I’m back with more tips to help build your NAIWE Blog and Website. With your membership you get an opportunity to put together a very nice site and you also get “me” to help. Sometimes I’m slow to get back with our members and sometimes I’m very quick. In my efforts to help you with this I’ve created step by step pages on my site to help you. Honestly I don’t know “everything” as “everything” is “ever” changing but I try to keep up with it the best I can and if I don’t know I’ll try to find the answer for you. YouTube has a lot of great videos about WordPress but knowing which ones have the information we need for our group site is the trick. When questions arise I try to find a video that I can share and gets to the point. I think I found one that is easy to follow about making your site mobile friendly.
When you watch the video he will talk about the WPTouch plugin and downloading it but you don’t have to do that. You should find it on the lower left of your dashboard. This video takes you through the different options available. As always, you can try different things, check it out and if you don’t like it try something different. Please note *the Preview only works if you’re in the Safari or Google Chrome browser but if you don’t install either of those you can still do all the options he shows, you just won’t be able to preview on your computer.
Here’s the video. If you have any questions I’m available. ~Ann
Here’s a plugin that gives you more options on your NAIWE WordPress website.
This is a short video with details included on what this plugin can do for you, how to activate it and set up the options. You should find TinyMCE Advanced in the list of plugins on your dashboard so you shouldn’t need to do an install. Look on the left side of your dashboard for “Plugins”, click and find TinyMCE in the list and ACTIVATE it. Follow the instructions on the video to pick and choose the options you want to use. You can go back and take off the options you don’t want and add other options at any time.
Take a look at your Basic NAIWE Profile Page. Here’s mine. If you want to change your name or update your AVITAR, Website Link, Company Information, Your Skills Checklist or Contact Numbers I’ve created directions just for you. I hope you find them helpful. Click the link for detailed instructions with diagrams. Tweek Your Basic NAIWE Profile Information
NAIWE Members, while working in your dashboard you may see Theme Options under Appearance, it should be the 5th item on the list. (**Please note, depending on the theme you have chosen as your default, you may not have Theme Options. Here is a picture of my theme )
Themes and Theme Options are two different things but I’ve included both here for more detailed directions. Themes are basic design options. Theme Options are where you chose a light or dark background, the color for your links and the layout of your site. You can switch back and forth with these and try different “looks.” The picture below is the theme I have chosen. If you have chosen a different theme you may not have “Theme Options”.
Everything is fixable and changeable. Always Remember to Save (there are different save options for different features such as Save, Save Draft, Update (if you’ve already published a page and are making changes you click the Update button)
You will have a Preview button as you work on Posts and Pages to see how your changes look. It will Preview what you site looks like with that change. I suggest you have your website open in another tab and check how your changes look because sometimes you don’t have the preview button option. If you don’t like the changes you’ve made go back and try something different.
Here’s a tip for your NAIWE site if you have long rolling posts and you want your readers to be able to move through them more efficiently. .
Take a look at this page* on my site. Notice how I have added Continue reading after a paragraph or two? This is really easy to do and might help your readers feel a little less overworked when they want to scroll through your rolling blog for a specific article. Here is a screen shot with instructions. When you follow the instructions provided it adds the “Continue reading link” automatically when it inserts the line break (—–more—–). The other neat thing is that it automatically uses the color yellow for me because I have that picked as the color for my links and the “continue reading” is a link to my full text. The Continue Reading only will show up when you build pages in a menu that roll through from one post to the next like the page I referenced above.* For individual pages/posts it won’t show up, only in the rolling blogs.
Note: In the individual post you will not see a Continue reading link but when you load them into a menu like I have and they post to a rolling blog then it will put the Continue reading link in them.
We all have to-do-lists that we never finish. That is the one thing I’m sure of after making a million of them myself. So here’s one more to add to your list; building your NAIWE webpages on your NAIWE website.
With your NAIWE membership you have the opportunity to build a website that is professional and functional. Here is a tutorial page you can read through. (The tutorial page has a LOT of information on it, so don’t get bogged down when you read through it.) Skimming is ok for now. I’ve created posts to take you through many of these things individually with more detail. I’ve included some videos throughout these pages to help show you the visual of what I’m trying to explain. Continue reading →
Some of our NAIWE members have been working on their sites and I am excited to see the new pages that are being created. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Make your site represent you and your work in your own way.
Let’s take a look at Creating CustomNavigationMenus.
Sorry the pictures are blurry. If you click them they will enlarge.
I’m a list person so to me, navigation menus are lists. They are nice and orderly. You can take all your posts/pages about a particular topic and put in a dropdown under a category. You can create your own categories. When you make your posts or pages always pick a category before you save and if you forget, just edit and put it in and update. Continue reading →
Note: You’ll always go to your “DASHBOARD” to work on your site pages.
The first thing you should do when creating your NAIWE website is fill in your profile and portfolio page of information. I should have told you that first but my creative side loves to add pictures and colors and do the “decorating” but you need to be showcasing who you are and what kind of work you do. See, I’m not really a writer like you, I’m in the background trying to help manage this place for you, so I forgot that was probably the most important part of your site. Your profiles and portfolios are where people can come to learn about your background and take a look at your work.
Here’s Where to Find Your Profile and Portfolio Pages
Go to your “dashboard” on your site.
Click on the “Pages” button on the left and you will see the Portfolio and the Profile pages are already there. Click on those and fill in your information. If you want to add links to places where your articles or books can be found on the web, read below about how to embed your links. Continue reading →
I hope these will help our members build some great sites. Be creative, try new things but most of all just get started. It’s fun and creative. Take these first steps now to chose the colors and pictures to build the Appearance of your site.
Some things to remember as you work on your site. Preview your changes before you save them. Save Changes or Save Drafts when you make your changes. Publish when you are satisfied with what you’ve created.
Remember, you can always edit and edit again until you’re satisfied with your creation.
1. Go to your ”Dashboard” page. (click under your name at the top of your page and you should see the link for the dashboard) Once the dashboard comes up, we’re ready to move on. Continue reading →