Intro to WordPress: 7 More Tutorials for Common WordPress Tasks

Here is a selection of video tutorials from WordPress.tv for more advanced but common tasks you might encounter in managing your WordPress site.

1. How to add new categories or edit/delete existing ones

As your site grows, you may find you need more categories to organize your content and make sure important posts remain accessible for longer. You can also go back and edit existing categories, though you might want to avoid changing the “slug” on any older categories to ensure that your URLs don’t get altered.

2. How to add a widget to your sidebar or elsewhere

If your theme is widget-enabled, you can add and remove widgets from each area of your site that has been “widgetized”. Most themes allow widgets to be added to the sidebar. Some widgets require configuration. For example, any widget displaying your Twitter feed will require you to enter your Twitter account information.

3. How to add new links to your “Blogroll”

Many themes display a links list or “Blogroll” in the sidebar. You might also have a page devoted to links if you want to present a large number of links as a resource.

4. How to change your discussion and moderation settings

If your site starts to take off, and you are getting lots of comments, you may need to change how your site manages discussions. WordPress offers a range of possibilities for discussions, from allowing anyone to comment, to requiring registration on the site to be able to comment. With plugins, you can even offer logging in via Facebook, Twitter, etc. to comment.

5. How to add new users or authors to your WordPress site

If you want to grant access to your WordPress site to someone else, you can create a user account for them. Then they can add their own posts with their username attached to them.

6. How to make a post “private” – adding a password to it

You can password protect individual posts on your site or even password protect the entire site.

7. An Introduction to Custom Fields

In more advanced themes with a lot of customizable parts, a common way to provide more options in a post is to use custom fields. You might want to provide a custom field for the URL to a video file, if for example you wanted more control within your theme over how a video is displayed on the site.

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