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How to Copy and Paste from Word to WordPress

If you've ever tried to copy text from a Microsoft Word document and then paste it into a post or page within WordPress, then you know that text never looks right when you publish it to your blog. Suffice it to say, Word and WordPress are not very compatible.
The problem is that when you copy text from Word and then paste it into WordPress, a bunch of extra HTML code gets inserted into the text. You won't be able to see the extra code in the WordPress visual editor, but if you switch to the WordPress HTML editor and know a bit of HTML, you'll notice lots of extra code throughout your blog post that has no reason to be there other than to cause formatting problems on your blog.

Fortunately, there is a way to copy and paste text from Word to WordPress without extra code mysteriously appearing.
Your first option is to copy the text from Word as you normally would then go to the post editor in your WordPress dashboard. Click your mouse where you want to insert the text and the select the Insert from Word icon in the toolbar above the post editor. It looks like a W. If it's not visible, hover over the Kitchen Sink icon in the toolbar and click it to reveal all of the hidden icons. When you click on the Word icon, a dialogue box opens where you can paste your text from Word. Click the OK button and the text will automatically insert into your blog post editor without all of the extraneous code.
The above solution works, but it's not perfect. There can still be formatting issues when you paste text using the Insert from Word tool in WordPress. If you want to ensure there is absolutely no extra code or formatting problems, then the best option is to paste the text from Word without any formatting of any kind applied to it. That means you need to paste plain text, which requires a couple of extra steps, which are explained in the next paragraph.

Simply open Notepad on your PC (or Text Editor on your Mac) and paste the text from Word into a new Notepad (or Text Editor) file. Copy the text from Notepad (or Text Editor) and paste it into the WordPress post editor. No extra code will be added. However, if there was any formatting in the original text that you want to use in your blog post or page (such as bold, links, and so on), you will need to add those from within WordPress.
Another option is to use an offline blog editor to create and publish posts and pages to your WordPress blog. When you copy and paste text from Word to an offline blog editor, the problem with extra code being added usually does not occur and most formatting is retained correctly.
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5 Wordpress Plugins to Help Bloggers Make Money

Did you know there are a variety of Wordpress plugins designed to help you maximize your blog's earning potential? Check out the five Wordpress plugins listed below that can help you make more money from your blog.

Smart Ads

A great plugin that makes advertising on your blog less intrusive to your regular readers but also allows you to monetize your blog's archives. With the Smart Ads Wordpress plugin, you can automatically place ads before and after your blog posts but with a time delay. In other words, you can choose to have ads appear only with posts older than 10 days, 30 days, and so on. It's up to you.                  

Ad Rotator                    

This is a great plugin for people who want to maximize the ad space on their blogs. Using text files that you create, the plugin automatically rotates between the ads you specify to appear in a particular space on your blog.                                                 

Komoona Ads - Sell Banners

This free WordPress plugin makes it easy to sell banner ad space on your blog.     

WP125 Ad Management                    

If you publish 125x125 ads on your blog, then you might be interested in the WP125 Ad Management plugin that makes it extremely easy to upload, change, deactivate and maintain ads on your blog.                                                  

AdSense Manager

The AdSense Manager Wordpress plugin makes it easier than ever to place and maintain Google AdSense ads on your blog. The plugin automatically generates AdSense code for your blog and allows you to use widgets to place and move ads around on your blog.                                                     
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10 Essential Wordpress Plug-ins

There are many plug-ins available to help you optimize your Wordpress blog. Some of those plug-ins will help you customize your blog's performance while others will help enhance your readers' experiences while visiting your blog.
Following is an overview of the plug-ins that no Wordpress blog should be without.

1.  Akismet

Akismet is critical to helping you manage spam comments on your blog. It stops what it detects to be spam comments (quite accurately), and holds them in a special moderation qeue separate from your other comments. You can then review and delete them (or move them out of the spam folder as appropriate) at your convenience. As your blog gets more popular, the number of spam comments you receive will increase, and Akismet will save you a significant amount of time in terms of catching and deleting each spam comment as it's left on your blog.   

2.  Share This

This plug-in allows readers to add your blog posts to social bookmarking sites through an icon that appears at the end of each of your blog posts. Readers click the icon to select the social bookmarking site they prefer in order to save and share your post.                                                         

3.  Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)                  

Read the review. This plug-in works great to keep readers on your blog and increase your page views. When you use this plug-in, a list will appear at the end of each of your blog posts with a list of related posts. Similar plug-ins are the Related Posts plugin and the Similar Posts plug-in.

