How is your WordPress cooking? This week we look into using permalinks without burning your fingers, roasting up complex or simple menus, and a buffet of plugins to explore (or share).
Pull up a seat to the camp fire and find yourself welcome to Ontario Extend Domain Camp, a place to learn about many things you can do in your own Internet Domain.
To get started, see Getting Ready for Domain Camp and check out what happened in weeks one (learning about cpanel), two (where we learned how to install WordPress), three (where we got to try some new sites with calling card and SPLOT themes), four (exploring non WordPress apps), and five (WordPress settings, tags, and categories).
Often overlooked in setup is controlling the structure of the way your links are built, we show you how the sausage of permalinks are made. Next, we look at setting up and managing a navigational set of menus to help visitors find their way around your site. And for dessert we serve up some plugins (there are more than stars in the sky, well almost) but these are keys to making WordPress do even more than it does out of the box (and things you cannot do on free hosted WordPress.com sites).
What’s on the activity board this week?
- Demo Video a walk through of this week’s activities.
- Drop in Camp Head Quarters (Wednesday, 3pm EST or Thursday 12:30pm during our Extended Lunch time meetings) Use Zoom to visit camp head quarters, ask questions, register complaints etc.
- Communicate in the Community (ongoing)
Welcome / Demo Video
Here is the intro video from 2018 providing an overview of this week’s activities
Wrangling WordPress Permalinks
As a starter, note that as a database, all items in WordPress- posts, pages, uploaded media, categories, tags, all are tracked in the database by a unique number identifier, or a database ID. And this is the way it actually determines from a web address what to show you.
Setting Out Your Menus
As your WordPress sites grow in content and complexity, building out navigation menus offers a way to make it easier for your site visitors to navigate your site. The WordPress menu editor provides a lot of flexibility for setting out a fine menu.
The ways menus are used will depend on the theme you are using. In general you always get one place to add a menu, but some themes may offer a different menu for the footer, or a special menu for social media links. The menus can be a mix of links to blog categories, static Pages, or links to external sites. You can also make them hierarchical.
Plugging in WordPress Plugins
Among the many reasons to run your own WordPress blog in you domain rather than opting for the easy path of letting them do the work for you at WordPress.com is the ability to add additional functionality from WordPress Plugins.
With over 56,000 ones available from the WordPress installer (and even more that you can upload directly), it’s a bit challenging to make suggestions. We will suggest a few for you to try. It’s better to wait for a need to arise, or to find out from other people which ones they use. We just want you yo know how to install and manage them.
- Getting Ready for Domain Camp
- Week 1: Meeting Cpanel, Landing Pages, Files
- Week 2: Subdomains, Installing Blogs, Redirects
- Week 3: Better Landing Pages, SPLOTS, Email, and SSL Sites
- Catch Up Week
- Week 4: Exploring Other Apps To Add to Your Domain
- Week 5: WordPress Retreat with Settings, Categories vs Tags
- Week 6: Cooking Over the WordPress Campfire, Permalinks, Menus, Plugins
- Week 7: Theme Picking and Syndication Hubs
Featured Image: WordPress plugin logo and menu editing screen shot added to Cooking in Camp a National Park Service photo placed into the public domain as the work of a US Government agency found at How to Camp: Cooking in Camp