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First Step to WordPress Help: Search First

There is a ton of WordPress help and information on the Internet. Where to begin to find WordPress help usually begins with a SEARCH. Let’s make searching for that help just a little easier.

WordPress Codex and Forum Searcher PluginThe WordPress Codex Searcher plugin adds a small search window to your WordPress Administration Panels. It sits in the upper right corner and waits for you to enter in a few keywords and then it searches the WordPress Codex and WordPress Forum.

Click on one of the results and a new window or tab will open. You can then move from the helpful information back to your WordPress site to make the changes or get the help you need.

To download the WordPress Codex/Forum Searcher plugin, simply click on that link and then upload the plugin file to your /wp-content/plugins folder and then activate it in your Plugins panel. Then type in some keywords and begin to search and learn.


  1. Posted December 7, 2006 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I need someone to install some tooltips on my wordpress blog can you do this? for money?

  2. Posted December 7, 2006 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what “tooltips” are. Please direct your question to the WordPress Support Forums.

    Almost everything about WordPress is so easy, do-it-yourself, so I’m sure you will find the directions on how to do this yourself there.

  3. bird
    Posted February 20, 2007 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle-chan, have you noticed that the WordPress Support search has been acting strange recently? I typed “comment” into the search today and it said that there were no matches…

  4. Posted February 20, 2007 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I noticed a day or so ago. Let them know so they can fix it. This happens now and then and I’m never sure if it’s one thing or another behind it.

  5. Posted June 21, 2007 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    A Little confused. When you go to your dashboard , you see other selections as well. What is the “pages” selection for & how do you post it on your blog?

    Thanks for your help.

  6. Posted June 21, 2007 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    The dashboard is the first panel in your Administration Panels and provides some statistics and information about your WordPress blog activity. The Write Post panel is for writing posts and Pages. The Manage panel is for managing your blog post and Pages, and the Comments Panel is for looking at comments on your blog.

    Pages are pseudo-static web pages you can publish on your blog that help provide information outside of the chronological order of your blog posts, such as an About, Contact, Events, Schedule, and other web pages. You can learn more about them in WordPress Pages: Exploring the Pseudo-Static Pages of WordPress.

    I also recommend you read What Do I Do With My New Blog?. Good luck and let me know if I can help you further.

  7. Posted June 21, 2007 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    That only works if you are using permalinks. You currently aren’t, thus your feed is:

  8. Posted July 28, 2007 at 8:29 am | Permalink


    I don’t mean to drop by here just to trouble you. I am having some trouble with my WP admin. At first, I couldn’t login but when I refresh the error message page, my dashboard would be displayed. Then I tried to write a post, but the post won’t save and I can’t upload images. I tried the WP Support Forum already, but nobody responded. I tried Yahoo! Answers and nobody answered. Could you please help me if you can? I tried Googling too and that’s how I got here.

    Sorry, I didn’t meant to spam or be a beggar.

  9. Posted July 28, 2007 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    First, start with your server web host. Find out if there is a problem with your server.

    Second, it the problem limited to your WordPress blog Administration Panels or the blog itself? Can you view it without interaction with the Administration Panels? If so, then the problem is on the WordPress or server side and not with the design or structure of the blog.

    Third, have you added a WordPress Plugin or made a change in your Theme or anything in your blog other than posting recently? Undo whatever you did to see if that works.

    Lastly, I’m on the road and can’t give any technical support more than that right now. Be patient with the WordPress Support Forum as the person who might give you the answer might not be there right now. It could be a weekend. You also might not be giving enough information to get the help you need. Posting and asking on blogs won’t help. Only the Support Forum or WordPress IRC live chat can give you the help you need.

    I recommend you go through this step by step process to figure out what is wrong from When the Blog Breaks – Fixing Your Broken WordPress Blog.

  10. Posted July 28, 2007 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks. I’m going to try the WordPress IRC live chat.

    To answer your questions:
    1) BlueHost is fine.
    2) I can view my blog just fine. So far, the only problem I have is saving post and uploading images. I haven’t encountered any other problems (yet).
    3) No I haven’t installed any plugins recently. The only thing I did was adding the 301 redirect code in my htaccess file.

    Thanks for taking your time to answer my previous comment. I really appreciate it.

  11. Confused
    Posted April 27, 2008 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, I’m trying to find the Codex and Forum Searcher Plugin. Following the link reports “Post Not Found.” Can you point me in the right direction, or is it no longer available?

  12. Posted April 27, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    @ Confused:

    Unfortunately, this is no longer available, however, if you are using Firefox and dig into adding new search engines to the search options, you will find a couple for the Codex and Forums. 😀

  13. Posted May 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    OK, I need a guru (I think, or just maybe a smart web person)

    when I type in my website into address bar, I get a perfect looking site


    when I type in “jewels by park lane” in a google search engine, GO TO PAGE 2 and you will find my site, and I click the site link, it is WRONG!

    It adds all these notes:
    We are planning to write more posts about “jewels by park lane” next week. Subscribe to the RSS feed for getting informed about it.

    1) What did I do and why is this showing up???? And why does it only show up when I click the google link and not when I type in the address myself and press enter

    2) How can I remove it

    3) And I did upload a few plug-ins and removed some too. But I can’t seem to find what triggered this — my website when I clicked it in google yesterday showed FINE


  14. Posted June 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    @ christine:

    I tried to recreate your search and couldn’t find the link in Google search results, but if this is a consistent problem, then contact Google through their webmaster program. If it is fine, it was a glitch in Google and forget about it. It sounds like a Google bug, but do be careful with the Plugins and all the gadgets you add to your blog. Some don’t always play nicely. 😀

  15. Posted June 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    You have remarkable info in this article.

  16. Alain
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    This post is no longer relevant, since the plug-in doesn’t exist any more.
    Question for you: Should blogger delete some of their posts when the information is no longer relevant or should the just leave it there to show some kind of history.


    • Posted June 23, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      Relevancy is in the eye of the beholder, which influences the decision to keep it delete posts. This is a historical document. The fact that a WordPress Plugin was required to do this is part of the history of WordPress. The fact that it is no longer needed is a testament to the advancement of the system.

      I’ll be covering this in my blog exercises but you can read one if my opinions on the subject in this article in the Blog Herald.


    • Alain
      Posted June 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much. you cannot believe how much I am learning from you. I am going back into your archives to give myself an education on WordPress. You will see me asking more questions in the future.

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