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Alternative Ways to Start a Blog Post

You know you need to blog more, but you just can’t seem to get in the habit. Right?

We know it can be a real challenge to stare at the “Add New Post” screen and just write something. And then there are days where you have a dozen ideas and no time to write! Let’s look at a couple WordPress tools that might make it easier for you to remember those ideas or even write quick posts on the fly.

QuickPress

QuickPress is a great tool found right on your WordPress Dashboard. Many people find it too small to write anything of length, but it can be very useful to just write down a title and finish the post later when you have time. Just be careful not to hit Publish till you’re ready! I like to use QuickPress to create quick drafts with a few notes that I can flesh out later before I publish.

PressThis

If you’re a big use of social networks like Pinterest, you may have learned about bookmarklets. Bookmarklets are like regular browser bookmarks, but instead of going to a website, they do something to the page you’re on. The PressThis bookmarklet (found under the Tools menu of your WordPress site), lets you quickly create a post based on any page you’re visiting. Perhaps there’s a news article praising your business or a new recipe you love, you can very quickly create a new post featuring a link to that site.

Check out the video below for a quick introduction to both QuickPress and PressThis.

Customizing the WordPress Dashboard

Like to get rid of things you don’t use? Of course! Clutter can be very distracting and even stressful for some. So let’s talk about cleaning the clutter from your WordPress Dashboard.

When you’re in logged into your WordPress site, sometimes there are too many boxes. There’s something for everyone, but no one wants everything! Fortunately, there are many things you can control that you might just not know about yet. Look for the Screen Options tab in the upper-right-hand corner to find a little options panel that controls what you do and don’t see on a given admin page.

Here’s a little video that goes over a few of the options to get you started.

How to Change Your Password

We need passwords for just about everything anymore. A fear my next toaster will require me to sign in and agree to terms before I can toast a bagel.

Here are a few tips to keep yourself protected:

1) Don’t reuse passwords.

It’s true, keeping track of all those passwords is tough. At a bare minimum, you probably have online accounts with Facebook, Google, your bank, your email, and your website admin. And many of you will also have Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn, Spotify, Foursquare, etc. My personal password manager keeps track of more than 300 logins.

But if you use the same password across multiple accounts, that means the weakness of one service becomes a weakness for all the services you use. Suppose you have a really strong password like le8'a6[Nwva7Y)lq/RSy that you use everywhere. If just one of your accounts gets hacked, then it is only a matter of time before the hacker uses that to gain access to your other accounts.

2) Don’t use common passwords.

If you can find your password in the dictionary, don’t use it. Those passwords are the easiest to guess. Remember, we’re not worried about a person sitting at a computer trying these passwords one-by-one, we’re worried about bot-attacks which can try thousands of passwords per second.

If your password is one of these 25 most common passwords, don’t use it, and change it immediately: password, 123456, 12345678, abc123, qwerty, monkey, letmein, dragon, 111111, baseball, iloveyou, trustno1, 1234567, sunshine, master, 123123, welcome, shadow, ashley, football, jesus, michael, ninja, mustang, password1
(More information about that list)

You should also make sure that your password isn’t your username, real name, email address, or some combination thereof. Children’s and pets’ names should be avoided too.

3) Try a pass-phrase

We have been conditioned to not use spaces in our passwords (I’ll admit that I often don’t), but this is a great way to use a strong password that is easy to remember.

4) “Retire” old passwords

If a password has been in use for a while, it might be time to retire it. In case a site was compromised, changing your password regularly will help ensure that the password that someone else has is out-of-date by the time they try to use it.

5) Find a system

Your system might be to find a tool like 1Password or LastPass to keep track of your various passwords (as well as storing other secure information). Or you might want to use some sort of naming convention to make it easier to remember your passwords (for example, having a base password like “myDogHas3Legs” and prefix it for the site like “facebook-myDogHas3Legs”).

The important thing is to pick whatever method works best for you.

Ready to change your password?

Here’s how to change your inndx.com password:

6) Bonus: Watch out for those security questions!

A good password is worthless if a hacker can reset it by answering a security question or two. You wouldn’t give your password out, but sometimes we don’t think twice about leaking information like where you were born, your first pet’s name, or the street you grew up on. So be mindful that security questions are a second point of entry, and should be just as difficult to get past as your password.

How to Create an Image Gallery

The ability to insert image galleries has admittedly been a bit of an ‘unfun’ experience. What looked like an obvious solution often proved deficient, and the tool with the right features was often buried under a pile of confusing features.

But no more! Since WordPress reached version 3.5, we now have a glorious new media workflow that actually makes adding galleries enjoyable. Take a look at how it works in the video below.

How to Embed YouTube and Vimeo Videos

Embellishing your content with multimedia is more and more common today. Being able to include a useful and relevant video is a must. Unfortunately, for a while this was not a pleasant experience – hunting down embed codes that look like gibberish, and hoping that when you saved your page, the code wouldn’t be corrupted or removed.

Fortunately, this is wonderfully easy to do in WordPress! All you really need to do is paste the URL of the YouTube or Vimeo video page on its own line, and WordPress will do the rest. Here’s a short video to demonstrate: