Miscellaneous

WordPress Security: Tackling Backdoors, Pharma Hacks and Redirects

Every now and then, a story pops up about a WordPress website being compromised. The reasons for such security issues can be many — ranging from a flawed plugin to an outdated version of WordPress or a Pharma attack. All said and done, if you are running a WordPress website, it becomes your task to ensure that your site is in good health and safe from malicious hackers.

However, when it comes to security with WordPress, there are many steps that you need to take, and still many things that need to be kept in mind. In this article, I shall be taking a look at some common security issues, malware infections and security tools for WordPress users.  

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Leading Hosted WordPress Solutions: WP.com, Blog.com and RapidPress

WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS. However, apart from powering many self-hosted WordPress websites, this CMS is also used as a hosted solution. Need a quick free blog? Yes, this is where hosted WordPress offerings come into play!

In this article, we shall be taking a look at four of the most popular hosted WordPress solution providers. 

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Choosing the Best Custom Fonts Plugin for WordPress

Today I’m going to review four WordPress plugins that can help you get custom fonts set up easily on your blog.

Custom fonts have swept the web, starting with Flash & Javascript based solutions such as sIFR and Cufon. Next came @font-face and high quality hosting services such as Google Web Fonts, Typekit and Fonts.com.

Whichever you choose, you’re eventually going to have to install it on your website, and if you don’t want to take the path of installing it yourself, there are a plethora of plugins that can help you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Photoblogging With WordPress

Are you a photographer or a blogger who likes sharing photos on your website? Are you looking to start a photoblog using WordPress?

If so, then congratulations! You have come to the right place: in this article, I shall be taking a look at certain key points that one must bear in mind when creating a photoblog using WordPress.

1. Ok, So Do I Need To Do Any Homework?
Apparently, yes. Before you actually upload the images (and, more importantly, while you are uploading your images), you need to take care of certain points, starting with the following:

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14 CDN Providers to Make WordPress Blazing Fast

If you are running a website that has a lot of images and similar content, a Content Delivery Network might be useful for you as it can help in reducing page load times.

In this article, I shall be taking a look at various CDN options available for WordPress users and making some recommendations at the end. However, before going any further, let us first take a look at the advantages of using a CDN.

Advantages of Using a CDN

Choosing A CDN Provider: Getting A Blazing Fast WP Website

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WordPress Comments: Picking the Right System for You

In a way, comments define blogging and the whole web 2.0 “movement”. From a personal perspective they represented my first victories in blogging. As a beginner blogger, each new comment I received was like a little thumbs up for my amateurish efforts.

So it’s fair to say that I have a soft spot for comments — although my blog tends to get quite a few these days, I still appreciate the input of my readers as much as I ever did and reply to the vast majority of them.

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WordPress Things to Be Thankful For in 2012

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. For those non-Americans reading this, as you probably already know, it’s our harvest festival and a time where most eat a large meal consisting of turkey and lots of other things. As the name suggests, it’s also a time to give thanks.

And so today I thought I’d look back to the beginning of the year and see what has transpired in the world of WordPress to give thanks for.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section.

 
Thanks for a Healthy, Growing Child

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Beginner WordPress Bloggers: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do

There are plenty of posts out there with tips for WordPress newbies, which is pretty damned handy, it has to be said.

After all, we were all beginners once. When you first fire it up, WordPress can be pretty overwhelming — such a depth of functionality is not easily presented in an immediately intuitive manner. Having said that, it only takes a few nudges in the right direction to get on your way. Install a theme here, a plugin there, have a fiddle with the visual editor, and you’re on your way.

Beginner WordPress Bloggers: 10 Things You Shouldn't Do

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Increase Your Site’s Social Media Exposure with ShareThis

If you lack exposure on social media networks, you’re losing out on 100s of millions of potential customers. ShareThis is a tool that allows your users to easily share your posts and pages to the major social media networks.

Step 1: Install the Plugin
ShareThis is extremely easy to work with. Just click Plugins -> Add New and Search for ShareThis. Install and activate.
Step 2: Configure the Plugin
From Settings -> ShareThis change the settings for the social media networks that you want to share with. It is strongly recommended you include the following networks:

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Pinterest
LinkedIn

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15 Stunning WordPress Sites From The Pacific Northwest

Open source software is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest! I recently traveled through Oregon and Washington to attend WordCamp and BuddyCamp in Vancouver, BC. When traveling, I often get to see a lot of websites in the search for local things to do and see. I was happy to discover that many northwestern businesses are creating unique and awesome websites with WordPress. These beautiful sites showcase the flexibility of the WordPress platform for the tourism and hospitality industries.
Laughing Planet Cafe

Travel Oregon

Mississippi Studios

Seattle By Foot

Zoka Coffee

Matchstick Coffee Roasters

Discover Newport

Fort George Brewery

Granville Island Brewing

Downtown Portland

King Estate

Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine

Ride Oregon

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