Getting used to wordpress is usually pretty straight-forward, but it can definitely be a bit of a shock when you first log in to the admin menu. With so many options for editing and creating content, it can seem like a labyrinth. So here are a few hopefully helpful tips for going through the options.

  • Make sure to learn the difference between wordpress pages and posts. I’ve got another blog entry explaining this more thoroughly
  • When adding widgets, make sure to wait until the dashed rectangle appears before releasing the mouse.
  • You wouldn’t buy the first car you’ve seen, so why only check out one theme. Make sure to keep your readers or customers in mind when picking out your website’s look and feel. There are thousands of free themes easily accessible in the themes search, and if you have something more exotic in mind, let me take a look at your requirements!
  • Evaluate your website’s needs before adding a website full of plugins and widgets. Consider what features you need, and what features you could live without.
  • Change the Permalinks structure under “Settings > Permalinks”. The default question mark and number leaves a lot to be desired for most search engines and users alike.  You can change it to /%postname%/ to just display the name (much like this website!)
  • Easily add social network features. With a huge variety of social networking widgets and facebook/twitter integration, it’s easy to hook up your wordpress site to your other online tools. Check out the “AddToAny” plugin for adding share buttons, and search the widget repository for a good facebook ‘like’ box to show your fans from facebook.
  • Make sure to configure the plugins you add. Most plugins will require at least some tweaking to get them to work just the way you want them. When you activate a plugin, typically a menu will appear on the left-hand column of the wordpress admin menu. Either it will show up as a separate main section, or as a submenu under “settings”.