Category Archives: WordPress.com

How to Change the Font for Your WordPress.com Blog?

Do you want to change the font for your WordPress.com blog? It is a good news that you can fulfill this without much effort. The reason I want to change mine is that it is kind of too small and the style is not really my favorite. Here are the steps that I’ve used to change this blog’s font. If you want to do the same thing, you can follow them below and change your blog’s font too:

  1. Login to your WordPress.com dashboard
  2. Click on Appearance/Typekit Fonts to go to the next page
  3. You will be asked to enter your Typekit ID
  4. If you don’t have one yet then you will be asked to sign up one; just click on the button Sign up in seconds to proceed
  5. From there click on the upper right hand side corner that says Register (assuming that you don’t have a Typekit account)
  6. Go to next page. It shows a couple of plans; just click on the button Sign Up that is at the bottom of Free plan
  7. Go to next page which you need to fill in you first name, last name, email, password, and confirm password. Your WordPress.com blog was already filled in (you can change this if you have a custom domain name)
  8. Tick the check box that is next to I agree to the Terms of Service.
  9. Click on the button Create my account to proceed
  10. Go to next page. Your Typekit ID is waiting there for you
  11. You can click on the button Configure WordPress to get that done automatically or
  12. You can copy your kit ID and go back to step 3 and paste it in the textfield there
  13. Click on the button Update ID>> to proceed
  14. Go back to Tiypekit.com/fonts and find your favorite fonts (you are allowed to add two fonts/per site since it is a Free plan)
  15. Not all of your fonts will be available. You can search your font by entering it in the search box.
  16. Find the one that is closed to it and click on the button +Add to Kit
  17. A window will pop up. Click on the link that says “telling us what theme you’re using”
  18. Click on the drop down arrow to find your theme and click on the button Save to save it (not all of the themes are available)
  19. On the left sidebar, tick your choices of what you want to change
  20. Make sure you hit the button Publish which is at the lower right hand side corner

The change will take a moment to be reflected on your blog. Now go to check it out and compare it to your old one.

If you don’t like it, you can always go back to typekit.com, click on the button Launch Kit Editor which is at the upper right hand side corner, and delete your font there. If you like, you can find a new font to start over again.

If one day for any reason, you don’t want to have this service you can proceed to step 3, take out your typekit ID, and hit Update ID>> to save it. Your blog will be restored to its original font.

Would you like to change the font for your blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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How to Add a MyBlogLog Widget to A WordPress.com Blog?

I know adding a MyBlogLog widget to a WordPress.com blog is a very basic thing to do. But lately someone emailed me and asked me to help him out of how to add “Join My Community – MyBloglog” banner to his site. Actually it is the same principle as of adding a MyBlogLog widget to a WordPress.com blog. I used to direct my readers to a website that tells them how to do that, but for some reason that website is no longer existing. So now I have to create my own instructions here:

  1. First you need to have a MyBlogLog account.
  2. Then log in to your MyBlogLog account.
  3. Under My Sites and Services, click on the site you want to add a widget to.
  4. Click on Widgets under your blog’s title.
  5. A new page will open, highlight the codes that it provides and hold Ctrl and hit C at the same time to copy them.
  6. Now log in to your WordPress.com account
  7. On the left hand side, click on Appearance, and click Widgets.
  8. A new page will open, find Text Widget and drag it under Sidebar 1 or Sidebar 2.
  9. Give it a title as you wish and paste the codes that you’ve copied earlier in the text Widget.
  10. Make sure you click on the Save button to save it.

If you want to add “Join My Community – MyBlogLog” button to your site, only step 4 and step 5 you’ll need to follow:

  1. See step 1 above
  2. See step 2 above
  3. See step 3 above
  4. Click on Buttons instead of Widgets here.
  5. A new page will open, choose the button as you wish, and hold Ctrl and hit C at the same time to copy the codes.
  6. See step 6 above
  7. see step 7 above
  8. see step 8 above
  9. see step 9 above
  10. see step 10 above

So it is pretty easy right? It is mostly for newbies. Please leave a comment below.

