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Video Tutorial: Logging in, Exploring your Dashboard and Settings, Using the Admin Bar and Creating Users

To set your WordPress website up for success, you will need to configure your settings properly. This video will guide you through the process of logging into your site after you have installed WordPress:

This video will help you understand how to get around in your dashboard:

This one takes you through the most important settings of your self-hosted WordPress dashboard.

This video shows you how to use the shortcuts in your admin bar:

In your Reading settings, you will want to set your Home page as your landing page and your Blog page as your posts page if you want a website with a blog. If you just want a blog, you can leave the default reading settings as they are.

Now that you have configured your core settings, you will want to setup your User Profile properly.

Go to the left-hand sidebar and find Users—>Your Profile
Choose how your name will display on the site and which email address to be used for site notifications.
For security reasons, make sure your username is different from the name that is publicly displayed on your site.
Update your password if needed (make sure it is strong).
Change your color scheme if desired.

Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to create new users:

Now that you have updated your user profile, you will want to delete any default content.

Your default WordPress installation may come preloaded with default content such as a sample blog post, a sample page and a sample comment. You’ll want to delete the default content that comes with your WordPress installation. Remember to replace it with your own awesome content!

This tutorial is part of a series of e-courses created by Cat Scholz to empower you with using the self-hosted version of WordPress to achieve your internet marketing goals. Get more information and/or sign up:

Checkout Level 1 (free)
Checkout Level 2 (on sale)
Checkout Level 3 (on sale)

WordPress Classes at Placer School for Adults – Fall 2015

Be in control of your own website by harnessing the power of WordPress

Placer School for Adults - Fall 2015 CatalogLearn how to build your own self-hosted WordPress website and/or blog through a free Q&A session, a “Women Empowering Women in Tech Session,” an introductory workshop and 2 series of 4 Monday afternoons (1-4pm)  in Auburn, CA through Placer School for Adults. Each session/class/Q&A/workshop requires that you register in advance and there are prerequisites for the workshop and classes. If you register before September 1st, you get $5 off any class!

Register through Placer here

Free Q&A: Monday, September 14th from 1:00-2:00pm 13055 Bill Francis Dr., Auburn, CA – Pre-registration is required #6008100

Can’t make or missed the Q&A? Post your questions about my WordPress offerings and get answers here:

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 from 5:30pm-7:00pm -Women Empowering Women in Tech #0605002 – $5

Calling the Women! Come learn about how technology can help advance your career and increase your earning potential. Bring your questions and laptop to this informative session on “What is a website?” and “How do I get started with WordPress?” Co-hosted with fellow Placer teacher, Arij Mousa.

Monday, September 21st from 1:00-3:30pm – Tech Center 13055 Bill Francis Dr., Auburn, CA – Introduction to WordPress #6003400 – $34

Learn the pros and cons of using the self-hosted version of WordPress to build a website as well as register a domain name, purchase web hosting and install WordPress correctly and securely on a shared hosting server. Upon completion, students will have a working self-hosted WordPress website to continue building upon during WordPress Level 1. Bring a credit/debit card, Wi-Fi capable laptop and at least three domain name choices (i.e. for your website. Prerequisite: Basic computer and internet skills. Download the Syllabus for Introduction to WordPress Workshop

4 Monday afternoons starting September 28th – October 19th from 1:00-4:00pm – Tech Center 13055 Bill Francis Dr., Auburn, CA - Wordpress Level 1 – #6003500 – $69

Building upon the introductory class, students will learn about security and backups, installing a theme and plugins, adding a navigation menu, editing content and adding video from YouTube. Bring your wifi capable laptop. Prerequisites: Basic Computer and Internet Skills and Introduction to WordPress. Download the Course Syllabus for WordPress Level 1

4 Monday afternoons starting October 26th – November 16th from 1:00-4:00pm – Tech Center 13055 Bill Francis Dr., Auburn, CA - Wordpress Level 2 – #6003300 – $69

Level 2: Create a child theme for custom CSS styling, add social sharing buttons, contact forms and stats, sync blog posts with prominent social media website profiles, install and setup an SEO plugin to optimize search engine results, connect an email list (such as MailChimp, AWeber or, integrate with Google Analytics, setup a basic shopping cart and other advanced topics upon request. Bring your wifi capable laptop. Prerequisites: WordPress Level 1, basic computer and internet skills. Download the Course Syllabus for WordPress Level 2

Contact the office for more information about refund policy and/or registration:

Placer School For Adults
390 Finley Street
Auburn, CA 95603
Office: 530.885.8585
Fax: 530.823.1406

Register through Placer here

If you know someone who needs financial assistance to take these classes (or any at Placer School for Adults), please let them know that there are scholarships available. Applicants would need to pay for the class in advance and if they are approved for assistance, they would be reimbursed. Questions about registration and/or financial aid can be directed to the Placer School for Adults Office at 530-885-8585.

