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Live WordPress Help Via Twitter

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I’ve spent some of my after-hours free time on Twitter answering questions about WordPress and helping folks with their WordPress issues.

Turned out to be a great success, lots of fun and a bunch of people who had their problems solved were glad I was on hand to help them out!

So I thought I would make this a regular gig! I’ve created a new username just for WordPress help via Twitter: @duward.

Here’s how it works…

You get on Twitter type in your question and I’ll jump in and offer my assistance.

WordPress Theme Cheat Sheet for Beginners

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There are many codes to memorize just to modify a WordPress theme, so it helps to have a mini cheat sheet if you are looking to make minor changes or even developing your own theme. This is why we have decided to list a few codes that you can probably use for reference when editing themes. Bookmarking this page, or print this article and paste it on your desk.

Basic Template Files

Below is the list of basic files that every theme should have.

  • style.css
  • header.php
  • index.php
  • sidebar.php
  • footer.php
  • single.php
  • page.php
  • comments.php
  • 404.php
  • archive.php
  • searchform.php
  • search.php

Codes in Header.php

These codes are mostly seen in header.php although some of these might be seen throughout your template files. Codes like Location of Site’s Theme Files are used to call for image URLs all over the template, same goes with the exact url of the site code. But most of these codes will be found in your header.php file.

<?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?> – Title of the Blog, or Blog Name

<?php wp_title(); ?> – Title of a Specific Page

<?php bloginfo(‘url’); ?> – Exact URL for the Site

<?php bloginfo(%u2019description%u2019); ?> – Site’s Description

<?php bloginfo(‘template_url’); ?> – Location of Site’s Theme File

<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_url’); ?> – Link to the Style.css location

<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?> – RSS Feed URL for the Site

<?php bloginfo(‘pingback_url’); ?> – Pingback URL for the site

<?php bloginfo(‘version’); ?> – WordPress Version Number

Codes for Other Template Files

Codes below will be seen across all template files such as single.php, index.php, page.php and so on. Its really easy to call on these codes to make your theme dynamic when coding it.

<?php get_header(); ?> – Displays Header.php file content

<?php get_footer(); ?> – Displays Footer.php file content

<?php get_sidebar(); ?> – Displays Sidebar.php file content

<?php comments_template(); ?> – Displays Comment.php file content

<?php the_content(); ?> – Displays the Content of the Post

<?php the_excerpt(); ?> – Displays the excerpt that is used in Posts

<?php the_title(); ?> – Title of the Specific Post

<?php the_permalink() ?> – Link of the Specific Post

<?php the_category(‘, ‘) ?> – Category of a Specific Post

<?php the_author(); ?> – Author of the Specific Post

<?php the_ID(); ?> – ID of a Specific Post

<?php edit_post_link(); ?> – Edit link for a Post

<?php next_post_link(‘ %link ‘) ?> – URL of the Next Page

<?php previous_post_link(‘%link’) ?> – URL of the Previous Page

<?php get_links_list(); ?> – Lists all links in Blogroll

<?php wp_list_pages(); ?> – Lists all Pages

<?php wp_get_archives() ?> – List Archive for the Site

<?php wp_list_cats(); ?> – Lists all Categories

<?php get_calendar(); ?> – Displays the Built in Calendar

<?php wp_register(); ?> – Displays Register Link

<?php wp_loginout(); ?> – Displays Login/Logout Link only to Registered Users

Hopefully this has helped you guys. Please spread it around by sharing it with your friends. Bookmark this page to delicious and tweet it.

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Sweet Sixteen WordPress Blogging Secrets

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Here’s the sweet spot — the sixteen things you need to do to make sure your new WordPress site or Blog has the best chance for success. A given that is not part of my “Sweet 16″ is having a unique niche, focus, methodology or personality that will separate you from others with sites within the same topic arena. Without that, you face an uphill battle.

Now, of course I could probably put a list together of 160 things — but this 16 are the basics to get off to a running start!

  1. Focused content that talks to readers — not at them. Pretend you are talking to site visitors from across the table at your favorite diner.
  2. A title that makes onliners want to read it! Catchy, controversial, sparks curiosity.
  3. A topic many will find useful, helpful, informative. This post is an example. Use lists and tips to help your readers reach their goals or accomplish tasks on their “to do” list.
  4. A photo or graphic that relays the intent and/or tone of the post. This is a visual medium — use it to your advantage!
  5. Apply K.I.S.S.: Keep it short and simple. Yeah, I know… easier said than done. But at least try!
  6. No typos or grammatical errors. Read and reread — make this effort. Trying reading your post out loud before publishing and you may be surprised at what you end up changing.
  7. Make it super easy for readers to subscribe and pass on your posts. Have icons above the fold for your top social media sites so readers are only a click away from joining you. Use one of the many social media plugins to add the top social media site icons at the bottom of every page and post.
  8. SEO your Permalinks structure to Custom: /%postname%/.
  9. Have your posts Tweet to Twitter, post to your Facebook Fan Page and LinkedIn profile.
  10. Respond to comments promptly and with sincerity.
  11. Don’t go crazy with unnecessary or useless plugins. Use only those that enhance your site/Blog’s features and usability. Otherwise your risk conflicts or your site not performing as it should.
  12. Upgrade WordPress and plugins as soon as new updates become available. When you see that yellow nag bar, stop and upgrade.
  13. Back up your database on a regular basis.
  14. Back up your export file on a regular basis. (Tools > Export)
  15. Post on a regular schedule so readers know when to expect to hear from you. Plan on posting at least 3-4 times every week to start to build a following.
  16. Be yourself; show your personality! Your site/Blog is all about you offering information that is all about your target market. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through as that is what will separate you from everyone else!

Since we are just talking the basics here, I’m sure some of you have suggestions I’ve left out. Feel free to share what were some of the very first things you made a point of doing that you feel have contributed to your site’s overall success.

About the Author:

Judith Kallos is an experienced good-humored Technology Muse who has offered WordPress Consulting and Web Site services for over a decade. Be sure to check out her popular site 123 More Income so you can learn to make more money online.