Tag: WordPress

Seven things to consider when choosing a WP theme

This is a great article and how true! Too many choices, too many features, can’t decide!

Put another way, how much easier is buying a bottle of wine when you know that you prefer reds and that your favorite red is Australian Shiraz? This small amount of knowledge cuts a choice between 500 bottles in a store down to 10.

With a nearly unlimited pool of WordPress themes to choose from, it becomes so easy to feel overwhelmed and resort to inaction… – Smashing Magazine

To try and simplify the process, here are the seven main points of consideration…

1. Price: Free Vs. Premium Themes

2. Speed: Lightweight Vs. Feature-Heavy Themes

3. Design And User Experience

4. Responsiveness

5. SEO

6. Ease Of Customization

7. Security

For all the details check out this great article from Marcus Taylor on the Smashing Magazine website.

The 10+ most important things to do after you install WordPress

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From wpbeginner.com

What do you do after installing WordPress? This is a common question asked by beginners. In this article, we will show you the top 10 most important things you must do after installing WordPress.

1. Change The Title, Tagline, Time zone, and Favicon

2. Change Your Permalink Structure

3. Configure the Reading Settings

4. Delete Unused Themes

5. Install a Cache Plugin**

6. Improving WordPress Security

7. Install an Anti-Spam Plugin

8. Install A SEO WordPress Plugin

9. Optimize For Social Media Sharing via Sharing Plugins

10. Start Scheduling Regular Backups

For details check out the article here (a post from wpbeginner.com)

I have a few of my own tips too…

1. Don’t activate / install caching until the site is up and running.**

2. Set your default category to something better than “uncategorized”.

3. Decide early if you will allow comments on posts (settings_discussion), so you don’t have to change the setting for each post.

Did we miss any? Pls comment below.

Top Ten Ways To Secure Your WordPress Website

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Here’s a good checklist of the ten things you should be doing to keep your WordPress site secure…

1. Use secure hosting

Make sure your hosting company is legit and secure.

2. Update all the things

Keep all plugins and themes up to date and always keep WordPress up to date.

3. Strengthen up those passwords

“Password” and “123456789” are the most common passwords in the world, don’t use them.

4. Never use “admin” as your username

Don’t use your email address as your username either.

5. Hide your username from the author archive URL

Make sure your username is not your author name.


To round out the top ten….

6. Limit login attempts
7. Disable file editing via the dashboard
8. Try to avoid free themes
9. Keep a backup
10. Use security plugins

Details on the top ten are right here, in the article “Improve your WordPress security with these ten steps“…

Are Google Webmaster Tools supported by WordPress.com?

Yes! If you have a website or blog hosted by WordPress.com you can still use Google’s Webmaster Tools.

From your WordPress.com dashboard select TOOLS, then AVAILABLE TOOLS, then WEBSITE VERIFICATION SERVICES.

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Screenshot of Website Verification Services

STEPS
1.Log in to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ with your Google account.
2.Enter your blog address (without http:// or https:// in front)
3.Click the Add a Site button
4.You will be presented with several verification methods. Choose the Alternate Methods tab.
5.Select the option: HTML tag
6.Copy the content value of the meta tag….more here.

WordPress.com also supports Bing Webmaster Center, Pinterest Verification and Yandex.

More information here in this WordPress.com support article


By: Mike Benny
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