How to Import Posts From Another WordPress Blog

1. Log in to the WordPress blog from which you want to export your posts.
2. Click 'Tools,' then 'Export.' Click the radio button next to 'Posts.' Click the 'Download export file' button.

3. Log in to your new WordPress blog that will receive your imported posts.
4. Click 'Tools' and then 'Import.' Click 'WordPress' to launch the installer. Follow the installer's prompts to import your XML file.

How to Build Websites With WordPress

Preparing your server for WordPress
1. First, you'll need to ensure that your web host supports WordPress' minimum requirements. At the minimum, your web hosting account will need to support at least PHP 4 and MySQL 4. If you plan on utilizing the search engine friendly URLs feature of WordPress, your web hosting account must also have the 'mod_rewrite' Apache module available. If your web host does not meet the minimum requirements, you will have to either contact them to ask if they can install or upgrade PHP and MySQL, or switch to a web host that offers hosting meeting the requirements.
2. Next, you'll need to create a database for WordPress. There are numerous ways to do this, depending on your web host. Some web hosts offer database management within the account control panel. Others require you to use third-party database management software, such as MySQL administrator or phpMyAdmin. You might need to consult your web host's support documents or contact its support team.

3. After creating the database, you must create a MySQL user and give it full permissions over the database you created for WordPress. Again, you may need to consult your web host's support documents or contact its support team. When specifying the user's password, try to create a password that will not be easy to guess. If a malicious hacker were to gain access to this database, he could potentially destroy it or steal all of your website's information.
4. Connect to your website via FTP. Your web host's support department should be able to provide you with instructions on how to do this. If you haven't done so yet, unzip the latest version of WordPress onto your local machine. Upload the files onto your web hosting account's web accessible folder. Example: If your domain is, upload the files to the folder that would allow you to access them via
5. The WordPress automated install program should run. WordPress will ask you for the location of your database server. Try 'localhost,' but if WordPress gives you an error stating that it cannot contact your database server, contact your web host's support team for information. WordPress will also ask you for the database you wish to use WordPress with, and the user with the credentials to access the database. Enter the name of the database you created earlier, the user name and the password into the respective fields. If there is an error, recheck the name of the database, the user name and password. If all else fails, using the database administrator, delete and recreate the database and user.
6. If you have done the previous steps correctly, you will receive an onscreen message that WordPress is installed correctly. You will then be prompted to enter an administrator's user name and password to create the admin account. This account is used to log in to the administrator's control panel of WordPress and modify the site. Once this is done, WordPress is completely installed and can now be modified to meet your needs.
Building a website with WordPress
7. Log in and explore the administrator's control panel. Enter '' into the address bar, removing the quotations and replacing '' with your actual domain. You'll be prompted to enter the administrator's user name and password you created.
8. Become familiar with the various admin tools available to you. You will use these to customize and build your website. The post and page builder are the most important tools, as posts and pages will comprise the majority of your website.
9. Learn the differences between posts and pages. Posts are basically blog entries. Use posts to add news and stories to your website. Pages are static entities, best used for content that won't be changed much. An 'about us' page is a good example of what pages are used for. Pages are also listed on your WordPress site all the time, as opposed to posts, which are pushed down when a new post is created.
10. Add new posts and pages. To add a new post, log in to the administrator's control panel and find the post manager. From there, you will be able to add, edit and delete posts. The page manager is similar. Both use a WYSIWYG editor, reminiscent of Microsoft Word. Once you begin to add posts and pages, your website will flesh out.
11. There are multiple ways to further customize your site. Plugins are small applications that, literally, plug into WordPress and extend its functionality. There are thousands of plugins. You can visit the WordPress Codex at the official WordPress website and browse through both plugins made by the WordPress team and those made by helpful third-party developers. To install a plugin, use your FTP program to browse to the 'plugins' folder of your WordPress installation and upload the code. You can then log into the administrator's control panel and activate the plugin. Consult the WordPress user's manual, available at the WordPress official website, for more information.
12. Add a theme to WordPress to customize the look of your website. The WordPress team maintains a repository of user created themes at the official website. There are also professional developers who create custom themes for free or for pay. To install a theme, use your FTP program to navigate to the 'themes' directory on your WordPress installation and upload the code and images. You can then use the administrator's control panel and activate the theme. Consult the WordPress user's manual, available at the WordPress official website, for more information.

