Thanks to prodding from a site admin (hi, Shea!), I dug in tonight and got the Akismet comment-spam blocking plugin activated for all sites on Indivisible.blue. Which means that spam comments left on your sites’ posts will now automatically be filtered out. Admins of individual sites don’t have to do anything, no API key to sign up for or enter. (If you want to adjust the couple of options, visit “Jetpack -> Akismet” on your dashboard.)
I’m still getting things together around here, but if you want to keep up with what’s new, you might want to follow my brand-new Twitter account: indivisibleblue.
Here are some recommendations for sites, books, and courses to help you get going and make the most of your WordPress site on Indivisible.blue. Suggestions and contributions always welcome!
Note: If your site is hosted here, you can skip info about finding a hosting company, installing WordPress, and registering a domain; we take care of all that for you.
- WordPress Made Simple – website with some good information on basic concepts
- WordPress Beginner Videos – free with registration
- Lynda.com’s WordPress Essential Training – 5 1/2 hrs of video training (costs, but free trial available)
- Treehouse’s WordPress Basics – 100 minute video training (costs, but free trial available)
- WordPress: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
- WordPress To Go by Sarah McHarry
You want to make it easy for visitors to find you on social media networks, and here’s how to set that up. This process can be a little different with each theme. For starters, here’s how to set it up in the default “twentyseventeen” theme.
- From your Dashboard, hover your mouse over “Appearance”, and click “Menus”
- Click the link, “create a new menu”
- In the box by “Menu Name”, type a name, like “Social Links Menu” and click either of the “Create Menu” buttons
- Now that you have a menu, you can add custom links to it. On the left-hand side, click “Custom Links” to open up that section
- In the “URL” box, type or paste the URL of your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever social media page you want. It should begin with “http://” (or “mailto:” for email); you can copy and paste it from another tab to make sure it’s right
- In the “Link Text” box, type a name for the link. On some themes, like “twentyseventeen”, this won’t be visible, but it’s still required. Just enter “Twitter”, “Facebook”, “Instagram”, or whatever. Linkable networks with built-in icon support include: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Medium, Snapchat, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Reddit, and email
- Click the “Add to Menu” button, and the link will appear on your new menu
- To change or remove any links, click on them in the menu to open up the entry boxes again. You can also drag and drop those items to reorder them
- Click “Save Menu” to apply your changes
- Click “Manage Locations” to see where your WordPress theme lets you display menus (you have to display it somewhere)
- For the “twentyseventeen” theme, in the dropdown next to “Social Links Menu”, pick your new menu from the list, and click “Save Changes”
- Preview your live site, and you should see the icons for your networks in the footer of each page
There are other ways to display these – in “Widgets” in the side bar or footer, or in other menus – but this is one straightforward way that works well in this theme.
I moved this post! Now it’s right here (sorry for the extra click).