Any Comments?

If you have used my book to build a website then you are welcome to comment here.

  • Was there anything about WordPress missing from the book?
  • What questions did it leave unanswered?
  • What more should I include in the next update?

Your comments and queries are welcome and I will respond to all genuine enquiries. Thank you!

Sarah McHarry

19 thoughts on “Any Comments?

  1. No reply necessary, I know how busy you are. Just want to say setting up my website couldn’t have been any easier using your book and SiteGround as my host. Kudos! NickC

    1. Hello Ken,
      I apologise for the delay in replying: I’ve just come back from Australia and returned home to a mountain of work 🙁
      I wouldn’t add Word files to a website unless you want the visitor to edit them. Otherwise, I would save the .doc to a .pdf. This is a much safer option. In either case you just use Add Media like you would do for an image. When the user clicks the link they get the file. Hope that helps.
      Sarah

  2. Sarah I just started with your book and have already come across a question. I have multiple domains pointed at one site. A site I have already hosted. My competition is all using WordPress for their sites and I really want to switch over. Thus buying your book which came highly recommended. I don’t want to affect my current site until I have a new one ready. Is this even possible with me having multiple domains pointing to one active site which is just done in basic HTML? I just can’t afford for my site to be down while I do this.

    1. Hello Butch. The easiest way to do this is probably to create a subdomain on your main domain and install WordPress on that. Then create your website on the subdomain. No-one will be able to see you do this while you are working on it. Then, when you’ve got your new site on the subdomain how you want it, export all the posts, pages etc into an XML file which you then download to your computer. Then backup your old site, delete all the old files from the domain and install WP on it. Then import the XML that you downloaded. Your site will be down for as long as it takes you to install WP and import your XML on your main domain.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!
      Sarah

  3. Hi Sarah,

    Just a quickie: in chapter 12 you mention the Jetpack widget and show it listed at the top of the dashboard. Not so with me! I’m signed up with WordPress and using the Twenty Fourteens theme, as you suggest.

    There are 22 widgets (including one labelled ‘Images’, but zero sign of Jetpack. Other than I’m on the vey basic package, why haven’t I got Jetpack?

    Appreciate your thoughts, please.

    1. Hi Peter,

      Jetpack is actually a plugin, not a widget. When you’ve activated Jetpack you’ll see some Jetpack widgets on the Widgets page. Most WordPress installations include the Jetpack plugin but if it doesn’t appear in your list of plugins then you need to install it. Go to Plugins, Add New and search for Jetpack. click Install Now and then it will be added. Lesson 12 then tells you how o use it. Hope this answers your query. Good luck!
      Sarah

      1. Thanks for your prompt reply, Sarah. Plugins – yes, of course!

        As a WordPress virgin, I do find it less than obvious where things like plugins are – from the dashboard I have to go ‘My site’ > pages to see the plugins (it took me fours goes to work that out!). Why so convoluted?

        I don’t expect you to know / justify the way WordPress works, by I do find it time wasting and very frustrating… and Jetpack isn’t one of the 21 plugins on offer. Worse, there’s a line at the bottom which reads ‘Uploading your own plugins is not available on WordPress.com.’

        I see from the ‘Learn more’ button and then doing a search for ‘Jetpack’ it is ‘a plugin for self-hosted sites; if your site is hosted by WordPress.com, you don’t need Jetpack… but if you’re thinking of moving to WordPress.org, Jetpack will give you access to all the features at WordPress.com.’ Bit confusing! But if I upgrade to Premium, it becomes a free plugin.

        I was planning on doing that once I’d mastered the basics – which leads to my next question (if you don’t mind) ‘Premium’ includes ‘advanced design customisation’ (rather than ‘basic’ with the ‘Personal’ plan): will that mean I can move things in the header section (for instance) to where I want them to go rather than being stuck in one place as they are now?

        Sorry if that’s covered later in your book – I’m still on chapter 12!

        Regards,

        Peter Mann

        1. Ah, now I get it. I suspect you are using wordpress.com rather than wordpress.org which means my book doesn’t quite sync. I explain the difference in the Introduction of my book and point out that I’m writing for people who want to create a website on their own domain. You virgins 😉 might find it easier if you do what I suggest in Lesson 1 which is to use Siteground to register a domain and install WordPress. Then the book will make sense if you follow the lessons step by step. I hope!
          Sarah

          1. Thanks, Sarah. I do have my own domain (or rather a clients – we want, eventually, to replace a Wix site with WordPress) which is hosted by Clata.net (great people, by the way). I don’t recall being offered a ‘.org’ option – but that was before I got your book.

            Back to plugins – although I’m now a ‘Premium’ customer, I still can’t add any plugins! I’ve asked the WordPress help line why this should be and await their answer. I’ll let you know as it may help others.

            Peter

  4. I am on Chapter one of your book and already have my first question. When I go to sign up for SiteGround there are two add ons – Domain Privacy and HackAlert monitoring. Each adds $12 to the annual cost. Do you recommend these add ons?

    1. Hi DinahKate,

      Thanks for your query. Domain privacy is something that may or may not be important to you. For most domain extensions the name and address of the person registering the domain can be seen when someone Googles a ‘whois’ on the domain name. I personally prefer to remain anonymous so I generally do sign up for privacy because I think it’s worth twelve bucks a year. I don’t personally use HackAlert because I find that plugins I recommend in my book do the job well. But it’s your call: if you’re worried about hacking then you may decide to go for it.

      Good luck with your website!

      Sarah

  5. Enjoying your book. When I first engaged WordPress, there was no choice between the .com and the .org. When I called them, the tech on the phone said she was not aware of anything but the .com version. Can you explain. I guess I’m automatically signed up for the .com? Concerned about this.

    1. Hi Bob,

      It sounds like you’ve signed up for wordpress.com which is a free site for individuals and bloggers. In my book I recommend that you use wordpress.org but you don’t have to ‘sign up’ for it at their website. What you have to do is find some online hosting and a domain (sitehost.online) and then install WordPress on that domain. This is covered in my book in Lesson 1. This automatically registers you as a wordpress.org user and you can then get on and do all the other stuff in my book to create your website. Hope this makes sense. Good luck!
      Sarah

  6. Hello Sarah,
    Using your “lessons” I was able to build a “first attempt” at a website whose purpose is to advertise and sell my books. I used the 2012 theme, and my next step will be to check out other themes. I purchased 3 other books hat purported to teach how to use wordpress and found them all useless. Yours spoke to me. Many thanks.
    One problem I’ve had was trying to follow your steps in setting up google analytics to introduce metrics into my website. It looks like google has moved google analytics far beyond what you described. It would be helpful to your readers to revise this section on your website to get us back on track.
    Otherwise, your book is a great book!

    1. Hi Robert,
      Thanks for your kind words about my book. I have actually just published an updated version of it where I recommend installing JetPack and using the Site Stats feature instead of Google Analytics, which has become very complicated. Your website looks great – good luck with upgrading the theme!

      Sarah

  7. Thanks for the great, informative, simple, well written book.

    I found it extremely helpful and gained a lot of knowledge out of it.

    I have found WordPress to be a very good and easy platform to work with and I’m glad I chose it.

    I built my website on Bluehost web hosting and used their MOJO Marketplace 1-click WordPress installer.

    Everything went smoothly and I have a great website up and running that I’m proud of.

    If I had to provide one suggestion for the next edition, I defiantly say you should write a chapter on backups. I think that having a backup is essential for anything on the computer even if it is on a server far away.

    If you’re interested, my website is http://www.maceverything.com

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