How to Add a New Post in WordPress

WordPress blog comes with a great visual editor to mixed with images, links, and other html elements. Here is a step-by-step process for writing a new post in WordPress.  Log into your WordPress administration panel(e.g. use URL: http://www.yoursitename.org/wp-admin). From your sidebar on left side, go to Posts > Add New

Add new Post
Add new Post


Now you can see Add New Post screen –  following fig illustrate 6 simple steps to write a post.

Write a Post
Write a Post
  1. Write your title

    Enter a title in the first line of the form. Always choose titles that will interest people and indicate what your article is about.

  2. Write your article

    Start writing your post in the wordpress text editor. The WordPress text editor can be used in 2 forms – the Visual Editor and the HTML Editor.  The visual editor is the default editing mode for WordPress. Click the “text” tab at the top of the text editor box to go to text editor mode and “Visual” tab to go to visual editor mode .

    Visual Tab
    Visual Tab

    Visual editor allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content similar to that of a word processor. Let us see some editing icons contained within the visual editor. Make yourself familiar with the options available. Pass your mouse over the icon and a small tooltip will appear describing the icon and its purpose.

     editing icons
    editing icons
    • Create bold, underlined, italic, strike-through  text: Highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon.

      bold, underlined, italic, strike-through text
      highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon
    • Add, Edit & Remove Links
      To add a link, highlight the text you want to add link and then click on insert/edit  link icon. To edit a link, highlight the link you want to edit  and then click on insert/edit  link icon.

      Click on icon
      Click on icon

      A pop-up box will appear. Enter the fields and click on Add link button.

      Insert link
      Insert link

      To Remove Links, select the link text and click on ‘Remove link’ icon.

      Remove link
      Remove link
    • Lists and Block quotes
      Lists and Blockquotes
      Lists and Blockquotes

      To create ordered list or unordered list, click on icon as shown in figure. Type your fist entry and hitting enter will create another list element.

    • Headings & Paragraph
      Headings
      Headings

      Click on the drop down box labelled “Paragraph.” to view different headings and paragraph formatting

    • To change text color

      text color
      text color
    • Adding images

      Add images
      Add images
    • Text Alignment

      Text Alignment
      Text Alignment
    • Insert More tag
      Instead of displaying entire post on your home page, it is a good idea to extract the first part of your post followed by a “more…” link. This will give visitors a good overview of your content without making them scroll forever and they can read full content by clicking on the ‘ more..’ link.

      more..
      more..

      You can accomplish this by using insert more tag. See the fig below. Insert your cursor in the place where you want to display ‘more..’ link and click on “Insert read More tag” icon.

      insert more tag
      insert more tag
    • Write your posts in HTML – If you’re ready to write your posts in HTML, click on text tab and write your article in the post content area.

    text tab
    text tab
  3. Select Categories

    Now select in which category your article belongs to. Categories tie related posts. Categories help the search engines and readers find related articles on your blog. If you do not see relevant category there, you can add a category by clicking on “Add New Category” link.

    There are two ways to add Categories. They can be added while adding/ editing your Post or they can be added via the Categories menu option.

    categories
    categories
  4. Add Tags.

    Tags are another way to tie related posts. While categories are general, tags are specific.

    tags
    tags
  5. Preview your article.

    Preview
    Preview
  6. Publish your article.

    See the fig above. WordPress offers additional option while publishing a post.

    Publish
    Publish

    Click on the Edit link next to “Visibility: Public”:You can make your post public and make it a sticky on the front page or you can choose to password protect it or make it completely invisible to people that are not logged in to your blog.

    Click on the Edit link next to “Publish immediately“. You can also setup your post to be published in the future. Just set the date/time you want your post to be published.

How to install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact,  you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

How to install a WordPress Plugin?

For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:

  1. Install a free Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
    Wordpress.org has a great collection of  free plugins thanks to loyal wordpress developers community. There are tons of free WordPress plugins available in wordpress Plugin Directory. You can search for a plugin from this directory and install it from your WordPress Admin Panel .  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  2. Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
    This step is ideal if you purchased a premium plugin  from a plugin provider  and downloaded the plugin as a zip file.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  3. Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and install from Admin Panel
    You can also upload the unzipped plugin folder using FTP and later install it from WordPress admin panel. This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a plugin zip file or if upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your files to your server.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)

 

Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option

 

  1. Log into your WordPress administration panel.
  2. From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New

    Install plugin
    Install plugin
  3. In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search

    Search
    Search
  4. Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.

