Category: Blogging Basics

WordPress smilies or emoticons (BB#4)

July 17th, 2009

Whether you call them smilies or emoticons one thing is for sure: they are everywhere! Some blogs and forums use one system while different blogs and forums use slightly altered systems. Newbie Website Design is a WordPress based blog. That being so, you can use the WordPress smilies (a.k.a. emoticons) when you comment on any of the posts here.

Instead of making you search the Internet to find out how to write WordPress smilies (emoticons), you can now find them right here:

Wordpress smilies and emoticons

The blog flow (BB#3)

January 12th, 2009

It’s time to put the flow of a blog into perspective. And the best way to clear up the confusion is with an image: (Don’t try clicking on it ’cause nothing’s gonna happen :wink: )

The blog flow

The right-most rectangle is the “home page” (the very first page of a website or blog.) At the top you have the most recent post. Moving down that column takes you back in time until you reach the bottom of the page.

At the bottom of every page will be a link usually titled “Older Entries” or “Previous Entries” (or variations thereof.) Clicking on that link takes you to the previous page containing older entries. Click on those “Previous Entries” long enough and you’ll get to the very first post ever written.

Now that you’ve got the gist of how blog posts flow, why not take a trip back in time through Newbie Website Designs?

How do I use a blog? (BB#2)

January 6th, 2009

How do I use a blog?In a previous post you learned exactly what a blog is, what a blog post is, and what the crazy activity called “blogging” entails. Next, it’s time to take a look at how to actually get around a blog to use one to its fullest extent.

Most of what you see from blog to blog is pretty much the same. There are only a few minor differences that really shouldn’t trip you up. Without further ado, let’s begin…

Very straight-forward… in a backwards kinda way

If you’ve followed any series articles on other blogs then you probably noticed something odd: part I of any series is listed last and the most recent article is listed first. On a regular website these articles (posts or entries as they are sometimes called) are listed in numerical order: the first article being first and the last article being last.
Read on…

What exactly is a blog? (BB#1)

December 28th, 2008

Sooner or later you’ll hear the word blog and wonder “What exactly is a blog anyway?” Certainly, the next question is bound to pop up in your mind “What is the difference between a blog and a website?”

In this post you’ll learn:

  • What is a blog?
  • What is a web log?
  • What is a blog post?
  • What is blogging?

Read on…