A relatively new feature on WordPress.com are forms. You have been able to add a poll to a post for some time via the Polldaddy button but now you can add a form to post using the last button on the media bar (next to the polldaddy button) above the text input box:
The obvious form to create would be a contact form to collect readers details but as you can add many different sections they can be used to collect lots of different sorts of information:
This is clearly adding functionality similar to Google Forms and Survey Monkey and although it is not as functional as these other forms (e.g. no multiple choice boxes) it is a nice start and could be an excellent solution for straight forward form especially as it is so easy to add in to a blog post.
I was recently asked about my small collection of social badges on the top of my blog in the sidebar. These are created by the excellent WordPress plugin SocialGrid:
Change the links and the image urls of course and copy the code into the text widget and drag to your sidebar, images can be uploaded directly through the Media options in your WordPress.com blog. It should be relatively easy to change the grid from 2 x 4 or use other or different size icons.
This post should show you how to post any publicly readable RSS reed to a “Facebook Page”. There are many ways to add RSS updates to your personal profile but to add to Facebook Business Page.
First find your WordPress Blog’s RSS feed If this is a WordPress hosted blog on WordPress.com then if your blog is example.wordpress.com then feed is usually example.wordpress.com/feed. You can always test this by putting your blog address followed by “/feed” in your browser’s address bar and you should see a list of your last posts
On you Facebook Page click edit page
From the list of applications go down no “Notes” and click Edit.
From left hand side again click “Edit import Settings”
Finally enter the RSS feed address we found at number 1 into the RSS box.
This should work for any RSS feed but unfortunately it will only work for as there is no option currently to add another RSS feed after the first.
When entering a new post for WordPress.com on the website you will be using their WYSIWYG editor with a main row of icons. Some of the icons will be familiar to you is you are used to using word processors . The main buttons are explained in order below
Blockquote – normally used for text quoted from a person or website
Lets face it a screen full of text, no matter how interesting and creative, does not attract most people while surfing the web but a good picture or even a video can catch someones eye and get them reading.
As you can see from the example posts on this blog I would recommend at least one image on each post.
Here I am showing how an embedded video can make a post more interesting. The video below is direct from wordpress.com and is about there iphone client which allows you to blog directly from the ever popular Apple Iphone. This blog was embedded by uding the supplied code of wpvideo Bh7FJ4Qg between sqaure brackets (e.g [wpvid????])
The OutTraining Blog is an example of a wordpress.com blog. This is the is the first post of the blog which is often used to set the scene, explain what the purpose of the blog is and what the reader can expect to find here.
It is recommended that Categories and Tags are used from the first post.
Categories are usually used to group posts together into related sections although they can be used however each blogger see’s fit and if preferred not at all. In this example categories will be setup for the main areas of interest (e.g. Training, Blogging, Social Media). Posts, if required, can be posted to multiple categories but it is often recommended that only one category is used:
Tags are usually used to add a more granular description to the post adding words that are related specifically to that post. so in the case of this post they could be wordpress, blogging and tutorial:
Tags can make more sense over time as they seen over a group of posts a ‘tag cloud’ is often used in the sidebar as a representation of the blog in tag form. Tags are being used lots of areas to allow seay earching of photos, documents as well as blogs and micro blogs (e.g. Twitter).
Not only will tags and categories become part of the navigation and arhitecture of your blog but it will help people find your posts and blog in search engines like Google. Using cateogories and post titles in your web pages will also help you being found.