4 Easy Steps To Clean Your WordPress Blog

Spring is upon us, and what better way to kick it off with a little Spring-cleaning. Yes, that means cleaning your WordPress blog too! Just a little sprucing up to make sure your blog functions well all throughout the year.

Here are some easy steps to clean your WordPress blog:

  1. Unload your unused widgets – Don’t overstuff your sidebar or widget area, especially if you don’t really need those additional widgets. Look at your sidebar at the perspective of a first-time visitor and see which widgets are essential and which ones will you least likely click. Then remove widgets that don’t serve clear navigational or visual purpose.
  2. Declutter your social sharing buttons – Social sharing buttons are great to help readers spread your content across multiple social media sites. But displaying every single sharing button can also be visually distracting. Instead, think about your buttons’ lineup. And consider which ones you will really need and the social media platforms you want to take advantage of. If you’re a personal blogger, do you need to be that active in LinkedIn? Also, of you write long posts, will it suit well in Tumblr? Try to limit it to the top three or four places where your content is most likely to be shared.
  3. Finish off old drafts – Do you have a lot of unfinished drafts or notes? Well, it’s about time to make them public. Complete those unfinished drafts you’ve forgotten about, or even combine materials from several drafts into one post.
  4. Sort out your tags – In your dashboard, look at the tags column of all your posts and see if all your posts have tags. Meanwhile, if any posts have more than 15 tags, then remove some of the tags. Also, if you see posts that have similar topics but are tagged differently, then edit them to have consistency. This can help readers find related content quickly.

Now, all you have to do is enjoy your cleaner and clutter-free blog! Do have your own spring-cleaning process? Tell me about it and share it on the comments below!

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WordPress Most Popular Security Plugins

Online security is something you can’t take lightly, especially on your website. You want to avoid hackers from taking over your website as well as your content backed up. WordPress users can rely on security plugins to keep data safe every single time.

Below is an infographic showing the various WordPress security plugins you can download and install to keep your website safe and working well. You’ll also see the descriptions of each plugin as well as the user ratings. So take time to read through it and choose which one will fit well with your needs.

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Hot WordPress Trends For 2014

Hot WordPress Trends For 2014

It’s no secret that WordPress is a popular CMS-based website platform today. In fact, at least 19% of websites in the Internet are powered by WordPress and that number will just grow this 2014.

WordPress website trends constantly changed for the last 10 years. This year, it will be an entirely new ballgame. Below are some of the hottest WordPress trends that we will see.

Speed will be crucial when it comes to website loading times. Meanwhile, design will be about the simplicity to navigate these websites while maintaining an elegant and interesting design.

Add-ons like Typekit will let WordPress websites’ owners enhance their sites using distinctive fonts. No need to settle with Arial, Times New Roman, or Comic Sans when you can go for custom fonts.

Fancy design elements like gradients and shadow will go out. Expect to see the wide use of colors to make website designs pop. It’s all about “clean and simple layouts with strategic color placement.” Many will opt for sleek, modern designs in their WordPress templates and custom websites.

With more people relying on their smartphones and other mobile gadgets to browse, we are beginning to see more single page websites. These simple and elegant websites already have all the main content in just one page.

These are some of the things you need to watch out for. Surely, we will see more out of WordPress.

Tips To Improve WordPress Security

186837530_5c00e230c1_zIt’s never fun to get your website hacked. So it’s better to have your website secured from the start.

WooThemes has some tips on how you can keep your website safe with the additional security measures discussed below:

First of is to use a secure hosting. According to WooThemes, “hosting vulnerabilities account for a huge percentage of WordPress sites being hacked.”

Before you decide on your webhosting, do your research. Don’t get the most affordable one. Look for an established company with a good record when it comes to strong security measures. Make sure that you get your money’s worth.

Second, keep updating. Each version WordPress releases, there are patches and fixes that would address several issues. If you don’t update to the latest WordPress version, you could leave your website prone to attacks.

Hackers usually target older versions of WordPress with known security issues, so it’s best to update your website the minute you see a “Please update now” message on your Dashboard notification area. The same goes to your themes and plugins. If you keep them up-to-date there is are less chances your website will get hacked.

Next is to strengthen your passwords. Avoid passwords like, ‘letmein’, ‘abc123’, or ‘password’. These are very common and you need to change them into more secure ones immediately. You can also use a password manager such as LastPass to help you.

When it comes to your username, don’t use “admin.” Imagine of you are using “admin” as your username and your password is not that strong, that makes your site vulnerable to malicious attacks. We recommend changing your username to something less obvious.

Lastly, limit your login attempts. This is very useful especially if a hacker or a bot attempts to attack and crack your website’s password. It will detect the number of failed login attempts from a single IP address; by limiting it, you can further secure your site.

Nothing beats added security to prevent attacks of your website. So consider these tips and prevent hackers from accessing your website.

Quick Edit And Other Features In WordPress

SONY DSCTime is always of the essence in everything we do. That’s why if we can save some time even in editing blogs.

Here’s when Quick Edit and Bulk Actions features come in handy. You only need to place the cursor on the title of the post you want to edit and click the Quick Edit link under the post’s name.

You can use Quick Edit feature to edit these:

  • The post’s category
  • The post’s tags
  • Post status (draft, pending review, published)
  • The title
  • The published post’s date

Editing posts in bulk is a great time-saver too, especially if you need to do a single action on several posts. To do this, simply check the posts you want to edit using the checkbox. Then, under the Bulk Actions you may select Edit and click Apply.

If you are low on time and need to edit a few things on your blog, then these features will help you out. Go ahead and try them out.

Copybloggers Solves The 15 WordPress User Errors

Nobody gets it right the first time and we have all been down that road in being a newbie even into managing our own WordPress- based blog or website.

It’s a process as they say, but how can we make sure that the essentials are laid out and we don’t miss them? We can research and create a checklist.

Copyblogger didn’t exactly created a checklist, but they created an infographic showing the 15 WordPress user errors that make you look silly.

Check it out!
15 WordPress User Errors That Make You Look Silly [Infographic]

6 Helpful WordPress Plugins Of 2013

wordpress plug-inHave you ever experienced having trouble with your WordPress plugins? Ever experienced a plugin slowing down your site? The culprit is a poorly-coded WordPress plugin!

It’s really hard for bloggers to pick the right WordPress plugin, especially with more than 26,000 available.

So, how do you know which WordPress plugins you need? You can start with these six helpful WordPress plugins of 2013.

  1. Limit Login Attempts – As the name suggests, it helps limits the login attempt on your WordPress admin area. This is a good, basic security you can install and can help you a lot in the future.
  2. Compact Archives – This is especially useful for bloggers with established blogs with tons of content. It allows you to archive your posts in a monthly format. This is more convenient compared to the default WordPress archives widget, which can be long and messy. You can choose to use it on your custom archives page or as a widget in your sidebar.
  3. Floating Social Bar – This is the fastest social media WordPress plugin. It is also very easy to use with a horizontal floating share bar added to your blog’s content.
  4. Edit Flow – If you have multi-author blogs, then you must check out this WordPress plugin. Edit flow basically streamlines your workflow; thus, saving you time. It features a visual editorial calendar, custom post statuses, and editorial comments.
  5. Post Expirator – If you want to blog about a contest or an event, you need to manually remove that post from your blog once the event happened. What if you can just set a time or date that will automatically remove the post? I’m sure that will be very helpful. That is what the Post Expirator is about. It allows bloggers to automatically remove the post by simply pre-selecting a date.
  6. WordPress SEO by Yoast – Aside from optimizing your blog posts, this SEO plugin comes with XML sitemaps, Twitter cards, Google Authorship and Facebook meta data. This comprehensive WordPress plugin is a must! If you’re using another SEO plugin and want to switch to this SEO plugin from Yoast, you can us the SEO Data Transporter.

It’s easy to get lost with all the WordPress plugins available today. You just have to choose the ones you will really need and use. And the six that I’ve mentioned above can really improve any bloggers’ productivity in no time! Happy plugin!

 

 

 

Blogging TIP #8: Update Your Permalinks

By default you post URLs are formatted with some weird numbers that really look ugly. Not only are they hard to read and recall, but they are also not good for Search Engine Optimization. So we need to make sure that you update your WordPress Permalinks and make it keyword-rich.

Here’s a video showing you why and how.

Enjoy! :)

[Video Tutorial] How to make your first WordPress Blog Post

Now that you have your theme up and your plugins, fully functional, it’s finally time for you to make your very first post. One of the features WordPress prides itself in its being user-friendly. By that, making a blog post can be done by literally anyone who knows how to read and right (provided, of course, they’re not against technology or anything).

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