How to Offer A Free Printable On Your Blog

how to offer a free printable on your blog

Hi WordPress users! Today I am going to show you how to offer a free printable on WordPress with your blog readers. As a blogger a great way to gain traffic and give back to your readers is with a free printable! It could be a free printable party decor, holiday tag, invitations, wall art, game, kids coloring page, etc.... Really the options are endless! And I think we can all agree that the  amount of beautiful free printables out there is pretty amazing. Here are the step-by-step directions on how to share a free printable with your blog readers. For this example I am going to … [Read more...]

The Best Social Media Icon Plugin for WordPress

Best WordPress Social Media Plugin

I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that almost all bloggers use social media networks to engage with their readers, which is why it is good to have a set of social media icons on your blog. Typically, social media icons are near the very top of a site either in the header or at the top of the sidebar. Today I am going to show you how to install and set up the best social media icon plugin for WordPress. You are going to love this plugin because it is easy to use and simple to customize to coordinate with your site. Let's dive in! I am going to use my blog as the example. See those … [Read more...]

Best Pinterest Plugin for WordPress

How to Install a Wordpress Plugin #bloggingtips

Do you know the girls over at Paging Supermom? I love them. Not only that? I pretty much think they are straight-up genius... Recently, I was on the phone with Bettijo lamenting my annoyance with "Pin It" buttons. I love featuring other bloggers work, especially after catching posts they've linked up to Show & Tell Wednesday. The problem? Many of the Pinterest buttons on the market disable right click and save functionality. Not a big deal? Well, when you're going through hundreds of sites to feature, it kind of is. Well, I am just lucky to know Bettijo, because she's a fixer. … [Read more...]

The Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

WordPress.org vs. Wordpress.com

Its  been a while since we've had a WordPress post! That's my fault, things have been crazy ever since SNAP! (which by the way was a blast and I loved meeting so many of you!), but I'm back and ready to roll! For this post I wanted to go back to basics a little and talk about the difference between WordPress.ORG and WordPress.COM. When I first started learning about WordPress this was really confusing to me so hopefully I can clear up any confusion out there for people interested in using WordPress. WordPress.COM is a similar set up to Blogger, in that your url is … [Read more...]

How to Install a WordPress Pinterest Plugin

WordPress Plugins

Happy Tuesday SNAP readers! I'm excited to start our 2013 Wordpress posts talking about plugins. I thought I would change it up a little and do a video tutorial showing you how to install a plugin and specifically how to set up a Pinterest plugin that will showcase your most recent pins on your sidebar. But first, for those that don't know, what is a plugin? Wordpress' site defines a plugin as "... tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs." There are TONS of plugins out there, … [Read more...]

How to Create a Navigation Bar in WordPress

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Hello SNAP! readers! Are you ready for another fun Wordpress tutorial? Today I'm going to show you how to create a navigation bar using Wordpress menus and how to set up dropdowns for that navigation bar. On the left side of your dashboard hover over "Appearance" and choose the "Menus" option. Your screen will now look something like this: Enter a name for your navigation bar in that box and click "Create Menu." Once you do this the left side options will become active. You use these options to create each individual navigation link. You can add custom links linking to external … [Read more...]

How to Truncate Posts in WordPress

WordPress truncated posts

Hello SNAP readers! I'm excited to be back with another tutorial for WordPress. Today we are going to talk about how to truncate your posts in WordPress... What is Truncating? What does truncating mean? Basically it means to shorten something. So in our case, it would be to shorten a post. Most of the time this is on a home or archive page, with a link for the reader to "read more." Why Truncate? Truncating is valuable for several reasons: Your readers don't have to scroll through long posts they are not as interested in. It gives the page a clean, organized and professional … [Read more...]

Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

10 Best WordPress Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is the opportunity it provides for fairly easy customization. Don't believe me? Here's the theme my site operates on in its standard form... Here's my site: Big difference, right?! Amy obviously worked wonders with the framework (thank heaven for a great site designer), but much of the customization and preferences on individual pages was made possible via great WordPress plugins. There really is a plugin for just about anything and everything. Of course, you don't want to go overboard. Too many plugins can slow your load time and cause problems … [Read more...]

Blog Design Tips and Resources

  Today I want to share a few design pointers with you, as well as some blog design resources! Hopefully you will find these tips helpful whether you are paying someone to professionaly design your blog or if you are doing a DIY design. It's time to make the most out of your blog design! #1. Headers The header is the first thing people see when they come to your blog. It should ultimately represent what your blog is all about! The title should be big and bold and preferably be in the center of the header, or if you want it off center, on the left side. We read left to right so it is more … [Read more...]

WordPress Categories vs. Tags

I'm so excited to be sharing some tips and tricks about Wordpress here on the SNAP blog! In the spirit of Spring Cleaning I thought for my first post we would talk a little about cleaning up those categories and tags on your Wordpress blog. If you moved over to Wordpress from Blogger you may have been a little confused when suddenly you had two options for labeling/categorizing/tagging (whatever you want to call it!) your posts. On Blogger they just have "labels" but Wordpress gives you a two tiered system which is really nice. So whats the difference? Lets break it down and talk about each … [Read more...]