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Let Fantastico Set up Your WordPress Blog

You need to have CPanel available on your website to use Fantastico but

other Control Panel systems may also have an option which can install

WordPress onto your site for you.

Type this address into your web browser to open your CPanel Control Panel:

http://www.example.com/cpanel

Of course, you replace example with the actual name of your website. If you

registered a different type of domain (not a .com) then you will change the

com to the appropriate suffix.

Type in your username and password to get access to your Control Panel.

The layout of these screens will vary if you are using a different version of

CPanel but all recent versions have had Fantastico and Wordpress available.

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Scroll down and left click on Fantastico.

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1) Select WordPress from the options listed under Blog.

2) Then, Click on New Installation

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On the next screen, you fill in some details for your new WordPress blog.

This is the first of 3 screens.

Install on domain: Type in the name of your domain where you are using

Fantastico to install the new blog.

Install in directory: If your blog will be the main part of your web site,

leave this box blank and Fantastico will install the WordPress files in the

/public_html folder of your web site.

If you want the blog to be installed in a sub-folder, and not in the

/public_html folder, type the name of the sub-folder in this box. You must

not already have a sub-folder with that name on this web site.

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Admin access data: Type a username and password for the Admin area into

these boxes. The password should be very hard to guess.

Admin Nickname: This name will appear on your posts in the blog.

Admin email: Type in the email address where you want to receive emails

from this blog. I strongly suggest that you create a special email address for

this blog, perhaps with a service like Google’s Gmail or Microsoft’s HotMail.

Never use your most important personal or professional email addresses for

any blogs.

Description: You can put a short, positive description of your blog here.

Now, Fantastico tells you the name of the Database which will be created to

hold all the information about your WordPress blog and the name of the User

who will be linked to that Database.

Fantastico will create both the Database and the User.

Write the information down with the other details you already have.

Then, left-click on Finish Installation.

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The next screen shows the other information you will need to use your new

WordPress blog.

It shows the WordPress configuration and the database set-up were

successful.

Then, you can see the admin username and password that you need to get

into the admin area and its web address (URL). Even though WordPress will

email you this information after you do the next step, write down these 3

pieces of information just in case the email is lost – you will need them.

Put your email address into the box at the bottom of that screen, then left-

click Send Email, and the system will email you the details you need.

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Then, you can click on the Back to WordPress Overview button to return

to that screen. If you don’t need to do that, then you can click on either the

Home or Logout links at the top-right of the page.

Close the window in your browser that you used for setting up your blog

through Fantastico.

Check your email to see if you have got the email the WordPress installation

program sent you with the administration details of your new blog.

If you cannot find it, check your Spam filter and email Trash basket, just in

case.

Then, open a new browser window and type in the address Fantastico gave

you to get into the Administration area of your new WordPress blog.

When that page opens in your browser, type in the Username and Password,

and login.

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Set Up Your WordPress Blog Yourself

We’ll start with the part which sounds challenging but it’s really easy.

Go to the Control Panel on your website.

My demonstration will use CPanel. If your hosting provider supplies a

different type of Control Panel, you will have to make some adjustments and

ask your hosting provider for assistance if necessary.

If you have CPanel, the address you type into your web browser is

http://www.example.com/cpanel Of course, you replace example with the

actual name of your domain.

Type in your username and password so that you get access to your Control

Panel.

The actual layout and pictures you see will vary depending

on the version of CPanel which your host provides.

Check in the column at the left of the page that you are not already using all

of the MySQL® databases which your host provides.

You might see something like 0/4 or 8/unlimited depending on the hosting

package which you have.

If you see something like 4/4, then you need to add the details for your blog

to one of the databases you are already using or (preferable) to decide if you

need the programs which you are using the databases for as much as you

want a blog.

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It’s much easier to have the blog on its own database.

If you have a spare database, just scroll down and left click on MySQL®

databases.

When the Database window opens, type in the name for your database

where the details of your blog will be stored.

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Then, left-click on the Create database button.

You will see a message confirming that your database has been created.

Click on the Go Back button.

Now, you will create a User for the new database.

Type the Username and Password for the User who will control the Blog into

the boxes under the Current Users heading. (These example entries don’t

exist on any of my databases).

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When you get the message that your new user is created, left-click on the Go

Back button.

