How To Remove The Powered By WordPress and Customize Your Footer
So let’s go ahead and get started. The first thing you’ll need to do is simply go to your WordPress Dashboard. Now before I show you how to edit the footer, fi we go to the actual site here you’ll notice that on the very bottom here it says “proudly powered by WordPress.” so I’m going to show you how to remove that and add your own company name right here.
To do this you’re going to go to Appearance and Editor. Now for some of you, you’ll be able to automatically update and edit these files. If you are unable to do this, and you click on Footer here, you will need to make this specific file writeable. And the way you do that is to login to your FTP program, login to your website, and locate your WordPress theme files. Go under “wp-content” go under Themes, find the specific theme, and in the main root folder you’re going to find that specific file that’s “footer.php” if you change the file permissions to “777” you’ll be able to edit that file.
Now in this specific “footer.php” file, the location of the “proudly powered by WordPress” is right here. Now if we go to the Live site, you can notice that this is a clickable link. So basically this right here is the actual code, if we remove this, this stuff on the front page will disappear. Now feel free to pause this video if you need to look for the code, and make sure that you have seen this exact piece of code.
Now if you want to make this link clickable, like a hyperlinked link, then you’ll basically need to follow the basic html code; but if you simply want to make it so it just has your company name – like for example, “Copyright 2011 YourCompanyName.com” you could simply replace that code that I highlighted. And click on Update File, and if you go back to the main site, you can see it has been replaced with that information.
Now if you want to make it clickable, you can make it clickable. You would just have to go back here, and create a hyperlink, which is <a href=“”> this here, and surround the text with this here. And you can just enter link or we’ll just enter our site link here, and click on Update File, Refresh the page on the Live site. And as you can see here, it clicks, and it goes back to our main homepage.
So as you can see, very, very easy to do. Simply highlight that code that I showed you, replace it with your company name or make a hyperlink. And feel free to pause this video if you need to copy the code or anything like that. And of course if you’re done and you’re not going to be editing your footer.php file, I would recommend going back to your FTP program, changing the file permissions to 755, this way protect yourself from possible security breaches. So if I refresh the page here, this file is no longer editable, and that’s it!
How to Create Navigation Menus and Sort Them In WordPress
So what you need to do now is to go to your internet browser, and login to your WordPress Dashboard; go to Appearance, and click on Menus. So first thing’s first, your menu is going to need to have a name. Normally I just name mine “Navigation” click on Create Menu, and there we go!
Now what we need to do is simply drag and drop the pages into the Navigation menu. So currently we don’t have any pages, so I’m going to go ahead and create some pages. So if I go to Pages and click on Add New, I’m going to open this up in a brand new tab, and I’m just going to pause this video and create some pages.
Okay so I went ahead and created a bunch of pages, and if I go back to the Menus here, and I Refresh the page; most of you are already going to have pages and you won’t have to worry about that. But in this example, as you can see, I created a bunch of pages that relates to kind of a classroom setting. So what I’m going to do is simply click on Select All; click on Add to Menu.
Now as you can see, you can drag and drop, but you can also move it to the right hand side. And if I move it to the right hand side, this basically is telling WordPress that – Online Test is the Parent Navigation Menu here, or Page; and then the Child Page is “Test A” and “Test B”. You can also move it over again if you want the “Test A” to be the Parent of “Test B” but if I click on this, Save Menu, and I Refresh the page here.
Another thing that you need to make sure that you do, under Theme Locations, is to choose that specific menu. Now certain themes are different, they can have different menus, like several menus so you could choose different menus and put them under here. but Menu 1 is going to be the Navigation Menu, so click on Save; and if I go back to the Live site here, you can see now that it’s About Us; Online Tests; we’ve got the two child pages underneath the Online Tests; and the Contact Us page.
So just to re-cap, we’ve got the pages, select the pages you want; add it to the menu; reorganize it and sort it to the way you want it to be; click on Save Menu; and make sure that it’s chosen under the Theme Locations.
