Structure of a permalink

By default, a blog's URL structure looks like this The first part is the blog's URL (in this example, www.wordpressforall. com). After the slash ( ) is p , which is how PHP handles URL variables (in this case, p stands for post). The number is the POST ID variable of the post in question. Databases such as MySQL can easily remember things based on variables like POST ID, but we humans are made of different stuff. No one has ever said to me, Hey, Scott, I really enjoyed Post 243 on your blog the...

Getting What You Need

In this chapter, I walk you through installing WordPress on a remote server. First, though, you need to gather some files and tools, and doublecheck some settings. WordPress requires certain programs to be available on your remote server, and to access that remote server from your computer, you need an FTP client. You need to have Web-hosting space before you can install WordPress. Picking a hosting company is a topic that could be a book in and of itself. But here are a few things to look for...

New tagj

Figure 6.33 The tag book has been added. This post needs a few more tags, so type the following entry in the text box screenshot, tagging, fake latin, awesome doodle, this is a long tag to the post Click the Add button, and you'll see all these tags added (Figure 6.34). Tags book scretnshot tagging this is a long tag to the post That silly picture of a bunny that I inserted into the post isn't an awesome doodle, so the awesome doodle tag really doesn't belong. To delete this tag (or any other)...

Finding a Word Press Theme

The best place to find a theme for your blog is the WordPress Theme Directory (http wordpress.org extend themes ). This directory is run by the same people who control WordPress itself, and they've set up some ground rules that a theme has to follow to be listed. All the theme files must be included in a single .zip file. This requirement makes it much easier for you to unzip the theme in a directory and then upload that directory to your WordPress installation. The theme must include a file...

Press This Video

Suppose that you're watching a video on the Web and want to post it on your blog. All you have to do is click the Press This link in your browser's bookmarks bar. The bookmarklet gets the code required to embed the video in your blog and pops it into a post in the Video tab (Figure 7.9). Text Photo Quote Video Visit Wordpress for All YouTube - Fork You Live Bar-mania Embed Code < param name movie value http v NHB0vF6BM2 < parflm> < param value t ransp _ < param> a < embed Figure...

Finding Plug Ins

Just as the best place to find themes is the WordPress Theme Directory, the best place to find plug-ins is the official WordPress Plugin Directory (http wordpress.org extend plugins ). This page is your one-stop shop for all WordPress-related plug-ins (well, most of them anyway). The plug-in directory has three sections You can also search for a particular plug-in by name or by a subject if you want your WordPress blog to do something but aren't sure whether a plug-in is available to handle the...

Viewing a gallery on your Web site

After you publish your post, the gallery is live on your site (Figure 6.22). I debated whether ar not I should use the traditional Intern ipsurn' filler text for this screen shot. It is useful because it requires little thought from me (which I am a fan of), but I've never liked looking at it in other books. So, I decided not to it. Figure 6.22 A post with a gallery, displayed in the default WordPress theme. I debated whether ar not I should use the traditional Intern ipsurn' filler text for...

Plug Ins No Blog Should Be Without

Countless plug-ins are available for WordPress, and all those choices can be a little overwhelming. I'm going to give you a list of five plug-ins that I install in every WordPress blog that I run. I'm not associated with the developers of these plug-ins, all of which are free (though many of the developers accept donations). I just find these plug-ins to be the best of breed, and I can't imagine using WordPress without them. Here are my top five WordPress plug-ins, in no particular order...

Getting Technical Development Blog and Plugins

The next two panels of the Dashboard are WordPress Development Blog and Plugins. Both panels display RSS feeds one for the Development blog, and the other for a list of the most popular, newest, and most recently updated plug-ins (Figure 4.7). You can subscribe in each panel to the RSS feed, and you can click See All in each panel to view the Web sites that the feeds come from. Wild .b.l, we're continuing our trend of releasing a maintenance release thnrlly Itf-r a major rrlra se in nrdfr to...

Tweaking a Stock Theme

Creating your own theme from scratch is beyond what 98 percent of WordPress users will ever need to do, which is why I recommend just finding a stock theme that you like. The idea is to take a theme that you've downloaded and change certain parts of it add a field here, take something away there to make that theme your very own. In this section, I show you how to change a few features of the default WordPress theme to make it more your own by altering the templates that make up the theme. I'm a...

Working with advanced link settings

The Advanced Link Settings section affects the way your image links to itself or whatever URL you've set it to link to . If the image doesn't link to anything, these settings don't do anything, so you can ignore them. Here's what you need to know about this group of options Title. Enter the title of your link in this text box. This title is what shows up in certain browsers when someone hovers a mouse pointer over the link. Link Rel. This option, short for Link Relationship, is a special link...

Editing image settings

You know how to get images into your posts now. But what if you want to change an image's settings You don't have to delete it and start from scratch. If you move your mouse pointer over an image in a post that you're editing or writing, the two icons shown in Figure 6.24 appear. Figure 6.24 Click the landscape icon to edit the picture's settings or the prohibited symbol to remove the picture from the post. The red circle with a line through it the universal prohibited symbol deletes the image...

Experimenting with advanced image settings

Clicking the Advanced Settings tab brings forth a wonderland of new and exciting yes, I'm a geek image settings to play with Figure 6.26 . Source ' Title Link del CSS Class Styles Target Figure 6.26 Advanced image settings are powerful. Don't fiddle with them if you don't know what they do. Here's what you need to know about the Advanced Image Settings options Source. The source of the image is required, and the text box is prepopulated because you've already uploaded this image to your blog....

The Downside of Word Press

All is not sunshine and fruit punch in the world of WordPress. Using a blogging platform that is engineered like this one has a couple of drawbacks Appeal to bad guys. Popularity and an open codebase are generally a good combination, but a few people out there are always looking to ruin everyone's fun. Because WordPress runs so many high-profile sites, some nefarious types are on the lookout for flaws that can be exploited. Luckily, the WordPress developers are very quick to patch...