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Multiple Themes on One WordPress Installation

Years ago I wrote a post on using different themes on different pages. That post is now out of date because nowadays we can have different themes on different posts/pages and core pages like Category/Archive and Home.

Multiple Themes WordPress Plugin

The reason that we have more control over our sites is because of the new multiple themes WordPress plugin.

Why would you want a different theme on a page/post?

You might like to have your home page as:

  • a sales page
  • lead generation form
  • squeeze page
  • shop front

You might use a specific theme like Optimize Press for those pages. On other areas of your site you might apply multiple themes to incorporate a blog, a magazine, forum, jobs board or a store and want a similar but different look for those areas.

You can quickly and easily have multiple themes on different areas of your site just by using a free multiple themes plugin available from the WordPress repository.  You can search for the plugin via your WordPress dashboard and activate it in the usual way.

Once you have activated the plugin (or before if you prefer) upload all the themes that you wish to use throughout your site.    Unless all the themes are uploaded you will not be able to use the plugin.

Have a quick  video (less than 5 minutes) showing you  how simple the multiple themes plugin  is to use:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/Qza38SyUSxE[/youtube]

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How To

WordPress Basics Tutorials

If you are new to using WordPress watch these WordPress training videos to help you get started building your first website today.

How to install WordPress with Fantastico on the root of your domain

If you want to install WordPress on the root of your domain eg. www.domain.com this video will show you how to do that.

How to install WordPress with Fantastico on a subdomain

If you want to install WordPress on a subdomain eg. subdomain.domain.com then this is the video that will show you how to do that

How to install WordPress with Fantastico in a directory/folder

If you want to install WordPress in a directory/folder eg www.domain.com/directory then this video will demonstrate how to do that.

How to Upload a Theme via FTP

Some WordPress themes need to be manually uploaded via a FTP program like Filezilla. If you need to manually upload a WordPress theme then this video will show you how to do that.

How to Upload a Theme via the Dashboard

A lot of themes can be uploaded from the WordPress dashboard and you can even select and install WordPress themes that are in the WordPress repository from the Dashboard. Watch this video to see how easy it is to upload themes via the WordPress dashboard.

Cleaning Up WordPress

By default WordPress comes with some content already created. In this video I’ll show you how to remove that content and clean up the WordPress install.

Customizing the Dashboard

It’s often helpful to customize your WordPress dashboard to suit your needs. In this video I’ll show you how you can rearrange your WordPress dashboard to suit.

Using WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins are pieces of code that add functionality to your site without the need to hire a programmer. There are thousands of WordPress plugins available to the WordPress community (many of which are free). In this video I’ll show you to install a WordPress plugin via ftp and via the WordPress dashboard.

Using WordPress Widgets

Widgets are also pieces of code that add functionality to your site. You can use a widget in any area of your WordPress theme that allows widgets. You will find that WordPress by default has widgets that can be used within your theme and, some plugins, also have a widget.

Adding Policies

It’s easy to add a privacy policy, disclaimer, earnings disclaimers and a host of other policies to your site by using a WordPress plugin. Watch this video to see how you can use in built policy information or create your own for use on your site/s.

Adding Content

Now that your site is built it’s time to add some content. You can add content through Posts/Pages and Links as well as using Widgets and Plugins.

Controlling Comments

If you are using your site as a blog (as opposed to a static website) then you probably will enable comments.

Adding Files

You can add media files like videos, images and podcasts for people to view or download on your site. In this video I demonstrate how to add a images, video, audio and a pdf file for visitors to download.

Media, Ping Lists, Users

This video will show you some of the different functions and features available in WordPress

Navigation

In WordPress 3.0 Menus were added to the core WordPress functions. Menus make it easy for you to create custom navigation for your site.

Profiles

Your Profile in the WordPress Dashboard can also be customized.

Static Front Page

Often people want to have a static front page on the front of their site (for example you might want a sales letter to appear there) and have posts on another part of the site. This video shows you how to create a static front page.

