WordPress – Customizing the Design and Creating Content

Here is some important points about wordpress design and content,

  • Template Driven Design:  WordPress uses templates to generate the pages dynamically. You can control the presentation of content by editing the templates using the Template Editor tool and the Template Tags.
  • Template and File Editor:  Every installation of WordPress comes with a file editor you can use to edit your templates and other WordPress related files, right in your browser without having to worry about downloading and uploading the files in order to edit them.
  • Template Tags:  Template tags make it easier to design the content and information displayed on your weblog. You don’t need to be a PHP whiz to design your weblog.
  • Themes:  You can skin your weblog using readily available themes, or styles. You can also create and share your own themes.
  • Plugins: Plugins extend the core functionality of your weblog. A large number of user-developed plugins are already available and can be used to do virtually anything you want to, with your blog.

Creating Content

  • Password protection: So you want to share something with some people, but not everyone? Easy, protect the article in question with a password.
  • Post Slug:  If you are using clean PermaLinks on your website, you can define the link to an individual post by using a post-slug.
  • Post to the future:  You can write a post today and have it appear on the weblog at a future date, automatically.
  • Multi paged posts:  If your post is too long, cut it up into pages, so your readers don’t have to scroll to the end of the world.
  • File/picture uploading:  You can upload pictures or files, and link to them or display them in your articles. You have the option of creating thumbnails of pictures when you upload them.
  • Categories:  Organize your posts into categories, and sub-categories, and sub-sub categories…
  • Emoticons:  WordPress is smart enough to convert character smileys, like “:)” into the graphical image counterparts.
  • Save Drafts:  Save your unfinished articles, improve them later, publish when you’re done.
  • Previewing Posts:  Before you press the “Publish” button, you can look at the preview for the article you just wrote to check if everything is the way you want it. In fact, you can do that at any time, since the preview is “live”.
  • Desktop Tools:  You don’t have to use a browser to update your weblog, you can use any desktop blogging tool that supports the MetaWeblog or Blogger API.
  • Blog by email:  You can send your posts as an email and have them appear on the weblog.
  • Bookmarklets:  Add the “Press It!” bookmarklet provided by WordPress to your browser and you have a shortcut to create an article with a link to the page currently displayed on your browser!
  • Sidebar:  If you don’t like a bookmarklet, use our friendly browser sidebar, which can be used in a similar fashion.
  • Formatting:  Think of WordPress as something that makes your words smoother, and your pages more appealing. WordPress ships with text-formatting plugins that clean up your content and add typographic goodness to your articles.

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