    Install
    Install
  5. Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
  6. Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method

 

You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

  1. Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
    download plugin
    download plugin

    download plugin
    Save plugin zip file
  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

    click on upload
    click on upload
  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
    Upload plugin
    Upload plugin
    Select zip file
    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

    Install
    Install
  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
    Activate
  5. Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel

 

This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.

Extracting Plugin files

Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder

extract file
extract file
  • Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
  • Right click on the file and select “extract all”
  • Extract files
    Extract files

    Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”

Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow  FileZilla installation tutorial to install and  connect to your host.

  • Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
  • On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
  • You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.Upload plugin folder
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.

    activate plugin
    activate plugin

How to create a sortable table in WordPress?

Last week,  I did a wordpress article that does a Speed comparison of Best ThemeForest WordPress Themes.

Initially I collected and compiled my data in a Google drive spreadsheet. Once data was ready, I wanted to present the data in a wordpress post, in a way that reader should be able to sort the data by any column(ascending or descending). So I was in search of a good plugin that can help me do so.

There are couple of good plugins for fancy table display in wordpress posts. But I chose Easy Table Plugin, based on its features as well as user ratings and reviews in wordpress.org site.

At the end of this article, we’ll also have a quick look at Posts Table Pro. This plugin is an interesting alternative to Easy Tables because instead of entering data to your WordPress tables manually, it automatically creates tables listing content already stored on your website.

Easy Table Plugin

easy-table-screenshot

 

Idea behind this plugin is to generate table data using CSV(Comma Seperated Values) format. With simple additions, you table data is ready for display in your wordpress page or  post or even inside a widget. Good thing is this is very simple to use and you don’t need advanced skills to use it.

Let me illustrate this with a simple table example here. Now, if you mouse over any column, a sort icon appears. You can click this icon to sort that column in ascending or descending order. So simple.

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38

 

So let us see how to install this plugin and then how to use it.

Install Easy Table Plugin.

  1. Log into your wordpress admin.
  2. Go to Plugins >> Add New.
  3. In the search box enter ‘Easy Table’ and search.
  4. Select ‘Easy Table’ from search results and click on the link ‘Install Now’.
  5. Go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins. Find Easy Table and activate the plugin.

How to use Easy Table. A full example :

Generate table data using CSV(Comma Separated Values) format.

Table data in CSV format means text that is separated with a comma. You can create a CSV using a text editor such as Notepad, Microsoft Excel and Google Docs. Here we are using Google docs for demo purpose.
Open Google Drive >>Click on Create >> Spreadsheet.

Create CSV
Create CSV

Enter data and and click File, Download as, and then select CSV (current sheet).

easy-table-steps1
Generate table data using CSV(Comma Separated Values)format

Open CSV in Notepad.

Open CSV
Open CSV

Step 2: Embedd CSV data between <table> and </table> tags

Create a new post and embed table data. Actually you can embed csv data in 2 ways.

Method 1: Copy and paste CSV from notepad.

embedded
Embed table data

Look at the table data here. The entire table data is embedded between<table> and </table>.  First row is reserved for table titles(Note: you can also create table with no heading using table parameter.). And you see that next 2 rows in the example are data rows. So simple.

Method 2: Upload CSV file and insert the file path

Easy table
Embed file path

Look at the table data here.  Save and upload the CSV(Comma Separated Values) . Insert the location of your file  between<table> and </table>( See fig above).

The result:

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38

Other Features

You can add additional parameter to this <table> tag and use cell attribute to control other features of table.

Table with initial sort order on load

You can control sort order on load in 2 ways. Add sort=”desc” or sort=”asc” to <table> tag.
Method 1: Using table parameter Table with initial sort order using table parameter. See the table example below. First column is sorted descending on load.

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38
2010 Nissan Micra 4.38

Table with initial sort order
Table with initial sort order

Method 2: Using cell attribute

Initial sort order
Initial sort order

Table with first column descending, second column ascending
For example, the following table on load sort first column descending and then sort second column ascending.

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
1998 Maruthy Zen 3.38
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38
2000 Nissan Micra 4.38
2000 Maruthy Zen 3.38
2000 BMW Micra 4.38

Table with initial sort
Table with initial sort

Disable sort for any column

Look at the table below. Sort for third column is disabled here.

no Item Kg Price
1 Orange 2 100.00
2 Grapes 1 75.25
3 Pinapple 5 130.00
4 Mango 8 250.00

You can do this 2 ways.
Method 1: Add a table parameter  ‘sort=,,false’.

table parameter
table parameter

Method 2: Add a cell attr  ‘sort=false’.

cell attr
disable sort by adding a cell attr

Set index to table

For example see following table with auto index, start from number 2

No.head1 head2 head3
2row1col1 row1col2 row1col3
3row2col1 row2col2 row2col3
4row3col1 row3col2 row3col3
5row4col1 row4col2 row4col3

 

initial sort order
initial Index

In addition to setting auto index to a table, you can give a title to that column and you can set width of that column.

auto index
auto index

Other features

For example see following code shows how to add table parameter to create a table with specific width, style etc.