Permalinks

In order to have visitor friendly and search engine friendly permanent links to your content you need to customize your permalinks. This video shows a few ways you can create custom permalinks for your site.


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What I’m Up To Now

The other day I did a bit of an assessment on what I have “done” this year.  One of the reasons that I did this was because I felt like I had not achieved “anything”.  The other reason was because I get so many emails from people asking if  I’m going to do something or when I will do something.     So for those of you who are interested here’s a snapshot of my year so far.

For the first  months of the year my time spent on Internet Marketing was limited.     I have a part time J.O.B. so for the first 7 months of this year I spent 4 days per week at my J.O.B.

Starting from this week I’ve re-negotiated my hours to reduce my work load  to 3 days per week.

WordPress

I love WordPress and most of the things that I do revolve around WordPress in one way or another.

This year I:

  • Updated my book WP Quick Cash and move it to an online version making it easier to update and revise when needed.   Of course, that’s not without issues.    It is time consuming to upload the book, reformat it and then edit it but I think it was worth it in the long run.
  • Updated my point and click WordPress theme – WP Flex.     This was a massive project and ultimately I ended up firing the coder and rehiring someone else.  Any sort of changes to plugins and themes involve massive testing and checking that the work that you asked for has been in fact completed.     Each time a change is made the testing process begins again.     The real test is when users start using the theme and that’s when you can iron out any final bugs that users may post in the forum.    In order to get the theme out as soon as possible we didn’t add one feature that I really wanted which was a change to the sales page template.     We’ve since gone back to the drawing board on that one and we’re getting ready to release a new template shortly.
  • Released and updated my WordPress theme – XFactor – this is based on the Adsense Master Course by Xfactor.     We also updated the theme and released a new version about a month ago to incorporate some features that Xfactor users had asked for.     Again, the process of developing a theme is hard and tireless work involving lots of testing and button clicking!
  • Made the massive decision to move my book WordPress For Internet Marketers to an online version.   After getting feedback from users about my idea I thought that this was the best way to keep my 950 page bible on WordPress updated and fresh with the ease of convenience.    The last few months my virtual assistant has been spending 1 or 2 nights a week just uploading the information.    At the moment, there is still one more volume to go.        After that volume has been uploaded I can then commence the massive task of editing this baby.      This is a task that personally freaks me out a bit.    The book took approximately 9 months to write – hopefully it will take a lot less time to edit!    But, in order to keep it fresh and keep it up to date I will have to replicate the same things that I did in the book which involves building out a number of sites for demonstration purposes.    All very time consuming and certainly not something that happens overnight.
  • started development of a new plugin.   We haven’t released it yet to the public because we are still fine tuning it.    Again, any theme and development work is a time consuming process 🙂
  • started working on updating a plugin that previously I had created back in the WP 2.7 days called WP Biz List.     A lot has changed in WordPress in this time and right now I’m working on this plugin to update it to have some new features as well as be compatible with WP 3.0.

After all of the above have been churned out and cleaned up I really want to start the development of the plugin that I’ve wanted since 2008.     This is a plugin that personally as an internet marketer I want in my life.

Some of the down sides with creating plugins is that sometimes you are just not happy with the results or want to do things a different way.     Another problem is that there are obstacles.  No matter how much testing etc you do there will always be bugs and differences in the way that users want things to work.

Another downside that happened this year was after much mucking about a new plugin was created, sent up for testing and we were in the middle of testing when the programmer’s computer completely died.     As he was using the computer as a local server the plugin died with it.      No online backup, no chance of recovery.     This is one of the things that gives me a wrinkle – either start afresh or can it.   I’m undecided at the moment.

  • gave my presentation in Vegas on using WordPress on Auto Pilot

I’m also working on finishing off a few more WordPress related products.

