Need a Proofreader?

eyeglassesI recently stumbled upon this proofreading option within the profile options in WordPress.  I tend to write a post when the moment strikes and even though my computer’s OS picks up on most typos, I am loving the build in option to proofread a post before publishing.

To activate the option hover over your name on the upper right corner of the window and select “Edit My Profile.”

WordPress -Edit Profile

Locate the section for Proofreading and make a selection of having your post proofread before you publish a post and/or when you update a post.

WordPress Proofread Option

I tried it out on my last post and after I clicked “Publish” a window popped up asking if I wanted to review the spelling/grammar errors found.  All of the items in question were underlined in red and very easy to find.

 

Jetpack in your dashboard

wordpress-jetpackSo what’s the deal with having “Jetpack” in your dashboard other than knowing that is where you go to find your blog stats now?

Well, there is a lot of functionality there that you can take advantage of.  An extra tool box of goodies, if you will.  I will be taking a look at a few of its features in upcoming posts because the list of features is pretty long. Taken from the plug-in summary page, here is a list of those features:

  • Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided byWordPress.com Stats.
  • Email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and your post’s comments.
  • Social networking enabled comment system.
  • Simple, Akismet-backed contact forms.
  • The WP.me URL shortener.
  • Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
  • Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
  • For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
  • A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
  • Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
  • Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the DeadlineWordPress plugin.
  • With Carousel active, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
  • A CSS editor that lets you customize your site design without modifying your theme.
  • A mobile theme that automatically streamlines your site for visitors on mobile devices.
  • Mobile push notifications for new comments via WordPress mobile apps.
  • and many more to come!

I would love to hear how you are using any of these features and please feel free to comment on what you think about this new functionality.  Is it too much?  Not enough? Too Confusing or overwhelming?

Disabling Comments on a Static Page

commentWith our recent theme additions, you may have noticed that not all themes are created equal when it comes to functionality and options.  A question that I have been getting is:

How can I turn off comments for a static page?

This option used to appear on the post page while you were writing/editing.  Most of the new themes do not have this option.  Not to fret.  There is a way to enable/disable comments.  From the navigation menu, click on “Pages” to give the list of your current (or draft) pages for your blog.  Hover over the page that you would like to first work with until the quick edit menu appears.  Click on “Quick Edit.”WordPress Quick Edit MenuThen locate the checkbox to enable/disable comments on the page.

WordPress Allow Comments

That’s it!

The quick edit menu has other features that may be useful to you such as a fast way to change a post title or author.

 

Site Stats Error

Hi there, Rachel Ellner brought to my attention that the site stats were giving an error message.  The Jetpack plug-in that enables the stats had a bug, and hopefully the upgrade that I just implemented will solve any problems.  Please let me know if you are still getting an error code.

Thanks Rachel for letting me know!!!

Meredith

 

 

 

Simplify Your Blogging Workspace

WordPress has so many options that every once in a while I wish I could just simplify things a bit.  Well, this post form WordPress can help.  By accessing your “Screen Options” you have the ability to choose what options show on your post pages.

See the instructions on this WordPress Post.

Happy Wednesday.

Page not loading? Delete your cache

I have noticed that there are times in WordPress where one particular page will not load, especially the “new post” page.  This can sometimes be fixed by simply deleting your cache within WordPress.  Always try to refresh your browser page first, but if that doesn’t work, sometimes we need to take it to the next level.

Every time you access a page, your browser will store a copy of the items needed to display that page to you.  This is usually a good thing becuase it means that the pages you browse more commonly will load faster the next time you visit.  Where this can be a problem is if the page is not loading properly because the cache is storing older supporting files and the page can no longer run.

Right within WordPress, there is a new Delete Cache feature located on the toolbar at the top of any WordPress window.

Delete Cache

If you find you are stuck or a page is not loading correctly, this could just do the trick.

 

Adding Special Characters

You are typing along and realize that you need to add a trademark  ™ character to your post, or maybe a copyright  ©  character to a brand, or may be you are writing about the FIT Bloggers blog and you want to say how much you ♥ WordPress.  How do you do it?

Symbols Pod

When you are adding a new post, notice on the lower right side of the window there is a new option for HTML Special Characters.  Instead of trying to figure out keyboard shortcuts, or the HTML code for a symbol, follow these easy directions.

By default, you will only see a small preview of available characters.  Click on the “See More” link at the bottom of the HTML Special Characters window to expand the options.

Place your cursor in your post where you would like to insert the character

Click the character in the HTML Special Character window.

Done! You should now see your special character in your post.

 

Role Definitions in WordPress

Blog RolesAs administrators of your blog, you have the ability to add new users to blog along with you. From training you know that there should only be one administrator per blog, so what role should you give to new bloggers?

If you are not sure how to add a new blogger, or need the naming convention for new accounts, please see the post on Adding New Bloggers.

General Rule of thumb for the various roles: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, and Subscriber:

Quick Summary of Roles

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile

Full Summary of Roles

Here I will start with the subscriber and work up to the Administrator.

Subscriber can:  read the blog

Contributor can: (do what a subscriber can and….) edit posts, and delete posts

Author can: (do what a subscriber and contributor can and…) edit published posts, upload files, publish posts, and delete published posts

Editor can: (do what a subscriber, contributor, and author can and….) moderate comments, manage categories, manage links, use the HTML editor, edit other users posts, edit pages, edit other user pages, edit published pages, publish pages, delete pages, delete other user pages, delete published pages, delete other user posts, delete private posts, edit private posts, read private posts, delete private pages, edit private pages, and read private pages.

Administrators can: (do what subscriber, contributor, author, and editors can and…) activate plug-ins, add users, create users, delete plug-ins, delete users, edit files, edit plug-ins, edit theme options, edit users, promote users, remove users, and edit the dashboard.