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WordPress School: Gravatar

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.In the last lesson in this WordPress School course, you were to fill in the blanks of your WordPress site profile on your test site. In this lesson, you are to create your Gravatar.

Gravatar logo and default image.Gravatar is a “Globally Recognized Avatar.”

Aside from the popular movie, most are familiar with avatars, the images used to represent you online. Every website, forum, and social media service encourages their usage. We have to have one for each online activity we enroll in. The development of the Gravatar is an attempt to create a universal avatar with the ability to be incorporated into multiple services – one stop picture and branding.

While this isn’t true for the majority of social media and interactive sites, it is true for the WordPress Community. In October of 2007, Automattic purchased Gravatar and integrated it into two months later for testing, and soon afterward Gravatar was integrated into the core of WordPress.

Screenshot example of Gravatars in WordPress Comments.

Through WordPress or directly through Gravatar, register and set your Gravatar image. Your image will then be linked to your email address. Sign into any WordPress site with that address, or leave a comment with that address, and your avatar image will be automatically displayed in the comments or other areas on the site. This includes all WordPress sites around the world including Read More »

WordPress School: Your Profile

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.Last Friday and over the weekend, you should have setup your WordPress test site that you will be using throughout this year-long course. Remember, I want you to treat this like it is a real site with a real purpose and mission to get the most out of this process. Have fun with it and who knows where this site might lead in the future.

You also edited or created your first WordPress Page: About. You added information to the Page about who you are and why you are publishing on this site, possibly using the Online Persona Plan and Worksheet (PDF).

Our next step is along the same direction. We’re going to continue to populate your WordPress test site with your identity.

NOTE: If you are already registered with another site on, please note that the service only permits one identity and profile per registered email address. Your profile information is the same across every site you create and publish upon.

To modify this, change your email address to a different one. If you are using Gmail or another email address that handles + email modifications, you may change your email to and all email will go to your base email address as Gmail ignores everything after the +, and WordPress thinks it is a different email address, or just use a different email address from the one you originally used with

I’ve long requested permit different bio profiles for sites as many of us require a different bio depending upon the site we are contributing to on, but so far, one profile per registered email.

WordPress Online Profile

A WordPress site requires only a few bits of personal information to perform its tasks. Other information about the owner and contributors are optional. You may wish to specify this information on your Online Persona Plan and Worksheet (PDF) or Site Master Plan Worksheet (PDF) before you begin your assignment. Read More »

WordPress School: Week 2

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.We’ve just completed the first week of Lorelle’s WordPress School. Whew!

In the first week, you did a lot of homework with a variety of forms and assignments to get you thinking before doing, part of the secret recipe for learning WordPress from the inside out.

The discussions are rocking in the WordPress School Google+ Community, and I look forward to having you join us there. Be sure and introduce yourself to everyone.

Last week we covered:

At the end of the week you should have setup your WordPress test site, preferably on, and created your test site’s About Page to begin the process of learning to publish content on a WordPress site. I didn’t provide much in the way of step-by-step instructions on editing and writing the About Page, showing you how easy WordPress is to use. Next week I will dive deeper into content with several weeks of “What Can You Put Into WordPress.”

This week will be about your online identity as it relates to WordPress and social media, since it is hard to separate them.

While we are developing your online identity for your test site, it’s up to you as to what name you wish to use, email, and other personal information. One of the worksheets I’ve provided for this course is the Online Persona Plan and Worksheet (PDF), which may help you to identify your persona for the test site and other sites.

This week we will working on:

  • Your WordPress Profile
  • Gravatar Profile and Image
  • Web Browser Tips for WordPress
  • WordPress helpful resources and references
  • Start your first article series of posts

We have a busy week!

The next week we will start “What Can You Put Into WordPress” to help you learn about all the ways people stuff things into WordPress and how to make the process easier and how to make the stuffed content look good.

Be sure and check the WordPress School description and instructions for the specifications for multimedia. You will need to start getting images ready to include in your site. We will talk about pre-publishing process, so get your pictures and videos sorted and ready now.

Let’s get started.

This is a tutorial from Lorelle’s WordPress School. For more information, and to join this free, year-long, online WordPress School, see:

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WordPress School: About Page

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.Now that we’ve covered the basics of posts and Pages, it’s time to cull from the information in your Site Master Plan to create your first page: About.

