Tips and Tricks for using the foxmis community

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Export

Under the TOOLS pop-out menu in your dashboard you will find EXPORT option. This will allow you to export your website to another site. When you export your site it will create XML file for you to save to your computer. This format, which is called WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, will contain your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags. Once you’ve saved the download file, you can use the Import function in another WordPress installation to import the content from this site.You also have the option of exporting just your posts and pages.

Import

Under the TOOLS pop-out menu tab you will see IMPORT option.

If you have posts or comments in another system, WordPress can import those into this site. WordPress eXtended RSS (WXR) file and will import the posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags into this site.

Simply import a WXR (.xml) file to upload.

Link Manager

*Only applies to new blogs/sites*

In the new versions of WordPress 3.5 or later the LINKS tab on the left does not exist in the default dashboard.  To get the links tab back on the left menu in dashboard simply CLICK the plugins tab and look for

LINK MANAGER plugin. Activate the plugin and the links tab will appear again in the dashboard menu.

Jetpack by WordPress

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.

Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

Links about Jetpack:       jetpack.me

Features about Jetpack:    wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

To activate this plugin, simply go to the plugins tab on the left.  Look for Jetpack by WordPress, click activate. Once you have activated the plugin you will now see Jetpack under the Dashboard tab on the left menu. When you click on the Jetpack tab it should bring you to a page that tells you to connect your blog to WordPress.com, Click on the connect your blog with WordPress.com. It will redirect your to a login page. If you have a WordPress.com login simply use the username and password associated to the account. If you DO NOT have a WordPress.com account create one so that you can use the features offered by Jetpack.

From the site:

Features include:

  • Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats.
  • Email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and your post’s comments.
  • Social networking enabled comment system.
  • Monitor and manage your site’s activity with Notifications in your Toolbar and on WordPress.com.
  • Simple, Akismet-backed contact forms.
  • The WP.me URL shortener.
  • Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
  • Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
  • The ability to post to your blog from any email client.
  • Integration with and automatic posting to your favorite social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
  • For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
  • A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
  • Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
  • Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the Deadline WordPress plugin.
  • With Carousel active, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
  • A CSS editor that lets you customize your site design without modifying your theme.
  • A mobile theme that automatically streamlines your site for visitors on mobile devices.
  • Mobile push notifications for new comments via WordPress mobile apps.
  • The ability to allow applications to securely authenticate and access your site with your permission.
  • Creative formats for your image galleries: mosaic, circles, squares, and a slideshow view.

 

 

 

 

Google Calendar Widget & Short Code

Adds a widget and short code to display/embed Google Calendars in WordPress.

To embed a Google Calendar to your blog select Appearance>Widgets. When in your widgets, Drag the Google Calendar Widget, into your desired Widget Area. Click the drop down arrow to change the appearance.

To embed and link your Google Calendar click on the link under “Embed Code:” under Google Calendar drop down. This will redirect your to Google Calendar helper to update your calendar attributes.

 

Broken Link Checker

Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found!

From the plugin site:http://w-shadow.com/blog/2007/08/05/broken-link-checker-for-wordpress/

Features

  • Detects links that don’t work, missing images, deleted YouTube videos and other problems.
  • Periodically checks links in posts, pages, comments, custom fields and the blogroll.
  • New and modified entries are checked ASAP.
  • Notifies you on the Dashboard if any problems are found.
  • Lets you edit all instances of a specific link at once.
  • Gives you a list of all links ever posted on your site, with the ability to search and filter it.
  • Lets you apply custom CSS styles to broken and removed links.
  • Highly configurable.

The broken links show up in the Tools -> Broken Links tab along. If any invalid URLs are found a notification will also show up on the Dashboard widget. To save screen real-estate, the widget can be configured to stay closed most of the time and automatically expand when broken links are detected.