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WordPress - Permalinks & Post Icons

Once you have your Word Press blog up and running you’ll want to change the Permalinks settings before you start posting. There are two reasons for doing this. (1) it makes it easier for the search engines to index and (2) it is easier for people to read.

Permalinks

By default WordPress uses web URLs which have question marks and lots of numbers in them, however WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This can improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of your links.”

To change the Permalinks so your visitor will see something like – http://myblog.com/wordpress/how-to-start ( which describes the post using relevant keywords) rather than http://myblog.com/??349?8700/?987?65  (which tells neither the visitor nor search engine anything),  you will need to go to the WordPress Dashboard –> Settings –> Permalinks.

Once there you will see options for making changes to the settings for your permalinks. Rather than use a date or time you want to use category and title because these typically will be key words the search engines can use to rank your blog. To do this you select ‘Custom Structure’ from the choices available. You then place the following code – exactly as you see it –  into the blank space:    /%category%/%postname%/

Go to the bottom of the page and ‘Save Changes’. Your permalinks are now both people and search engine friendly.

Add a New Post

When adding a new post, you can do this four different ways:

  1. Type the post into a Text Editor, then copy/paste it
  2. Type the post into Word, then copy/past it
  3. Type the post into an HTML Editor*, then copy/paste
  4. Type the post directly into the provided text area

* Depending on the HTML code you may find you need to use XHTML. (Read more about XHTML)

From the WP Dashboard screen select – ‘Add a New Post’. You will see a screen with picture icons to use for adding your post. The icons allow you to perform various functions with one click. There are also two tabs to the right of the text box – ‘Visual‘ and ‘HTML‘. The tabs allow you to select how you want to input the information. Each icon’s function is listed below for both Visual and HTML, respectively.

Visual Icon Legend

  1. Add image
  2. Add video
  3. Add audio
  4. Add media
  5. Bold text
  6. Italic text
  7. Strike through text
  8. Unordered list
  9. Ordered list
  10. Blockquote
  11. Align text/picture left
  12. Align text/picture center
  13. Align text/picture right
  14. Insert or edit a link
  15. Unlink
  16. Allows you to insert ‘more’ if you do not want complete post to show
  17. Spell check (allows you to select language)
  18. Toggle full screen mode
  19. Kitchensink – lets you see all or part of icons
  20. Paragraph – allows you to select format for paragraph, line, block of text. Use this to choose heading size.
  21. Underline text
  22. Align text (both left and right margins)
  23. Select text color – click on ‘More Colors’ for full palette
  24. Allows you to copy/paste in text from Text Editor
  25. Allows you to copy/past in text from Word
  26. Remove formatting
  27. Insert/edit embedded media
  28. Insert custom character – click on icon to display a selection of characters available
  29. Outdent – moves highlighted text out (function is only available if there is text that has been indented)
  30. Indent – moves highlighted text in (can be used more then once to continue moving text in)
  31. Undo – same as Control + Z
  32. Redo – same as Control + V
  33. Help – click on icon to get help with Rich Text Editing

HTML  Icon Legend

  1. Add image
  2. Add video
  3. Add audio
  4. Add media
  5. Bold text
  6. Italic text
  7. Link – opens a box that allows you to insert a link
  8. Blockquote
  9. Mark-up of deleted text
  10. Defines text that has been inserted
  11. Insert image – give location of image file
  12. Unordered list
  13. Ordered list
  14. Lines – use this icon to place lines in lists, works for both unordered or ordered.
  15. Puts a ‘bullet’ before the line of text
  16. Allows you to make comments that cannot be seen by the visitor. Good for notations, prices, etc.
  17. Use to insert a default ad or an AdSense Ad if you have a Google AdSense account
  18. Will look up a word, phrase, etc. on line and give the answer in a new window.
  19. Closes all HTML tags that may be open

Conclusion

Using a Rich Text Editor is very simple and does most of the work for you allowing you to concentrate on your content and presentation.   Should you find you don’t want the function you just used, simply highlight the same area and click on the same icon – this will toggle back to the previous layout. 

You’ll find using the text editor icons especially helpful if you are not very familiar with HTML code.  Final though – not all functions are available from both tabs so you may have to work from both to achieve the final look you want.


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