Something is Rotten in the State of WordPress

To the vast majority, WordPress is the poster-child of the open source world.

With over 65 million sites worldwide, 52% of the top 100 blogs on the web and ~17% of the top million websites out there, it’s the ultimate tale of how a community driven project with a open source free-for-all GPL2 license can beat the big boys and take over the web.

It’s full of derring-do, us vs. them, the open internet versus the proprietary, and personal ownership vs. third party dependence – it’s a lesson in what happens if you ‘do the right thing’.

Mullenweg looking in no way at all like big brother...

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The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it

Since back in the day I’ve had a keen interest in the WordPress Planet, sure sometimes it’s been a bit snarky, but at the end of the day I am genuinely interested in good WP news coming through the pipes into my various dashboards.

And of course, from a business perspective I could hardly be more interested… man I’d love to have WPMU.org in there, since the early days it’s been the holy grail of ‘writing about WordPress’ publishing.


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Nine of the Most Common WordPress Problems and Their Solutions

WordPress is stable software and operates without issues most of the time. However, at times, things may go a little haywire, and your WP website can refuse to function normally.
Have you ever encountered a white screen after adding some new themes or plugins? Maybe you were just updating your WordPress website and that update now refuses to finish, and your website is in eternal maintenance mode? What about internal server and database connection errors?


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75 Days of SEOmoz’s PRO Service for FREE – Get it before it runs out!

TL;DR: This is the best offer on the best set of SEO tools you’ll ever see.

And it doesn’t last forever… in fact it only lasts until the end of this month – scroll down or watch the video to find out more.

So, you set out on a journey.

You don’t get to where you want to be with nothing but luck. You can’t just back out of your driveway and start taking random roads, hoping you’ll end up at your planned destination.


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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

CloudFlare CDN network

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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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