How to Use a WordPress Blog as a CMS

Creating a Static Home Page
1. Log in to your website to create a static home page. While you can still keep a blog, most visitors will not expect to see your blog as the home page of your website. A static page describing your organization and the purpose of the website would be more appropriate.
2. Click 'Pages' in the dashboard, then 'Add New.' Type 'Home' or 'Welcome' in the 'Title' text field. Type any content you want to appear on the home page and include any images as desired. Click 'Publish' when you are finished designing the page.

3. Create a new blank page to display your blog posts since they will not longer be on the home page of your website. Type a name for the page so you can identify it, such as 'Blog' or 'Company Blog.' Click the 'Publish' button.
4. Click 'Reading' in the 'Settings' section of the administrative dashboard. The Reading options page is displayed.
5. Click 'Static Page' under 'Front Page Displays.' Click 'Select' next to 'Front Page' to see the available options. Select the 'Home' page you just published in Step 3.
6. Click 'Select' beside 'Posts Page' and click on the name of your blank blog page published in Step Four. Click 'Save Changes.'
Creating Content Pages and Categories
7. Create a new page for each subject category for your business or organization. Type or paste the appropriate content into each page and then publish it.
8. Provide the URL for each page to those who are interested in that page of content.
9. Create a blog for any page by creating a new blog category. You can do this when you write the first blog for each content category. Click 'Add New Category' on the right of the blog post editor page. Type the name for the category in the text field. For convenience you can name the category the same as the page. Then click the check mark beside that category.
Linking Blog Categories to Each Page
10. Go to a blog post related to a category you created in the section above. Click the 'Category' link at the bottom of the post. This takes you to the Category page, containing only the blog posts related to that category.
11. Highlight the web address for the Category page in the address field of your web browser. Copy it by pressing 'Ctrl C' on the keyboard.
12. Go to the administrative dashboard and click the 'Pages' link.
13. Find the static page for that subject related to the above category. Click 'Edit.' At the bottom of the page type an explanation of the Category blog posts, such as 'Latest blog updates on Dogs' if Dogs is what the category is about. Highlight those words. Click the 'Link' button. Paste the link into the text field by pressing 'Ctrl V' on the keyboard.
14. Click the 'Update' button. The page of content will now have a link to all blog entries related to that page of content.

How to Change the Last Line of Text on a WordPress Blog

1. Click 'Appearance' on the left side of the WordPress dashboard to expand the Appearance section of the menu.
2. Click 'Editor' to edit the files of your WordPress theme.

3. Open the pull-down menu next to 'Select theme to edit,' and choose the theme that you would like to edit the footer of. Click 'Select.'
4. Click 'Footer' on the right side of the page.
5. Press 'Ctrl' and 'F' simultaneously, and then type the text at the bottom of your WordPress website to locate it within the header file, such as 'Proudly powered by.'
6. Remove the text from the footer file, and type the text that you would like the footer to display. Alternatively, remove the text from the footer to display nothing at the bottom of your website. If you are using Twenty Ten, the default theme included with WordPress, remove the code '
', '

' and everything in between.
7. Click the 'Update File' button.

How to Find Your WordPress API Key

1. Go to and enter the proper login information. The account is different from a account, which is used to build a self-hosted WordPress site. The site allows you to create a free blog, but you can also create a user account for enabling certain features, such as the API key.
2. Access your profile page by selecting the link labeled 'My Account' and selecting your profile.

3. Copy your API key and paste it to a text document. Save the document in a safe place for use when setting up your blog.

How to Use More Tags in WordPress Blog Posts

1. Log into your WordPress account. Click on 'Posts' and select 'Add New.'
2. Start writing your post in the blank text box and stop writing when you reach the place where you'd like to enter the 'More' tag.

3. Click on the 'More' tag button in the toolbar above the text box. This button is labeled with the symbol of a page cut in half horizontally with a dotted line. It should be to the right of the hyperlink button, which looks like two links of a chain. Clicking this button adds the code that truncates your post.
4. Click on the 'HTML Editor' tab at the top of the text box. You see a piece of code: '
.' To customize the link that takes readers from the beginning of your post on the front page or archive, add extra text after '
.' This is the message that will appear at the end of the first segment and will contain a link your readers can click on to read the rest of the post.
5. Finish your post and click 'Publish' to make it live. You are now able to view the beginning of your post on the front page of your blog.

