We will be creating new user accounts and blogs for all of our previous CBS blog owners. Here is the process:
a. Let us know if you are wanting to use the newcbs theme with a customized blog header. Go to our Contacts Page to send us an email with the necessary info.
b. We will create a user account and blog page for you. It will be the same as you have now. (usernames must not be capitalized and not have special characters)
c. We will upload your customized header if you provided us the necessary information.
d. When we create your username and blog you will receive two emails
One will be an email letting you know what your computer generated password is.
The second email will give you a link if you want to change your password.
You choose if you want to keep the computer generated password or want change your password.
e. Go to the Steps for Previous CBS Blog Users FAQ.
f. As time allows we will update the FAQs. We are updating several times a day.
Maybe you have read that you can enter a slug for your permalink.
Maybe you are wondering why you cannot turn on or off comments for your article?
Maybe it appears that other features are missing. Don’t worry, there is an easy solution.
Wherever you are at go to to the top right section of the page you are on. You will see Screen Options. That is where you can turn on or off various options/features.
To learn about the various screen options go to:
On your post page you should have an option to turn comments on or off. If not, go to the top right of your page and click on Screen Options and turn the comments feature on.
More info on Screen Options:
NOTE: if you are only seeing a couple options on the left column of your dashboard when you login, you have not logged in per the step below.
a. Go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/yourusername/wp-login.php. Enter your Username and your Password.
If you go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/wp-login.php you will login as a subscriber to CBS, not as an admin to your blog.
If you do not need links to Facebook on your blog page and they are appearing on your blog page, it is easy to remove them:
1. Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets
2. On the far right click on the Secondary Widget Bar
3. Click on each of the Social Media Widgets and click delete on each of them. That’s it.
To change the Bio image on the top right sidebar when using the newcbs theme, do the following:
1. Upload a new image to your Media Library:
a. Go to Dashboard-Media,, Add new
b. Upload your image. It is best that it is 150×150 but once you upload it you will have very size options to choose from.
c. Copy the URL of the image. (click on your image and on the right is your iamge URL.)
2. Go to Dashboard-Apperance-Widgets
a. Click on the Secondary Widget Sidebar on the fr right to open it
b. Click on the More Widget
c. You will see where you can enter the URL of your image
3. If you want to have a Bio page then do the following:
a. Go to Dashboard-Pages, Add new
b. Create your page and Save.
c. Copy by your page permalink
d. Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets
e. Click on the Secondary Widget Sidebar on the fr right to open it
f. Click on the More Widget
g. Replace the current URL with your URL. Be sure you do not change the html coding. Only replace the URL in the html code. If you erase it here it what you need to do to link yo your Bio Page.
If you have the link say, Click Here for more details. It would look like this. Copy the info below:
<a href=”Your Bio Page URL”>Click Here</a> for more info.
If you have problems just contact us and give us your blogtitle and blogusername. We can make it work for you.
Does it seem like a page you are going to is ‘hanging u[‘, not loading. Here is something you can do if this is the case.
The sample below is for Firefox, but it would apply to any browser.
If you want to remove or add links to your menu bar, go the following:
If you want to add a menu to your blog site, go to Dashboard-Appearance-Menus and create a menu.
Afterwards go to Appearance-Widgets and choose the menu option and place your menu where you want it.
Do you have old posts that you would like to delete? Maybe you have duplicate posts from the importing of your posts from the old CBS Blog Site. It is easy to delete several posts at one time. Just follow these steps:
a. Go to Dashboard-Posts
b. You will see a ‘Bulk; Dropdown. Click on the dropdown and choose Trash.
c. Scroll down and click on the posts you want to delete.
d. Click Apply.
Did you know that Bible Verse References are linked in your posts. Let us explain.
If you enter a Bible verse reference in your post (for example John 3:16), it automatically becomes hypertext. Visitors will see it is hypertext. When they click on it a window opens with the actual verse. So when you post Bible verses as a reference, you do not need to type out the actual reference unless you want the actual text in your post.
If you look at various themes you will notice some of them have a More About Me, Bio, or some other About Me section in the theme. If you want to delete this section, edit this section, or add this section, it usually can be found in Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets. It will be either an existing widget that is being used or it will be a widget you can add to your theme.