Now one cool thing is you can also create custom links. So let’s say for example that I – let’s see, “software tests” – I can actually link it to a specific URL. So let’s say I want to go to Google.com; click on Add to Menu; and I’m going to put this here; click on Save Menu; and Refresh the page here; and if I click on Software Tests, it’ll actually go to that link.
So these are actually made up of both pages and custom links. And you can also add categories as well. If you ever want to change the name of this specific menu item, you can select the dropdown menu here and simply change the navigation label. Let’s say we want to say “About the Team” click on Save Menu; and if we go back to the Live site and Refresh it, it has changed from “About Us” to “About the Team”.
And another thing is, if you want your brand new pages to be added to your navigation menu; if you select this option here, every time you create a brand new page, it’ll add the page to this navigation menu. But if I were you, I would basically have it set like this, but I would re-organize it to the way that I want it to be organized. And of course last, when you’re done, click on Save Menu and that’s it!
How To Turn On Your Built In Theme Editor In WordPress
In this specific video, I’m going to show you how to turn on your built in theme editor so that you can edit certain files within you r theme. So for example your footer, your header, your 404 pages and more!
Now this is for advanced users, and you need to know what files you want to change, because you can do a lot of damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. So with that said, let me go ahead and get started here, I want to go to my WordPress Dashboard, and then if you go to Appearance, you’ll find the editor here.
Now some of you will notice that you’re unable to edit files within the theme editor. And for some of you, if you’re able to do this and your webhosting company has automatically enabled this, then you’re going to see a button here. And you’re good to go and you’re set, and you don’t need to watch the rest of this video.
But if you don’t see that, I’m going to show you how to enable the editor. Now you can do it where you can enable certain files. So for example if you know you’re going to do a lot of editing with the footer or certain files, you can do that. And that’s probably the best bet to go with, because that way you can simply secure all your other files, and only edit certain files.
Now to do this, you will need to have access an FTP program. In this example we’re going to be using FileZilla and if you don’t have FileZilla, simply Google “FileZilla” download and install the program, because we‘re going to be using it now.
So right now you want to find your WordPress files, or the location, and in this case, as you can see it is in my root directory. And you need to locate where your theme files are located. So in this case, WordPress-content, it’s going to be under Themes, and in this example I’m using the 2012 Theme. Now if you double click into that folder, you will notice that most of these files in the theme editor are located in the root directory, as you can see here. And what you can do is simply highlight all of these files here, and right click, click on file permissions, and change everything to 777. Now keep in mind though, that it could open you up to possible security breaches, and that’s why I say, if you’re going to do this, make sure that you know which files you want to edit, and what I personally would do is simply highlight these; change the file permissions; do my editing; and then when I’m done with my editing; go back here and change it back to 755.
So if I click file permissions and change it to 777, and click on Okay; and I go back to my WordPress theme editor, Refresh the page here; now you’ll notice that I can actually edit these files; and click on Update File, and it’ll actually save it. So if, for example, I want to edit my header, I can simply go in here, make the changes and click on Update File. Now make sure that one you’re done, to highlight these; click File Permissions; and change it back to 755. Otherwise you’re going to open yourself up to a possible security breach, and somebody can come in and basically hack your site. So you want to make sure that you protect yourself at all costs. And if I go back here and refresh the page, you can see that these files are no longer editable. And that’s it, now you can begin to edit certain files within your theme!
How to Add HTML Code to the Editor Tab in WordPress
Hello! In this specific video, you’re going to learn how to add HTML code to the post or page editor tab. So let’s go ahead and get started!
Now whether you use HTML frequently, or if you’ve never used code in your life, this video can really help you in the future because eventually you’re probably going to encounter some sort of HTML code that you’ll have to enter into your WordPress post or page. So to help you understand how to do all of this, I’m going to suggest to you a free HTML editing tool. You don’t need to know any type of web coding or any technical skills to do this. All you have to do is simply download a free program and if you used Microsoft Word in the past, it’s as simple as using that word processing tool.
