What are Widgets and How can you use them?

Posted on 14. Jan, 2010 by in Screencasts

Widgets are things you can put in your WordPress blog, most commonly in the sidebar without knowing how to edit a web page. They can be dragged and dropped, and allow you to customize many areas of your blog without the need to touch any code.

Widgets are very easy to use and involve you going into the ‘Appearance’ menu item in you WordPress dashboard, then down to ‘Widgets’. Now simply drag and drop the widget to your desired location.

Here is a screencast showing the above steps:

Screencast- What are Widgets and How can you use them?

Screencast- What are Widgets and How can you use them?

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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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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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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.