How to Change Meta Tags in WordPress

1. Log in to your WordPress admin area. When its Control Panel appears, click 'Appearance' from the menu bar on the left side of the screen, and then click 'Editor.' This brings up the HTML files that control the appearance of your WordPress site.
2. Click 'header.php' from the list of files located down the right side of the screen. Before making any changes to a WordPress HTML file, it is wise to make a back up copy. Select all the code in the central editing area, paste it into a text editor such as Notepad, and save it to your computer.

3. Scan 'header.php' in the editing area of your WordPress screen, and try to find the
tags. They are all located between the
tags near the top of the file.
4. Modify the meta tags to suit your needs. When you do this, ensure that the code is correct for each meta tag. All meta tags must have a closing '>' bracket (without quotations), and the value of each attribute must be contained in quotation marks. For example, if you wanted to change the meta description of your WordPress site, which controls what is displayed in the description for the Yahoo!, Bing, and sometimes Google search engines, this would be a correct format to use:

5. Click 'Update File' at the bottom of the page. Your changes have now been saved. Go to your blog page and check that your site is working correctly. If it is not, return to the editor and review your code for mistakes.

How to Customize a WordPress as CMS

1. Create pages for your site. The pages automatically show up in most themes' navigation bars. Decide which is going to become your 'Home' page.
2. Log into your WordPress Dashboard and click 'Settings,' then click 'Reading.' Select 'A Static Page' and then choose the page that will become your homepage. You may also select the page that will be your blog page, but it isn't necessary to do so.

3. Change the permalinks to better reflect your site. Click 'Settings,' then click 'Permalinks' and choose 'Custom Structure.' Enter '/tegory%/%postname%/' into the text box. Click 'Save' at the bottom of the page.
4. Create categories for posts. Remember to choose at least one category for every post. It helps WordPress organize your content when you do. You can even create menus based on these categories.

How to Create a Wordpress Registration Page

1. Log in to the Administrator Control Panel. By default, the direct URL for your admin page is '' (Replace '' with the domain name of your Wordpress website.) You can also do this by clicking the 'Log In' or 'Wordpress Admin' link on your website.
2. Click 'Settings,' located at the lower left section of the page.

3. Go to 'Membership' and click 'Anyone can register.'
4. Set the 'New User Default Role' according to your preferences. Subscribers can access your admin panel but cannot make changes; they can, however, leave comments. Contributors can create new posts but cannot publish them without your approval. Authors are permitted to publish posts and pages in real time. Administrators can make major changes to your blog, such as installing themes and configuring plug-ins, even without your permission.
5. Click 'Save Changes' near the bottom of the page.
6. Direct your potential subscribers to '' This is the default URL for your registration page. Be sure to replace '' with the domain name of your Wordpress website.

How to Create a Website With WordPress

1. Open a Web browser on your computer.
2. Navigate to the main WordPress page ( and click on the 'Sign up now' button.

3. Choose a username (which becomes the name of your website), type in a password two times and enter an active email address.
4. Click on the 'Gimme a blog!' option and then click 'Next.'
5. Change the domain you wish to use for your website (if you wish to do so), choose a title for the website, choose what language the website will use and then choose whether or not you want the website to show up in search engine searches. Click 'Signup' and your website is created.

How to Add a New Directory to WordPress With FTP

CoffeeShop FTP
1. Open CoffeeShop FTP and click the 'Servers' button. The My Servers dialog box opens.
2. Enter the FTP address, such as '' into the 'Server' text field. Type in the user name and password for the FTP account and click 'Connect.' The current files on the server are displayed on the right.

3. Double-click the 'public_html' or 'www' directory on the server. Double-click the WordPress folder (example, 'blog') for your website, and double-click the 'wp-content' folder to open it.
4. Right-click anywhere on the right side and select 'New Folder.'
5. Replace 'New Folder' with the name of folder you want to create.
6. Open FileZilla and enter the FTP address, such as '' into the 'Host' text field. Type in the user name and password for the FTP account, and press 'Enter' to connect to the FTP server. The current files on the server (remote site) will display on the right.
7. Double-click the 'public_html' or 'www' directory on the server. Double-click the WordPress folder (example, 'blog') for your website and double-click the 'wp-content' folder to open it.
8. Right-click anywhere on the right side and select 'Create directory.' A Create directory dialog box opens.
9. Replace 'New directory' with the name of folder you want to create. Click 'OK.'
10. Open SmartFTP and enter the FTP address, such as '' into the 'Address' text field. Type in the login and password for the FTP account and press 'Enter' to connect to the FTP server. The current files on the server (remote site) will display on the right.
11. Double-click the 'public_html' or 'www' directory on the server. Double-click the WordPress folder (example, 'blog') for your website and double-click the 'wp-content' folder to open it.
12. Select 'File,' 'New' and 'Folder' from the menu. A new folder is created on the server.
13. Replace 'New Folder' with the name of the folder you want to create.