So I’m going to go over to Google.com here, and I want you to type in “Kompozer” and that’s the name of the software; and it’s “Kompozer.net” and if you click on Downloads you’ll notice that it is compatible with Windows, Macs, and Linux. So it doesn’t matter what operating system you use, it is available to everyone. And that’s what I like about it, and not only that, it’s really, really easy to use. So go ahead, download it, and install it.
Now let’s go back to the WordPress Dashboard here, and we’re going to create a post. So I’m going to go under Posts, and click on Add New; I’m going to enter the Title; and you’ll notice that there are two tabs here. There’s a Visual tab, and there is a Text tab. The Text tab is where you’re going to enter your HTML code. Now the reason why I suggested the HTML Kompozer web editing tool, is if you ever want to use it to do anything quick and easy, you can actually do that.
So if I go ahead and open this up here, this is what Kompozer looks like. And let’s say we do something really simple and easy; and we want to format it, and this and that. So I’m going to enter a quick article here. Okay so for the headline I put “How Would You Like to Edit HTML Pages Without Having to Know a Single Line of Code? In This Article I’m Going to Show You Just That!”
So let’s say for example that I’m going to bold this; I’m going to italicize it; I’m going to underline it; and I am going to change the color to, let’s say red. And let’s say here I’m going to change the color of this to something like blue. Now in a typical article you may not necessarily want to do this because it does not necessarily look really professional, but I wanted to show you this as an example. So if you click on Source, we’re basically looking at the HTML code here. So in this example, what you would do is – anything in the body, from the body tag to this tag, you just copy this information and simply paste it here, and click on Publish; and if we click on Visual, we would be able to actually see it. So it’s actually just a very, very fast way to format your text really, really fast. But you’d simply enter the HTML code in here, and we can view it after we have updated it. So click on View Post, and there we go!
So to me, that’s just a faster way of formatting my text and doing that versus – going here; using the Editor, and you can use the Editor that’s fine, but I wanted to show you this simply because if you had other information like other HTML code, then simp0ly enter it under Text tab, and you’re pretty much good to go. And I wanted to show you the other stuff simply because if you ever wanted to do that, that is an option for you.
Now before I end this video, I do want to say that anytime you get some sort of HTML code from a site or anything like that; and they ask you to add the HTML code to a post or page, or anything like that; all you have to do is click on Text; enter the HTML code here simply as I showed you just now, and that’s it! And don’t forget to click on Update, and you’re good to go!
How to Embed YouTube or Vimeo Videos in WordPress
In this specific video you’re going to learn how to embed YouTube or Vimeo videos into your WordPress site post or pages.
Now keep in mind that this works with any other video hosting sites like MetaCafe, or anything that would give you some sort of HTML iFrame code that you can edit and add to WordPress post or pages.
So I’m at my WordPress Dashboard here, and if I click on let’s say a post, and click on Add New here. Let’s put this as Visual here, Visual tab; YouTube and Vimeo just so, we’re going to add both of these videos in the same post.
Now you cannot be in the Visual tab when you’re editing and adding the HTML code. You have to be in the Text tab; so if you click on Text here; this is YouTube and this is Vimeo. So I basically need to enter the YouTube embed code here, and the Vimeo code right underneath here.
So at YouTube here, we’ve got the Lion King 3D Blooper Outtakes; and if you click on Share; and Embed; YouTube has the ability to enter an iFrame or use the old Embed code; both of them work. So if you select this (and of course you can Customize at YouTube before you actually embed the code), but you can customize the video size however you like it. And let’s say I’ll just do 640×360; I’m going to copy the code; simply paste it over here.
And with the Vimeo, let’s take a random video here. If you click on Share; click on Embed; with Vimeo it gives you some options as well, so click on Show Options. You can see here that you can change the color of the bar; you can change the size; you can auto-play this video; loop the video; show text link underneath the video, and so forth. You can also get the old embed code as well.
