WordPress For Beginners

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IMPORTANT!! Please read the following updates:
(1)Namecheap’s website has been updated and so the images in Chapter 4 will be different from those on namecheap’s site. But the steps remain the same!
(2) WordPress 3.8 is out and the book has been updated. Please read the following post to get more clarity on WordPress updates:


Step 1: The Essentials

Domain & Web Hosting

Domain Registrars
Domain Name Finders

Web Hosting

Web Hosts

Help Resources

WordPress Help

Important Notifications

Important Notifications

Step 2: The Optimization


WordPress Plugins

SEO Tools

SEO Tools

Copy-Paste Code

CODE Snippets

Social Media Icons

Free Social Media Icons

Step 3: The Design


Important Notifications

  • August 2013 (for Kindle edition only): The book has been updated to include changes in the menu and the default WordPress theme attributable to WordPress 3.6 (released in August 2013). Amazon has emailed all previous buyers with a link to the updated version. The updated version includes the following sub-topics:

Chapter 7 – sub section titled “WordPress 3.6 & The Twenty Thirteen Theme”
Chapter 8 – sub section titled “Determining The WordPress Version & Theme”
Chapter 15 – sub section titled “Create An Additional Custom Menu” along with extra instructions included in other parts of the chapter for WordPress 3.6
If your copy has the above sections, you don’t need to do anything. If not, please be on the lookout for an email from Amazon that you provide you with a link to the latest edition of the book (at no additional cost, of course!)
Here are 2 blog posts written in the wake of 3.6’s release. Give them a read!



Errata Paperback Edition

(In case of any confusion, let me know!)

Chapter 12 (minor grammatical error) – Before we make sense of Figure 12.2

Chapter 19 (minor typo)(‘Dashboard’, ‘Plugins’, ‘Add New’ and so on)

Chapter 21 (here’s the right link) – End of Chapter Resources – List of Resources: http://utterlyweb.com/delicious-banana-cake-recipe/  (The Demo Post)

Chapter 21 – In the subsection titled “What Are Your Competitors Up to?”, if you are using internet as the browser, right click and select “View source” to check the title tags.

Chapter 30 (minor typo)– On to the ‘Footer Area’

Bonus #1 (complete path) Step 8: Set up permalinks via ‘Dashboard’, ‘Settings’, ‘Permalinks’.



Domain Name for WordPress Websites




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WordPress Web Hosting

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BlueHost: WordPress Hosting
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Text Widget Code For Placing Icons & Images In the Sidebar –

<a href="Enter Destination URL Here" target="_blank"><img src="Enter Source of Image File From Dashboard,Media, Library" alt="" /></a>

HTML Code For A Clickable Link

<a href="Enter Destination URL Here" target="_blank">Enter the text for the link here. Eg. "Click Here"</a>



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  1. says

    Hi Reeta,

    i bought your book because my webmaster left me in the lurch and i must now learn wordpress! if you check out my website you will see that i have made some beginners’ mistakes while editing and ‘tweaking’ and have ruined my left vertical menu. Nevermind! i shall get to that in time.
    My question is: I am on chapter 9, kindling and following instructions live on my wordpress site, and while i’m editng and correcting these mistakes, i thought i’d follow your advice to those beginning to build their site and ‘discourage’ the search engines. But, I can’t even find Settings. My wordpress vertical menu does not have this option! Any tips? Thanks Suzy

    • Reeta says

      Hey Suzy,

      Kudos for taking your site’s destiny in your own hands 🙂

      Let me ask you this – is only the “Settings” tab missing or others as well? If you see a bunch of vertically aligned icons in the vertical column instead of tabs it could simply be that your menu is in “collapsed” mode. In which case, click on the bottom most icon (a tiny right arrow) to expand the menu and make the tabs view-able.

      Did that do it? Let me know!


  2. Reeta says

    Also, I see that your site’s permalinks have already been set. So, let the permalinks structure be as it is!

  3. Shannon says

    Hi Reeta, I have your book Stoked About WordPress, and I was following along with these directions and doing great until I got to the “select public_html” folder from quadrant three. I can see some folders in there, but there is no public_html folder on my screen. Last night I couldn’t see any folders, today I can see some (.cpanel and subfolders and .pki and subfolders). Is it just a matter of waiting for all the folders to appear? I only transferred my domain to hostgator last night. Thanks.

