Who or what is Widget Dave?

“Widget Dave” is a section of my blog that provides help and advice on how to organise the posts and pages of a blog; and how to make best use of widgets, themes and other WordPress features. This article chronicles the genesis of Widget Dave and debunks some of the myths that have grown up around him within the past few weeks.

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An Interview with Widget Dave

The Vine Inn was established in the year 1600 in the village of Chertsey near to the River Thames. For over four hundred years it profitably provided food and ale to the local community and to travellers going to, or returning from, London. But when the 21st century credit crunch hit the business failed, and the inn closed for business in 2009. Continue reading

Blogging 101: Plug into a Social Network

Today’s assignment: if you’re active on a social network, set up Publicise or highlight your profile in a widget or menu item. If you’re not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.

When I set up a blog, three long weeks ago, now, a friend advised me to engage with everything.  Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest, and anything else that came along. Continue reading

WordPress: Home Page Organisation

Is looking at your home page like looking down a deep well?  Can your visitors see the bottom?  Does it contain every word of every article you’ve ever posted?  Are there some things at the bottom of the well you would like at the top?  If so, there are three simple things you can do turn your deep well into a nice, safe, fun-time paddling pool. Continue reading

Reddle theme images in search results

From the outset I wanted a simple theme for my blog, and there were many such available and I chose Twenty Ten.  As the number of articles grew I realised, to avoid an overwhelmingly long home page, I would have have to create posts that started with the tantalising stuff immediately followed by a read more tag.  This was all very painless. Continue reading