  • did a short guide earlier in the year on Thesis called Thesis Fast Start.   I’m in the process of editing this before I send it out to the big world.
  • am working on my new book on WordPress exploring the multi user features.
  • decided to give people what they have been asking for which is a WordPress coaching site.  I’m setting up my own Bootcamp where I can teach people the ins and outs of WordPress.
  • continued to help people out in forums with WordPress problems

Lots of stuff going on WordPress wise for me 🙂

Physical Publications

This year I’ve also decided to get involved in the physical publication of books.

The first book  I have coming out on Amazon is  on driving traffic to your website.     I’m also in the depths of editing two more books for Amazon on improving your business and being an expert in your niche.     I have plans to release another two Amazon books before the end of the year making the total count at 5.

Internet Marketing

I love internet marketing and I have acquired a ton of knowledge about it and am always educating myself.      So this year, I decided to scale up my internet marketing activities.    First of all, I started outsourcing a lot of the stuff that I normally would do (that I absolutely hated).

There are always teething problems with outsourcing and I have had to change outsourcers several times.   Hopefully, this is all on track now.     Part of the outsourcing process requires you to train staff.       No matter how experienced your outsourcer is you always need to tell them the way that you do things.    I’ve been doing this by way of videos, reports and checklists they can print out.

Another part of outsourcing is making sure that the outsourcer understands what is required.     What I now do (lesson learnt) is have them do one part of the process and send it to me to check.      This way I can ensure that things are going the way that I want them to do and also advise them along the way.     Once they have learnt the process, then I just check in every now and again and make sure that all is up to speed.   I’ve found that having a good project management system is essential for the ordering of the tasks and assigning deadlines and priorities.

This week I’m opening up my group internet marketing coaching program.   I’m pretty excited about this as it will be a great way to help people get started with internet marketing and share my knowledge with others.

Offline Marketing

I love offline stuff and although I’ve delved into this in the past, on a random basis, this is now an area that I’m becoming more and more involved with.

Personal

  • In the last month I’ve been “training” my fiancee on the basics of internet marketing.     When we decided that we were going to move into internet marketing only one of us “moved”.    So now my darling is learning the ropes.      So far he has learnt keyword research and buying proper domain names.

We got off to a shaky start (probably a bit like teaching your beloved to drive) but after a day or two he started to “get it”.      We’ve had huge internet problems the last 10 days or so and that has meant that he has not been able to do any more work.     Internet is back on now and he is standing by the computer ready to get started!   I hope he hasn’t forgotten too much but I’m standing by and waiting to help him.     One of the real things that you need to do when you are teaching someone something is a) show them how to do it b) do it together and c) let them do it on their own.       Of course, the more he practices what he has learnt the better he will be.   There are two main advantages of him doing this.   First of all, it is saving me time if I can “outsource” this task to my darling and secondly it means he has a vested interest in our business by becoming involved in it.

