CyberMummy live blog – Getting to know and love WordPress

I started blogging in January and got myself a free blogger account, I really liked the ease of use but after a 24 hour breakdown in which it lost my post I threw my toys out of the pram and decided to switch to wordpress a couple of months ago. When CyberMummy asked for live bloggers for various sessions I saw this one on wordpress and thought, it might not be the most exciting but I hope I can learn something about word press, which is not as easy to use as blogger and pass this knowledge on.

So here I am!

The first statement of the session that grabs my attention is “steep learning curve” says Sue Davis, I couldn’t agree more, so how do we conquer the curve? I’m hoping she will tell us. But of course, the technology has broken. Ironic huh.

So we have no internet and can’t see any good sites but onwards we must prevail. The topic is Moving from blogger to wordpress.org, you must disable all custom (non default) bits, so reset to default settings. (currently a bit confused as no idea what wordpress.org is!) Recommended hosts to get a domain name are dataflame, machine network, justhostme.co.uk, virtual Internet (some were recommended to avoid but I was asked not to name and shame to avoid legal action)

You can set up your wordpress site and then once you have done this you can import your blogger posts and comments using WordPress tools/import.

WordPress.org requires you to know more about technical bits and bobs like FTP, back-ups and plug ins – and now I am really regretting volunteering for this live blog. I was hoping it would be WordPress for Dummies. But I will prevail.

You can get free or premium themes on WordPress.org (as you can with WordPress.com) but watch out for free themes without reviews or not listed on the wordpress site as these could be hackers themes.

Some recommended plug ins for WordPress.org are:

Login lockdown – after x amount of login attempts you can block your site for a certain period of time.

Search meter – you can track what people are searching for on your blog.

Widget logic – very useful to assign various widgets to different pages, so you can ensure they are in the right places and not all over your homepage.

HTML sitemap – will automatically make a site map of your site.

Ok the slides are going too fast for me to get any the recommended links for transferring from blogger to WordPress, but I’ll try to get them for you – I am not superwoman!!

Top tip – never use “admin” as your username for your blog as this is the first name hackers will try to use.

Apparently the most important benefit of WordPress is the spam filter as if you get spam commented once it opens the floodgates for more spammers which can clog up your blog and affect your google rankings.

WordPress.com
This is the free version of wordpress, as opposed to wordpress.org which you do have to pay for and therefore you have fewer options.

The slides for this session which had some really good links on transferring are available here.

Unfortunately the session was quite techy but I hope you’ve learnt a little, the biggest thing I learnt is that you do need a reasonable amount of techy know-how or can mess around until you get the right affect in order to use WordPress.

Thanks for reading

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Cybermummy 2011 Meet and Greet

Carly at Mummys Shoes has started a CyberMummy Meet and Greet so here is mine! As I have not outed myself so much I will be wearing a big badge on the day with my Blog name on it. Feel free to come and ask my real name!

Name: ChocOrangeCityMum – honestly, I have been to deed poll and everything!!

BlogChocOrangeCityMum

Twitter ID@choc0range

Height: 5ft 7.5 inches (half an inch does matter!)

Hair: Bobbed dark brown

Eyes: Brown

Likes: sunshine, tennis, food (except when pregnant), holidays, reading, baking, Glee, nice people, going to the cinema, eating out

Dislikes:  middle of the night wake ups, inconsiderate people, messy websites, bad customer service

>Announcing Cybermummy Sponsor

>When I decided to go to Cybermummy I wanted to work with a brand whose product I believed in and could genuinely recommend and represent at Cybermummy. I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have found that in my sponsor, Baby Friendly Boltholes.


When the Boy was born we quickly realised that holidays would never be the same again (apart from the one where we left him with the grandparents!) and our needs were now very different and specific. Things like, pre-cooked meals, babysitters, soft play areas and providing all the baby essentials were all must haves on our holiday checklist. There are package holidays which are very well catered for family holidays but that has never been our thing. Thanks to my best friend, Google, I stumbled upon Baby Friendly Boltholes and was immediately impressed by the professional design and feel of the site (I must admit, I am a bit of an Internet snob and if a site doesn’t look neat or professional I won’t use it).

Baby Friendly Boltholes was set up by Sian Williams, a mum who worked in the luxury travel sector. As Sian says  “if you’re looking for somewhere that combines taste with toddlers and most importantly is run by the kind of people who know that it takes far more than a travel cot and a highchair to make a family-friendly  holiday, look no further!”

Since then we have booked two holidays through BFB and they have been fantastic. When the Boy was 9 months old we went to Le Manoir de Longeveau in France, a really lovely selection of apartments with great sports facilities (golf course, tennis, swimming) and a lovely man at the end of the road who would sell us fresh organic vegetables. When he was 20 months we went to Caserio del Mirador in Spain, again this was a wonderful holiday (for my full review of this you can look in the review section, second one down).


I cannot recommend BFB highly enough which is why I feel very happy to be representing Sian and her company at Cybermummy 2011.

>Looking for a Cybermummy sponsor, please!

>Hello

Since starting blogging a whole month ago, the word on all fellow Mummy Bloggers lips is CyberMummy. Well I figure that if I want to really join the ranks of these ladies then I need to be at THE event of the Mummy Blogging Year.

So, I would be very pleased and honoured if someone would be willing to sponsor me. I live in Surrey and already have a season ticket so all I need is a ticket. In exchange I will do almost anything you ask, within reason! So have a think about it.

Although I have only been blogging a short while, I have already gained some lovely followers and will continue this blogging malarkey till the brain freezes up of material, which I don’t see hapeening anytime soon!

So, if you want an outgoing, chatty, persuasive and honest Mummy to be your CyberMummy representative, PICK ME!!

Thanks for reading.