4.  Wordpress Database Backup                    

What would happen if something happened to your blog and all of your content was lost? You can avoid that possible tragedy by installing a Wordpress backup plug-in. This plug-in backs up the core information in your blog (the main tables). There are also more sophisticated Wordpress backup plug-ins such as the WP-DBManager plug-in that will allow you to further customize your backups.                                                 

5.  Subscribe to Comments

Read the review. The power of your blog comes from the community around it. The Subscribe to Comments plug-in allows readers to check a box when they leave a comment on your blog to subscribe to future comments. Once subscribed, the reader will receive emails notifying them when another comment is left on that post, so they can keep up with the conversation (and hopefully, come back again to leave another comment).
 

6.  WP AJAX Edit Comments

Have you ever left a comment on a blog, clicked submit then realized you have an embarrasing typo in your comment? The WP AJAX Edit Comments plug-in can save your readers from similar embarrasment. The plug-in allows readers to edit their comments after submitting them (within a certain amount of time).        

7.  Full Text Feed  

If you use the "more" tag in your blog posts (meaning, you just show a short amount of your blog posts on your home page with a "Continue Reading" or similar link leading the reader to the full post), then only the part of your post before the "more" tag (before the "Continue Reading" or similar link) is visible in your feed to subscribers. If you want your subscribers to see your full posts in their feed readers, then the Full Text Feed plug-in is for you. With this plug-in, your full posts will show up to subscribers in their feed readers at all times.     

8.  Google XML Sitemaps Generator

The Google XML Sitemaps Generator allows you to create a complete sitemap for your blog. This is helpful in two ways. First, it creates a handy resource for you and your readers to find posts as your blog grows. Second, it helps search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, MSN and Ask.com (all of whom support this plug-in) find, crawl and index your blog changes quickly.

9.  Contact Form 7

Adding a contact form to your website is simple and effective. Rather than publicizing your email address and inviting spammers to clutter your inbox, use a contact form. This plug-in uses two spam filters, Akismet and CAPTCHA, to make sure you only receive legitimate inquiries from your contact form.                                                 

10.  No Follow Free

Wordpress automatically installs a code called No Follow to any user submitted links on all Wordpress blogs. The No Follow code is meant to counter spamming wherein people leave comments with specific keyword links all over the blogosphere simply to boost their search engine ranking. However, many legitimate bloggers want to leave comments and get a bit of link love back from those comments. It's a form of self-promotion, and as long as the link adds value to the conversation, then it's not necessarily spam. If you want to turn off the No Follow code on your blog so the links readers leave in the comments on your blog count toward search engine ranking, then this plug-in will accomplish that for you.     
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How To Get More Custom Voice Commands Out Of Google Now

Google Now, the smart voice assistant from the search giant, allows you to accomplish many tasks using nothing but your voice. You can use voice control on your device with this application, but it’s limited to understanding only a few commands.
The good news is you can use two awesome tools to extend the use of Google Now. This means better control and more functions for you to do custom jobs, all enabled with just your voice. If this tickles your fancy, have a look at how you can set this up.
You will need to either Commandr or AutoVoice (just pick one), but to be able to run either of them, you will need to get Tasker, which is a paid app. However, you can play around with Tasker’s trial version for 7 days first before deciding if you want to get it (for US$3.75). With this combo, you can send preset messages to friends and colleagues, post a pre-defined status update to your favorite social network amongst many other things.
Note: This tutorial was built using Commandr 3.1, AutoVoice 2.0.18 and Tasker 4.5u1 on Android 5 (Lollipop). It’s believed the steps given below will also work for other versions of these applications.

1. Setting Up Tasker

Tasker is an application to automate tasks in Android. It is similar to scheduled tasks makers in desktop operating systems. It can be used to create tasks that are automatically executed as per the active profile or situation. For example, if your phone’s battery drops to 15% charge (a low-battery profile is activated), then your device’s screen brightness sets to minimum possible (a task to set brightness to zero is executed).


