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October 20th, 2016

How to make sidebar have shadows behind boxes in sidebar

I only use the Atahualpa theme on all of my blogs but I imagine that code works on any website.

However, I am no website designer. So, I have no clue where you would put it on your website if you are using anything other than Atahualpa on WordPress.

As for Atahualpa, the steps are simple.

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Scroll down to Appearance.

Click on Atahualpa theme options.

Scroll down to Style Widgets.

In the widget container box, type the following code:

box-shadow: 5px 5px 10px #999;

Save and done.

Adjust setting numbers to your preferences.

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September 20th, 2016

How to make round corners on sidebar in Atahualpa theme

I love the Atahualpa theme. It is the free theme that I use on absolutely every one of my blogs.

But, for someone who does not speak a bit of html code, it can be a struggle to make my blogs pop design-wise.

While searching the Atahualpa forum for a solution to one problem, I often stumble across a cool idea.

A trick that I have added to each of my blogs in adding round corners to the sidebars (and lately to the content boxes as well).

The steps are super simple.

Go to Appearance.

Click Atahualpa Theme Optioins.

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June 22nd, 2016

22 Plugins that I put on every blog

22 Plugins that I put on every blog

I love WordPress because of the plugins.

There is a wealth of plugin on WordPress that you can use to make you blog or website sing.

Sometimes, I only use certain plugins on certain blogs or test various versions on different blogs to see which one I like better.

But, there are some plugins that I have on every single blog that I own.

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My Favorite Theme:

Atahualpa: Although not a plugin, it is my theme of choice. It is a flexible theme that you can make do almost anything. Yep,

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May 15th, 2016

App of the Month: Easy Click To Tweet By Cheeky Apps

App of the Month: Click To Tweet by Cheeky Apps Review

Sometimes I write such brilliance that I just know that my readers are going to want to share it.

I just know my readers are going to want to share my brilliance so I installed a click-to-tweet plugin on @amablogger. Click to Tweet

I like to make it as easy as possible for them to do so on their preferred social media.

On way to make it easy is to install a Click To Tweet plugin.

A click to tweet plugin puts a simple box on your post that the reader clicks and, well, tweets.

The great

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April 27th, 2016

How to Make a Giant Pin Invisible on Your Blog

These days, having a pinnable image on your blog is a must.

But, if you are like me, you don’t want that gigantic, awkward picture taking up residence on your post.

 

Well, thanks to Uncork Your Dork (a post that you should really read as it is chocked full of good blogging tips), I just learned how to make that hubba bubba image be invisible on my post.

What you may not have noticed is that at the very beginning of this post is an image that is 800 x 2000 tall.

Go ahead and scroll

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April 20th, 2016

App of the Month: WP Touch Mobile

WP Touch Mobile

Hello, my fellow Amateur Bloggers.

This month, I am starting a new blog series entitled App of the Month. This new series will feature an app that I just love.

This month, that app is WP Touch Mobile, a app that instantly makes your website mobile responsive for FREE. And I just can’t tell you how much I love it.

Previously, I wrote this post, How to make your Atahualpa Theme More Mobile Friendly on this blog. And it works great. No complaints here, really. But I just like the way that WP Touch Mobile presents better.

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April 11th, 2016

Amazing Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugins

For months and months now, I have been on the hunt for a great (and free!) Amazon plugin. Mostly for my book blog but also for any posts on my other blogs that might use an Amazon Assoicate Link. Alas, my hunt continues and I will probably end up having to invest some money (gotta spend money to make money, right?).

My main goal was bigger images than the ones provided on the Amazon Sitestripe. Bonus if I can find an app that would go back and change my Amazon Associate links being as I lost my old account

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August 12th, 2015

Deleting WordPress Hello World post

When WordPress first makes your website, it automatically makes a Hello World post.

Unless you want the world to know just how much of a total newb you truly are, you probably want to delete this post immediately.

Actually, you can either delete it or change it into your very first post.

We’ll start with deleting the Hello World post as that’s the simplest method.

On your dashboard, look Posts => All Posts

Unless you have already written a post, the Hello World

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August 11th, 2015

How to change your permalinks and why

After you change your tagline, the next step that you need to take is to change your permalinks.

Settings => Permalinks

I always set my permalinks to Custom Structure and type /%postname% in the box.

Your permalinks should always be your post name for search engine optimization purposes but also for the readability of the user.

The date is a hindrance because:

It looks neat and organized, It makes it easier if you ever want to recycle a post (say, if wordpress changes the way to

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August 10th, 2015

How to change your WordPress tagline

Whether you have already wrote and published your first post or you decided to concentrate on the ascetics, here are the first things you should do to your WordPress blog.

Update your WordPress Tagline:

Under Settings => General

Your tagline appears underneath the name of your blog.

It should represent exactly what your blog is about.

Amablogger’s tagline is Diary of An Amateur Blogger.

Don’t worry if your purpose of your blog evolves in the future as your tagline can be easily changed.

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