Information is imperative. This holds true, even in terms of operating a blog or website. If you want to know more about WordPress, you have come to the right place. Read all of the following suggestions before getting started. It pays to take a few notes as you read.

Make sure you choose a unique design instead of the same one as everyone else. Since it potentially saves you time it can appear like a good idea, but it won’t provide users with a great first impression. Take the time to create a unique site that reflects you and your business.

Remember to clean up permalinks. Something like, “The Top 5 Ways Parents Discipline their Children” is a little too lengthy. Alter the permalink to include only the keywords.

Become familiar with the tools available to use with WordPress. For example, if you click on the KITCHEN SINK button, you will get lots of extra choices in importing and formatting that can really make your posts unique.Additionally, you will probably notice the SCREEN OPTIONS tab on your admin pages. That will help you with formatting.

It’s easy to incorporate videos on your blog with WordPress. This will take a while, but the benefits are great. Internet users are a visual group. A video can show them things that the written word just can’t convey, and as a result, it can be a very powerful tool.

Clean up the content and comments that do not add any value to your website. This will keep your site user-friendly to the honest people who are viewing it. Use Akismet if you need a plugin to do this.

Omit special characters from the URLs of your blog posts. They can make it hard for search engines to “spider” and should be removed. Use short URLs that don’t baffle and confuse your readers.

Your search engine ranking can be improved by taking a few moments to enhance your pictures when you upload them. Add in the tags for the alternate text and titles. If your readers “pin” you on Pinterest, that title will automatically show on their screen.

Always organize your media library. Sure you can just throw images in there, but it may become overwhelming pretty quickly. Organize your folders into different themes if necessary. Just this simple move will make it much simpler to find (and use) photos in the future.

Make sure that your plugins remain up to date. You can make a powerful website using plugins. Just like any other software, however, they need to be updated. If you don’t wish to keep up with the update installation, you may miss important upgrades, or they may stop working.

Make sure your blogs are backed up. This is an important step in ensuring that you don’t lose your entire blog. There is a plugin called Xcloner that will make it easy to backup your blog. Create a back up of your blog using any method that you are comfortable with; just be sure to create multiple backups. It would be terrible to lose your whole blog.

Write blog posts in advance and then schedule them to be posted later. You can schedule them to auto-post any time you like, even if you’re away from your computer. Find the Publish box in the Edit screen. Click on the option that says publish immediately. Use military time that indicates the exact date. Approve the selection. Check “Schedule For” and press “Schedule.”

You don’t have to manually approve comments anymore. Instead, use Akismet to do the work for you. You can receive an email every time someone makes a comment, but it’s better to have manual approval unchecked and authors with comments already approved to post. Otherwise, you are not saving any time.

You do not have to depend on a drop-down menu for headers. Use keyboard shortcuts instead. Using the numbers keys 1 through six with CTRL shows your options. This has the potential to save you lots of time if you make heavy use of headers.

Is WordPress clutter bothering you? Try turning off buttons you don’t use. To do this, utilize the button called “Screen Options” located atop the WordPress window. Click on that button and you will see a drop-down menu. Use this to control the various boxes.

Allow comments on your WordPress site. This will cultivate a community and it will give you an idea on the type of visitors that your site is attracting. Plugins are available to help you approve comments prior to having them published on the site, keeping it free from spammers.

Try to highlight comments made by blog posts authors. The comment section is where many readers will leave comments or questions. Highlight author’s comments to avoid having the answers and responses get lost in the many comments. Be sure an author’s comments are highlighted in a contrasting color. This allows you to find and recognize them easily.

Draft an outline of your potential site before you attempt to create it with WordPress. Make a list of all the things you want to do with your site and what you want readers to find from it. This lets you start out great instead of having to make changes later.

Keep in mind that a “read more” option is always a possibility. Nobody wants to reach the front page of a blog only to find a massive amount of text. You want to let visitors be able to access more information if chosen. Not doing this makes your blog look cluttered.

You should feel far more knowledgeable about WordPress after reading this article. Use these tips on your current WordPress site. The impact it has will astound you. Before long, more visitors will find your site. You will notice they come back to read your quality content.