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Save Time by Scheduling (Post Dating) Your Blog Posts

Scheduling Your Posts in WordPress

Save Time by Scheduling (Post Dating) Your Blog Posts

You’re busy — so busy in fact  that you’ve probably got enough tasks to keep you busy til the end of time.

But we also know how important it is to write blog posts. It’s how you stay in touch AND in the forefront of your niche’s mind. It’s also a key factor in how much money you make (or not).

So how can you carve out the time to write these posts?

Well, WordPress has a great little tool that will make the job a little easier.

It’s right there in the “Publish” capsule to the right of your editor, and its uses are many.

 You can:

1. Write a draft and edit it when you have a little time

Perhaps you’ve just thought of something brilliant, but you don’t have the time to write a complete post.  You can type that brilliant thought into the editor and save it as a draft. Come back later and it’s still there, reminding you of the post you wanted to write (how often have you had a brilliant thought like that only to forget it because you didn’t write it down).

Add to your brilliant thought and save as a draft once again. Do this as many times as you need until it’s ready for publication.

2. Set your post to publish at a later date (in an hour, a day, a week, nine days…)

You may want a post to publish at a date or time that corresponds with a launch or an event, and this is very simple to do.

  1. Write your post and instead of clicking the blue “Publish” button, click on the “Edit” link to the right of the “Publish immediately” option.
  2. You’ll now see a drop-down menu where you can choose the date and time that the post should publish. (I know, it’s like magic…)
  3. After you’ve chosen the date and time, do NOT click on “Publish” button, but instead select the small gray “OK” button.
  4. The “Publish” button will then change to “Schedule”.  Click that button and your post will go out at the appointed time and day.

3. Spend some time pre-loading posts

Just follow the steps above. If you try to publish a post every week, schedule your posts to publish one each week. If you pre-load just 10 posts, this will free your from having to write blog posts for 2.5 months!

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How to Easily Add an Image to Your WordPress Sidebar

Adding a Graphic to Your Sidebar Widget

Easily Add An Image to Your Sidebar Widget  We all know that images are extremely important little additions to your WordPress posts, pages and sidebar.  They create interest, allow the eyes to rest in big blocks of content, and generally create visual appeal.

And now with the extreme popularity of Pinterest, images have become even more important, and they are so easy to add to a page or post.

But if you’ve ever tried to figure out how to write the code to add an image to your sidebar, then you know how frustrating  scary this can be. It IS code after all!  And who knows, maybe you’ll take down the whole internet if you get it wrong. Right?

Well here’s a crazy simple way to do it that will leave you smiling all the way to your dashboard.

  1. Create a new post (do not publish)
  2. Change the editor from visual to HTML
  3. Upload a photo into the post
Now look at the code. You’ll notice that it starts with <a href=”http://.  This is the HTML code that will make your image visible in the sidebar.
  1. Copy the complete line of code. 
  2. Drag a text box widget to your sidebar
  3. Paste the code into the text box.
  4. Click “Save”

Now go to the front page of your WordPress site. You should now be able to see the image in your sidebar.

and?before you forget, delete the fake post you just wrote.


Protect the Content on your WordPress Site

Protect Your ContentHave you stumbled across a website (WordPress or otherwise) where you (shockingly) see the content that you sweated bullets over to write? I know I have, and I’ve had a few clients tell me that they’ve seen their content out there on other sites as well.

Most people are pretty honest and wouldn’t think of stealing your content, but unless you take measures to prevent someone from copying and then pasting your content onto their site, your site is free game for the dishonest of the world.

But there is a solution to prevent those who are brazen enough to copy and paste plagiarize your content.

There are two very simple little WordPress plugins called Blog Protector and WP-CopyProtect that:

  • disable right click on your site.
  • disable selection of text on your site

No more highlighting text, copying stealing and pasting from your site.

To install either of these plugins, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins –> Add New.  Then type Blog Protector or WP-Copyprotect into the search box. Install it and voila!  Just one more level of protection for your business.


PS If you install the WP-Copyprotect plugin, you can customize the message that people will see when they right click. That could be rather satisfying…

WordPress 3.3

The newest, and long awaited version of WordPress has been rolled out.

WordPress 3.3, also known as “Sonny”, has been named to honor of the great jazz saxophonist, Sonny Stitt (all major releases are named in honor of a famous Jazz musician) .

WordPress 3.3 offers added simplicity to the dashboard area in terms of tips, navigation and uploading media. This will be an especially welcome change for the new user and their experience in getting to know WordPress.

To quote the people from WordPress:

For Users

Experienced users will appreciate the new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer. We’ve also been thinking a ton about what the WordPress experience is like for people completely new to the software. Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features included in each update, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface. Finally we’ve improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.

