10 resources for beginning WordPress bloggers

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WordPress is a powerful blogging platform and content management system created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Automattic operates their free service, WordPress.com. WP.com is an easy entry into the world of digital publishing.

WordPress.com is a hosted service, so you don’t have to worry about managing servers or downtime. You can use a custom domain name and premium themes, host video or expand your storage (all for a $ fee, of course).

And when you use WordPress software, you’re in good company.

In addition to the links below, there are WordPress resources here at WiredPen, too.

1. Learn WordPress.com

WordPress tutorials range from getting started with the platform to picking a theme, from publishing your first post to adding multimedia. 2014.

2. How to use the WordPress visual editor

This step-by-step walkthrough is from WordPress.org. 2014.

3. 5.5 Tips To Write Amazing Blog Posts Even If You Are A Newbie

This Search Engine Journal article focuses on you and your audience, with search engine optimization as a sidenote. 2013.

4. 16 Top Tips from Blogging Experts for Beginners

I’m not a big fan of long lists, but these are 16 tips from 16 experts, one per. There’s only one woman, though. 2013.

5. Why we use WordPress as a CMS

ComputerWorld explains its choice of WP for its content management system. 2013.

6. The WordPress Community Offers Advice to Beginners

Smashing Magazine covers digital design; in this article, they provide insights from the WP Community. 2013.

7. Blogging for your business

This Lynda.com tutorial is one of a series the company offers on blogging and WordPress. 2013.

8. Copywriting 101

CopyBlogger provides free and premium tips for writers. They are also WP consultants. N.D.

9. WordPress courses at udemy

If it’s training you’re looking for, consider udemy, which delivers online training on a wealth of subjects. Each course is run by an independent author, so caveat emptor.

10. Move your site from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress

WPBeginner tutorial walks you through migration when you are ready for self-hosted WordPress. 2014.

BONUS: Move your site from Blogger to WordPress.com

RT Camp tutorial walks you through migration in a way that doesn’t lose your Google rankings. ND.

How to block auto-play video in Chrome

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If you’ve ever visited a website with auto-play video and yelled in frustration as a result … this tip is for you.

To disable auto-play plugins in Chrome, go to settings

  • Type this in a browser tab: chrome://settings/
  • Or navigate to settings by clicking on the “hamburger” on the top right side of the browser and then select “Settings”

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    How to managed Chrome settings

From settings, navigate to privacy content

  • Select advanced settings, which a text link at the bottom of the screen
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  • Scroll to privacy and select content
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Change plugin default settings

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Change the default settings for how plug-ins behave

 

Many many thanks to @alphast:

 

The result, however, isn’t very pretty. I wish I could “see” the video but have the choice of when or if to start play:

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