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01May 2015

Banned from Google Adsense

The negative side of Google Adsense;

It’s in fact not uncommon to find out your account suspended from Google Adsense. If this is your case, you are going first to receive an email informing you of Google banishment your account. , if you attempt to access your Adsense interface, this error message will be displayed:

The AdSense account corresponding to this login address is currently disabled, We recommend that you check your inbox to see if you have not received a message from us on the status of your account. Sometimes our messages are blocked by filters. Therefore, also check that our message is not found in the spam folder of your email accounts.
If your account was disabled for invalid clicks, please see our FAQ on disabling accounts for additional information.

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09Apr 2015

Monetize your website with Google Adsense, how to start:

If you browse the net regularly, which is probably your case when you read this article, then you may noticed advertising on many websites. Have you ever wondered how these commercials came on these websites and for what reason?

as a beginner in this huge world, you may be asking these questions. in this guide, we will try to answer and clarify everything about monetizing your site or blog by advertisements.
But here, we are going to focus on google adsense, There are other monetization strategies which can be more profitable in some situations (e.g., selling your own products, affiliate marketing, etc.). That being said, and as far as monetizing your site using ads goes, AdSense is the better advertising network on the Internet. Here’s why:

  • It’s simple and easy to Set Up and Get Started
  • Huge Number of Advertisers
  • Ads Are Really Targeted
  • It’s possible to Generate income from Global Traffic, not just focus on UNITED STATES visitors
  • The Earnings Are Pretty Good
  • The Advertisements Blend Nicely
  • Payments Are Always on Time

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Access to Google Adsense program

AdSense is Google’s advertising network. It was founded in 2003 when Google was looking for a way to generate more money.

Google Adsense is currently the world’s largest advertising network on the web, we find it almost everywhere. Here are some places where you can see ads from Google Adsense:

  • sites with information content;
  • YouTube videos;
  • Gmail service;
  • the Google search engine .

You may find that Google utilizes the authority on its own platforms to generate more money using its own services. therefore, We find Google Adsense within the SERP (search engine results page), Gmail service, or in YouTube videos.

What exactly interests us is the capability to broadcast Adsense advertisements on a personal website. Which is very simple, you first have to register your site in the Adsense program and, if accepted, you’ll be able to broadcast Adsense . First, you will need a Google account. Once logged in, you can propose your site for publishing.

Register your site to Google Adsense

In order to register your website with Google Adsense, you need first to make sure it’s online and running . To do this, just type the URL of your site in the web browser. If your site is correctly displayed, it’s ready to be proposed to Google. Indeed, sites under development or without a regular domain name can’t be accepted in Google Adsense; this is one of the very important rules of Google Adsense.

 My site is hosted on a free company, with also a free domain name. Can I still be accepted on Google Adsense?

If you want to broadcast Adsense ads on your site, is that you intend to make an income. However, you should know that Adsense pays publishers by click. So we need a maximum of visitors to generate highest possible clicks and therefore generate much more earnings. In case your site is on a free hosting, or has no unique domain name, which is certainly a personal blog, or a site with very low traffic. Adding Adsense advertisements then would be a waste of time unless you want to earn a dime every month. You should be working on your energy: your content. Once your site is well known, consider monetizing your pages with Adsense.

To get started, you must visit the homepage of the Adsense program. If you are using an utility such as Adblock or other advertisements blocking module, you may have display issues. consider adding an exception in your anti-ad filters for Google Adsense, or simply disable it completely.

This page summarizes the three requirements for inclusion on Adsense:

  • an active Google account;
  • monetizing content: in our case, a website;
  • a postal mailing address.

Do not forget that Adsense is not exclusively dedicated to websites. We can also find it on YouTube videos or even in mobile applications. It’s quite large,but we will focus here on the case of a website.

 Why google adsense ask me for a mailing address?

In order to pay you! Specifically, every time a visitor clicks a banner ad on your site, you earn money. Once your earnings accomplish the specific payout, Google will send you a check by post, that you can cash at your bank. you must provide a correct mailing address, to make sure that your check will be delivered to you.
However we’re not there yet. You will first have to submit your site to Google Adsense. Click the “Yes, proceed to a Google Account sign in” and log in. You are now at the phase number 2 of your website registration. It’s time to propose your web site to Google. Now Google will remind you the main rules and policies of Adsense program.

Above, we have a form with two fields to fill:

  • your website URL .
  • the main language on your site.

After that, click the “Continue” button to get into the third and final step of listing your website to Google Adsense. For this last step, you will have a little more to accomplish. they will request you include your full name, address and telephone number. Keep in mind that this information will be used by Google to send your payments, so provide a valid data. When you are ready, click the “Send my request” button to submit the demand to Google Adsense.

The validation stage of your site

Once your request submitted, Google Adsense will review the information you have sent. Your demand may be either accepted or declined. Here are the most frequent reasons for rejection:

  • not accessible website;
  • wrong personal information;
  • User previously banned .

As soon as Google examined your site, you will receive an email with reply regarding your request. Make sure to check your inbox from time to time, as well as your spam. In case your demand had been declined, do not panic, rejection is not final. If it was caused due to low quality content or poor design, you can always try again later once you’ve done a good job on your site . Normally, Google Adsense welcomes almost all websites, as long as they are properly built. Even small blogs with very few visits are generally accepted, because they have little chance of generating income for the authority.

If you are the owner of an old Google Adsense account which was banned in the past, Google will not agree to create a new one, and will never accept either to reactivate the old. Adsense banishments are, in fact, registered forever. So there is certainly very little chance to access the program again. However, if you have been admitted, which is sure to happen if you have followed the advices given in this article, then you will have now access to Google Adsense interface.

 the validation phase of a website for the Google Adsense program is not verified by robots. These are indeed real people, employed by Google, who are responsible to carefully review the proposed websites one by one. So you have no chance if you are stating false information on your website.
You should also know that the team of Google Adsense, which composed only by humans, do not work on weekends! If you have submitted your site on a Friday night, do not expect to receive a response until Monday the following week!

 

Manage advertisements with Google Adsense

We will learn now how to place advertisements on Google Adsense. first log on to your Google account and visit the Adsense user interface.

 

Your first Ads on Google Adsense

Go to the creation of a new advertising interface. Google Adsense requests for the name of the publicity you would like to create. You can write anything you want, this name will be used only to quickly and easily identify an advertisement. Google Adsense after that asks you which structure you want for your advertising. The service recommends four sizes, which are generally known to be the most efficient:

  • Medium rectangle : 300×250
  •  Large Rectangle    : 336×280
  • Leaderboard            : 728×90
  •  Skyscraper              :160×600

Google Adsense then asks you the type of advertising you want to view. You can choose either a 100% ad text, a 100% rich media advertising (image, sound, video …), or a textual and rich media advertising. Finally, Google Adsense will offer a feature to customize your advertising display. As we’ll talk later in this chapter, I suggest you copy this color palette in your CSS to integrate advertising as much as possible to your website.

Google Adsense then offers to save your advertising. When saved, Google Adsense automatically generates JavaScript code to place in your website. Once the code placed, your ad appears and you can start making money with Adsense.

I suggest you go check out the Google Adsense official video channel on Youtube. It can be interesting for you.

Next chapter will be about how to avoid suspension of your adsense account, the dark side and negative aspects of the program, and tips on how to make the most from your publicity with Adsense.

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04Apr 2015

creating a good quality content

quality content

Today we suggest to share with you one of the major challenges of the web; creating good quality content. The content quality of your website is vital to a successful SEARCH ENGINE RANKING OPTIMIZATION.

Content is king. You will hear that term frequently when it comes seo success. Indeed, that’s the reason why the Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors starts with the content “elements,” with the first element being about quality content .

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Original content has two aspects, the fact that this article is the work of the author, and to exhibit some form of originality to capture the reader. In conclusion, your own publication should have a good value for the readers.

Importance of the title

It is very important create attractive titles., 80% of Internet users read your title, only 20% browse the rest. The title of the post is the first thing your readers notice, it is as vital as the content itself.

Operational solutions

The most efficient content should be a form of that give your reader the keys to apply your advice.

Providing answers

Using internet search engine is like trying to find the answer for a question, or a solution for the problem. Your content must provide the proper answer immediately. Nowadays,almost all content online marketers make an effort to bring real value for their readers.

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Give accurate, up-to-date and verified information.

If you communicate on a company , begin focusing to offer precise and verified information for your reputation as well as your business. Links for your statistical sources are always recommended.

When you generate links to other websites you are:

  • Rating the quality of sites that on which are pointing your links
  • Citing Your sources to the maximum
  • Helping search engines in order to categorize your website / blog

Try to engage

Some recommendations to engage your readers:

  • Ask questions from your visitors
  • Make a promise for your readers in the introduction
  • Tell the experiences

Illustrate your elements

Keep in mind that a picture is worth a thousand words. And you can add a custom made graphic which is certainly greater than a picture directly from an image bank. Illustrate your posts with images, videos, diagrams, charts, examples, etc …

Write brief texts related to original articles

It is very important to learn how to eliminate the surplus of information and go directly to the point. A short article summarizing an original longer and more detailed may have more effect. Google doesn’t calculate the size of your content based on the number of words. Also, a mobile user will see the advantage of a short article.
Make regular updates
Holding a website or blog is really a daily commitment. Visitors like the search engines expect an update frequency of the order at least one or two times a week to get a good idea of your site.

29Mar 2015

As we have experienced with the themes, WordPress provides a fantastic freedom in customizing your website with a simplified to the maximum process. As well as we were able to modify very easily the style of our website, we can also add new functionality using plugins.