    • Reeta says

      Hi Shannon,

      What do you see when you go to http://www.yourdomain.com? Do you see a hostgator banner?

      Wait it out a bit more and if you need more help, get back to me with your domain 🙂

      On another note, The domain that you set up name servers for, is that the only domain attached to your hosting account? Or did you already have another domain name hooked to your hosting account?

      Also, HostGator has live chat support and usually are great with this sort of stuff (although the wait can get a bit frustrating at times!).

  4. Shannon says

    Thanks Reeta. I did end up doing two phone calls with the host gator folks, once because they had to redo my cpanel so that I could see it in filezilla, and once because although I thought I had linked the database user to the database apparently it didn’t “take” and they had to do it again for me. I’ve also had to re-download the wordpress files two additional times and re-install certain folders/files because of particular errors I was getting while trying to log in to wordpress, but it worked! I just logged into the wordpress dashboard for the first time with this site. Thank you!!!!!

  5. Shannon says

    Oh, and by the way, your directions for installing wordpress manually were great, and I’m very “stoked” that I was able to do this. I am not experienced in the details of technology and code that I was working with, and your directions were very clear. If I hadn’t gotten as far as I had I doubt I’d have hung in there with the help desk and finished it. The issues I had didn’t seem to have anything to do with your instructions – they were kind of weird fluke things (or inexperienced user error!), plus I was continually disconnected from the server while in filezilla trying to upload the files, which I think accounted for having the issues with particular files being missing/corrupted when I was trying to log in. So far I really love your book!

  6. Reeta says

    Hey Shannon!
    Thank you for the kind words about the book 🙂

    Sorry to hear you had to go through all that but yay! that your site is up and running. And guess what? That was the hardest part. Why, I still cringe just a tiny bit even now, when I have to use Filezilla. It is a great tool, but somewhat unwieldy. No more Filezilla in the book from here on, by the way! If you’ve managed to install WordPress manually, the rest should be a breeze. But do feel free to come back here in case you get stuck!

  7. Richard Levesque says

    Hi Reeta
    I’ve been on WordPress.com for almost a year now and downloaded your book because I’ve been frustrated with word press’s support system. I already own the domain name richardlevesqueauthor.com but have had trouble when I try to use the site with that name. I’ve paid the annual fee required to use my own domain name but there’s something in the settings causing it not to work right unless I add the dot WordPress to the URL.
    I would like to be able to post under richardlevesqueauthor.com and hope your book will show me how. I have read the first few chapters and see that I really should be on the dot org side of things. My question for you is: can I switch from dot com to dot org, use my domain name without including “WordPress” on the URL, and still keep the content I’ve generated over the last year as well as my 270 followers?

    • Reeta says

      Hi Richard,

      YES! you can transfer a wordpress.com website (content, followers etc.) to wordpress.org and have two options –
      (1) Guided Transfer – A WordPress engineer will help you with the transfer process. It will cost you $129, but they will pretty much take care of it all – web hosting setup, transfer of content etc. You can purchase it via the store tab through wordpress.com. More about it here – http://en.support.wordpress.com/guided-transfer/

      (2) The DIY way, which is free. More about it here http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org.

      And here’s information about domain transfer http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/#transfer-to-another-registrar

      I hope I am not passing on information that you already have! Truth be told, I have limited experience with wordpress.com – so don’t want to misguide you.

      The book does not go into how to make the move from .com to .org, but once your wordpress.org website is ready you can use Step 2 to figure out how to add content, widgets, plugins etc. and Step 3 to customize the design!

      Since yours is not a new site – you’d want to do a few things differently, for example, not choose to “discourage search engines from indexing this site” like I suggest in the book. Also a heads up about permalinks (Chapter 9) – make sure the permalink (URL) structure in the new site matches the format from the .com site (choose the “day and name” structure).

      Hope that helps!


  8. says

    I would love to buy your book but I am using Twentytwelve and wish to use plugins and codes that work with this theme. I am presently puzzled on acquiring a text accordion to use on post and pages that are long with text. Can your book help me with this quest. I have searched forums and browsed the Internet. This has confused me even more because I am reading contradicting info. especially on using JQuery and shortcodes with an existing theme and child theme. Do you cover the above and do you have any suggestions. There are a lot of nice photo sliders but not many vertical text sliders that are approved for WP Twentytwelve with child theme that I can find.