Now you will add this user to your blog’s database.

Left-click the Add User To Database button.

Your Control panel will add a short version of your domain name to the front

of each Username and Database which you create.

In this example the prefix is ezyto_ which is added by the system to each

user and database on this domain.

You need to type in the full name, including this prefix.

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Setting up Your WordPress Files

Your next step is to download the current version of the WordPress platform

(that’s 2.7 at the time of writing).

Do not download a version that is labelled “Beta” – these are experimental

versions which may contain minor or even major bugs and should not be

used on regular “live” web sites.

Left-click on the Download button at the far right of the Menu at the top of

the page. That will open this page in your web browser.

Left-click on the Download button to get the Windows version of the current

WordPress package (I’ve used a red arrow to point to it in the above picture).

If you use a Macintosh, the wordpress.org site will probably automatically

direct you to the page where you can download the Mac version.

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A box will appear on your monitor screen:

Left-click on Save.

This box lets you browse to where you want to save the archive which

contains the WordPress files.

I suggest that you create a new folder on your Desktop to put this archive in.

But, you may choose to save it anywhere on your computer where you can

find it easily.

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I created a folder on my Desktop and renamed it Wpress27

When the WordPress archive finishes downloading to your computer, you

should check the file with your anti-virus program before opening it. This is a

wise step to take with every file which you get on your computer, not just

those which you download from the Internet.

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Then, you can use your archiving program (sometimes referred to as an

“unzipping” program) to extract the WordPress files from the archive. I use

WinRAR. Other good programs are 7-Zip (free) and WinZip (another excellent

commercial program like WinRAR). A program for the Mac is Aladdin Stuffit

but I think Macintosh computers have an archiving program supplied within

the system.

When the files are all extracted into the folder you created for them on your

computer, you will be ready to transfer them to your web site.

There are two ways that you can do this:

Use the Control panel on your website to bring the files from your computer.

Use your File Transfer (FTP) program to transfer the files to where you want

them on your web site. Two good FTP programs for Windows based

computers are Filezilla and Core-FTP. Both these programs are free to use.

Using Your Website Control Panel to FTP the Files

Go to the Control Panel on your website. My demonstration will use CPanel

which is one of the most popular Control Panels currently in use.

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If your hosting provider supplies a different type of Control Panel, you will

have to make some adjustments and ask your hosting provider for assistance

if necessary.

If you do have CPanel, the address you type into your web browser is

http://www.example.com/cpanel

Of course, you replace example with the actual name of your website.

Type in your username and password so that you get access to your Control

Panel.

Scroll down and left click on File Manager. When the File Manager is

displayed in your web browser, left click on the small picture of a folder

beside /public_html.

This will display the files and folders in your /public_html folder.

If you want the blog to be the main part of this website, then you will

transfer all of the files within the WordPress archive into this /public_html

folder.

Doing this through the Cpanel File Manager will be a slow process. You will

save much time if you use your FTP program to transfer all those files.

If you intend to install the blog in a sub-folder below the /public_html folder,

you only have to transfer the archive to your /public_html folder.

Just left-click on the Upload Files text.

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Then, left-click on the browse button beside the first box on the upload page.

When the browse window opens, navigate to the desktop on your computer

or wherever you put the WordPress archive.

Left click on the archive.

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Then, you'll see the link appear in that first upload box.

Left-click on upload and the transfer from your computer to your website will

begin.

When the archive appears in the /public_html folder, click on the name of the

archive.

Then click on Extract Files in the menu at the top right corner of the File

Manager.

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In a few minutes, you will have a WordPress folder inside the /public_html

folder.

Then, you can click on the name of the WordPress folder and select the

rename option from the Menu at the top right of the file manager.

Choose whatever name you want to use for the folder which contains your

WordPress blog. It could be something relevant to the topic which you will

focus on in the blog.

Using Your FTP Program to Transfer the Files

I will use Filezilla for this demonstration. It is a free program for computers

using the Windows operating system.

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Open your File transfer program.

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Left-click on File Manager in the Menu at the top left of the Filezilla screen

and then select “Site Manager”.

Select the web site you will transfer the WordPress files to and left-click the

OK button.

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Your FTP program will display the contents of the selected web site in the box

on the right.

Scroll down in the “Local Site” box on the left and left-click on the folder

which contains the WordPress files.

