The other day, I was working with No Newz. I realized it would be a good idea to put a large Facebook share button after post content. I did some search and found that many bloggers are looking for the same function, so I write this post.

Actually it’s pretty easy to do. First, you need to create a function to display the button. And then use add_filter() to add the button to the content. Let’s go through the details.

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It’s been a long time since I published my last WordPress Theme. Recently I started a new website: No Newz is Good News to share things that are worth sharing online. I decided to develop a new theme.

As so many things are different now, I sought for a starter theme or a theme framework to begin with. After trying several of them, I found Bones and Underscore. Both are great, but if possible, I hoped I could have two more things in my themes which are: Bootstraps and a powerful option panel. I thought it’s impossible to find a starter theme to have all these stuff together, but I met BREW.  Dan Brown was looking for the same things as I did, he didn’t find any, so he created one by his own.

Updated to version 1.0.3 : 29/June/2014

  • Bugs fixed.

Updated to version 1.0.2 : 14/May/2014

  • Fixed a bug in comments.

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What is Links/Blogrolls

The last thing I want to talk about WordPress.com is: Links. You can see there are some other sections that I didn’t mentioned, like Polls, that’s because these sections are only available on WordPress.com, you won’t find them in your self-hosted WordPress. And they are very easy to understand, just go try out if you’re interested. Links are URLs on your blog that you want to share with your readers, for example, if you’re blogging about iPhone, you may like to put a link to Apple.com on our blog. Or mostly you can put a link to your friends’ blogs. We usually call blog links as Blogrolls.

Add New Links on WordPress.com

It’s very easy to deal with links on WordPress. Let’s go to the Admin Panel and click on Links section. WordPress Links Here you can find all your links on your blog. By default, WordPress will set up several links to websites related to WordPress. You can delete them if you don’t need them any more. Everything looks familiar here, right? It’s just the same as the Posts/Pages/Comments sections, so you know how to play with it. Let’s try to add a link to my original blog: ZackLive.com Click on Add New under the Links section. This is how we add a new link: WordPress Add LinkEnter the information of the link:

  • Name: Link text to display
  • Web Address: Link URL
  • Description: One line description

Link category can be set under the Links section, or you can directly add a new category here by clicking on Add New Category, it’ll be just the same as creating a post category. Target defines how to get to the website of the link – open the link in a new widow or tab(_blank) or in the currant window or tab(_top & _none). The difference between _top and _none is that _top will break all frames(if there is any) and display the page as a top page. That’s all we need to set for a new link, if you don’t want others to see this link, you can check Keep this link private, and then click on Add Link.

Link Widget

Links will not be showed on our blog automatically, we need to add a Link Widget to our theme to display links. Go to Widgets under Appearance. We’ve talked about widgets in our earlier post. Find a widget call Links, drag and drop it to Sidebar, you can change the order of widgets. That’s all, now refresh the blog to see our new link. WordPress Links Widget

Conclusion

That’s all about WordPress.com. From the next post, we’ll talk about self-hosted WordPress, you will learn how to install WordPress on your own server.

This is the seventh post of my WordPress Complete Tutorial series.

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Comment is one of the most important things for a blog, I always believe that comment make a blog a blog.

Let’s see how comments work on WordPress.

Editing Comments

Login to your Admin Panel, here use: http://zacklive.wordpress.com/wp-admin/, click on Comments section, here we can see all comments on our blog.

WordPress Comments

We have one default comment by Mr WordPress, this comes with the installation of WordPress, just like the default post. You can edit it or delete it.

Here you can see comments are arranged in four categories: Pending, Approved, Spam and Trash. I guess you can understand what they mean, right?

Now move the mouse over the comment content, you’ll see the edit menu:

WordPress Comments Edit

You can Approve/Unapprove comments, Reply to comments, Edit/Quick Edit comments and set comments as Spam or Trash.

WordPress Comments Reply

Click on Reply, you can reply to the comment here, and of course you can reply at the post where the comment is posted to.

WordPress Comments Quick Edit

The difference between Edit and Quick Edit is that Quick Edit allows you to edit the comment right here on this page, and by clicking on Edit, you will enter a comment editing page just like editing Posts and Pages.

There are two drop down menus: Bulk Actions and Filter.

WordPress Comments Filter

With Bulk Actions, you can edit multiple posts together. It offers four options: Approve, Unapprove, Mark as Spam, Move to Trash.

Two filters are available, Comments and Pings. Pings are trackbacks which will be generated when other bloggers mentions your post.

You see the Check for Spam button, you know what it does.

Conclusion

That’s all about comments for now, and remember all comment settings are located on Settings -> Discussion. If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know, and you know how to do it. Yes, comments.

This is the sixth post of my WordPress Complete Tutorial series.

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I am going to talk about Pages today.

What’s the difference between Posts and Pages?

Posts are articles we published everyday, and Pages are information of the blog, such as About Us, Contact information.

About Us Page

WordPress creates a About page for every new blog with some example data, let’s modify it to fill our need.

Login Admin Panel, click on Pages->All Pages:

WordPress Page

There is a default About page here, let’s edit it.

WordPress Page Editing

This is the Page Editing page, looks familiar? Yeah, it’s almost the same as Post Editing page. Just a little different settings on the right sidebar. Try to make some changes and click Update. Now check out the new About page on your blog. This is what I’ve done:

WordPress About Page

Some themes use Pages as Menu, which means you Pages will automatically shows on the Menu. Others use built-in Menu functions, in this case, you need to add your Pages in Menus editor under Appearance. Otherwise, you will not see your Pages on your blog.

You can also add your Pages to your blog using sidebar Widgets.

Add New Pages

Adding new pages is just the same as adding posts. Click on Add New under Pages section, and you know what to do.

WordPress Adding New Page

There are three Page Attributes you can set on the right bottom.

  • Parent: Set a parent page for the current page. For example, you have a page called, Authors, which introduces all authors on this blog. And you want to have a separate page to talk about one specific author, you can create a new page and set the page Authors to be its parent page.
  • Template: You can have a specific design for a particular page using template. You need to create a template file in your theme to do this.
  • Order:  Define the order of pages to be show, less number goes first.

Conclusion

Pages are useful to provide static information to your readers. Use your imagination to create unique page to surprise everyone.