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Making The Best Out Of WordPress

Making The Best Out Of WordPress

The most that anyone who blogs on WordPress can do is to make the best of it.

Truthfully, it is not a bad blogging platform. However, at times, I do wish that it was better than it is currently.

Despite its imperfections, most of us love WordPress to death.

Today, I am going to explain to you (in simple language, of course) how anyone can make the best of their WordPress blog.

Familiarize Yourself With Your WordPress Dashboard

Under normal circumstances, the person who blogs regularly will be familiar with where things are in their WordPress dashboard.

If you log into your WordPress account once in a Blue Moon, you might be shocked to see that your dashboard underwent a total redesign (And, as a result of that, you will have to learn where things are from scratch).

So, even though you do not write blog posts on a regular basis, you should log into your WordPress account at least once a week (That should prevent you from being shocked out of your wits).

Learn How To Use The Block Editor

In theory, you could upgrade to the Business plan and utilize the Classic Editor plugin if you have no intention of using the Block Editor.

Those of us who do not want to pay a large sum of money to experience that type of privilege will have to learn how to use the Block Editor.

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that the Block Editor is not difficult to learn; once you learn how to use it, you will end up thinking to yourself, “Why is it that I have not been using the Block Editor all along?”

Ironically, most newcomers have never complained about having to use the Block Editor (And, that may have something to do with they thinking that the Block Editor is part of the goodness that comes included with WordPress).

Just in case you find the Block Editor a bit mind-boggling and you would like to learn how to use it, I recommend reading, How to Use the WordPress Block Editor โ€” Your WordPress Gutenberg Guide by Colin Newcomer.

Create An “About” Page For Your Blog

I am one of the many people who will visit a person’s About page before actually following their blog (That approach makes a lot of sense to me because an About page is supposed to tell me something about the blogger and what their blog is all about).

Unfortunately, there are a lot of bloggers who have not once dreamed of making the time to set up their About page.

Never underestimate the power that an About page has.

Follow Like-Minded Bloggers

Like-minded bloggers, will, of course, enjoy each other’s company (Which is the reason why you should follow bloggers with similar interests to yours).

One of the biggest ironies is that most bloggers know that they should only follow the blogs of bloggers that they are sincerely interested in, yet they blindly follow someone who followed them despite not having an interest in that person’s blog (My educated guess is that they do it out of the kindness of their heart).

Make A Conscientious Effort To Visit The Blogs That You Are Following

First of all, it would be wise to visit those blogs that you have chosen to follow; simply make the time to visit them; it could be ten a day or less (The number of the blogs that you choose to visit is entirely up to you).

Believe it or not, some bloggers can be a bit touchy; if you do not visit their blog within a certain period (for example, one month), they will unfollow you.

On a positive note, not every blogger is like that; they know that you have other aspects of your life to deal with and that you will eventually check out their blog when you get the time.

Resize And Compress Your Images Before Uploading Them To Your Blog

The sad truth is that not everyone makes it a priority of theirs to resize and compress their images before uploading them to their blog.

Large images do take up more storage space than smaller ones (And, that eats up storage space at a much faster rate).

And, compressing your images, reduces the size of them even further.

For the sake of simplicity, you can use BeFunky to resize your images and you can use Squoosh to compress your images.

The last thing that I want for any blogger on WordPress is for them to run out of storage space.

I guarantee you that it would take longer for you to utilize your entire storage space if you made the time to resize your images and compress them before uploading them to your blog.

In all honesty, 3GB of storage is way too little for someone whose blog is based on photography.

Therefore, it would be wise for anyone with a photography-based blog to upgrade their storage (That should provide them with the appropriate amount of storage space for their photos).

Give Something Back To Your WordPress Community

Giving something back to your WordPress community is simple to do; it could be anything useful; such as:

  • Blogging advice that other bloggers can benefit from.
  • Recipes that people can make for themselves.
  • Helping out a blogger with an issue that they are having via the comments section of their own blog.

From experience, I can admit to you that giving back something to my WordPress community feels great!

Final Thoughts

As you have just learned, you too can make the best of WordPress by doing the following things:

  • Familiarizing yourself with your WordPress dashboard.
  • Learning how to use the Block Editor.
  • Creating an About page for your blog.
  • Following like-minded bloggers.
  • Making a conscientious effort to visit the blogs that you are following.
  • Resizing and compressing your images before uploading them to your blog.
  • Giving something back to your WordPress community.

Hey, you have signed up for a WordPress account; so, you might as well make the best of it.

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40 thoughts on “Making The Best Out Of WordPress

  1. Resizing and compressing images…. Trying to work on this ๐Ÿ™ˆI’ve noticed some of my images are sort of, off at a glance… Thanks Renard…your advise has been very helpful… ๐Ÿ™

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  2. I have a photography blog and a 6 G plan, but I have only used 4% of it after two years of blogging. I am very diligent about downsizing the photos before I upload them. If I delete a post, I delete the photos associated with it. 3 G is plenty if you are careful.

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  3. Thanks, Renard. Youโ€™ve reminded me to review the About page. I think itโ€™s a good idea to review this from time to time, rewrite it and keep it fresh and relevant. Often Iโ€™ve gone back to it after time only to see it isnโ€™t as relevant to my current posts as it once was.

    I agree with some of the comments that find the allowed storage adequate. I donโ€™t believe Iโ€™ve ever used more than 10% of the basic 3GB, after many years on WP.

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  4. Still learning to use the block editor. I code wordpress themes from scratch but have yet to code a block theme, definitely will try at some point. Some of the functions are amazing. Thanks for the share.

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  5. I am following most of this sir!!
    I am following very limited people. So for me managing and reading their work is bit easy.
    However, I am also following some people whom I regret following now, haha
    I mean, they ignore my blogs completely. Sometimes I unfollow such people and they don’t even notice. Haha
    .
    Blogging is a 2 way street, if we give sufficient time to someone’s blog, they will most likely to respond. However, there are some, who just don’t care.
    What are your few favorite sites sir?

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  6. Those still refusing to use the excellent Block editor should also be aware that they can use the Classic editor via the Classic Block, Renard. So no need to upgrade to the business plan. The Classic editor is still there, although one does need to access it via the block editor.
    However, WordPress recently announced that while they continue to support the Classic editor, they will only do so until the end of 2024 or when necessary. I believe the Classic block will stay, though, as it’s part of the Block editor.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have heard from others who tried the Classic Block functionality of the Block Editor that they prefer to use the old Classic Editor via a plugin.

      Before I can blink and say, “Jack Robinson,” it will be 2024 (Despite 2023 only being a few days away, 2024 will eventually creep up on us).

      Therefore, to make things less painful, they should begin to learn their way around the Block Editor and use the Classic Block.

      Thank you for your valuable input, Hugh.

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      1. Yes, I completely agree with you, Renard. I see fewer and fewer bloggers using the Classic editor, having tried the Block editor for the first time and wondering why they never tried it earlier. As another blogger once said, when I first used it, it’s not hard to use, just different.

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