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Blogging Challenge: Write WordPress Tips

I was digging around Technorati looking for something to blog about and I put in “WordPress Tips”, a fairly innocuous tag that I was hoping would generate a bunch of interesting tidbits for me to bring to your attention to help you with WordPress.

Well, thank goodness for David Esrati of Blogosopher. Without him, all you would find for many, many pages is just articles. Gees, isn’t anyone else out there writing WordPress Tips?

Correction: Just after writing this, Technorati changed their entire interface, adding “related tag search results” to tag listings. There are now more posts in the “WordPress Tips” Technorati results, but still, not enough. And not all are really tips for WordPress, just posts with “WordPress” and “tips” in their keywords. We need more WordPress Tips articles out there, so let this not deter you!

Actually there are, but they are under different combinations of the phrase “WordPress Tips”. But when you do a search for “WordPress Tips” on Technorati, it brings up the explore “WordPress Tips” page, and David and I are all alone there, awaiting your company. I also need more company on WordPress Tips.

Your this week is to write a WordPress Tip. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to be programming-code-from-hell technical, but it could if you are into such things.

Share some tip you have about how you use WordPress. Something you did to modify how it works, or how you make it work for you without modification or customization. You can dig into the WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Widgets, the new Sandbox customizable Theme, PHP, conditional tags, template files, template tags, or something as simple as how to write a post, including images, video, music, podcasts, or screencasts.

Or have fun and write a WordPress Tip about how you blog with WordPress through your handheld computer or cell phone. Review a WordPress Theme or Plugin. Anything. It could be as simple as an article on how to get help using WordPress.

If you want, include screenshots, screencasts (video), and other techniques to help people understand how WordPress works and how you work with WordPress. Get as creative as you want. You don’t have to write a WordPress manual, I just don’t want to be alone under WordPress Tips on Technorati.

Come on, it’s part of our purpose as bloggers to help others, and what better way to help them than to help them use WordPress better.

To get onto the WordPress Tips list on Technorati, make sure you include a tag to “WordPress Tips”. You can use the following examples or permutations thereof (or use them all to get the most coverage) in the post text or at the bottom of your post, or wherever:

<a href="/index.php?s=wordpress+tips" title="Site Search for WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

<a href="/index.php?s=wordpress%20tips" title="Site Search for WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

<a href="" title="Site Search for WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

<a href="" title=" Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

<a href="" title="Technorati Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

<a href="" title="Technorati Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

<a href="" title="Technorati Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>

Then keep an eye on the Explore Technorati “WordPress Tips” page and let’s see if we can get a bunch of great WordPress tips added to Technorati to help WordPress bloggers everywhere.

Oh, make sure you put a trackback or post a link to your WordPress Tip article here in the comments so we can learn more about how you use and abuse WordPress.

WordPress Tips Articles

Within a very short time of publishing this challenge, the WordPress tips started rolling in. There are some brilliant folks out there doing great things with WordPress and they are eagerly sharing their WordPress wisdom with their fans and us. Here are some of the WordPress tips I’ve gotten trackbacks on. Keep them coming and watch this list grow!

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  1. Sarit
    Posted August 14, 2006 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I write a lot of WordPress tips… but in Hebrew ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Posted August 14, 2006 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I did put in a trackback, but as they take soooooooooo long to appear, I thought I might put a direct link in too:

    Photoblogging with Lifeblog

    It’s a tip for WP users on how to set up Flickr and Lifeblog (Nokia software) to photoblog direct to your WordPress blog.

    Hope you like!

  3. Posted August 15, 2006 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle ^^ i wonder how do i join this 9rules network ^^

    btw, your blog have a comprehensive content ^^ nice ^^

  4. Posted August 15, 2006 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    qureyoon: It used to be by invitation only. Now they have an open invite a couple times a year where others can submit (or you can submit) your site for review. It’s not a simple process, and they tend to be picky. Comprehensive content is not a requirement but a serious recommendation. They want folks who have been around a while. See for more information and details. And check out their other wonderful blogs within the network. Some are truly inspirational.

