Thursday, April 30, 2015

Delete Gmail Address – How To

How to Delete Gmail address Many of us have created multiple Gmail addresses over time for various reasons.  Every Gmail address is a separate Gmail account. You might still be using a current Gmail account but you do want to tidy up and delete all the old Gmail addresses you no longer need. So how do you delete Gmail address? Google uses your Gmail address as a login to your account.  So if you have 2 Gmail addresses, then you have 2 Google accounts! Therefore you first need to login to that specific account that you wish to delete. If you are currently logged in to your current Google/Gmail account, you need to log out first.  Or use a different browser. To log in to the Google/Gmail account you want to delete, go to: If you already have more than one Google account (i.e. Gmail address) then you may get a Google window that ask you to choose your Google account.  Like the following: Choose Google Account If the Gmail address is not in the list shown, then c

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SEO your Images!

SEO your images How to SEO your Images In my previous article, SEO: Image Alt Text vs Title, Lumpy Dog and I tried to get through the message that your images alt text are important to you. Together with the image title.  But the former more than the latter. Don t throw away your images SEO power! The question is how do you add these semi-invisible (to readers) image attributes? In this article, I will be talking specifically about WordPress sites. Nonetheless, the theory will be applicable to whatever site or platform you are on. For every image you use, there are (hidden) attributes called alt text and title associated with every image. Images in WordPress I think that the best way would be to do a walk-through on handling WordPress images.  There are many ways to insert, upload, edit your WordPress images.  I will just deal with probably the most used and easiest way.  And probably the most familiar to WP (WordPress) users.  (Note: I am using a self-hosted WP.  If your WP is

SEO: Image Alt Text vs Title

Are you losing traffic via your Image alt & title attributes? What are they? What is the difference between Image Alt Text vs Title? You may not care but Google does! Image Alt and Title attributes with Lumpy Dog Effect of Image Alt Text vs Title on SEO First let me tell you effects alt text & title attributes have on your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).  Then you can decide if it is worth your time to read further. In simple words, you know that SEO is all about getting found (by search engines aka Google!), right? And if Google can find you, then users can find you. And you do want Google to find you in as many ways as possible. Right?  So it is not just your blog post and pages.  You want Google to find your images too (which will then lead users to your site). This has become more important as image searches become more and more heavily used in searches. Google s powerful Image Search SEO: Alt Text vs Title Off the bat, I tell you now, Google has officially said (for now an

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tips to Protect WordPress Installation

Protect WordPress installation I just came across Matt Cutts s Three tips to protect your WordPress installation.  So I thought I  had better look into it.  Admittedly the article was written in 2008 but being Matt Cutts, the safety information might still be useful. And needful. How to Protect WordPress Installation 1) Lock down /wp-admin/ This was Matt s first tip. For protection from being hacked.  It uses a .htacess file to be place at /wp-admin/.htaccess Me: I didn t do this.  Was just a bit too hard for me to contemplate doing.  I dont know enough about .htaccess. And I worry that should I work at another location or travel, I would have forgotten about this and panic that I cannot access my own site! My suggestion: read Matt s article! 2) Prevent hacking via your plugins Matt advises to make an empty index.html file and put it into /wp-content/plugins/ This is to prevent someone being able to hack your blog via any out-of-date plugin you might have. Me: I already have su

WordPress Maintenance Mode

I have been working on changing themes over at my ClearlyHelena site, and I never knew about WordPress maintenance mode.  Duh! Being able to put your WP (WordPress) site into maintenance mode when you are changing themes, doing major upgrades, or for any other reason where you might not want the public to access your site is very useful.  So how does one put WP into maintenance mode? Just so it is clear, for maintenance mode, you want the public to see your maintenance page (with some message or Logo, etc.) while you (and/or your WP administrators) can still access your full site (front and backend). WordPress Maintenance Mode There seems to be a few ways to put your WP site into maintenance. .htaccess file WP built-in maintenance page plugin Maintenance Mode via .htaccess file As you may know, I usually try to find the simplest, fastest, and easiest solutions whenever possible.  So if you would like to use this .htaccess method, please see How To Put WordPress Site Into Maintena

