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Create a page in WordPress

Create a page

One of the first things you do in WordPress is creating pages to be able to display your web texts in them.

Go to Pages in the dashboard of WordPress. If you choose All Pages there, you will see all the pages that were ever written by you or someone else on your website.

All pages

Create a new page

Select Add new to create a new page.

Create new page

Page content

Specify the title of your page. In the large empty field you indicate the text of the page. The buttons above it work just like any word processing program (for example, Word). You can make texts thick, underline it, etc. With Add Media you can add a photo / picture.

Snippet

To make your page searchable via Google or other search engine, enter the SEO. You first enter the Focus keyword for this page. Next, in the meta description, provide a summary of your page using as many keywords as possible on which you want to be found.

Snippet

Featured image

If you use images or photos in your page, you can choose the photo or image that is best for the page to represent the page. This picture you put in featured image. This photo is often displayed in Google or other search engine together with the summary (snippet).

To publish

Finally, one thing remains to be done, publish your page. This can be done by scrolling up and clicking on publish under the publishing heading (on the right of the screen). If you have already published it, it will be updated. After every modification, no matter how small you have to click on update, otherwise the changes will not be implemented.

Publish

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Update your plugins

To keep your WordPress site safe, it is essential that you update the plugins used in your website. Updating will prevent your website from being hacked. That does not mean that it can never be hacked, but it reduces the chance of being hacked.

Where are the plugins?

Go down the dashboard in the menu and you’ll see plugins somewhere half way on the page. Click on installed plugins to get an overview of all the plugins that you or the builder of your website have installed.

Plugins

In the overview that appears you will see all plugins that have been installed. You also see that I have 13 active plugins and that none has to be updated. If there is an update you will see a number behind plugins. Click on update available to get an overview of the plugins you can update. Click on the update below the plugin to update the plugin that needs to be updated.

When the update is completed, you will see a green checkmark and you will now no longer see an orange circle with a number at plugins. This means that all plugins have been updated and you have finished updating.

Do this at least once a week!

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Choose a theme

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You can choose a theme if you click on Appearance in the Dashboard menu and then click Themes.

Themes

Click on Add new

Add New

Click on Feature filter and a menu of options opens. These options are feutures you can choose to have in your WordPress design (Theme). Tick a few options and click then on apply filter.

Feature filter

By applying the filter you get Themes with the features you choose. Flip through the themes. Be on the look out if the theme is still being updated, how many stars it has and read about the experience of others with the theme.

When you have the theme you want install it and activate it. And you are ready to customize the theme to your willings.

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Create menu with items in WordPress

WordPress automatically creates a menu with your website. Usually in this menu the items are not arranged as you want them. In this blog I explain how you can create a menu with the items in the order you want them in the menu.

Click on Appearance in the dashboard menu and then on Menu.

Menu

Create menu in WordPress.

create menu

In the next screen you will see the menu that WordPress has made for you. Give your menu a name under Menu name. I have given it the name Menu Databeet. On the left you see Pages and most recent, show everything or search. Here you can find all the pages that you have previously created for your WordPress site. Choose the pages you want to add by ticking them and then click on Add to menu. All parts have now been added to the menu. Now drag the menu items to get them in the right place. Do not forget to save when you’re done with putting the menu items in the right place. It does not matter which of the two menu save buttons you click to save.

Save menu

Good Job, you created a menu!

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The world wide web is too crowded

World-Wide-Web

Like in the real world the worldwide web is lacking space. The population growth has taken its biggest growth. The planet is too crowded, but with the wars, hackers, less people being born, the planet has a chance to survive compared to the web.

A few years ago the first voices started screaming about to much domain names being claimed. At the moment we have a lack of space, mostly because people buy domain and don’t use it, forget about it or redirect to their website on another domain. Cleaning up this mess will be a big problem, because not all the old domains can be used anymore because of competition, strange use and other problems.

The big companies see market in this and start giving space away too email users to build their website on their domain. The space is limited and the possibilities are limited but growing. It’s still a try-out, but something to watch.

There are advantages and disadvantages in the use of these web spaces.  The advantages are that you can build a website at the moment for free, it’s protected by the big companies, the developing team and brainstorming teams are still interested in it. The disadvantages are that the space is limited, the design isn’t ok at the moment, you don’t have to pay for it and that if it isn’t used enough of profitable in money or marketing it will disappear.

Use it or not is a choice with a risk, but worth it if you are handy with it or willing to pay someone to set it up for you and can live with the limited possibilities. The possibilities are even less than in WordPress. So be aware before starting just because it’s free.

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Draw your own IP address out of the statistics of Google Analytics

Own IP address

With Google Analytics you can see how many visitors have been to your website and how they have walked through your website and much more. But often these figures are blurred because you have been 100 times on your website in a month. Something can be done about this by removing your IP address, so that you get graphs and tables in Google Analytics from your visitors without including yourself as a visitor.

IP address

Ip stands for internet protocol. Every computer that is connected to the internet or network has a number that makes it visible to all other computers on the internet. This can be compared with unique telephone numbers. These numbers are IP addresses.

On the site ‘what is my IP address’ you can request your IP address: http://www.watismijnip.nl/ or mijnip.nl. These can be entered in Google Analytics, leaving you from the graphs, tables (numbers).

Google Analytics

I assume from this explanation that you have already installed Google Analytics on your website and have already used it. Go to www.google.com/analytics and login with your google Account information.

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What is WordPress

What is WordPress

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Originally, WordPress is a free weblog software. It is currently the most used content management system (I explain later). WordPress uses the PHP programming language. All files are stored in a MySQL database (I explain this later). WordPress is open source, which means that you can download it for free and work with it to customize it.

