Articles on Setting Up and Using WordPress Blogs

The articles listed below cover tips and techniques on setting up and using WordPress as the platform for your website. Click the headline to read the full article.

How to Fix WordPress Problems – Some Basic Troubleshooting Steps

Errors that arise after updating something You updated a plugin, or a theme, or WordPress itself and suddenly something goes wrong – sound familiar? “…Why can’t I update my posts anymore..?” “…Why am I getting these warning messages..?” “…Why has the layout on the front of my site changed..?” The WordPress eco-system WordPress is often… Read more

How to Convert an HTML Website to WordPress

I often see questions asking how to convert an HTML website to WordPress and, back here, I covered some of the things you need to think about before doing so. Anyway, I recently converted an old HTML site to WordPress so I figured I’d set out the step-by-step process – so here it is: Overview… Read more

How to Set Up Google Custom Search and Keep Readers on Your Site for Longer

The WordPress search function has never been good. And yet providing a good search function is a great way to keep readers on your site for longer. I wrote back here about why I set up Google Custom Search on this site. It was pretty much a no-brainer really: if you can get the leading… Read more

Clarifying Duplicate Content on WordPress – Again

The old chestnut that WordPress ‘creates duplicate content issues’ keeps coming up. Someone even wrote it to me in an email recently. Let’s be clear: WordPress does not create duplicate content problems. What WordPress does is allow the same content, on the same site, to be accessed via a number of different URLs (or permalinks)… Read more

What Can Ikea Teach You About Web Design?

I had to buy a couple of things for the flat today and I went to the only place I know that had what I needed at the right price and the right quality: Ikea. But it was a trade off: price and quality vs convenience and experience, because Ikea stores frustrate the life out… Read more

How to Move WordPress up to the Root

I moved this site from the /blog folder to the root folder recently. The main reason was to tidy up this domain and, in the process, improve its focus. That, I hope, will improve the effectiveness of its SEO. I’ve had this domain for 5 years and during that time I’ve had different folders and… Read more

How to Move Your WordPress Site to a New Server

Here’s a question I saw today: how do I move my WordPress site to a new server? This can be a fiddly exercise with a number of steps to go through, and you should avoid it if you possibly can. However, on the basis that you can’t avoid it, here’s the answer. Note that the… Read more

Why and How to Use H Tags

Why should you make use of the H tags in blog posts? Because, in addition to the SEO benefits they bring, they highlight a roadmap through your article. People skim read articles online, and if your article is just a load of unbroken text you’ll lose them before the 4th line. Reading unbroken text on… Read more

How to Insert an Opt-in Form on WordPress

I wrote a post recently on how to insert an Opt-in form on a WordPress blog with no sidebars. It’s attracted a lot of views from people searching how to create an opt-in form on WordPress, so I figured a description of how to insert one in a blog that does have sidebars might be… Read more

How to Schedule Posts in WordPress

I took myself off on holiday recently and decided use WordPress’ scheduled publishing feature to keep the content flowing on this site while I was lying on the beach. I simply wrote some articles before I left and scheduled them to be published every other day while I was away. It’s such a useful feature… Read more