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How to Change Font Size and Family in WordPress 4.0

wp edit wordpress plugin to change font size and family

The WP Edit plugin actually works starting with WordPress 3.9.    If you are using  WordPress versions 3.5.1 through 3.8.3 then you will want to use this WordPress plugin Ultimate TinyMCE which was created by the same great plugin developer Josh Lobe.  You can also watch my Video Tutorial on the Ultimate TinyMCE plugin right here on this site.

WP Edit by Josh Lobe is the master plugin that allows you to easily change font size and family on WordPress post and pages. Just watch the WordPress Video Tutorial below to see how easy it is!

Clicking the following link takes you directly to the WordPress WP Edit plugin page on WordPress.org

Description of WP Edit WordPress Plugin

WP Edit is built around three years of custom WordPress development. WP Edit adds extensive, additional editing functionality to the default WordPress editor. Begin creating content like the pros; without knowing a single bit of HTML or CSS.

Most Powerful Features of WP Edit

WP Edit will provide new buttons, additional options, and extended formatting abilities to the exisiting content editor.

  • Easily insert images, media, YouTube videos, and clip art.
  • Create tables via a graphical interface.
  • Adjust table cell border and background colors.
  • No need to learn HTML and CSS (although the basics can certainly help); use buttons with visual interfaces instead!
  • Easily access all shortcodes available to your WordPress environment; and insert them into the content editor.
  • Use shortcodes to insert columns.. similar to “magazine” style layouts, in your content areas.

Why should you use the WP Edit plugin?

Because WP Edit is the culmination of three years development in the WordPress content editor. You can begin creating content (with advanced layouts); easily insert all types of external media (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.); adjust fonts, styles, colors, and sizes; and much more!

What is included in the free version of WP Edit?

  • Drag and drop functionality for custom creation of the top row of editor buttons.
  • Adds additional editor buttons such as subscript, superscript, insert media, emoticons, search and replace, html editor, preview.. and many more.
  • Add your custom editor to excerpt areas and profile descriptions.
  • Allow shortcodes in excerpt and widget areas.
  • Highlight admin posts/pages based on status (green = published, yellow = draft, etc.)
  • Easily import/export plugin options.

Why should you upgrade to WP Edit Pro?

  • Drag and drop functionality for custom creation of all rows of editor buttons.
  • Powerful network installation functionality; WP Network Ready.
  • User roles for custom button arrangements; allow different user roles access to different editor buttons.
  • Extreme Custom Widget Builder – create custom widgets just like posts or pages.. and insert them into any widget area or the content editor.

Please note that almost all of the above text was copied verbatim from the WP Edit plugin page at WordPress.org

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Why I switched to Social Triggers Skin for Thesis 2.1

thesis theme social triggers skinI wanted to explain to you, my readers, why I changed my ‘theme’ and layout for this site. Prior to the existing theme and layout (that you are looking at right now), I was using the Thesis 1.8.5 framework and a skin I had purchased from Mike Nichols over at ThesisThemeTools.com.   That was a couple of years ago and right now Mike is working with me as my lead developer over at my other website JupiterJim.com.  You see, I also build WordPress websites for small and home-based businesses over at JupiterJim.com, in case you know of anyone who might be interested.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of the Thesis theme (or Thesis framework as it is sometimes called). On this site, I am currently using Thesis Theme version 2.1.7 and the Social Triggers skin for Thesis 2.1.7.  For illustrative purposes, a ‘skin’ in Thesis is similar to a child theme in the Genesis framework. I share that concept just so you’ll get a better understanding or idea of what I mean when I say ‘skin’.  You can purchase the Thesis Theme and Social Triggers skin using my affiliate link.

The Three Main Reasons for Change

There were probably three main reasons why I decided to change the layout of my site.

1. I wanted my site to be easier to navigate.

2. I wanted my site to download faster.

3. I wanted my site to convert visitors to blog subscribers.

Easier Site Navigation

In terms of navigation, I think we can all agree that the current navigation bar is much simpler and has a lot fewer tabs to click on than the previous version. When I analyzed the data, I realized that most people were not clicking on most of the tabs in the nav menus, so there really wasn’t much point in having so many tabs linking to so many pages.  I actually had two navigation menus at the top of my last website layout with Thesis 1.8.5.  Too many choices for most visitors to deal with.

I believe that the current nav menu makes it a lot easier for visitors to look through and sort through all of my old blog posts and videos tutorials.

Faster Website Download Speed

If you remember my old layout for this site,  Jupiter Jim’s Marketing Team,  you might remember that I had two sidebars on the right hand side of the page. So, essentially, I had double sidebars on the right hand side of the page. After analyzing the data, I realized that no one was really clicking on the affiliate links that I had in the right-hand sidebars. So, all the stuff in the sidebars was slowing down the loading times of my website and not really making me any significant additional money. So now I’m down to a single sidebar with fewer links and widgets.  The colored squares in the sidebar are created with CSS code instead of jpg or png or gif  image files.  That helps speed up the page load time, as well.