Plugins are generally modules to install separately to increase the functionality of any software. WordPress here, For example, integrating Facebook or twitter buttons, adding visits statistics in the dashboard, or even with a photo gallery on your publications … Adding plugins to wordpress:

Manage plugins

Adding plugins to wordpress

Such as themes, plugins may be installed directly from the administration interface, and also manually by downloading the necessary files and placing them in the appropriate folder.

Automated install

We access the search engine plugin via the “Plugins> Add” menu, which provides a similar method to the installation of themes. You can Search simply by keyword, date added, or just browse the most used by the community. Seek among the most popular plug-ins by clicking on the appropriate link (see below).

plugins library

From the list which appears, we can see for each plugin the name, current version, a note of users as well as a brief description of its functionality. To begin the installation, just click “Install Now” and WordPress will download the necessary files for the operation, once again everything goes according to the same process as for themes.

manual Install

Plugins may also be downloaded manually in the official WordPress website in the plugins section. After you have retrieved the zip file, place it in the folder WordPress / wp-content / plugins, and you complete the installation!

Activate or remove a plugin

The administration provides a plugins management panel accessible via “plugins> installed plugins.” Here you can manage the various plugins for your site.

Once a plugin is mounted, it’s necessary to activate it simply by clicking on the “activate” link in the plugin description. in case you no longer need a plugin, you can disable it in the same way. Finally, to uninstall a plugin and remove all its files and information stored in your database, you must click on “Remove”.

  •  The deletion is irreversible! You must reinstall the plugin if you want to use it again later.
  • To remove a plugin, you have to deactivate it first.

Updating a plugin

To fully use plugin new features or simply for bug fixes, all plugins have the possibility for being updated whenever a new version is launched by teams of development . This is signaled in the main menu with a small sticker displaying the number of plugins which could be updated. (See below)

plugins update

Before you decide to update the plugin, see the details. You will find a list describing each one of these updates as well as possible risks. When you’re ready to obtain the latest version, click on “Update automatically”, WordPress will immediately download and install the newest files.

If you are much more enthusiast of manual download, you can update the plugin simply by getting the new version of the .zip file and replacing the old folder to update, the same way as for the first installation.

Useful plugins examples

You already know now how to search for and install plugins, here is an example of the most popular that you may find useful.

Hupso Share Buttons

The first plugin focuses on social networks by proposing to add sharing buttons for a wide selection of them. Your website visitors can easily share your publications with a single click to the social networks. Buttons can be added below your articles or blog posts, pages and even as widget according to the configuration you choose.

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Several options are also available, so you can choose location of the buttons and how to share text is determined, exclude categories or articles sharing, or even change the button style. So it is an extremely helpful plugin to avoid boring steps for integrating these buttons for every social network, and also the result is rather powerful (see below).

share buttons hupso

NextGEN Gallery

To finish this selection, let’s look at the plugin NextGEN Gallery, which allows creation of photo galleries to display with your publications.

You start by creating an album, add images one at a time or even by groups in a really simplified way to sort the list, then you can view them at various locations: in an article, page or a widget. The display may also take the form of a slide carousel to scroll the images automatically, it’s under your control.

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there are so many options for you to adapt the plugin with your needs; by modifying the size, design, image transitions durations, or even allowing specific selection of images in the displayed page.

nextgen gallery

  • WordPress can be customized using plugins. These modules allow you to add lots of features.
  • The plugins are developed by the community.
  • You will find more than 33,000 plugins, feel free to browse the library!
26Mar 2015
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How to Modify WordPress appearance

Your website identity depends especially on the graphic theme: all the visual features of your site, such as colors, text size, background images or arrangement of blocks in pages. When you installed WordPress, you didn’t have the opportunity to choose the used stylesheet, and for good reason: it’s installed by default and it’s then up to you to find another and change it if you want. Let’s see how.

Theme changing

Choosing a theme is  very simple. in the administration interface, go to menu “Appearance> themes”. Here you will probably have one or two pre-installed themes that you can enable or disable at your leisure (see below).

wordpress theme interface

Let’s try to change the currently used theme  (here “Twenty Thirteen”) with “Twenty Twelve”, Click “activate” and refresh, your site’s new look is already in place,  nothing more to do (see the figure below).

wordpress theme activation

What if I want to try new and not included themes with WordPress ?

It’s possible to install new themes created by the community in various ways: Using the administration interface or by downloading files yourself.

Add a theme via the dashboard

To add a theme directly from the admin interface, choose the tab “Add new” up the theme selection page. Here you can search by keyword, upload a .zip containing a previously downloaded theme file or browse the latest ones added by developers :

add wp theme

When browsing the gallery (by searching or browsing the latest updated themes), you have an option to preview the final result through the “Preview” link below the thumbnails. when you click “Install Now”, WordPress will automatically download the requested theme and it will be added to the list of available themes.