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How to Ping Your Blog?

Why do you need ping services? There are many answers for that question. First, it may be that you want everybody to know about your newly posted article(s). Second, by using ping services your blog/website might be indexing right away from search engines. Thus it may be in term increasing your web traffic. If you use self-hosted WordPress blog, then you may follow the steps below to implement ping services.

  • Login to your self-hosted WordPress dashboard and click on Settings/Writing.
  • After that WordPress will automatically ping your blog whenever you publish your new post.

For the WordPress.com bloggers, your blog has already built in with ping service Ping-O-Matic as your default ping service. If you want to manually ping your blog using ping services other than those offered in Ping-O-Matic, then you may find pingmyblog.com useful. It allows you to selectively choose your choices of ping services to submit.

The above list of ping services is working as of this post is being written. However, if you find any of them is no longer working, please inform me. I’ll appreciate that.

Would like to ping your blog using the above list? Please leave a comment below.

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How to Implement Google’s Translation on WordPress.com Blog?

While checking the summary statistics in StatCounter about my website, I discovered that many of my visitors are from foreign countries other than United States. I also have seen many blogs/websites embedded Google translation service with icons of their corresponding country flags. So I think it is very important that you can provide this kind of service for your visitors.

Although the translation service provided from Google is not perfect, hopefully Google will improve it further in the future. If you are interested and want to implement the codes on your blog just like mine here. Follow these steps:

  • Download the widget codes here. It provides 22 languages with its corresponding flags.
  • Login to your WordPress dashboard; click on Appearance/Widgets.
  • Hold and drag Text widget to the sidebar.
  • Put the above codes inside the text area; give a title if you wish.
  • Click on the button Save to save it.
  • Move this Text widget wherever you like it to be.

If you use Google Blogger as blog platform, check out these articles:
Translate Your Blog/Website in Different Languages – Part 1
Translate Your Blog/Website in Different Languages – Part 2
Enjoy!

Would you like to implement Google’s translation on your WordPress.com blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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A Contact Form For Your WordPress Blog

Why do we need a contact form on our blog/website? The main reason is to cut down the email spamming. You’ll be glad if you set up one for your blog/website since it hides your email in it. So do you want to find out which contact form is good for your blog/website? I searched the web and provided a list below. Check them out; find out which one is good for your blog/website. If a blog/website have multiple blogging authors, then some of the contact forms will allow you to set up to only send an email to a specific author.

  • Contact Form ][ – a WordPress Plugin – Contact Form ][ is Ryan Duff’s original contact form. It is a WordPress plugin that offers a simple drop-in contact form in any new/existing post/page.
  • PXS Mail Form WordPress Plugin – This plugin has updated email contact from plugin built off of Ryan Duff’s excellent wp-contact form plugin. PXS includes additional checks over the original…
  • Enhanced WordPress contact form plugin – Another improved contact form based on Ryan Duff’s Contact Form ][. Now it adds: referring page on your site; if the original referer is a search engine, the keywords used in the query; the original referer; spam protection…
  • cformsII – contact form – cforms is a highly customizable, flexible and powerful form builder plugin, covering a variety of use cases and features from attachments to multi form management, you can even have multiple forms on the same page!
  • contact form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible. Supports multiple contact forms. You can customize form and mail contents with simple markup. AJAX submitting with jQuery Form Plugin. Spam filtering with Akismet. Bot prevention with CAPTCHA.
  • Secure Form Mailer Plugin For WordPress – This is the WordPress plugin version of the secure PHP form mailer script. This plugin has a wide range of features including: support for multiple instances, an easy to use dynamic form generation system (any number of fields, in any order), multiple…
  • SCF2 Contact Form – WordPress contact form plugin that lets you read and reply to emails while logged in WordPress and sends emails to multiple users.

For a WordPress.com blog, you have options to put a contact form in your post or page. For details of how to implement it, just check out this post: Contact Forms. See my contact form in Contact page that I’ve just created.

Would you like to use a contact form for your WordPress blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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