By default, WordPress automatically generates an About Page called “About.” Some web hosting services have chosen to rename this “Sample Page” or “Example Page” for their one-click installations. For our purposes, this needs to be titled About. If you have a WordPress installation without an About, we will add it.

To edit your site’s Page called “About:”

  1. On the Administration Screens (interface), go to Pages > All Pages
  2. Find the Page titled About and hover your mouse over it
  3. Click the EDIT link
  4. You are now at the Edit Page screen where you will make changes

If your site does not have an About Page:

  1. Go to Pages > Add New
  2. In the title of the Page, type About
  3. You are ready to edit your site’s About

Why is it called About?

The Changing WordPress Interface

Lorelle WordPress School Tips and Techniques Badge.Beep, Beep, Poop Interface. This is what several of my students called the new interface currently in development and testing on Two classes of students have not been impressed, and my clients can’t stand it, switching to what is called the “Classic Interface.”

If you get lost and confused between the two interfaces, calm down. Deep breathe. Remember that WordPress is in a constant state of change and evolution, especially It is cutting edge WordPress.

  • Go to the black Admin bar at the top of the web page and look for My Sites
  • Hover over it and choose WP-ADMIN to get back to the Administration Screens

The purpose of the About Page is to answer the question, “What gives you the right to tell me?” There are many ways to say this, and answer this question, so let’s make it a gentle request to create trust. “I have the right to tell you these things because I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and have the callouses and scars to prove it.”

There are two basic purposes to an About on your site. Read More »

WordPress School: The Test Site

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.To participate in Lorelle’s WordPress School, you will need a test site to experiment and play on. This is a site that is not accessible and viewable by the general public, your private playground to experiment and break your WordPress site, but accessible by anyone with a link to the site, which makes it great for getting feedback and support for your efforts in this program. Remember, part of learning how to use WordPress is to break it, so you are NOT to use a live site for these lessons.

You’ve been working all week on the brainstorming and planning of your test site. Now it is time to start putting that information into your test site. Remember, this is your chance to do something ordinary or extraordinary with your test site, a chance to play with a site for a year and do whatever you wish with the content. Give yourself permission to imagine and experiment, and blog your passion.

You have several choices for your test site.

  • free site: No cost to you, this is the perfect choice for the first few months of this year-long series. From a learning perspective, the way you publish content, structure and organize your site, and customize it is the exact same on as it is a self-hosted version of WordPress. Most importantly, it will be set up to allow your fellow participants to check out your assignments and work and cheer you on.
  • Hosted Server/Cloud Installation of WordPress: If you have access to a server or wish to install WordPress on Amazon’s hosting or another cloud-based server, you may. If the site is open to public access (but shut off from search engines), you may use this. Those with a link should be able to view the site and offer words of encouragement and help.
  • Managed WordPress Hosting: If you are using a web hosting service that offers managed WordPress hosting, that will work as well. Follow the instructions below for setting up your site to be closed to search engines but open to public viewing.

Which one you choose is up to you and your skills and abilities with WordPress at this stage. As we work our way through the core functionality of WordPress, you will eventually require a portable or cloud-based installation of WordPress for more intermediate and advanced work on WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, and site development and customization, but don’t feel the need to go there sooner than you are ready. Read More »

WordPress School: Terms – WordPress

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.Throughout Lorelle’s WordPress School this year, I will be teaching you the words, jargon, and names of things, including their nick names. We’ll start with the word “WordPress.”


WordPress is an Open Source web publishing, content management system platform.

That’s a mouthful. Let’s break it down.

Open Source

Open Source is software for which the original source code is designed to be freely available and may be shared, redistributed, and modified. This is important to understand because WordPress is Open Source, freely available, may be shared and redistributed, and modified.

WordPress is free. Not all open source projects are free, though most tend to be. The co-founders and developers of WordPress set up a trust to ensure WordPress will remain free. It’s called the WordPress Foundation.

WordPress was developed from another open source project called b2/cafelog. This process is called “fork” or forking a project off one to become another. Michel Valdrighi created b2/cafe log in 2001 and in 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked it to create WordPress. I’m not sure what is left inside WordPress from b2/cafelog, but it was the code that started this whole project. There have also been many forks from WordPress including WordPress Multisite, now incorporated into the WordPress core.

