Blog Management

  • Quick Tip: Back up or Clone Your WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2014
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    No matter what kind of website you run, frequent backups are a necessity. With WordPress sites and blogs that's especially true because of the frequent core, theme, and plugin updates you have to perform. Having a fresh backup means you can revert all, or a part, of your site if something goes wrong during the update process (or if you're […]
  • Quick Tip: Speed Up Your WordPress Blog by Identifying Slow Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 22, 2014
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    I constantly run speed tests on my websites and blogs. I tweak settings, monitor changes after updates, and look for ways to keep making improvements. There is always room for improvement, and I find that my biggest speed issues tend to surface after running updates. If you're having speed issues with your WordPress blog, chances are good the problem stems from your […]
  • Quick Tip: Protect Your WordPress Login Page From Brute Force Attacks

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 10, 2014
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    If you're a WordPress blogger, chances are that you're aware of the massive brute force attempts targeting WordPress sites lately. If you're not sure what these are, basically it's when someone attempts to hack your site by guessing your username and password. But they usually do this with bots that let them automate the process, and your site can be […]
  • Why I Switched to Scrivener for Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 22, 2014
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    A while back I mentioned that I was giving Scrivener a try. My hope was to use that writing software during last year’s NaNoWriMo instead of a standard word processor. That didn’t happen. I was still uncomfortable with the software at the time, and I worried it would slow me down. I’m still a Scrivener beginner by a long shot, […]
  • Some Early Thoughts on WordPress 3.9

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 17, 2014
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    If you run a blog or website on WordPress, you probably know that they rolled out the next major update. WordPress 3.9 was released on April 16th. I take my time with upgrades. I have a little over 50 WordPress installations that need to be upgraded. I start with the smallest sites with the fewest plugins -- usually projects in-development. […]
  • 3 Things to do Before Upgrading WordPress Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2014
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    I wish I knew why, but over the last month and a half or so I've noticed far more WordPress plugin updates than usual being pushed through. Perhaps developers are getting ready for the WordPress 3.9 core update. Whatever the reason, more plugin updates equals more risk for your website or blog. Plenty can go wrong when you update a […]
  • WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 3

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 10, 2014
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    We've already looked at WordPress basics and WordPress plugins for writers. In this third, and final, post in our series on WordPress for writers we'll look at a few tips, tricks, and hacks that didn't fit in anywhere else. Not all writers will need these, but the tips and tricks below will help you customize your site to make it […]
  • WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 2

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 8, 2014
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    In Part One of my post series on WordPress for Writers, I covered some of the most basic steps you should take and settings you should change right after installing the WordPress platform. In Part Two of this series, I'll share some WordPress plugins that I consider must-haves -- ones you might want to set up well before launching your […]
  • WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 1

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 6, 2014
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    From working on my own WordPress issues to seeing a minor WordPress rant from John Soares, from talking WordPress security with Lori Widmer and Cathy Miller to recommending an SEO plugin on the forums to Alicia Rades, WordPress has been the talk of the day. And it's clear that writers are all over this blog / do-just-about-anything-you-want platform. That's a […]
  • How to Write a Blog Business Plan

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 12, 2014
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    When I first went into business for myself (full-time PR firm, part-time business writing and blogging), I had a pretty standard formal business plan. Later, and I expanded my Web publishing efforts, I started using a much simpler model -- one page versions that help me map out my plans and ideas on a project by project basis. I've even […]