How to Set Up Multiple Authors on WordPress

1. Log into your WordPress account.
2. Select the blog you want to set up multiple authors for from the 'My Blogs' tab.

3. Click the down arrow next to the 'Users' menu. Click on 'Users.'
4. Enter the email address of the user whom you want to add to your blog. Select 'Author' from the drop-down menu and click 'Add User.' The other person will receive an email saying that you wish to add them to your blog.

How to Auto Ping Google Via WordPress

1. Open the 'Settings' menu in the bottom-left corner of the WordPress dashboard, then click 'Writing.'
2. Add the server address '' to the 'Update Services' field at the bottom of the window.

3. Click the 'Save Changes' button.

How to Use a WordPress Page As a Blog Post Page

1. Log in to the WordPress dashboard from the 'wp-admin' directory of your website. Navigate to 'Pages' and click 'Add New.'
2. Type a name in to the title field, which is located directly below the 'Edit Page' heading. Do not add any content to the editor box or change anything else on the page. Click the blue 'Publish' button to create the page.

3. Navigate to 'Settings' and go to 'Reading.' Where the page says 'Front page displays,' click the radio button next to 'A static page.' Select a page for the front page of your website from the first drop-down box. Click the second drop-down box and select the new, blank page you created for your blog posts. You will find it by its name. Click the 'Save Changes' button to update your blog.

How to Auto

1. Log into WordPress using the username and password you used to set up your blog.
2. Select the blog you want to have auto-post to Twitter and Facebook from the 'My Blogs' tab. This will bring you to your blog's dashboard.

3. Scroll to the bottom of your Dashboard and select 'Sharing' from the 'Settings' menu.
4. Click 'Connect to Facebook' and then 'Authorize connection with Facebook.' Enter your login information when redirected to Facebook. Click 'Allow' on the two pop up windows that request permission to access your basic information and to post to your wall and access your data at any time. Once you allow both, your blog will connect to Facebook and you will be taken back to the Sharing Settings page.
5. Click 'Connect to Twitter' and then 'Authorize connection with Twitter.' Log into Twitter with your username and password. Click 'Authorize app.' You will be redirected back to the Sharing Settings page.

How to Remove the Reply Box on Wordpress

Disabling Comments on One Post
1. Open the 'Posts' menu on the left side of the WordPress dashboard. Click 'Add New' or click the 'Edit' link under an existing post to display the post editing screen.
2. Click the 'Screen Options' pull-down menu at the top of the editing screen.

3. Click the 'Discussion' check box to select it, and then click 'Screen Options' again to retract the menu.
4. Scroll down to the 'Discussion' heading and clear the check from the box next to 'Allow Comments.'
5. Scroll back to the top of the page, and click the 'Publish' or 'Update' button.
Disabling All Comments
6. Open the 'Settings' menu on the left side of the WordPress dashboard, and then click 'Discussion.'
7. Clear the check from the box next to 'Allow people to post comments on new articles.'
8. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the 'Save Changes' button.

How to Make Posts Go From WordPress to a Facebook Page

1. Log into your Facebook account.
2. Click 'Pages' on the left column and select the page you wish to edit.

3. Click 'Edit Page' and select 'Apps.'
4. Go to 'Apps' by clicking 'Go to application' under 'Apps.'
5. Click 'Edit Import Settings' at the bottom left.
6. Type in the RSS feed of your WordPress blog in the URL field. For example, if your website is ',' type in ''
7. Start importing WordPress posts to your Facebook page by clicking the 'Start Importing' button.

How to Disable WordPress Plugins Without the Admin

1. Determine the address you will need to access your WordPress host through FTP. Typically this will be the same as the URL you use to access your website in a browser, but some hosting providers are different.
2. Connect to the FileZilla Project website and download the appropriate package for your operating system. FileZilla is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. The installation process will vary according to your operating system, so follow the instructions provided with the download.

