wordpress cms most popular with bloggersI don't know about you, but I love learning. What I don't love is the learning process.  I have been creating websites with WordPress for over a decade, and I often find something entirely new. Whether it be a plugin, theme, or a simple setting inside the dashboard, it sometimes takes me hours to figure it out.

This website you are on is hosted on the WordPress content management system, which by the way is the easiest CMS that I have ever come across.  Once I learned it, I was hooked!

I wanted to write about the top questions WordPress users ask when just starting out. These are the answers that could literally take days to find in all the rubbish online.

How Do I Create a Menu?

Go to Appearance ---> Menus. It will ask you to give your menu a name. If it is your main menu, such as where your top pages will be displayed, just call it "Main Menu". This name is only for your reference.

On the left hand side, it will show you all of your website's pages. Click on the ones that you want displayed, and add them to the menu.

Under Menu Settings, click the box that says "Primary Navigation". You can also select to add all top level pages to this menu.

That is the most basic use of Menu's. There is also an option to add a link in your menu.  For example, if you have a page on your site that you want to link to, you can add it, and have it appear on your home menu.

What Permalink Settings Should I Use?

A permalink is the URL structure of the page. For example, for this particular page on HenrySanders.org, the permalink will look like this: http://www.henrysanders.org/is-wordpress-causing-you-heartburn/. You always want a clean permalink, rather than something that looks like this: http://www.henrysanders.org/?p=123.

Once you name your post, the system will automatically generate the permalink for you.  If you have a long title, and want to shorten the permalink, simply click the edit button located just under the title, and to the right of permalink, and change it to your desired URL. It can be something completely different from the title of your post.

In order to get your URL structure to look like the 1st version above, go to Settings ---> Permalinks, and select the "Post Name" option, then click save changes. That's it. Now, all of your pages and posts will have a clean, search engine friendly URL.

What Theme Should I Use?

This is where it get's a little tricky.  Free WordPress themes are great when you are first starting out, but if you are serious about your website, I highly recommend a paid theme.  You can search for premium themes online, but I recommend Theme Forest. They have great themes that were created by the best in the business, and can be purchased for a reasonable price.

Keep in mind that once you migrate from a free theme to a paid one, the difficulty level increases, as does the learning process.  I still get hemmed up sometimes after purchasing a new theme. Most times with a paid theme, there are tutorials and support desks to answer your questions.

If worse comes to worse, you can go to YouTube.com and search for tutorials on your particular theme.  This type of video is not hard to find.

Why Does My Image Direct to My Website When I Click on it?

When you add an image to your page or post, once you click the "Add Media" button, it will allow you to upload an image. WordPress automatically attaches this file to your URL. All you have to do is simply deselect this option after the file uploads, and the image will be released from your URL. You will see it as "Link To", and "Media File" will be selected.  Select none, save, and you are finished.

Do I Have to Use Categories and Tags In My Posts?

First of all, that is the great thing about using WordPress. You don't really have to "DO" anything. You can keep your website as general as you like, but there are reasons why you may want to add categories.  If you plan to build a website that has many different topics, you will likely want to integrate categories where you can organize your posts.  This is helpful to your visitors, and may keep them on your site longer.

I really have no opinion on tags, as far as whether you should use them or not. They were used in the past for search engine optimization, but that ended as quickly as it began.  If you do choose to use them, I would recommend using general keywords, and never stuff several different versions of your keyword into the tags.

Will My Website Automatically Rank in Google?

Ummm... NO! Optimizing your website for the search engines is just the first step in getting visitors.  There is a disbelief that once you build a nice website, people will come.  This could not be any further from the truth.

There are so many factors to take into consideration, that summing them all up in one post is not only impossible, but is likely to be irrelevant by the time you read this.  That is how quickly the game changes. An SEO expert is the only advice I could give if you are really wanting to ramp up your rankings, and can afford to invest a little to make that happen.

If you are looking for a search engine optimization specialist that focuses on a particular niche, such as SEO for Dentists, Doctors, Plumbers, Roofers, or Law Firm SEO, you may want to consider doing a search for your product or service to find a company familiar with your industry.

If you are thinking about hiring a company to increase your website traffic, I have written an informative post on that that you can read by clicking here.

Good luck with WordPress, and please comment below with any questions.