 Adding table parameter
Adding table parameter

Following code shows how to use attribute in some cells.

attribute in cells
attribute in cells

Posts Table Pro

Alternative table plugin – Create instant WordPress tables with Posts Table Pro

As you can see, Easy Tables is a neat plugin that lets you display static data in a table on your WordPress site. Before we finish, I’ll tell you about another WordPress table plugin that lets you create instant tables without having to enter data manually.
Posts Table Pro works by generating tables of information already stored on your WordPress website. It’s a great alternative to Easy Tables if you want tables that will automatically update with the latest data. Here are some examples of websites that would benefit from this type of WordPress table plugin:
  • Index of blog posts or articles – It doesn’t take long for a WordPress blog to become so big that it’s hard for visitors to find your older posts. No one wants to scroll through multiple pages of posts! Use Posts Table Pro to create a blog post index or article directory, which will automatically update when you add a new post.
  • Document library or knowledge base – If you want to create a WordPress document library then you can create a ‘Documents’ post type and use Posts Table Pro to list your documents in a table view. Your visitors can either download the document directly from the table, or click through to a single page for each document. You can categorize documents and add filters to help customers find the documents they need. 
  • List of events or e-commerce products – Amazingly, Posts Table Pro can list any WordPress post type in a table. This opens the door to many other possible use cases. For example, if you’re using a WordPress events plugin or e-commerce plugin then you can list your events or products in a table layout too. 
The dynamic table plugin is easy to set up and comes with lots of options. There’s a detailed plugin knowledge base to help you configure your WordPress tables in any way you like. 


So we have seen how to use “Easy Table” plugin to create a nice sortable table. Have you created sortable tables using other plugins? Share your experience below.

 

Quick Guide to Those Writing About WordPress

is one of the most popular CMS in the world that has taken interest not only to blog owners, but companies and enterprises themeselves. As a veteran in the platform, it is easy to forget that there are new users of WordPress everyday. As someone who writes about WordPress for a living, it is frustrating to see errors and mistakes that most newbies are writing about, like the style of the writing and how each content make sense, worthy for anyone to get a good grasp on.

This list a a cheatsheet for newcomers and veterans of WordPress to quickly address some of the most common mistakes we make when writing about WordPress.

Read the rest of the cheatsheet here: http://wptavern.com/quick-reference-guide-for-those-writing-about-wordpress

DIY WordPress Mistakes to Avoid

WordPress attracts many DIYers because it’s powerful, well-documented, and very user friendly. This is a great testament for people with high hopes for WordPress and is a great way to learn more about the software. However, most DIY efforts are wrong. People often find mistakes taking over a DIY effort expecting it to work but results in a very different manner.

 

Here we lists some of the worst mistakes someone new to WordPress are likely to make. These mistake have been committed many times specially by DIY beginners and oftentimes done by seasoned professionals themselves.

 

Here’s the list: http://wpshout.com/classic-diy-wordpress-mistakes/

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

How To Install a WordPress Theme

As a beginner,you have probably heard of various free and paid themes available online. You may have tried out a few themes until you’ve found one that meets your needs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme.

This guide will cover the three different ways you can install a theme. However, before installing a WordPress theme, keep in mind that once you activated a new theme, it will change how your website looks and functions. If you are switching from an existing theme, then you need to do several checks first before changing to a new WordPress theme.

Here are the different ways to install a WordPress theme.

  1. Select a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory >> Install& activate
  2. Download a theme from any other theme directory >> upload zip by using Upload Method from WordPress dashboard >> Install& activate
  3. Download a theme from any other theme directory >> upload theme files using FTP >> activate

How to install WordPress theme from the dashboard

  1. Log into your WordPress admin area. Next, click on Appearance » Themes.
    Install theme
    Install theme

    On the themes page, you will see your current theme and all other themes you have currently installed in your server. You can preview and activate any theme from this list.

  2. To add a new theme, simply click on Add New button at the top.
    Install  theme
    Install theme

    There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either select a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or upload a theme from your local hard drive.