3. Launch FileZilla and enter the URL, login name and password used to connect to your hosting site into the corresponding fields in the application window. Click the 'Quickconnect' button to connect.
4. Navigate to your WordPress plugin directory in FileZilla by double-clicking folder names as you would in Windows Explorer or any similar program. You may need to know where WordPress has been installed in relation to your home directory. From the WordPress directory, open the wp-content directory and then the plugins directory.
5. Right-click on the name of the problematic plugin directory and select 'Rename' from the menu. Type the new name into the field that pops up. If you do not know which plugin has caused the problem, temporarily disable all plugins. Right-click on the plugins directory and rename it.

How To Install Wordpress Using Fantastico

Using Fantastico to Install Wordpress
1. Log into your CPanel account. Look for a little blue smiley face labeled Fantastico. You will want to click that to open it up.
2. Look under blogs once Fantastico has opened and click on Wordpress. This will open up your Wordpress window, and give you a couple options. Double check you have the space required, and then click new installation.

3. Configure your options. The first option is choose what domain to install on from the drop down. Your new domain name should be listed there. The second option is install in directory. You should leave this blank so that it installs in the root of your domain, unless you know what you are doing. We are trying to use the K.I.S.S. method here!
4. Create your administrator access data. Here is where you choose a log in and password to access your backend, to make changes to your blog. Choose something secure, and that you can either write down somewhere safe, or remember easily. An easy option is just use admin as the log in name, and then your passcode.
5. Choose your base configuration options. Choose the nickname, and the administration email. Make this an email you actually use as this is where important info regarding your site will come to. Input your site name, and a description. After you have input all of the information, click install.
6. Click the install Wordpress button. Fantastico will install Wordpress, and show you a window with all the changes that have been made. Wordpress is now installed! You will have the option to email the installation details to yourself, or return to the main overview window. It is a good idea to email the details to yourself and create a special folder to save important stuff like that. You never know when you might need it!
7. Click the visit site button once you return to the overview site showing your current Wordpress install. To log into your back end, type your domain URL into the search bar, then forward slash wp-admin. It should look like this: Then you are set! You can start customizing your blog and making it unique! Happy blogging!

How to Set the Gravatar Size in WordPress

1. Log into the WordPress dashboard and then navigate to 'Appearance.' Click on the 'Editor' link under 'Appearance' to load the theme editing screen. Find the 'comments.php' file for your theme in the right-hand list and then click on its link to load it in the editing box.
2. Find the get_avatar() function in the code of your comments template. This function usually exists between the opening and closing
tags of the template because each comment gets printed out as an item in a numbered list.

3. Add or change the size parameter within the get_avatar() function. Here is an example:
This function requires 'id_or_email,' but size is optional. Use multiples of eight for the best sizes, such as 16-pixels or 32-pixels.
4. Click the blue 'Save' button and then reload your website in the browser. Check that the new size fits with your design and make edits as needed.

How to Pass Values Between Pages in WordPress

1. Log into the WordPress dashboard at the wp-admin directory of your website. Navigate to 'Appearance' and click the 'Editor' link to load the 'Edit Themes' screen. Click the link to page.php listed under the 'Templates' heading.
2. Add the following code where you want to output your passed value:
The above code looks for the variable 'myvar' in the page URL. If the variable is present, this code will output its variable onto the page. Click the blue 'Update File' button to save your changes.

3. Navigate to 'Pages' and edit or add a page. Type the text for a link in the editor box. Highlight the link text and click the 'Insert/edit link' button. Click 'Or link to existing content' and select a page from the list.
4. Add '?myvar=Hello' to the end of the URL in the 'URL' field of the 'Insert/edit link' box. Change 'Hello' to the value you want to pass to the linked page. Click the blue 'Update' button to finish creating your link. Update or publish the page to save your work. When you click on the link you created, it will take you to that page, where you will see the value of 'myvar' printed on the screen.

How to Add Bidvertiser Ads to Your WordPress Blog

1. Sign up for a publisher account at Bidvertiser. Submit basic contact information and confirm your email address to get started.
2. Log into your account and add your websites. Once they have been approved, click the radio button next to the site you want to work with and then click the 'Choose Template' button.

