Posts tagged with ‘wordpress’

  • Quick Tip: Create Custom WordPress Sidebars for Categories or Pages

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 24, 2015
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    Many bloggers set up a single sidebar and then include that sidebar on every page of their blogs. But what happens if you have categories that would benefit from different sidebar content, or pages on your blog where you'd like a custom sidebar? Maybe you want to place hand-picked affiliate ads, or you want to promote different books on different […]
  • Turn Your Blog Posts Into an E-book With the Anthologize WordPress Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2015
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    Did you know that you can turn your old blog posts into a .pdf e-book you can sell or give away to help build your email list? Right within WordPress? At least with the Anthologize plugin you can. This plugin lets you choose key blog posts and then group them into e-book sections before exporting. Now, it's not a perfect […]
  • Quick Tip: Create More Advanced Freelance Writer Websites With WordPress Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 17, 2015
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    Your freelance writer website can be a vital tool in promoting your services, especially if you're new or if you focus on freelance writing for the web. We've talked about why you need a professional website, what your freelance writer website should include, and key elements of effective writer websites. Today let's take that a step further and look at […]
  • 5 of the Best Premium WordPress Themes for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 21, 2015
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    If you're thinking about launching a new author website or blog on WordPress, a good place to start is choosing an appropriate design. Today I'd like to share a bit of inspiration. Here are some of the best premium WordPress themes for authors that I've recently come across. These themes are designed to do more than host your author blog. […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]