WordPress Problem’s Solved Pt 3

Here I’ll continue going over the most common problem’s people have with WordPress. If I have not covered your WordPress problem, leave your question’s in the comment section below. Here are the topic’s I’ll cover today:

  • How to set up a Gravatar
  • How to make an error 404 page in WordPress
  • How to post to multiple site’s using WPing FM
  • How to post video’s to multiple site’s

How to set up a Gravatar

Derek AvatarA Gravatar is an image you can use as a branding tool. Then when you comment on other people’s sites your image will be placed next to your post’s.

First you need to create an avatar image. My favorite site is currently down, but should be up soon. It is located at FaceYourManga.com. The design I made to the left, was done on DoppleMe.com. Thankfully I don’t look that much like it.

After you design your picture continue following these step’s:

  • Sign up for a Gravatar account at http://en.gravatar.com/
  • Verify your email address, when Gravatar sends you a confirmation email
  • Choose a userid & password
  • Upload your Gravatar picture
  • Crop the image if you want
  • Choose a rating
  • Associate your email with the photo

Your done. Now every time you comment, a photo representing you will be shown.

How to make an error 404 page in WordPress

If someone attempts to go to a page on your site, that doesn’t exist, they will be hit by a nasty error page. This is called a 404 error page. Here is a quick way to turn a negative into a positive. Instead they will now be sent to a page that will contain links to all of the article’s on your site. You can also use this code to create a sitemap page. Follow these step’s:

  • Click on Appearance in your left side bar
  • Click on Editor under Appearance (This page allows you to easily change the code behind your site)
  • Under Templates in your right side bar click on 404 Template (404.php)
  • Inside a div element, after the tag <?php get_header(); ?> and before the tag <?php get_sidebar(); ?> paste the following code

<h2><?php $numposts = $wpdb->get_var(“SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = ‘publish'”);if (0 < $numposts) $numposts = number_format($numposts); ?> <h2><?php echo $numposts.’ articles on New Think Tank’; ?> </h2> <ul id=”archive-list”> <?php $myposts = get_posts(‘numberposts=-1&’); foreach($myposts as $post) : ?> <li><?php the_time(‘m/d/y’) ?>: <a href=”<?php the_permalink(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a></li> <?php endforeach; ?> </ul>

  • Click on the Update File button, and tada, you have a great 404 page

How to post to multiple site’s using WPing FM

Every time you post new content on your site you can have it sent to over 40 social network’s automatically. You do this with a plugin called WPing FM. First you need to sign up for a Ping.fm account:

  • Go to ping.fm and create a userid & password
  • Click on Add Network, next to every social network you want to post to
  • They provide an easy way to sign up for the social network, before you can connect WPing FM to the network
  • Every social network works differently, so I leave it to you to accomplish that task (It’s Easy)
  • Now click on Plugins in your left side bar in WordPress
  • Click Add New
  • Search for WPing FM
  • Download and Activate it
  • Click on WPing.FM in your left side bar under settings
  • Click to get your API key from Ping.fm and paste it in the box shown
  • Save your change’s
  • Check the radio button next to the word’s “Update Ping.FM when the new post is published” and then again next to the word’s “Link title to blog?”
  • Click the Save Options button

All done. Now every time you post an article, you’ll generate 40 plus incoming link’s.

How to post video’s to multiple site’s

Tube Mogul provides a similar tool to ping.fm, except it uploads video’s to multiple site’s. You have to sign up for an account at tubemogul.com and then:

  • I upload all my video’s on YouTube first
  • The video’s that generate the most view’s are then downloaded from YouTube and then sent to all the other site’s
  • To download your video’s from YouTube, first go to YouTube
  • Click on your YouTube User name in the upper right hand corner
  • Click on My Video’s in the drop down box
  • Click on download MP4 under the video’s you plan to use (You can only download 3 every few hour’s)
  • Go back to the Tube Mogul site
  • Click on the Upload or Upload Video link
  • Click on browse and find your video
  • Click upload
  • Fill in your Title, Description and Keyword’s
  • Select a Category that applies
  • Click Upload
  • Select the video site’s you want to upload to and enter your userid’s and password’s for them
  • Click the launch button and your video’s are everywhere you choose

That’s All Folk’s

That should pretty much cover any issue’s you may have with WordPress. If you have a specific issue that I didn’t cover leave a comment below.

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3 Responses to “WordPress Problem’s Solved Pt 3”

  1. Don nebel says:

    I read in a SEO article it is important load your home page with as many keywords as possible related to your site content. How do i do this with out a bunch of keywords just listed at the bottom of the page?

    • admin says:

      Listing keyword’s at the end of your page’s repetitively is known as keyword stacking. If you do this you’ll get banned. Instead go to site’s like 212 Articles, Article Alley, Article Blast, Article Cube, etc. and enter your chosen keyword phrase. This will serve up free article’s that already contain the phrase. Also search on Google for the keyword’s. Just make sure that if you copy content off other’s pages do it with Press This. That way everything will be legal.

  2. Hi everyone!

    So I have tried to login to my Ping.fm account over the last week or so, and keep getting the following error on the page – if anyone could answer this I would be most gratefull;

    CONTENT ENCODING ERROR

    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression.

    * Please contact the web site owners to inform them of this problem.

    This will be a complete travisty if they have one completely – anyone know anything?

    Regards
    Darren

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