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Make WordPress.com Your City’s Virtual Home

City administrators: Don’t spend thousands of dollars on a proprietary system for your city’s website. We’ve launched WordPress.com/cities as the go-to place to start a site for your city or other municipal body, and there’s no charge to get started. (“Free” is a price that will get every taxpayer on board, and since WordPress.com has been approved as a hosting site for federal government agencies, you can be sure we take security seriously.)

To supplement the impressive stable of existing WordPress.com features like custom domains (i.e., a .gov or .com of your choosing), we’ve added a couple of new ones to help you build the best site you can for residents and visitors alike:
Starter Content

When you sign up, we automatically create the pages most commonly needed on city websites, such as Parks & Recreation, City Hall, and Law Enforcement, and add them to your site’s main menu. You just have to fill in the blanks, and you’re ready to launch.

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How To Manually Install A WordPress Blog On Your Own Domain

A while back, our blog had an article on setting up a WordPress blog, which included great information on choosing a domain, finding a host and setting up themes. While the article provided some information on actually installing WordPress, I wanted to elaborate on it. Many website hosts include ways to install WordPress with just a few clicks, but what do you do if you don’t have that option?

If you’re wondering why you can’t just host a blog on WordPress.org and make it easier on yourself, the answer is that a blog that isn’t on your domain is much less valuable than a self-hosted blog on your own domain. Having the blog on your site not only brings more authority and value to your domain, but it also gives you much more control over your blog. It’s definitely worth the time and investment.

With that being said, let’s move on and go through the steps of manually installing WordPress, which is a lot easier than you might think. First you’ll need to download the script itself, which you can do at WordPress.org for free.

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How to Build Customer Loyalty in WordPress with Gamification

Creating a business website with WordPress is easy, bringing visitors is a bit difficult, but keeping those visitors engaged and converting them into loyal customers is the hardest part. To make this happen marketers are trying the concept of gamification and rewarding visitors with incentives to interact on their websites, Facebook fan pages, and Twitter. You can use gamification on your site to encourage users to recommend your products, write reviews, leave comments, share, and much more. Engaging users and site visitors in these activities helps spread the word about your website. In this article, we will show you how to build customer loyalty in WordPress with gamification.

There are many ways to add gamification in your WordPress site. You can create a custom code solution, or use one of the many existing third party plugins. For ease of implementation and rich features, we have decided to go with a WordPress plugin called PunchTab. PunchTab provides a customer loyalty program which allows you to reward your readers for visits, comments, and social sharing with real rewards or even badges.

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WordPress Blogging 101: Creating Your First Blog Post

Once WordPress has been installed and configured, it’s time to begin creating content for your blog. The core idea behind WordPress, as a blogging platform, is to continually update your blog with fresh content in the form of blog posts. Fresh content will make up for the vast majority of your blogging success because it gives people a continuous stream of new information to discover and share. The search engines love them too!

Today I’m will share how to create your very first WordPress blog post so you can get started with the marathon that is blogging.

Step 1: Add a New Blog Post

To begin, log into your WordPress dashboard and navigate to the ‘Posts’ tab on the left sidebar; this area is where you can add new blog posts. Expand the ‘Post’ tab to reveal the ‘Add New’ link which readies a new blog post for publication. Take time to navigate and explore the general options and layout of the blog post options because you will be using this interface for every time you publish a new post to your blog.

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How to Use Windows Live Writer with WordPress Blog

Windows Live Writer is a handy tool for offline content writing. If you are using WordPress on your blog, you can configure windows live writer for your blog and write your posts or pages offline.

It provides an option to send posts as a draft or publish it from the tool itself. The good thing is editor, which comes with the tool. It provides all flexibility as Microsoft word like spell correction, hyperlink etc. and remote publishing. The other benefit is that it download your theme and provide an interface same as your blog to write, so you can see the post as it would have been on your blog even while writing the post. It also allows to schedule the post from the user interface.

If you want to set up Windows live writer for your blog than follow the below steps.

Setup Blog for Windows Live Writer

Enable XML-RPC Publishing Protocol under Writing setting of your blog. If you are using Thesis theme than enable the windows live writer support from site option under Thesis theme settings.