Setting up your Blog in the /public_html Folder

If you are going to transfer the files to the /public_html folder on your

website, and make the blog the first thing your visitors see when they reach

your site, follow these steps.

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Left-click in the box which shows all the folders and files to be transferred.

Then, open the folder which contains the extracted files.

Then select all the files and folders there by holding down the Control key

and pressing A.

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Left-click in the box and keep holding down the left mouse button. Then,

drag your mouse right into the box on the right which shows the contents of

the selected web site’s /public_html folder.

All the folders and files will be transferred to the /public_html folder on your

web site.

Setting up your Blog in a Sub-folder Below the /public_html Folder

If you are going to transfer the files to a sub-folder below the /public_html

folder on your website follow these steps.

Left-click on the WordPress archive which you downloaded from

http://www.wordpress.org/ and keep holding down the left mouse button.

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Then drag your mouse into the box on the right which shows the contents of

the selected web site’s/public_html folder.

Filezilla will start to transfer the archive containing the compressed

Wordpress files to the web site.

When the transfer is complete, you will see the archive in the /public_html

folder on the web site.

Close your File transfer program.

Open a new window in your web browser and type in the address of your

web site’s CPanel or whichever other Control Panel is provided by your

hosting company.

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When you have signed in to the CPanel with your Username and Password,

left-click on the File Manager to open it.

When the File manager window opens, scroll down and left-click on the

wordpress-2.7 archive file name.

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Then, you left-click on Extract File contents in the Menu at the top right of

the File Manager window.

The files will be extracted to a new sub-folder called wordpress-2.7

Now, you can rename the wordpress-2.7 sub-folder to a name which is better

related to the subject of your new blog.

If you are writing about cats in your blog, you might use a name like "Crazy

Cats" as the name of your blog.

The web address of your blog would be http://www.example.com/crazycats/

with the name of your domain where I used “example”.

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Set up Your Blog

Left-click on the small picture (icon) at the left of the folder which contains

your blog - (blog, crazycats or whatever you called it).

This will open the folder and you will see the files and folders inside.

Left-click on wp-config-sample.php

Go to the menu at the top-right of the page and left-click on Edit File.

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Open the file and look for these lines:

Replace the yellow highlighted text with the information which you wrote

down when you create your MySQL® database.

If you notice there’s a similar field in the next paragraph with the words local

host in it, give yourself 10 points. But, you probably won’t have to replace

that as most hosts use it. If you have any doubts, check with your hosting

company’s support department.

Save the file as wp-config.php (no –sample) and then close the File

Manager.

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Install WordPress

If you placed the WordPress files in the root directory, type in

http://www.example.com/wp-admin/install.php.

If you placed the WordPress files in a subdirectory called crazycats, type in

http://example.com/ crazycats/wp-admin/install.php

The justly-famous “5 Minute Install” starts now. They don’t count all the

fiddling you’ve already done, of course.

1) Type in the name you want to appear as a sort of headline on your

Blog in the Blog Title Box.

2) Type in the email you want to use to get all emails from this blog.

Then, click on the Install WordPress button.

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If it all works, you should see this screen:

You need to write down the Username (admin) and Password displayed (I’ve

hidden it, sorry) on this screen so that you can use them to login to the

Administration area of your blog.

The WordPress Install program will email the information to the email

address you supplied but your email might go astray (very rare).

There is also a box which you can check if you want to have your blog seen

by the Internet Search Engines as well as everybody else.

If you do not want to let the Search Engines put your blog in their databases,

just leave the check box blank.

Security Note

Before you start to use your blog, open your FTP program and go to the

folder which contains your new blog.

http://www.example.com/blog/ Substitute the names you used for your domain and blog.

When the files of your blog appear in your FTP program, left-click on the wp-

admin sub-folder.

When that folder opens, scroll down and right-click on a file called

install.php

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Delete that file.

If you do not delete it, someone may be able to get into your blog

administration area and do a lot of damage.

Close your FTP program.

Now, you can left-click on the Log In button and start to use your blog!

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Getting Started with Your Dashboard

When you log in to your new WordPress blog, you’ll see the Dashboard which

is a lot different to what we saw in WordPress before the release of version

2.7.

From December 10th to December 24th 2008, there were about 200,000

copies of Version 2.7 downloaded.