  5. Posted August 15, 2006 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    It’s great that you’re starting this iniative. I’m new to blogging and, but I’ll definitely be writing some tips as I learn more. In the meantime, I’m collecting links for my post Welcome to Beginner Resources. (Your blog is on there, of course!)

  6. Posted August 17, 2006 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I wrote a WordPress Tip over 2 weeks ago, with technorati tags, but I just tagged it WordPress instead of WordPress Tips. Now I’ve added the new tag. The topic is: Change the Text Color of Post Title Links in WordPress Kubrick Theme and it can be found at

    I also have a Hebrew WordPress blog and will probably get around to translating the tip into Hebrew.
    ื™ืฉ ืœื™ ื’ื ื‘ืœื•ื’ ืฉืœ ื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก ื‘ืขื‘ืจื™ืช, ืŸืื ื™ื™ื” ื‘ื™ืงื•ืฉ ืื•ื›ืœ ืœืชืจื’ื ืืช ื”ื˜ื™ืค ืœืขื‘ืจื™ืช
    ืชืžืจ Tamar

  7. Posted August 17, 2006 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Galeh: Hmm. I’ll have to let my readers decide on this one. Your WordPress Tips will help everyone as the more tips out there the more people can learn how to take advantage of all the power of WordPress, but they were written before the challenge. I appreciate your honestly, though.

    What do you all think?

    Got any new tips? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. […] Lorelle was asking for WordPress Tips in her latest Blog Challenge, so I’ll try to write down some quicktips. – Maybe I’ll be able to think of something more later on, but this is what I have today. […]

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  5. […] ืœื•ืจืœ ื›ื•ืชื‘ืช ืขืœ ื›ืš ืฉื”ื™ื ืžืจื’ื™ืฉื” ื‘ื•ื“ื“ื” ื‘ืชื—ื•ื ื”ื˜ื™ืคื™ื ืœื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก, ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ืื—ืจื™ ืฉื”ืจื™ืฆื” ื—ื™ืคื•ืฉ ื‘ื˜ื›ื ื•ืจื˜ื™ ืขืœ ืคื•ืกื˜ื™ื ืขื ื”ืชื’ื™ื•ืช WordPress Tips ื•ื’ื™ืœืชื” ืฉื‘ืื•ืคืŸ ืžืคืชื™ืข, ืื™ืŸ ืžืกืคื™ืง ื›ืืœื•. ืœื›ืŸ, ื”ื™ื ืžื‘ืงืฉืช ืžื”ื‘ืœื•ื’ืจื™ื ื”ื›ื•ืชื‘ื™ื ื‘ื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก ืœื—ืœื•ืง ื˜ื™ืค ืื—ื“, ืืคื™ืœื• ื”ืงื˜ืŸ ื‘ื™ื•ืชืจ, ื”ืงืฉื•ืจ ืœื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก, ืœืชื™ื™ื’ ืืช ื”ืคื•ืกื˜ ื‘ืชื’ื™ื•ืช ื˜ื›ื ื•ืจื˜ื™ WordPress Tips ื•ืœืฉืœื•ื— ื˜ืจื‘ืง ื‘ื—ื–ืจื” ืœืคื•ืกื˜ ื”ืžืงื•ืจื™ ืฉืœื” (ื•ื’ื ืฉืœื™!) ื›ื“ื™ ืฉืชื“ืข ื•ื›ื“ื™ ืฉื”ืงื•ืจืื™ื ืฉืœื” ื™ื’ืœื• ื˜ื™ืคื™ื ื—ื“ืฉื™ื. […]