Have You Been Charged With Multiple DUI Offenses in Ohio?

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Chances are, you are not alone. The number of individuals who are being charged with an OVI/DUI in Ohio is reaching new heights.

Let's take a look at Akron with a population of nearly 200,000 people, and ranking the 5th largest city in Ohio.

According to the City of Akron's website, there have been 169 documented reports of DUI's in the past 6 months. That is an average of 28 per month. Now, think of all of the people who were under the influence of alcohol, but were lucky enough to make it home without getting pulled over.

Although most people who drive under the influence have one fear, and that is getting a DUI, there are other considerations that should be made as well. First and foremost, your own safety, and the safety of pedestrians and other drivers. A charge for driving under the influence is bad enough, but living with the fact that you injured someone else would be unbearable.

Is a Third DUI Conviction a Felony?

In Ohio, the lookback period for DUI charges is six years. This means that if your previous offenses were not within 6 years of the most recent one, then they will not be considered when determining your punishment.

On the other hand, if both of the prior DUI's were within 6 years of the most recent, you may be looking at a felony DUI charge.

What are the Penalties of a 3rd DUI?

There are many factors that are considered before making a determination, however, you could be facing up to one year in jail, and ordered to pay a fine of anywhere from $500 upwards to $2,500.

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was .17 or higher, you will likely receive a jail sentence of 60 days minimum. Age and driver class (such as CDL) are also taken into consideration.

Additional penalties may include a drug treatment program at your expense, and a license suspension of 2 years, and up to 10.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not worth the consequences. The obvious best choice is to designate a driver, call a cab, or enjoy a few drinks at home.

More Than 3 DUI's?

If you have more than 3 charges under your belt for driving under the influence, you may, in additional to all other penalties, be added to the Habitual Offender Registry. This is a list comprised of all DUI offenders who have had 5 or more convictions within the past 20 years, with at least one being after September 30, 2008 when the law went into effect. You would remain on this registry until you no longer have 5 offenses in 20 years.

If you or someone you know becomes one of the statistics, you should contact an Akron DUI attorney as soon as possible.­

choosing a seo companyLocal business owners are beginning to understand the importance of hiring the right SEO company. In the competitive world of the Internet, standing out and being first are the key ingredient to being successful.

The old fashioned way of marketing is gone and the new wave of Internet advertising is here. Akron businesses that want to stay afloat and be viable must hire someone to help them rank high with local keywords in the search engine results.

Can't I Just Rank by Myself - How Hard Could That Possibly Be?

Optimization involves picking right keywords to put on web sites, blogs and tweets. These words are very important as they are the condensed version of what your business offers. The words are focused and precise, and choosing them wisely is the first step in creating a web presence.

These keywords or phrases aren't so easy to pick out, like people often think. A lot of business owners try to pick their own words, but they don't usually pick the very best ones. It's not always the obvious choices that are the best key words. The optimizing specialist knows exactly which of the words will have a high ranking and which will not.

Using the words in the right way is just as important as picking the right words to begin with. It's also very necessary for them to be used only a few times in each entry. If the post or article has a high content of key words, then search engines will give it a low ranking.

Keywords and Content

The engines have certainly gotten wiser in recent years and are now able to distinguish good and quality content from those that are just on the web to have a high ranking. The search companies are concerned with delivering high quality content to their users and they don't want to return results full of pages that have been stuffed. Because of this, these engines give a high rank to pages and sites with a lot of good and legit content and lower the rankings of pages that are just full of useless key words.

There are a lot of companies who claim to do Search Engine Optimization, but not every one of them can produce on their promises. A customer has to be careful in choosing the right company to work with them so that they can get the most out for their money. Spending money on false promises will not improve business, but may create a large amount of unnecessary bills and debt.

Here is a video created by the professionals at AkronSEOExpert.Com.

The client should do his own research on the company prior to contracting with them or giving them any cash. One of the very best ways that he can do this is to see how well the company's own web site does in the rankings. Another method of finding out a good company is to talk with people who have used this type of service and getting a recommendation. If you're looking for a good optimization specialist, check out the Yelp page for Akron SEO. They can get you moving in the right direction (no pun intended :) ).

It's really not that difficult to find the best search engine marketing specialist. Simply see if the company has a high ranking for their own set of keywords and an established web presence.