Screen Options – Only Show What You Need

With so many useful options, you’ll appreciate the Screen Options button at

the right near the top of the screen.

Use this button to select which modules you want showing on your

dashboard by clicking on boxes beside their names. Leave the boxes

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unchecked beside those options you don’t want to have showing every time

you open the Dashboard.

Click on the Bold Title of any Module to open or close its sub-menu.

Some will then show a Configure link which you have to click before you can

change the content of that option.

To move a Module around the Dashboard, hold the cursor on the Module’s

Title. Don’t press a button until the cursor shows 4 arrows. Then, hold down

the left mouse button and drag the Module to the spot you want it to occupy.

Click on the Right Now heading to see a summary of various comments

(Spam and others) and other statistics. Click on the number at the left of

each entry to go to the area which controls that content.

The name of the Theme for your blog and the version of WordPress you are

using for your blog are also listed there with a button you can press to

change your theme to any that you already have installed on your Blog.

The Recent Comments Module shows a summary of recent comments, of

course. You can click a link to edit any of the listed Posts or hover your

mouse over them and then you will be able to approve, edit or delete them,

contact the author or mark the post as spam.

Clicking the View All button opens the Edit Comments sub-panel.

If any blog links to

yours, that will show

up in the Incoming

Links box. There is

also a Configure

button there which

you can click to set

up your RSS Feed and

set some options for it. Then, just press the Submit button.

The Plugins Module shows recently added or updated plugins. Click on the

plugin’s title to go to a page with the relevant information.

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Use the Quick Press panel to write a new Post or a Draft (rough copy) of

one while you’re thinking about WordPress.

The Bold links in the left column give you quick

access to many of the main features of WordPress.

I’ve expanded the sub-panel you see when you click

on Posts.

Editing and Adding are obvious.

Use the Tags option to add new Tags (keywords) to

your posts which should increase the chances of

more visitors who have searched for those

keywords.

Click on Categories to create new Categories

(topics) which your Posts might relate to.

You add a Slug (short description) for each new

category.

You can also set your new category as a child (sub-

category) of a Category that you had set up

previously in this blog.

The next subpanel is Media where you upload and store the pictures and

other media files which you use on your blog.

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You have a Library section in this subpanel where you can edit, delete or

review the media that you have already uploaded for use in your blog.

There is also a Media Add subpanel where you can upload media to use in

later posts.

Your next Sub Panel is for your blog's Links. They're very important for

helping your blog and yourself to become better known.

In this Sub Panel, you can add a new link, edit links and specify the link

categories you will use for your links.

Clicking the Link Categories option open an area where you can edit, add or

remove categories for your blog’s links.

I always change the default category Blogroll because I feel it will not mean

anything to the visitors who come to my blogs.

Click on Blogroll and the Edit and QuickEdit options will appear.

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I’ve changed the first two fields which both said Blogroll and added a little

text to the third field on this entry. I will change Gurus because it’s not well

understood. Make sure that you keep these entries short or there could be

alignment problems on your blog.

Now, just left-click the Update Category button lower down this page and

then view your blog to ensure that you like the result.

The Pages Sub Panel lets you edit or add pages to your blog.

Pages are for information which does not change very often, like disclaimers,

contact information and Terms of Use for your blog.

Most bloggers welcome Comments except for spam and abuse, of course.

You can edit or delete Comments or mark them as Spam in the Comments

Sub Panel.

The number of comments which you have not moderated and the number

that you have approved are shown in this subpanel.

You also have a Search box to help you find particular comments.

Use the options in the Presentation Administration Panel to set the way

that your content is displayed.

The Appearance Themes Subpanel lets you choose any of the themes

which you have already downloaded for use with your blog.

You can use widgets [small pieces of code] to add information such as

categories, archives, recent posts and also recent comments to the sidebar

on your blog.

Most current themes will work with widgets.

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The Appearance Widgets Subpanel lets you add, remove or set up any

widgets which you have available for your blog on your sidebar.

The Appearance Editor Subpanel lets you choose a theme to edit. It then

shows all the files of the theme.

You can select any of the files and edit them in the provided text box.

Provided the author of your selected theme has set up by the header for use

with the Header Image and Color feature, you can modify that header.