    • Reeta says

      The book actually uses the Graphene theme. While Twenty Twelve is a great theme, it doesn’t provide much flexibility without digging into CSS/a bit of coding and since mine is a beginner’s book, I wanted to steer clear of any coding (barring a bit of cut-paste of code!).

      I tried the Collapse-O-Matic plugin with Graphene for the accordian effect and it worked fine http://wordpress.org/plugins/jquery-collapse-o-matic/
      Have you tried this plugin?

        • says

          I saw this plugin and wondered if it worked on a mobile unit or tablet. It is why I was hoping there was something that would work with my responsive Twentytwelve theme. Thank you for trying the collapse – o -matic. Now I feel confident to try it. In the meantime I have purchased your book and hope to increase my knowledge of WordPress. You have been extremely helpful. Thank you!

          • Reeta says

            Glad I could help. The plugin should work with the Twenty Twelve theme; in case of any issues you could also use the plugin’s support page http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/jquery-collapse-o-matic

            Hope you enjoy the book! It uses Twenty Twelve till Step 2. Though Step 3 uses Graphene, most of the design related tips and resources will be useful irrespective of one’s theme.


  9. says

    Hi Reeta, I just wanted to tell you that I finished my web site this week, and to thank you again for the awesome, helpful book, and also for the personal attention when I ran into a snag. I’m heading over to Amazon right now to leave a review. Thanks again, and best of luck to you!

    • Reeta says

      Thanks Shannon, that’s really swell of you! I am so glad your website is alive and kicking!

      I have made a few cosmetic changes to the book- the cover, part of the title etc. but the content is the same. Just thought I’d let you know, lest there’s any confusion.

      Thanks a bunch, I really appreciate the feedback 🙂

  10. says

    Hi Reeta, I started this project with the help of first a friend (fail), then I paid someone and got a lil progress, but soon decided I need to do this myself.

    I am currently using the Organic Natural Theme..?

    I want to embed a video on the home page, but it is instead appearing as a blog post; requiring multiple clicks to play. Can you guide me through this?

    • Reeta says

      Hi Hannah,
      I’ll do my best to help you out! If you could send me your website that might make it easier. But just off the top of my head –

      (1) Are you embedding the video on a page (Page>All Pages>The page where you want to embed the video)?

      (2) Is your homepage a static page(one without blog posts) or with posts? Check Settings>Reading to get this bit of information.

      Let me know!

  11. Doreena says

    Hi, I just wanted to comment on hosting. I attempted to sign up for hosting at host gator which was my initial preference. However I could not add my address as the form insisted on me using a province. As I am in Ireland it prompted me with Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. These are never used as part of an address instead we use one of 26 or 32 counties. I tried to point this out but was told to email customer services, I had no such problem when I used Bluehost. It’s such a obvious error and renders it impossible to sign up! was I missing something?

    • Reeta says

      Hmmm..perhaps choosing the closest match would have taken care of it. But I hear ya, these pesky and unnecessary obstacles can be rather annoying! I’m not sure if you have already signed up with Bluehost, but if you want to consider options closer home you could take a look at 1&1, Vidahost (haven’t used them personally but have heard of them).

  12. Tom says

    Hi Reeta,

    I’m currently working through your WordPress book. I really like it so far! As suggested, I’m considering a manual install, but still have some questions about this:

    Part 2, Step (2)
    – Is it important to choose database name that cannot be guessed?

    Part 2, Step (3)
    – Is it important to choose a secure password here?

    Part 2, Step (6)
    – It seems that the password is stored in a non-encrypted way – is this okay?

    Part 2, Step (3) vs. Part 5, Step (1)
    – How do the username/password generated in those two steps relate? Or, put differently, what exactly do I need the username/password from Part 2 for? (Apart from actually creating the database.)
    – Should the usernames/passwords be different?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated!


    • Reeta says

      Hi Tom,

      I know at this stage it probably seems like we are creating many usernames, passwords, accounts and what not.To give you a bit of context – the content of a WordPress website(page,post,comments etc.) is stored in a database. I should add here that the content is added to the database automatically, behind the scenes. So, in Part 2 using the cPanel all we are doing is creating a database for the website (and a username/password for the database) and then storing that information in the wp-config file. In all probability, this is the only time that you will need the database related information -name, username and password. Unless one is an advanced user of course.

