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┬áMoving 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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