Blogging Carnival Tutorials – Pre-Determining the URL in

In blogging carnivals, it’s necessary to determine your URL (web post address) before you actually post and it becomes live.  How do you do that?

It’s actually not so difficult.

This is a wordpress hosted website.  You would have created your blog on    If your website address is the following…

or (you paid wordpress $18/year for the “.com” listing)

you need to use this tutorial.

Let’s pretend that we are writing a blog post about different homeschool curriculum ideas.  Let’s also pretend that we will be the title of our post

Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

On the top  -where it says “post  title” – you will put your title – Homeschool Curriculum Ideas


Title of the post


You see on the top right you have two options.  One says visual and the other says text.  when you write your post, make sure the visual tab is selected (see red arrow).  The tab will be in the foreground (the non-clicked option will be slightly darkened).  You always want to compose a post with the visual tab in the foreground.  You use the text tab to place HTML in wordpress.  Putting HTML in wordpress will be the subject of another tutorial.  So for now, make sure the visual tab is selected.

The Visual Tab



Now, write your post.  Make sure you save often.  I have had many occasions where I have written a lot, and then the server goes down, or I get distracted and my computer is unplugged – or whatever case.  It’s annoying when you loose your work.

You write your post and put in the pictures that you want.  When you finish, it’s time to spell check and save your work and just leave it there until you publish on Carnival day.

Now, you must submit a web address for the post to the Carnival Host so that your link can be included.

In your Wordpres hosted blog, when you publish a post – the URL is a formula.


The permalink


When you are composing your post, the URL is also named Permalink – which is located right below where you add the title of your post.

Permalink in WordPress

I wouldn’t simply just copy the permalink though, because you might not get a complete post address (especially if the link is long).  You will get something like this……surving-homeschool/

This is not a complete address- and will result in an error page when clicked.

So, for your next Blogging carnival post – that you published on July 2nd, the title of your post is…

Surviving Homeschooling

The URL (or website address) for that post will be..


depending upon whether you paid extra money for the “.com”.

Once you have the URL of your post, you send it along to your carnival host – with the tentative draft of your post!

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to email me – lisa {at} squishablebaby {dot} com

or leave a blog post comment.

I would love to hear from you!

About Lisa

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  1. Hi Lisa,
    Wow, I could have used this article when I first started. I blindly stumbled into selfhosted WP (thank goodness!). I’ve bookmarked you so that I can find you when going “um…how do I ____.” Thanks!
    Kristi Campbell recently posted…Weekend Blog PartyMy Profile

    • Hey Kristi,

      Your welcome. Actually, I am by no means an expert. I sort of learn as I go.

      My find to my blog was circular. At first I didn’t know the difference – blogger, wordpress – it was all the same. After choosing a designer for blogger, I found out that wordpress had more options, so I had to start the process again.

      No clue about the difference between and I learned that much later! I, like you am very glad that I went self hosted right away. So much easier.

      Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you are having a peaceful night!
      Lisa recently posted…The Ultimate Stash Giveaway – Wool and Bamboo Galore!My Profile

  2. Hi Lisa! Did you get my email? I still need your link..Facebook, Twitter, etc…? It’s of choice
    Let me know!
    I also sent you the HTML post.
    le chateau des fleurs Isabelle Thornton recently posted…Beach ideas and Monday link partyMy Profile

  3. I just came across your post while googling questions about WordPress. I decided to switch over from Blogger for several reasons (not switched yet). WordPress seams so intimidating but this post really helps to understand the posting part a little better. Everyone tells me I would love it once I learn it.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary. I used blogger for a short time, and then decided to switch to WordPress. It’s not difficult to use, and it’s so much more versatile. You have a lot better plugins available and more room to grow. WordPress is excellent!

      Are you going self-hosted?

      I hope you have a terrific weekend!
      Lisa recently posted…Homeschool Link-Up – Week 25My Profile


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