Using Tables to Align Images


Have you ever visited a blog that had neat rows perfectly aligned images and wondered, how the heck did they DO that?

Every wordpress user knows that when you’re writing a post, you can insert your images in a neat row in the editor, but they almost always come out looking like this:


When what you wanted was this:

Table 1

pirib tearib purrib

You can even add captions to the images, and they will still be neatly aligned:

Table 2

pirib tearib purrib
Pink Ribbon Teal Ribbon Purple Ribbon

Yeah…yeah… that’s great, but how do I DO it?!

Three HTML tags is all it takes.

‘table’ defines the HTML table
tr‘ defines a table row
td‘ defines a table cell

A table row is filled with tables cells that will contain either text or an image. In Table 1, the HTML I used to create the table looked like this:


I pasted this code into the HTML tab of the Post Editor, then returned to the Visual tab.

HTML code MUST always be pasted into the HTML tab of the Post Editor. It will not work if it’s pasted into the Visual tab.

When I returned to the visual editor, the table looked like this:


I deleted the text from the cells, and inserted a photo into each individual cell. (The default setting for this simple table is for text or photos to be left aligned, so I changed the image alignment to center in each of the cells.)

In Table 2, there are captions under the photos. I did this by adding another table row …


…which looked like this once I was back in the visual tab of the editor:


Rather than a photo, I added a caption in each cell of the second row, which resulted in the Table 2 example above.

When adding more rows, remember to ALWAYS close your tags if you type it out, rather than copy and paste. If you look closely at either HTML example, you’ll note that each of the three tags are always used in pairs. For example,  < td > is always followed by < /td >. Tags that are left open will not work properly, so make sure you always close them.

And that’s all there is to it. Feel free to copy and paste the code examples into Notepad on your computer. You never know… it might come in handy one day!


How to Add an Instagram Widget & Goodreads Button to Your Blog


Update: The categories Tips and Blogging Tips, as well as the Ask the Geek page have been removed from TGB. All blogging tips are merged together in the Blogging 101 category.

Did you notice I added a new page to TGB? It’s a companion to my Tips and Blogging Tips called Ask the Geek where readers can ask questions having to do with and blogging in general. I’m very excited to kick it off today with a question from Ezi over at  Oh My Shelves.

Ezi writes:

I want to improve my blog. How do I add the Instagram to my blog? Also, on my reviews, how do I get the “add to goodreads” button?

Thank you so much!


You can add an Instagram widget to your blog. I’m not familiar with, so I’ll link you to the page that describes how to do this. Click here.

For users, do the following:

Click Customize in the lower right corner of your blog. In the Customizer menu, click on Widgets, Sidebar (or Footer), Add Widget, and finally Instagram.

As the widget says, you’ll should click Save and Publish, because clicking on Authorize Instagram Access will temporarily take you out of the customizer. Once authorized, you will be able to choose how many images will be displayed (1 – 20) and the number of columns (1 – 3). Click Save and Publish and you’re all set!

Add to Goodreads Button


Right click and select Save image as… to download the button,  and upload the image to your blog. Then all you have to do is insert the image where you want it in your post.

Linking the Image


Clicking on an image will give you the option to change the image alignment—left, center, right, or no alignment. You will also be able to increase or decrease the size of the image, or even add a caption. It’s also the first step in making your image—the ‘add to Goodreads’ button, in this case—into a link.

After you click the image (and changed the alignment, if you wish to do so) the next thing you need to do is click the link button. In that box that opens up, type in the url and check the Open link in a new window/tab box 1 and finally, click the ‘Add Link’ button. (There is no need to type anything into the Link Text box, because you’re using an image.)


And that’s all you have to do to use any image as a link.


  1. I always check this box in case the person reading my post isn’t ready to leave my blog completely. 

Connecting Your Blog to Your Social Media Accounts


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.



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!



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:


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 Admin Dashboard


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

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.

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.

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!


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.

“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!