Web Publishing

From it’s first steps, WordPress has always been about web publishing, about making it easier to have your say online.

Sharing his first thoughts about what would eventually become WordPress, wanted it to be about publishing and making it easier to publish: Read More »

WordPress School: Categories and Tags

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.We’ve covered WordPress posts and Pages, the core content elements associated with a basic WordPress site. Today we are going to focus on posts, specifically how they are organized and structured within a WordPress site.

Categories are your site’s Table of Contents.

Tags are your site’s index words.

Honestly, it is that simple.

Think of your site as a book. Posts represent the pages of your book, categories are the chapters and sections, literally the table of contents, and post tags are the index words.

You open your refrigerator and find an eggplant. It’s use it or lose it time. You turn to your cookbooks to find a recipe. Where do you look?

It’s most likely that you open to the back of the book and the index pages, right? But what if the book you opened is dedicated solely to eggplant? You might open to the front of the book to find a section dedicated to the specific dish you wish to serve such as eggplants in salad, appetizers, main dishes, deserts, etc. Both serve their purpose to help you find a way to cook up that eggplant or aubergine.

Such as it with your WordPress Site. Categories and tags increase navigation opportunities on your site. They also organize and collect your content into specific groups.

Remember, posts are considered timely content, the news and article content of your site. Posts typically represent the majority of the content on a site, and are sorted by reverse chronological order, then grouped by categories and tags.

Here is a summary of the key differences between categories and tags: Read More »

WordPress School: Posts and Pages

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.Let’s be Lorelle’s WordPress School with the two core content elements of WordPress: posts and Pages.

By default, WordPress displays content in posts and Pages. Each behaves differently and distinctively in WordPress, and can confuse people easily. Let’s make this simple.

Pages hold timeless content.

Posts hold timely content.

Please be patient with the videos. Youtube is taking longer than usual lately processing the videos. Thanks.

WordPress Pages

There are many ways WordPress manages and organizes content. We’re starting at the very beginning, the default content management features.

WordPress Pages, using a capital P, is content that is timeless, as in it exists outside of time, the reverse chronology of WordPress posts. The capital P was intended to differentiate WordPress Pages from WordPress web pages and pageviews, which we will get to in another tutorial. (I’ve long wished to be in charge of naming things and it started in 2004 with the Pages debate. This has frustrated so many over the years, I even came up with a WordPress Pages Rap Rant at a WordCamp…to be shared in another time and space with alcohol.) Read More »

WordPress School: Site Master Plan

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Tony Robbins

A website is an intangible, a virtual nothing in which we create something tangible to human perception. When it boils right down to it, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created nothing with WordPress. WordPress isn’t a physical object you can put in your hands and say, “Mom, look what I made!” It isn’t a book you can carry around inscribed with your byline as author. WordPress is a placeholder, a virtual database with a pretty interface for storing and presenting content.

They knew that what made WordPress special. It was what you put into it.

Not sure what you will put into your site? Just testing the waters?

As we begin the WordPress School lessons, you will create a master plan for your site, featuring all the goals, ideas, and things you will put into your site, turning the invisible into the visible online.

During the course, you will be working on a test site before you move your newly learned skills to your own live site. This is for your own protection. You will be breaking the site as you learn the lessons, so keep the breakage away from your live readers by working on your test site. However, this isn’t just a fake, pretend site. I want you to put some heart and soul into this site. I want you to use it as if it were real.

Your test site is a place where you will be writing, publishing, and designing in and around any subject you wish. As stated in the description of Lorelle’s WordPress School, this is your opportunity to create something new and special to you, a chance to blog about something you are passionate about, something you may rarely get a chance to talk about. If it is your business, that’s fine, but be creative and think outside of the obligations of work for once. Do you love biking, hiking, writing, walking, outdoors, nature, science, your children, family, traveling, reading – pick something you enjoy doing and develop your test site around that. See what happens.

Experiment with ideas on your test site first before you apply it to a live personal or professional site. The more focused the subject matter, the more likely you are to get the most of this process. Read More »

WordPress School: Week 1

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.Welcome to the first of Lorelle’s WordPress School, a year-long project to teach you WordPress from the inside out.

This is the first week, and there is much to cover to help kick start this program and your learning in WordPress.

Remember, for those who are new to WordPress, this will all be fresh and possibly overwhelming. For those who are familiar with WordPress, this may be old news, but think of it as a chance to relearn what you should have learned the first time around. More importantly, use this to learn how to teach friends, family, and clients how to use WordPress better.

You will not need to have your WordPress test or experimental site set up right away, but you will by the end of the week. It’s more important that you start thinking about the plans for your site than making your WordPress site at the very beginning.

Lorelle’s WordPress School Week 1

Here is a summary of this week’s WordPress School.

  1. Monday:
  2. Tuesday: Explore the concepts behind WordPress posts and Pages.
  3. Wednesday: Learn about categories and tags in WordPress. To help you get started, there are worksheets, the Site Brainstorm for Content Structure and Organization Worksheet (PDF) and Site Structure and Organization Chart (PDF), for you to download and print to help you begin to build your site’s content structure, organization, and design.
  4. Thursday: Thursdays will feature posts teaching you WordPress naming conventions, jargon, and lingo, introducing you to the names WordPress calls its bits and pieces. Learning the names is critical to asking and searching for help.
  5. Friday: This is the day for action. We will be creating your WordPress test or experimental site if you don’t have one already. It is highly recommended that the site be a free one on to start. Don’t worry, there will be a guide to help you set up your or other site in a testing environment with things you can start on immediately to flesh out your new test site.
  6. Next Monday: Next week we begin to explore web publishing with WordPress and basic functionality, helping you to navigate in the ever-changing world of WordPress interfaces and get you starting to fill in your test site.

Are you ready? We’re taking this slow but slow and steady wins the race – or at least enjoys the process more.

This is a tutorial from Lorelle’s WordPress School. For more information and to join this free, year-long, online WordPress School, see:

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Presentation: Blog Your Passion

The following are the presentations notes for my workshop called “Blogging Your Passion” at Making it in Changing Times in 2015.

In 2010 I was in Chicago for SOBCon, the Successful Online Business Conference, and I had an amazing encounter with a woman on the crowded downtown streets:

…I was storming away from the last pharmacy towards the subway when I heard a woman ranting in the crowd ahead of me. She was carrying on with great lucidity about the lunacy of our government, calling upon the great names of commerce, security, and our welfare system sitting on high in the offices which dictate our lives. I have to admit I was impressed with her eloquence and agreed with her points, then the crowd ahead of me parted and I found the orator.

She was clean, fairly nicely dressed in casual clothes, dark colored tennis shoes on her feet next to a big overflowing shopping bag. Her dish water blond head was lifted high, hair dancing around her lined face as she threw her arms in the air with the fierce determination to punctuate her points – to a telephone pole.

It was a normal power pole found in the old parts of Chicago. Dark wood coated with centuries of creosote, wires running up its sides to connect with the real web that powers and connects our lives together. I wondered if she had some special powers to send her magnificent points through the wires, across the city to the power and communication centers, then branch out through other cities, across the country, up and down and across more poles, until it reached the offices of those who need to hear what she had to say. A part of me hoped they were listening.

Still, it isn’t every day you see someone conversing with such passion, determination, and classy style with a telephone pole. I was impressed.

Then I was terrified. This was me! This is what blogging feels like. It’s me talking to the telephone pole. I’m blathering on to the great virtual nothing, connected by wires both physical and virtual, hoping someone turns their head in my direction. Honestly, I might as well be talking to a telephone pole.

Every day I push out many articles and news bits on my passion, helping others to learn how to share their thoughts and feelings and skills with the masses, hoping to connect through the virtual power poles to their offices, homes, and mobile devices, to find some connection, to reach through the wires and say, “Hey, what I have to say matters. What I have to say counts. What I have to say is something…well, you might need to hear. I know it will help. I know it will make a difference. I know that you will learn and blog better…at least I think you will…” Really, why do I bother.

Frozen in place watching the woman continue her impassioned speech on the flaws in health care, social welfare, the inability to protect its citizens from the greed and control of corporations, the crowd swirling around me, feet cemented to the sidewalk, a rock in the river, my entire thinking process shifted off its axis.

She is the modern day Don Quixote, tilting at telephone poles. I’m the modern day version tilting at virtual telephone poles. Or am I? Seriously, I’m going to have to think about this some more, because somehow, this woman has changed how I think about what I do.