For Developers

There is a ton of candy for developers as well. I’d recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac.

They’ve also created this quick video that gives a really good overview of the changes.

Need help updating your site to the new version?

Contact me via the form below. It goes directly to my personal email address.

PS:  Tomorrow, December 15th  is the last day to enter the draw to win a complete WordPress Website from The Savvy VA. Click here to find out more:

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How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting

How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting When choosing hosting for their WordPress websites, small biz owners often go with whoever is cheapest.

But, as in all things in life, you get what you pay for and they usually go on to regret the decision later.

Why? Because there are some very specific requirements that WordPress sites need in order to run efficiently and optimally.

The following is somewhat technical, but if you’re not a techno geek, that’s ok. You’ll get my point as you read this post.


It’s important to know that WordPress requires the most recent PHP version (your eyes are probably glazing over about now, but stay with me) to run optimally. And then there are the Linux servers and… But that’s too technical for this post — just know that not all hosting companies have the minimum requirements for WordPress.  The following quote will prove what I am saying…

It is recommended you use a robust platform comprised of the Linux
operating system, and either the Apache web-server or the NGINX web-server.
Almost any server that supports PHP and MySQL will work.  ~ .

You see what I mean. The above geek speak quote proves that sites have special requirements. And apparently they know what they are talking about..

But in all seriousness, you will be having a long term relationship with your hosting company — make sure it’s someone you are going to love. I do know from experience that it’s very important to get the hosting thing right in the beginning. It’s not easy to change hosting companies later.

What else should your hosting company provide to make both you and your visitors happy? Your hosting company must provide you with speed that allows your site to load quickly. There are a few hosting companies I’ve worked with recently who could not provide the speed that you come to expect with a WordPress site. I know my clients’ sites will load frustratingly slow forever — and maybe even get worse over time.

You might be surprised to learn that one of the ones I am referring to is actually one of the Big 3 hosting companies. I have come to believe that they are failing by success (my humble opinion of course).

When you have just seconds to capture someone’s attention on the internet, you don’t want those seconds to go to waste while your site loads… and loads… and loads. Your visitor/potential client/customer will click away and probably never return.

So price is definitely not the most important factor. Here are some other very important factors to consider:

  1. Is their control panel easy to use?
  2. Can you upload your files easily?
  3. Are they big enough for your needs?  (Look for data space, bandwidth and file size limitations.)
  4. Do they have the tools, features and functions you need?
  5. Are they well reviewed? Do they have a reputation for good customer service?
  6. Are they reliable?
  7. Are they secure?

I recommend Bluehost because they can fulfill the requirements that WordPress needs to run optimally, they’ve got all of the features above and some, and their customer support is second to none.  At just $6.95 $5.95 per month, what else could you need?

You can check out what Bluehost has to offer you by clicking this link:  BLUEHOST

Links Disclaimer: Links mentioned within this post are my affiliate links and I may be compensated for recommending this product. However, I will never recommend anything that I don’t personally believe in.

How to Make Your Posts and Pages Print-Friendly

Another simple and easy way to make your content even more user-friendly

Your WordPress site is a go-to place for your clients. You post great, instructional content and people come back time and again. They read your posts and follow along as best they can under the circumstances.

But it’s not easy to go back and forth between your site and theirs as they complete the steps. 

Now imagine them being able to print your content as a PDF and have your content at their fingertips in under 30 seconds!

How cool is that!

First a little history… There have always been plugins that allow the visitor to print your content. Add to any, Add This, and Share This type plugins come to mind. But they don’t allow for your document to be printed out as a super organized and branded PDF.

Print Friendly Button

Print Friendly (the name of the plugin) is a great little addition to your WordPress site if you want your content to be printable in a really nicely formatted style. (And with your domain name at the top and bottom of the printed document.)

It’s as simple as this:

Your visitor clicks on the Print Friendly button, a new window opens where they’ll see the following 3 options:

1.  Print (your blog post) as a PDF

2. Save to their computer as a PDF

3. Email it to someone as a PDF

They can also choose the font size (save paper), as well as choose to print with images intact or to remove the images in your post.

And that’s it — another simple and easy way to make your content even more user-friendly (and share-able).

To have this or any other plugins installed on your site, contact me today.

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What is a WordPress Theme?

Someone has been thinking logically. It’s the best description of WordPress that I’ve seen in a while:

A WordPress theme is a collection of PHP and CSS files that change the appearance of your site without changing the content, which is stored in a database. This allows you to easily change the presentation of your website by switching themes, while the content remains.

To use a metaphor, the Theme system provides a “skin” your website while WordPress is providing the “bones” of the site in its underlying code.

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