The Plugins Panel helps you to install Plugins which can add many useful

features to your blog.

You even have a Plugins Editor Subpanel where you can modify the

plugin's code if you know how to do so.

You can add accounts for more users for your blog, or extra accounts for

yourself in the User Panel. Only users can post to your blog.

You can also give particular users capabilities that you do not give to other

users by specifying their Role (administrator, editor, author or contributor).

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Make a Post

Login to your Blog Dashboard.

On the Dashboard, you can use any of these options to type in your new

Post:

1) Left-click on the Add New Option in the Post SubMenu on the Left.

2) Left-click on the New Post option in the Banner at the top of the

page, or

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3) Use the QuickPress box.

Use a Title which relates to your Post and will also catch the eye of a visitor.

Don’t use the same Title for other posts.

Put the text of your Post in the Content box along with any web links or links to media in your Media Library which you want to include in your Post.

Pictures and other Media make your Post more attractive – just think how

dull your newspaper or a magazine would look if it was all just text!

But, only use pictures etc which are relevant to that post.

You can add HTML code to your Post to enhance its appearance but don’t

overdo it.

Break up your text into paragraphs. Many new bloggers write their Posts as a

solid block of text but few people like to read them when they’re presented

like that!

Just write one point in a sentence and start a new paragraph for each

separate thought.

Most people write short Posts because many readers don’t want to spend too

much time reading just one topic.

Focus on writing about things which your readers will enjoy; teach them,

amuse them or give them something to think about.

Don’t be too formal – your readers want to get a good feeling from your Post,

not just dry information.

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Then, add Tags (keywords that relate to the post) in the tags box.

Now, you can save what you have typed as a Draft to be polished later and

then Published, or you can Publish it right away.

You can edit your Posts later but you’ll probably have other things which you

want to post about then. So, save at least your first few posts as Drafts and

set them out for easy reading before you Publish them.

It’s actually wise to save each Post and then Publish it. The Draft is good

insurance against the possibility that something might go wrong with the

posting process and your Post could be lost. It does happen but rarely!

Write more Posts even if you don’t get any Comments at first. Everyone

needs to practice something new.

The more ideas which you offer in your blog, the more likely that you will

attract some feedback and links from other blogs.

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Keeping in Touch with Your Blog’s Readers

With the pace of daily life, your readers might not have time to regularly

check your site to see if you have added more posts to your blog.

Secure Email Subscription Form

You can help maintain your connection with them by offering an email alert

when you add a post or at a set time interval such as every week.

You should use a subscription form which has some safeguards against mis-

use by spammers.

I suggest that you check out the Secure Form Mailer for WordPress plugin

from Dagon Design. It’s good and also free, though you should consider making a donation if you can in appreciation of his work which enhances your

blog.

RSS Feed

You can also offer an RSS Feed through which readers can subscribe to get

additions to your blog sent to the Feed Reader program.

Feedburner was bought up by Google, so it must be pretty good.

The Feed Service at Feedburner is free with versions for blogs created through Blogger and also one for blogs created with WordPress.

The WordPress version apparently does not work seamlessly with Version7 of

WordPress. I see information about work-arounds on the Net but, for security

reasons, I would only use one that was supplied by WordPress or

Feedburner.

An alternative is the FeedWordPress plugin. There are detailed instructions for the plugin on that web site and it is being actively supported for security

reasons

You can search the WordPress.org site for information about others.

There are, of course, other services which are also used by lots of blog

owners. Many are free and there are some which charge a low fee.

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Power up Your Blog

Using Themes

When you install WordPress, there are two Themes (page designs) provided

and many blogs are displayed on them to good effect.

But, there are thousands of other designs readily available over the Internet.

Many are free (most designers who provide free themes will accept donations

to help them design more themes), while others may cost you up to a couple

of hundred dollars.

I suggest that you start with WordPress.org’s own directory of Themes.

Go to the Extend section of WordPress.org and then click on the Themes Directory link.

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That opens the Theme Directory where you can browse over 500 Themes.

Many of the designers who have themes displayed in this Directory have

more themes available from their web sites or other Theme directories on the

Internet.

When you are considering a new Theme, check that you are happy with the

cost.

That may be money or the requirement to leave advertising links for which

the designer is paid (not you) on the footer of the theme.

