WordPress has a simularity to life in that there is always something new to learn. WordPress is one of the more complex tools available to Marketers. Few users make full use of all the features and quirks that WordPress offers. The usual reason for this is simply because they are unaware that these even exist.

There are an almost endless little tricks that will make your experience as a WordPress user more enjoyable. This post will focus on some of those things. Although I have used WordPress for over 5 years, I continue to find out new things about WordPress on a regular basis.

The video below is yet another example of this. Despite being what most consider a rather advanced WordPress user, I learned a couple of new things from this video. Give it a watch, I’m sure you will also. More tips below the video…

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wordpress tips and tricks by www.prekshabansal.com.

Here’s some more tips based on some of the questions I am most often asked by WordPress users:

Tip 1: Many wonder why some or all Search Engines never seem to visit their site. More times than not, the reason for this is simply because the section the arrow points to at the bottom of the image has been checked. Some WordPress users will turn this feature on because circumstances prevent them from having time to set up the site completely and they don’t want the Search Engines to visit their site before it’s ready. I have also heard from WordPress users who say this box is always checked by default every time they add a new WordPress installation. This seems to vary based on your Web hosting Company and the options they offer for installing new WordPress sites.

Most Hosting Companies do not change the default settings that control what happens when you install a new blog. Others choose to modify one or more settings. For some reason unknown to me, (my best explaination follows) one of things they change is this.

Checking this box does NOTHING to actually hide your site from the Search Engines!
All it does is generate a file for the Search Engine bots asking them to not index the content of this site. Rather or not they decide to honor that request is entirely up to the owner of that bot. Some will, others won’t. I am also unsure of the motives of Hosts who turn this on for every client. My best guess is that they think they are doing their customers a favor by limiting Search Engine access until the site is ready. Unfortunately, many WordPress users never think to check this.

If like many WordPress users you check this box in an attempt to keep Google and the other big players from indexing your Membership or Private site, this is not the way to do that. Use a “Robots no_index file for that task. They will almost always honor this.

Below you will see a cropped image displaying the top of the WordPress Reading Settings Page.

FireShot Screen Capture #011 - 'Reading Settings ‹ WordPress Blog Tutorial Videos — WordPress' - wordpressblogtutorialvideos_com_wp-admin_options-reading_php

As the text in the image says, make sure this is NOT checked! As I stated above, this will not prevent the bots from finding your site, but may be discouraging them from indexing your blog.

Tip 2: If you are wondering how these WordPress users know what bots have visited their site, there is a simple way you can do this provided your Hosting Company offers cPanel. Although the placement varries from host to host, cPanel accounts have a section titled “Logs” on the control panel page. While more than one of the tools listed here will show this information, I find “Awstats” is the easiest one to find this in.

Here’s what the Logs section on my cPanel account looks like. I have placed arrows around the option for Awstats.

cPanel Logs

Below is a screen shot of what you get when you select the site you want to find out info about. If you click Awstats or any of the other options and have more than one or more site installed in your hosting account you must select the one you want to see from the menu that will display and click the magnifying glass icon next to the site listing. Then Awstats will load.

cPanel Logs

I have added some arrows next to the section of Awstats you want to click for instant access to this info in the image. You can also simply scroll down to this if you like, there is plenty of other interesting info here to see. If you are in a hurry though, clicking the link the arrows point to will get you there as fast as your browser will load.

Here’s another screen shot of what this particular area looks like. The info here is minimal in this shot because the site I chose is not yet live and had no published posts at the point this screen shot was taken.

Bot Activity Screen

To get a full picture of what bots have been to your site and when, simply click the link that says “Full list” in the top section titled “Robots/Spiders visitors” and you can see all the data.

Tip 3: I’m often asked something similar to this, “Why does nobody ever subscribe to my blog? I get plenty of traffic, and I can see the same users coming back to the site, but despite encouraging readers to subscribe in my posts, nobody ever does.”

The answer to this question is found in the WordPress General Settings page. By default, WordPress does not allow anyone else to register. Unless you change this on the General Settings page, they couldn’t register if they wanted to!

Here’s what the General settings page looks like. I have placed arrows around the box you need to check to allow registration. It’s usually always a good idea to leave the default role as “Subscriber” here as this gives them only limited access to the WP admin, and zero rights to change or post anything but a comment on your blog. Just check the box next to “Anyone can register” and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Save” to enable this.

WP Reading Settings