Boost Engagement By Prioritizing Comments On Your WordPress Site

WordPress authors crave comments. They tells us that someone felt strongly enough to take time out to share their thoughts – complimentary or otherwise.

The problem is that a single comment in the wrong place can undermine all your good work. Wouldn’t it be good to be able to put those comments that enhance your post front and center and hide those that don’t?

In this post I’ll show you how to take control of your comment lists so that they work for your WordPress site and not against it and make engagement easier by moving that comment form to the top of the comment list.

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Stop WordPress Comment Spam With These Pro Tips

Comment spam and registration spam remain a large problem for WordPress users. It is not uncommon for some WordPress websites to receive hundreds or even thousands of comments every week.

This level of spam can damage your reputation with readers and commentators if you fail to tackle it. It is therefore important to face spammers head on and thwart their attempts at spamming your website.

Thankfully, tackling spammers does not need to be a time consuming endeavor. If you configure your WordPress website correctly, and install a good anti-spam plugin, you can eliminate the vast majority of spam from your website.

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Top CDN Services to Make Your WordPress Site Blazingly Fast (and More Reliable)

If you’re serious about speeding up your site and you’ve optimized the bejesus out of your site (smushed image, minified CSS and Javascript, set up a caching plugin…) it’s time to think about signing up to a content delivery network, or CDN.

A CDN will drastically reduce server lag by storing static resources on a network of fast loading servers.

Choosing a CDN can be tricky since there are many options available. Finding the right one depends entirely on your needs and the popularity of your site.

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Best WordPress Portfolio Plugins for Impressing Potential Clients

Portfolios are a great way to showcase your hard work and (hopefully!) impress future clients who many come across your site.

While there are many themes designed specifically for displaying portfolios, in most cases it makes sense to use a plugin rather than change your site’s design.

The collection of portfolio plugins below (in order of popularity) includes free and premium options. Some of the plugins offer very basic portfolio features such as the ability to display images, while other are more comprehensive and include filterable grids and project pages.

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How To Launch Your WordPress Videos In A Lightbox

Lightbox is a widely accepted tool for focussing readers’ attention by darkening the page and overlaying a fullsize version of the image.

But if images can benefit from this distraction-free viewing why not other media types? Why not video?

In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll look at using the WP Video Lightbox plugin to bring all the benefits of Lightbox to your embedded videos.

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Offer Your Multisite Users Unique Domains With Domain Mapping

Domain mapping provides a simple way to point multiple domains to your primary hosting account.

For Multisite admins, it’s also useful in that it allows you to map any domain to your network, giving you the option to offer domains to your users.

Mapping domains can seem complex and fiddly if you’re unfamiliar with cPanel and messing around with IP addesses, but it’s actually a straightforward process and doesn’t take long at all.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the Domain Mapping plugin to map a domain to your Multisite network, so http://network.com/awesome becomes http://www.awesome.com

Getting Starting With Domain Mapping

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Slideout Your WordPress Comments Just Like The New York Times

Sitting comfortably in the top 50 visited US sites, The New York Times probably knows a thing or two about delivering a decent user experience to its millions of visitors.

Their handling of comments is one example. Removing them from the page flow and placing them in a slideout sidebar is certainly not conventional, but it works. Brilliantly. And solves plenty of comment-related issues.

So, let’s engage in the sincerest form of flattery and bring slideout, New York Times-style commenting to your WordPress site.

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Creating 301 Redirects With WordPress (and How it Boosted Our Traffic!)

Redirection allows you to forward one URL to another. It’s a handy way of sending both users and search engines to a different URL from the one they originally requested, and allows you to preserve your search engine rankings for a particular page.

It’s also a useful way to preserve the “link juice” of your old, out-of-date content by simply redirecting old pages or posts to new ones with new information.

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WordPress Problem? Let WPMU DEV Log In To Your Site & Fix It Up!

WPMU DEV has had a dashboard plugin since 2009, so it’s almost five years old!

And yes, you’d be right in saying that initially it wasn’t the most popular thing we’ve ever done. OK, you wouldn’t just be right, you’d be overwhelmingly accurate.

But, bear with me, because I think you’ll find the 2014 dashboard a very, very different experience to the 2009 one. First up it no longer has annoying features like showing to clients (only shows to admins or super admins on Multisite) and non-dismissible nags (you can control everything you like now, especially dismissing them) or any of that other annoying stuff.

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