Blog Management

  • Quick Tip: Stay On Top Of Your WordPress Updates

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 22, 2015
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    WordPress released a new update this week. It's version 4.1.2, which is an important security release. Make sure you update your sites promptly if you don't have automatic updates enabled. A security issue affecting numerous plugins was also identified, so don't be surprised if you see a lot of plugin update notifications come through this week. Make sure you run […]
  • Quick Tip: Protect Your Personal Information When Registering a Domain Name

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 14, 2015
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    Spam sucks. So does physical junk mail. And I get a crap-ton of it on a regular basis (that's the official measurement scale for junk mail, really). Here's why I get so much more garbage than my family and friends: I registered a domain name. Actually, I've registered hundreds of them over the years, but all it takes is one to let […]
  • The Bloom Email Opt-In Plugin: Pros and Cons

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 19, 2015
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    I've been a customer of Elegant Themes for years, using their themes on several of my smaller sites and blogs. I loved their recent social media plugin, Monarch, which I use on my small business blog. And I was rather excited about their launch this week of Bloom, their new email opt-in plugin. While I was excited to test it […]
  • Quick Tip: Take Control of Your WordPress Revisions

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 23, 2014
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    If you've been blogging with WordPress for a while, you probably know that WordPress saves several revisions of your posts as you create or edit them. These revision backups are saved when you save drafts or update live posts. WordPress revisions can come in handy if you made changes you aren't happy with or if you accidentally delete something from […]
  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 16, 2014
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    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Google Webmaster Tools for Your Writer Website or Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 16, 2014
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    Readers and colleagues often come to me with questions about problems they're having with their websites or blogs. In some cases, such as sudden search engine ranking issues or site indexing problems, one of the first things I tend to ask them is to check Google Webmaster Tools. That's when I sometimes get the mind-blowing responses of "What's that?" or "I […]
  • Is Your WordPress Database Too Large? Thin Out Revisions

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 9, 2014
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    A great feature of WordPress is its ability to save different versions of your posts as you go -- such as when you hit the "save draft" or "preview" buttons. These saved versions are called "revisions," and they give you restore points if anything goes wrong. Awesome, right? Well, it can be. But WordPress revisions have to be saved to […]
  • 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 […]