How To Install Tasker

Here’s how to install Tasker’s trial version:
  1. Go to Tasker’s Download page on your device.
  2. Download the relevant Tasker version, as per your Android version.
  3. Install Tasker according to the instructions on the download page.
After installing Tasker, you need to configure it to be accessible by other apps, ie other apps get permission to run its tasks. Here’s how you configure it:
  1. Open Tasker.
  2. Click Settings button on top-right corner.
  3. Choose "Preferences".
  4. On UI tab, un-check "Beginner Mode".
  5. On Misc tab, check "Allow External Access".
  6. Click the back button, or the cross button beside the ‘settings" button.

How To Create Tasks With Tasker

Tasker is now set to run tasks for other apps, such as Commandr and AutoVoice. Now you need to create some tasks and here’s how to do that:
(1) Open Tasker, click on "+" button under Profiles.

(2) Select "Event".

(3) Select "Plugin".

(4) Select the "Commandr" plugin if you’re creating this task for Commandr. Otherwise, choose the "AutoVoice Recognized" plugin.

(5) Click on the pencil and configure the "Commandr" plugin as per below. Enter the text that you want to use as a voice command, such as "Hello Facebook".

(6) Or configure the "AutoVoice Recognized" plugin as given below:
  • Press OK if the "joaomgcd Apps" box appears.
  • Click on "Command Filter" under the Command section.

(7) Enter the text that you want to use as a voice command, such as "Hello Facebook". Note: The lite version of AutoVoice only allows a voice command of maximum four characters.


(8) Press the tick button.

(9) Press the back button. Tasker now asks you to choose a task for this newly-created profile.

(10) Select "New Task +". Enter task name, such as "Hello Facebook Task".

(11) Press the tick button.

(12) Click on the "+" button.

(13) Select an Action category, such as "App".

(14) Select an action, E.g. "Launch App".

(15) Set the options for that action, such as selecting "Facebook" from the apps.

(16) Press the Back button. The "Task" is now created.

2. Using Commandr Or AutoVoice

Now you can continue with the tutorial and install either Commandr or Autovoice to extend the features of Google Now and use your own custom commands with it. Both can be used to accomplish the task, but which is better? Personaly, I would go with Commandr because it comes with lots of built-in commands such as toggle hardware settings, read messages, etc and it’s free as opposed to AutoVoice’s full version that costs around $1.32.

Going With Commandr

Commandr can dramatically extend the power of Google Now. It gives you the ability to toggle hardware switches and control the music with simple voice commands. It adds tons of commands to Google Now, which makes voice-control functionality even more useful.
It plugs into Google’s voice assistant, and lets you better use your device by making voice commands. It uses the "run-as-per-need" mode, and that’s why, it doesn’t slow down your mobile device or decrease your battery’s life like a hungry beast!

Step 1: Setup Commandr

Install Commandr, then go through its short setup process as shown below:
(1) Open Commandr (and swipe left). Click on "Open Settings".

(2) Click on "Commandr for Google Now" (under Services). Switch on and click OK.
You need to do this small step to give it the accessibility access on your phone, so that it can listen to the commands given to Google Now. It will allow you to give the additional voice commands directly to your phone. If you chose "Limited Access" instead of "Open Settings" then you’re required to say "Note to self" before giving any additional commands to your phone.

Step 2: Activate Built-in Voice Commands

Commandr comes with tons of built-in voice commands. These commands are available after installation, and helps you to better voice-control your device, such as toggle hardware switches, read messages, etc. Here is how you activate them:
(1) Open Commandr.

(2) Tap on "Built-In Commands".

(3) Enable/disable built-in voice commands as per your choice.
That’s all! Now you can use these additional voice commands directly in Google Now.

Step 3: Create Custom Voice Commands

Commandr needs Tasker to create custom voice commands for Google Now. First, you should create tasks in Tasker as given above for Commandr. After that, you need to activate those tasks in Commandr so that they become recognizable and can be executed by Google Now.
Here’s how to activate Tasker’s tasks in Commandr:
(1) Open Commandr. Tap on "Tasker Commands".

(2) Enable/disable custom voice commands as per your choice.
That’s all! Now you can use these custom voice commands directly in Google Now.

Going With Autovoice

AutoVoice, just like an add-on, extends the functionality of Google Now. It brings new possibilities to the Google’s voice assistant, and powers it to understand your custom commands. Tasker helps it add your own commands to Google Now.
It works as follows: you create an automated task (whatever you need to do at your voice command) in Tasker, and AutoVoice calls that scheduled task every time you speak those "magic words" to Google Now. It only runs when required and thus hardly affects your device’s performance.

