How to login into WordPress

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by in Screencasts

So you just installed WordPress, and your wondering what to do now. You may have even come from WordPress.com, or are in the process of moving. You may even feel uneasy about where to start on your self hosted route. Logging into WordPress is obviously important. Without logging in you cannot write pages or posts, choose a theme, or even change your site name. Today, I am going to show you how to login into WordPress.

Once you have installed WordPress, navigate your way to: “yoursite.com/wp-admin”. Then login with username and password you have been given,

Here is a screencast showing the above steps:

How to login into WordPress

Screencast- How to login into WordPress

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How to add a new user to your WordPress blog

Posted on 29. Dec, 2009 by in Screencasts

Adding new users can either be very important to your WordPress blog, or not at all. For example, if you run a personal blog, or even just a site solely run by you, then there is no need for adding a new user. It is only if you want multiple contributors to your blog, such as a group of writers, or you want a guest post every so often that this would be of use.

So are wondering how to do it? In your WordPress dashboard, scroll down until you see to “Users” menu option. Then expand the menu option, and click on the “Add New” link.

Here is a screencast showing the previous steps:

How To Add A New User To Your WordPress Blog

Screencast: How To Add A New User To Your WordPress Blog

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WordPress 2.9 released

Posted on 23. Dec, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog

WordPress 2.9 has been released and adds several new features:

    Built-in image editing – This feature allows you to do basic image editing to your uploads. This includes cropping, resizing, rotating, among other things.

    Easier embedded content – Using the new oEmbed standard, embedding content is now as easy as pasting a URL. Support for YouTube, DailyMotion, Flickr, WordPress.tv, among many others.

    Global trash feature – The Delete button is now replaced with a Trash button, which acts like all other Trash cans you have used. This gives you a second chance to recover posts or comments you may have deleted by accident.

    Bulk plugin upgrade – It is now possible to bulk upgrade plugins automatically, instead of upgrading one by one. This also takes advantage of the community-powered plugin compatibility data from the plugin directory, which prevents you from using a plugin which could possibly break your site.

WordPress 2.9 has some exiting new features. Upgrade today. Your WordPress upgrades are in good hands. We have upgraded WordPress many times, and take a full backup of your site just in case anything ever went wrong.
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Why you should backup your WordPress site

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by in Blog

Backing up your WordPress content is important, although many don’t do it. Every day things go wrong, servers melt down and human error can cause errors. In today’s screencast I explain the value in our backup feature, which its available in both our Advanced and Professional plans. I also tell a story of how all the data on Conorp.com was lost.

Why you should backup your WordPress site

Why you should backup your WordPress site

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Why you should move away from WordPress.com

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by in Blog

WordPress.com is restricted in many ways, and the so called ‘free’ host can become quite expensive once you purchase all the needed extras. The other day I posted a guide on How to move From WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Its quite a good read by the way, I would recommended reading it. In this guide I told you how to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, but I felt that I didn’t show you why you would want to do it.

Here is todays screencast:

Screencast- Why you should move away from WordPress.com

Screencast- Why you should move away from WordPress.com

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How to set a static page as your homepage

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by in Screencasts

WordPress is a powerful blogging tool. It features posts,pages comments etc. But WordPress can do much more than be just a blog. It can be a Content Management System, which allows you to set up your WordPress install however you want. One popular use of WordPress is using it as a full-blown website, where the front page is just that, a page. An example would even be here on the WP Kick Start homepage.

So how do you do this you ask?

In your WordPress dashboard, scroll down and expand the “Settings” menu. From here go into the “Reading” menu item. Now on the “Reading” page, take the check box off the latest post option, and select the static page option. Finally select which pages you want where and save the page.

Here is a screencast showing the previous steps:

How to set a static page as your WordPress homepage

How to set a static page as your WordPress homepage

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How to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by in Screencasts

Introduction

WordPress.com is a hosted service, which allows you to set up multiple blogs for free, however there are optional paid options which add functionality to your blog. WordPress.com is perfect for a beginner blogger, however many bloggers find that it is to restrictive and looks unprofessional.

For example:

    On WordPress.com without a paid upgrade your url is www.site.wordpress.com, which makes you seem amateurish.