The products or services advertised may not be compatible with your blog or

your personal views. Sometimes, you can pay the designer a set fee for

permission to use the theme without his links in the footer.

Most designers ask that you keep a link to their web site in the footer and I

think that’s okay, especially when the theme is provided at no cost.

Also, check that the Theme is compatible with the WordPress Version you

use.

Will the theme design allow for you to use a different picture in the header of

the theme or remove the picture altogether?

Can you easily change the color scheme or other features of the theme to

better match your site or for other reasons? Some themes are easy for

almost anyone to adapt. Others may need the Designer’s professional

services for even small changes.

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Are there any restrictions about how you may use the theme? If so, respect

the designer’s views.

To set up each theme, you download it to your computer from the designer’s

web site or a Themes Directory.

I have a special folder for all the material I download which is related to

Blogging. Inside that, I have a folder for everything to do with WordPress

(and one for material about Blogger too).

In my WordPress folder, I have a folder for themes and one for plugins.

It’s an easy way to keep everything together.

So, download the theme to the folder you are keeping your Themes in.

Then, scan it with your anti-virus program.

Then, use your archiving program (WinZip, 7-Zip or StuffitExpander) to

extract the files to a new folder which will have the name of the Theme on it.

Then, use your FTP (File Transfer Program) to transfer the folder containing

that theme’s files to your blog.

Put that folder into the wp-content/themes subfolder of your blog.

To review the theme, go to your website and login to the Administration area

of your Blog.

Click on the Themes SubPanel of the Appearance Panel in the Menu at the

left of your dashboard.

When the page showing the themes you have on your blog opens, you should

see the new theme listed. If so, you can click on it and WordPress will put it

in place on your Blog.

If the new Theme is listed as a broken theme at the bottom of that page, you

will have to check whether there were any errors made when you were

setting it up. There are often some tips on the designer’s web site to help you

fix any problems, but please don’t expect their professional help for free

when they have already provided the theme itself.

If the installation worked, you can now review the theme on your Blog.

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Then, decide whether you want to continue to use it or change back to the

previous one.

That could be the best way to go if you want to make some changes to the

new theme so it looks better on your blog.

When you have some changes that you want to make, check any instructions

provided by the designer.

Make sure that you understand what has to be done.

Then, just make only one change.

If you make several changes to various files, then upload them all to your

website and there is a problem, you will have a hard time finding out which

change caused the mess and which changes were okay.

Then, save the file and transfer it to your blog.

It will overwrite the previous version of the file in your blog folder unless you

renamed that before you transferred the new one.

I always add a 0 before the first letter of the name of the original file on my

web site before I upload the new version.

Then, if the change causes a problem, I just have to delete the new version

of the file from the blog folder and then remove the 0 from the name of the

original file.

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Selected Themes

The plugins and themes listed in this book are not supplied or guaranteed in

any way by the author, publisher or distributors.

Please check documentation at Wordpress.org and the web site from which

you download the item. Almost all have strict disclaimers of all responsibility.

This is very reasonable in my opinion because of the wide variance of

systems on which the free products might be used and the varied skill levels

of users.

Short version: Unless the provider offers

access to a forum where help may be

provided by more experienced users,

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN ONCE YOU START

TO INSTALL ANY THEMES OR PLUGINS

Start Here

http://www.wordpress.org/extend/themes/

http://www.revolutiontwo.com/

Some themes here were previously sold for high prices. Those older themes

are still very popular and are now free.

However, if you have limited experience with installing high-end themes, you

should consider a support contract – you may need it.

http://www.developdaly.com

Excellent themes and a great blog!

http://premiumthemes.net/

NewsWeek (Free) other paid and free (AdSupported) themes.

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http://curtishenson.com/

Checkmate theme well supported through designer's blog.

http://www.semiologic.com/software/wp-themes/sem-theme/

Free version of very popular commercial theme

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Plugins

Plugins are add-ons which give you an easy way to add extra functions to

WordPress or enable WordPress bloggers to do some things better than they

can with just the standard WordPress setup.

The enthusiastic response by WordPress users who have developed hundreds

(maybe thousands) of useful or, sometimes, just amusing plug-ins has been

a major factor in the growth of the WordPress user community.

Many plugins are free (donations accepted), but there are also ones which

cost money – usually far less than you would expect to pay to get the extra

benefits they provide.

