Easy WP Guide http://easywpguide.com An easy to follow guide to help you understand the basics of editing your WordPress site Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:46:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A New WordPress, A New Guide, A New Site http://easywpguide.com/2014/09/a-new-wordpress-a-new-guide-a-new-site/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/09/a-new-wordpress-a-new-guide-a-new-site/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:45:42 +0000 http://dev.easywpguide.com/?p=4219 Oh hai there! Welcome to the new Easy WP Guide. If you& […]

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Oh hai there! Welcome to the new Easy WP Guide. If you’ve been here before I’m sure the first thing you’ve noticed is the brand-spanking-new website!

A New Site

As much as I loved the old site, it was starting to get a bit tired and dated. It was time for a change! You should find this new site much cleaner and easier to navigate, especially if you’re browsing on your phone or tablet.

I’ve been hard at work over the past few months putting together the new site in addition to updating the guide for WordPress 4.0 which was released recently. Have you updated your site yet? If not, why not?? It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re running the latest version of WordPress. The same goes with your themes and plugins. Using the latest version of WordPress will ensure that you’re using the most secure version available. WordPress is updated regularly, not just to add extra functionality, but to increase the security and also performance of the software. One of the major reasons for sites getting hacked is due to outdated, insecure software.

The core contributors are constantly making sure any bugs or vulnerabilities are patched and secured, quickly. On top of that, they’re always improving and expanding on the various developer API’s and the code that keeps your Dashboard and themes up and running.

A New Guide

The other change you’ll notice, is when you go to download the guide. As of this new version there’ll be a small fee for the brandable (Word Doc) version of the Easy WP Guide.

I love providing the Easy WP Guide to people like you, to help you or your clients learn how to use WordPress but, as you can imagine, running this site costs money. Furthermore, keeping the guide updated for every single version of WordPress takes a considerable amount of time. Given that WordPress has major updates, on average three or so times a year, the time it takes to keep the guide updated as well is significant. So while it was a tough decision to make, I’m sure you can understand the need to recoup some of that cost, and hopefully if the guide is helping build your business, I hope you believe the small fee to be worth it.

For a small (AUD) $7 fee you can distribute the unbranded version to 20 of your clients. That amounts to only 0.35 cents per client. And don’t forget, you can still download the PDF version for free as well as read all the content online!

(If you’re a hosting company or training organisation looking for commercial licensing please get in touch to discuss custom options)

As well as a new makeover for the site, the guide itself has been given a bit of a refresh. This new version has an additional eight pages of goodness added, taking the total up to 140 pages of shiny*, and covers all the updated features for this latest version of WordPress.

A New WordPress

One of the big changes you’ll notice with this latest version of WordPress is the updated Media Library. You now have a couple of different options when browsing your media. As well as the traditional List View which you’re used to, you now have a Grid View. The Grid View shows a really neat thumbnail grid of all your files. The Grid View also employs infinite scrolling, so rather than displaying your images over multiple pages you simply scroll to the bottom of the page and more thumbnails are automatically loaded.

Media Library Grid View

When you embed media into your content, such as a YouTube URL, it will magically turn into an embedded video that you can even play. Pretty sweet eh! There’s also a bunch more sources that you can embed content from. You can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED as well as a few others. Check out all the embeds that WordPress now supports.

The thing that I love most about the new WordPress 4.0 features, by far, are the updates to the Visual Editor. No longer do you have to scroll the page up and down, when going back n’ forth to use your toolbar buttons. The Visual Editor will now expand as you type, to fit your content. On top of that, no matter how tall the Visual Editor becomes, the toolbar buttons will be available at all times by sticking to the top of the page. This makes your editing experience smoother and allows you convenient access to all your favourite toolbar buttons without having to scroll up and down.

Last but not least, it’s now even easier to install your favourite plugins. There’s a new improved search feature and a more visual layout when browsing new plugins. You also get access to lots more information about each of the plugins. You can view the details such as the plugin Version, Author and the date it was Last Updated as well as being able to read the full plugin description, installation notes, view screenshots and read any reviews that have been left. Overall, it’s a much better experience when browsing the 33,000 plugins or so that are now available in the Plugin Directory.

I know, this was a  r e a l l y  long post. If you’ve made it down this far, thanks for sticking with me! You can head on over to the homepage now and grab yourself a copy of the all new Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.0. Oh, and when you get to the checkout, you now have the option of creating an account. This will make it a little easier for you to re-download the guide if you need to.