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What to do if your WordPress website gets hacked

WordPress has gotten very popular and also has become the target of would-be hackers. I have learned first-hand what it is like to have a WordPress website get hacked, how to deal with it, and how to prevent it from happening again. The good news is – it’s easy to recover from a hack if you have the right tools.

What may be undesireable news is that as the owner of your WordPress world, you really do need to take security seriously by reading up on it and taking the necessary actions to protect your websites and your computers from being infected by malicious code.

Here is my story:

One day, I went to look at one of my websites that I don’t update very often and to my surprise, there was just a white background with bits of code and some Japanese characters. I immediately got in touch with my web host, Dreamhost, and sent a support ticket. My ticket was referred to their security department and while I was waiting for their response, I went over to and created a ticket there where I have a paid account for dealing with this type of situation.

While I waited for help from Dreamhost and Sucuri, I set to the task of restoring my site. I discovered my site had been down for 5 days and I didn’t even know it. I had kind of a sick feeling in my stomach as I fetched a backup from my cloud storage and thought about the negative impression this could have had on site visitors.

Sucuri responded fairly quickly with a report and recommendations for how to clean up the hack. To restore my site, all I needed to do was replace the wp-config.php file with a non-corrupted version. That was easy since I had a backup. I restored my site using FTP in a matter of seconds.

Dreamhost also responded with even more detailed guidance on how to clean up the mess and how to prevent this from happening again.

The work ahead of me was to go through the process of cleaning out old WordPress installs under that FTP user, updating all of my active sites, changing the FTP user password (and giving the user Shell access which is more secure), then purchasing an anti-virus program for my computers to make sure I didn’t “catch anything” from the web. I bought Kaspersky for Mac for $19.97/year, which detected 99 threats on my iMac (most of which were Windows-targeted and did not affect my machine that I am aware of).

This whole process took my about 2 days from start to finish. Once it was all said and done, it was quite a relief to know that my websites and machines were clean. So to save you the hassle of getting hacked, here are my top 3 security guidelines to follow with your WordPress websites:

1) Keep all of your WordPress software up-to-date, not just the core, but also the plugins and theme you are using. Delete any unused plugins or themes you do not need. Use BackupBuddy to backup regularly, store and restore your site (if needed). This means you will need to log in regularly and pay attention to the update notifications.

2) Use a secure password for your admin user and for your FTP user. Store your secure passwords securely – keep them in a spreadsheet saved on your computer or a USB stick (and don’t name it, “My Passwords”). Change your passwords from time to time.

3) Use to routinely scan your site and to alert you if malware is detected. The investment is small compared to the amount of time you would spend monitoring and fixing things yourself. Sucuri will clean your site and give you help with preventing a future hack.

There is much more to know about WordPress security so I highly recommend you also read this guest post on by Anders Vinther of The WordPress Security Checklist. I like how he compares having a WordPress website to having a dog – it is a real responsibility that needs regular attention!

How to add audio to your Facebook Page (video tutorial)

Facebook has stopped allowing you to stream your SoundCloud music. But you can still stream a SoundCloud player on Twitter!

1. Upload your file to SoundCloud.

2. Make sure the sharing is set to “public.”.

3. Copy the link and paste it in the”status” area as a tweet on Twitter.

4. Optional: add a description in the text field above the link and a short link back to your site.

5. Click “Post” to publish.

Your audio will now stream live on Twitter!

Learn about using the self-hosted version of WordPress to achieve your internet marketing goals with Cat Scholz. Get more information and/or sign up with these handy links:

Checkout Level 1 (free)
Checkout Level 2 (on sale)
Checkout Level 3 (on sale)

Add a Facebook Like Box to your WordPress website or blog

facebook like boxNow that Facebook is spreading out across websites all over the internet, you, too can join in on the connectivity by a Facebook Like Box to your WordPress self-hosted website or blog. Here’s how:

  1. Install Jetpack
  2. Activate Extra Sidebar Widgets under Appearance–> Widgets
  3. Slide a Facebook Like Box widget into your sidebar or other widgetized area

It’s that easy!