If it already a widget being used by your theme you can remove it FAQ Section and do a search for More About Me.
Do you want to change different features of your font? If you do not see the different font options when posting and editing, then you need to install them. This is very simple.
Go to Dashboard-Settings-TinyMCE Advanced. You will see an active tool bar row. if there are not the tools you want just click on the icon of the tool you want (it will be in the Unused Buttons section) and drag it to the active tool bar row. click save, that’s it.
You can replace the top header image with this image: Blogging for Jesus. Right click on the image and click on Save As. Upload the image to your media folder. Once uploaded to your media folder copy the new the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.
You can replace the default header image with your own, Just go into your media folder, upload the image you want (needs to be 960px x 335px) . Once uploaded copy the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.
We can customize a blog header image for you. There is a $10 fee for a customized header. There are three pieces of information that can be entered in your Blog Header. The Blog Title, the Blog Subtitle, a short description. If you would like a customized blog header, go to our Contact Page and enter the appropriate information.
Once we receive your request we normally we will have the header done in a few hours , but for sure within 24 hours.
The following is information on Setting Up Your New Blog. Be sure to go to our FAQs pages for help on doing anything listed below.
- If you have not done it yet, request a free customized blog header if you are going to use the default newcbs theme as your theme. Place your request by going to our Contact Page.
(We have created a default blog header for all of our previous users. We will provide you one free edit. With the edit you can add the following:
a. Add Blog Subtitle
b. Add Blog Description
c. Add a small image. You must upload the image to your Media Folder and send me detailed instructions of where you want the image, what size you want. Then contact me via the contact page with instructions.
- Log into your site (Go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/yourusername/wp-login.php) and take a look at the dashboard. Click thru the various links to get an idea of how the dashboard is set up.
- Update your Profile Page. Go to Dashboard-Users-Your Profile.
a. You want to choose what name shows up publicly on your blog. I would recommend changing your nickname to something different than your username.
b. To upload your profile picture/avatar, just click on the current image. It will load the media page. If you ahve not uploaded your profile picture on your blog yet, upload an image then choose it for your profile picture.
- Your default blog site has several widgets, you can remove or add widgets. Go to our FAQs pages for specifics on widgets. The general concept is you go to the widget page and drag and drop widgets where you want them on your blog site. You then can edit each of the widgets. Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets.
- You can change your blog theme if you desire. (I would recommend doing this until you have done all of the items below.) If you want to change your theme go to Appearance-Themes. Realize that some widgets will not work with certain themes. The newcbs theme was designed to work with almost all of the widgets provided.
- DO NOT COPY your previous blog articles to this site or do anything else with them. We will be uploading them to your new blog. You will need to do some fine tuning but at least they will be uploaded to your new site.
- Do not activate Cleantalk plug-in at this time. We are working with them to make it than our entire site is activated with Cleantalk anti-spam with only one activation key. Once this happens you really do not need any other plugins to block same, but we would recommend immediately installing Akismet and Bad Behavior as a precaution.
- Until we get Cleantalk activated for the entire CBS site. we recommend you activate Akismet and Bad Behavior Anti-Spam plugins. Go to Dashboard-Settings-Akisment or Dashboard-Settings-Bad Behavior to learn how to activate these plugins. Akismet is going to require you to create a blog with WordPress. You do not need to use the blog, only create to set up an account for Akismet.
- Sign up with Gravatar to receive a gravatar (a small image associated with your email address that appear on posts, comments, etc where you have your email address.) It is linked to your CBS blog automatically. There is an FAQ on this at our FAQ pages
- Change your time zone under Dashboard-Setting-General
- Choose if you want comments defaulted. We recommend have them off unless you want comments on. Go to Dashboard-Settings-Discussion.
- Edit the existing default blog article/post or delete (do not delete until you have written one new blog article) otherwise you will get a 404 Error Message on your page.
- Edit or Delete the About Me widget that is on the right side of your blog. You can either remove it completely or edit it with your info. If you want to provide a link on it to go to a specific bio/info page be sure to not edit out the link code in the widget. There is an FAQ on this at our FAQ pages
- When you have done all of the above would you please let me know by sending an email via the Contact Page.