How to Make Columns in Wordpress

1. Login to your Wordpress blog.
2. Click on the \'Pages\' menu.

3. Click on any page you would like to add columns to. This will bring you to the editor screen for that page.
4. Click the \'HTML\' tab inside the editor.
5. Copy and paste the following HTML code into your page (remove quotation marks). This code will produce two columns:


Left Column Text

Right Column Text

6. Click the \'Update\' button to save your changes.
7. Click on the \'editor\' link under the \'Appearance\' menu.
8. Scroll-down and click on \'Style.css.\'
9. Add the following CSS code to your stylesheet (remove quotations):

\'.embed {
padding:0 0 0 10px
margin:0 0 20px 0
10. Click the \'Update File\' button to save your changes. You will now see columns on the pages you added the HTML code to.

How to Insert Photo Galleries Into Wordpress

1. Edit the post in WordPress where you want to contain the photo gallery.
2. Put your cursor at the spot in the text where you want the gallery to go.

3. Click on the 'Upload Image' button. This is above the bar that contains the style controls for the text, the first icon next to 'Upload/Edit.' It looks like a dark square with a frame around it. The Media Uploader window will appear.
4. Choose the source of the images from the tabs at the top of the Media Uploader window -- your Computer, a URL on the Internet or your WordPress Media Library of files you've already uploaded. Click on the images you want to select. Hold down the control key when selecting more than one, and click on the 'Select Files' button.
5. Click on the 'Gallery' tab of the Media Uploader window to arrange the images. You can drag the images to put them in a different order, and then select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu to show them in order of name, date or the order shown in the menu. Further specify ascending or descending order using the button next to the desired option. Set the number of columns of photos, and then click on the 'Insert into Post' button.
6. View your post to ensure the images are in the desired location. Click on the 'Publish' button in the post controls on the right to publish your post.

How to Change the Favicon on Genesis WordPress

1. Connect via FTP using your preferred method to your web server. Use the same method as when you set up the blog initially. If you do not have an FTP client, click, 'Map Network Drive,' then 'Connect to a Web site...' from 'Computer.'
2. Navigate to your WordPress Genesis folder and double-click 'Images.'

3. Drag and drop your new favicon.ico file to the 'Images' folder. This action will overwrite the existing favicon.ico image.
4. Exit your FTP connection and refresh the webpage for the change to take effect.

How to Use Fonts on Wordpress

1. Log in to your Wordpress account by entering your username and password into the corresponding fields on the login screen.
2. Select 'Add New' under the 'Posts' tab to begin a new Wordpress template. Enter in text that you would like to use for the Web page. Highlight the text that you would like to alter the font for by clicking the mouse and dragging over the text until the words are highlighted. Press the 'B' button if you would like to bold the words. Press it again to unbold the text.

3. Press the 'I' tab to turn the text into italics. Press the button again to remove the italics. Press the letter 'U' button that is being underlined to underline the text, and repeat the process to remove the underlining.
4. Select the 'Themes' tab on the left side of the screen if you would like to alter the actual font type and size. Select which area of the page you would like to alter (either header or body) and navigate until you see the coding for that area. The area will be clearly marked designating the corresponding area. Delete the font name or size that is written in the given fields and replace it with the type or size you would like to use by typing with the keyboard. Press 'Save' at the bottom of the screen to save the changes.

How to Remove a Category from WordPress Permalinks

1. Click to expand the 'Settings' heading on the WordPress dashboard. Click the 'Permalinks' link on the expanded menu below.
2. Click one of the radio buttons under 'Common Settings' to use one of the default Permalink structures included with WordPress. These include the month and post title; or month, day, and post title. To configure a custom permalink, skip this step.

3. Click the 'Custom Structure' radio button to define a custom permalink structure for your website. The tags that you can use for the permalink structure include '%postname%' for the post title, 'tegory%' for the category and '%author%' for the author's name. Put a forward slash between each item. For example, to use the author and post title to create a permalink for a post, enter '/%author%/%postname%/' in the 'Custom Structure' field.
4. Click 'Save Changes.'

How to Update Existing WordPress Tags

1. Visit your WordPress site's login page, which you can usually find at, and log in to your administrator account.
2. Select the 'Posts' tab on the left column of your WordPress dashboard to expand the post settings menu.

3. Click the 'Post Tags' link under the Posts section.
4. Hover your mouse over the tag you want to edit. A sub-menu of options appears beneath the tag link.
5. Click 'Edit' if you want to edit the tag's name and description. If you just want to edit the tag's name, click 'Quick Edit.'
6. Type the new information in the appropriate fields.
7. Click the blue 'Update Tag' button under the edit form to make the changes to your tag permanent.

