navigation sub-option is the third in the list of this section. The 'Navigation' section lets you adjust the color for the...

GeneratePress Customizing Color Sub-Navigation

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Sub-Navigation sub-option is the fourth in the list of this section. The 'Sub-Navigation' section lets you adjust the color for the...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Content

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Content Colors sub-option is the fifth in the list of this section. The 'Content Colors' section lets you adjust the color...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Sidebar Widget

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Sidebar Widget sub-option is the sixth in the list of this section. The 'Sidebar Widget' section lets you adjust the color...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Footer Widget

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Footer Widget sub-option is the seventh in the list of this section. The 'Footer Widget' section lets you adjust the color...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Footer

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Footer sub-option is the eighth in the list of this section. The 'Footer' section lets you adjust the color for the...

GeneratePress Customizing Colors Form

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Colors option is the fourth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Form sub-option is the ninth in the list of this section. The 'Form' section lets you adjust the color for the...

GeneratePress Customizing Page Header

If you are using the GeneratePress Theme and have uploaded the Add-Ons plugin and activated all of the options, the Page Header option is the fifth section you'll see when you click on the Customize link from a page or post. The Page Header section lets you adjust the Page Header Position and the Single Post Header Position. Page Header Position This...

Before and After Website Redesign | smoothtransitions.net

I think it's a good idea for each website to be updated each year. I mean, really updated, like a relatively major overhaul based on all of the things that were learned in the previous year. It normally takes a day to do the work, so it's not too much to ask considering the massive impact it will have on...

Create a Demo Website URL

When I start a new website project, I create a demo website URL for the client. This gives me a safe place to create a website that I can control and they can see and take for a 'test-drive' prior to it going live on the permanent URL. The easiest way I've found to do this is to create a...

Remove an Image Background

There has been numerous time I would like to use an image on a website, but it has a messy or distracting background. I'm sure you have too. I've used all kinds of software to 'cut out' the part of the image I want and make the rest of it transparent, but it has always been a cumbersome and time-consuming...

Digital Image File Types

If you are going to add or edit digital images to your website, you're going to need to know what digital image file types there are and the benefits of each. There are almost as many image file types used on the internet than there are websites, but there are three that are the most commonly used in website design....

Create a Full Size Website Image

If you're thinking about creating a website, one of the first things you are likely to do is to look around the great world wide web to see what you like. This can be for your own process or part of the process you go through with a website designer. Once you've found something, sending website links is a good...

Add Image to WordPress Using a URL

If you store the majority of your images on a cloud-based service, you may want to add the images to your website using a URL instead of uploading them into your Media Library. Here's how you can do that. Add Image to WordPress Using a URL ► Open the Post or Page to which you would like to add an...

What is an Image Pixel?

If you are going to add or edit digital images to your website, you're going to need to know what a pixel is. Pixels are the smallest controllable piece of information in a digital image and is one color made up of certain percentages of the colors red, green and blue. There are other terms related to digital images...

Website Creation Process

I have established a specific sequence of tasks whenever I create a new WordPress website. This sequence evolved over the years and continues to evolve but the basic premise is the same - work from the outside in. It has saved me numerous hours and at least 20 headaches, I'm sure. Here's how it works... I Create a Foundation When...

Choose a Website Color Scheme

A set of colors that complement each other is called a color scheme. The colors look good together and are pleasant to view. Plus, they speak to who you are and what you are offering. If you need some help matching colors for your website, Color Combos is a good place to start. The heart of the site is the Combo Tester, which...

WordPress Gallery

If you want to add more than a couple of images to your pages or posts, sometimes it can be tricky to make them look nice. Image galleries are a great option since they group the images into one location on the page or post and align the images uniformly. Luckily, WordPress has a built-in feature called, 'Create Gallery.' It...

Add a Featured Image in WordPress

A featured image in WordPress is a single image that is associated with a post. If assigned, it will show up in different places on your website depending on your theme and your settings. It is also the image that will be shared on social media if someone decides to share your content. I think it's a good idea to...

Add Image to WordPress Page or Post

The more images you have on your web pages and blog posts, the more appealing it will be to your visitors and readers. It helps break up the text and gives them another way of consuming the information. Luckily, adding images to a Wordpress Blog Post is very easy. Add Image to Wordpress Page or Post ► Click on the...

Bulk Edit Posts

If you have a change you would like to make across a large number of posts, the Bulk Actions > Edit option is going to save you a ton of time! Bulk Edit Posts ► Login to WordPress if you aren't already. ► Click on Posts > All Posts. ► Select the Posts you would like to edit by clicking in...

WordPress Support Forum

I recently went into a website that I manage and tried to make some simple text changes. Each time I tried to save the changes by clicking on the Update button, I was taken to the All Posts listings. I had never had this happen before, so I tried some of the tactics that had worked in the past with...

Free Website Images

One of the more common questions I get is, "Where can I find good quality images I can use on my website for free?" Luckily for all of us, there are more and more resources every day. Here are the websites I usually go to first: Pixabay - Unsplash - Pexels - Gratisography - If you...

HTML for Text Hyperlinks

When you would like someone to see something you are referring to on your website or blog, you'll need to add a hyperlink. This link can take them to somewhere else on your website or to another website. Text hyperlinks are defined as anchors and references in HTML. An anchor is the hyperlinked text and a reference is where you...

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