    There are a limited amount of themes, often of poor visual quality. They are also overused due to the large amount of users on the bog hosting provider,

    Without a paid upgrade, you cannot edit CSS in any of the available themes. This does not allow you to brand your blog.

    You cannot use any plugins

The list goes on…

All of these features are available with a self hosted WordPress.org blog.

The planning

The first thing you will need to do is find a hosting company. You cant have a blog without a host. Check to see if the host meets the minimum requirements of WordPress:

* PHP 4.3 or greater
* MySQL 4.0 or greater
* The mod_rewrite Apache module

Here at WP Kick Start we recommend Kabarty. Not only are they a cool reliable host but they also have WordPress specific hosting, which means your blog will run the best it ever will, due to server optimization that suits WordPress.

Installing a self hosted WordPress blog

1, Uploading the files

Upload all the files and folders in the way you found them when you downloaded them. You should upload them to the directory that you want your blog to be in. Simple right? So upload all the files and folders as they were originally. Do not upload every file to the main directory. Keep the original file structure.
Here is my folder structure:
My folder structure

2, Database

So the standard values are the following:

Database Name
Database Name used by WordPress
Database Username
Username used to access Database
Database Password
Password used by Username to access Database
Database Host
The hostname of your Database Server

The steps to get that information are:

1, Make a database in your cpanel

2, Make a new user- Fill in your password etc

3, Add the user to the database

4, Use this information in your wp-config.php.

In most cases, your Database Host is localhost

The file wp-config.php does not exist by default. You will need to re-name the wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php

3 Final Install

Go to: www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php to set up your username etc.

Exporting your posts from your WordPress.com blog

First things first. Go to your WordPress.com dashboard. Scroll down until you see the menu item “Tools”. Expand the “Tools” menu and you will see an “Export” link. Upon clicking the export link, you will see an option to select which users you want to export the posts from. I would recommend exporting all users. Then download the WXR file, which will appear as a xml file to your desktop.

Here is a screencast showing those very steps:

Screencast on Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org- Part 1

Screencast on Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org- Part 1

Importing posts into your self hosted WordPress.org blog

Go to your self hosted WordPress.org blog and locate the “Tools” menu item. But this time click “Import”. This will take you to a page where you select what type of file you want to import, such as Blogger or Typepad posts. In this case we obviously want to select WordPress as our import type. From here upload your WXR file which we previously exported from your WordPress.com account. You may be asked now to select who you would like to assign the posts to. You can create a new user or select a current user from the list.

Here is a screencast showing these steps:

Screencast- Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress,org- Part 2

Screencast- Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress,org- Part 2

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How to schedule posts

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by in Screencasts

Today’s screencast is about scheduling posts.

Episode 1- How to schedule a post

Episode 1- How to schedule a post

By the way, I wrote this post a few hours ago and scheduled it for now. See, it is useful.

Please post any feedback in the comments below.

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Site officially launched- 50% off sale

Posted on 12. Dec, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog

Well it has been a long time coming (well for me anyway) but I have finally officially launched the site. Features are broken up into plans but they are purely suggestive. Only want a specific feature of a plan? Such as WordPress installed? No problem, Contact Us

Now as an early Christmas gift, I thought I would celebrate the launch of the site with a sale. A massive sale that is. Simply mention “take off 50” for a massive 50% off any plan. That means you could get our basic plan, which includes the installation of WordPress, 2 plugins and a basic ping list for only $25.

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What we actually do

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog

What do we actually do here at WP Kick Start?

I have had people ask me what we actually do here, or plan to do once the site is released. I’m going to try an explain what we will be doing here.

We know that starting a blog is hard. As the slogan of the site states we “kick start” your WordPress blog. This can be anything from installing WordPress, to setting up themes and plugins. Our aim is to set WordPress up so you can just start publishing content.

We have flexible plans to allow you to get specific things done. Only want a few basic things done? No problem, go with our basic plan. Want a few extra things added? Go with our advanced plan

Our service could also be useful to developers. We can install WordPress and any plugins and/or themes you would like. That way you can just start on the work requested of you, and you dont need to waste time with the foundations.

So now do you see the value in our service? If not, feel free to post a question in the comment section of this post.