So let’s say for example, that I want to keep as the YouTube video, so I’m going to say 640×360; I’m going to get the Embed code here; select it; copy it; go back to my WordPress post; simply enter this embed code right underneath video of Vimeo. That’s it! So if I click on Visual here, we have the YouTube video here, and the Vimeo video here; and they’re both the same size. If I click on Publish here, click on View Post, and as we can see here that we have embedded the YouTube video, as well as the Vimeo video here. And it works! As you can see, it’s actually very, very easy to do. All you have to do is make sure that you find the videos first, get the embed code, and make sure that you enter it in the Text tab. And for some of you, if you’re using older versions of WordPress, the Text tab will actually be the HTML tab; it’s just that when they upgraded to Version 3.5, they changed the HTML tab to a Text tab. And there we go!
Understanding Different User Permissions in WordPress
In this specific video, we’re going to be talking about different user role permissions.
So let’s say for example, you want to take your WordPress site to the next level – you want to get authors, editors, contributors to submit content; but you want to give them a limited amount of permissions that will enable them to do their job while avoiding the possibility of them actually doing any type of damage to your WordPress site.
So let me explain exactly what that means. If I hop on over to my WordPress Dashboard here, and you go under Users, and click on Add New, you’ll see that you can add a new user and each user has a specific role. We can see that there’s Subscribers, Administrator, Editor, Author, and Contributor. So let me explain to you exactly what these user roles are so you have an idea of how you can effectively get people to submit content, but without allowing them to do too much to your site by simply giving them a limited amount of permissions.
So let’s talk about the types of users. First of all, we’re going to talk about the Subscriber user. Basically this is everybody. Everybody who wants to simply register at your site and leave comments. And normally this happens if you have it set in your Comment Settings where people have to register first, before they actually make a comment. So this would be a Subscriber. They have a limited amount of rights. They only are able to login and simply interact with your site by leaving comments.
Then we have the Contributor user. This type of person is great for article writers, content writers, or people that you hire that can login to your WordPress site and simply submit content to your WordPress site. However, they do not have the ability or rights to publish the content to the site. So basically if you want somebody to be able to create a lot of good content, and simply submit it, but it cannot be published to the actual site. It actually has to go through you, or has to go through another person with a different user role/rights that has the ability to publish the content. So in other words, their content goes into the Drafts or Pending Review.
Now we have the Author, the author can basically do everything that the contributor can do. So they can submit content, but they can take it to the next level. They can actually publish any content that passes through without your consent. So let’s say you have a contributor – an article writer, and you just want them to have the ability to submit content, but you don’t want to have them have the ability to approve it because you want to make sure that whoever approves it, is somebody that you actually trust. Because you want to keep the integrity of your WordPress site. So you’ve got to trust the Author. The author has a little more power than the contributor. They however, cannot view Drafts and Scheduled Posts. So they have a little more rights, but there are still some limitations to their ability to do certain things.
Then we have the Editor, the editor has the ability to do everything that the subscriber, the contributor, and the author can do; but they cannot only write articles and publish them, they can also edit them. So in other words, they can write, they can publish, and they can edit the articles.
And of course, last but not least we have the Administrator. This should be you, and only you. And I’ve got to emphasize this. DO NOT MAKE ANYBODY ELSE AN ADMINISTRATOR as they can do a lot of damage. So as an administrator, remember you can update, you can delete, you can do a lot of different things. So this user has the ability to do anything to your WordPress site. They can do a ton of damage, and they can ultimately delete the blog!
So make sure that you take advantage of these user roles. Think about how you can get people involved in your site, and you can use it to build your site up, whatever it might be.
How to Control Visitors Comments In WordPress
In this specific video I’m going to show you how to control how visitors comment on your WordPress site.
