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Category : WordPress
October 26, 2016

Is Your WordPress Site Ready For TLS 1.2?

The payment processing industry will stop accepting payments from sites that use versions of TLS older than 1.2. WordPress is an excellent eCommerce solution for smaller online retailers and for selling digital products. eCommerce on WordPress usually requires the use of a payment processor. It’s almost never a good idea to take money directly — […]

October 20, 2016

Writing And Publishing Your Book From WordPress

I’ve written on this blog before about using WordPress to “blog your book”. Today, I’d like to focus on using WordPress as a book publishing platform. When you blog your book, you write blog articles with the intention of turning them into a book at some point — the book is a collection of blog […]

October 18, 2016

Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure Costs Criminals Money

With the number of CMS vulnerabilities reported over the last few years, site owners might feel they are under siege. Online criminals love nothing more than a juicy vulnerability in a popular content management system. The underlying motivation of most criminals is easy to understand — they want to make money. The online criminal economy […]

October 13, 2016

Customize Changesets Will Make The WordPress Customizer More Useful

When the Customizer was first introduced to WordPress a few years ago, it was intended as a simple interface for making changes to WordPress themes. Even non-technical users could tweak themes and see the results in real time without having to commit changes and preview them on the front end. However, the Customizer didn’t go […]

October 11, 2016

Four Ways You Can Improve Your WordPress Membership Site

One of the best ways to generate revenue from a WordPress site is to offer subscriptions for premium content. For general interest sites, offering subscriptions usually isn’t the best way to go, but if your site offers valuable information to an audience prepared to pay for it, then charging for access can offer better returns […]

October 06, 2016

Temporarily Blocking Access To A WordPress Site For Maintenance

At some point in the life of a WordPress site, its owner will want to make changes significant enough to justify blocking access to the site. It’s not a good idea to leave a site online when major changes are being implemented. A site with rough edges looks unprofessional and visitors won’t know that it’s […]

September 29, 2016

Is Your WordPress Site Ready For NanoWriMo?

Every November, aspiring novelists come together online to write 50,000 words of a novel. National Novel Writing Month — which attracts participants from around the world — helps writers put aside their trepidation and focus on getting the words out. 2016 will be NanoWriMo’s 17th year, and it’s expected to be just as popular as […]

September 28, 2016

What WordPress Does (And Doesn't Do) To Optimize Images

Images make up a large chunk of the bandwidth used by most websites. That makes them an obvious target for optimization. Any reduction in the size of images can have a positive impact on the performance of a website. Over the last couple of releases, WordPress has introduced several new image optimizations that happen by […]

September 27, 2016

Which Links Should You Nofollow On Your WordPress Site?

Google uses incoming links as a signal of the quality of a web page. Working under the assumption that links to a page are a vote in its favor, Google uses links to determine where pages should appear in the search engine results. Links are only one of the signals Google uses for ranking, but […]

September 21, 2016

What Happens When A WordPress Site Outgrows Its Hosting Environment?

Successful WordPress sites follow a fairly predictable path. They begin with an idea, which — because no one has a clue it will be successful — is built on a small shared hosting plan. Shared hosting plans are perfect for moderately trafficked sites, but as the sites grow, they need something more. A WordPress site […]