As WordPress developers, we need to prepare for WordPress 3.2 even it is still beta 1 and not recommended to run on a production web site as of this writing. WordPress 3.1 was official released on Feb. 23rd, 2011 and we heard that WordPress 3.2 release will be in June, 2011.
We need to know that the minimum system requirements for WordPress 3.2 will be: PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. This has to be considered if you plan to upgrade and you still have some plugins or themes that are not compatible with these version of PHP and MySQL.
The PHP version of Arvixe hosting server is higher than 5.2.9 and MySQL is higher than 5.0.9. So there should be no problem you want to transfer to their hosting service and upgrade to WordPress 3.2. If you need help in transferring your WordPress site to Arvixe, you may contact us before you sign up your hosting service and we can lead you through the whole process.
As the beta release notes remind us: "Theme and plugin authors, if you haven’t been following the 3.2 development cycle, please start now so that you can update your themes and plugins to be compatible with the newest version of WordPress."
As WordPress users, you also need to prepare yourself if you plan to have someone to help you to upgrade to WordPress 3.2 because Internet Explorer 6 will no longer be supported for the Admin. There will be an Admin GUI refresh, but that will not be a major redesign so you may still find your way around.
Great things being expected from WordPress 3.2: 1) Improved performance will make your WordPress site much faster. 2) A new default theme called Twenty Eleven, based on the popular Duster theme with rotating header images and more. 3)Distraction-free Writing
If you can't wait to see the WordPress3.2 Full Screen "Distraction-free Writing" mode, the above video just shows you that for your curiosity. We also show you the most ignored but useful features of "Kitchen Sink" and spell checking language options, which has been available for quite some time, even in previous WordPress versions. It is useful for people who want color text or change some text to heading 1 to heading 5, etc.
WP89.com presents a HD (720) video on WordPress 3.2 preview:
This is meant for those who doesn't want to install WordPress 3.2 beta version yet so they can get prepared for their upgrade.
Something we cannot show you here: better performance.
Next, we are going to show you the most talked about "Full Screen Editing Mode of WordPress3.2 for Distraction-free Writing"
If you like to have a theme like WP89.com, now you can down it from here. The wide right side bar allows you to have enough space for your income generating sponsoring ads such Google Adsense, Affiliate programs, etc.
Features: fixed width, 335pix wide right sidebar, two columns, valid XHTML, widgets.
We will show you how much you can do with this multifunctional theme.
One of the great books for WordPress development beginners was scheduled to publish on June, 2011, but it is available now. So it is the latest book for WordPress users or developers. It is not for WordPress beginners, but developers. If you are a Web developer who want to learn WordPress to develop a web site for business ( not just for a blog), and want to do the following things:
Build Beautiful WordPress Themes, including Child Themes
Create Custom Login Forms and Admin Themes
Use the Loop to Control Content
Build Plugins, including Widget Functionality
Use Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies
Use Post Formats
Integrate WordPress with the Social Web
Use Conditional Control Elements
Integrate Theme Options
Build Your WordPress Projects for SEO
You may read the detailed Table of Contents of Smashing WordPress :Beyond the Blog here. A former editor of the Blog Herald, a popular website for bloggers and WordPress users, the author Thord Daniel Hedengren, is a professional web designer and developer who has created numerous WordPress themes, developed plugins, and put WordPress to good use powering both blogs and big editorial sites. You sure can learn a lot from his new 350-page WordPress book. At Amazon, the 22 readers gave it 4 stars of 5 and as a WordPress developer, I agree with that. Got a copy and start your WordPress development today!
Left side is the Kindle version.
How to use widgets for your WordPress sites
One of the most useful WordPress features is being able to use widgets or add custom widgets to enrich the site contents and facilitate navigation.
Using WordPress Widgets (2) will show you more on how to use widgets for better interface of your site.
I may say that not all WordPress users run their sites for money, but in order to cover the cost for the self-hosted WordPress sites and the time they invest, advertising is a great way to help them to keep the balance and grow their sites. No money no talk is the truth unless you are talking about Jesus. We, as the owner of WP89.com, would also like you to buy from our sponsoring advertisers so we can cover our cost to roll out more free tutorials and tips for everyone.
This article here only briefly cover a few ways to make money with WordPress as there are lots of books covering this topic only. The following should help you to get started
Usually, most people may think of Google Adsense ads on the their sites and blogs as their first choice.
How to put Adsense ads on their WordPress sites?
- Creating a Google adsense account (if you don't already have one): https://www.google.com/adsense/apply ( What is Adsense? )
- Get the Adsense code and insert it into your WordPress posts, pages, or widgets manually.
- Or install a WordPress Adsense plugin to help you insert the ads.
- A friendly reminder: Adsense ads are PPC (pay per click, the advertisers pay Google for every click, then Google pays you a percentage of that payment), but never click on those ads by yourself because it is considered fraud and get your serious result.
Actually, some people can make big money with their blogs with affiliate programs. Most of these programs are pay per action, meaning if the visitor from your site links enroll or pay for the advertised services or products, you will get the commission.
How to put affiliate ads on Your WordPress Sites?
- Create/Open an affiliate account from Amazon, Commission Junction, Clickbank, etc.
- Get the affiliate ad code and insert it into your WordPress widgets
- You may also install some WordPress plugins to manage your affiliate ads on your WordPress sites (We will cover this soon)
You may sign up a hosting affiliate here: http://wp89.com/arvixe .( Please remember to click "Affiliate Program" link at the left bottom when you get there. Also remember that you cannot get any commission if you use your own affiliate link to buy things. That is general rule for all affiliate programs. If you want to get your own hosting account now, you get use our link to open your own hosting account first and then make money from the sites you build with your hosting account.)
Ha ha, I want to sell this WP89.com if anyone pay me $30,000. Just kidding. Would you sell it if it's your baby? It is mine. Read the Rest...
A great book for WordPress beginners, on both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress. Readers gave 4.4 of 5 stars. It truly deserves the rating. By Janet Majure, this 288-page full color WordPress book can work as well as video tutorials if not better. It is easy to follow and can get any beginner up to speed with their new sites using WordPress.
This book's clear directions and visual approach helps you to quickly get started in WordPress and then take full advantage of all its features. Janet Majure, an experienced and popular WordPress user, demonstrates key points with examples from her blogs.
- Provides visual step-by-step instructions for creating and setting up a WordPress site
- Explains how to create engaging written and visual content
- Shares advice on customizing sites through use of plug-ins and themes and custom site editing
- Details more advanced procedures for self-hosted bloggers, including buying a domain, getting a Web host, and installing WordPress
The blogosphere beckons! Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress Brimming with clear instructions and exciting ideas for building a successful blog on WordPress.
I agree with HT's comment: "This book was a valuable companion to me as I wandered into the WordPress world with no experience at all. Like many people, I find it easier to work through a new program on-screen and not by reading about it. However, this book provided "screen shots" and entertaining graphics that led me through every challenge in setting up a WordPress blog. It gives detailed information in an easy to understand and to implement form. It made learning WordPress a fun and easy process. "
The default URL settings for WordPress pages or posts are not quite user friendly or SEO friendly. https://wp89.com/learn/setting-permalinks-seo makes more sense than https://wp89.com/learn/?p=230 ( where I can never figure out what 230 refers to.). Search engines can also make more sense out of the URL with key words too.
Here's the video tutorial showing you how to setup more meaningful URL for your WordPress pages or posts.