How To Customize Your Permalinks

Customize Permalinks

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out how to change my permalink. I wondered why other websites had a simple, clean permalink with just their web address and the title of their post, while mine had a date stamp included in it, like this:

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This is a very simple fix and will leave your permalinks looking nice and pretty!

In your WordPress dashboard go to settings, then Permalinks.

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Then choose either “Post Name” or “Custom Structure” and enter /%postname% in the box and save your changes.

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Voila! Simple right?

Still not self-hosted? See my tutorial on getting your self-hosted wordpress blog up and running in less than 20 minutes!

 

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Hostmonster and Bluehost Back to School Sale

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Just a heads up. If you’ve been toying with the idea of hosting your own domain, you may want to check out the back to school sale going on over at Hostmonster.  That is the company I use and LOVE them! They are a sister company to Bluehost which is also popular.

Both hosting sites are having a sale and you’ll save $1/month with this deal.

You can see how I set up my self hosted wordpress blog in less than 20 minutes here.

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Start A Self Hosted Blog in Less Than 20 Minutes

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Starting a blog can seem like a scary thing and way too technical for the average Joe. But it’s not. I promise. I started my first blog 4 years ago and did it with NO help at all. It took me longer than 20 minutes, but that’s because I didn’t have any tips or tricks. I did tons of research first, which I’m thankful I did, but I blindly felt my way around the blogosphere like a loner!

I believe blogging is an excellent way of building any platform. From businesses, to authors, to ministry, to hobbies. You name it, you can blog about it. With that being said, I’ve tried to simplify the process the best I can to get you up and going as quickly as possible.

I have been using Hostmonster for over 4 years and believe it is one of the best. Remember, I did my research. I have had no problems whatsoever and they’ve even been so kind to quickly answer any of my amateur questions. Hostmonster is a sister company to the ever popular Bluehost. They are run by the same team actually so it’s really just a matter of what name you like. From what I hear, Hostmonster is easier to set up but I have never used Bluehost, so I can’t promise you that. Also, if you choose to use Bluehost, I’m guessing that this process listed below would be extremely similar.

Let’s get started!

1. Head on over to Hostmonster.com and click on “Sign Up Now.” You will then be prompted to enter your desired domain name. If you already own a domain and are going to transfer it, you will need to follow the instructions that Hostmonster gives you. The rest of the instructions below are assuming you do not have a domain yet.

2. You will then be sent to the sign up page where you will enter your account information. You do not need to purchase the “Monster Power” servers. Just scroll past and choose your package. Pricing will range from $4.95 – $6.95/mo. depending on how long you want to pay for in advance. The other options of security are optional and if you don’t want to spend the money, you certainly don’t have to. The only one I use is the Domain Whois Privacy.

3. Create your password. This needs to be long and include characters. Remember, this is your website. You don’t need any hackers! You may want to copy it to your clipboard because you will be prompted to enter it again soon.

4. Next, you will login with your domain name and the password you just created.

5. Now, click on C-Panel in the top left corner. Then scroll down to where it says “Website Builders” and click on the WordPress icon.

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6. You will then be prompted with the screen below. Go ahead and click “Start.”

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7. Select the domain you want to install WordPress on. If you see the “oops” below, don’t worry, just check the box and move on.

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8. Agree to the terms and then you will be given your login link. It will just be your url with wp-admin/ after it.  It will also give you your user name and password, which you can change once you are logged in.

Voila! You are done!  You will be able to start posting immediately and can use any of the free themes. I use Gesesis Framework with the Lifestyle theme for this blog.

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The First 5 Plugins You Should Install On WordPress

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The best part about blogging with WordPress is the plugins! These are basically tools that you add to your site to help increase the functionality and customization. Be careful though. Too many can bog your site down.

Here are my top 5 plugins that I believe should go on any site.

1. Google Analytics Dashboard – You will need a Google Analytics account.

2. Disqus – This is a commenting plugin. I use it on all of my sites and am very happy with it. It is very user friendly and used by thousands of sites across the web. This makes it easier on your readers to comment without having to sign in all of the time.

3. ShareThis – I’ve tried plenty of social sharing plugins and this is still my favorite. It can be completely customized and display only the social sites you want to share. You can have it display the count too if you want.

4. WP-DB-Backup – Backing up your database is so important! This backup plugin is great because if you don’t want to back it up to your computer, you can have it emailed to you so that you never lose it. You can also schedule backups for every hour, day, or week.

5. What Would Seth Godin Do – This is a fabulous plugin that will have a little message box at the top of a post for the first 5 times someone visits your page. You can customize it however you want. You can prompt people to subscribe to your email, visit your Facebook page, anything.

There are so many wonderful plugins but these would definitely be my first 5.  And remember, too many plugins can slow your site down. Make sure they are doing you or your readers a favor!

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