For 30DCers: How to Access your WordPress Direct Blog Without WPD

[To my non-internet-marketing friends: Hey, thanks for looking! This post is going to be IM-tech heavy, so if it sounds like Greek, that’s ’cause it is! It’ll be more fun next time, I promise . . .]

To My 30 Day Challenge Friends: Hi! I’m glad you found the best internet marketing training on the web! Hope you’re learning a lot and succeeding with your goals. My best wishes to you! I’d like to talk about how to get into your blog without going through WordPress Direct.

When I got my blog last month, the first thing I did was figure out how to get into it without using an intermediary; WPD is a great blog installer, and wonderful if you can use the Autocontent feature (I’m in a niche that doesn’t generate any content; my Google Alert on my key phrase only sends me email about my own posts), but I hate doing things through third parties when I can just do it directly. So I explored WordPress rather than WordPress Direct, and found out all the wonderful things that can be done there. Let me show you:

Assuming your blog URL is yoursite.com, you type yoursite.com/wp-admin into your browser. When it asks, your username is “admin” and your password is the one you gave WPD when you installed the blog. Ta-da! Welcome to your Dashboard! Here are buttons for writing a new page (like “About Us” or “Special Sales Offers” — things that stay the same no matter what) and writing a new post (blog entry). If you want to change your sidebar, you can get into it by clicking on the widgets hyperlink. In fact, there are a lot of hyperlinks on this page; every one takes you somewhere where you can change things. There are places to see your latest comments and trackbacks, news and new plugins; and WP news stories. It’s worth taking some time to explore it.

At the top of every page are tabs and links. The tabs are Write (page, post, or link), Manage (edit pages, posts, links and categories, among other things), Design (change or edit themes, play with widgets), Comments, and cformsII. Opposite the tabs are three hyperlinks: Settings (where you can set or change everything from the name of the blog to the names of your posts), Plugins (where you turn plugins on and off and change their settings), and Users (where you can add or delete other people, and change your own settings — I refuse to have posts by “admin” on a blog with my name on it! 8-)). And no matter where you are in what’s referred to as the “back end” of WordPress, there’s a link to the Dashboard — so you’ll never get lost.

And if you have a question, I just found a nifty resource in the most obvious of places — faq.wordpress.com. Click on the word in the tag cloud that comes closest to your problem, and get a list of questions that they’ve answered. Or you can ask in the comments, and I’ll do the best I can to find an answer.

Hope it helps!

5 thoughts on “For 30DCers: How to Access your WordPress Direct Blog Without WPD

  1. Mike Roberts

    Thank you so much LJF Wolffe. This was very helpful. I was needing to install some php code and couldn’t figure out how to do it. Now here’s a real doosy of a question. This one is worth 10 scooby snacks. How does one change the small default paper icon up in the address bar? If you type in http://www.amazon.com…you will see right before the http: there is a nifty little icon. Keep us posted! And great blog!
    Mike Roberts
    How to Rich

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  2. LJF Wolffe Post author

    Thanks for the question, Michael! This is actually something I’ve wanted to do for this blog — and thanks to you, I’ve done it! Notice the icon in the URL — it wasn’t there yesterday! The answer comes in two parts. 1: Find the image you want to use, and turn it into a favicon. The free site I used was http://www.favicongenerator.com. Don’t forget to save it. 2: Put your favicon.ico in the main folder of your current theme, and in the main directory for your site. There’s also a line of code to put into your header.php; rather than put it here, you can go find it at codex.wordpress.org. After I did the ftp and the line insertion, I had a blue rose on my tab. Hope this helps you get an image onto yours!

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  3. Rita

    Thank you for your great answer, Linda. I’m going to work on putting a customized icon in my url. I think a customized url icon makes a site more memorable.

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  4. LJF Wolffe Post author

    It definitely does, Rita! And it will also show up for the people that subscribe to your RSS feed; at least in Google Reader, I see the favicons of the blogs I’ve subscribed to. It helps me remember who’s who — and it will help your readers, too!

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