So let’s talk about comments. If I go to the Live site here, you’ll notice that there is a box right underneath this example post that allows somebody to make a comment. And it’s a great way to allow your visitors to interact with your site so that they’ll come back, they’ll read your content, they’ll watch your videos, and they’ll interact with your site. But you want to make sure that you take control of the way people comment on your site, simply because there are many, many different softwares out there that, nowadays actually target WordPress blogs. And there’s a thing called “blog commenting marketing.” It’s a specific marketing strategy which people use to basically comment on your WordPress site to simply get a link back to their site. Now there’s a lot of softwares out there that use this specific method, so you want to make sure that you protect your site as much as possible, but at the same time, keep it where visitors can easily comment on your site.
Now first thing’s first, you have to know – what is the goal of your site? Is the goal of your site to have them let’s say, register and become a member, and respond by logging into their account on your site, and commenting on your articles and your content, and so forth. Or do you want them to be able to just comment, and come to your site without having to be a subscriber or somebody who creates an account – simply enters a response and then you want to manually have somebody approve each and every comment, that way you can regulate your site.
And if you have an idea of what you want to do, I’m going to show you the options that are available to you, so that you can do that. So if we go back to the WordPress Dashboard here and we go under Settings and click on Discussion. As you can see here, there are a lot of different options on controlling the way visitors comment on your site.
So starting from the top here, I’m going to explain to you what each and every one of these options mean so you know exactly what is available to you. So starting at the top here, these top two options don’t necessarily deal with comments, but the one here, it says “Allow People to Post Comments on New Articles.” So if you think about it, every time you post a brand new article, do you want people to have the ability to post comments on those new articles? Normally I would have this checked by default, and as you can see, it is.
And this option here, it says “Comment Author Must Fill Out Name & Email” now this is a great way to interact with your visitors. And if they can fill out their name and their email address, and then make a comment, you can always contact that author; and it gives you that ability to open up some options and opportunities in the future. So I would have that checked.
It says “Users Must Be Registered & Logged In to Comment” so this kind of goes back to what I was saying earlier about how you want people to interact with your site. Do you want it to be more of a closed environment where the content’s there, but in order for people to actually interact, they have to take an initial step to actually register, and then make a comment on your site. So you can have a site, let’s say for consultations or a service type tips and advice place where you will require people to register, and then make their comments, and then you would actually interact with them. So having people register and actually login to your WordPress site does, in a way, force them to interact with your site. So what are your end goals? It can actually help you in the long run, but keep in mind that not everybody is going to register and login. You might have out of 100 people, you know 10 people or 20 people that actually register to login. Versus if your site was open to the public and you could just moderate the comments that come in, then you might have 50, 60, or more. So it’s just something to keep in mind that, do you want your site to be more closed to a certain group of people that are serious? Or do you want people to have a little more freedom to basically comment without being an actual registered member?
This option here basically automatically closes comments on articles that are older than a certain amount of time, and you specify that amount of time. So if I were to specify seven days, this basically means that if the article is more than seven days, then comments will automatically be closed. So you could do something like, you know classes, online classes or interaction and things like that, and give people a limited amount of time to respond to your articles before you actually move on to the next step.
Now there’s so many different ways, so many different creative options and opportunities that you can make for yourself by using these specific options. Enabling threaded, nested comments basically means if you make a comment, and then somebody can make a comment that replies to your specific comment. How many times do you want to go before they have to create a brand new comment? So if you want to show your visitors that, “hey, you actually respond to your comments?” and how many levels deep do you want it to go?
Now keep in mind, for example if you have somebody asking a question, you answer it; they ask another question, you answer it. If you have it “10 or more” it can go on, and on, and on, and on. So that’s just something to keep in mind. So by default it’s five, but you change it to whatever you want it to be. And comments can basically grow. So you want to make sure that you break your comments into pages if you have too many comments. So if somebody reads a specific article and they see 100 comments on that page, they may not necessarily want to scroll all the way down through the 100 comments to actually get to the next page. So you want to make sure that you break your comments into pages. So we can say something like “twenty five.”
