WordPress 3.6 Menu Editor

NOTE!! The WordPress 3.6 menu editor has been retained in newer versions of WordPress (3.7, 3.8). So the instructions here are for WordPress versions 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8.

Log into your WordPress dashboard and click on ‘Appearance’, ‘Menus’

WordPress 3.6 New Menu Interface

Click on the ‘create a new menu link’

wordpress-edit-menu-screen

 

Give the menu a name and then click on ‘Create Menu’

Give The New Menu A Name

Under ‘Theme Locations’, check Primary Menu. Doing so will assign the menu that you are creating as the primary menu.

Primary Menu

 

In the ‘Pages’ panel click on ‘View All’ and check all the pages that you would like to include in the menu. Then click on ‘Add to Menu’.

Pages Panel

The pages that you have selected will appear as tabs in the menus screen –

Page Tabs

Drag the tabs up or down to change the order of the menu items. The top most tab will be the first menu item etc.

Arrange The Page Tabs For The WordPress Menu

You can also place a page tab in an indented position to create drop down menu items –

WordPress Drop DOwn Menu

Expand a page tab to give it a new navigation label –

WordPress Edit Menu Name

Don’t forget to save the menu!

TO CREATE ADDITIONAL CUSTOM MENUS

Click on the ‘create a new menu link’ again and follow the steps given above.

Which WordPress Theme Are You Using?

WordPress released the very cool Twenty Thirteen theme in August 2013. When you install WordPress on your website, the version that you’re installing will determine your site’s default theme. Auto installers such as Fantastico have made it really easy to install WordPress, but they aren’t that smart when it comes to installing the latest WordPress version. That’s really not a biggie, even if you land up with a stale version you can very easily upgrade to a new one, by simply clicking on a link. But that’s not what this tutorial is about.

The purpose of this tutorial is three-fold –

(1) To get you to determine the WordPress version you are using

(2) To get you to determine the WordPress theme that your website is using

(3) To learn how to switch themes

What’s Your WordPress Version?

Once you have installed WordPress on your website, please navigate to www.[yourdomain].com/wp-admin and you will be asked for your username and password –

wordpress-login-screen

Go ahead and enter in the required information (use the admin username and password that you created during the installation). When you log in you’ll be take to the Dashboard Area –

log into the dashboard

 

Scroll down a bit to get a better look at the ‘Right Now’ panel. This panel will contain the information we are looking for – the WordPress version and theme that you’re using –

 

WordPress Version & Default Theme

And there you go! The ‘Right Now’ panel gives you the two pieces of the information we’re after, that is, the WordPress version and the theme that your site is using.

On to the third part – how to switch themes. Easy. In the vertical menu on the left hand side of the dashboard, click on ‘Appearance’, ‘Themes’. The ‘Available Themes’ section will list all the themes that are available for activation. Simply click on the ‘Activate’ link under the theme that you would like to switch to. And done!

Refresh your website to see the changes.

Create A Free Custom Background Pattern For Your WordPress Website! (A Visual Guide)

We will be using a free tool called GIMP to make a custom background.

GIMP is an extremely powerful, packeed-with-features and FREE alternative to Photoshop. Fortunately, it’s available for both PC and MAC users. It is not the most user friendly piece of software, but that’s only because it has so much to offer. If this is your first time, that’s okay, the screenshots will help you along the way. Making simple, custom background with GIMP is a relatively easy task, as the software will do most of the work for you!

Step 1: Download GIMP at http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Step 2: Fire up GIMP

Create A Custom Website Background With GIMP

Step 3: Click on the second color ‘box’ to select a color for the background.

Free Website Banner Choose Color

Step 4: When you click on the box, you can make your color selection from the ‘ Change Background Color’  screen that pops up. You can enter the hexcode and then click on ‘OK’.

Blog Background Color Select

Step 5: Now, with the background color set, in the horizontal menu bar right at the top go to ‘File’, ‘New’

GIMP file menu new background image

Step 6: In the “Create a New Image” pop up, under “Image Size” set the width and height of the image at 150 pixels

Blog Custom Background Setup

Step 7:  Again, in the “Create a New Image” pop up expand the “Advanced Options” and from the “Fill with” drop down select “Background color”. Click on OK.

Step 8: With the 150x 150 image open in GIMP, in the horizontal menu bar, select “Filters”, “Artistic”

GIMP background swatch

Step 9: Use different filters such as “Apply Canvas” , “Clothify” etc. for different effects

Apply GIMP FIlters To The Site Background Swatch

Here are two examples:

Apply Canvas

Custom Background Image Example

Weave

GIMP custom background example

Step 10: Once you have selected an effect, save the image by going to ‘File’,’Export’. In the file name include the format type e.g. “myfirstbackgroundimage.jpeg” and then click on ‘Export’. Fini! You can upload this image to your website.

WordPress.com To WordPress.org – How To Take The Leap

My Bags Are Packed And I am Ready To Go!

So, you would like to bid adieu to wordpress.com and move with bag and baggage (aka content+traffic+followers etc.) to a self-hosted WordPress blog? Elated at the prospect of moving to greener pastures but worried that ride might get a bit bumpy?

Well, turns out there’s no reason to fear for the Happiness Engineer is here. And no I am not talking about myself – neither am I too too happy at the moment (don’t ask- have to fill up these tedious forms; I hate filling up forms, I do!) nor am I qualified engineer.

I am talking about official WordPress engineers who’ll help you with the move! For a one-time payment of $129 you can have a WordPress Happiness Engineer hold your hand through the process of migrating from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Yes, $129 is not a small amount but I do think it’s a fair price. Look at what all you get –

From the WordPress site

What does the Guided Transfer include?

Installing the WordPress software at the recommended host of your choice.
Transferring over your entire WordPress.com site.
Installing and configuring Jetpack and a few other plugins to provide features that you have been using on WordPress.com.
Configuring and testing permissions so that you’ll be able to have one-click installs and upgrades.
Switching your domain(s) nameserver settings to point over to the new site.
Answering questions and providing guidance for you on your new WordPress installation for a two week period.

I have personally never used the service but if I do know that if I were looking to migrate and could afford hired help – I wouldn’t look elsewhere.Who better to trust my WordPress website with than a WordPress engineer. And a Happiness Engineer at that!

Please go here for more information –

http://en.support.wordpress.com/guided-transfer/

WordPress.com To WordPress.org – The No Cost Route

However, if you a DIY option also exists and it costs zilch! Go here –

http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org