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Useful WordPress Video Tutorials

Useful WordPress Video Tutorials

YouTube is your friend.  Setting friends and colleagues up on WordPress us fun, but it can be exhausting to answer the questions that come up over time.

One of the main reasons I recommend WordPress so often is that the sheer volume of help available online is astounding.  There are both written and video tutorials galore but many are not very useful because the trainer assumes the learner knows too much or the tutorial is specifically about features in older versions of WordPress that have changed or disappeared entirely.

Today I watched a bunch of WordPress tutorial videos and put together this list of  tutorials that I plan to keep up to date and add to as things change and I am asked more questions.  Please feel free to use the Add to List feature to add your own favorites.  Please make sure your addition is a video.

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Women Working With WordPress

Women Working With WordPress

I am playing around with Listly to see if I am interested in upgrading to a Pro account.  I came across this interesting list.  I have a few women to add here.

andrea_r (@andrea_r)

Canadian, unschooler & quilter. StudioPress support rep. Grandma of 3, wife of @sillygrampy.

Siobhan McKeown (@siobhanpmckeown)

WordPress, documentation, writing, @audreycapital, @smashingmag

Lisa Sabin-Wilson (@lisasabinwilson)

Partner: @WebDevStudios / Co-founder: @AppPresser / Author: WordPress For Dummies /
Produced in TX, Aged in WI - GO PACKERS!

Dee Teal (@thewebprincess)

Master of Digital Communication and Culture (USYD), Web Developer, Freelancer, WordPress Trainer & Genesis Junkie, Copyright Issue observer - wears a tiara

Sit_With_It

the musing of a faculty member (by @SitWithIt)

Jeni Elliott (@theblogmaven)

blog designer + growth strategist. I convert readers to believers. #blogging #webdesign

Mar 08, 2014 - twitter.com - 290
Rachael Butts (@rachaelbutts)

I'm a self-made WordPress gal who loves running my own shop and God not in that order.

carrie dils (@cdils)

WordPress maker. Genesis developer. Husband lover. Book reader. Dog petter. Jesus follower.
I take myself seriously. Very seriously.

Susan Nelson (@ohhellodesigns)

I love making websites for small businesses and bloggers & I do it with #WordPress + #GenesisWP.

ipstenu (Mika E.) (@ipstenu)

WordPress Half-Elf Support Rogue. SCAdian, comic book & gamer geek. There are dice in my purse.

Photo by Alex Harris – WCMIA 2013 Wordcamp Miami — alexdesigns.com

How (and Why) to Embed Facebook Posts in WordPress

How (and Why) to Embed Facebook Posts in WordPress

Usually I see people invite folks to visit their organization or company’s Facebook page via a little icon off in a sidebar or in the header or footer of the page.  Don’t get me wrong – that is a handy way to ensure that the link to a Facebook presence appears on every page of the site, but I suspect many visitors tune them out.   Chances are, if someone is on your website they want to learn more about you or your organization and they are not searching your site for a link to your Facebook page.

If you want to use your Facebook profile or page to help establish an ongoing connection with website visitors, you really need to show them what is in it for them.  You can easily do that by embedding selected posts from Facebook on your website.  Any site that includes a blog or a news section can easily find ways to incorporate Facebook content into the site in ways that are natural and engaging.

Because embedded posts are visible to everyone – even visitors without Facebook accounts – only posts with a privacy setting of Public can be embedded.  All Facebook Page posts are automatically public so that is never a problem.  Any Public posts by individuals can be embedded but if the person who posted it changes the permissions on the post later it will disappear from your website and be replaced by a Facebook placeholder reading: The page you requested is no longer available. The post may have expired or the privacy settings may have changed.

By bringing a taste of your Facebook presence back to your website you can promote interaction by directing visitors to lively discussions centered around photos or videos shared on Facebook.

As of WordPress 3.9 embedding is easy for simple status updates, videos,  image posts, and shared links. (more…)

Embedding External Content in WordPress

Embedding External Content in WordPress

WordPress has supported the automatic embedding of images, videos, and text from other sites and services for a long time.  With the recent 3.9 release they have added a couple more to the default list of supported embeds, including imgur, the extremely popular image sharing website.

The key to embedding in WordPress is to place the content’s URL on a line by itself and to make sure it is unlinked.  Older versions have problems with some embeds that use a secure (https) based URL, but most of those will work fine if you change https:// to http:// in the address.

There are  a few tricks and limitations to this system so be sure to test stuff out.  For example, you can embed individual images and videos from Flickr this way, but not albums or slideshows.  Imgur gallery pages do not work (if the gallery has more than one image) but individual image page URLs do.

Supported embeds in WordPress 3.9

These are the services with native embed support for all users in WordPress, regardless of security level.

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  • blip.tv
  • Bunkr
  • DailyMotion
  • Flickr
  • FunnyOrDie.com
  • Hulu
  • Imgur
  • Instagram

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  • Meetup.com
  • Photobucket
  • PollDaddy
  • Rdio
  • Revision3
  • Scribd
  • SlideShare
  • SmugMug

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  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • Twitter
  • Viddler
  • Vimeo
  • YouTube
  • WordPress.tv
  • VideoPress

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Embeds in Action

Imgur

Twitter

YouTube

SlideShare

Sound Cloud

Most embeds are roughly 500px wide.  You may need to do some extra work to center them like these are.  This column is 900px wide so I put a <div> with a 200px left margin around the URL to embed (but not on the same line).

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