How to Combine Separate WordPress Themes

1. Open the folders containing each theme's files. Choose the aspects of each theme that you want to combine, based on the files available. These files are header.php for the top header of the site, sidebar.php for the sidebar and footer.php for the footer. Note that there may be more than one sidebar file. The rest of the files hold the content area, including search pages, archive pages and comments area. Decide which theme's content area you want to keep; this will be the base of your new theme. Rename this folder so that you don't forget this.
2. Copy whichever header, sidebar, and footer files from the other theme you want to combine with your new base theme.

3. Open each of the files you copied in a text editor. Make a note of the names of each of the elements in this file, including the IDs of all
4. Open the style.css file in the folder from which you copied these files. Go through the file and delete any section that is not contained in the files you just moved. For example, if the footer.php file calls
, keep these sections, plus any section that references them; for example, keep footer.img if it is present.
5. Copy everything that is left in the style.css file, and paste it into the style.css file of your new theme. Scroll right to the bottom and paste it on a new line.

How to Add an MP3 Player to a WordPress Blog

1. Log in to your WordPress administrative dashboard. This page is usually located at, although your server's setup may be slightly different.
2. Click the 'Add New' link under the 'Plug-ins' section on your dashboard.

3. Type 'WPAudio' in the search box and press 'Enter.'
4. Click the 'Install' link on the same row as 'WPAudio MP3 Player' in the search results and click the red 'Install Now' button on the download page.
5. Click the 'Activate Plugin' link next to 'Actions' in the Plug-in Installation dashboard.
6. Customize your MP3 player by clicking the 'WPaudio' link in the Settings section on the left column in your dashboard. Click the 'Save Changes' button when you're done.
7. Open a new WordPress page or post and switch to HTML view by clicking the 'HTML' tab in the upper right corner of the content-editing field.
8. Click the location in the content where you want the MP3 player to appear.
9. Type the tag and code for the MP3 player to display and play an MP3 file in your post or page. The syntax is as follows:[wpaudio URL='' text='Artist, Title and Other Info' dl='']If you don't want to give your visitors access to a download link, you can disable the download by using the following syntax:[wpaudio URL='' text='Artist, Title and Other Info' dl='0']
10. Save your work by clicking the blue 'Publish' button, if it's a new post or page; otherwise, click 'Update' if you are editing an existing post. The MP3 player will appear on your live page.

How to Display Articles in a Wordpress Template

1. Open or create the index.php file for your template. The loop may also be duplicated in the blog.php, page.php and archive.php files inside your template folder. If modifying an active theme, you may also access the template files from inside your Wordpress Administration panel under 'Appearance > Editor.' You should always make a backup prior to modifying active files.
2. Insert the first cose snippet to tell Wordpress to grab the list of articles from the database:

3. Follow this with HTML representing how you want the article block to appear. Your structure should include the article title, the article content and some information about the article such as its publication date and author. Each text or link element will be replaced with a Wordpress template tag. An example of your beginning structure might look like this:

This is the article title

By Author Name, Post Date, in Category

This is where the post content will appear.

4. Replace your mocked-up title text with the title template tag '
' and the title's link with the permalink tag '
'.Your first line should look something like this:


Wordpress will now dynamically send an article's title and full-page URL to the template where these tags appear.
5. Replace the Author Name, Post Date, Category and any other metadata placeholders with their corresponding template tags as defined in the Wordpress Codex.
6. Decide if you want this list of articles to display the entire contents of the post, or just an excerpt. By default, most blog layouts display only an excerpt. Replace your content placeholder text with either of the following template tags, depending on how much information you want displayed:

7. Close your loop by adding the following code below your article layout:

This code ends the query started with your opening statement, and provides a fail-safe in the event no posts are found.

How to Add a Twitter Stream to WordPress

1. Log in to your WordPress account with your user name and password.
2. Click 'My Blog' then click 'Dashboard.'

3. Click 'Appearance' then click 'Widgets.'
4. Locate the 'Twitter' widget. Click and drag it into the box labeled 'Sidebar 1.'
5. Enter your Twitter user name and a title for the widget. Click 'Save' to apply your settings.

How to Publish Tweets to WordPress

1. Navigate to Click 'Learn More' under the 'Widgets' category box in the center of the page.
2. Click 'Twitter' under the 'Make a Widget' headline. Choose the 'Basic' (free) or 'Pro' account type. If you select the 'Pro' option, you will have to subscribe to the service with a credit card. Ten 'Pro Credits' cost around $2.50 per month if you sign up for a full year of service. Otherwise, the Basic widget service is free, but advertisements might appear on your Tweet widget.

3. Type in your Twitter user name in the box provided. Click 'Make Widget.' Your latest tweets will appear in the widget on the right side of the frame. If a problem occurs with your Twitter account or user name, you will be directed to an error page that will help you correct the problem before continuing.
4. Click the 'Get Widget' button, and choose the 'WordPress' option. Copy the Widgetbox code to your clipboard.
5. Log on to your WordPress blog dashboard. Navigate to the 'Appearance/Widgets' section. Load a new Text widget to your blog sidebar by dragging and dropping the 'Text' widget placeholder from the 'Available Widgets' area to the open sidebar area.
6. Paste the Widgetbox code into the open widget box. Save your changes.
7. Open a browser window and check your work. Your Twitter widget will appear in the sidebar area, and your latest tweets will be broadcasting.

How to Use Short Code in Wordpress

1. Copy the shortcode of the media item you are looking to embed. Websites like YouTube (video) and Soundcloud (audio) should offer premade shortcodes for you to copy directly from their videos and audio tracks. Copy the shortcode by right-clicking on the code and selecting the 'Copy' option from the popup menu. Alternatively, click the 'copy' button next to the code if the website offers one.
2. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to the post or page you want to use a shortcode in. Switch to the HTML viewer by clicking on the 'HTML' button at the top of the edit page dashboard.

3. Scroll down the text and HTML code until you find the section where your media object needs to be inserted. Click the cursor where you need the media to start, for example before a paragraph of after and image. Right-click and select 'Paste' from the popup menu to embed the media item into your Web page.
4. Insert your own shortcode if the media item you are looking to embed does not have one. WordPress has developed a series of shortcodes already that you can manipulate on your own. For example, embed a YouTube video by copying the video URL and entering the following code into your page's HTML view:[youtube=]Replace the '' with the actual YouTube URL and the video should be visible on your page. Other shortcodes developed by WordPress include those for RockYou and SlideShare slideshow programs and PodTech, TED Talks, Vimeo and Flickr video channels. See the Resources section for a list of all the current shortcodes tags developed by WordPress.
5. Check your content is working properly by clicking the 'Preview' option on the right-hand side of the edit page dashboard. Click the 'Publish' button if the content works well enough for publishing on your website.

How to Change Post Types on WordPress

1. Click to open the 'Plugins' menu in the left panel of the WordPress dashboard, and select 'Add New.'
2. Type 'Post Type Switcher' in the search box, and then click 'Search Plugins.'

3. Click 'Install Now' under 'Post Type Switcher' on the search result screen.
4. Click 'OK,' and then click 'Activate Plugin.'
5. Click to open the 'Posts' menu in the left panel. This displays the list of your website's published posts.
6. Click the 'Edit' link under the post that you want to change. This displays the post editing screen. You should now see a new item called 'Post Type' above the 'Update' button on the right side of the screen.
7. Click the 'Edit' link at the end of the 'Post Type' line.
8. Click the drop-down menu above the 'Update' button, and select the new post or page type that you would like to use.
9. Click 'OK.'
10. Click 'Update.'

How to Put an Icon in the Address Bar on a WordPress Blog

Make and Upload an Icon
1. Open an image in Microsoft Paint or another graphics editing program. Reduce the image's size to 16 by 16 pixels. Save the image with the name 'favicon,' using the JPG, GIF or PNG format.
2. Log into your website using Windows Explorer or an FTP client. Enter the username, password and port settings provided by your Web host.

3. Open the 'wp-conent' folder. Open the 'themes' subfolder. Drag and and drop the favicon icon image into the folder for your WordPress blog's theme to upload it to your website.
Direct WordPress to the Icon
4. Log in to your WordPress administrative dashboard.
5. Click 'Design,' which is located on the left-hand side of the window. Click 'Theme Editor.'
6. Click 'Header' to edit the 'header.php' file. Highlight the line of code that includes the words 'shortcut icon,' if it is present in the header.
7. Delete the entire line of code, beginning with '
.' Replace the line with this code:
/favicon.jpg' />If there is no 'shortcut icon' line, type this code beneath the
tag. Replace 'favicon.jpg' with the name of your file.
8. Click 'Save.' Open your WordPress blog in a new window. Click 'Refresh' to see your new icon in the address bar.

How to Switch Domains From WordPress to GoDaddy

1. Log in to your GoDaddy account manager. Find the 'My Products' section and click 'Domain Manager.' Select your domain name.
2. Select 'Set Nameservers.' Select 'I have specific nameservers for my domains.'

3. Enter the following into the nameserver fields:NS1.WORDPRESS.COMNS2.WORDPRESS.COMNS3.WORDPRESS.COMSome domain names may also require WordPress IP addresses:
4. Click 'OK.' Wait for the server change to take effect. This typically takes a day or two. If the changes have not taken effect after 72 hours, contact GoDaddy customer support.
5. Log in to your WordPress dashboard once the server change is in effect. Open the 'Settings' menu and select 'Domains.'
6. Type your domain name into the 'Add a Domain' field. Click 'Add Domain to Blog.' Purchase a Domain Mapping upgrade when prompted.
7. Return to the 'Domains' menu. Check the radio button beside your new domain name to mark it as the primary domain. Click the 'Update Primary Domain' button.

How to Reference the WordPress Database

1. Globalize the '$wpdb' variable before using it, using the following code:global $wpdb;
2. Write out the query or function that you want to run on your WordPress site. For now, just leave a gap at the point you need to reference the tables.

3. Fill in your gap with the relevant reference. For the Posts table, use '$posts'; for Meta Content, use '$postmeta'; for the Comments table, use '$comments'; for the additional comment information, use '$commentmeta'; for the Terms table which holds the descriptions of categories and tags, use '$terms'; for the Term_taxonomy table which holds the categories and tags, use '$term_taxonomy'; for the Users table, use '$users'; for the Usermeta table which contains nicknames, descriptions and permissions of registered users, use '$usermeta'; for the Links table, use '$links'; and for the Options table, use '$options.'
4. Add the opening '
' -- without quotes -- php tags if you have not already done so.
5. Run your code and check whether it works correctly. If the query isn't working, turn error echoing on to help you troubleshoot and fix errors in your code. To turn error echoing on, use this line of code:
show_errors(); ?>To turn error echoing off completely, simply remove the above line. To turn it off at a certain point in the code, use the following line:
hide_errors(); ?>You can then turn it back on later if needed. You can also print the errors generated by a query with the following line:
print_error(); ?>This prints the error of the most recent query.

How to Move the URL of a WordPress Blog

1. Log in to your WordPress account.
2. Click 'My Blogs' on the WordPress dashboard.

3. Hover your mouse over the name of your blog and click the 'Change Blog Address' option that appears.
4. Type the new URL name in the designated text box, then type it a second time in the next box to verify your input.
5. Select whether you want to disable your current blog address. Selecting this check box will delete all of your current blog posts and disable the address so it cannot be used again.
6. Click 'Continue' at the next two prompts to finalize the URL change. Your blog will now have a new URL address on the website.

How to Add a Highlight Box to a Wordpress Post

1. Log in to your WordPress blog.
2. Go to 'Appearance' and click on 'Editor.'

3. Select 'Stylesheet' from the list of templates on the right.
4. Add the following to the CSS code:.highlight{background-color:#f8fb00;padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px;width: 300px;}The box above is for a yellow box with a 300 pixel width. Change the attributes to fit the style you wish for your highlight box.
5. Click on 'Update File.'
6. Create a new post in WordPress and click on the HTML tab.
7. Enter the following HTML tags to apply the highlight box on your text:
Your text here!

8. Save your post and click on 'View Post' to see the highlight box on your page.

How to Insert a Bookmark in a WordPress Post

1. Log in to WordPress.
2. Go to 'Posts' and click on the post you want to edit. If you're creating a new post, click on 'Add New.'

3. Switch to the 'HTML' tab.
4. Mark the content where you want to point your bookmark link to, using the anchor tag
and the 'name' attribute. The following example has a bookmark named 'Step1.'
Here is the first step in making a red velvet cupcake

5. Create your bookmark hyperlink and place it above the content it points to. Use the name you created for your bookmark preceded by a # as your URL.
Step 1

6. Save your post. View the page to test out the links.

How to Block an IP Address from Wordpress

1. Open the text editor and enter 'order allow,deny' on one line. Enter 'deny from *place the IP address here*' on the next line, replacing *place the IP address here* with the actual IP address. Enter 'allow from all' on the third line.
2. Save the text file and name it '.htaccess.'

3. Open the FTP program you use to manage your WordPress blog. Enter your username and password to log in to the program.
4. Upload the text file you created into the root directory of your blog by dragging the file from the left side of the FTP program to the right side into the proper root directory of your blog. The root directory is your blog's URL.
5. Log out of the FTP program.

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