5 Easy Ways to Improve Your WordPress Website

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Last week, I published a post on my author website here about my first week as a freelancer. My aim when I left my paid job just before Christmas was to concentrate on my writing and writing related activities, specifically, proofreading. So one of the first things I did when I started as a freelancer, was to set up this new website for the business. I mentioned this in my blog post last week and received so much positive feedback about the new website that it made me take my WordPress skills a bit more seriously. It also led to some work on someone else’s WordPress site and some enquiries from other people about whether I could help them with theirs 🙂 Needless to say, if you have a WordPress site and would be interested in some help, do please get in touch! Just click here to send me an email.

This week then, I thought I might show you some quick tips which you might like to use on your own site. These are all small things but you never know, there might be something you’ve been trying to figure out how to do for ages.

1. When you’re writing a blog post, you may only be able to see one line in the toolbar above it, starting with the bold symbol. At the end of that toolbar, there is a symbol that looks like this:

Screenshot 2016-01-17 12.11.01

    This is the toolbar toggle button and if you click on it, it reveals a second toolbar allowing you to do some other interesting things to your blog posts.

2. One of these is to change the nature of the text you are typing. This is by using the first dropdown box on the second toolbar which defaults to ‘Paragraph’. This is the one to use for your body text which I’m sure you’ll all recognise from Word. However, sometimes you want something to stand out a bit more and if you just put the text into bold using that B button when you’ve chosen ‘Paragraph’, you’ll notice that the text doesn’t stand out very much. If you choose one of the Heading options instead, you’ll see that you can make text stand out a lot more:

Heading 1 looks like this for example!

3. Another thing you can do using this second toolbar is to change the colour of words or links to make them more prominent. This is done by using this button:

Screenshot 2016-01-17 12.22.53 The default colour for all text depends on the theme you have chosen but if you want to change its colour, just highlight the text, click on the button and make your choice. This is really good for highlighting links to your books or other products you want to draw attention to.

4. Another thing you might want to do is to add Social Media Icons to your website page, rather than having your Twitter timeline and Facebook page showing on your site. On my author site, I have both but if you’re short of space, you might just want to have the icons for people to click on to link them to your various pages. This can be done easily by hovering over ‘My Sites’ in the top left-hand corner of one of your website pages, choosing WP admin and then choosing ‘Appearance’ from the left-hand sidebar which appears. Then go to ‘Widgets.’ Scroll down until you see ‘Social Media Icons’ and drag that box over to your chosen sidebar (some themes have several). Fill in the details and the icons will appear on your site. By default, these icons are quite small. Take a look at the one I have for Twitter on this website. It is possible to install bigger ones but that’s a bit more time-consuming. It’s something I can do for you if you want to get in touch 🙂

5. Finally, talking about those links again. Do you ever click on a link on someone else’s website only to find that it takes you away from the original page? I find that quite annoying so I make sure that whenever I put in a link, using this button in the first toolbar:

Screenshot 2016-01-17 12.37.32 I always check the box saying ‘Open link in a new tab.’ That way, your reader has both your website page open to return to should they want to, as well as the link you were referring them to.

Well, those are my tips for this week. Please give them a go yourself but don’t forget that if you get stuck, I am more than happy to help you out 🙂

Thanks for reading and do leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

Image used courtesy of Wikia.

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20 thoughts on “5 Easy Ways to Improve Your WordPress Website

    1. I’ve just checked all the links again, Norah and can’t find one that doesn’t open in a new tab. Can you tell me which one you’re having trouble with please? Thanks, Julie.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found them helpful, Shirley. Yes, it can be a bit mind-blowing when you have to change themes as things never seem to be the same! If you need professional help, let me know 🙂

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  1. Thanks. Is this only for WordPress Website ( which I do not have, as yet)? Or can it be used with just the WordPress bloggung page? Going tmo flag this as it it is handy, though will tske a nin techno ages to undersrand and try to follow what you have said, though slowly, ha! At my age, it takes time for thus or of thing to worm, its way into my brain. Technology wa ne er my best suit.
    Evelyn

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    1. Yes, these tips are only for WordPress websites, Evelyn but that would include your blogging site if you already have one. Let me know if you need any help as I work with people to help on their websites too 🙂

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    1. Hi Jane,
      Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment too. Since I posted this, I have had a fair few people contact me to ask for help with their websites which has been a lovely surprise. I’m sure I could help you too if only with the Twitter issue. Would it be all right for me to send you an email and we can go from there? Best wishes, Julie.

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