Step 1: Setup AutoVoice

Install AutoVoice from the Google Playstore.
AutoVoice needs to be configured after its installation for proper integration with Google Now. You need to turn on its accessibility setting, so that it can listen to the voice commands spoken to the Google’s voice assistant. Here’s how to setup AutoVoice:
(1) Open AutoVoice.

(2) Click on "Google Now Integration".

3) Click on "Not Enabled". Click on "AutoVoice Google Now Integration". Switch on and press OK.

Step 2: Create Custom Voice Commands

AutoVoice, as a Tasker’s add-on, have no additional steps to create custom voice commands. You can simply create tasks in Tasker as given above for AutoVoice, and that all tasks can be activated by speaking the correct command for Google’s voice assistant. That’s all. Now you can use your custom voice commands with Google Now.

Conclusion

As you must have noticed: (Commandr OR AutoVoice) AND Tasker AND Google Now make a powerful voice assistant. These apps open doors to a new set of possibilities by letting your voice take control of your android device. They are easy to install and configure and even easier to use when creating custom voice commands.
What are you waiting for? Try one of the apps given in this tutorial, add some new voice commands to speak to your device and let the magic happen!
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7 Wordpress Plugins to Boost Blog Traffic

There are many ways to directly increase traffic to your blog, but there are even more indirect ways to give your blog traffic a significant boost. Using the Wordpress plugins listed below, you can automate the process of leveraging some of the best blog traffic building opportunties available through search engine optimization, social bookmarking and social networking. There's even a Wordpress plugin to help you use Twitter to increase traffic to your blog!

1.  SEO Title Tag                    

The SEO Title Tag plugin allows you to override the automated title tags that Wordpress sets for your blog posts and pages, so you can use keywords in your title tags that are far more search engine-friendly than the words in your actual post or page titles.                     

2.  All in One SEO Pack                    

The All in One SEO Pack plugin does exactly what its name implies - it allows you to add title tags, descriptions, keywords and more to every page and post published on your blog. Users consistently report a noticeable increase in traffic to their blogs from Google searches after installing and using the All in One SEO Pack plugin.                             

3.  Google XML Sitemaps                    

Google XML Sitemaps is a plugin made with a specific search engine optimization benefit in mind - to help Google find every post and every page on your blog, index them and include them in search results. This plugin is particularly helpful for blogs that want to get indexed by search engines quickly.                             

4.  Simple Tags                    

The tagging functionality in Wordpress is great, but the Simple Tags plugin takes it to a whole new level. Great tags can boost your blog's search traffic, so adding the Simple Tags plugin is a great way to get started.  

5.  Sociable                    

WP-Notable adds icons at the end of each blog post you publish asking visitors to your blog to share the posts they read through Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, and so on. Making it easy for people to submit your content to social bookmarking sites by using a plugin like WP-Notable can give your blog a boost in exposure and traffic.     

6.  TweetThis                    

TweetThis is a great Wordpress plugin to help you increase the likelihood for visitors to your blog to share your posts through Twitter thereby increasing potential blog traffic. When you install the plugin, an invitation link is included at the end of your blog posts suggesting that readers "TweetThis" and share a link to the post they're reading through their Twitter feed.

7.  WP-Email                    

The WP-Email plugin is a must-have. When you install this plugin, a message and link is included at the end of every post enabling visitors to send posts they like to friends via email with a single mouse click. Allowing readers to introduce other people to your blog through emailed posts is a great way to pick up some new visitors!                            
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What is Managed WordPress Web Hosting?

Definition:

Managed web hosting can remove much of the stress and headaches from running your site/blog.
Different from the do-it-yourself approach of most shared web hosting, managed web hosting includes active management of your hosting space by your hosting company itself. Managed web hosting most often refers to hosting packages for Word Press.

Benefits of Managed WordPress Web Hosting

If you are running a self hosted WordPress site, there are a number of clear benefits to using a managed hosting service. Which version of WordPress will you choose? WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
The primary benefit of a managed host for WordPress is simple: they handle much of the maintenance of the WordPress site. Worries over upgrades and compatibility issues are almost completely removed as these are cared for by the host. Many hosts test specific plug-ins to ensure compatibility - and then publish lists of allowed and banned plug-ins. While this might seem limiting at first, it ensures that these specific elements won't hurt your site, even crashing it.

