Linux http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4166/all en-US Using WordPress for Blogging and More http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Woman-on-beach-with-laptop.jpg" alt="At the beach on a laptop" title="At the beach on a laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="276" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article provides some instructions for anyone who would like to set up a basic website for themselves, but who does not have much experience with HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.</em></p> <p>Much to the chagrin of some designers and programmers, there’s a variety of easy-to-use software available that makes building and publishing a blog or website easy for anyone, regardless of experience, to do. With a few clicks, you can make your own attractive and easy-to-maintain website for personal or business use.</p> <h3>It’s a drag-&#39;n-drop, cut-&#39;n-paste WYSIWYG world, folks.</h3> <p>While everyone has a preference, this article will focus on <a href="http://wordpress.org/" target="_blank" title="WordPress">WordPress</a>.</p> <p>WordPress is one of many blogging platforms available and it’s free, easy to install, has an intuitive interface and has a lot of extensibility with a growing number of design themes and <a href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/" target="_blank" title="WordPress plugin directory">plugins</a> available. Many people use it for blogging, but it can be used to build a website that allows the site owner(s) a great deal of flexibility, as far as creating new sections, adding functionality and features (with the free plugins), and adding and editing content without having to update all the other pages in the site.</p> <h3><span class="heading">Start Me Up</span></h3> <p><span class="sub-heading">To get started, you need to have a domain name on a server that supports PHP and MySQL. Before you sign up for a plan, ask your hosting company if you can install WordPress on their servers, just to make sure they can support it. Then choose a plan that specifies Linux (as opposed to Windows) for PHP support.</span></p> <p>Some hosts, like <a href="http://www.godaddy.com" target="_blank" title="GoDaddy">GoDaddy</a> , offer WordPress as part of a number of tools you can use with your account, and you can install with just a few steps right thru their site. If you plan on using WordPress as the ‘engine’ to run your site, you want to install it in the root (i.e. main) directory; if you plan on using it as a blog as an addition to your site which has its own separate HTML pages, you would install it into its own directory (e.g. <a href="http://www.yoursite.com/blog" title="www.yoursite.com/blog">www.yoursite.com/blog</a>, where ‘blog’ is the directory where you install WordPress).</p> <p>If you decide to install it on your own, but aren’t 100% sure if you’re doing it correctly, follow WordPress’s ‘<a href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install" target="_blank" title="Five-Minute Install Instructions">Famous 5-Minute Install</a>’ instructions and you should be up and running in… well, about 5 minutes. Or you could try and <a href="http://install4free.wordpress.net/" target="_blank" title="install4free.wordpress.net">have someone install it for you</a>.</p> <h3><span class="heading">Make It Look Cool</span></h3> <p><span class="sub-heading">Your new site looks like a generic blog, but now you can look for a <a href="http://themes.wordpress.net/theme-viewer.php" target="_blank" title="Design themes">new design theme</a>. You can choose from a variety of styles based on parameters you choose, like 1 column, 2 column, green, red, left sidebar, right sidebar, etc. You can even choose a few and download them if you want to change your theme after you’ve installed it.</span></p> <p>If you don&#39;t have one already, you’ll need an FTP client to install and apply your theme. Depending on your computer platform, you can search a site like <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com" target="_blank" title="VersionTracker">VersionTracker</a> for the software. Some are free, some are commercial or shareware; you can choose based on your needs, rating, cost, etc. If you are using a program like Dreamweaver, you just create a new site and you can use the interface and FTP function to manage your files and uploads. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/themes-small_0.jpg" alt="Themes" width="242" height="121" align="left" />Login to your server and upload your theme (in its folder) to the folder ‘<strong>themes</strong>’ located inside the ‘<strong>wp-content</strong>’ folder. When you login to your Dashboard thru your browser, go to “Presentation” and you’ll see the theme(s) you’ve installed. Choose one and you’re all set… for now.</p> <p>One of the keys to making the site more than just one page with entries on it is to create Pages. WordPress sums up pages best (of course!):</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Pages in a Nutshell</strong><br /><u>What Pages Are</u><br />• Pages are for content that is less time-dependent than Posts.<br />• Pages can be organized into pages and SubPages.<br />• Pages can use different Page Templates which can include Template Files, Template Tags and other PHP code. </p> <p><u>What Pages are Not</u><br />• Pages are not Posts nor are they excerpted from larger works of fiction. They do not cycle through your blog&#39;s main page, nor can they be associated with Categories.<br />• Pages are not files. They are stored in your database just like Posts are.<br />• Although you can put Template Tags and PHP code into a Page Template, you cannot put these into the content of a Page and expect them to run. (Note: You can achieve this by using a PHP evaluating Plugin such as RunPHP (<a href="http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP" title="http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP">http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP</a>). See also the list of Posts Formatting Plugins.)