There are two plugins which come with the WordPress program itself, an

anti-spam plugin and one which prints a line from the movie, “Hello Dolly” on

your blog.

They both work. You can use them in your blog if you like them or go

through the Dashboard and deactivate any that you don’t want to use in

future.

Start your search for

plugins at the Extend area

of the wordpress.org site.

That’s over 3,500 plugins

to start with – just the tip

of a mountain of value.

Use the Menu on the left

of that page to narrow

your search for different

types of plugins or check

out the Featured ones

listed in the center.

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When you find a plugin that you want to try on your blog, download it to a

folder on your computer.

I explained my system in the Themes section:

9 A folder for everything about Blogging

9 Inside that, I have a folder for everything about WordPress

9 In there, I have folders for Themes and Plugins.

Scan the archive file with your anti-virus program before opening it.

Your archive program will extract the files from the archive to a new folder

with the name of the plugin.

Upload the folder containing the files for the Plugin to the /wp-

content/plugins folder in your blog.

Go to the Dashboard of your Blog.

Click on the Add new option in the Plugins section of the Menu on the left.

Follow the instructions.

WordPress now offers you the option to let it upload the zip file and install

your plug-in almost “hands-free”!

If you want to do this, still make sure that you scan the zip file with your

anti-virus program before you start the upload.

When you go to the Plugin area again, the plugin should be showing there

and you can Activate it.

It’s a good idea to try it out as soon as possible to check that it works in your

blog and causes no problems.

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If you get a problem, you can check any instructions provided with the plug-

in or just deactivate it.

There is now an Editor within WordPress where you can edit Plugins but I

would not touch it unless I had considerable experience with PHP and at least

some experience with creating or modifying WordPress Plugins.

Selected Plug-ins

The plugins and themes listed in this book are not supplied or guaranteed in

any way by the author, publisher or distributors.

Please check documentation at Wordpress.org and the web site from which

you download the item. Almost all have strict disclaimers of all responsibility.

This is very reasonable in my opinion because of the wide variance of

systems on which the free products might be used and the varied skill levels

of users.

Short version: Unless the provider offers

access to a forum where help may be

provided by more experienced users,

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN ONCE YOU START

TO INSTALL ANY THEMES OR PLUGINS

The plugins and themes listed in this book are not supplied or guaranteed in

any way by the author, publisher or distributors.

Please check documentation at Wordpress.org and the web site from which

you download the item. Almost all have strict disclaimers of all responsibility.

This is very reasonable in my opinion because of the wide variance of

systems on which the free products might be used and the varied skill levels

of users.

Start Here

http://www.wordpress.org/extend/plugins

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Check compatibility with your version of WordPress

http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Plugin_Compatibility

http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Plugin_Compatibility/2.7

this is the list (to be updated) for current version 2.7

http://www.semiologic.com/software/widgets/bookmark-me/

Easily add links to social bookmarking sites to your entries

http://www.alexking.org/

Comments License - shows a license with terms of your choosing on

comments form (and other plugins)

http://www.dagondesign.com/

several free and reputable plugins.

http://cavemonkey50.com/code/podcasting/

Yes! a plugin to make podcasting easy from your blog!

http://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup/

Creates backups of your core WordPress tables and other tables of your

choice in the same database

http://blog.taragana.com/index.php/archive/wordpress-plugin-to-

automatically-add-copyright-message-to-your-rss-atom-feeds/

Add copyright message to your RSS feeds

http://www.stuff.yellowswordfish.com/wordpress-plugins/

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Assorted quality free plug-ins

http://simplepressforum.com/

Simple:Press The Forum Plugin for WordPress

http://semperfiwebdesign.com/

All-in-One Seo Pack and other great plugins.

http://www.sharethis.com/publisher

Add 2.0 bookmark buttons to your site

http://www.irisco.it/?page_id=28

STatPress management of statistics about blog visits. It collects information

about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers etc.

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Resources

Themes

Plugins

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Afterword

Thanks for reading this book where I have tried to cover two simple ways

that almost anyone can start their own blog and get valuable experience

which will help the with their other activities on and off the Internet.

I welcome your feedback, questions and information about how you are using

your blog at http://www.ezy-internet.com/qande

Let me know about your blogging adventures.

John Williams January 2009

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