As you may know, I recently set up a new blog on Wordpress to learn about Wordpress itself.
I had some suggestions from readers (a big thank you to Stephanie) as to what to try so wanted to put some of those into practice.
First of all, I wrote a new post, so I had something to play with.
Photos in post
I actually managed to get the photo in my post in the place where I wanted it this time. I'd been struggling with this simple format issue - but have found that if I insert the photo after I've written the text, it seems to stay where I put it. For some reason if I try to put the photo in first, the text won't wrap around it, even if that is the setting box I check!
The next thing I did was to set the permalink to something that matches my post. The permalink is the URL or blog link address that takes you to an individual post. The default for Wordpress was (to me) some random letters, symbols and numbers, see:
I've now changed this so that the URL for my posts matches my post title:
To do this, you go to your
Wordpress dashboard -- setttings -- permalinks
then check the box with the option you want
(there are several to choose from)
Next I tried to set my featured image for my post - this is so that an image showed up if the post is shared and apparently is important for SEO.
Well I managed to set it, but then when I published my post the image appeared twice - once in my post and again above the post. After searching for a solution to this, I found that this happens with my Wordpress 'theme' which is 'twenty twelve'.
It's still all too overwhelming to try and sort out so many things at once, so I just deleted the feature image for now and left the picture in the post.
If anyone has any suggestions about this 'featured image' I'd love to hear them. Do I need one? Should I change themes to avoid this?
Finally I added the Add This widget, for social bookmarking links. I had to create an account with Add This and download the widget or is it a plug in?
It generated an html code for me to paste anywhere into my site????? Not knowing what else to do, I added a widget into my sidebar and pasted the html in that. The share buttons now show up on the left hand side of the blog - so I think that worked ok.
Again - any suggestions welcomed!
So far, I'm really struggling with Wordpress. Everytime I go on to try and add or learn something, it just seems to throw up a million new questions and problems that I have no idea how to deal with. The help forums are like reading something too technical and it seems they assume more knowledge than I have of coding and websites.
While I was stumbling around things working on this, I found a
WP Beginner website. So I've signed up for their newsletter and I'm going to try and read as much as I can there to try and get me going with Wordpress.
Does anyone out there who's reading this use Wordpress?
How did you start out?
Did you have any prior knowledge? Do you have any recommendations on a good place to learn the basics?