Do you feel like no one is listening? Do you feel like you are tilting at telephone poles?

As I prepared my presentation on “Blogging Your Passion” for Making it in Changing Times, a conference for authors in the modern age, this woman stool beside me in my mind. She represented all of my energy, passion, confidence, courage, fears, self-doubts, and the work I do every day, pushing out these posts into the ethereal world across one telephone pole after another.

Blogging is About Finding the Connections

Blogging and social media is not new. We’ve been doing it for centuries – millennia. Even before we found words, we found ways to convey messages to each other. From these grunts and finger pointing came stories of adventure, trouble, joy, and celebration, passing from person to person, often traveling thousands of miles, words shifting in the wind like the whisper game, turning a minor accomplishment into a hero’s tale. At least with blogging, we can usually trace a story back to its source and do some snoops fact checking. Read More »

WordPress and Blogging Community Course in Forest Grove, Oregon

WordPress Educational Programs and Classes badge.Attention all on the west side of Portland and around the Portland Metro area. Beginning February 18 through April 8, 2015, I’m honored to be teaching an 8-week community WordPress and blogging class in Forest Grove, Oregon, on Wednesdays from 6:30-9PM at the Forest Grove Senior Center. I rarely present community-based WordPress courses in the Portland area very often, so this is a great opportunity to learn WordPress and blogging basics at your pace with an experienced instructor.

Home to the beautiful and historic Pacific University, I will be teaching a thorough overview of the WordPress publishing platform for individuals seeking to create websites for personal or professional use.

The course covers the basics of WordPress usage, features, installation, content management, site configuration, and social media integration as well as an introduction to site customization, WordPress Themes, and Plugins. I customize community-based classes like this based on the needs of the students.

Students working together on a WordPress project in class.The course is open to anyone. The course is ideal for writers and authors, genealogists, small business owners, personal bloggers, and those wishing to share their thoughts and skills with the world. Prior web publishing experience is not required. Familiarity with web browsers (Firefox and Chrome) and email is highly recommended. A laptop is required. Free WIFI will be available.

The course is typically $550 for an 8 week program, but to benefit and support the Forest Grove Senior Center, it is available for a special price of $300.

You may register at the Forest Grove Senior Center in person, or via PayPal on my Classes and Workshops page.

I’ve been teaching WordPress for eleven years, and web publishing since 1993. I also teach a full-credit WordPress course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, as part of their Web Development and Web Design degree programs.

The course is limited due to space, creating an intimate learning experience. Register immediately to reserve your spot.

NOTE: This is an in-person class, not Lorelle’s WordPress School year-long project.

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Welcome to Lorelle’s WordPress School

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.I was one of the first asked to write and publish a text book on WordPress. I worked with the BIG NAME text book publishing company for months to create a structure and outline for WordPress users. As a long-time WordPress user, WordPress Codex contributor and editor, WordPress support forums volunteer, developer, designer, and WordPress breaker and fixer, I understood well the needs of WordPress users. They didn’t. They wanted a formulaic book that followed the tried and true conventions of the Dummy-style books, starting with defining WordPress, installing WordPress, customizing the site, and barely touching how to publish with WordPress.

With the ease of web hosts offering one-click installation of WordPress, WordPress Themes offering instant customizable design options, and WordPress Plugins to add functionality, what’s left?

The publishing.

The constant feeding of the site content. The decisions about where to put the content and why, and how best to serve the readers by helping them find the information they need fast and easy. With so much emphasis on the design in the old-fashioned focus on pre-1999 HTML and web design and not on the actual usage and functionality of content management, we couldn’t find a compromise. I felt like I was trying to shove a round WordPress into an unimaginative square hole publishing company.

I wanted to focus on the publishing aspect of WordPress first. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to install WordPress or sign up for, pick a WordPress Theme, and bang! You have a website. Then what?

Why start the book there? Anyone can have a WordPress site up and running in minutes, then what? I wanted to start in the middle, where the sweet, juicy flavor is found. Teach them how to fish, and all that. The rest is just paint, surface stuff. The more the user gets past their fears of publishing online and to the joy of not just having their say but sharing their say with others around the world, the more likely they will keep blogging and sharing their stories, and be willing to learn more about how WordPress works. Then they can decorate the house. Read More »

Making It In Changing Times Writers Conference

I will be speaking on “Blogging Your Passion” at the Making it in Changing Times conference January 31, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Produced by author Jessica Page Morrell, this day-long conference is designed to kick your writing and publishing butt in the new world of publishing.