And this option here gives you the ability to display comments with the older or the newer comments at the top of each page.
This section here allows WordPress to email you a notification any time somebody posts a comment, or a comment is held for moderation. So this gives you the ability to know what’s going on in your WordPress site. At this point it says, “Before a Comment Appears, an Administrator Must Always Approve the Comment.” I always choose this option simply because I want to be able to approve the comment before it appears. That way if it’s a piece of software that is spamming my WordPress site, then I can see it, I can just click on Spam and ignore the post. But for the legitimate comments, I can actually approve those comments. And you can also make it so if you have this checked, then as an administrator, you will always approve that specific comment. Every single comment that comes in, you approve it.
But if you have this checked here, it says “Comment Author Must Have a Previously Approved Comment.” So let’s say for example that you approve the author, then every comment after that – once you figure it out, okay they’re legitimate, they’re not a piece of spammy software, you’ve approved their comment, it’s good – so every other comment after that, they no longer have to go through your approval process. And like I said earlier, blog commenting in terms of the marketing strategy, a lot of times people will enter a bunch of text and then they’ll put a bunch of links. So you can also hold a comment in the queue if it contains two or more links, or any other number of links that you specify.
And moving down in this box here it says, “When a Comment Contains Any of These Words in Its Content, Name, URL, or IP, It Will Be Held for Moderation.” So if you want to filter certain comments and your site is like “G Rated” or you don’t want people to use certain words, then you can actually add the keywords here to make sure that you filter those comments with those words.
You can also blacklist comments as well. So the same thing above here, if any comments contain any words in content, name, URL, email – then it will actually blacklist it. So you could take, let’s say your site is “G Rated” and you don’t want people to cuss or do any bad words. So you could enter this here, and if the comment had that specific word in it that you don’t want, it will automatically blacklist the comment. That way you don’t really have to go through all the comments, and it’ll actually take care of the process there.
And Avatar’s are basically pictures or icons that will be displayed whenever somebody comments on your blog. And you have the option to show them, or not show them. So I’m done here, I’m going to click on Save Changes, and that’s it! So just make sure that you understand where your end goal is. If you understand that and you understand how people are going to interact with your site, you will understand how to protect yourself and control your blog comments.
In this specific video I’m going to go ahead and show you how to create a gallery with the Media Manager.
So let’s go ahead login to the WordPress Dashboard here. Now in order to create a gallery, you don’t go to the media section. What you do is you basically edit a post or edit a page.
Now, what I’m going to do is simply create a new post. So I’m going to click on Add New, we’ll enter a title, and click on Add Media at the very top here, and you’ll notice that it says Create Gallery.
Now you can create a gallery from the images that you see here, or we can simply upload files here. so in this example I’m going to create a gallery of this little man here, and I’m going to simply just drag and drop these files here, and Upload these files and create a gallery.
So drag and drop that over here, and as you can see we’re uploading 24 files. Okay there we go, so we just simply uploaded all of the files. And basically for a gallery, whatever is checked is going to go into the gallery. And as you can see, I have left these blank because I do not want those images in my gallery, and all we have to do is click on Create Gallery.
Now the neat thing about this gallery is it’s a drag and drop system. So what I can do here, is simply – say I want this video “guy with the video” first, and the “guy with the time clock” here. So that’s pretty neat, you can actually drag and drop it, and re-order the images as to how you want it to be. You can enter a caption here, and you get the gist here; and you can also reverse the order. So if I click on that, as you can see here, the ones at the beginning basically reversed.
The Gallery Settings here, you can link it to a media file or an attachment. You can create many different columns if you want to. For example right now there are three columns; however, we can make it five columns if we want to do that. So when you’re done and you’re ready, click on Insert Gallery, and there we go!
Now if you ever want to edit the gallery, if you select this and click on Edit Gallery; you will be able to edit the gallery. So in this case, I’m going to click on Preview, and as you can see here, we have the gallery. And that’s how to create a gallery with the Media Manager feature of WordPress!