Do you want to write a WordPress tip? I encourage you to do so, either on your blog, on the WordPress Support Forums, or for the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users. It takes a lot of volunteer work to create a body of work for WordPress users to rely upon to help them blog better with WordPress, so all help is always welcome.
However, would you please do a few things for all WordPress fans everywhere first, before you publish your WordPress tips?
- Search First: Search the web first to find other articles written on the same subject. If those are good, don’t write yours. If they can be improved upon, then write yours. If you find a lot, reconsider writing the topic and find a new one. Or find a totally new perspective on the same subject. We really need new and improved tips, not redundant.
- Write Well: Read Tips For Writing Good WordPress Tips for tips on how to write even better WordPress tips.
- Label It Appropriately: Is it a tip, technique, how-to, advice, guide, hack, or the only way to do it? A tip shows you one method, a technique explores the method, advice is a suggestion on how to, a guide is a step-by-step instruction, and a hack is a change to the underlying code. Use keywords and make sure the title and opening paragraph defines the lesson to be learned clearly.
- Write It If It Fits Your Blog Purpose: As much fun as we love having with WordPress, if your blog is about sports, don’t blog a WordPress tip. Don’t disrupt your blog reader’s attention with something totally unrelated and unimportant to them. If you REALLY want to write a WordPress tip, add it to the wealth of WordPress information and resources in the WordPress Codex so everyone can enjoy it.
- Make Code Code: There is nothing more frustrating to someone who finally finds the answer they’ve been seeking on WordPress than to copy the code off the page and find out it doesn’t work because the author failed to convert the quote marks into text-based quote marks. Please, read and following the guidelines for writing and publishing code in your WordPress Blog posts.
- It’s WordPress: Help searchers find your WordPress tip by spelling it WordPress not wordpress, WordPress, Word Press, or any of the other many variations. Do not use WP as few actually search for the initials when they are hunting for WordPress tips. It’s a Plugin not Plug-in nor plugged in. Use the keywords that name and describe what you are doing to help those searching to find your tip. The more you help them find you, the faster you’ll be the answer to their questions.
- Volunteer Your Time on the WordPress Support Forum: To really get an idea about what tips and needs WordPress users have, spend some time reading and volunteering to help on the WordPress Support Forums. An hour or two a week is often enough to share your expertise with other WordPress users. The more you learn about what they are asking, and how to best respond to their needs, the better and more valuable the WordPress tips on your blog will be.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community to help make WordPress the success it is. Help us make WordPress even better by adding your tips, techniques, guides, and hacks on using WordPress to the community’s documentation collection.
- A Guide to the WordPress Code, The Online Manual for WordPress Users
- Volunteering on the WordPress Codex
- The Wonderful World of WordPress Products
- Give the Gift of Love to WordPress
- Get Your Free WordPress.com Blog Now
- Getting Help With WordPress.com
- One Year Anniversary Review: Helping WordPress.com Users
- Don’t Buy WordPress – It’s Free
- WordPress Help in Your Language
- Help Me Find a WordPress Theme
- First Step to WordPress Help: Search First
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