- Once most of you have accomplished the above we will be creating summary pages that can be linked from any of your blogs. The summary will be like we had in the past with a list of Blogs and recent postings.
- We are doing more testing with some Facebook widgets. Right now you can link to your Facebook page and people can recommend your blog through facebook. We are working on providing you the ability to have FB widgets on your actual posts so that after you write an article there will a FB link that you are a visitor can upload to FB a link of the article.
- We are now in the process of redirecting your old blog URL to your new site. In other words when people go to the URL of your old blog site they will be sent to the URL of your new blog sie automatically.
- Last but not least in my mind is if you would like to make a small donation at any time to help cover hosting costs go to our Donation Page. Your credit card donation will be processed securely by PayPal. You can always mail a donation to: Richard Dover, P.O. Box 58512, Seattle, WA 98166.
Keep on Blogging
P.S. Once you have your blog sites setup, we transfer your old blog articles, it would be great to let your friends know about this site. Our new intro homepage should be up and going in a few days.
If you are seeing on the right column of your blog a section that says Blog Owner Richard D. Dover you are using a customized newcbs theme, hat has installed a More About Me Widget in the Secondary Sidebar. You can either edit that widget with your info or you can delete it completely.
If you are going to edit with your information and you want it to link to a page, do not delete the link. Instead edit the page it goes to and rename the page and change the link. Instructions below.
To delete or edit the More About Me widget: Go to Dashobard-Appearance-Widgets-Secondary Sidebar and click on the More About Me Widget.
If you still want a bio page then do the following:
Go to Dashboard-Pages-bio-your-name page. Edit the title and fill out the page. Go to the bottom of the page and create a slug (enter something like your first-lastname). Update the page. Go to the permalink and copy it. Go to Appearance-Widgets-More About Me and edit the widget. replace the link with your new page permalink.
Example: <a href=”http://www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/your blog/bio-your-name”>like this</a>
<a href=”http://www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/bio-first-last”>Your Name</a>.
If you have a long post, you do not want to have it take up a large length of your blog homepage. You should be using the Read More tag. Normally it is inserted after a few paragraphs of your post.
Write out your post. After you are done writing your post decide where you would like to insert your Read More tag. Click your mouse where you want to insert the ‘read more’ link. Go to ‘Insert’ tab. Click on it for the dropdown menu. Choose ‘Insert Read More tag’. It can be found at:
The way this works is that the first few paragraphs of your post appear on your blog homepage and then people can click the Read More tag to read the rest of your post. That way you can have more short articles/posts on your homepage. For an example of how your homepage will look go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/pastorrich
1. Log into your blog dashboard, go to the bottom left and click on the Login link. Enter your username and password.
2. Once you are in the dashboard you can start blogging. The first thing you should do is create your blog categories. Go to:
3. To write a post go to:
4. Enter your article/post title at the top and then write your article.
5. If desired go to the bottom of the page to create a slug.
6. Go to SEO Settings if you would like to Search Engine Optimize your post.
7. Save your post going to top right and click on publish.
NOTE: Before you write any articles you should change the time zone for your blog. The default is Pacific Time. Go to:
Find the city that matches your Time Zone.
You are able to choose what name shows up on your posts. Go to Dashboard-Users-Your Profile
You will see the screen below. Enter what you want as your nickname, otherwise it will be your username.
Under Display name publicly as, you will have the option to choose any of the names that are listed on this screen.
We are working hard at transferring your previous blog articles. We need your help to make this transition as smooth as possible. Please be aware that there will be glitches along the way.
We need your help to make the transition smoother. Here is what we need from you.
1. DO NOT post any longer at www.christianblogsites.com/blog website.
2. ASAP create categories in your new blog site that match the categories in your old blog site. (Go to Dashboard-Posts-Categories)
3. Add images/photos/graphics to your Media file of your new blog site. If any of your old blog articles contain images (and you don’t have them on your local computer) you should get them from your old blog site and save those images to your new blog site. (We also are going to try to capture all of them, but this is going to be challenging and we may miss some.)
