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:


social network-fi

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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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Ditch AWeber and Integrate Your Autoresponder with WordPress

If you’re a WordPress user who is still paying money for AWeber or some other email service you’re in luck. Now you can integrate a far superior, free, email marketing service called MailChimp with your WordPress installation.

I’d also like to share with you a few WordPress autoresponder plugins which I’ve tried that might suit your needs if you’re not interested in MailChimp.

Frankly, I used AWeber for years, and I’ve also used Mailchimp, GetResponse and Constant Contact. While all of these are great in their own way, there are a few reasons I believe Mailchimp is a better service:


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Troubleshoot Your WordPress jQuery Code FAST!

Hey WordPress developers. Want to get better at jQuery? How about saving time on your jQuery development and troubleshooting? Well I’ve got a simple and FREE tool for you to check out.

It’s called www.jsfiddle.net.

Check it out in action…

You just code your html in the upper left box, your jQuery on the bottom left, and you see the result on the bottom right hand side, just like in the graphic above.


Once you get your jQuery and html working how you want them, just drop the code into your WordPress plugin!


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Finding Low-Hanging Fruit When Prospecting For WordPress Clients

If you’ve ever picked fruit from a tree, then you will definitely understand the “Low Hanging Fruit” title, but just in case you haven’t let me explain.

When you pick apples, pears, and other fruit that grows on trees, you either pick the fruit that is at the lowest point because it’s easy, or you drag a ladder out to the tree and get to the fruit that is higher up on the tree.

Is that fruit any better? Normally not – it’s just harder to get to.

Easy WordPress Marketing - Low Hanging Fruit

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New Google SEO Copywriting Rules Essential for WordPress Users

If you’re a WordPress user who plans on using content anywhere on your WordPress site or your client’s WordPress sites, you need stop what you’re doing and read what Google’s Matt Cutts recently said about the “new” rules of SEO Copywriting.

As a blogging platform, WordPress relies heavily on delivering valuable content in order to achieve high rankings. Sure, it’s nice to have back links and social book marks, but the content is what people come to your blog to read, so you need to get that right if you want good search engine rankings and a lot of traffic.


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WordPress as an Ecosystem: The Next Phase of the WordPress Revolution

It’s hard to believe WordPress started out as a mere blogging solution isn’t it?

It wasn’t long before WordPress developers started creating plugins and themes. This led to WordPress becoming a solution for creating professional level websites. Then came WordPress plugins which used the Facebook API, the Twitter API and multi-media features to connect WordPress sites with social media sites.

Now we have WordPress plugins for eCommerce, mailing list management, creating online forums and social media communities, managing customer relationships through live chat and customer support tickets and for tracking marketing campaigns.


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