Click here to check out your website speed!

Converting Site Visitors to Subscribers!

Ultimately you want your blog visitors to become your blog followers or blog subscribers, correct?  You want to build up that massive email list. Well, when I analyzed the data on my old layout for jupiterjimsmarketingteam.com it was clear to me, based on the number of visitors to my site, that many more people should have been subscribing to my site. I knew I needed to do at least two things to convert more visitors to subscribers. Number One: I needed to change the layout of my website which, of course, I’ve done. That new layout is what you are looking at right now. Number Two: I needed to offer a better ‘free giveaway’ or inducement in order to encourage more visitors to sign up as subscribers. And that’s one of the main reasons that I wrote and am now giving away my free 24-page report called My #1 Blog Secret!

Content is Still King!

You might think that as a WordPress web designer I would have a fancier, more elegant website. But, the important thing to remember is that when it comes to blogging, content is still the king! Yes, Content is King and Marketing is The Queen. I’m convinced that people visit jupiterjimsmarketingteam.com because of the quality of the content of the blog posts and video tutorials, not because it’s the prettiest website on the Internet.

As a matter of fact, I’m using the exact same skin that Derek Halpern is using. Derek Halpern is the owner of the blog socialtriggers.com. You can get the social triggers skin from DIY themes.com when you purchase the Thesis Theme. I believe that Derek has over 100,000 subscribers on his e-mail list right now. That would tend to lend credence to my belief in the power and importance of content over aesthetics in converting website traffic into massive e-mail lists.

Get Your Site to Convert — Free eBook

As an added bonus, and as a ‘thank you’ for reading thus far, and for leaving a comment below (you ARE going to leave a comment, correct? LOL),  I would like to share with you a link to the following blog post: http://blondish.net/ebook-10-reason-why-your-site-isnt-coverting-and-how-to-fix-it/ .  That post contains a short free e-book that will help you convert more of your blog and website visitors to blog e-mail subscribers. The post and the e-book were both written by blogging expert and WordPress designer Nile Flores.  Nile has been a blogger for over 10 years now and really knows her stuff!

Please share your thoughts about my new website design and the contents of this blog post in the comments below. They are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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What Exactly is a WordPress Plugin? What is Software?

WordPress Plugins

Here’s the definition on WordPress.org

WordPress Plugins allow easy modification, customization, and enhancement to a WordPress blog. Instead of changing the core programming of WordPress, you can add functionality with WordPress Plugins. Here is a basic definition:

WordPress Plugin: A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API).

So here’s my Short and Sweet definition

And here’s all you really need to know about what a WordPress plugin is and what it does:

A WordPress plugin is a short computer program (or software program)  that adds functionality to your WordPress blog or website.  That’s it!

And here’s the definition on Wikipedia

Plugins

One very popular feature of WordPress is its plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the core installation. WordPress has a database of over 26,000 plugins,[10] each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs. These customizations rangeSEO (Search Engine Optimization) enhancers to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets andnavigation bars.

 

Example of a WordPress plugin

There are thousands of free plugins to be found at WordPress.org.   Examples would be the Yoast SEO plugin for improving your onsite SEO.   That’s a free plugin and a great plugin.  There are also plugins that are not free but are worth every penny that you must pay for them.   Examples of pay or premium plugins that are invaluable are BackupBuddy by iThemes and Gravity Forms plugin for creating those form on your “Contact Us” pages.   You really cannot go wrong using any of the plugins I have listed here.  I have have a lot more listed at my blog secrets page!

So what exactly is a software program?

So if a plugin is a software program, then what exactly is software? Right?

Here’s my simple definition of software: lines of computer code that tell a computer what to do.

This definition of software is from Wikipedia:

Computer software, or just software, is any set of machine-readable instructions that directs a computer’s processor to perform specific operations. The term is used to contrast with computer hardware, the physical objects (processor and related devices) that carry out the instructions. Computer hardware and software require each other and neither can be realistically used without the other.

Software is a general term. It can refer to all computer instructions in general, or to any specific set of computer instructions.


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Please Contribute to the Conversation!

So before you read this article, were you able to articulate exactly what a WordPress plugin is?   Were you able to define exactly what is meant by the words “computer software”?

Please share with us your favorite free and premium plugins for your WordPress blogs and websites!

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How to Add SEO Optimized Images to WordPress 3.6.1 Blog Posts and Pages

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How to Optimize the Images

Please watch the WordPress Video Tutorial below to get more details than what you will find in this short checklist on the best way and easiest way to optimize your images for WordPress blog posts and pages.


