Blogging with WordPress: my first impressions

As this is my first blog, I’m going to post now and again on how I’m getting on with blogging. I do have a small business website which I set up myself (using Serif PagePlus) about eight years ago and occasionally update but this is my first attempt with WordPress.

I must say I was a little daunted getting started. There’s certainly lots of information out there and maybe that’s part of the problem. Anyway my path was smoothed thanks in part to a recommendation on gHacks to try a service from a website called Blogtastique which offers free help in setting up a WordPress blog and free space on their website to load up themes and play around with test posts. A big thankyou to Daniel Pataki at Blogtastique for all his help in getting me started.

I decided against a WordPress hosted blog on Daniel’s advice. I researched possible domain names through DomainsBot, registered my domain with GoDaddy and went for hosting with BlueHost partly on its rating on WebhostingGeeks.

So far so good. Installation of WordPress on BlueHost went relatively smoothly. I’ve used WS-FTP 95 LE for years as my ftp client and used it to upload WordPress to my blog. This app suits me fine but if you’re looking for a good free ftp client, I believe Filezilla is excellent. Just encountered one slight problem when the provider’s documentation said I should upload and install WordPress to the root directory of my blog. I emailed BlueHost and they were very quick to respond. They pointed out that I should upload and install in the public_html directory. I used a free two-column theme, modified it with my own header and tweaked some of the code in style.css and index.php. I used NotePad++ to edit the files and found it excellent.

Next problem was in getting text to wrap around images and also setting the margins so that the text wasn’t right up against the images. The style.css file wasn’t right in the theme I had chosen and no matter what I did I couldn’t get the text to wrap around the image. I had downloaded a couple of other trial themes so had a look at the style.css files in them and quickly figured out that the problem was in the missing alignleft and alignright styles. I copied these styles into my style.css then tweaked them till I got the right margins. This is the code I added and tweaked:

img.alignleft {
padding: 0px;
margin: 0 15px 8px 0;
display: inline;
}

img.centered {
padding: 0px;
display: block;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
}

img.alignright {
padding: 0px;
margin: 4px 0 1px 7px;
display: inline;
}

#content .alignleft {float: left; }

#content .alignright {float: right; }

The site is still not quite right and I have to try out and add a few plug-ins. The first one I installed was Askimet which helps screen out spam from comments. Anyway that’s where I’m at now. I hope some of this may be useful if you’re starting out in blogging. I’ll post again as the blog develops and as I tweak the site with new plug-ins.

One Response

  1. ok Says:

    good site hapict

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