Using a downloaded theme

In case you have downloaded a theme separately, for example directly from wordpress.org or any website offering WordPress themes, you can install it manually by placing files in the CMS tree.

Try, for example, to install the theme expound proposed on the official website of WordPress. Unzip the .zip file and place the expound folder in the : wordpress / wp-content / themes  directory of your installation. If you redisplay the list of themes in the administration interface, expound is now selectable for use on your site (see below):

uploaded theme wp

Adding widgets

Widgets are small blocks to add on the pages of your website. They provide information and specific functionality to visitors. For example, it could be a current time display, a calendar, weather forecast, mini games, etc. It’s an easy way to add dynamic content  without having to modify the site code.

Install a new widget

In the Appearance > Widgets menu, we see all the available widgets for the website in the center, and on the right the different areas where your theme can contain these widgets. In fact, the widgets can not be placed anywhere, they need one (or several) area of the graphic depending on how the used theme is designed. By default, WordPress has a number of included widgets.

To add a widget to a specific area (which is determined by the used style), you simply drag and drop it from the center to the “Main Zone” (the name may vary depending on your theme) on the right. Let’s add, for example, the widget “Tag cloud” with this method:

add widget wp

Once a widget is placed in the widget area, you can edit properties, which determine its behavior on the pages of your website. Let’s add the title “Keywords” and choose taxonomy “tags”, which will display a short list of the most used tags to mark published articles. The other option “Categories” offers the same display but for the categories of articles. Now click “Save”, then refresh the site’s home page; the new widget should appear in the selected area.

tagCloud

Deactivate a widget

Removing a widget is simple: just click on “Delete”. This will remove the widget and delete the applied settings.

widget remove

However, you can also choose not to display a widget, while keeping the options you’ve chosen such as title for example. For this, just move the widget to the “disabled Widgets” area at the bottom of the widget management page. You can then place it later on your site with the same settings.

Modify WordPress appearance;

Important to remember:

  • The appearance of the site is determined by the chosen theme.
  • New themes can be downloaded from the official library, or uploaded from any trusted site.
  • The widgets offer additional features in the peripheral zones of each page.

 

26Mar 2015

The life of a site, particularly a blog is not necessarily limited to the action of one person (in your case). It also requires the involvement of visitors who can bring their thoughts to your articles, and other writers who can invest in enriching your content.

comments

If your site is successful, there is a good chance that visitors will want to leave comments on some articles that inspires them, and even on some pages.

Comments: activate or deactivate

First, let’s see how to enable (or disable) comments on the pages and articles of the site.

In the administration interface, go to “Settings> Discussion.” At the top of the page, a box asking if you want to “Allow visitors to post comments on the latest Articles.” If this box is checked, all articles and pages you create will receive feedback, and vice versa if you uncheck it. However, this option doesn’t allow you to enable or disable comments on the content already created. To do this, go to the “Articles” menu and select “Quick edit” under the article you want to change the status (see below).

post edit

You can then, as in the following figure, Change comments via the checkbox “Allow comments”.

To make this change on all of your Articles, you must select “Edit” from the list of grouped actions select all items you want to disable comments and click “Apply”. A similar form to the previous will be displayed and allows among others to enable (or disable) the comments for all articles (see below).

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 The actions described here are also valid for the pages through the menu listing the pages.

options

Back to the “Settings> Discussion” page. Many parameters are available here to help you manage comments, it’s, for example, possible that  an administrator validate or disable comments for old items. At the bottom of the page you can choose if comments can have an avatar next to the user’s name who posted. If so, you must choose a type of avatar:

  • Mystery person: an anonymous user logo is displayed;
  • Blank: a blank image is displayed;
  • Gravatar: the image is retrieved from Gravatar, a service for associating an image to an email address;
  • Etc.

If you choose Gravatar, then you need to select a maximum level for the censorship of the image, i.e ; an image for adults will, for example, not be displayed if you choose a level from G, PG or R. If you do not know which one to choose, let ‘G – Visible to all “, which is used by default.

Moderate comments

the statutes

Once a comment is created, it can be in several different statutes:

  • Approved: the comment is visible on the site;
  • Pending: the comment is awaiting validation, only you or another site administrator can see;
  • Spam: the comment is hidden because it has been disapproved by an administrator.

Finally, it’s possible to have a comment in the trash if you decide to delete it. Let us see how these changes status.

Edit and delete

You can access to the list of comments on the site via “Comments” of the administration panel.  Fly over a comment and click “Edit” , this takes you to the edit page.

 When you are logged in as administrator, it is also possible to directly access the edit form of a comment with “Edit” link that appears on the front office when viewing a comment.

 In the center you can change the comment content and the name of the user who posted it. A history of actions on this comment (e.g a change of status) is also displayed at the bottom of the page.