Here’s the checklist:

  1. Optimize the File Name.
  2. Optimize the Alt Tags
  3. Reduce file size.

It really is about as easy as 1, 2, 3.   However, please watch the video tutorial I created below on optimizing images for WordPress.   It’s so much easier to learn when someone just shows you all the details.

In the following WordPress Video Tutorial, I show you how to add SEO-Optimized images to your WordPress blog posts and pages — the easy way!

Now Watch the Video Tutorial

Check out Madlemmings.com

Here’s my real inspiration for this video tutorial!  You must click on the link below to the article on the MadLemmings.com blog.   It really gives you some very important details on exactly how to name your image files and what exactly to put in your “alt” tags!

Here’s that outstanding resource from MadLemmings.com with more details on how to add seo optimized images to your WordPress posts and pages.

How to Resize Images for better SEO?

If you are using a PC you can download a FREE and Easy-to-Use image editor called Paint.NET.   Check out my blog post and video tutorial on how to use Paint.NET.

And this site lets you edit image sizes right over the web.  No need to download anything!

How to Resize Images on a Mac

Where to get the FREE Images!

Check out my blog post with links to some respectable places to get Free images for your blog posts and pages!

Please Comment and Share!

Please let me know how many of these tips and tricks you already apply to images that you add to your WordPress blog posts and pages.

Can you recommend any other sites for free images, or image resizing, or image optimization?

And please let me know if you found this video helpful!

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WordPress 3.6 is Here — Features and Installation Video.

wordpress 3.6 Update

What are the new Features?

Kimberly Castleberry just wrote a great blog post summarizing about 6 new features included in WordPress 3.6.   Check out her blog post here:   Introducing WordPress 3.6 – New Features Announcement!
The 2-minute video below gives you a great visual overview of the new features in WordPress 3.6.
You can watch this video and more at WordPress.tv

When Should I Update to WordPress 3.6 ?

WordPress Expert, Kimberly Castleberry suggests waiting exactly one week before updating to the latest version of WordPress.

How do I Update to WordPress 3.6?

I have an excellent blog post on how to update to WordPress 3.4.2.   In that blog post I also have a Video on the proper way to update to WordPress 3.4.2.   Even though the instructions in that blog post and video are for an earlier version of WordPress, all the steps for updating WordPress are EXACTLY the same!

Remember to Backup Your Site First!

Sometimes updating WordPress does NOT go smoothly.  It can cause problems, sometimes.   Your best defense is to please, please backup your site before you update your WordPress installation.

If you can afford to pay for a backup plugin, my #1 choice is practically considered to be the industry standard, and that would be BackupBuddy. That’s what I use to backup all my own sites.  It will  backup the WordPress “files” and the WordPress MySQL database at the same time.  NOT all backup plugins do that!  

WordPress Expert, Nile Flores, has an excellent post on some of the best ways to backup your WordPress blog and website (including links to free backup plugins).

Please Share Your Experiences with Us!

Please, share your experiences with us.  Have you ever updated your WordPress site before?  How did it go?  What backup plugin did you use?   Do you plan on updating to WordPress 3.6 anytime soon?

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Don’t Get Hacked! WordPress Security Infographic

WordPress Security

WordPress Security is an issue for all WordPress users.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a good person or whether or not your site has high volume or whether or not your site is controversial.

The point is that any site can get hacked at any time!

Don’t Use ‘admin’ as a login username

There are some simple things that you can do to minimize your chances of becoming a victim of a WordPress hack attack.   For instance, never use the word “admin” for your login username on a WordPress website.  Here’s a link to a video on this site on how to easily change the login username.

Always Update Your WordPress

Always make sure you update your WordPress website to the latest version.   I have a video here on how to update to the latest version of WordPress.   The video uses WordPress 3.4.1 but the method is exactly the same to update to later versions of WordPress like 3.5.2, for instance.

Use WordPress Security Plugins

Use some of the WordPress Security Plugins recommended in this infographic.   For instance, Better WP Security is a great plugin to enhance your WordPress Security and I use it myself.   Here are two more well-known, well-respected WordPress Security plugins that I use on my site Wordfence and Sucuri plugins.

My Other WordPress Security Blog Post

And here’s another blog post that I wrote that has some excellent tips, links and resources for helping to prevent your WordPress website from being hacked. And that blog post also has links to one of the best protections you can have against hackers and that is a good backup to your WordPress files and database!

Safety and Security of WordPress Blog
WordPress Templates

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How to Install TubePress Video Gallery Plugin in WordPress

In this WordPress Video Tutorial, I show you how to install, activate and configure the TubePress plugin. You can find the plugin by searching for the term “tubepress” on the plugins sections of WordPress.org or you can download the TubePress plugin directly from TubePress.org.

