How to add a news brief widget in WordPress

How to add a news brief widget in WordPress

Need to post notices and news on your homepage to make certain items readily accessible? A text widget in your sidebar is a perfect way to add News Briefs to your homepage. Adding links to the news briefs also lets your readers click to read more.

This video explains how to add and edit a text widget on your WordPress site for the purpose of displaying News Briefs.

Remember that your News Brief widget in WordPress can be placed in any widget area that your theme includes. Maybe you have one News Brief widget in the sidebar of your site, and you place another in the WordPress footer.

If your site has multiple sidebars, you may need to copy the widget into the other sidebar areas. For example, there may be one sidebar for the blog and another sidebar for the homepage – if you want the News Brief widget to display in both places, an instance of the widget needs to appear in each place.

For more about WordPress widget areas and sidebars that work with your Divi theme, check out this article: A Guide to Using Sidebars in the Divi Theme

How to Log In to Your WordPress Dashboard

How to Log In to Your WordPress Dashboard

The dashboard is the place where all the settings, content and imagery for a WordPress site are configured and stored. The first step to editing your WordPress site is successfully logging in to the site’s dashboard.

A WordPress site’s dashboard can always be accessed by typing the site URL and then: /wp-admin at the end of the URL.

Your Username is either your email address or the install name of your site. For example, if your new site’s URL is happyapple.wpengine.com, then your username is “happyapple”.

Your Password was emailed to you when you signed up for this course. If you’ve forgotten it or it isn’t working anymore, click “Lost your password?” and enter the email address that you used when you signed up for this course. You’ll receive a password reset email from WordPress. Follow the instructions to reset your own password and regain access to your site.

When you are successfully logged in to your WordPress dashboard, you’ll see a screen that looks a little bit like this:

You can do a lot from within your WordPress dashboard. It is the hub of your website. If you are confused, be sure to check out this post to get a better understanding of the WordPress dashboard.

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Site Name & General Settings on WordPress

Site Name & General Settings on WordPress

When you are new to WordPress, there are a few things you need to take care of right off the bat – namely, naming your site. And a few other basic settings, like Permalinks. This blog post will walk you through the first key configurations of your site’s WordPress settings that you want to take within your new WordPress site dashboard to set it up for success.

Go to Settings > General and customize the following:

  • Site Title – This is typically your name, your business name, or the name of the group or organization that the site is for
  • Tagline – Tell people what they can expect, in a short phrase or sentence. For example, “we make good websites for good people” is a great tagline.
  • Admin email address – Change this to your own now that you’re in your site. The change requires confirmation; look for an email from WordPress
  • Time zone – Double check to make sure this matches your own time zone

Example settings showing site title, tagline, email and time zone adjusted:

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How to Set Pretty Permalinks in WordPress

How to Set Pretty Permalinks in WordPress

Want “pretty permalinks” on your WordPress site? Here’s how:

“Pretty permalinks” are links that look nice in the browser and make sense. They’re “pretty” because users can read them and make sense. If you’re setting up your WordPress site for the first time, one of the chief things to take care of before launch is your permalinks.

It’s a little known fact, but a brand new WordPress site, when left alone, will spit out some nasty URLs, like mysite.com/post-9-2019. That kind of permalink just isn’t pretty. Wouldn’t you rather see mysite.com/chocolate-cake-recipe? You betcha!

Here’s how to make sure your site uses pretty permalinks:

Go to Settings > Permalinks and customize the following:

  • Choose the “post name” option
  • This will ensure that your pages and posts have URLs that make sense

Hit save and viola! You now and pretty permalinks. If you go look at a post on your site, you should now see the post name In the URL instead of Its numerical ID.

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Install Divi Layouts from your WordPress dashboard

Install Divi Layouts from your WordPress dashboard

The best part about the Divi theme by elegantthemes.com is the vast layout library and the ease with which you can install a pre-built layout right into your dashboard. I’ve worked with a lot of themes over the years (and I mean, A LOT), and Divi is the only one I’ve encountered that let’s you mix-and-match your layouts on a page-by-page basis within the same site. It’s like my sister & me with our leggings and big baggy sweaters in the ’90s. Mix and match it up, sister!

This custom video tutorial will walk you through installing divi layouts from directly within your WordPress dashboard. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s fun.

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