A secondary benefit to managed hosting is that (almost always) their support staff are WordPress experts. This means that when you have an issue you can speak directly with them and they can help you troubleshoot it. If you haven't had a WordPress problem before, this might not sound significant I'm confident that you'll appreciate this when you site crashes. It really gives some peace of mind.

Not sure if you need this premium service? There are many less expensive and stable options. Just because hosting is cheap, doesn't mean it isn't worth considering.

Examples:
A few of the more popular managed web hosts are:
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WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org - Whats the Difference?

Free or Professional WordPress Install? WordPress Comparasion

Okay, so you've decided on WordPress for your blog. That's great! There isn't a better platform available.
But wait! When you google "WordPress", you get two types of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Whats The Difference? WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

The first thing to keep in mind, is that WordPress essentially works the same in either format. WordPress is a content management tool, that runs more blogs worldwide than any other platform. What we are going to compare are fine details between these two options. Having chosen WordPress means that you are going to have a stable and functional blog (and website).

Here are the basic differences between the .com and the .org versions of WordPress:

What is WordPress.com?

WordPress.com is where you can get a free blog. You don't need to pay for hosting or a domain. You don't need to pay for plugins - because you aren't able (allowed) to use them. Learn more about WordPress plugins. You don't need to worry about editing the back-end of the site - because its just not possible. With this free hosted solution, you get the power of WordPress but without the ability to customize it.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s free
  • It's much easier to setup than the self-hosted WordPress option
  • Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc
  • Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
  • Your posts are backed up automatically

WordPress.com Cons

  • They provide 100+ themes which you can modify and edit the CSS, but you cannot run a custom theme
  • You can’t hack the PHP code behind your blog
  • You can’t upload plugins

The Bottom Line: WordPress.com

WordPress.com is for people who want to blog, but don't want to edit the blog, or monetize it.

What is WordPress.org?

WordPress.org is where you can download free software (or the blogging platform) to install on your own site. Because it is on your own server, you can use plugins and edit the theme (it isn't very hard).
WordPress.org Benefits
  • Ability to upload themes - giving your site a custom look
  • Ability to upload plugins - giving your site more (and unique) functionality
  • Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded

WordPress.org Cons

  • You need a good web host. Learn how to find a good web host
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run

The Bottom Line: WordPress.org

A self hosted WordPress installation is for people who want a professional blog, full control of appearance and the ability to use plugins that will aid in monetization.
If you are just getting started blogging or in your online business, you might consider the cost (and technical) free option of WordPress.com - especially if you only plan on the blog as a communication tool. But if you are planning on building your blog into a business I recommend WordPress.org, which is also known as a self-hosted WordPress installation. This will give you the flexibility to build and grow your business.
Benefits/Cons are quoted (and edited) from WordPress.com.
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How to Install WordPress with SimpleScripts

Load WordPress.org to Your Blog Host with SimpleScripts One-Click Installation
SimpleScripts is a one-click installer that enables you to load the self-hosted WordPress.org blogging application to your third-party blog host account quickly and easily. Many web hosts provide a control panel (referred to as a c-panel) where you can access SimpleScripts and install WordPress within seconds. If your host offers SimpleScripts installation for WordPress, just follow the steps below to install WordPress in a snap. You can also follow the link to the SimpleScripts website for more information.

1.  Open SimpleScripts in your hosting account.

If there is a SimpleScripts icon in your blog host account c-panel, just double click on it to open SimpleScripts one-click installer. 

2.  Click the WordPress link.

Find WordPress in the list of available applications available for installation through SimpleScripts, and click on it to open the main WordPress Installation page.

3.  Click the Install button.

When you click the Install button, the installation process begins and the Installation Setup Page opens.             

4.  Select the version of WordPress you want to install.

Step 1: Installation Preferences provides a drop-down menu from which you can select the version of WordPress you want to install to your hosting account. Most likely, this will be the most current and stable version with the highest number.

5.  Enter the domain where you want WordPress installed.

What is the domain of the site you plan to use this installation of WordPress on? That's the URL you enter in this text box. Note that you have to purchase the domain and associate it with your hosting account before you install WordPress or it won't show up in the drop-down lists of sites where you can do your installation. In other words, you can only install WordPress on domains that you own, and you first have to tell your host that you own the domain. If you purchased the domain through your blog host, it will probably automatically show up in this drop-down list.        

