Wordpress Tips

How to Connect Your Blog to Your Social Media Accounts

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Did you know you can connect your wordpress blog to your social media accounts? It’s an easy way to instantly share your blog posts on your favorite social sites. Connecting to your social media profiles is a quick and easy process.

  1. Click on mysite in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
  2. On the following page, scroll down the menu located on the left hand side, and click on sharing.

On the next page, you will see this:

Connection Options

Select the social media account you want to connect with by clicking the ‘Connect’ button. For the purpose of this post, I’ll use Facebook and Twitter as examples.

Facebook

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A dialogue box (like the one shown above) will open that gives you the option of connecting with your personal profile or, if you have one, your Facebook page. Select the option of your choice, click the connect button, and you’re good to go!

Twitter

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When you want to connect to Twitter, a new window will open up like the one above. Clicking on ‘Authorize app’ will redirect you back to WordPress, with a dialogue box asking you to confirm the authorization. As before, click ‘Connect’ and you’re done.

Great, I’m connected! Now what do I do?

Once you’ve connected your blog to your social media sites, your posts will automatically be shared on them. That’s it! Easy peasy!

Whoa, wait a minute! What if I don’t want to share a certain post?

If you don’t want to share a post to one of your social media sites, don’t worry! You can prevent it from happening without having to disconnect your blog.

When you’re writing a new post, just look at the menu on your left, and click on ‘Sharing’. It will expand to show all the social media sites your blog is connected to, like so:

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Uncheck the box of any site you don’t want to share your post on, and it won’t be shared. I always save the draft of my post immediately afterward, to make sure it sticks.

A word of caution: Don’t publish your post until you’ve double-checked this! Weirdness happens sometimes, so it’s always best to make sure everything is set up the way you want it to be before you hit that ‘Publish’ button.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful for you!

 

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About the WordPress.com Admin Dashboard

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When I first started blogging, I rarely went into the admin dashboard. Mostly because I couldn’t remember how to get there. I also assumed it was an obsolete area, because you can just click on My Sites to see your stats and find all the settings you want or need to change. Once I started exploring it, I realized the admin dashboard  is far from obsolete, and quite useful in many ways.

Here are 10 things you might not know about the admin dashboard.

1.) Do you know how to find the admin dashboard?

All you have to do is add /wp-admin to the end of your blog address, and it will take you there. When you arrive, the menu is along the left side of the page. 

N.B. – Make sure you’re adding it to your complete blog address. For example, I access my dashboard via https://thegeekybibliophile.wordpress.com/wp-admin/

A special thank you to Subinita for asking the question that made me realize this is something I should have included!

2.) Some settings can ONLY be accessed via the admin dashboard.

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Settings Menu

Here are a few examples:

  • Reading settings is the only place where you can select how many posts are shown per page (mine is set at 3), whether to show the full text or a summary of your post in the reader feed, and have the ability to alter the text of an email sent to blog followers and comments subscribers.
  • Discussion settings allows you to set anti-spam  strictness Akismet to ‘strict’ or ‘safe’. It also allows you to enable/disable avatars, as well as choose what the default avatar should look like for commenters who don’t have an avatar of their own.
  • Media settings is the place to go for a range of media-related settings, including image sizes for thumbnails, settings for image gallery carousels, and video player podcasting.
  • Poll settings is where you enter your information for you Polldaddy account, which can be used to publish polls you’ve created on your blog.

There are a total of 12 items total listed in the Settings menu. Some can also be found when clicking on My Sites, but it’s an area worth exploring!

3.) There are more free themes to be found there… 40 more, to be exact.

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Appearance Menu

I discovered this by accident, while trying to find a theme another blogger was using. It was nowhere to be found via My Sites➡Themes, but when I looked at the themes listed in the dashboard, I found it!

An example of this is the Forever theme. It is only available via the admin dashboard. If you search for it under My Sites➡Themes, the only result you will get is the updated version named Toujours.

If you feel like you can’t find a theme you like, be sure to check this out!

(In case you’re wondering, My Sites➡Themes has 168 themes. Admin➡Themes has 208 themes.)

4.) You can retrieve deleted widgets.

If you’re like me, you’ve deleted widgets only to regret it later, and wished there was some way you could get them back WITHOUT having to reenter all the text, links, etc. If that’s the case, you’ll be thrilled to know that all you have to do is go to Appearance➡Widgets and look for the Inactive Widgets sub-header. It’s sort of like a widget graveyard, because that’s where every widget you’ve ever deleted ends up. A simple drag and drop to Sidebar will restore your lost widget to its former glory!

5.) You can change categories to tags, and vice versa.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a really bad habit of changing my mind about my categories and tags. What I think works great as a category one day, feels better suited as a tag the next. The fastest (not to mention, easiest) way to deal with it is to use the Category to Tag converter, which can be found under Tools➡Import.

Look for Categories and Tags Converter in the list, and click on Run Importer. On the next page, simply check off the category items you want to change to tags, and click the Convert Categories to Tags button.

Want to change Tags to Categories? Click the Tags to Categories button at the top of the page. As before, select the items you want to change, then click the Convert Tags to Categories button.

6.) You can edit comments.

Have you ever replied to a comment on your blog, only to notice (too late) you’ve made a typo? Or perhaps there is an ongoing discussion about a book/movie/tv series and someone inadvertently drops a MAJOR spoiler in the midst of what is otherwise an interesting, thought-provoking response. No worries… you can fix it in the Comments area of the dashboard!

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Once you’ve found the comment you want to edit, hover your mouse over the comment to reveal the menu. Click on Quick Edit, fix what needs fixing, and click Update Comment when you’re done. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

7.) You can copy an existing post/page to use as a template for a new post/page.

No need to waste time starting from scratch when you don’t have to, especially if the post or page has a complex layout. Just copy the post or page you need, and give yourself a head start on it!

8.) It’s the only place you can check your comment spam.

Spam filters are good, but they aren’t perfect. Sooner or later, a comment will be tagged as spam when it’s NOT spam. Luckily, it can be found at the top of your main dashboard page, under the At a Glance heading.

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“Akismet has protected your site from 216 spam comments already.” Whoa, that was a LOT of spam!

If you have any spam to check, it will say “There are __ comments in your spam queue…” Just click on the number to view it. Once you’ve checked it, click Approve or Delete Permanently… whichever is appropriate.

I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any questions about any of them, please feel free to ask!