Be aware that when we transfer your articles to the new site that there will be some issues:
a. Any articles that have images in them will have links to the image path that will be wrong. You will need to go into your articles and change the image path.
b. If you used the ‘more’ feature when posting articles it will not work properly in regards to your articles. We are hoping to find a work around on this but not sure if we can get something to work.
It is our goal to be able to load all of your old blog posts to your new site. We cannot guarantee that will happen. What we can promise is that we will be able to capture all your articles and provide you a file that has all your articles. You would then need to copy and paste each article to your blog. Yes a pain, but at least you would able to post your favorite articles. (But we are hoping to input all your blog posts into your new site.
As a faithful CBS Blog User you are able to receive a customized Blog Header if you use the newcbs theme. There are three pieces of information that can be entered in your Blog Header. The Blog Title, the Blog Subtitle, a short description. If you would like a customized blog header, go to our Contact Page and enter the appropriate information. (We may have already created and installed your customized blog header.)
Once we receive your request we normally we will have the header done in a few hours , but for sure within 24 hours. Until we create your custom blog header you can replace the default header with your own or with the blog header you see on this page. First go to Dashboard-Media-find the image, and copy the URL for the image. Then go to your Dashboard-Appearance-Settings-Theme Options-Logo Image-Remove-Paste the image URL-Save-back to Theme Options and you will see the new image.
The default theme on this site is newcbs theme. If you use this theme you can upload a different header than the existing one. OR we can customize a blog header for you. There is a $10 fee for a customized header. There are three pieces of information that can be entered in your Blog Header. The Blog Title, the Blog Subtitle, a short description. If you would like a customized blog header, go to our Contact Page and enter the appropriate information.
Once we receive your request we normally we will have the header done in a few hours , but for sure within 24 hours. Until we create your custom blog header you can replace the default header with your own, Just go into your media folder, upload the image you want (needs to be 960px x 335px) . Once uploaded copy the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.
Or you can replace the header with this image: Blogging for Jesus. Right click on the image and click on Save As. Upload the image to your media folder. Once uploaded to your media folder copy the new the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.
a. Go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/yourusername/wp-login.php. Enter your Username and your Password.
b. If you are on this page, go to the bottom left of this page and click on the login link and enter your username and password. Click on My Sites and click on your blog site name.
c. Once you place a Meta Sidebar Widget on your blog, there will be a Log-In link on your blog.
NOTE: if you are only seeing a couple options on the left column of your dashboard when you login, you have not logged in per step a. Logout and login per step a.
It is an ugly, slimy creature. Okay joking. A slug is a great thing for you at times in regards to SEO, Search Engine Optimization, and have more user friendly URLs.
Whenever you create a new page or new post, our system creates an URL called a Permalink. Normally the URL includes the title of the page or post. Many times that may be fine, but you may want a more customized URL or you want words in your URL that may be picked up by the search engines.
Here is an Example Concerning Slugs and Posts
You have a post titled What We Did While in Hawaii. Your standard URL would be:
You choose to make a slug for this post. Your slug is skydiving-in-Hawaii. This would make your post URL
You choose to make a slug for this post. Your slug is Hawaii. This would make your post URL
So in theory when a person searches the Internet for skydiving in Hawaii, or Hawaii your post is more likely to come up.
Now the odds are almost nothing compared to the thousands of other web pages with those phrases. But it is a start.
Where it helps is within our ChristianBlogSites Network. When other users are searching the CBS site your post is more likely to come up.
Here is an Example Concerning Slugs and Pages.
You have a blog page about you titled The Biography of Richard D. Dover. It’s standard permalink would be:
You make a slug of Richard Dover. Your URL would be:
If you do not see the slug option when posting an article or page, then you need to turn the feature on by going to the top right of your page and clicking on screen options:
What is a Gravatar?
Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post an article. It is an easy way to identify yourself by attaching an image to your email address.
You decide what image is associated with what email address.
To learn all about gravatars and to obtain your own free gravatar go to the Gravatar Web Site. You will need a WordPress default account. If you obtained one to use the Akismet plugin, you can use the same WordPress account. Once you have registered your gravatar, it will be interfaced with your CBS Blog automatically.
