Posts tagged with ‘wordpress’

  • 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 […]
  • 5 Reasons Not to Write Blog Posts Directly in WordPress

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 24, 2014
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    All of my blogs are run in WordPress, and that’s been my blogging platform of choice since switching to it in 2006. WordPress offers fairly extensive writing and editing tools right within your site’s admin area. Over the years, I’ve written many of my blog posts directly in WordPress using these tools. That was probably a mistake. In my last […]
  • 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 […]
  • Create a Custom 404 Error Page for Your Writer Website or Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 28, 2014
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    In my post "4 Elements of Effective Freelance Writing Websites," I suggested creating a custom 404 error page to help misdirected prospects find what they're looking for. A 404 error is a "page not found" error message someone sees if they try to visit an address on your site that doesn't exist. No one likes seeing an error message. So […]
  • Weekend Reading: WordPress

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 21, 2013
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    One of my most-recommended resources for writers is WordPress. I suggest that freelancers not only use it to manage a blog that could attract clients, but also as a platform for their professional website. In fact, WordPress makes it simple to run a combination professional site / blog. As this week comes to a close, let's look at some posts […]