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Writing and Publishing Via Email

In this WordPress video tutorial we examine WordPress’ “writing” settings as well as demonstrate how to publish posts via email. A very handy technique while on the go when there is little internet connectivity.

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WordPress Tutorial Transcript

Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this Video, we’re going to take a look at the Writing section of WordPress Settings. It’s accessible under “Settings” in the sidebar menu.

Keep in mind that some of the options within Settings are very powerful and could potentially break your website if you adjust them carelessly. Make sure you are careful and know what you’re doing before changing anything.

First, we have “Size of the post box”. This is the size of the composing box when you are writing a new post or page. It defaults to 20 lines, but you can make this larger or smaller if you wish.

There are two Formatting options. The first is to automatically convert ASCII emoticons to graphics and the second is to automatically correct invalid XHTML nesting. You could enable this one if you are regularly writing your own markup rather than using the Visual Editor and need help consistently writing error-free code.

The Default Post Category determines what category new posts will automatically be in when left unspecified.

The Default Link Category determines what category new Links are automatically in when unspecified. The “Links” they are talking about here are the ones you can create by going to the “Links” page in the sidebar.

Press This is a bookmarklet that provides a quick way to create a new post that includes a link to the current page. To install the bookmarklet, simply drag the button onto your bookmarks bar. When you’re on a page that you want to include in a post, click the bookmarklet and a new composing window will pop up that includes a link to the current page.

WordPress also has a Post via email function. Using this function requires that you setup a custom POP3 account with a secret address that you can send email to. WordPress will check this email and publish new messages as posts. It’s a bit advanced to setup and we won’t go into the details here, but we’ve included a link to the WordPress.org article that explains how to set it up in the details section for this video.

Remote Publishing lets you use a remote website or desktop client to post to WordPress. Certain clients such as the WordPress iPhone app require that you adjust these settings in order to gain access.

Lastly, we have Update Services. When you publish a post, WordPress will send out a ping
that lets other services know that you’ve made a new post. The URL in this box (and any others listed) will be used for sending the ping.

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