 It’s not recommended to edit content of a comment because the user may think that you are looking to change his statement in your favor. Use this functionality to remove an insulting sentence for example, although in most cases the simple deletion of the comment is preferable.!

On the right we find the status list presented above, as well as the comment creation date and a link for moving into trash.

If we choose to place a comment as “Pending”, you will see it immediately removed from public display in the article. On the other hand, a small “1” appeared in the administration menu to indicate that a comment is awaiting approval by an administrator :

comment waiting moderation

If the comment is marked as “Junk” or placed in the trash, it no longer appears in the list of comments, we must choose the filter “spam” (or bin) at the top to access it (see figure below).

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You can then choose to cancel this status and restore the comment for it to appear again, which is useful in case of error, for example (see below).comment not spam

Settings

It’s also possible to filter out certain texts in the comments to prevent them from being published without your approval. In the “comments Moderation”, you can choose a set of words that will trigger up waiting the comment with these expressions. It’s not obligatory to complete words; i.e “Press” block comments containing “#” “Pressure” or “Press”.

 Be careful to only put one blocking word per line in the text box.

 You can do the same in the “Black List for comments”, but in this case, comments corresponding to one of the chosen words are immediately marked as “spam”, without moderation.

Users

Users management

Any user management is done by the “Users” menu of the administration that allows you to manage all existing users, to create new or edit your own profile. You can list all the users of your site (see below):

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roles

Each user is associated with a role defining all the rights granted to him, in other words the list of actions that can be performed in the site administration interface:

  • Administrator: This is the role that grants all the rights and you have by default as a creator of the site;
  • Editor: allows to publish and edit all the articles on the site, even those that do not belong to him;
  • Contributor: he can create or edit articles and pages belonging to him, but can’t publish them (he must ask an editor or administrator to do it for him);
  • Author: the author can publish and edit their own content;
  • Subscriber: he can only access the home administration panel and manage their profile.

To change a user role , check the name in the list of users. You can then make your choice with a scrollable list. Note that you can not change your own role (see figure below):

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 Rights management is an important issue for the security of your site. Always be careful, grant the minimum necessary rights to a user. So do not create an administrator profile if the person who will use it only needs to write articles.

User creation

You can create a new user by going to the submenu “Add”. This interface allows to define the name of new user, role, and some optional personal information.

It’s also possible to allow the creation of user accounts for any visitor. To do this, in the “Settings> General” menu, simply check the box “Anyone can register” and set the default role of these users.

 You won’t probably need this option, but it’s good to know that it exists. However, if you use it, make sure that the default user role is as small as possible (subscriber), otherwise you risk to have changes in the content of your site by anyone !

 So, remember that:

  • Comments allow visitors to express on publications.
  • The administrator can moderate comments before and after publication.
  • Several people can contribute to the site, possibly with different rights.

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24Mar 2015

Your site is now installed and ready to use, but it’s still terribly empty! Here’s how to fix this by adding content to visitors.

Articles

WordPress content is organized into two types: articles and pages. The difference is the type of content you will publish.

An article will generally be a topical content because it takes greatest value at the moment of publication. This is typically the type of content used for publications of a blog or a news feed.

A page will rather be a constant value content over time without the need to be updated. It can be used for presenting a company, person or to talk about a subject background.

At the presentation, articles can be displayed in a chronological ordered list , that’s what makes sense, either completely or with an overview of the content, while the pages are accessed through a link (usually in navigation menu) to their content.

Articles management

To create an article simply go to “Articles” and choose “Add new” in the submenu.

The text editor

On the next page , you have a field to set the title of your article and a text editor to type its content and format with the dedicated toolbar (see below).

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You can make text bold or italic, create bulleted lists, change text alignment or color.

For a description of buttons in the editor, you can hover over it to display a small information bubble. Also, the last icon (in the shape of a question mark),opens help in a new window. Finally,the two tabs labeled “Visual” and “Text” are in order to toggle between the visual and the generated HTML. If you don’t know how to use HTML, there is no need to switch to text, visual mode will be enough.

Publish Article

To the right we have the available  actions for the article in progress. In particular it’s possible to have a preview of the article with the blog design to get an idea of the final rendering. You can also, as in the following figure, manage the status of publishing your article. instantly or maybe later.

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As long as an article is not in the status “Published”, it doesn’t appear on the site. You can start writing it as a draft, save and come back later to finish, but the “Publish” button displays the article immediately.

Categories and Keywords

It’s possible to combine one or more categories to an article and a set of keywords, This will allow your visitors to easily locate your content from the list of articles on various themes.

categories

To manage categories, simply go to the menu “Articles> Categories, in this page you can add a category and edit existing ones.
By default, only one category is present and it’s not possible to delete it,because the default category articles will be used if no other assignment is chosen.