      Okay now to answer your questions directly. Yes! Please do choose a hard-to-guess username and password for the the database.

      In Part 2 step 6, its okay if the password is not encrypted.

      Finally, the username/password generated in Part 2 step 3 is the for the database that you associate with the WordPress website. Like I said before you will probably not need it frequently, but do make a note of it nevertheless (although you could always look up this information in the wp-config file since we paste it in there).

      On the other hand, the username/password in Part 5 step 1 is to log into your WordPress website’s dashboard. You will need this login information often i.e. whenever you want to add a page, post, change the design ..in short make any kind of change(s) to your website. So make a note of it for sure and memorize it by heart!

      Yes,I would choose different login details for the database and the WordPress dashboard.

      And most important – at the cost of repetition – make sure that the username in Part 5 Step 1 is *not* admin.

      Hope that helps. Any more questions, let me know!


      • Tom says

        Hi Reeta,

        Thank you for your helpful reply! One minor thing: In my question about Part 2, Step (2), I was referring to the name of the database, not the username/password. So, should also the database name be hard to guess?

        Thank you again,

        • Reeta says

          Oh an oversight on my part! So, the answer to that question is – yes the database name should be hard to guess. If one were to use Fantastico for the installation, the default name of the database would be ‘wrdp1′ for the first database created, ‘wrdp2′ for the second and so on. And this is a known fact!

          So do choose a secure alphanumeric database name that’s different from the above. Hope that clears it up?!

          Manual installation can get a bit tricky, I hope it goes smoothly for you 🙂

  13. says

    Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist
    with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank
    for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains.
    If you know of any please share. Cheers!

    • Reeta says

      Yup there’s plenty! WordPress SEO by Yoast is a good one for on-page optimization or even SEOPressor. For keyword research – you could consider Keyword Winner.

  14. says

    Hi Reeta!
    Love you book, got it at The Blogcademy in Austin! (so yay thank you for sponsoring them!)
    I just (literally 30 minutes ago) purchased my domain and my hosting plan through hostgator, only problem is that I can’t seem to figure out what i’ve done wrong here after installing wordpress successfully- there is no website at all… Not even a hostgator site. It did say that there was an install error on the domain name the first time I ran the quickinstall. I had to put my site name and then add /blog to make it install…. I didn’t get my name through another company because I completely forgot that step. Did I royally screw this up as far as nameservers go? Or am I just not waiting long enough for my site to go up?

    Thanks for any help,

    • Reeta says

      Hey Suzannah (what a lovely name!),

      I can’t tell you how excited I was that my first time ever as a Blogcademy sponsor was for the city of Austin. How I heart Austin!

      Alright! Let’s try to get this straightened out. If I understood correctly, you purchased the domain & hosting from HostGator. If that be the case – the nameservers should have been setup automatically. So, it’s unlikely that you screwed that up!

      I wonder why QuickInstall made you install WordPress at yourdomain.com/blog. So, when you go to yourdomain.com/blog, there’s absolutely nothing on the page? Not even what looks like 2-3 lines of code?

      Is the site in question is theneonqueen.com? I do see that the latest WordPress version has been installed at theneonqueen.com/blog and the older WP version on theneonqueen.com. Or is it some other website?

      • says

        Hi Reeta!

        I managed to get it all figured out with Hostgator after I read your reply… not exactly sure how I ended up with 2 wordpress blogs on my site but they straightened it out and the domain only has one… now it appears to be working and I can log into my wordpress dash. I don’t know why quickinstall wouldn’t let me just use my domain name?!…. Now I just have to get to actually building my site haha.

        Thanks so much for sponsoring The Blogcademy, I had been looking for a good how-to on wordpress.org software for a year and your book was extremely helpful. I hope you write another one with maybe some tips on design, marketing, and so on, i’d totally buy it! 😀


        • Reeta says

          That’s great. Here’s what I think happened – Quick Install gave an error when you tried to install WordPress on your domain because a version of WordPress was already installed on it. Well, the important thing is that it’s all sorted now. Thank god for HostGator support eh?

