A recent coaching session explored a theme my student purchased called Catalyst. His goal is to create a default blog using the Catalyst Wordpress Theme and then clone it to multiple sites. We choose Catalyst because he can change the look of the blog in seconds, without needing to know how to code PHP, HTML or CSS.
This video walked him through installing the theme (after purchase), and covers a few of the cooler functions available to him. It’s a short video, but I think one that will show off the features of the Catalyst Theme pretty well.
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Choosing the right Wordpress plugins to help manage a marketing platform is like rolling dice – you have to …
For those of you who haven’t yet discovered my Self Empowering Videos, I am republishing my latest video here. But, you really should pop over and check out my Videos site. There are more than 100 videos online and only a small handful are published here.
So, without further ado, here is my latest video: Add Google Maps To Your Wordpress Blog.
If you are using Wordpress to brand…
If you have followed my (excellent) advice, you have purchased Elegant Themes. You have installed one of their beautiful themes on your blog. Perhaps you even did this some time ago. In that case, the theme you have installed might not have the new Shortcodes feature.
If you have done extensive modifications, you might not want to update the theme. In that case, you can retro fit your customized theme with the new feature like this…
In this video, I show off a few features from Elegant Themes, one of my favorite theme providers. We will also download, extract and upload to our domain one of the themes we find there.
Some of the features of Elegant Themes that I love are the shortcodes and ePanel features. Shortcodes allow you to quickly bring in beautiful buttons or tabs, without coding. The ePanel allows you to turn on or off categories that are dislpayed in a variety of places.
QUESTION TO CENAY: if I want a page looking like a blog with “read more” link, or excerpts, how do i make that? Is it possible that not every theme supports this?
I answered with this…
It is possible not every theme supports it, but you can test with a couple of methods. You can also change your blog’s display method in a couple of different ways. I will detail each here.
I know 22 things sounds like a long list, but trust me, do these things right after installing your new Wordpress blog, and you will start to see immediate traffic, it won’t take as much work to manage your blog, and your visitors will love it!
Little Tweaks With A Big Impact
First and foremost are those little annoying tweaks, that left undone now, can have repercussions later. (These are presented in no particular order since I make sure ALL are done before I install plugins or start posting.)
Many first time bloggers start out on Wordpress.com, only to discover they are limited in options, plugins, advertising and flexibility. When that happens, it’s time to step up your game and go with a mature blogging platform. I highly recommend Wordpress.org – the self-hosted option of the popular blogging software.
With the self hosted option, you no longer have anyone telling you what you can and can’t include for advertising, plugins, or content. Need a customized change? You can.