28 Jun

WordPress for RVers, Part 2

Word Press is an extremely powerful application. There are so many things that it can do by itself and it is also a program that has hundreds of programs that extend it capabilities. You can make a photo gallery, an eCommerce site, a book club, travel guide, interactive studio, just about anything you want can be done with WordPress.

This article is going to continue our administrator tour of WordPress. In the first article we logged in, wrote and published a post. I want to discuss the differences of post versus pages. When you write information or articles on WordPress, you have the option of selecting a post or a page. Post as you have seen are quick and easy. When you ‘post’ them they are displays chronologically and will continue to slide down the page as they get older and new post are added. Eventually, they will no longer be displayed and will be archived based on the date they were written. A page is permanent. When you create a page, it will be displayed on the site menu system and is always available. Pages are used for information that you want people to find easily. Perhaps things like the About You or your store or where you are page. You might even create pages for your photo album.

The next type of post you can have is a media post. Media allows you to post picture or videos on your website. This is actually an extension of either a post or a page. Basically, when you are creating a post you can insert into that post/page video or pictures. But before you can insert them you have to load them onto your website. That is where the media section of WordPress comes into play. When you select Media, WordPress shows you all of the images and video that it currently knows about. To load a new picture or video into WordPress you select Add New and WordPress will guide you through the process of finding, uploading and making minor changes to the image, then inserting into your article.

The last part for this week article will be others people writing on your blog. These are called comments. Comments are both good and bad. Friends and Family comments are good. Strangers comments can be really bad and worse that SPAM. For the most part I do not allow comments to be posted or approved automatically, saving them for review and approval. Some of my websites, I do not even allow any comments. Your site will be set up with not allowing comments to be posted automatically and I will guide you via newsetters or email on the management of these comments.

Well that is it for this week. Next week we will start on the Appearance of your website. Changing the look and feel so it is more to your desires.

Remember, RD-Webhosting.com offers websites for only $36 a year complete with domain name and WordPress installed and configured ready to go. You also get a personal consultant to help you when ever needed.

Please comment and let me know what you think of these articles and whether or not they are useful and if you understand or have questions about the topic.

Until next weekend, thanks.

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24 Jun

WordPress for RVers, Part 1

Ok, you have probably heard of blogging, but just in case, blogging is writing about anything and putting it on the world wide web for people to read.  For those of us use to the old newspaper days, think of it as an editorial or guess writer column in the newspaper. The only real difference is you own the newspaper!  To start blogging you need to have a place to put the articles you write so people can read them.  This is called a blog and the blog is made up of post or articles that you and others write.

There are lots of software packages that you can use to create a blog.  Why do you need software?  Well, you have to have a website and the website has to be hosted on a server, which is a computer that is connected to the Internet full time.  Your website has to have a name and an address as well.  Think of it like your house.  A physical place with a physical address so people can find you.  A website is the Internet Place and the name is the Internet Address so people can find you. The software tells the computer what to do when someone comes to your website or Internet house.  WordPress is the software that is used my millions of people to create the house that displays the writings of those people.

So, we need a website, software, a server so people can find out about our writing.  Sounds really complicated, but that is why I am here. I will take care of all of that stuff for you.  Your job will be to tell me what you want. Don’t worry, I will guide you along as well.  Oh you are probably wondering what this software is going to cost you, nothing!  That is right, WordPress is free, which is one of the reasons I use it on all of my personal websites.

So with everything set up the next step is to start writing.  For this you will need to know a little bit about WordPress.  We are going to start with some basics.  You will need a username and password to get into the administration side of WordPress.  I should have sent you an email with that information.  You will type into your web browser the address of your blog and the location of the WordPress administration page.  It will look like www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin.  The website will ask for your username and password which you can get from the email.

Now you are ready to write your first article.  I did some cleaning up of WordPress when I installed it.  So all you have to do is determine if you want to use a Post or a Page.  The next article will talk about them in detail.  For now I think we will use a post.  On the left hand side of the screen you should see the word Posts with a little pin symbol next to it.  Click on the word Posts.  This page will show you all of the posts that have been made on your website.  Currently there are none.  At the top of the screen next to the word Posts is a button called Add New.  Click on it.

You are now at the Add New Post page.  This is where you will write your first post.  For a title enter, Welcome to my new blog. Now click in the big empty box, this is were you type in the body of your post.  Introduce yourself and let people know what you are doing.  When you are all done, on the right hand side of the screen is a button call Publish.  Click it and your first post is on your website.

RD-Webhosting.com has been around since 1997. We have changed our focus from small business to you, the recreational user.  We found that most people don’t understand how to setup a website or all the different things that can be done with one.  With the right tools and focus you can even make money with your website.  We wanted to be part of that.  So with this new focus, you will find we are trying to make your life a little easier. All of our website now offer a free domain name (your internet address), so you don’t need to worry about that part of having a website.  Your domain name can be anything you want, if it is available.  We would recommend your name or something that is easy for people to find when looking for you.  Next, everyone who host (has their website) with us will have their own personal consultant to help them when needed.  You can email, text or even chat with them.  Your Personal Consultant will install and do basic configuration on any of the software we make available free of charge.  No need for you to learn how to install software on a real server. Finally, we hope you will find our prices fair.  Our basic package is only $36 a year to get your own domain, web hosting, software and Personal Consultant.  Please take a minute to like our Facebook Page and to visit our website.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Next in the series will be the Admin Menu and setting up categories for your articles so people can quickly find posts that are of interest to them.

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