 Your Own YouTube Video Gallery

This plugin will allow you to have a video gallery of videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or a combination of both. You can even include videos in a gallery using JWPlayer.  The Video Gallery will display on a page of your WordPress blog or website.

Which Videos Show Up?

The TubePress plugin makes it really easy to create a video gallery on a page of your WordPress blog or website. The video gallery can contain all the videos on your YouTube Channel or just the videos from ONE playlist on your YouTube Channel.  You also have the option to pull in random videos from YouTube based on keywords like “home improvement” or “funny dogs and cats”. Obviously, you have very little control over which videos will end up in the TubePress video gallery on that page in your WordPress blog or website, if you just use keywords as the criteria.

Now to Create the Video Gallery

So in the following video, I show you how to add only the videos from your YouTube Playlist to show up in your video gallery. I also take about 1 minute to show you how to create a YouTube playlist in case you don’t already know how to create one.

So, all in all, you can see that this plugin makes it really easy to add a video gallery to your WordPress website.  Another cool YouTube video tool you may want to check out is flvto.com

Let me know how this video gallery plugin works for you, or if you have any questions.  If you have used any other similar type plugins, please let us know what you think of them. Any recommendations?  Enquiring minds want to know!

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”

 

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How to Install ‘Google Analytics for WordPress’ plugin by Yoast

I have two WordPress Video Tutorials in this post that will show you how to easily add the “Google Analytics for WordPress”  plugin to your WordPress blog or website.   Google Analytics allows you to see how many visitors are coming to your website, what pages they are viewing, what sites referred them to your site (like YouTube, Google, Facebook, Twitter). Using this WordPress plugin will allow you to get even more data on your visitors than is normally provided by just using Google Analytics alone without a plugin.  Here’s a helpful article showing you 5 things you can do to improve the SEO of your WordPress blog or website so you’ve got more visitor data to analyze!


Here are the two steps you will need to follow:

1. First create a Google Analytics account.

2. Then download, install, activate and configure the “Google Analytics for WordPress” plugin.


How to Create a Google Analytics Account

Install “Google Analytics for WordPress”

Configure the Google Analytics plugin

To configure the “Google Analytics for WordPress” plugin by Yoast, you can watch this short video tutorial at Yoast.com. This is the Video Tutorial by Joost de Valk that I refer to in my Google Analytics video tutorial above.

Google Analytics IQ Lessons

These FREE lessons on Google Analytics can prepare you for the Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ) test or simply help you become more knowledgeable  about  how to read, analyze and interpret Google Analytics.

What are Your Thoughts?

Are you using Google Analytics? Are you copying and pasting the Google Analytics tracking code to a file on your site or are you using a plugin?  Can you recommend any other good Google Analytics plugins? Have you used this one before?  What are your opinions?

 

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How to Add a Gravatar in WordPress

In this WordPress Video Tutorial, I show you how to add a gravatar or profile pic for WordPress.  A gravatar is really cool because your profile pic or whatever image or graphic you use will appear whenever you comment on someone else’s blog post or whenever you reply to comments on your own post.   Not having a gravatar makes you look like an amateur and a newbie. Don’t be a newbie. Get a Gravatar!

Andy Bailey, the creator of CommentLuv, is even thinking of adding an option to the CommentLuv plugin which would allow the blog owner to reject all comments that do NOT have a gravatar associated with them.   One of the reasons that Andy is thinking of blocking comments that do NOT have gravatars associated with them is because when Andy sifted through the comment spam on his blog, he found that over 90% of the comment spam was posted by people who did NOT have a gravatar.   By the way, CommentLuv is a great way to get more people to comment on your blog posts!

You Need to Have a Gravatar

I myself am seriously thinking of blocking comments that do not have a gravatar from appearing on my site, especially now that I have this WordPress Video Tutorial that shows commentators how to easily get their own gravatar!

Click on this link to get your own gravatar.   This link will take you to the English speaking version of the site.

How to Add Your Own Gravatar

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”

 

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How to Change Font Size and Font Family in WordPress Posts and Pages

Ultimate TinyMCE Plugin

 

This short WordPress Video Tutorial will show you how to easily change the font size and font family within a single blog post or page using the Ultimate TinyMCE plugin!

[Update]  A few people have left comments below for this article saying, ” 1. just type your post or page in Microsoft Word, 2. change font size and family in the MS Word document, 3. paste that formatted text into your WordPress blog post or page and all will be well.”

I tried doing that and it didn’t work.

FONT SIZE WAS NOT PRESERVED!

How to Paste MS Word into WordPress

I lost some of the formatting.  Whether I just pasted the text in directly or used the proper method to paste the text from an MS Word document into a WordPress blog post or page. (this links to another article on my blog here.)

Please share your experiences with pasting MS Word into your WordPress blog post or your experiences with The Ultimate TinyMCE plugin so other people can know whether they should try it or not.  Thanks!

 

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”

 

 

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