To create a new category, you must inform:

  • The name of the category, which will be posted on the pages;
  • An identifier, typically used in the URL when displaying articles in ;
  • Parent (optional); each category can have a parent category;
  • A description (optional) that will eventually be displayed if the subject allows.

After creating the category, we can assign it now to an article. To do this, on the edit page just check the box next to the category to combine and update the article. If we display our site again, the added category becomes visible in the site’s foot page (or on the side depending on the theme). Now you see a new page with the list of associated categorie.

Keywords

Unlike the thematic description of categories, keywords or tags are used to characterize the article more precisely. For example, an article about how WordPress can be in the “My tutorials” category on the blog, keywords may be like :”course”, “computer”, “training”, “operation”, “WordPress” etc. The description of the article content becomes richer.

As well as the categories, there is a specific page in the administration to manage the keywords in the submenu of the Tags. However, it’s prefered to create the keywords directly on the page while writing an article, because it’s common to create some specifically for every article.

For this, under the form for adding categories, a field prompts you to add keywords (separated by commas). It’s also possible to choose from the most used existing keywords, Create or select tags and update the article to save changes (see below):

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When viewing the article, you now have a list of keywords that will redirect you to the list of associated articles, as in the case for the categories. Indeed, if two articles have a common keyword (eg “wordpress”), the user can find these two articles by typing the keyword. This will facilitate research publications for your visitors by offering a range of words that appear frequently on your site.

pages

Creating pages is very similar to the articles, it’s in the “Pages> Add new” menu. Edition of the content is by the same text editor, and publication follows the same process. However, the options on the page are different. We have more categories or keywords to associate, but three new attributes.

attributes

On the right side of the page editing area a framework similar to the following figure appears.

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We can associate a parent page to another, to define a hierarchy of pages. The main visual change appears in the main menu that will display child pages you have defined.

The “Model” attribute (which is not always visible depending on themes) is used to change the page size, i.e the way it is displayed. By default, the pages are usually displayed in a sidebar (as for the list of items) that displays widgets (list of categories, keywords, various links). It’s therefore possible on some themes to choose not to display this sidebar on a specific page by choosing a “full-width page template”.

Finally, the attribute “Order” sets the appearance order of the page in the menu relative to others, The page with the smallest order appears on the left, while the rightmost page will be the one with the highest order.

The menu

A menu is the essential element of navigation on the site because it provides a link to the main pages .
Menu management is performed via the submenu “Settings> Menus” in the administration interface.

Creating a menu

To create a menu, nothing easier: just choose a name and click “Create Menu”.

After creating the menu, we just need to add links. These can be in several types:

  • a custom link that you choose the correct url for;
  • a static page;
  • a link to a category;

When a link is added to the menu, it appears in the central framework that summarizes the added menu items. It’s then possible, by unfolding the block, to delete the menu, change the wording, or adding a title attribute to the link (see below):

menu attr

In this way, a bubble appears when you fly over the menu with the mouse (see figure below):

menu ex

When you have added your links, activate the menu in the block “theme Places” where you can choose the main menu. The menu will be used as the main site navigation. If the theme you use permits, it may be possible to have more than one active menu location at a time, you could then activate a second display to another location of your pages.

 I can’t go to the page that list my items, we couldn’t add it to the menu!!

 as you’ve seen, it is not possible to add in the menu a link type “page articles”. So you have to type in the website base url for a list of your publications, which is not optimal … Two solutions can solve this problem:

-The first is to add a custom link to the menu, which will be the home page of the site and which will, for example as a title
“Home”. This solution is, however, impractical and it will change the menu if your site changes address.

-The second option is to combine the list of items on a page. In “Settings> Reading”, you must then choose to display a static page as a home page (so select a page of content you created), then a page to list articles. Note that if it’s used to list articles on this page will never be displayed, so it can be empty.
Then simply add these pages to your menu, the first will be the home page and the second will link to the list of articles.

 The second option does not preserve page items like home page. This requires making a specific development in the PHP code of WordPress, or use a plugin that allow it.

Organizing menus

The order of the links is by default in the Add menu order, but it is quite possible to modify it as you wish. By dragging selected menus, you can order them as you please, as well as creating sub-menus. To do this, simply move the menu item to the right slightly, below that which will be the parent (see below):

menu pages

Now, an overview on the parent menu will display the submenu as the following figure:

menu eg home

This allows to reproduce a similar navigation obtained by defining parent pages to others, but this is applicable to all types of menu items such as custom links and categories.

media

If you are now able to create content on your site, you are missing an important element to make it more attractive: the media; Images, sounds or videos, it’s entirely possible to insert them into your pages and your articles to illustrate your point.

Insertion in articles

 All the following information is valid on the pages as well as the articles.