The ChristianBlogSites blog site has a variety of features to make each blog site Search Engine Optimized. Some of the features are built-in, but many need to be activated by you so that you have full control over your blog site.
Whenever you post an article or a page there is at the bottom of your browser a SEO Settings Section. The more you fill out the various fields the more your site becomes optimized.
There is also in your Dashboard towards the bottom left a SEO tab. You can do more fine tuning of your site.
Whenever you upload images it is a good idea to name the image with keywords. An image named picturehawaiiskydiving.jpg would be better named Hawaii-skydiving.jpg. When you go into your Media section you have the option of adding Alt tag descriptions for your images. Use keywords for this.
Make sure that when you do SEO that all your tags, descriptions, etc are relevant to the post or page. If not, you will actually go down in the search engines.
It takes a long time for SEO to work out so don’t expect results immediately, but if you do all the above over time you will see results.
When you go to the CBS web site you will see such things as Bible verse of the Day, Daily Proverb, link to Daily Bible Reading, etc. These are called widgets. Widgets are various features you can add to your blog site. They allow you to customize an them. If you want to add widgets to your blog site, do the following:
a. Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets
b. On the left side is a list of widgets with descriptions, choose the widget you want to appear on your website.
c. Click on the widget and drag it to where you want it to appear on your page and drop it. That’s it.
If the theme you are using has various sidebar options you may need to click on the sidebar to open it up.
Do you have a post that you want to always stay at the top of your blog home page? Maybe a Welcome Post? It is very easy to do this. Here are the steps:
1. Create your post.
2. In the right side of your screen you will see “publish” box.
3. In the visibility:public line, you will see “Edit” link button, click it.
4. Once you click that button, it will show you three options, public, password protected and private. Below the public option, tick “Stick the post to the front page.
5. Click publish and you are done. If you are editing it, then just click “update”.
Some of you are using a theme that defaults with a Follow Us on Facebook widget. If you want to keep that widget on your site you need to enter your Facebook URL. Go to:
Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets-Social Media Feather Follow Us
or if it is already in your sidebar, click on the sidebar and edit the widget
For some of you there are widgets in the Secondary Sidebar. To access them click on the Secondary Sidebar to open it.
If you do not have a Facebook account or do not want to link to your Facebook account you can remove this Widget.
Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets-Go to the Social Media Feather Follow Us and click on it to delete it.
Widgets are plugins that you can use to add features to your blog page. There are widgets to add images to your site, to add social networking links, to add special html text, to add Bible features, and much more. Different themes have different widgets available.
It is very easy to install widgets. You just click on a widget and drag and drop it where you want it to be. Once the widget is installed it will have customized features that you can edit.
To obtain access to widgets go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets.
How to Use Daly Proverb Widget?
Go to our Guidelines & Policies Page.
Bad Behavior is an anti-spam blog in that blocks known spambots from accessing your blog site. We recommend all blog owners to activate this plugin on your blog site.
Go to Dashboard-Settings-Bad-Behavior. There will be info on the plugin and there will be a link to a page you go to register for a Bad Behavior key. Once you register for the key you enter the key into the plugin.
Akismet is a plugin to help prevent spam. It is a project of WordPress. Akismet helps to prevent spam comments on your blog, spam registrations and much more.
In order to obtain an Akismet key you must register for a basic blog at WordPress. You do not have to do anything with the blog. You only register a blog to obtain a key. (If you obtained a WordPress blog to obtain a gravatar, you can use the same WordPress blog to obtain a gravatar) All the information you need to obtain a key is on the Akismet plugin page.
Go to Dashboard-Settings-Akismet
CleanTalk is a highly sophisticated Anti-Spam plugin. Most of the time if you have it installed you blog site will be 99% free of spam guaranteed. With it installed most of the time you do not need to install any of the other anti-spam plugins. You did not need captcha for your forms, registration page, etc.
We now have CleanTalk installed on our entire website for all blog site owners, at no charge to our blog site owners. You do not need to do anything for CleanTalk to work on your site.