The conference features:

  • Cathy Lamb, best-selling New York Times novelist will be speaking about Your Authentic, Doable, Full-of-Heart Writing Life
  • Jessica Page Morrell, editor, author, and teacher of writing workshops around the Pacific Northwest will be speaking about being brave on the page and writing with intensity to improve the quality of a scene
  • Marian Pierce, award-winning editorial writer and yoga practitioner will be presenting a short Yoga for Writers session
  • Adam O’Conner Rodriguez, PSU teacher of copyediting and publishing, senior editor of Hawthorne Books, and author, poet, and writer speaking on the insider’s view of the submission process for book publishing
  • Elissa Wald, editorial writer and contributor to Huffington Post, and author of numerous books, short stories, essays, and anthologies, speaking on how to hook readers and keep them engaged online

I will be speaking about blogging your passion, about opening your heart and mind to the possibilities within your self and your site. I’ll be offering tips on how to create a direct relationship with your readers, build your online community, and do so easily and efficiently. As with most of my talks, I will be focusing on WordPress, something I am more than passionate about.

If you are a writer, publisher, author, or exploring these options in the future, this is an ideal workshop for you. There are limited seats available, so register now at Making it in Changing Times for this unique writing and publishing conference.

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WordPress Publishing Checklist

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.The following is a brief summary of the workflow to publishing content in WordPress. Print this out to remind yourself of each step in the process. Consider this your checklist to review before publishing every post until you become accustomed to the process. This is your guide to the WordPress publishing process.

This guideline is also available as a free PDF file in long form (1.2M PDF) and short checklist (70k PDF).

Please note the following:

  • Access to the various features via the WordPress Administration Screens is presented in a series of hovers or clicks such as Settings > General > Tagline, where Settings is the first admin menu item, General is the second, and Tagline is a section found on the resulting screen. In general, the first word in the series is a hover not a click. Repeating the sequence out loud helps to recall where things are in the Admin Screens.
  • The WordPress and interface changes more often than many of us prefer in an attempt to improve and evolve. If the image in this guide doesn’t match, follow the names and descriptions of the process. That rarely changes.
  • The backend interface of WordPress is called the Administration Panels or Screens and commonly referred to as the backend, admin, admin panels, admin screens, interface, and dashboard. It is only accessible when the user is logged in. Within the Admin Screens are various screens or panels. Many book and site authors refer incorrectly to this complete area as the Dashboard, however the Dashboard is one of many screens on the interface. The Dashboard screen is simply a modular welcome screen that holds information related to the overall activity of your site including the stats.
  • Corner of the WordPress Administration Screen for posts.The names of WordPress menus change from time to time. There are also many names for the various parts and pieces of WordPress. When possible, alternative names are offered in this guide. Please note the official spelling of posts is with a small “p” and WordPress Pages with a capital “P” to differentiate WordPress Pages from web pages in general.
  • This guide adheres to the US and international laws for web accessibility, ensuring all web pages are accessible to everyone regardless of how they access the site through desktop computers to mobile or television devices, or their disability. While the law applies to commercial (any site that sells something or earns money), non-profit, and government agencies, the steps to make your site accessible are few and a good habit to learn. It also makes your site easier to use and read, more search engine friendly, and improves your SEO.
  • This process is for publishing via the Administration Screens. You may be using a third-party publishing program or tool or WordPress Theme that permits publishing from the front end of the site, or using the new Editor that is developing, a responsive interface as an alternative to what they are now calling the “Classic” interface. I will be focusing on using the Classic interface, but the process continues to be the same.
  • Links to additional information and tutorials come from verified and qualified sources, including my college students’ project, ClarkWP Magazine, their own student-run online magazine writing legacy content to teach themselves and future students how to use WordPress.
  • While this list may intimidate you, so did learning to drive a car. Just as a vehicle has many levers, buttons, wheels, and pedals, this process will quickly become second nature. If you leave your site for a while, this guide will provide a refresher course.

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