What’s your favourite feature in WordPress 4.0? Let me know in the comments below.

* Shiny: A Firefly reference meaning good or valuable; Someone or something that’s cool.

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6 WordPress Free Must-have’s http://easywpguide.com/2014/07/6-wordpress-free-must-haves/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/07/6-wordpress-free-must-haves/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:54:59 +0000 http://dev.easywpguide.com/?p=3800 This is a sponsored post from Deal Fuel. WordPress is t […]

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This is a sponsored post from Deal Fuel.

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Right out of the box, Impact gives you all the tools you need to create dynamic templates for your WordPress Pages & Posts. With the real-time preview, you can watch your templates come to life as you work on them.

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A Handy Guide for Publishing With WordPress http://easywpguide.com/2014/07/handy-guide-publishing-wordpress/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/07/handy-guide-publishing-wordpress/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:01:44 +0000 http://dev.easywpguide.com/?p=3758 Late last year I wrote a post about a great guide that […]

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Late last year I wrote a post about a great guide that I was referred to for setting up WordPress on Amazon Web Services. The guide was written by Jeff Reifman, who’s an extremely talented technology consultant living in Seattle, Washington. He’s a longtime ex-Microsoft Group Program Manager, freelance writer and activist.

Well, Jeff’s written up another handy guide that I’m sure more than a few of you will be interested in. It’s called Publishing with WordPress and in it, Jeff steps you through all the important (& sometimes technical) steps in actually getting your WordPress site online and managing it once it is. He even talks about some of the various ways in which you can earn money from your site (I’m making sure I read that section myself!).

When someone like Jeff or even myself sets up a WordPress site for you, we might make it look fairly straight forward and easy, but that’s because we’ve been doing this sort of thing for years and obviously know what we’re doing and what to look out for. There’s more to setting up a website than simply installing WordPress though. In his detailed guide, Jeff guides you through some of these all important steps such as registering a domain name, choosing hosting, and even offers some suggestions in selecting a WordPress theme and plugins.

If you’re looking to setup a website yourself, then I’d suggest heading over and checking out Publishing with WordPress. It’s sure to give you some great tips as it steps you through getting your site online.

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Helpful WordPress Resources http://easywpguide.com/2014/06/helpful-wordpress-resources/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/06/helpful-wordpress-resources/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:26:04 +0000 http://dev.easywpguide.com/?p=3584 I get a lot of emails asking for advice on which plugin […]

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I get a lot of emails asking for advice on which plugins or themes to use, or which hosting service is best. There’s a huge number of hosting services out there, some better than others, and at times it can be hard to distinguish between them before signing up. When it comes to themes and plugins, it’s even harder because there’s even more to choose from. With over 30,000 plugins in the official Plugin Directory, and over 2,500 themes in the Themes Directory, it can make for even more difficulties. And that’s not taking into account the thousands of theme and plugin shops that are all over the web.

So, to try and help you with this task, I thought I’d share with you some of the more common plugins, themes and services that I use on a regular basis, both on my own sites and when I’m building client sites.

You may or may not know, I operate my own design and development business, Maddison Designs. I design and develop custom themes for clients along with helping people setup themes that they’ve purchased. As you would expect, this means that I come across an awful lot of themes and plugins, on a daily basis. There’s some great plugins and themes out there (both free & paid) and then there’s some that are, well… not that great (to put it politely). When you’re looking for themes, plugins or even hosting, it’s great to get recommendations from people in the know with regards to what’s good and what’s not so good.

One of the first places to look for plugins & themes is the official WordPress Plugin Directory and the Theme Directory. All of the plugins and themes in these two repositories have been reviewed by one of the talented members from the Plugin or Theme Review teams. Each plugin and theme that is submitted undergoes a review against the plugin and theme development guidelines as well as checking that it’s been coded using WordPress best practices. There’s also the added bonus that they’re free.

When you’re looking for that new theme or plugin, one of the important things to look for is the date that it was last updated. On both the plugin directory and the theme directory, you’ll find this information in the right-hand column, when viewing a particular plugin or theme.