3. Decide which size ads you want to use. This will depend largely on what part of your blog you will place them on. Vertical banners are usually best for sidebars, and full or half banners work well for ads within posts or in the header or footer. When you have decided, click the corresponding radio button.
4. Customize the colors for your ads. You can use one of their color palettes or create your own. When you're done, click the 'Get Ad Code' button and copy your code.
5. Log into your blog's admin panel, and click 'Presentation' and then 'Theme Editor' to add ads to the header, footer or single post. Click the link for the section you will be adding them to, find the area where you want your ads, and paste the code in.
6. Click 'Sidebar Widgets' instead of 'Theme Editor' if you're inserting the ads into your sidebar. Add a text widget if you don't have any available by selecting a larger number from the text widgets menu and clicking 'Save.' Then drag the text widget from the Available Widgets area to the place where you want it on the sidebar. Click the configuration icon, paste the code in, close the dialog box and click 'Save Changes.'

How to Move a Blog From WordPress to Tumblr

1. Log in to your WordPress account and then click 'Posts' on your dashboard. A List of all of your posts will appear.
2. Log in to your Tumblr account and then get your secret email address from the 'Goodies' page.

3. Click 'Quick Edit' under a post in WordPress and then highlight the post content. Click 'Ctrl' and 'C' to copy the content to the clipboard.
4. Compose an email to the secret Tumblr email address you obtained in Step 2. Cut and paste the contents of the clipboard into the body of the email by pressing 'Ctrl' and 'V' together. Type an appropriate title for your post in the 'Topic' line of the email and then click 'Send.'
5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for every WordPress post that you want to transfer to Tumblr.

How to Block Countries in WordPress

1. Log in to your WordPress admin area. This is usually found at yourbloglocation/wp-admin.
2. Click 'Plugins,' then click 'Add New.' Type 'iQ Block Country' in the 'Search Plugins' text field, then click the 'Search' button. When the results appear, locate 'iQ Block Country' in the list, and click the 'Install Now' link, just below the title of the plug-in. A pop-up box will ask you to confirm you want to install the plug-in. Click 'OK,' then wait a few moments for the plug-in to install. When prompted, click 'Activate Plugin.'

3. Click 'Settings' from the main menu bar down the left of the screen, then click 'iQ Block Country.' Scroll down the main list of countries in the middle of the screen, and locate the country you want to block. Click it once to block it. If you want to block an additional country, you must hold down the 'Ctrl' key while you click it -- if you do not hold down 'Ctrl,' all of your previous selections will be removed.
4. Click 'Save Changes' at the bottom of the plug-in screen. When people from the countries you selected attempt to access your site, they will be presented with an error message stating 'Error 403 Forbidden -- Users from your country are not permitted to browse this site.'

How to Make Paragraphs in WordPress

1. Log in to your WordPress account and create a new post or open a previous post. To create a new post, click 'Blog' at the top of the screen and select 'New Post.' To open an old post, click 'Blog' and select 'Dashboard.' Click 'Posts' on the left side of the screen, select 'All Posts' and then click the name of the post you want to edit.
2. Click the 'Visual' tab above the post text entry if you want to use the Visual Editor, which has many of the editing options found in word processing programs. Click the 'HTML' tab to open the HTML Editor to use HTML tags when writing your posts. New users with limited or no HTML experience should use the Visual Editor because it is easier to use.

3. Type your first paragraph in the post text entry box or, if you are editing a previous post, move the cursor to the front of the first word of the next paragraph.
4. Press the 'Enter' button once on your keyboard when using the Visual Editor or twice when using the HTML editor to create a new paragraph.

How to Embed a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

Creating the Slideshow
1. Sign into your Flickr account.
2. Click 'Your Photostream,' then click the name of the photo album you want to create a slideshow out of in the right column.

3. Click the 'Slideshow' button in the upper right.
4. Click the 'Share' link in the upper right corner of the slideshow's menu.
5. Click anywhere in the 'Grab the Embed HTML' field to highlight the entire code; then click the 'Copy to Clipboard' button underneath.
Embedding the Slideshow Into WordPress
6. Log into your WordPress administrative dashboard. The login page usually located at
7. Open the page or post on your WordPress site into which you want to embed your Flickr slideshow. To create a new page or post, click the 'Add New' link under the 'Posts' or 'Pages' section in the admin dashboard. To embed the slideshow into a pre-existing page or post, click 'Edit' under the appropriate section.
8. Click the HTML tab in the editor to switch to HTML view and paste the embed HTML from Flickr into your document.
9. Switch back to live view by clicking the 'Visual' tab, and ensure that the document looks the way you want it to. Add any other text, images and other content you desire.
10. Click the blue 'Publish' button to publish your new WordPress document. If you're editing an existing document, click the blue 'Update' button instead.

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