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Updated 13 September 2018

A quick outline of the settings for your WordPress site for Settings >> Permalinks

Setting Title Description
Common settings Permalinks are the unique URLs given to your pages and posts.Choose from:

  • Plain – numbered – ie
  • Day and name
  • Month and name
  • Numeric
  • Post name
  • Custom Structure
Optional You can also use custom structures to organize your page URLs based on their category or tags.

Click Save Changes and your settings are updated



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An outline of the settings under Media in your WordPress website.

Setting Title Description
Image size Here you can tell WordPress how to crop images if your theme does not already have image resizing embedded within itChoose a:

  • Thumbnail size
  • Medium size
  • Large size

Some themes will already have image sizes coded into them and the theme will then override these settings.

Uploading Files WordPress stores images, videos, audios, PDF’s, etc. into a folder called uploads within your websites files.You can check the box to have WordPress organize your uploads into month- and year- based folders – this is on by default and I recommend leaving it that way


An introduction to the Settings >> Discussion section of your WordPress website.

Setting Title Description
Default article settings
  • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article.
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)
  • Allow people to post comments on new articles (These settings may be overridden for individual articles.)
Other comment settings
  • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment
  • Automatically close comments on articles older than 14 days
  • Enable threaded (nested) comments levels deep
  • Break comments into pages with 50 top level comments per page and the page displayed by default
  • Comments should be displayed with the comments at the top of each page
E-mail me whenever
  • Anyone posts a comment
  • A comment is held for moderation
Before a comment appears
  • An administrator must always approve the comment
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment
Comment Moderation Here you call tell WordPress how to handle comments based on:

  • number of hyperlinks
  • words found in the comment
  • name
  • URL
  • e-mail address
  • IP
Comment Blacklist Same as comment moderation, but this will prevent any of the offending items from being put into comment moderation as it will mark the comment as spam automatically
Avatars You can allow your commenters, authors or contributors to show an icon next to their posts.Check the box to show avatars – leave unchecked to disallowIf you allow avatars, you can choose a rating for them (similar to movie ratings) and you can choose a default style if the commenter/author/contributors email address is not tied to an image in their accountYou can register for a free account at and choose an image to correspond to any of your email addresses

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Setting Title Description
Formatting 1 – Elect to show emoticons as images2 – Allow WordPress to correct invalidly nested XHTML – leave unchecked in general
Default Post Category Choose to have a default post category or not
Default Post Format If your theme has it, this is where you can choose your post type – audio, video, etc. Custom Post Formats are defined in your theme’s css.
Press This Press This is a bookmarklet: a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab bits of the web.Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.Drag-and-drop the following link to your bookmarks bar or right click it and add it to your favorites for a posting shortcut
Post via e-mail You can enter your mail server information here if you wish to set up posting via email.You can also choose a default category for your email posts from the drop down menu.
Update Services WordPress will notify any of the services you list in this section.More info HERE

Click Save Changes and your settings are updated


Creating an image gallery in WordPress is quite easy. Here is the step-by-step method.
Click on the “Create Gallery” link on the left menu.
create an image gallery in WordPress
This will bring you to the image selection dialogue box.
To select the images for your gallery, simply click the image.  You will see a check mark on the top right of the images you’ve selected, as well as seeing the image thumbnails at the bottom of the dialogue box.
creating an image gallery in WordPress
Once you have your images selected, click the “Create a New Gallery” button on the bottom right.
creating an image gallery in WordPress
In the next dialogue box, you can edit the images within the newly created gallery.
creating an image gallery in WordPress
Here you can reorder the images by dragging and dropping, or you can reverse the images by hitting the “Reverse Order” button.
On the right menu, you can choose what each image links to in the “Link To:” drop down box.   You can also set how many columns you’d like in the gallery and you can choose to have the images in random order.
Once you are happy with your selection, hit the “Insert Gallery” button on the bottom right.
My gallery is below.

I’m not a fan of the default WordPress logout url because I think it’s boring.

WordPress Tip: Redirect your Logout URL

The default logout URL for your WordPress website or blog is usually – the login panel.
But if, like me you would rather go somewhere exciting, like your homepage for example, the fix is quite simple.  It involves add a few lines to your theme’s function php file so you need to be comfortable with editing that.

Edit the Functions.php

To change your logout url, add the following to functions.php
//* Add custom logout URL
add_filter( ‘logout_url’, ‘my_logout_url’ );
function my_logout_url( $url ) {
return ‘’;
As always, do a BACKUP of your files before you edit ANY theme files so if something goes awry, you are ready to fix it!


To delete a theme from your WordPress site, go to the left side menu and choose Appearance >> Themes.

Go to Appearance >> Themes
Go to Appearance >> Themes

Hover your cursor over the theme you’d like to delete and click on the “Theme Details” button.
Click on “Theme Details”

Then choose the “Delete” button.
Choose "Delete"
Choose “Delete”

Answer “YES” to the “are you sure?” dialogue box and you’re done.

If your chosen hosting company offers QuickInstall, it’s super simple to install WordPress on your domain.

Here are the steps you will need to take.

1 – Log in to your HostGator dashboard and scroll to the bottom, until you find the “Software/Services” section.


2 – Click on QuickInstall and then choose WordPress.


3 – Fill out the form with your information. Make sure that if you are using WordPress to run your website, you leave the box after your URL blank. Click “INSTALL NOW”


4 – After WordPress has been successfully installed, you will see the following screen.  Please take note of your LOGIN URL, USER NAME and PASSWORD.  You will need these to access your new site.



And now you are done.

Log into your new WordPress site using the info from Step 4 and update your password by going to USERS on the left menu.   Make your password something difficult to guess and NEVER use “admin” as a user name OR password 🙂

If you have questions, please add them in the comments below or email me at so I can help!


Adding video to a WordPress page or post has become an amazingly simple task now.

Simply add the url of the video on it’s own line within a post or page, with no links around it. WordPress will automatically format the video for you.

Like this:

Check out this fabulous video

which will generate this:

To embed a TED Talk, go to the page of the TED talk you wish to embed, and click “Embed” below the video. It will give you the talk ID. You can add the width or height if you’d like.

which will generate this:

[ted id=73 width=640 height=360]

You can easily embed videos from the following sites:

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