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When this Last Updated date is recent, you can be more confident that the plugin or theme author is supporting his/her product and keeping it updated & tested against the latest WordPress versions. On the Plugin Directory, you’ll see a warning if the plugin hasn’t been updated in over two years. It’s best to avoid these plugins (& themes) and look for something that’s more recent. When a plugin or theme hasn’t been updated for a long period, most likely the developer isn’t interested in supporting it anymore. This means that if you were to use it and started having issues, you’re most likely not going to be able to get any help.

As well as the free plugins on the WordPress website, there are a huge number of ‘premium’ theme and plugin shops around. Even though WordPress is free, don’t be afraid to pay for quality themes and plugins. The developers who create these resources are making a living from selling these and are therefore more inclined to support and update their products, so that they can keep their customers happy. When you pay for themes and plugins (from reputable developers), you’re also more likely to get new features implemented as new versions are released.

Before you even start thinking about themes and plugins, you’ll need to find yourself some decent website hosting. This is by far, one of the most important aspects of your site. Not only will a slow site lose you visitors, but even Google is taking page load into consideration when it ranks your site. So, before you consider purchasing that cheap $30 p/yr hosting plan for your business site, have a good think about how important your site is to you.

Speeding up websites is important — not just to site owners, but to all Internet users. Faster sites create happy users

As well as fast page loads, it also pays to get a host that has top notch support, in the unfortunate event that you do encounter any issues. You dont want to be waiting around for hours for your hosting support guys to get back to you or get your site back online.

To help make all these decisions a little easier, I’ve created a Resources page to list some of my favourite plugins, themes and resources. I’ve only listed resources that I’ve used myself and that I know are useful, reliable and well built. I’m sure you’ve all done it at one stage or another, I know I have, you’ve installed that one plugin that seems to cause issues either with one of your other plugins or your theme. That’s why it’s vitally important to use plugins and themes that have been coded using WordPress best practices by reputable developers. Remember, it’s not the number of plugins on your site that will be causing an issue, it’s their quality!

Head on over to the WordPress Resources page where you’ll find a variety of links to free and paid tools and resources. Everything from website hosting, through to site backup plugins, SEO plugins, image sliders and theme shops. My hope is that it helps make your decision a little easier next time you’re looking for that perfect plugin, theme or web host. And don’t forget to check back often as I’ll keep updating it as I find useful resources.

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Easy WP Guide 2.7 is Released http://easywpguide.com/2014/05/easy-wp-guide-2-7-released/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/05/easy-wp-guide-2-7-released/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 07:35:56 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=3361 It’s a little later than I would have liked, but […]

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It’s a little later than I would have liked, but it’s finally updated! Easy WP Guide version 2.7. Yay! This updated version covers all the new features and changes that came with the latest version of WordPress, version 3.9. As well as the updated content, there’s also a couple of new chapters, bringing the total page count to 132 pages. That’s an extra 9 pages of awesome and over 1100 more words from the previous version!

When WordPress 3.9 was released last month, I gave you an overview of the new features that this version brought with it. Hopefully by now, most of you have updated your sites. As I’m sure you’ve heard me say in the past, it’s always advisable to keep your WordPress version, themes & plugins updated to the very latest version. One of the reasons that developers, including the Core WordPress developers, update software is to fix bugs or vulnerabilities, as well as adding new features. The latest version of software is always going to be more secure than the previous versions. And who doesn’t want their site to be secure! Am I right!?

This new version of the guide gets an updated introduction along with some new examples to showcase the power and flexibility of WordPress. I’ve also included a new chapter around Posts & Pages just to make it a little clearer about the difference between these two types of content.

One of the new features with WordPress 3.9 were the updates to the main visual editor, where you add your content. This updated WordPress manual reflects these new changes along with showing you how to add the new audio and video playlists. The guide also introduces the updated theme browser along with a new chapter showing you how to add new themes, right from within your Dashboard.

Last but definitely not least, I’ve included a new chapter on keeping your WordPress site updated. It shows you how you can update your site with a simple click of a button. It also details how to keep your plugins and themes updated as well. Something that I hope you’re all doing!

So, no need to wait any longer! Head on over to the download page or if you want to get stuck straight into it, read it online. The ePub & Mobipocket versions in the Apple iBookstore, B&N Nook Books Store and the Amazon Kindle store will also get updated, but it’ll take a week of so for those to appear. I’ll update the links to those new mobile optimised versions as they become available.

Enjoy!

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