WordPress #2–January Days

ALWAYS START HERE

[YOURWORDPRESSURL].WORDPRESS.COM/WP-ADMIN

Part 1: Embedding vs. Streaming

Here’s a screen shot from yesterday’s blog post.

Notice the difference between linking out, and embedding a piece of media into the page.

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Let’s do a link out first.

Step 1: Copy the URL of what you want to link to.

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Instead of just dropping in the link, like this (which is ugly),

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/redeye-bulls-cavaliers-game-2-20150506-story.html

Write a line of text:

Last night, the Bulls dropped game two to Lebron and the Cavs, in part due to poor shooting and rebounding.

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Now, highlight a chunk of text, and hit the “chain link” button. Paste the URL into the box that pops up.

The result should look like this.

Last night, the Bulls dropped game two to Lebron and the Cavs, in part due to poor shooting and rebounding.

Embedding.

To embed, we need to flip over to “text” view, which shows you the HTML side of your wordpress site.

It’s in the right hand corner of your text box. When you flip over, you’ll see how WordPress coded the link out for you.

The first thing to do is put in a page break, which looks like this: <p>

You can’t just hit “enter” in HTML mode, you have to manually tell the site you want to start on a new line, which is what the <p> is for.

Now, we’re going to embed a YouTube video, soundcloud file, and a tweet.

Go to YouTube and hit “share” then copy the EMBED link, not the URL link. 

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Now, paste that code into the TEXT side of your word press story. It will look like this.

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Flip back over to visual, and you’ll see that there’s a placeholder for the video, which will appear when you publish.

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Now, repeat for a tweet, and a Soundcloud file. Here’s where to get the embed codes.

SUBHEADLINES

Two reasons to do subheadlines:

1. Because really long posts tend to intimidate people into not reading them.

2. Helps a ton with SEO (search engine optimization…which we’ll discuss Tuesday).

Step one, type something. 

The Bulls fell to the Cavs last night.

Step two, flip over to TEXT, and put this code around the phrase.

<h1>headline</h1>

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The Bulls fell to the Cavs last night.

You can use <h2>, <h3>, etc. to make a smaller subheadline.

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The Bulls fell to the Cavs last night.

The Bulls fell to the Cavs last night.

The Bulls fell to the Cavs last night.

 

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