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How to create a newsletter using WordPress blogs

Many University users of our WordPress blogs wish to use their blog as a digital newsletter. While the blog format is not necessarily geared towards this type of publishing out of the box, there are still options for you to create a digital newsletter using your blog.

In this post we’ll investigate the two options available to you, as well as some best practices for sharing your blog newsletter.

Single posts

One option for your digital newsletter is to post each edition as a single blog post. This allows you to only create one blog post, and users can find all the information from a newsletter edition within a single post. There are two examples on campus posting their content in this format, and they are great examples to follow if you want to go this route.
The Provost Communiqué is an example of using a WordPress blog as a single-post newsletter. The Communiqué is typically published once a week during the academic year. The Communiqué is especially successful in using the single post format because of the way each blog post is formatted.

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Three Easy (and Free!) Ways to Make Your Blog Your Own

You already know how to choose the perfect blog name and how to update your title and tagline to reflect your site’s personality. Now what?

Maybe you don’t want to jump into the world of premium themes or custom CSS yet, but there are still simple tweaks you can make from right within your dashboard to inject more “you” into your blog and draw readers in. Here are three quick updates to make right now:

Change your widget titles and comment prompt

You’ve poked around your widget options, picked the ones you want to use, and dragged them into your sidebar, but have you tailored them? They don’t have to be called “Recent Posts,” “Archives,” or “Blogs I Follow.” You can configure widgets to give them any title you’d like.

Spice them up with titles that reflect the personality of your blog. Write a television blog? Try “Last Week’s Episodes,” “Previous Seasons,” and “Critics’ Recommendations.” A homeschooling site? How about “Current Assignments,” “Last Month’s Homework,” and “Reading List”? Be punny. Be funny. Be yourself.

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How to Create a Personal Blog with WordPress

This post is part of a series on building better WordPress blogs. You can find links to all posts in the series at the bottom of this page. Back in the distant past (otherwise known as the turn of the century), blogging was something of a niche hobby, typified by “personal bloggers”. Online journals began springing up all over the internet, with people all too eager to reveal their personal musings to the world.

These days, blogging is arguably the fastest growing form of content production, with over 70% of respondents in a recent survey stating that they read blogs. And as far as I can tell, personal blogging is as popular as ever. I am willing to bet that a healthy proportion of experienced bloggers reading this article started blogging with some form of personal online journal (I know that I did).

But as a personal blogger, where do you start? Your blogging budget is probably non-existent, and your priorities are probably entirely different to most. But you’re building a blog for a reason – you still want to create something to be proud of. With that in mind, this article will take you through the most common things to consider when building a personal blog.

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Create a native iOS app for any WordPress website

MoPublication makes it really quick and easy to create a native iOS app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) for any WordPress website, simply by installing a plugin.

“The entire process has been designed to be as seamless and intuitive as possible so that even a non-technical person can create an app for their personal website or brand in a few minutes,” says Colin Daniels, CEO of Grenade, a Johannesburg-based startup who recently launched the service.

All that customers need to do in order to get started is download the MoPublication plugin and install it on their website. The person then follows a simple step-by-step process from their website admin area which allows them to completely customize their app by selecting branding and layout options as well as configure optional settings for integration with various third-party services and advertising networks. All of the changes are displayed in a live preview screen within the plugin.

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Connect your WordPress blog to Facebook

Takeaway: Ryan Boudreaux gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use the SharePress plugin to connect your WordPress blog to Facebook for automatic updating.

Part of my freelance duties includes maintaining several WordPress (WP) blogs and recently one of them required that I connect it with a Facebook account. Of course, you can always manually copy and paste a URL into a status update, but doing that every time you have a blog post or update takes up another set of steps and configuring. What if you could just set up an automatic connection from your WP blog to post updates to your associated Facebook account so all your peeps can follow your latest post?

And what if I told you there is a way for your blog to automatically submit a timeline update of the post to your Facebook page? It can be done! After a little research, I found a WP plugin that does the trick, so I thought it would make for a good tutorial for other WP bloggers. The big advantage of course is the administrative overhead reduction of having to manually update Facebook statuses every time your blog updates, and then multiply that by how many WP blogs you maintain!

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