</p></blockquote> <p>Basically, you create sections like “Who We Are” or “My Photography Portfolio” when you create pages. You add a post to a page that you’d like to be more static (as opposed to a page that will be constantly changing as new posts are added, like a news page).</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fron-page-displays.jpg" alt="Front page displays option" width="400" height="160" align="right" />If you want one of your pages (say, “What We Do”, for example) to always be your home page, but you’d like to add posts to another page (say, “News”) you set this up on the <strong>Dashboard &gt; Options &gt; Reading</strong> page in your admin area. Choose ‘Static Page’ where it says “Front Page Displays”, specify “What We Do” to be the front page and “News” to be the Posts page.</p> <p>You can explore more areas of the Dashboard to customize your site more, and even edit the theme under <strong>Presentation &gt; Theme Editor</strong>. Here you can change the color of the text, links, etc. A piece of advice, though: before you start messing with the code, copy and paste it to a text document so you have the original in case you need to start over.</p> <p>Whew! So, that’s about it for basic setup. I know, I know… “simple” should be less wordy, right? But once you set up your hosting account, install WordPress correctly and upload your theme, you’ll get the hang of fine-tuning the site to make it look like exactly what you want.<br /><strong><br /><em>Next time:</em></strong> some must-have plugins and adding your own search engine.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ed-oreilly">Ed O&#039;Reilly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-by-no-means-definitive-list-of-some-cool-and-free-additions-for-your-blog-or-website">A (by no means definitive) list of some cool (and free!) additions for your blog or website</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-top-7-blogs-for-entrepreneurs">The Top 7 Blogs for Entrepreneurs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-use-garage-space">6 Smart Ways to Use Garage Space</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entrepreneurship blogs designer FTP GoDaddy HTML Linux MySQL PHP web site WordPress Tue, 29 May 2007 08:35:44 +0000 Ed O'Reilly 687 at http://www.wisebread.com Hacking your way to a better life http://www.wisebread.com/hacking-your-way-to-a-better-life <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/hacking.jpg" alt=" " width="214" height="167" /></p> <p>I love how the concept of hacking has changed so much over the past few years. I&#39;m particularly taken with <a href="http://www.hackszine.com/">Hack Zine</a>, a site the collects some of the best hacks on the web. Like <a href="http://lifehacker.com/software/google-calendar/geek-to-live--sync-google-calendar-and-gmail-contacts-to-your-desktop-251279.php">Lifehacker</a>, Hack Zine seeks out ways to make life easier, cheaper, and generally more fun.</p> <p>Here are some hacks that I particularly like.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2006/12/21/using-google-to-view-myspace-or-any-restricted-sites.html">Using Google to view any page, anywhere</a></p> <p class="blockquote">Most companies and schools employ proxy servers to filter unwanted sites so employees won&#39;t waste precious company resources surfing sites that the companies deem unproductive. While the use of proxy servers to block unwanted sites may be understandable in commercial cases, there are also companies that are overdoing it, banning almost all websites and creating a lot of inconvenience to their employees.</p> <p>We DO NOT RECOMMEND that you use this method to surf porn at work. Via Consumerist.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.hackszine.com/blog/archive/2007/04/windows_gaming_in_linux.html">Play Windows games on a Linux box</a></p> <p class="blockquote">For a lot of of Linux devotees, gaming has always been the reason for keeping an extra Windows machine, so it&#39;s pretty interesting to see this barrier crumbling. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.satellitesweeper.com/hacking-tivo-and-dvr.htm">Tivo Hacks</a></p> <p class="blockquote">If you&#39;re a hardcore DVR user you&#39;ve probably spent some time collecting missed episodes of your favorite shows. But pretty soon that hard drive fills up and you have to make a decision between missing new shows and dumping old ones. With a little hacking, however, you never have to dump shows again. Just convert those old shows to MPEG format and either store them on your computer or burn them onto DVD&#39;s. (TiVo Series 2 Only) </p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/cokeandchocolatebar/">Fire! Fire!</a></p> <p class="blockquote">To make fire from a can of coke and a chocolate bar is actually quite easy, and you don&#39;t need any tools. </p> <p>(Picture by Greg of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/myhobosoul/">My Hobo Soul)</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hacking-your-way-to-a-better-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again">Quick Vista Hack to Get You Browsing at High-Speed Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-expensive-stocks-that-are-totally-worth-it">7 Expensive Stocks That Are Totally Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blingo-get-free-stuff-for-using-google">Blingo: Get Free Stuff For Using Google</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-the-chromebook-crush-windows">Could the Chromebook Crush Windows?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks apple chocolate Coke fire gaming Google hack life hacking Linux Windows Wed, 18 Apr 2007 18:42:26 +0000 Andrea Karim 526 at http://www.wisebread.com