The newbie on the WPMU Dev team with a bent for hacking WordPress, content management and online media.

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Stop Guessing, Start Testing Your Content For A Successful WordPress Site

There are 2 approaches to making sure that your content is helping your WordPress site achieve its goals.

The first is to guess what works and keep your fingers crossed. The second is to test versions of titles, content, calls-to-action and see what what gets your audience to behave the way you want them to.

If you are serious about your WordPress site’s success then you need to stop guessing and start testing your way to better engagement on your WordPress site.

Content developers need to develop a culture of testing to keep sites productive

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How To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your WordPress Post Titles

Just as there isn’t one simple trick to look 20 years younger or one surprising food that will give you a flat tummy in just 3 weeks, there isn’t a sure-fire method to writing headlines that guarantee click-thrus.

The inconvenient truth, just like dieting, is that writing effective headlines takes time and effort, in this case to find out what catches your audience’s attention. And key to that process is testing. Trying out different approaches and analyzing what works.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to set up title experiments that will help you work out what grabs your visitors.

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How To Backup Your WordPress Site To Google Drive

We all know that backing up a live WordPress site is a mandatory task for any site owner.

Storing backups in a remote location available from anywhere, is a sound strategy and anyone with a Gmail account has a cheap and easy solution.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll walkthrough how to use Google Drive as the remote store for those critically important site backups.

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Will Jetpack Supercharge Or Superbloat Your WordPress Site?

Jetpack, Automattic’s meta plugin adds more than 30 features to your WordPress site but has a bigger footprint than the WordPress core.

Built by Automattic, stress-tested on WordPress.com, almost 12 million downloads, installing it on your self-hosted WordPress site would seem to be a no-brainer.

But is Jetpack the solution to all your problems? Just how many of Jetpack’s modules will you actually use? Will your site be supercharged or just superbloated?

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How To Easily Set Up Monitoring For Your WordPress Site And Minimize Downtime

Every WordPress site owner should care about their site’s availability, regardless of whether its daily traffic can be counted on one hand or runs into millions.

Services that monitor your site’s uptime are fairly common and setting them up is quick and easy. In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll step through how to add the Monitor service from Automattic’s Jetpack suite of plugins.

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Snapshot, Clone, Copy, Template: The WPMU DEV Multisite Copying Toolkit

WPMU DEV’s recent release of the Cloner plugin put another powerful site copying tool into the hands of WordPress multisite network owners’ hands.

Cloner, together with Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier and New Blog Templates, provides a suite of multisite tools that cover the bases when it comes to copying data from one site to another, even multiple, destinations.

But which tool should you use when?

Montage of promo images for Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier, Cloner and New Blog Templates

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New From WPMU DEV: Cloner, the Site Cloning Plugin for WordPress Multisite

Sometimes you just need to make an exact copy of a site in your WordPress multisite network and you want to do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Other times you just want to copy all the users or posts.

Cloner, the latest WordPress multisite plugin from WPMU DEV allows you to effortlessly clone all or part of a site in your network. No fuss, no bother just a couple of clicks and it’s done.

Perfect for worry-free troubleshooting, staging, adding users to a new or existing site and distributing content across multiple sites, Cloner is destined to quickly become an essential tool for every WordPress multisite network owner.

Cloner, the perfect solution for troubleshooting, staging, copying users and creating leg-up sites

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How To Add Feature Images To Your WordPress Categories

Featured images for categories is one of those ideas that’s so obviously beneficial that you’ve probably not thought about it before.

A Featured image can, and does, make a huge positive impact on the the post pages so it’s only natural, when you think about it, to extend that impact to our category pages with the added bonus of giving the visitor an instant visual cue as to the topic.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to specify a featured image for a category and give you some tips on how to update your theme to display them.

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7 WordPress Plugins To Help You Turn The Tables (Into Works Of Art)

Tables are a pretty common content component but are unsupported out-of-the-box by the WordPress Visual Editor.

Not surprisingly then, there are a number of plugins that solve the table problem from those that make the TinyMCE table buttons live again, to Admin interface visual table builders and pure shortcode plays.

But which is best for you? Which WordPress table plugin will help you turn the tables, into works of art?

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How To Properly Add Background Images To Your WordPress Site

Adding a background image to your WordPress site is easy. Right?

Not if your theme doesn’t support it. And wouldn’t it be nice if the background image was full-screen? Be good to have different background images on categories too. And while we are at it, how about using a post’s featured image as the background image?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to do all the above and add a visual finishing touch to your WordPress site.

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