  • Speaking of my fiancee, we are planning to get married next year.    We’ve been together over 11 years now and I guess we know each other enough to make the commitment!  As far as planning a wedding goes I have been supremely slack.   So far we’ve selected a date (subject to change) and a color scheme (purple and white) and a cake (cupcake tier).   I’m not the most romantic person in the world and so far no bridal magazines have passed my door.     I’m thinking that the best way to get this event to happen would be to elope and buy a dress on the way.
  • One of the things that I’m most excited about that I’ve done this year is joining a gym.      I should point out that I’ve never joined a gym before and previously my idea of exercise was walking to the shop to buy chocolate!     The reason that I wanted to join the gym was first of all to lose the chocolate and to get fitter.    I quickly found that I’m not overly enthused about all the machines and equipment in the gym but what I do like is the classes.     So far I’ve been taking boxing classes, weights, zumba, yoga, pilates and, although, I’m not keen on the machines I do a circuit for about 45 minutes just to work all parts of my body.       Initially, I hated the gym and used to watch the clock to see when the torture would end.  I also hired a personal trainer for a couple of weeks to keep me on track.     After about two weeks of going to the gym 6 nights a week I found out that I got really antsy if I missed a class.    It was slightly addictive.      About a month ago I got sick and didn’t go for about three weeks.     It was really easy to slip back into bad habits so I’m now up and back at the gym.
  • One of the best things that I did this year was change computers.    I still have my Vista PC (too much software on it for me to retire it) but I’ve now switched to Mac and really, I don’t know what took me so long.       I have very little idea of how to drive it and haven’t got around to watching the tutorials for anything but so far pressing a button and hoping something will happen seems to work fine.       I can’t believe the amount of extra work that I can now do with the Mac it has increased my productivity by double, I’m guessing.    The only set back occurred about 10 days.    When we switched to Mac I thought it would be wise to back up the PC online.    I use Mozy for this but according to Mozy it hadn’t been backed up for 6 months!  I don’t know how that happened but anyway I started backing up madly and I think that’s what I did to over extend my broadband connection for the month.    For the last 10 days I’ve been barely able to log in anywhere!
  • The other decision that I made this year is to have time off.   I have a personality that gets very addicted to working and often I can’t find the “off ” switch for me.    Although, this sounds like a good problem to have it is not.    You can end up being burned out and exhausted from too much work.   Add to that, you miss out on all the things that the big beautiful world has to offer by being permanently attached to your keyboard.     My motto now is one day a week where I will not play with the computer at all, no emails, no twitter, no forums no distractions.   I’m convinced the world will not end if I have a computer free day and I’ll be a better person with this change in my life.  This day will now be spent 100% with my fiancee, friends and family where I’m with them 100% (rather than thinking about internet marketing stuff).

That’s it for me today I have books to edit and things to do!

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WordPress 3.0 – Shortlinks – Why You Should Use Them

So, I’ve been playing with RC of  WP 3.0 for a while now and one of the new features that I’ve started to really like is shortlinks.

Shortlinks is basically an internal WordPress link shortener.

Here’s how you use it

Say you have your permalinks set to category/post name in Settings/Permalink and you want to tweet about your new post on “Changing the WordPress Theme” that is in the “WordPress Themes” category.   This means that the url to the post would look something like this:

www. wpqueen.com/wordpress-themes/changing-the-wordpress-theme

Now, that’s quite a lot of characters we would be using up if we are tweeting about this post.

So, we could shorten it by using a url shortening service like bit.ly or changing the post slug in WordPress or in WP 3.0 we can shorten it in one click.

All we need to do is click “Get Shortlink” and our url is automagically shortened.

Here’s why shortlinks are important

Shortlinks, in theory, should not change.  A permalink can change if you alter the post for example by changing the title or post slug.    If you use shortlinks then the permanent link will always remain the same and your custom permalink structure will still be doing its seo magic in the background.

If you can’t wait for WP 3.0 to be released for this feature and you are not feeling brave enough to install the beta release you can install a shortlink plugin.

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Themes

WordPress Default Theme is Finally Getting Sexier (a little bit)

One of the things that I really hate when doing a WordPress install is staring at the default Kubrick theme.   Don’t get me wrong.  I’m sure the Kubrick theme was pretty exciting stuff in its day but that day has long passed.     In case you are wondering the current default WordPress theme has a plain blue header and single right sidebar.   Of course, you can change the color of the header and the header text but frankly it still looks boring and dull when compared with the exciting free and premium WordPress themes available.

With the introduction of  WordPress 3.0 the guys at Automatic finally decided that a change in theme scene was in order.   After much decision making (no doubt committees were formed and coffee was consumed!) a new theme was decided on as the default which is called Twenty Ten.

Now, Twenty Ten basically looks like the Kubrick theme with a new header and page navigation.   You can see that it still has the right sidebar so not a lot has changed at first glance.

But it has changed enough to make it a good default WordPress theme.     The theme design overall is plain but it is clean white theme with attractive fonts.   The site title and tag line are now displayed above the header and there is now navigation below the header.  This will be  a feature that a lot of new WordPress users will be happy with.

The backend of the theme also gives the new user options to customize the theme without knowing any coding or too much fiddling about.

