Kary Boan-Dunham at Techiemuse has created a marvelous infographic to explain, at a high level, what WordPress is and how it works. If you’re curious and want a non-dangerous look under the hood, check it out.
Post for my author friends about WordPress themes over at my indie publishing website. Applies to anyone looking for a good WordPress theme.
Unless you update your WordPress site multiple times an hour and share it with multiple users, I suggest that you not bother with automated backup tools or plugins.
WordPress is powerfully redundant. Everything you do is written to its database in almost real time. Every few minutes, whether you save or not.
Your hosting company, by the way, runs a backup every night. If not, find another hosting company. If so, they have your database as it existed last night when you went to bed. Not, of course, that you need their backup, because everything you’ve done up till, say, 12 minutes ago, is already in the database. So unless you go in and wipe things out intentionally, more on that later, you’re not going to lose anything.
Periodically developers may release security patches or extra functionality and your WordPress themed website will need to be updated. It’s important to keep it updated to avoid being hacked because you have outdated software. WordPress has an automatic update feature for minor releases in order to promote better security and streamline the process. These affect only core WordPress files and not your theme or plugins. Those need to be updated manually.
Your website administrator will be notified via email when your site is updated. If for some reason an automatic update can’t happen, your administrator will be notified as well. We recommend you always backup your site before doing any updates.
To update manually, go to your WordPress Dashboard. In the left-hand side bar, click on Updates. You’ll be taken to a page showing what updates need to be made, if any. Just click Update Now and WordPress will download the necessary fiels, validate them, and automatically update. From this page you can update themes and plugins also.
After you’ve completed updates, check your site again to make sure it’s working as you expect.
Some ideas for your blog page could be:
- Share the latest news
- Post company updates
- Let customers know about new products
- Advertise your latest sale
Remember, search engines like Google like to see fresh content on websites. Using the blog functionality to post regular updates, news, sales, etc. is a great way to keep your website fresh for SEO.
What other ideas can you think of to use the blog functionality for?
Why would you allow your web person to be the only one with full access to your web tools?
It’s great to have someone doing the geekery for you. Sue even takes phone calls from clients, transcribes them, then posts them on their blog as part of our monthly maintenance package.
But every single client has access, not just to the admin tools in WordPress, but their hosting account as well.
What Not to Do
Following is the transcription for the “Static Home Page Instead of Blog” video tutorial.
Let’s make a static home page instead of the blog home page. First we’ll go to Pages, and Add New, and we’ll just call this My New Home Page. “It is all staticy.” That’s not how you spell “staticy” but I don’t care.
So we’ll publish this and of course later that page title will become a problem in menus and things. We’ll deal with that another time. We’ll also create a blank page called blog. Again title doesn’t matter in this case but we’ve got to have a blank page, don’t put anything in it.
Following is the transcription for the “Using Multiple Addresses in One Gmail Account” video tutorial.
Your Gmail mail is different but I’m going to Mail Settings, Accounts, and then down here, Add Another Email Address You Own.
Farther below is stuff about check mail using POP, things like that. We don’t want to go there. No, no, no.