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Permalink Settings in WordPress – Video 21

Each page, post, category, tag and archives uses a unique link.

This is what WordPress calls, a permalink which is short for permanent link.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be changed, it can, as long as you know what you are doing.

You can also choose which type of structure you want to use for your permalinks.

Choosing a Permalink Stucture

Lets take a look at an example what permalink structure you can choose after you first install WordPress.

  • Default –
  • Day and name –
  • Month and name –
  • Numeric –
  • Post name –
  • Custom Structure – /%category%/%postname%/

You can use any one of these depending on what you want included in each unique link on your site.

It’s best Not to use the default as it doesn’t really tell the search engines or your readers whats on the page it links to.

Here’s some more resources to help you learn about Permalinks and solve any problems you may encounter down the track.

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Nearly finished folks. Next up we’ll check out other settings i’ll call Misc Settings in WordPress.

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Discussion Settings in WordPress – Video 20

Your discussion settings allow you to configure how you want to manage comments.

They also allow you to set a default for displaying of a small image, avatar, next to each comment author.

The settings on this page are very important for managing spam which can be a wiped out if you configure these settings correctly.

Read more about how to stop comment spam using the discussion Settings.

Anti Spam Plugins for Comments

Additionally, WordPress offer a range of free plugins which further enhance and help manage comments & spam better:

Control Comments

Another option, if you want to use WordPress for w static website, is to turn comments off entirely.

If you are not sure if a comment is pam or not and still want to approve the comment, you may choose to edit or remove the link and approve it.

Comment Avatars

Each time a site visitor leaves a comment, a small image will display next to their comment.

This is called an avatar but unfortunatley, not everyone that leaves a comment has or uses one.

Luckily, there’s 3 ways to 3 Ways To Change The Default Avatar Image so 9 times out of ten, they’ll always be an image next to each comment.

Plugins Which Integrate With Social Media

Did you know you can integrate your Facebook comments in WordPress?

This is a great way to share your blog comments on your Facebook page and bring more readers from Facebook to comment on your blog.

Comments to Subscribers

A great plugin for redirecting readers who leave a comment to subscribers is the comment redirect plugin.

This enables you to redirect everyone that leaves a comment to a special page which you create.

This page can include a landing page to help you increase subscribers as well as social media subscribe and follow links.

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We’re on the home straight now folks and next up we’ll check out what Permalinks are in WordPress.

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Reading Settings in WordPress – Video 19

Ever wanted to turn WordPress into a website for static pages only?

Thought about creating a custom designed page which you want to use on your homepage?

The reading settings in WordPress enable you to do both of these things.


Front page displays – Choose a page to display on your home page. This can either be your latest post or a static page you have created especially for your front page.

Blog pages show at most – Regardless of where you want to display your latest posts, this setting allows you to determine exactly how may posts you want on each page of your blog.

Syndication feeds show the most recent – This settings allows you to determine how many posts you want displayed in your syndication feed.

Read more about RSS feeds and setting up Feedburner to manage your syndication feed.

For each article in a feed, show – Select to display either a summary of each post or the full text in your RSS feed.

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Next, we’ll take a look at the discussion settings for managing comments in WordPress.

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Writing Settings in WordPress – Video 18

The writing settings enable you to configure the size of your post box and assign new post drafts to a default category.

These are the 2 main settings you should focus on when your first setup your new WordPress installation.


Size of the post box – The size of the post box refers to how big or small you want the area in your editor to be when writing or editing posts.

Formatting – This settings allows you to 

Default Post Category – After you have created a few main categories, you can use this setting to assign new post drafts to a particular category. If you don’t assign each post to a category, new post will automatically be assigned to this default category.

Post via e-mail – WordPress allows you to setup a secret email address which enable you to post via email.

Remote Publishing – These settings allow you to setup your installation so you can send new post via MS Word or Windows live writer.


Its important that you setup any type of remote publishing or post via e-mail correctly otherwise your site may become vunerable to security breaches.

Allowing remote access also allows access to your Dashboard and therefore, your entire installation.

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Its time to check out the different reading settings WordPress offers.

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General WordPress Settings – Video 17

The general settings enable you to set the name of your site and the tagline.

These settings are crucial to the success of your blog because they determine how your site ranks in the search results.

Other general settings include:

  • WordPress Address (URL) – Don’t change unless you know what you are doing
  • Site Address (URL) – Don’t change unless you know what you are doing
  • E-mail Address – New user notification
  • Membership – Leave unchecked or you could suffer from large amounts of spam users
  • New User Default Role – Set to subscriber

URL Settings

Its very important that you don’t change any of the URL settings or you may break your site


You may remember in the previous video about Users and the different capabilities each user role has.

