I’ve designed about 40 WordPress site’s and taught 20 plus people how to use it. In this article I’m going to go over the most common problem’s people have with WordPress. I’ll show you:
How to add content easily and legally
How to add descriptions, titles and keywords the right way
How to use the Media Library to add image’s and other media
How to edit image’s in WordPress
How to embed Video from Youtube using Viper’s Quicktag’s
How to embed media using Scribd
How to Add Content Easily and Legally
I really value original content and so do search engine’s. If you want to create a site using other people’s content, you have to do it legally. Luckily WordPress provides the perfect tool. It’s called Press This.
Here is how you set it up:
Click on the tool’s section, in your left sidebar
Right click on the link named Press This
Click on save to Bookmark’s or Favorite’s
The link to Press This is saved
Now, Press This allows you to easily copy content from other people’s sites in a few easy steps:
See information you want
Highlight the information you want with your mouse (It will limit the amount you take to keep everything legal)
Click on on Press This in your Bookmark’s or Favorite area
A popup will open with the content and title already entered for you.
Type in some keyword’s in the tag section
Click publish and the content and a link back to the original poster is created on your site.
If you click on the gray button that look’s like a filled in box surrounded by another gray box, you’ll see a list of all the image’s that site doesn’t mind if you copy. The gray icon next to it, show’s all the video’s they don’t mind if you copy, as well. If your having trouble following this, just watch the video above.
How to Add Descriptions, Titles and Keywords the Right Way
On all of your post’s you want to make sure you enter:
A Title that is no more than 60 character’s long (Search Engine Rule)
A Descriptionthat is no more than 160 character’s long (Another Search Engine Rule)
Keyword’s that are around 12 character’s in length
All the Tag’s, also known as keyword’s, that apply to your content
Remember character’s include white space and commas
If you install a plugin called All In One SEO, it will automatically create all of this for you, but the keyword’s it chooses are not always the best. I prefer to still use the plugin, but instead I type in the title, description and keyword’s of my own choosing. Then in the right sidebar I type in my tag’s in the sidebar labeled Post Tags and click Add.
How to use the Media Library to Add Image’s and Other Media
In regards to media, I store all of my photo’s in the Media library, but everything else is stored else where. Video’s are stored on YouTube and all other document’s are stored on scribd.com. Why? It saves you space on your hosting site and both these site’s provide excellent ways to embed data.
How to Upload Image’sfrom Your Computer
Click on Media, in your left sidebar
Click Add New
Click Select File’s and pick the image to upload
Enter Alternate Text and a Description
Click Save All Change’s
The url to the file you uploaded is right above the Save All Change’s button
How to Upload Image’s or Other File’s from your Desktop or Another Site
On the post page, you can upload images, video, audio, or other file types
Click in your article, where you want the chosen media to be placed
Click on the chosen gray logo, next to the word’s Upload/Insert
Now choose whether you want to upload a document from your computer, enter a URL, or pick from your media library
I recommend you never click the Add Media gray icon. Scribd.com provides a better free solution
How to Edit Image’s in WordPress
After you upload your image’s to your media library, you can edit them in many ways right inside of WordPress.
Click Media in your left sidebar
Click on the name of the image you would like to edit
Click the Edit Image button
Here you can Crop, Flip, Rotate and Scale your Image
The scaling tool automatically keeps your images from being distorted
After you import the image into your post, you can click on edit or delete in the post
If you click to edit the image, in the post, you can change the border and margin’s for the image
How to Embed Video from Youtube using Viper’s Quicktag’s
Normally, if you cut and paste the url for a video into your page WordPress will automatically embed it. For some reason, as of this date, it doesn’t always work? If you installed Viper’s Video Quicktag’s, you’ll be able to embed video on your site, inside of a nice player.
Click where you want your video to appear in your post
Click the button labeled Youtube, Google Video, Daily Motion, Vimeo, Veoh, Viddler, etc. (You Need Viper’s Video Quicktag’s to get these button’s)
Enter the URL of the video, you want to embed
Enter the dimension’s for the video, or just use the default
How to Embed Media using Scribd
There is a great website call Scribd.com, that allows you to upload your different document types. They store them for free! You can then embed them in your website, inside of their document viewer.
Sign up for a Scribd Account. It’s free!
Click on one of the many Upload button’s on the screen
Select the file you want to embed on your site and upload it
After you upload it, give it a title, keyword’s and description
In the upper right hand corner, you’ll see your userid. Float your cursor over it and click My Documents
All of the document’s you uploaded are on the screen. Click the one you want to embed on your site.
In the lower right hand corner, copy the embed code
Jump back to your site and go to the post you want to embed the doc in
Click on the HTML tab in the right corner, above your post content
Paste the embed code in the HTML area.
Click Update or Publish and the document will be embedded in the post.
That’s All Folk’s
I hope this article help’s with any issue’s you have with WordPress? Leave question’s below. I’ll cover all the other common WordPress issue’s in the next two article’s.
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