          I am glad you’re finding the book helpful, thank you for the kind words 🙂 When you get to step 3 of the book, you will find some design tips, information etc. in there. But lots more design/marketing stuff (you read my mind!) coming up in the future – either in the form of a book, or right here on this site or perhaps a mix of both!

  15. says

    Hi Reeta
    Now rereading your book again but this time with my (very new and evolving) wordpress site open and applying all your fabulous tips – definitely recommend your book to anyone starting out (like me a total newbie) or even just using wordpress as the info you provide is gold!
    I have one query I switched my theme to graphene after already publishing some posts, but am wondering how do I get my name as the (author) on the posts – I keep searching the menu but am lost – is there a simple button I haven’t pressed?
    Thanks again for creating the book, resources and demo website ‘pixel…’ Very much appreciated

    • Reeta says

      Hi Nicole,

      That should be an easy fix! Log into your dashboard and head to ‘Appearance’, ‘Graphene Options’, click on the ‘Display Tab’, expand ‘Post Display Options’ – once there, make sure that the ‘Hide post author’ option is unchecked. The posts should now show up with the name in the byline (i.e. right below the headline).

      If you would like to set the display name: head to ‘Dashboard’, ‘Users’, ‘Your Profile’ and select a name from the ‘Display name publicly as’ dropdown.

      Did that do it? Let me know if you have any more questions!

      And thank you so much for the amazing feedback; I really appreciate it 🙂

      • Reeta says

        Okay, hang on! I just checked your website, and it looks like the name is there in the byline, but its blending into the background because the text color for the name is white as well. Let me find out how to change the text color and I’ll get back to you!

        • Reeta says

          Nicole, try this: Log into your dashboard and head to ‘Appearance’, ‘Graphene Options’, click on the ‘Colors’ tab, scroll down to ‘Content text’ and expand it.

          Set the color for ‘Link color’ – you can choose the same color for all 3 states i.e. normal, visited and hover or a different color for each (the “name” in the post byline is actually a link). Save. Refresh your website and the name should now be visible.

          I think that should work. Let me know!

  16. says

    The biggest hug from my heart – Reeta you are the “Goddess of wordpress”!
    Not only did changing the colours bring back my name but also all the text in the sidebar (which was my next issue to tackle). I’m off to the Blogcademy in Brisbane Australia in a couple of weeks and will totally sing about your prowess with wordpress
    Thanks heaps

    • Reeta says

      I can’t stop grinning from ear to ear even though that’s *way* too generous a compliment xoxoxo 🙂 Thank you!
      I am sure Blogcademy will be a blast, have a super time, come back and give me some tips! Doesn’t look like the book will make it to Australia/NZ (because of import restrictions etc. we decided against it). Too bad, I was looking forward to it. Oh well!

  17. says

    Hi Reeta
    The Brisbane Blogcademy was awesome – not just for blogging but also for expressing oneself with confidence, clarity & love. Your book was definitetly high in the recommended reading list.

    I have a small hiccup with my blog and even though I went to the wordpress.org support forum for help, the suggested recommendation is to change my theme (which I’m reluctant to do as I have hade a lot of fun and feel comfortable customising Graphene).

    My problem is that there is no line break between my paragraphs once I publish. While typing in the ‘visual’ mode there is no problem, but once I hit publish all line breaks between paragraphs are lost.

    Can you offer any guidance?
    Thanks for your time

    • Reeta says

      Hey Nicole..that’s awesome! I can imagine how wonderful the experience must’ve been. I mean, I have learnt so much just by going through their blogs so attending the workshop..live..must be something else!

      Okay on to the spacing issue. I too have similar problems at times, so it’s very unlikely that you will need to change the theme! It looks like the first post has some formatting issues, while others seem to be fine? If that’s the case, try to reduce the image size and see if that helps. It could be that you are trying to squeeze too wide an image into the content area.

      Else, take a look at this video I found:

      Else, use the graphene forum here http://forum.graphene-theme.com/
      (they might ask you to insert some style code or CSS, in which case, let me know and I’ll help you out).

      I might not be able to respond immediately since I’ll be out for the holidays, but let me know how it goes!