  3. You will have the ability to select free themes from: Featured WordPress themes, Popular WordPress themes, Latest WordPress themes, search for a specific theme, or search for themes with specific features.

    Install theme
    Install theme
  4. After selecting the theme that you want to install, simply bring your mouse on top of the image.
    Install theme
    Install theme

    You can preview the theme by clicking on preview button or install the theme by clicking on the install button. WordPress will now install your theme and show you a success message along with the link to activate or live preview.

  5. Click on the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme.

    Install Theme
    Install Theme

Install a Theme by using Upload Method from WordPress Admin

If you are want to give more a professional look to your blog or add more functionality to your blog, there are many premium(Free & Paid) WordPress themes available. You can download these premium theme from the theme directory sites. They provide these premium theme in .Zip format, which you can use to install WP theme directly from dashboard.

  1. Log into your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Appearance> Themes > Add New

    Install theme
    Install theme
  2. Click on browse, select & locate your .zip file for theme and click on Install now. Once you click on Install now, your theme will be uploaded and will be installed on your server.

    Install theme
    Install theme
  3. On the next screen, you will see an option to activate the theme.

    Install theme
    Install theme

Installing a WordPress Theme using FTP


Most people are able to upload their themes from WordPress dashboard. But there are times when their web host provider is too strict and not able to do it from dashboard. Then you need to upload files manually to your web server. The most common way to do this is by using an FTP or SFTP (Secure) client. For doing so, you need to have:

  1. An SFTP client installed in your machine. (To learn more about configuring your SFTP client – View FileZilla installation tutorial.)
  2. A software like WinRAR to unpack .zip file. (If you don’t have any WinRAR installed, download the free version of WinRAR and install it). Alternately, you can open Compressed Folder in Windows Explorer.
  3. FTP login details and server address – FTP information can be found in the welcome email you got after you pay for your new hosting account. Find your FTP Host/Address, FTP User & Password

Theme Upload Instructions

  • Unzip your theme .zip file somewhere on your local computer.

    Install theme
    Install theme
  • After extracting the .zip file, upload the entire theme folder via SFTP to your /wp-content/themes/ directory.
    Install theme
    Install theme

    (file transfer type should be “Auto” and not “ASCII” or “Binary”. This is the default for FileZilla.)

  • How to activate any installed theme from this list – Once you done with the upload and installation using dashboard or FTP method, you can browse all installed themes from your WP dashboard.
    Install theme
    Install theme

    Log into your WordPress admin area. Next, click on Appearance » Themes.. You can Preview or activate the theme directly from here.

We hope this step by step guide helped you install a WordPress theme on your site.

Change Permalinks Without Breaking Your WordPress Site

Changing the permalink structure of your site is always a pain in the neck. Before you do that, you have to be sure that you want to make this change because it can have a huge impact in your site’s SEO. This can also cause a lot of errors and broken links if handled incorrectly.

However, with a simple plan and the right tools, you can carry out these task without any issues.

Permalinks are a part of a website that comes after your domain name and point to a specific post and page to your site. When set correctly, it allows your readers to have a clear understanding on what your post is about and also helps visitors find your page faster.

In this post, we’ll show you how to change permalinks to your site without damaging it.

Read the rest of the news here:  http://www.wpexplorer.com/change-permalinks-wordpress/

Add NoFollow Checkbox to Insert Link Section

WordPress allows you to open a link in a new window by default but it doesn’t allow you to easily add rel=”nofollow”. You either have to nofollow tag each links automatically, or manually add nofolow tag to each link by editing the HTML code. These two are either tedious or too much work.

Each time you link your own site or an external site, you are transferring SEO points to that page. These SEO points, also known as, Link juice are what makes your page, or the page you are linking to higher than the rest of the page who aren’t linked.

In this post, we’ll show you an easy way to add rel=nofollow tag to a link in the comments section of your page.

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-add-a-nofollow-checkbox-to-insert-link-section-in-wordpress/

How to Remove Numbers from WordPress URLs

WordPress use post IDs instead of a keyword text URL. This is bad for SEO as your links won’t be related to any keyword that you are targeting. Oftentimes, WordPress will add -2 in front of your post, category, or tag URLs which looks ugly for end users. Although WordPress has a built-in support for SEO-friendly structure by opening Settings >> Permalinks in the admin area then choose the URL structure of your site. There are also a number of optios available like setting up permalinks or using a custom slug. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to remove numbers in WordPress URLS : http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-remove-numbers-from-wordpress-urls/