WordPress 101: Everything You Need To Know

It is tough to dispute the incredible popularity and widespread use of WordPress among bloggers everywhere. However, in order to really get the maximum utility out of this platform, it is necessary for newer users to spend some time educating themselves on it. The article below should provide a terrific starting point.

Be sure to stay on top of updates! Many updates to add-ons or WordPress itself are security-based, meaning your site could be compromised if you don’t update the software. If it’s telling you a new update is available, install it as soon as possible to protect your site from harm.

The title and Alt keys should be used. Use your Title and Alt. text tags when you use images in blog posts. These areas give you more space for SEO keywords for your site, while simultaneously letting visitors know what the images are, in case they do not see them.

Download Akismet immediately with a fresh WordPress install. Akismet is a plugin for WordPress that basically blocks spam comments as they come in. If you don’t have it installed, you may be inundated with tons of spam. You’ll need to get a free key from the Akismet website to finalize the install.

Regularly check your site and content. All your plugins and everything else you work with needs to be current. This will help ensure that your visitors have a seamless experience on your site. If you have trouble remembering to do this, consider setting your phone to alert you once a month to perform this task.

If you want a post to stay at the top of the page, there is no need to set it’s date way in the future any longer. Instead, go to the post and click on Edit under Visibility. Choose the option which allows you to make the post sticky and enjoy!

If you upload changes to your WordPress site, but they don’t appear to have taken effect, try to refresh from a clear cache. Hold shift as you click the reload icon in your browser, or hold shift-ctrl-r at the same time. This will give you a clean version of your site which should be updated.

Choose a focused keyword for each post or page you create. What would someone be searching for if this is the exact content they wanted? Be sure to make your key phrases targeted as simple queries, such as “sailing tips”, are already overrun by thousands of competitors and their websites.

Make sure you’re always using the most recent WordPress version you can. Updated versions will give you more security. You can be at risk for malware if you use an old WordPress iteration that hasn’t been updated. So, make sure you’re installing all updates that are rolled out.

If you need to work on your site, be sure to turn on a maintenance mode so that visitors aren’t surprised with the current state of your website. There are lots of maintenance mode plugins out there. And best of all, they are typically free. It’s a quick button push to toggle maintenance mode on and off.

Does your WordPress dashboard look like a cluttered mess? Want to clean it up? Use the Screen Options link on that page to choose which boxes you want to appear and remove those which aren’t helpful to you. This will ensure that your dashboard experience is streamlined in the future.

Approving comments manually is a thing of the past. Instead, Akismet can do this for you. You can moderate comments individually, but it’s advisable to switch off manual approval and let visitors comment freely. If you fail to do this, you will not save yourself any time.

If you want to pick a header for your post, don’t bother with the drop-down menu. Rather, you can use keyboard-based shortcuts. Using the numbers keys 1 through six with CTRL shows your options. If you frequently use headers, this saves lots of time.

Want to create a new link in your post? There is no need to click the link icon any longer. Use ctrl-shift-A instead to start the link creation process using the keyboard and not the mouse. When you create many links within your content, this can shave time off the creation process.

Try to tag all of your blog posts. Splitting posts up into categories isn’t enough. This is especially true if your blog is growing and contains many posts. Categories are often broad. If someone visiting your blog is looking for a post on a specific subject, tags will help a lot with refining their search.

There is little doubt about the utility that so many bloggers feel is offered by WordPress. To really get terrific results when using the platform, keep the information and advice found above close at hand. Doing so will ensure that the end result of WordPress use is valuable, appealing and seen by large numbers of web visitors.