One of the great things about WordPress is that you can create a membership site and also allow guests to post and/or publish new content on your blog.


One the other hand, there’s a large amount of automated spammers using software to find new blogs and insert links back to their website.

If you allow anybody to join your site as a member before you get to know them, you could suffer from large amounts of spam that can cause damage to your reputation with the search engines.

New User Roles

If you do decide to allow new members to join your site, its best to set the default new user role to subscriber.

Once you have a better understand of user roles and the capabilities of each role, you can then allow your members more responsibility.

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Lets now take a brief look at the settings for writing in WordPress.

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Users Profile in WordPress – Video 16

WordPress offers a membership  feature to add different types of users for your blog.

The members feature can be further enhanced by installing plugins depending on which type of blog you want to create.

The different types of user roles and their capabilities include:

  • Administrator – Full access and capabilities
  • Subscriber – Read & manage own profile only
  • Author – Publish & manage own posts only
  • Editor – Publish posts & pages as well as manage author & contributor posts
  • Contributor – Write & manage own posts but not publish

This means you can use WordPress for a variety of different purposes.

You can create new users and assign them to different roles which gives them certain capabilities depending on the role you want them to be responsible for.

Configuring the settings in your user profile page is one of the crucial configurations you should make before you start blogging.

Your User Profile

One of the first things you should do after you install WordPress is create your own profile and add a Bio.

If your theme includes an author box, your Bio will be included in this box.

Go to Users > Your Profile where you’ll find you can also change your password.

Here’s some more resources which will help you learn more about users:

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We’ll now take a look at the General Settings for WordPress.

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Tools for WordPress – Video 15

WordPress is the worlds most popular free blogging platform. Because of this, many existing bloggers want to move their posts, pictures and entire site contents to WordPress.

Normally this would be a huge task, however WordPress has developed some really handy tools to make the transition quick and easy.

Here’s a list of resources which will help you move from another platform to WordPress if needed.

Press This

Press This is a bookmarklet: a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab bits of the web.

Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.

Categories and Tags Converter

If you want to convert your categories to tags (or vice versa), use the Categories and Tags Converter available from the Import screen.

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Next i’ll show you how to create different users in WordPress.

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Plugins for WordPress – Video 14

Plugins are small software files which add different functions to your WordPress installation.

Think of plugins as like a software addon or extension as they extend WordPress by adding custom functions to your site.

You can choose from a huge range of over 20,000 free plugins or install a premium plugins developed by WordPress programmers.

You’ll find a huge range of different articles on this site showing you whats possible after installing different plugins.

Here’s 3 of the best posts to discover some of the best plugins:

Note: Plugins are developed by different developers from all over the world. Some are well written and others aren’t tested properly.

Installing too many plugins or installing a plugin which hasn’t been tested properly, can result in your site breaking.

If this happens, you’ll need to follow these instructions on how to fix errors in WordPress caused by faulty plugins.

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Lets now check out some really useful WordPress tools which may come in handy at some stage.

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Using The WordPress Editor – Video 13

Every Edit Post and Edit Page screen contains the WordPress editor.

On top of this, there’s additional hidden features you can display and use to enhance your editor further

You can do this by adding code to your theme’s files or simply by installing one of several free plugins developed for this purpose.

Here’s more resources to help you create awesome website pages and blog posts:

Did you know you can create posts using Windows Live Writer and Microsoft Word then send it to your WordPress installation as a draft or published post?

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In the next video we’ll take a look at why plugins are the most popular feature in WordPress.

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Using Widgets in WordPress – Video 12

Now that you’ve chosen and installed a theme, its time to start adding different features to your site.

A simple way to display a specific feature added from a plugin, is to use a widget.

By default, you’ll already have use of several widgets which you can view by going to Appearance > Widgets from your Dashboard.

Some of the widgets already included in a new installation are:

  • Blogroll to adds links in your sidebar
  • Calender of all your posts
  • Text widget for adding html and javascript code
  • Recent posts
  • Comments

Using Widgets

  • Widgets can be easily activated by dragging them into any widget area your theme provides
  • To deactivate a widget, simply drag it out of your widget area and into the inactive widgets panel

Premium themes generally offer more widget areas than free themes which makes it easy to add features in your header and footer area’s.

Many plugins include a widget which displays in your widget area once you activate the plugin.

This way you can choose from thousands of different features to add to different areas of your site without the need to create and add code to your theme’s template files.

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Lets now take a look at all the features in your WordPress editor.

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WordPress Theme Installation & Design Settings – Video 11

Now that you’ve learn’t how to manage themes for WordPress, its time to learn how to customize your theme design.

This video shows you how to:

Lets also take a look at 2 other ways to install a new theme to your WordPress installation:

Installing a New Theme Using FTP

Sometimes you may need to use FTP as your theme developer doesn’t allow you to simply upload it using the built in installer in your admin panel.

  • Download theme to your desktop and extract the files
  • Create a new directory on your server named themes at this location wp-content/themes
  • Upload the entire unzipped folder from your desktop on your local computer to this new directory
  • Login to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Appearance > Themes and activate the theme

Installing a Theme Using cPanel

If you don’t like or don’t have an FTP program, you can use the built in File Manager your web host provides you in cPanel.

  • Download your new theme to your local computer
  • Navigate to File manager in cPanel and find this location in your public_html directory:  public_html/wp-content/themes
  • Upload the zipped folder into the themes directory
  • Extract the zipped folders contents into your themes directory
  • Login to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Appearance > Themes and activate the theme

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Time to check out how to use widgets in WordPress.

WordPress Plugins

The Best WordPress Video Plugin and How To Install It

Video player plugins aren’t the easiest to configure if you’re a newbie or technically challenged.

I’ve recently started a free membership site for beginners needing to learn how to setup WordPress using videos tutorials.

I wanted to install a video player and plugin rather than play around with code.

[notable]Update: I’ve now changed and suggest using the ProPlayer plugin which is a customized version of the JW Player software. Far easier & better solution.[/notable]

Step 1

To use Flowplayer you need to install the software as well as install the Fv WordPress Flowplayer plugin which is made by Foliovision not Flowplayer.

Click Plugins > Add New > and type fv wordpress flowplayer into the Search Plugins box.

Once you locate the plugin in the plugin directory, install and activate it.

Install Video Plugin

Step 2

Flowplayer works very well and looks great so all i did was download the free version from the flow player website, unzip the folder and drag the folder across to  a new folder in a sub directory on my server which is

You could upload the contents of the folder into a new directory on your server but this does exactly the same thing and its faster.

Then i installed Flowplayer which adds a small f above your editor and looks like this.

WordPress Video Plugin

After you upload the video file (MP4) to your Media Library, you simply click the small f and come to a screen like this one where you can add the URL of the video.

Upload Video

Once you have upload the video, MP4 format (Will take other formats) to your server, simply copy and paste the URL of the location into the Video field above.

You can also change the size of the video player. Here i have set mine to 520 wide by 420 height as you can see in the screen shot above.

WP Media Library URL

This is the URL you need to add to the Video Field when you insert the Flowplayer tag (click the small f) into a post/page.

WP Media LibraryA splash page can be a image of your logo or something else to promote whats in the video and or yourself/business.

You could  take a screen shot of your website and upload it as an image then insert the URL where it says splash image. You can also add a splash image at the end of the video also.

[flowplayer src=’′ width=520 height=420 splashend=show splash=’’ redirect=’’ popup=’24 Premium WordPress Video Tutorials’]

If your wanting to create your own website and like using qaulity video tutorials, this set of 24 WordPress videos is perfect for you.

Consider this: You are far better off to embed your own videos into your own WordPress posts and pages and host them on your own server so you can play them with your own video player than host them on Youtube or somewhere else.Why? Read my related post on video sitemap plugin for WordPress and you’ll easily understand why.

You can still upload it to Youtube and other places you’ll get hits but you want your URL indexed on Google NOT Youtube’s.

Conclusion: The best WordPress Video Plugin,  FV WordPress Flowplayer, works flawlessly with the best free video player for WordPress and its simple to install, setup and configure on your own server which you control.

Editor Problems

If you have a problem with your editor caused by the theme you are using, i suggest you try installing Folio visions editor and see if this fixes the problem.

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Themes for WordPress – Video 10

When you install WordPress for the very first time, you’ll find it comes with the default theme for WordPress named Twenty Eleven.

Themes are pre built and provide a range of design options which enable you to change the look and feel of your sites appearance.

There’s both free and premium themes which you can install in WordPress.

Here’s more resources which will help you choose and customize the theme you choose to install on your WordPress installation.

Once you play around with different themes, you’ll get a better idea on what you need for your site.

Here’s a few lists of different types of premium and free themes you might find helpful when searching for the ultimate theme for your site.

Changing Themes

Changing themes down the track can cause problems with left over functions that only work on one particular theme framework.

Choosing a theme built on a solid framework which is made by a developer who provides a large range of themes makes it far easier to change themes down the track.

If you do decide to use a free theme, i suggest you use one which is built on a premium framework. This way you can change to a premium theme down the track without the hassle of leftovers and formatting problems caused by your old theme.

Here’s a list of free themes, built on premium theme frameworks:

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Next up, we’ll check out how to install a theme to your WordPress site.

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Comments & Discussion – Video 9

One of the most important parts of blogging is engagement.

Engagement helps you connect with your readers or audience as some say and built trust and credibility.

Comments also helps you learn more about your readers and gain valuable feedback which you can use to improve your posts and your business sales.

Learn more about managing and preventing comment spam  in WordPress:

There’s also many plugins which you can install to enhance and customize your comments box:

One of the major differences between static websites and blogs are comments.

With WordPress can get the best of both worlds.

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Next up, we’ll check out themes which help give your site a unique appearance.

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WordPress Pages – Video 8

WordPress consists of both pages and posts.

This means you can create static content which stays the same and add fresh content as often as you like.

Creating a page in WordPress is pretty much the same as creating a post, however there are differences.

Learn more about using pages in WordPress with these additional resources:

Some of the most popular uses for pages include creating a custom homepage.

If you are using WordPress for a business website, you would create page for your cornerstone content and write blogs posts linking back to these static pages.

Pages are also used for your static commercial type sales copy and the most common pages created in WordPress are:

  • Contact page
  • About page
  • Blog page
  • Legal page
  • Services page

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Next we’ll check out comments and discussion for bloggers.

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Adding Links in WordPress – Video 7

This video deals with adding external links in the sidebar of your blog and creating links in posts and pages.

We”ll also create external links which you can list in your sidebar or any other widget area on your site including your footer area.

Learn more about using links in WordPress:

External links aren’t the only type of links you can insert in your blog.

You can also link internally between pages and posts and:

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Its time to learn how to use pages in WordPress.

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Using Categories & Tags in WordPress – Video 6

While you’re editing a post, you may want to assign each one to a specific category or group related posts together using tags. Here’s some helpful resources which you can take a look at if needed.

WordPress uses both categories and tags to group related content together.

  • Categories are a bit like the table of contents in a book
  • Tags are like keywords you create to group more specific posts together

Its better to keep your categories to a minimum when you first start blogging for different reasons:

  • You can always add more categories later on when you have a least 10 posts published with related content
  • If you create a large amount of categories first, you’ll suffer from broken links if you decide you don’t need them and delete them.

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Next we’ll take a look at different aspects of links in WordPress.

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Editing Posts in WordPress – Video 5

In the previous video, we looked at how to create a new post in WordPress but what if you make a mistake and need change the content or add something extra?

Here’s some resources to help you learn more about editing posts:

Note: Its best not to edit the unique permalink to each post as this will break any internal or external links to this post.

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In the next video, we’ll take a look at how to use categories & tags in your WordPress posts.

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WordPress Posts – Video 4

Once you’ve had a play around in the WordPress dashboard, you may want to create and publish your first blog post.

It’s advisable to correctly setup & configure your WordPress installation before you start blogging.

Once you’ve setup everything properly, you can then start to create your first blog post.

But should you create a page or post?

Here’s a beginners guide to posts and pages in WordPress which will help you understand the difference between the two.

Writing Blog Posts

Posts consist of new content that generally display on your home page or the blog page of your website. In contrast to pages, posts contain comments fields underneath your editor and are included in your site’s RSS feed.

How to write a post:

  1. Log in to your Administration Panel (Dashboard).
  2. Click on the Posts tab.
  3. Click on the Add New tab
  4. Start writing in your editor, add images and video if you wish.
  5. You may also assign each new posts to a category, add tags, and use all the features displayed on the edit post screen to customize each post.
  6. When you have finished creating a new post, click Publish or schedule your post to be published at a future date.

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Next we’ll take a look at how how to edit posts in WordPress.

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WordPress Dashboard – Video 3

The first thing you want to do after successfully installing WordPress, is to login to your new installation and take a look around in whats called the Dashboard.

The dashboard is often referred to as the backend or admin panel, WordPress administration screen not to mention other things.

Here you’ll find all the controls which enable you to setup and configure your blog anyway way you want because you control everything.

Here’s some handy resources which will help you understand and learn more about the Dashboard.

Every time you login to your site, you arrive at the dashboard which means you’ll soon become familiar with all the different settings.

You can easily change the layout of your admin screens and choose what to show on this page and what to hide.

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In the next video, we’ll take a look at how to create and publish your first blog post!