      • says

        Thanks Reeta – will follow through on you suggestions.
        Sorry I totally forgot that it’s thanksgiving over in your beautiful part of the world, enjoy your holidays and happy thanksgiving,

  18. Terry Compton says

    I have a website on fatcow.com I want to upgrade to wordpress for a format and maybe move to a new host. Can you get the website done before you upload it and make it live? I don’t really want to have two websites going at the same time with the same domain name.

    • Reeta says

      Hi Terry,

      Unfortunately I have worked primarily with new sites, so I won’t be of much help but I will try. I do recommend you get in touch with your current/new web host’s customer support and ask them what would be the best way to go about it.

      It’s not possible to have two websites on the same domain (www.yourdomain.com) at the same time. But it is possible to leave the current site as is, and then install WordPress on an address such as http://www.yourdomain.com/mynewsite and once the WordPress site is done, to move it to http://www.yourdomain.com, replacing the old site. I checked, and looks like Fatcow does work with WordPress http://www.fatcow.com/knowledgebase/beta/article.bml?ArticleID=1750&type=Tutorial

      If you would like to change hosts (today is a good day to do that, by the way – HostGator is offering a huge discount, 60 to 75% off for cyber Monday. Other web hosts might have similar offers), you can ask the customer support to help you out with changing name servers, transferring the (old) site to the new web host etc.

  19. says

    Hi Reeta,

    First let me say a huge thank you! I’ve purchased several books on WordPress recently and they all have good information, but your book has actually helped me apply what I’ve learned. Finally I’m making a little progress on my website, so thank you! =)

    A question for you:
    I’m working in chapter 16 on inserting an image into a WordPress page. I’ve uploaded an image from Flickr into WordPress and everything works like a dream, except I can’t figure out how to get the attribution to become an active link that will point back to Flickr (like the one on your Banana Cake Recipe page). I feel like I must be overlooking something. Any thoughts or advice?

    Many thanks,

    • Reeta says

      Kristin, you are most welcome! Love your website’s name 🙂

      To answer your question: to turn text into a clickable link, you just need to select the text and then use the “Insert link” tool in the toolbar to assign a URL to it. You will find more information on this in the “Add a Clickable Link” subsection in Chapter 12 but I’ll lay out the steps here as well:

      -Select the attribution text (i.e. the text you want to turn into a link) in the WordPress text editor
      -Click on the “Insert link” tool in the toolbar
      -Enter the destination URL (copy and paste the Flickr profile you want to give credit to)
      -Check the “Open link in a new tab/window” option (recommended)

      Preview the page and the selected text should have turned into an active link!

      Just a heads up- Chapter 22 has more detailed information on adding images to pages/posts

      P.S. I had to tell you this. Just today I was using Flickr to download a few images and out of the blue, I got wondering about the chapter on images in the book and how no one had posted a question about it. A very random thought I have to say. But soon after that I see your question. Uncanny!

      • says

        Hi Reeta,

        It worked like a charm. Thanks so much! It’s interesting that you had the random thought about inserting images and then my question came in. I think there’s more synchronicity is in the universe than we realize sometimes…

        Thanks again,

  20. says

    How do I eliminate my sewing tab, change the home page to “Sewing” and keep posting on the home page? I have struggled with this for two days now! The posts disappear when I eliminate the sewing tab!

    I have your book, but there is really no reference on how to do that.


    • Reeta says

      Kathy, if I understand you would like to rename the “Home” tab as “Sewing” and then get rid of the tab that currently says sewing. Do correct me if I misunderstood.

      The book actually does cover that, in Chapter 14 & 15. But I see that yours is a wordpress.com website. The instructions in the book are specifically for a wordpress.org website (as it says in the description), but the two are similar in many ways. I will take a look at wordpress.com and get back to you soon.

      • Reeta says

        Kathy, I did take a look at wordpress.com and looks to me the procedure is the same. Do read chapters 14 and 15 in the book, and that should answer your questions (if not, do let me know).

        Essentially, here’s what you gotta do (assuming I have understood your question correctly): log into your WordPress website —go to Settings, Reading—make sure that the Front Page displays “Your latest posts”. Next, go to Appearance, Menus to tweak your menu to your liking (in Chapter 15 follow instructions for WordPress 3.6 as this version of wordpress.org is similar to wordpress.com).

        Let me know in case you have any questions.