  6. […] ื”ื‘ืœื•ื’ื™ื ืœืžืขืŸ ื”ื—ื™ื•ืš ืฉืœ ืœื•ืจืœ: ื”ื˜ื™ืค ืœื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก ืฉืœื™ 16 08 2006 ืœื•ืจืœ, ื–ืืชื™ ืฉื‘ื–ื›ื•ืชื” ื™ืฉ ืœื ื• ืชื’ื™ื, ื•ื’ื ื˜ื›ื ื•ืจื˜ื™, ืžื‘ืงืฉืช ืœืชืช ืœื” ื—ื™ื•ืš. ื”ื™ื ืชื•ืจืžืช ืœื›ื•ืœื ื• ื›ืœ ื›ืš ื”ืจื‘ื”, ื•ื›ื ืจืื” ืฉื”ืฉืืจื ื• ืื•ืชื” ืฉื ืœื‘ื“. […]

  7. ื˜ื™ืค ืœื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก…

    ืงืจืืชื™ ื‘ืคืจื“ื•ืงืก ืฉืื™ืฉื” ื‘ืฉื ”ืœื•ืจืœ“ ืžื‘ืงืฉืช ืžื‘ืœื•ื’ืจื™ื ืœื—ืœื•ืง ืœืคื—ื•ืช ื˜ื™ืค ืื—ื“ ื‘ืžืขืจื›ืช ื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก ืขื ื”ื’ื•ืœืฉื™ื.
    ืื™ืŸ ื‘ืขื™ื”, ืื ื™ ืžืงื•ื•ื” ืฉืœื•ืจืœ ืžื‘ื™ื ื” ืขื‘ืจื™ืช.

  8. […] ืฉืจื™ืช ื•ืœื•ืจืœ ืฉืœืฉืชื™ื”ืŸ ืื ื™ ื—ื™ื™ื‘ืช ืœื ืžืขื˜ ืชื•ื“ื•ืช, ื‘ื™ืงืฉื• ื˜ื™ืคื™ื ื‘ื ื•ืฉื ื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก (ืฉื–ื” ืžืฆื•ื™ื™ืŸ – ื›ื™ ืื– ื›ื•ืœื ื• ื ืจื•ื•ื™ื—). ืื– ืงื•ื“ื ื›ืœ ื”ื•ืกืคืชื™ ืœื›ืœ ื”ื˜ื™ืคื™ื ืฉื›ื‘ืจ ื›ืชื‘ืชื™ ืืช ื”ืชื’ื™ืช ื”ืžืชืื™ืžื” ื›ื“ื™ ืฉื™ืจืฉืžื• ื›ืืŸ. ื•ืขื›ืฉื™ื• ื˜ื™ืค ื‘ื ื•ืฉื ื›ืชื™ื‘ืช ืงื•ื“ ื‘ื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก. ื›ื™ื“ื•ืข ืœื›ื•ืœื ื• ื•ื•ืจื“ืคืจืก ืžืขื‘ื“ ืืช ื”ืชื’ื™ื•ืช ืฉืื ื—ื ื• ืžื›ื ื™ืกื™ื ืœืชื•ืš ื”ืคื•ืกื˜ ื›ืš ืฉื™ืจืื• ืืช ื”ืขื™ืฆื•ื‘, ืžื” ืื ืื ื—ื ื• ืจื•ืฆื•ืช ืœื”ืจืื•ืช ืงื•ื“ ื“ื•ื’ืžื” ืœื˜ื™ืค ืื• ืชื™ืงื•ืŸ ืžืกื•ื™ื™ื ? ื›ืืŸ ื ื›ื ืก ืœืคืขื•ืœื” ืคืœืื’ื™ืŸ ื ื—ืžื“ ื‘ืฉื preserve code formatting ื”ื“ื•ืื’ ืœืฉืžืจ ืขื‘ื•ืจื ื• ื›ืœ ืงื•ื“ ืฉื ืžืฆื ื‘ื™ืŸ ื”ืชื’ื™ื•ืช pre ื• code. […]

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