CMS

Because WordPress is a content management system (CMS), the user can easily make changes to the website without technical knowledge. The user writes in plain language what should be on the website and the CMS translates this into HTML code. So the system writes the HTML code for you. A CMS is a software application (web application) that enables people to publish data and documents on the Internet without much technical knowledge. A CMS consists of:

  • Administrative module in which data can be entered, modified or deleted.
  • A database for storing data.
  • A presentation module, the actual website where the visitor sees the data.

MySQL database

MySQL database is a kind of rack cabinet where you have different courses (tables). In these tables you can place things, such as pages. When you add a page, message, category, tag or anything else in WordPress it is stored in a table. On your website, at the front, it is then retrieved from the database and displayed on your website. Without MySQL database you do not have WordPress.

WordPress.com

In addition to WordPress that runs on a server, it is your own or a rented via hosting package. Host WordPress also WordPress on their own system under WordPress.com. This free version is limited, but suitable for small blog or website. With WordPress.com it is not possible to use self-made themes and plugins. This is possible on a private server.

Functions

WordPress has a number of functions:

  • Templates are the design and appearance of your website.
  • Plugins, small pieces of software that you add to your website to make a contact form, for example.
  • Widgets are small modules that you can add to the website by dragging. For example, a search bar, a blogarchief, etc.

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WordPress terms

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Blog

Usually these are texts that appear in reverse chronological order. The author (blogger) actually offers a log of information that he wants to share with visitors to the site. Usually it concerns text, but sometimes also photos, video (vlog) or audio (podcast).

Browser

Web browser, internet browser, browse program, is a computer program for viewing of web pages. Popular browsers are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.

CMS

Cash management system (CMS) offers users the possibility to maintain and adapt a website without needing knowledge of this code. So the system writes the code for you and you can focus on content.

Cookies

An amount of data that a server sends to the browser with the intention that it is stored and returned to the server on a subsequent visit. This way the server can recognize the browser again and keep track of what the user has done in the past.

Customizer

Customize your wordpress theme according to your own insight.

Domain name

Naming system, refers to IP address consisting of numbers. The name consists of a piece before the point and piece after the point. For example: wanderingguiselaine.nl. Nowadays more and more behind the point is possible, such as data.beet.

To download

Acquisition of digital information.

Username

Name to access a computer system. Together with the password, it is the identification just like your passport or identity card in ordinary life.

Google Analytics

A service from Google to collect statistics from a website and display them in detail. The purpose of this service is to give the administrator of the website a clear picture of visitor flows, traffic sources and pageviews.

Header

Header on a page or blog.

Homepage

Is the home page, home page. This is the first page of your website.

Hosting

Hosting is a service that offers people or businesses space to store information, images, or other content accessible through a website.

HTML

Markup language, language that indicates how something should look like.

Internet

Is a computer network.

IP address

Similar to phone number. Each address on the internet has its own number combination with which the computer can be identified and can communicate with another computer.

Link

Hyperlink, connection or link that refers to something else. By clicking on you will end up on the web somewhere else.

Menu

List of possibilities.

Page

These pages contain general information about the organization. Pages are used to publish content.

Plugin

A plug-in is a supplement to a computer program. Plugins are generally made to expand a program or give more possibilities.

Pop-up

A new, often smaller window that appears on top of the existing window. Pop-ups are widely used to advertise on web pages.

Provider

A provider is a company that offers users and businesses access to the Internet.

Reactions

Reactions from people on, for example, a blog that you have written.

SEO

SEO stands for search engine optimization. Finding your website on relevant keywords.

Social media

Social media is a collective name for all internet applications with which it is possible to share information in a user-friendly and often fun way.

Theme

A WordPress theme is a series of files. These files determine how your website looks like. There are thousands of themes available for WordPress.

Url

Unique address on the internet.

Password

Password, a secret word that gives you access together with user name to information.

Web design

Designing websites on the internet.

Web hosting

Is a service that offers private individuals or businesses space to store information, images, or other content accessible through a website.

Web page

Is a page on the worldwide web, internet.

Website

A collection of related web pages with data, such as text, images or videos, that are stored.

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WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) with which you can easily create and maintain a website.

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Digital diarrhea

There is so much online! We could spend our entire life searching online from birth till dead without doing anything else.  Having so much information online is a good and bad thing. Good because everybody can read up about a subject. So people can know more about the subject that interest them. But there is also a lot of crap online. This is where you have to decide when reading something online if it is ok information or crap. There is no directory for this. Everybody has to investigate this for themselves.

Another thing what can happen when you look for information online is that you keep looking and start going for parts of the subject you were interested in instead of the subject itself.  Then you find something and Google that, and find another thing and Google that and so on. It’s a bit like diarrhea, it goes on and on. This is when information over flow comes near.

So the best thing to do when researching a subject online:

  • Have a list of keywords you are going to look up
  • Set a time limit on your search
  • Go for good information and not crap ones
  • Is your source reliable?
  • Have a lot of different opinions on a subject read them all and form your own opinion on the subject.

Post vs Page

Post vs Page

You often see people using a post when it is more convenient to create a page and vice versa. What is the difference?

Post

Post is used to share news or a blog. A post is automatically displayed by date on your post page by WordPress sorted by date with the last post first. A good example is this post that you are reading now.

Page

You create a page for standard texts about your company, yourself, subject, etc. A good example of the page is the about page, which is called Guiselaine on this website.

Differences

These are the differences between Post and page:

  • A page is static page is not displayed by date
  • A post has tags
  • A post has categories
  • A post is displayed by date on the post page with the newest first
  • You can view an archive of posts
  • Posts can be sorted by categories
  • Posts can be sorted by tags
  • Pages are displayed in menus

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