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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WordPress Security: What Is A Patch?

WordPress is a complex piece of software comprising many thousands of lines of code — a mixture of PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’s under constant development, which means that all those files are subject to change. Often, those changes will address security issues; that is, they are edits to code that caused a vulnerability. […]

What’s The Difference Between Tags And Categories In WordPress?

A website is a network of interconnected pages. Links within the content bind the pages together into a single entity, but they aren’t the only — or the best — way to organize pages according to the content they contain. To do that, we need a taxonomy, a way of grouping pages according to their […]

Don’t Use “WordPress” or “Woo” In The Name Of Your WordPress Business.

The popularity of WordPress nourishes a thriving ecosystem of plugin and theme developers and designers, as well as thousands of businesses that offer WordPress-related services. The WordPress economy is worth many millions of dollars. And, it’s largely an open playing field. With a little knowledge and hard-work, it’s relatively easy to get started as a […]