6.  Select the Click Here to Display link and enter your blog's title.

Under Step 2: Advanced Options, select the Click Here to Display link in order to expand that section of the Setup page. Then you can enter your new blog's title in the Please Give Your New Site a Name box. Keep in mind, you can leave this blank or change it later if you need to.

7.  Create your WordPress dashboard username and password.

Select the checkbox next to Generate a Random Administrator Username and Password for Me if you want SimpleScripts to create them for you. However, if you prefer to create your own username and password, enter them into the text boxes provided.

8.  Select the Automatically Create a New Database checkbox.

Select the checkbox next to Automatically Create a New Database, so SimpleScripts creates a new database with your WordPress installation for your new blog.

9.  Check the box to show you've read the legal information.

Step 3: Legal Information is where you have to agree to the various legal terms and conditions related to the WordPress installation. Select the checkbox next to I Have Read the Terms and Conditions of the GPLv2 License Agreement to show that you agree to the legal terms. Note that the name of the license agreement could change in the future, and you can always click on the license agreement link to read it in its entirety.

10.  Click the Complete button.

Select the Complete button to begin the WordPress installation on your chosen domain. The Installation in Progress page will display on your screen while WordPress is installing.

11.  Copy the information provided after installation is complete.

When your WordPress installation is complete, your screen will update and display a link to visit your new live blog where the default WordPress home page will appear. You'll also get a link to log into your WordPress dashboard as well as your username and password which you can immediately enter into the WordPress dashboard login page to start blogging! Write all of this information down and save it in a safe place for access later. This information will also come via an automated email message from SimpleScripts which is sent to the email address associated with your blog hosting account.
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How to Start a Free Blog in Wordpress

Step 1: Sign Up for a Free Wordpress Account

Visit the Wordpress home page and select the 'Sign Up' button to register for a Wordpress account. You'll need a valid email address (that has not been used to create another Wordpress account) to sign up for a new Wordpress account. 

Step 2: Enter Information to Create Your Free Wordpress Account 

To sign up for a Wordpress account, you'll be prompted to enter a username and password of your choosing. You'll also be asked to confirm that you've read the terms and conditions of the Wordpress website. Finally, you'll be asked whether you want to create a blog or simply a Wordpress account. If you want to start a blog, make sure the box next to 'Gimme a Blog!' is checked.  

Step 3: Enter Information to Create Your New Wordpress Blog

To create your Wordpress blog, you'll need to enter the text you want displayed in your domain name. Free Wordpress blogs always end with '.wordpress.com', so the name you choose for users to type into their Internet browsers to find your blog will always be followed by that extension. You will also have to decide on the name for your blog and enter that name in the space provided to create your blog. While the domain name you choose cannot be changed later, the blog name you select at this stage can be edited later.

You will also have an opportunity to select the language for your blog in this step as well as decide whether you want your blog to be private or public. By selecting public, your blog will be included in search listings on sites such as Google and Technorati.

Step 4: Congratulations - Your Account is Active!

Once you have successfully completed the 'Create Your Blog' step, you'll see a screen that tells you your Wordpress account is active and to look for an email confirming your login information.

Step 5: An Overview of Your Wordpress User Dashboard

When you log into your newly created Wordpress blog, you'll be taken to your user dashboard. From here, you can change your blog's theme (design), write posts and pages, add users, revise your own user profile, update your blogroll, and more. Take some time to explore your Wordpress dashboard, and don't be afraid to test out the various tools and features available to you to help customize your blog. If you have any problems, click on the 'Support' tab in the upper right corner of your screen. This will take you to the online help section of Wordpress as well as the active user forums where you can ask questions.

Step 6: Overview of the Wordpress Dashboard Toolbar

The Wordpress dashboard toolbar will help you navigate through your blog's administration pages to do everything from writing posts and moderating comments to modifying your blog's themes and customizing your sidebars. Take some time to press all the tabs on your dashboard's toolbar and explore the pages you find to learn all the cool things you can do in Wordpress!

Step 7: Choosing a Theme for Your New Wordpress Blog

One of the best features of starting a free Wordpress blog is making it your own with the various free templates and themes available right through your Wordpress dashboard. Just click on the 'Presentation' tab on your dashboard toolbar. Then select 'Themes' to see the various designs you can choose from. You can try several different themes to see which one works best for your blog.
Different themes offer different levels of customization. For example, some themes allow you to upload a custom header for your blog, and each theme offers various widgets you can select from to use in your sidebar. Have fun experimenting with the different options available to you.