If you go to Appearance/Background once you have activated the theme you will see that you have options to change the color of the background, the display, or even upload an image.

If you go to Appearance/Header you can also choose one of the many default images that are installed with the theme or upload your own.

All in all, I think WordPress have done a pretty good job with the new default theme.   They have a theme that is cleanly styled with just enough options for a new user to quickly customize and make their own unique blog.

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5 Great Firefox Add Ons For WordPress Users

I love firefox as my browser.   I have a number of browsers installed so I can check websites like Internet Explorer and Chrome but Firefox is my everyday browser.

One of the reasons that I love Firefox is because like WordPress it is open source and has a ton of add ons that make it sing 🙂

You can get it here if you don’t have it already:  mozzila download

Here’s some of my favorite add ons for Firefox which are great to use with your WordPress sites.

Web Developer ToolBar – I love this toolbar.  It is so incredibly helpful if you like to customize your WordPress theme.   With this little baby I can quickly check stylesheets, edit them and do all sorts of other fancy things.   I also love being able to easily view image paths, properties and dimensions because this makes it super easy for me to change things.    There are a ton of other tools with this toolbar including the ability to view source, disable parts of the theme that you are working on or viewing, disable cookies, add cookies and basically turn into a cookie monster.   This add on has so many useful features that it would take me another 1000 words to get through them all!   There is only one drawback with this add on – it hasn’t been updated to work with Firefox 3.6 (but neither have a few others as well!).  If you don’t fancy the Web Developer Toolbar you may like Firebug which is similar.

Lorem Ipsum Text – if you design themes or you are making a site for a client and want to see what it looks like with some text on it then this the add on for you.    You can easily insert dummy lorem ipsum text into posts or pages so you can see what a real site will look like when content is added. Lorem ipsum is just dummy text that the printing industry has been using for eons.    It is the text that you will most often see displayed on WordPress themes that are either premium or a free download.

WordPress Helper – if you are just starting to learn about WordPress or you are a theme designer or plugin developer then you will find this extension really helpful. This add on provides a short cut to the codex for useful tools and tips that are relevant to what you are doing.   It saves you time hunting through the codex by directing you straight to the relevant page where you can find more information.   It also has a lot of other features including the ability to easily switch to the backend of your WordPress site, indicating when a site is using WordPress (much easier than viewing the source code), editors choice, wordpress data validation and much more.   I really wish I knew about this add on when I was starting out ….  it probably would have saved me a lot of tears!

Deepest Sender – this is a great little add on if you have more than one blog.   It can be such a pain writing posts to different blogs if you don’t use some form of blogging client.     Deepest Sender allows you to set up multiple accounts, has a nice wysiwig editor as well as features like spell check, ability to have drafts and edit posts and a useful offline mode which means that you can write some posts and upload them later.   This is a useful feature for people with a dial up or slow internet connection.

Zemanta – I love this little add on and have been using it on niche sites for a long time now. What it does is suggest content to add to your posts in the form of images, videos, related articles etc.   This makes it easy to add interesting extras to your niche blogs quickly and on the fly using the drag and drop interface.  I find this a great tool to bulk out plr articles or just add related content to an existing article.

If you have a fave Firefox add on that you use with WordPress I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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How to make a clickable WordPress header

Some WordPress themes automagically have a clickable header image – others do not.

 The good news is that it is really easy to create a clickable header image on your blog. Once you have a clicakable header image your users can click the header to return to the home page of your site so it is a great navigation tool for your blog. There are two ways to make the image clickable. The method that you choose depends on the way that the theme that you are using has been created.

Method 1

First of all go to Appearance/Editor and locate your your header.php page and have a look for this code:

 

 

• replace the url http://yourdomain/ with the name of your website

 

Method 2

If your theme is using a html tag you will need to have a look for a code that will look something like this:

 

* replace “headerimage” with whatever the path is to your header image

Make sure before you make any changes to your theme files that you keep a copy of them in case something goes weird 🙂 

Once you have made your changes give it a test out and enjoy your new clickable header.