Solutions for 7 Annoying Problems

Did You Know?, How To, Ideas, Solving Problems, Technology June 21st, 2007

Solutions for 7 Annoying Problems I have a guest post over at Lifehack.org today. It gives solutions and handy references for 7 annoying problems of modern day life including: Cell Phone Contracts - How to Get out without the penalty. Rebate Runaround - How to get your ...

Groovy New Pocket Mods: GTD and More!

Free, FUN, Goals, Marketing, Productivity, Sales, Technology June 18th, 2007

Pocket Mods Many of you may already be familiar with Pocket Mods. For those who aren't Pocket Mods are cool little 8 page booklets that you can create with one sheet of paper. You can go to PocketMod.com to create a modular paper calendar and to-do's to your liking. The Pocket Mod folks have ...

Tudumo: Getting Things Done at the Speed of Life!

Goals, Personal Development, Productivity, Reviews, Technology June 15th, 2007

Tudumo: Getting Things Done at the Speed of Life! I recently put together an ultimate resource guide on GTD applications, online, software and paper. Today I want to share with you, my favorite, Tudumo. This downloadable free GTD software came to my attention after I wrote the guide and I've ...

Google Power – The Complete Guide to Google-ize Your Life!

Blogging, FUN, Productivity, Reviews, Technology June 7th, 2007

Gmail

Almighty Google - It's All About YOU! If you don't already have an account with Google, you should get one by clicking here. Why? Because Google has developed a powerhouse of technology applications that can benefit you in so many ways. And just about all of them are free. Presented here is a guide to the ...

Cool GTD Applications – The Ultimate Resource List

Goals, Personal Development, Productivity, Sales, Success, Technology June 4th, 2007

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done Getting Things Done by David Allen details a fantastic system for getting organized, reducing stress and improving your productivity in a world full of To-Do lists that are too long. Another place to find great help daily is over at Zenhabits.net. I like his version: "Zen to Done" for its simplicity. For electronic ...

What is RSS and How Does It Help Me?

Blogging, How To, Technology May 18th, 2007

You're Not the Only One Wondering I forget what is was like back when I first heard the buzz about RSS, and I hadn't a clue what it was. I thought that since I know it now, that everyone does. Well my readers have reminded me that not everyone knows what RSS ...

Easy Link Building Tip: Check Out the D-List

Blogging, Did You Know?, How To, Technology May 10th, 2007

What is the D-List? The D-List (see below) is a list of blogs who have disabled the "no-follow" in their comments. What does this mean for you? Everytime you make a comment on one of these blogs, you will obtain an actual link. From an SEO standpoint, every incoming link that you can get will increase ...

9 Super Cool Search Engines to Jazz Up Your Creativity

Did You Know?, Ideas, Reviews, Technology May 7th, 2007

See Something Exciting Today! Do you always search with your favorite like Google or Yahoo? When was the last time you tried something new? How about today?! These Search Engines can help supercharge your creativity by coming up with results you won't find on the standard search engines. And they can inspire you to think beyond your ...

18 Really Useful WordPress Plugins

Blogging, Did You Know?, How To, Technology April 20th, 2007

WordPress Widget Plugins Many of my readers have found value in my post Moving From Blogger to WordPress. And they have asked for more posts along these lines. Today I'm going to share with you the WordPress plugins I am using along with helpful hints on setting them up and on using them. Here are the ...

How to Install and Use WordPress Plugins

Blogging, How To, Technology April 19th, 2007

Using and Installing WordPress Widgets

Many of my readers have found value in my post Moving From Blogger to WordPress. And they have asked for more posts along these lines. Today I’m going to share with you how to install and use WordPress plugins.

                         

WordPress vs. Blogger

Blogger makes adding widgets very easy inside their template, but anyone with experience using Blogger knows that that ease comes at a price, less overall flexibility. So WordPress will give you much more flexibility, but you’ll need to spend a little upfront time setting things up. Once you get the hang of adding plugins you’ll be able to do it very quickly.

Getting Started

Once you’ve set up WordPress and picked your theme, then you’ll want to add plugins which are like widgets in Blogger. The first one you should add is SideBar Widgets By Automattic, Inc. which adds a “Sidebar Widgetsâ€? panel under the Presentation menu in your WordPress Admin panel. This will give you up to 9 widgets. Many people will need more. See my post on the easy way to increase the number of sidebar widgets beyond 9.

For plugins that require PHP coding, you’ll want to add Executable PHP widget by Otto. Both of these should be added to your plugins>widgets directory on your server.

Adding Plugins

  1. README. Each plugin usually has a text file called ReadMe. Read this! Better: print it out for ease of reference. It will have installation instructions, FAQ’s and troubleshooting information.
  2. UPLOAD. For each plugin you add including the two listed above, you’ll need to upload them via FTP to your server. In most cases you’ll be uploading to the Plugin directory, usually located in this order /public_html/wp-content/plugins/.
  3. CHMOD. (optional-see ReadMe file for the plugin)For some plugins you may need to make the file writable. To do this go to your FTP client and click on the properties of the plugin file. Then change the file attributes by typing in the number 755.
  4. ACTIVATE. In your WordPress Admin panel go to Plugins. Scroll down to your newly uploaded plugin and click on Activate.
  5. ADD. Go to Presentation in your admin panel. Then go into Sidebar Widgets. In here you can set how many text Sidebar Widgets you want. (If you want more than the default 9, you can get instruction for increasing that amount here.)

Using TEXT Widgets

  1. DRAG. Drag the sidebar widgets into your sidebar column.
  2. CLICK. Click on the X on the widget.
  3. TYPE. Type in the html code into the box that opens. Type the title for the widget.
  4. CLICK. Click outside the widget box to finish.
  5. SAVE. Click on save options.
  6. REVIEW. Check your site to see if it is loading properly.

Using EXECPHP Widgets

  1. REPEAT. Use the same steps as above.
  2. TROUBLESHOOT. If the element doesn’t show up properly on your blog, you probably need to add runPHP plugin by James Van Lommel for these widgets to work properly.

Hopefully this will help former Blogger bloggers to start using Wordpress plugins with ease. Good luck.

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