I talk about plugins sometimes, but I know a lot of people don't have access to them, so I thought I'd give a quick overview so you know what on earth a plugin is and what you are/aren't missing out on. There are a gazillion plugins out there, give or take a few. They're bits… Continue reading What Are These Plugins Bloggers Talk About?
Ah, WordPress—we love it, but at the same time, it drives many of us batty. But what would we most like to see changed? I think part of why the Happiness Engineers let people down so often is that they're not the same people who are putting the nuts and bolts together. WordPress is open… Continue reading What Would You Change About WordPress?
Are you still using the same blog theme that you started with? Do you want to switch things up but can't figure out what to switch to? Today, let's talk themes. I started off blogging with Sela, which was a free theme. Then Sela was retired. I wasn't forced to change, but I figured if… Continue reading How Do You Choose Your Blog Theme?
Ah, WordPress. We love to complain about it in all its buggy glory, yet here we are. One of the things that divides people is the WordPress Reader, so let's chat about it. Doofus-friendlier I'm very gung-ho WP Reader. It makes life so much easier. I don't want blog notifications clogging up my inbox. And… Continue reading The WordPress Reader: Love It or Hate It?
Sometimes, I stumble across things on websites and think huh, that's pretty fancy. Occasionally, I later discover that it's something that can be done on good ol' WordPress. HTML anchors are one of my latest discoveries. This particular fancy trick is being able to jump ahead to a particular spot on post/page. Wikipedia uses this… Continue reading Fancy Yet Easy: Using HTML Anchors
Some bloggers moderate comments before posting them. Others (like me) don't, but manage inappropriate comments once they've been posted (and sometimes get accused of censorship because of it). So let's let's chat about it! How to moderate In "My Sites", go to "Settings", then click the "Discussion" tab. Scroll down to "Before a comment appears."… Continue reading Should You Moderate Comments on Your Blog?
For this post, I wanted to take about pages. Not posts, but pages. Some bloggers have multiple pages, while others might just have one or two, and I thought it was worth chatting about. Home page Depending on how you've got your blog set up, your blog posts may displayed on your blog's home page.… Continue reading How Many Pages Does Your Blog Have?
From very early on in my blogging days, I've scheduled almost all of my posts ahead of time. Another pattern has been that I don't usually write a post all in one sitting. My writing output varies, but often it doesn't keep up with the ideas that I want to write about (although that's not… Continue reading What’s In Your Blog’s Drafts Folder?
Using images in WordPress can be tricky and quirky sometimes, especially in the block editor. Here are some of the image-related bits and bobs I've picked up over time. Insert from URL In the block editor, you can insert images from URL... sometimes. You can't do it from Unsplash. From Pixabay, once you find your… Continue reading Using Images in WordPress Blogs
While we're mostly interested in the human visitors to our blogs, it can be fascinating to see what some of the non-human visitors are getting up to, including an assortment of bad bots. What a 404 error is Before we get to the main part of this post, I need to quickly explain what a… Continue reading Bad Bot Visitors to Your Blog