Top 5 wordpress plugins for travel blogs 2013 edition

By | June 5th, 2013|Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

Wordpress plugins can be an integral part of your travel blog ... if you use the Wordpress platform obviously.  Allowing you to add certain functionality and/or features that are not available on the standard Wordpress download alone, plugins can help take your blog to the next level.  So back by popular demand (one person asked) [...]

A first timers views on World Travel Market (WTM)

By | November 9th, 2012|Travel Blogging|

World Travel Market was any and all of the below ... Brilliant Confusing Overwhelming Frustrating Scary Disheartening Inspirational   As a first timer and still a relative novice blogger I made my way to WTM on Wednesday November 7th 2012 with high hopes for an exciting day.  I had no plans, no meetings, no real [...]

Adding a Google+ button to sharebar

By | September 27th, 2012|Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

Adding a Google+ button to sharebar, and a Pin it button too, is pretty much essential when setting up your wordpress plugin.  They do not come as standard when you download the plugin, but thankfully they're both really easy to add. Go to Settings in WordPress and select Sharebar Click “Add New Button” Name your [...]

Is Youtube video sitting on top of your wordpress blogs menus?

By | June 7th, 2012|Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

Writing a wordpress travel blog is one thing, but getting all the tech to work in the way you want it to can be (usually is) a pain in the back side.  Take Youtube for example.  Youtube is youtube, and generally brilliant. However, if like me you have drop down menu's or other parts of your [...]

HTML basics for newbie travel bloggers using wordpress pt2

By | May 1st, 2012|Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

Onto part 2 of this mini series.  In part 1 I covered the html behind images and hyperlinks.  This part 2 will cover just a few of the basic word formatting options that you're probably used to seeing in software such as microsoft word. Bold Code1: <b>backpacks and bunkbeds</b> Result1:  backpacks and bunkbeds   Code2: <strong>backpacks and bunkbeds</strong> [...]

HTML basics for newbie travel bloggers using wordpress pt1

By | April 24th, 2012|Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

I looove wordpress, I think it’s a great blogging platform and the fact that its free (minus the cost of hosting and a domain) makes it even greater.  That said, on occasion wordpress doesn’t always want to play nice, sometimes the toolbar doesn’t always have what I need, or it doesn’t do something in the [...]

Getting Hacked: Securing your wordpress travel blog

By | March 30th, 2012|Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

I must have seriously f*cked up in a past life.  I mean we're talking about drop kicking a new born puppy off a 40ft cliff and into a dark forest full of blood thirsty T-Rex's and dense stinging nettles. You know when you have those 'why me?' moments, well this is one of mine.  This post might be a bit [...]

Top 5 WordPress plugins for a travel blog 2012

By | January 26th, 2012|Top 5's, Travel, Travel Blogging, Wordpress/Tech tips|

I like plugins, they are fun and offer me shiny things for my site, not too many of them though otherwise my wordpress site will be slooooooww, which I dont want.  So those I do install need to be worth it *flicks hair like in the tv advert.  Here's the plugins that I think will add [...]

The troubles of a travel blogger in 2011

By | January 4th, 2012|Travel Blogging, Travel tips, Wordpress/Tech tips|

2011 saw me create www.backpacksandbunkbeds.co.uk, the site you are currently reading. I’d been messing around with websites for 18 months or so prior to its creation, learning to code etc. I had designed a few sites for other people and casually created my own blog at www.getoutofmyfacebook.co.uk , but I wasn’t taking anything too seriously. Just [...]

Last night a screenshot saved my life

By | December 12th, 2011|Travel Blogging, Travel tips, Wordpress/Tech tips|

Have you ever had that rather annoying scenario where you turn up to a hostel/hotel/tour/flight and proceed to rumage through your rucksack looking for your booking form only to be dissapointed at its non existance within said rucksack?  Tis a bit of a b*stard.  Some of you may have taken this one step further and [...]