If you see a need for any other ones please leave a comment with a clear question or request and I will gladly make up a tutorial to add to this page.
2.Set up is similar for this platform
Go to Dashboard
Anything that you don’t like can be changed later. Get the basics done first.
- Appearance – Themes select a theme of your liking (make sure it is a two column one) a safe one to start on is “Twenty Eleven” it is customizable later if you need to. (On sports24 this is the only variation)
- Go to Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets (Hang your cursor over your blog name top left corner in the black line) —— and drag and drop the following to your sidebar only if they’re not there already.
- Links (Blogroll)
- Akismet (Spam blocker) (Not available on Sports24 yet. Use captcha here)
- Follow this blog per email (Not available on Sports24 yet. Use )
- Archives or calender they do the same thing so it depends on the look you’re aiming for.
- Don’t overload your sidebar with too much stuff. It slows your download time
Once you’ve done that go back to your blog and look to see what it looks like. Check that there are no duplicate widgets in your sidebar. If there are remove one.
You are ready to do your first post. Write one on the blog or copy and paste and introductory post, so that you can see what it looks like.
Go to Dashboard – pages – all pages – about – edit
Remove the instruction message and write something about yourself or what the blog will be about. Save and return to your blog.
Compliments of the lovely food blogs editor!
February 21, 2012 in Food24Ed posts
Here is a simple wiki to take you through loading up a ‘subscriber’ button to your blog. Now, anyone can receive notification of your recent posts
Step 1 – This can be done, even if you have already activated your subscriber button.
Go to your dashboard, ‘Pages’ and click on ‘Add new’.
You will get to this page. See below screen shot.
Scroll down to get to ‘Appearance’. TICK the ‘Enable Subscriber2 Widget’ button. See screen shot below.
Now go back to your blog. LOG OUT and see your subscriber button in all it’s glory! See screen shot below.
4. AFTER ADDING THE SUBSCRIBE2 BUTTON
Also compliments from that wonderful foodie editor
I have a TIP for you re: subscribers.
If you didn’t know this already, you need to ACTIVATE your subscriber for them to receive notification of your posts. In other words, you need to accept their email adress’.
It’s as easy as pie!
In your dashboard, go to your ‘Subscribers’ at the bottom of your left hand bar.
NOTE: See above screen shot – Some address’ have a red question mark next to them – this means they are NOT accepted. You must tick the box below the green arrow to accept.
And there we go, once you accept them, they will receive beautiful notifications about every blog you ever do!!
How happy-making is that?
5. Add a blogroll and or link widget if required
Create your Blogroll
If you don’t know how to get to your dashboard yet refer to Phase 1
Have a list of blog names and addresses handy and open in another window
- Hang cursor over blogname (in black line, top left) – widgets – links (under it is written blogroll) drag this widget to your sidebar. Bear in mind that some themes have this widget there already.
- Once you’ve dragged it to the sidebar open it if it isn’t automatically opened
- Select Blogroll in the first box
- Sort by box, select Link title
- Tick link image and link name
- Untick Link description and Link rating
- Make links to show 50
- Save and close
- Go to left window (blue boxes under your blog name)
- Click Links
- Add new
- In first box write the name eg Sarchasm
- Web address would be eg http://sarchasm2.wordpress.com
- Description (describe the link eg letterdash, humour, politics etc)
- Select blogroll as category (Not all links)
- Click Add Link (Blue block to the right near the top, Don’t tick keep this link private)
- Add each name to your blogroll individually.
- Go to your blog after loading two names to ensure that they are showing on your roll.
PS to get rid of all the default links that you don’t want to show go to Dashboard – links – all links – select the link you don’t want to show and edit it – tick the keep this link private box and add link. It will still be there but won’t show on your blogroll.
6. Headers and Background
Changing your header and background
(Bear in mind that this works only on Theme 2011 for Sports24) The sizes may differ for different themes on wordpress.com.
GO TO: Dashboard – appearance – header
Select Image NB This image works best if it is exactly 1000×288 pixels
Browse for one on your computer or choose one from your media library on this blog platform or you can select one of the default images on the screen
Tick show header text if your blog name isn’t in your picture or leave blank if it is.
Select text colour if you want to change it
Restore the original header text if you’re not happy or save your changes.
This works the same way as the header on most themes
7.How to put images into your sidebar using html code
I have been pushing the hosts to give us an image widget to enable us to put pictures in our sidebar but I have discovered that the text widget works for html. In order to get the html code for a picture/image it is necessary to open a free account with http://photobucket.com/ . Once this is done you can upload an image from your computer or there is a browser button if you use Firefox.
- Open a photobucket account
- Upload your picture
- Go to album
- Hang cursor over the selected picture
- Select html from the dropdown
- Open your blog dashboard – appearance – widgets
- Drag and drop Text widget into your sidebar
- Paste this html code into your text widget
- Give it a title
- The code will look something like this
<a href=”http://photobucket.com” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab309/powachair/imagesqtbnANd9GcT2lGlWAEyL-S5Vg2yui.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”></a>
- · NB The piece http://photobucket.com will redirect a click from your picture. You need to change that to a url of your choice like http://powachairblog.wordpress.com/ this must fit between the inverted commas “like this”
- · Your html will then look like this
- <a href=”http://powachairblog.wordpress.com” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab309/powachair/imagesqtbnANd9GcT2lGlWAEyL-S5Vg2yui.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”></a>
- Save the widget and close it
- View your new picture complete with forwarding url and test drive the click
8. Mobile blogging
Compliments of Parent24 Ed.
One of the great things about the move to WordPress is that you can now blog from your phone! WordPress has an app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows 7, Nokia and WebOS. You can download the one you need from here.
But first you need to enable mobile blogging for your blog. Here’s how:
Under Remote Publishing tick the box next to XML-RPC.
Then when you open the WordPress app on your phone, choose the 3rd option, “Add a self-hosted WordPress blog”
Log in with your username and password and Ta-da!
You’re blogging on the move!
9 If you want more people to comment on your blogs you need to SWITCH OFF CAPTCHA
First place the Akismet widget in your sidebar
Go to Dashboard – appearance – widgets – Akismet –
Drag the widget to your sidebar and place it where you want it
Save and close
Go to Plugins – Akismet configuration – follow step by step to get a key code
NB change “how much does akismet mean to you per year” to ZERO
- Go to dashboard – widgets – drag n drop Akismet widget to your side bar
- GO TO YOUR DASHBOARD – plugins – captcha options – untick “enable captcha on comment form” – update options