Digital Strategy Works founder Tony Zeoli hosts WordPress Westchester Meetup

Tony Zeoli - WordPress Westchester Meetup
Tony Zeoli hosts WordPress Westchester Meetup

On Thursday, January 28, 2010, Digital Strategy Works founder, Tony Zeoli, hosted the first WordPress Westchester Meetup group at the offices of the Journal News (1 Gannet Drive, White Plains, NY).

Tony’s presentation, Getting Started with WordPress, guided participants in the the difference between setting up a blog or web site on WordPress.com versus hosting by installing the WordPress software with a web host provider.

Tony covered the basics of install and how to set WordPress so that the home page resolves at “yourdomain.com, instead of “yourdomain.com/wordpress.” Just three simple steps and you’re done.

In your index.php file, (1) just change the path to blog-header.php from “/blog-header.php” to “/folder_name/blog-header.php; (2) Move the file from its current directory (usually “wordpress” if you didn’t change it when you installed WordPress) to the directory (folder), which is one level up (path: /directory_one_level_up/wordpress) from the “wordpress” folder; and (3) change the blog path in Admin/Settings/General tab from “http://www.mydomain.com/wordpress” to “http://www.mydomain.com.” Although this little trick is published on the WordPress Codex, many people don’t know to look for it there. When you download WordPress, this trick is not made obvious. Now that you know it, you can finally allow people to view your blog at “yourdomain.com” instead of “yourdomain.com/wordpress.”

Of course, you should try and do this when you first install WordPress, so that search engines pick up your site at “yourdomain.com,” and not “yourdomain.com/wordpress.” It’s a very simple step and one of the little secrets of WordPress.

The next WordPress Westchester Meetup tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 7:30 PM, again at the Journal News. Contact Tony Zeoli or Assistant Organizer, Jeffrey Marx, through the Meetup page for this event. Registering online will allow Tony and Jeffrey to keep you updated on date, time and location ongoing.

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