Three Tips for the Amateur WordPress User

wordpressWhen learning to edit your website, via WordPress or another CMS (Content Management System), there are many “rules of thumb” that should typically be followed.  In this blog post, I am concentrating on three.  The first two are important for any website editing platform and the last one is specific to WordPress.

  1. When should I Open in a New Window?
    If you’ve ever tried to hyperlink anything, you’ve probably seen the option for “open in a new window or tab.”  The objective is for visitors to stay on your site.  So, the general rule of thumb for this option is:  If you are linking to another webpage on YOUR site, DO NOT open in a new window; if you are linking to a different website or a file, such as a PDF, DO open in a new window.

  2. What is a Hard vs. Soft Return?
    When working in your web editing platform, you have noticed that when you ‘return’ or ‘enter’, your cursor double spaces down.  That’s called a “hard return”.  If you want to single space down, or “soft return”, simply hold down shift + enter.  Voila!

  3. What about all of those options when Inserting an Image?
    Inserting an image in WordPress is easy and provides you with an array of options.  Don’t ignore them…they’re very useful for keeping the integrity of your design as well as SEO (search engine optimization)!  To insert an image into your Page or Post, click the Add Media button at the top of the editor box.  Next, find your image, either in your Media Library or uploaded from your computer.  When you click on your image, you will see options appear on the right of your screen.

    Your Title, Alt (Alternative) Text and Description are all important for SEO, so try to make them as descriptive as possible, but not too long.  Short and sweet.  Also, remember that your Alt Text is what is read aloud to visitors that are visually impaired.

    The Caption is just that…a caption to your image.  Only fill this in if you want a caption to display.

    Finally, the Attachment Display Settings section.  Choose your alignment and your size.  You can play with these options to see what looks best for your page and design.  The Link To option is really only necessary if you want to link your image to another webpage or file.  I generally suggest always choosing ‘None’ here.

    Click the ‘Insert’ button when you’re done and Publish or Update your page to see the image.

There are many quirks and idiosyncrasies when working in web editing platforms, so I’ll leave you with one last tip: patience and practice makes (almost) perfect.  Using these tips will get you on your way from being an amateur editor to a pro.  And remember, if you need to double check, just contact Sola-tech!

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