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Google Fonts – How to Use

Google Fonts Of course I knew about Google Fonts.  But that was all I knew: about!  Now is the time to learn how to use them.  Because right now Google has over 676 font families.  They are FREE! And they are BEAUTIFUL!! You can check them out at GoogleFonts. I didn t try Google Fonts out before because: I thought it would be too hard. I could make do with what I had. I thought it might slow my site(s) down. How to Use Google Fonts There are 2 different methods I have come across.  (I am sure there are many other ways.  But you will have to research that for yourself!) I like my 2 ways because I like Simple! Two Methods on How to Use Google Fonts the Genesis way (I do so recommend and love the Genesis Themes) by Brian Gardner on How to Use Google Web Fonts With Your Genesis-Powered Website. The instructions are super clear so I won t bother writing it up. the plugin way. Specifically Easy Google Fonts plugin (for Titanium Themes) for WordPress. This plugin enjoys a very

Force CSS Reload

Finally, after a whole night of searching, I have found an easy way to force CSS reload to happen.  Yay! The very easiest solution I found (and not a drop of code) was to get an extension for my browser (Chrome).  I am sure there must be something similar for Safari or Firefox, but I am happy to have one of my browser refreshing right now. For those of you who want a quick answer: my best (and let s not forget, easiest!) solution was to get a Chrome extension: CSS Reload extension for Chrome All you have to do is go to the Chrome Web Store, search for CSS reload and get the extension.  You just click and it will automatically install into your Chrome browser. Here is the link (it should take you to Chrome web store with the search parameters already specified): Chrome Web Store Now, if that doesn t work for you, then you might want to read on.  There might be a solution or a clue to a solution below. Why might one need to force css reload? In my case, I am working on lots of chan

Friday, April 10, 2015

WordPress Email Addresses and Contact Form

I have just been having problems with my WordPress contact form. Which led me to the puzzling query of which email address does the contact form submission go to? In WordPress there are 2 main places where you specify your email address. 1) General Settings Under WP Admin >> Settings >> General WordPress Email Address in Settings General It says that this email address is for admin purposes .

Where is WordPress head section

There are quite a few occasions when you might need to put script, code, or other meta tags in to the head section within your WordPress install.  In standard html page, we normally know this as the .. section. The section is where we might put Goggle tracking code, or link to a customized stylesheet, or maybe even to run a JS (JavaScript) script. So where the heck is it in WordPress? WordPress head section is not as obvious nor as easy to find as one might like. Where is WordPress Head in Genesis Themes? I am only dealing with the Genesis parent theme and associated Genesis Child theme here. (Sorry to everyone else.  Still you never know, the following might give you a clue to the solution you seek). Genesis themes are my chosen choice of WordPress themes.  Because they are so highly reviewed and used by top bloggers.  And because they have proved to be so versatile, strong and stable.  With a lifetime guarantee of use. You think I am digressing?  This is another reason why Gen

Where is WordPress Post ID?

There are times when you need to know a WordPress post id. For example, some of the plugins may ask for that so that you can include or exclude certain posts for specific behaviours. So where is the WordPress post id? The easiest way to find it is: Log into your WP (WordPress) admin area >> Posts >> All Posts You will see a listing of all your posts. Just hover your mouse over the specific post (for which you want the post id). When you hover, look towards the bottom left of screen. A little status info bar will appear. WordPress Post ID Where you see ?post= and then some numbers, the numbers is your WordPress post ID.

How to Change WordPress Admin Password

The quickest, easiest way to change your WordPress Admin password it to: Log in to your WordPress admin area. Go to: Users >> Your Profile >> [specify your new password] >> Update Profile You will need to scroll more than half-way down the page to get to the password area. Changing WordPress Admin Password The reason for my latest change in password was that I had to get technical help from my hosting providers.  And they needed access to my admin area.  So I created a new (temporary) WordPress Admin password.  That way, I can give them access till the issue is resolved.  And then I can change it back later. However I do recommend this article Five Ways to Change your WordPress Password  (by  It is very concise and clear.  And helpful.  And it will cover other situations when you might be needing or wanting to change your WordPress admin password.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WordPress Static Front Page vs Blog Posts

Static Front Page vs Blog Posts By default, WordPress will display blogs as the main (front/home/landing) page for your site.  The latest, most recent blog post will be at the top.  So what do you do if you want to have a static front page (sometimes called Splash page) as the main landing page and how do you then get to your (formerly default) reverse chronological blog posts? That is where we have to know difference between Static Front Page vs Blog Posts. I have been getting muddled doing some Googling on WP (WordPress) front-page, home page, index page, etc.  Obviously there seems to be more than one way to do this.  My example below is the simplest I can work out.  And it works for me. Static Front Page vs Blog Posts Aim: to have a static splash page as main landing page when someone types in my domain name.  To have a link that will take user to the (formerly default) reverse chronological list of blog posts. I am using my site as an example.  Before