10 WordPress Time and Date Plugins to Keep Your Site Ticking

Dr. Seuss once asked, “How did it get so late so soon?”

And the answer, of course, is that you weren’t keeping track of time with the appropriate plugin.

With the right WordPress plugin, you can do all sorts of things related to time.

In this post, we have a range of plugins that let you do everything from scheduling when a new theme goes live to making content appear or disappear after a specified amount of time on the page.

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Tell Us Why You Love WPMU DEV and Win a Lifetime Membership

In case you missed it, we’re now giving away even more awesome prizes to members who share a video testimonial about why they love WPMU DEV.

We love getting feedback from our members, and we love it even more when we can share your feedback with the rest of the world.

So we’re inviting members to share a video testimonial for the chance to member a Lifetime Membership.

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Upscale Your WordPress Post Pagination: Your Readers Will Thank You

Splitting your longer posts into more easily digested bite-size pieces can be a incredibly effective technique for keeping readers engaged.

However, the out-of-the-box pagination support provided by WordPress is so basic so as to not be worth the effort.

If you really want to help your readers you need to forget about pagination and start thinking about content navigation.

If you want to provide real benefits to your readers navigate don't paginate

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How To Stop Further Comments On Your WordPress Posts

Disabling comments when setting up a new WordPress site is easy but what about if you decide later that with a ton of posts already, that allowing comments is more trouble than it’s worth?

Perhaps you’d also like to reduce the burden of managing and responding to comments on old posts by closing comments automatically on a post after a certain amount of time? Or maybe that author is no longer writing for your website?

In this Weekend Project, we are going to look at simple plugins to allow you to prevent further comments on your WordPress posts.

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How to Install WordPress Locally for PC/Windows with XAMPP

Setting up a local sever environment on your computer will save you a bunch of time if you regularly test or develop themes and plugins.

Not only will your local sites run much quicker than they would online, but you’ll also have a much safer testing environment away from a live site.

This week we’ve looked at Mac solutions for local machines. Today we’re going to look at XAMPP for Windows, a free, popular and easy to install server environment application that’s open source.

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5 Free WordPress PayPal Plugins You Would Gladly Pay For

Some WordPress users require full-blown ecommerce solutions (like MarketPress); however, some don’t need quite that much. Still, they need a solution that will let them sell their products with confidence through PayPal and give them some payment processing options at the same time.

In this post, we’ll go over 5 PayPal plugin that let you do everything from add a shopping cart right to your site to simply take donations.

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The Secret To Creating Great Looking WordPress Content

Keeping readers’ attention is everything and the longer the content, the harder it is.

A steady scroll of text and embedded images is going to have a tough time maintaining the interest, which is why so many sites go to great lengths for formats that vary considerably.

Bringing these techniques to your own WordPress site is not difficult, once you know the secret to creating great looking content.

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How to Set Up WordPress Locally in 5 Minutes with DesktopServer

Setting up a localhost environment for WordPress can save you loads of time if you regularly test themes and plugins. And thanks to DesktopServer, it can take as little as 5 minutes to get WordPress up and running on your local machine.

DesktopServer is so easy, you may even consider ditching WAMP.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to set up the limited version of DesktopServer on OS X.

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