Understanding Feature Images

“A featured image represent the contents, mood, or theme of a post or page.  Posts and pages can have a single featured image, which many themes and tools can use to enhance the presentation of your site.”
WordPress.com

The feature image you choose for your article might just be the one thing that entices your visitor to click, read and find out more about what you have to say, your products or services, so choose carefully.

The official definition is actually pretty good. Your feature image should be representative of your content, tell a story if possible, or at least catch the viewers attention within the context of your content.

I always invite you to find out more about feature images by checking out the official wordpress documentation online!

Official WordPress Help

 

Uploading Photos To Your Website

Everyone who is just starting out their own website asks this question, “Will I be able to easily upload and publish photos to my website”.

Absolutely!  Here’s a quick video that goes over several of the methods you can use to upload single images to your website.

Be sure to check out the lesson on uploading & Creating Beautiful  Photo Galleries too!

The Power of the Publishing Panel

The power of the publishing panel inside the wordpress content management system is often an overlooked gem of your brand’s or businesses workflow.  I this unobtrusive little space you’ll find tools to save your work as a draft, something I encourage you to do often, as well as access the revisions of those saves.

The real publication power comes into play once you hit the scheduling options.  Being able to schedule my posts has been a valuable ability over the years because the moments I spend writing aren’t always the best moments to publish that material, let’s say it’s really late at night.

I want that post to go up on my website and get distributed to social networks like facebook and twitter at a time when I know they’re most likely to be seen.  I always end up scheduling the post, even if it’s just for the next day.

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Just Save As Draft

Use The Publish Button Carefully! If you’ve got social sharing options configured like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or LinkedIn, the post will be broadcast to all your social channels.

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Adding Beautiful Photo Galleries

Going beyond inserting a single image into the articles you publish on your website, you can also insert beautiful photo galleries and arrange those in a variety of ways.

You can even no so far as to display all your images as circles.  It only takes a few clicks and you’re not stuck with the results either. As I demonstrate in the video, once you create a gallery you can easily change the format to make your article just perfect.

The official documentation has some great examples and screenshots of the different gallery types!  I encourage you to check it out here!

 

 

How To Login To Your WordPress Site

Yes, it’s a basic and crucial step and I try to not belabor the point.

but if you’ve lost the link or this is the first time you’re wanting to do some wordpress training, this tutorial is all about logging in but I do share a cool tip with you about the WordPress administrator dashboard to make it all with the trip.

The login link should be:

ex. “yoursite.com/wp-login”.  

But here’s a nother tip.  After I login and click the “remember me” button.  I often just type in the word “dashboard” after my site name.

ex. “yoursite.com/dashboard”

Yea… it’ll do that.

 

Custom YouTube Channel URL Set-Up

This is a quick screencast that demonstrates how you can go in and and set-up your YouTube Channel’s Custom URL so you can start to market you Channel a bit more professionally.  With all the changes to the YouTube interface it can be hard to find some of the core settings.  I’m not complaining!  I really think they’ve made the youtube administrative interface a lot better for creators, digging down to those core and coordinating your channel setup with your google plus page can be a little confusing to set up when you’re first getting off the ground.

I was completing set up for one of my demo gaming sites, GamesXAnime.com and since you can only go through that process once I decided to doucment it so others could more easily find that essential setting.

The official YouTube documentation can be find here.

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Here is another great article you might want to check out before choosing a Channel URL.  Remember!  You can’t change your channel URL once you set it up so  you’ll want to choose your brand’s channel name carefully!

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