 On the edit page of an article, you will find a button “Add media” (see below):

add media

When you click, a new file upload window appears:

media insert

You can drag and drop, as in the following figure, a file in the window or click the “Select Files” button to use the file browser. When you select the file, it will be sent directly to the web server and previewed in the “Media Library” tab.

media manag

You can send any type of file, but the size should be smaller than 2MB. You can definitely add a music file or even a PDF, WordPress will take care to provide a proper display when viewing the article by a visitor.

Music in wordpress

Once the media you want to use in your article is submitted, you just have to select it and click the Insert button in the lower right section. Before that, you can edit the properties of the media on the right of the window:

  • Title: the text to display in the overview of the media;
  • Caption: a legend that appears in the media;
  • Description: a longer description text than the caption (depending on the topic, it does not appear on the default theme for example);
  • Link to: choose the behavior when you click on the media.

There are also some specific attributes pictures:

  • Alternative Text: text to display if the image couldn’t be displayed;
  • Alignment: if you choose “left” or “right”, the image will be surrounded by the text of the article;
  • Size: the thumbnail size displayed in the article.

Finally, when the desired media has been inserted, do not forget to update your article for the changes to take effect!

Manage unused media

When you delete a media from an article, it will not be completely removed from WordPress, the sent file remains on the server to eventually be used on other articles.

To completely delete a media, you must go through the “Media> Library” that lists all files sent on the site. Then simply click on the link “delete Permanently” to delete it from the library.

media delete

 If you delete a still used media in an article, you will have a dead link posted on your site, which is very frustrating for your visitors. So be sure that the media is not at all used before deleting it!

 Important notes:

  • The articles are published regularly depending on the news.
  • The pages are destined for presentations.
  • The menu can be managed automatically or manually.
  • Any type of media can be added in a publication.

Next: Manage your participative site

23Mar 2015

In this part we will install wordpress on a local environment (after installing an Apache server on the computer), same steps if you want to install it on a dedicated server at a hosting company, which would allow you to put your site online by managing your single server. If you choose to create your #blog on the official website of WordPress, all you have to do is sign up, and everything will be installed automatically.

Before we continue, we have to create the database to ensure that WordPress can store specific  information to our site. For this, we need to access the phpMyAdmin interface at http: // localhost / phpmyadmin or http: // localhost / MAMP / phpmyadmin if you use MAMP. Log in with root login and password blank (if that does not work, the password is probably “root”) in order to reach on the database management interface, Click on the top of the page in the “Database” tab, then select a database name (eg “WordPress”) :

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Downloading

Sources of WordPress can be recovered on wordpress.org directly from the home page. You retrieve a .zip file (or .tar.gz) containing a folder named “wordpress”, decompress it in the root directory of your web server.

For example:

  • C: / wamp / www under windows with WAMP
  • / var / www on Ubuntu / Debian (but / var / www / html from Ubuntu 14.04)
  • / Users / [name] / Sites with MAMP

Once the folder is in place, we can go to http: // localhost / wordpress to move to the next step.

Setting up the Installation

If you go directly to the URL of your site, you get an error page stating that WordPress needs a wp-config.# file to run :

WP config

Here, you can either click on the button to automatically create a configuration file by completing the information of your database, or create this file manually. In the first case it’s required that your web server has write access to the root of your site to generate the file.

Automatic installation

If you follow the installation steps proposed by WordPress, simply inform the login information to your database. If you have not made any particular modification, the login will be root again with no password (leave blank).
Once the data is entered correctly, WordPress will create for you the configuration file and the necessary tables in the database.

If the connection information is correct (as in the figure below), you should be able to proceed to finalize the installation.

WP all right

Create wp-config.php manually

It is also possible to create the configuration file manually based on the wp-config-sample.php located in the root of your installation. Simply copy the file by renaming the wp-config.php and edit the connection information within the file.

Whatever the method you chose to install WordPress, any subsequent modification of the connection information to the database should be edited in the wp-config.php file.

Now, you can choose a title for your site, set your username, password and email. Confirm. Your site is ready to receive its first content (see figure below)!

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The administration interface

You can access the admin interface by the URL http: // localhost / wordpress / wp-admin, identifying with the name and password provided during the installation phase (see the following figure) .

Blog-Image-02

Before discovering all the features offered by your CMS, it is good to first understand its interface.

The menu is divided into three section:

  • the dashboard;
  • content;
  • Site settings.

The dashboard is a page with general information on the entire site, We can find statistics, news feed on WordPress, the recent comments list, Etc :

800px-dashboard

The next section concerns editing of content such as pages, sections, media and comments. Here you can add, delete or edit your site content and moderate comments. It is the most used part to produce content on the site.

Finally, the bottom of the menu gives access to the settings, such as choice of your theme and plugins or user management. It is also possible to manage the operation of some features of the website in the “Settings” section.

If you later decide to install plugins (the modules providing additional functionality to the site), you will be able to add information on the dashboard, such as:

  • statistical data on your visitors;
  • subscribers number  to your newsletter;
  • creating new menus in the administration to provide access to new pages;
  • Etc..

