WordPress Toolkit

I began blogging back in 2009, when it was seen as a “hobby,” for bored wives and for writers who were finally getting the chance to reach out to the world on their own. I met a lot of people, I discovered a new career and I learned one important thing: “always, always go the source.”

It might surprise you how every platform and software we use to blog (social and blogging platforms, plugins, software to blog and code) have great tutorials on their sites. So my humble advice is: before going gaga searching for “how-to’s” on Google or YouTube, go to the source!

Note: This is a work in progress! Stay tuned

Once upon a time, I used to spend hours and days searching for the perfect theme, purchasing the perfect theme… but those come with updates we need to eventually buy too, and our individuality comes with the inevitable, “Yeah, …, but I think I want to add a menu, change a color, etc.”

Then I found out all I needed to do was to learn about “Themes”, and how easy it was to customize them. You should start with these links:

The perfect theme, for you, is the one you’ll design; you’ll always something more. So, here’s my humble advice (for now): start by choosing the latest WordPress theme – currently the Twenty Twenty – and then make it yours by: adding changes with CSS or creating a Child Theme.

How to Add Changes With CSS

… and making the most of the block. I began to share how to customize the #TwentyTwentyTheme only with CSS; join me!

How to Create a Child Theme

WordPress has a Child Theme Handbook teaching you all about it, and I’ll begin posting how to create a child theme, like the one this blog is running with. For instance, these are some of the changes I added so far:

  • Instead of using the messy Cloud Widget, I have a page with a list of all the Topics (tags) of this blog, which is more accessible;
  • My archive pages (for categories and tags) show the posts in two columns and they don’t have the word “Archive”, as you can see, for instance, at archive of Coding;
  • I customized the editor in WordPress, with smaller letters for a better readability while I write; here are two screenshots from before and after:

Plugins

These are the plugins I use, and which I also recommend you to install on your WordPress blog:
[By alphabetical order]

  • Ad Inserter
  • Akismet Anti-Spam
  • Breadcrumb NavXT
  • Coming Soon Page, Under Construction & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com
  • VaultPress
  • WP Super Cache
  • Yoast SEO

More to come asap. Stay tuned!
[Last Update: January, 2020]

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