A little collection of things I discovered while learning how to blog!
There was a time when I had no idea where everyone got their smiley’s from. I had to ask another blogger, and they very kindly told me how to do these two 🙂 😀
I felt like my comments had a lot more expression in them with smiley’s attached. I know not everyone likes smiley’s, some don’t see the point in using them, and others hate them so much they disable them in the settings on their blog. That’s when I resort to using my own :o) :o( :o/ ;o) :o0 But, if you do like them and you’d like to know how to create the WordPress official smiley’s, here’s a link on how to use them. Using Smiley’s
You can also copy and paste from the Emoji list as easily as you would use them on your Twitter page.
Sometimes I like to use another type of smiley, especially animated ones in my posts. Here’s some links to a few of the websites I find them on. gfxlovers.com animaatjes.de free smiley’s.org glittergraphics.com I can use most of these copied and pasted into my own comments too, but – not in other bloggers comment boxes. WordPress must have some kind of code that prevents these being posted on another blog. Best to try them in a test post or a comment box on your own blog and then delete it afterwards.
Have fun experimenting! 😀
How To Get Extra Spaces Between Video, Pictures & Text
I don’t know if anyone else has this problem or if it varies from one theme to another, but ever since I’ve been on WordPress I’ve had a lot of scratching my head moments, as to how many things on here work, and I’ve found nearly all the answers to my questions now. But there was one problem that really drove me crazy, I couldn’t find anything written about it on WordPress as to how to get round it.
I found whenever I pressed return twice although it was showing as two or more clear lines in a preview of the post, when I pressed publish my extra line would disappear and save as some kind of automatic two line spacing. Also some themes have a date pasted onto the post, and when text is added without a picture first it wraps around the date, destroying the neat layout and makes the beginning of the post look a mess.
I eventually found an easy solution. Press return and then put some stars ** a line __ or full stops .. in fact any text will do, then turn that text whatever colour your page is. So if your page is white turn your ** white, or if your page is black turn your ** black, it will appear to vanish, but if you highlight it you’ll find it’s still there. After you press publish your extra line spacing will save as you have set it.
You can do this as many times as you need and create a large gap between text, pictures and embedded video. There may be an official way to do this, but it’s the only way round the problem I’ve found and I’m still using it now.
If you think you have another answer to this, please let me know!
Are Your Poems Too Spaced Out?
There is a weird auto setting on WordPress that creates a two line spacing when you type in short lines for poetry. An in depth explanation as to why can be found here. But if you don’t want to read all of that – try holding down the shift button at the same time as pressing return and it will go down to one line spacing, and your poems will look more compact and a lot less s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d!
I copy and paste my poems into a WordPress post and then remove the extra lines added starting from the bottom to the top. Press backspace key once – press and hold shift key – press return. Do this all the way up to the beginning of your poem and you will have a nice neat one line spaced poem. Very tedious I know, but I haven’t found any other way round this.
If you’ve know of another way please let me know, I’d be very interested to hear it!
When I first started this blog I found the process of learning how to create a post fairly simple, but there were always a few little things I didn’t know how to do. Creating a link on a page or post was easy, but I would often see words that were highlighted as a link without the great big long details of the link itself. I could never find any information on how to do it. I worked it out for myself in the end. Here’s one for example https://wordmusing.wordpress.com/short-stories/
I could make it much neater by hiding those details behind a couple of words like this Short Stories. Looks more professional, takes up less room and is more eye catching.
To create one of these links highlight your word/words then click the link symbol above, a box will pop up. Copy and paste your chosen link where it says Enter the destination URL. Tick the little box that says Open link in new window/tab – this will open the link in another tab leaving the reader still connected to the original page they had open. Then click the blue Add Link button at the bottom of the box, and your word/words should now be highlighted blue with a line underneath. If you don’t like the default colour your blog theme uses for links, highlight the word/words and select a different font colour.
You can also link pictures in this way too. Click on your chosen picture in your post or page and follow exactly the same steps as creating a link behind a word. Always click on the picture when you’ve finished, just to make sure the link has been created correctly.
Simple when you know how!
If you have a WordPress problem you’ve solved, let me know, it will be good to be aware of any others!