Step 8: An Overview of Wordpress Widgets and Sidebars 

Wordpress provides a variety of ways to customize your blog's sidebars through the use of widgets. You can find the 'Widgets' tab under the 'Presentation' tab of your main Wordpress dashboard toolbar. You can use widgets to add RSS tools, search tools, text boxes for ads and more. Explore the widgets available in the Wordpress dashboard and find the ones that enhance your blog the best.

Step 9: You're Ready to Write Your First Wordpress Blog Post

Once you've taken the time to familiarize yourself with the Wordpress dashboard and user environment and customized your blog's appearance and functionality, it's time to write your first post. Enter the title and text for your post, and select the 'Publish' icon to kickoff your blog!
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How to Create a Custom Twitter Timeline

Custom timelines are the coolest new feature the Twitter team has come up with in the last couple months. Custom timelines are a new way to organize your favorite Tweets. You create a timeline, give it a name and select the Tweets you’d like to add to the timeline. That’s it.
Timelines are public web pages on Twitter.com and can also be embedded into websites. The timeline creator can add any public Tweet to a timeline. So what are people using timelines for? Below are a few examples.
Some people are creating custom timelines for the best Tweets from a TV show. Other people are creating timelines of Tweets based on topics or groups they follow. Professionals are creating a timeline of testimonials for their businesses.

Custom timelines are also playing a big part in breaking news. During the on-campus emergency at Yale University, custom timelines were used to group Tweets together to bring the latest information about a gunman on campus. This is a fantastic way to see a group of Tweets that can keep you informed and safe.
Here is an example of a custom timeline that  @TwitterMusic has made of all the Tweets from music superstars that are currently trending.
So how do you make a custom timeline? It’s not as straight-forward as you may think.

Step 1. Download TweetDeck

 
TweetDeck is like a power tool for tracking, engaging and organizing all of your Twitter accounts. It serves as a Twitter command center so you only see the information you need. Many social media professionals around the world use TweetDeck, which is owned by Twitter. The best part is that TweetDeck is free and available as an online version for Mac, Windows and Chrome.
At the time of writing this article, custom timeline creation was only available on the web version of the Twitter app TweetDeck (owned by Twitter). It seems like such a great feature should be available on Twitter.com but this is unfortunately not the case; TweetDeck is needed. With TweetDeck, you’re able to create timelines, edit them and follow other people’s timelines as columns.

Step 2. Add a Custom Timeline Column in TweetDeck

Once logged in to your account in TweetDeck, add a new column. You can use the add icon “+” in the left sidebar or the keyboard shortcut “A”. A dialog box will pop up and offer you many types of columns you can create. Custom timelines are in the bottom left corner of the box. Select it and proceed to step 3. 

Step 3. Name & Describe Your Custom Twitter Timeline

To make your custom timeline more useful, name your custom Twitter timeline appropriately. You should also describe what your custom timeline is used for in the description field below the timeline name. In the example above, I displayed my favorite mentions and the praise I’ve received on @About_Tweeting. Once you’re done, proceed to step 4. 

4. Populate Your Custom Twitter Timeline with Tweets.

Here comes the fun part. Find Tweets you’d like to add to your custom Twitter timeline. Hover over them and the x/y axis arrows (in the red box above) will appear. All you need to do now is drag the Tweet over to your custom timeline. Tweets will appear in the order you drop them in the timeline.
Removing a Tweet from a custom timeline is pretty simple, too. Just click on the “X” icon on a Tweet in the custom timeline column and it will be removed. You’re all set. 

5. Share and Embed Your Custom Twitter Timeline 

Sharing your timeline is dead simple. Navigate to your custom Twitter timeline column and click on the settings icon, which is in the upper right corner of the custom timeline column. A bunch of options will appear including a share button. When you click the share button three options will appear; embed timeline, view on twitter.com and Tweet about timeline.
The Embed timeline option lets you place your custom timeline on your blog or website. The View on twitter.com option opens your web browser where your custom timeline will be displayed on a webpage. You can use this address to share it with your friends and followers. I would recommend using a URL shortening service because the web address is very long. And finally, the Tweet about timeline option will auto-generate a Tweet with TweetDeck that you can share quickly.