Use Google as a Knowledge Base

Use Google as a Knowledge Base: If you’re ever unsure of how to do something on your website, search Google as well as YouTube for help and instructions. Because there are so many people using WordPress, you’re bound to find exactly what you need.

YouTube is great, because you can visually see someone go through the steps to do what you need and you can pause the video to mimic the steps on your own site.

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OH NO! You forgot your username and/or password to your WordPress site!

Unless your login page is hidden (which provides additional security), the sign-in area for a WordPress site can be accessed using the following traditional formula: http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/
(substitute "yoursite.com" with your domain name.)

If going there shows you the login page, great! Let's continue. (If that doesn't work, contact your web host.) Note: If you are hosted on my server, most-likely we have obfuscated your login page for additional security. I shared this information with you when we set up your account and asked you to bookmark the login page or otherwise save it to a safe place. Contact me if you can not find this information.

The first line of defense to access your site is to find the "Lost your password?" link below the sign-in area. (If you do not see the "Lost your password?" link, see the note (in red) at the end of this article for your next step, then loop back up here.)

lost password?

Click the "Lost your password?" link, then type in your email address (or username, if you know it) and submit the form. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be emailed to you.

At this point, I would suggest you sign out of your site, then back in again so you can allow your username and password to be saved by your browser for future reference/retrieval.

In Firefox, you have the additional security feature of a central password to access all your net passwords, if God forbid, your computer were accessed by a stranger. But, be sure to quit out of Firefox when you are done with it to lock the passwords back up again!


Note: if your site's login screen does not have the link to reset your password, you can go directly to the following address:
http://www.yoursite.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword
(Again, be sure to substitute your domain name for "yoursite.com".)

Is your site Search Engine Optimized?

Install and activate the plugin “WordPress SEO”. It will add options to the bottom of each page (when you’re editing the pages) which will allow you to control the meta description and keywords (among other things) for each page and post of your site.

This allows you complete control as to how your site looks to a search engine… or whether a search engine even sees that particular page.

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How do I set up a contact form for my site?

If your WordPress theme doesn’t already take advantage of a comprehensive, built-in contact form, install a plugin called “FormBuilder“.
It allows you to create web forms that will allow clients to contact you through your site. When a visitor submits a form, you receive an email with the form contents & you can also configure FormBuilder to store the form data right on your site (accessible only to an administrator).

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How do I embed video in my site?

If you would like to embed video in your WP website, I’d highly suggest loading a plugin called Viper’s Video Quicktags.

Video quicktags
I choose to only show Youtube and Vimeo buttons. (the services I use.)

After loading and activating the plugin, you will find it adds some buttons above where you type your page content. There are about a dozen supported video hosting sites this plugin supports. You can choose which buttons to view by going to the “Settings” menu and then selecting “Video Quicktags”. You can turn the buttons on or off with a simple checking or un-checking of a button.

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Help people to share your site. AddThis plugin!

Do you want to be on the cusp of new technology and allow people to +1 (and “like”) your website? Sure you do!

Sign into your WordPress driven site – install and activate the “AddThis” plugin by the AddThis Team. Afterwards, be sure to sign up with AddThis.com and link your account to receive analytical data. (It’s all FREE!)

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