This tutorial is part of a series of e-courses created by Cat Scholz to empower you with using the self-hosted version of WordPress to achieve your internet marketing goals. Get more information and/or sign up:

Checkout Level 1 (free)
Checkout Level 2 (on sale)
Checkout Level 3 (on sale)

Top 5 posts from Cat’s Web Weave

I looked at my “All Time” Stats today and discovered the top 5 posts that have gotten the most views since I started my blog.  Here they are:

Add a feedback tab to your site

Sync your blog with your Facebook Page

Free alternative to Dreamweaver

Free alternative to BrowserCam

ProPlayer Plugin

Have you found any of these posts particularly useful in your work?  Leave me a comment.

Why use WordPress (self-hosted)?

There are many great reasons to use a self-hosted version of WordPress for developing your website and blog.  Here are my top 10:

  1. Google loves WordPress (and blogs in general) because search engines favor sites that have regularly created fresh content.  See my post on SEO.
  2. WordPress is interactive.  Visitors can comment on pages and posts.  You can create a community around your business with your site.
  3. You can organize content with categories and visitors can view or subscribe to the categories they want to.
  4. You can automatically sync your content to social websites such as Facebook with the RSS feed.
  5. WordPress sites can be translatable into many languages.
  6. WordPress sites are easy to update (far easier than reglular html or Joomla).
  7. Multiple authors and editors can contribute to writing content and posting photos or video (you can DELEGATE!)
  8. You can add PayPal buttons or a shopping cart to monetize your site (you can MAKE MONEY!)
  9. You can embed video from YouTube easily (YouTube is second to Google as a search engine now!)
  10. WordPress is open-source and is constantly evolving (it’s always getting better!)
  11. OK one more: WordPress is easy to learn!

There are more advanced reasons that concern templates, tags and permalinks, but the 10 reasons listed above should satisfy most folks who need a fast and easy way to get their business website up and running.

Here is a screenshot of what WordPress looks like from the back-end:

Live in Nevada County and want to learn more about WordPress in person?  Come to my free class.

What is involved with a Web Weaver monthly retainer agreement?

A Web Weaver™ monthly retainer agreement is a written document and mutually beneficial exchange of monies and services, co-created between 2 parties through dialogue and email.  The monetary exchange is pre-paid through a recurring PayPal transaction or with check or cash.

The retainer agreement allows a client to purchase a set number of Web Weaving™ hours per month, thereby engaging the Web Weaving services regularly over a period of time, with a minimum commitment of 6 months.  Hours may not be carried over to the next month if not used.

Making a retainer agreement represents a higher level of commitment from both parties to an ongoing working partnership that supports successful outcomes (such as increased website traffic, growing an email list, growing sales, improving social media reach, etc.) through ongoing site improvements, attention and communication about the effectiveness about the Web Weaving services applied to the WordPress site.

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What is Web Weaving?

“Web Weavingâ„¢” is a term that describes a process of blending skill sets for the purposes of comprehensive internet marketing strategy.  A Web Weaverâ„¢ may use some or all of the following skills to market a product, service or business online:

  • WordPress
  • Search Engine Marketing/Optimization
  • Podcasting with audio and video
  • Social Media: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and more

Need to delegate internet marketing to someone else or just don’t have the time to do it?  Hire a Web Weaver™!

Catherine Scholz synthesizes the best internet marketing tools available: WordPress, SEO, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, podcasting to iTunes and more.

She also trains other Web Weaversâ„¢ how to use these tools to jump start their internet marketing strategy.

Hire Catherine to be your Web Weaverâ„¢ (monthly retainers start at $144/month), or sign up a member of your staff to learn how to become a Web Weaverâ„¢ for your business.

Design Portfolio: Featured Content Gallery

This screenshot of Patt Lind-Kyle’s home page shows one of my favorite WordPress add-ons: the Featured Content Gallery (FCG).  This plugin allows WordPress users/designers to add a rotating image gallery to the home page that links to featured blog posts when clicked on.  Here is another WordPress site that uses FCG (

Adding a Featured Content Gallery to an exisiting WordPress site involves designing custom images and associating them with the featured posts.  The total cost for this add-on depends on how many images are requested and ranges from $76-$152.  Ongoing maintenance or changes are billed at my hourly rate of $38.

If you would like to add a Featured Content Gallery to your site, call me at (530) 362-8586 or send an email to cat @

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