Next : WordPress publications

22Mar 2015

Nowadays, a huge number of authors choose a very popular interface to reflect their thoughts and share their passions; it’s called Blogs, these small content sites managed mostly by individuals. To facilitate the creation of these sites of a particular kind, the best is to start with a solid system that has proven itself, while avoiding the complications encountered by the authors developing websites.

Get Started With WordPress:

wordpress

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free software that was created for this reason. It is probably the tool you need if you want to create a blog, simply for a personal presentation site or maybe for your online business.

So it’s good to know that WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), it allows the user (the Site Administrator) to easily create content pages, such as:

  • Company presentation pages
  • Blog articles
  • Contact page
  • Portfolio for an artist
  • Business site
  • Etc…

The idea of a CMS is to provide the ability to easily create content on the site without having any coding experience or special technical knowledge.

Historical

WordPress was released for the first time in 2003 as a project derived from Cafelog. Many versions have come out since that date, each bringing many new improvements such as plugins, widgets, themes, and an improved user interface. Version 3 was released in 2010; it included menu management, new functions to modify the site header and multi-site support (which allows management of multiple sites on a single WordPress instance).

Features

WordPress structure is based on PHP; a programming language designed for creating websites. This language allows developers to add functionality that can be modified by other users. It is easy to edit if you have the necessary basics.

One of the great strengths of WordPress is the huge number of available plugins developed by the community. These are modules to add functions to WordPress, such as creating a photo gallery or managing a newsletter. There are now over 36,000 plugins on the official site wordpress.org. Therefore, if you are looking for additional improvements for your website, you can find the right plugin(s).

The fame of WordPress in the world of blogging is such that there is even a dedicated website: wordpress.com (not to be confused with the official website .org), which allows you to create your WordPress blog without looking for hosting or installation. Everything is handled automatically; you only have to create your content.

Setting up the web server

What is a server?

To work, any website relies on a server that is responsible for sending pages to visitors. The server is a program that executes code structure (written in PHP in the case of WordPress) to generate and send pages in HTML format, readable by a web browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.). To use WordPress, you need to have a server; The most used one for PHP is called Apache server, it’s completely free and can run on any environment (Windows, Linux or Mac).

In addition, the web server works most often with a database, which stores specific information to your site: page content, registered users, configuration, etc. All the changes in the website are potentially stored inside in the form of several data tables. MySQL is the most widely used open-source RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) because it’s totally free and compatible with the majority of applications; that’s why we will be using it.

A web server and the database can be installed on any machine, even your personal computer, which enables you to test your site locally ( it is called “localhost”). Always start with a local installation to limit the mistakes you might make as a beginner. If you have some errors on your pages when your website is online, any visitor can see them. In localhost, you will be the only one to have access to the site, so your work will be easier.

Windows: WAMP

If you are on Windows, you can use WAMP, a program that contains an Apache server and a MySQL database on your computer. You can download WAMP on the official website, which offers several different versions of the software. If you don’t know which one to choose for your computer, check if your system is 32 or 64 bits.

After downloading the package, run the installation with the default options. It should create a folder c: wamp on your computer. You can verify if WAMP appears correctly with the displayed icon in the taskbar.

wamp taskbar

Now open HTTP: // localhost / in a browser. this is the address of the local web server.

Wamp server page

If you get this page, your web server is working and ready to run WordPress.

Mac: MAMP

For systems running Mac OS X,  the alternative software is MAMP, which also installs all the required programs. You can download it directly via this link. http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html . First extract the zip file and run the .pkg file to start the installation.

mamp install

Now MAMP is installed, you can launch it from the folder “Applications> MAMP” of your computer.

The window that opens shows the status of Apache and MySQL servers. If they are stopped, click ‘Start the servers’ to see the status bar go to green. Open the “Preferences” window. In the “Ports” tab, click the “Set to default  Apache and MySQL ports”. Then, in the “Apache” tab, you can choose the folder in which to place the files on one or various sites on your computer. I advise you to choose the “Sites” folder which must already exist in your home directory.mamp-adjust-settings

You can now accept the changes and go to HTTP: // localhost / MAMP / in your browser to check if the server is working (see below).

mamp config

Linux: LAMP

If you use a Linux system as Ubuntu or Debian, the easiest way is to install the different packages containing Apache, PHP and MySQL. So run the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 mysql-server libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mysql

All packages must be installed without problem. When installing MySQL, the console will prompt you for a password you will need to remember for connecting to the database, do not forget it! Then install phpMyAdmin with the following command line:

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

The command prompt will ask you as a first step to select the server to configure phpMyAdmin, select Apache and confirm the creation of a database to the next step. Finally, you must enter the chosen password to the MySQL installation to ensure that the package can create its own database.

When the installation is complete, go to HTTP: // localhost / in your browser. A confirmation page, as the following figure should appear.

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