  21. says

    Hi Reeta,

    I have decided to move my blog from blogger over to wordpress, for many reasons but mainly because I want to have my own domain name. I’ve started reading the book but I’m already stuck!! Unfortunately the domain name that I wanted (squeakyfrog.com) has already gone. There is a .co.uk available which would be ok seeing as I live in the uk but on namecheap it has a lightening symbol next to it which says ‘does not support free changes to contact info after registration’ what does this mean? and if it means something bad do you think I should consider changing the name even though I’ve already had for ages?

    Secondly do I have to buy a domain name first or can I download wordpress and buy a domain name later?

    Thanks x

    • Reeta says

      Hi Vicky,
      I just checked and I think squeakyfrogs.com is indeed available (which matches your current primary domain). Just though I’d point that out in case you missed it! Honestly, I have no idea about the lightening sign,best to contact Namecheap. If you scroll down their website, look under “Support” for various options; they do have live chat as well.

      As for the second question, while installing WordPress you will need to specify the domain where you want it installed.

      Hope that helps!

      • Reeta says

        Vicky, I forgot to mention that I’m assuming that you’re moving from blogger to wordpress.org (as opposed to wordpress.com). The book is for the former version of WordPress!

        • says

          Hi Reeta

          Thanks, No I hadn’t noticed that domain name was free, I will contact them regarding the lightening symbol, and yes I was planning on moving to wordpress.org

          Thanks for the help

          Vicky x

  22. says

    Hi Reeta! Love your book!
    I’m on chapter 18 of the paperback edition and I can’t find directions to link the “email” social media icon to my email address… how do you do that?

    thanks a lot!!

    • Reeta says

      Hi Julia,
      Glad you’re liking the book. And that’s a good question! The “link” you need to use for the email icon is: mailto:youremailid@email.com. Of course, you’ll need to replace youremailid@email.com with your actual email 🙂 Place it where you would the URL. Now clicking on the email icon, will bring up a “Launch Application” pop-up (or similar). Test it out and it should work!

      Another option is to create a contact form on the website and link to that instead; chapter 19 will show you how to create a contact form.

      Let me know if you have any problems (off till Tuesday though :))

  23. says

    Hi Reeta! Your book helped me grow my blog and business into a full on Brand!!! I am so grateful, thank you for writing this book, I got it at the blogcademy!

    I had a question not sure if you can answer, but now that i’ve grown my blog i’d like to change my URL to better fit my brand, but not sure how to do that best through my hostgator account, do you have any suggestions? is there a way to totally transfer my blog to a new URL without it having to be imported and everything? Any advice or suggestions would help me tremendously!!!!

    Thank you so much for your knowledge!!

    • says

      Sorry I forgot to mention that I have already purchased the domain through hostgator, I just didn’t know if I can switch my hosting package/wordpress site to my new domain.

      thanks again!!!

    • Reeta says

      Hi Suzannah,

      You’re welcome! And great blog by the way 🙂

      About your question, if I understood it correctly, the following might help:

      But honestly, I think an easier and safer way would be to just give hostgator a call and they should be able to tell you exactly what you need to do. Remember to backup all your files (through HostGator’s cPanel) before you make any changes, just to be on the safe side.

      Good luck with the move!


      • says

        Thank you so much this is exactly what I have been looking everywhere for. I’m going to give this a shot after I backup my blog but I may give host gator a call….Honestly, since I went with them via your suggestion in the book, I have not been dissatisfied once. Thank you for all you’ve done for me as a baby blogger and business owner!


        • Reeta says

          Awwww thank you so much Suzannah, it’s been my pleasure 🙂 I would love it if you reviewed the book on Amazon! Lots of love and luck to you.

  24. says

    Hi Reeta!

    Your book was a great help in setting up my WordPress site at the beginning of the year – thank you!

    I’m now trying to rename my site. I’ve bought the new domain name from NameCheap and will be letting the current domain name expire. But I have no idea how to change the domain name! I assume I have to connect NameCheap and HostGator again? But is there a way to do this without buying new hosting – simply replacing the current name with the new one??

    Thank you!

    • Reeta Krishna says

      Hi Nikki! I don’t think you will need to buy new hosting but the safest way to consolidate the new setup would be to contact namecheap and/or hostgator support. They will be able to help you out for sure 🙂

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