How to Safely Move Your WordPress Site (Without Losing Anything!)

Moving WordPress can seem like a challenging task and one easily placed in the too-hard basket.

The WordPress Codex offers a detailed guide, though it’s confusing at best and doesn’t offer an easy guide.

Whether you’re tired of your current web host and want to move to a new one, or you want to just move your site to the root directory of your domain, migrations doesn’t have to be a headache – and you don’t have to fear making a mistake and blowing up your site.

In this step-by-step guide I’ll cover two common scenarios:

Moving boxes

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Stop WordPress Stealing Your Brand’s Limelight

WordPress is brilliant and free but it seems to hog the limelight at the most inopportune of times, ruining your best branding efforts and confusing your users.

You can wrestle back control with a swag of plugins and hacks. Alternatively, you can install Ultimate Branding from WPMU DEV which will not only consolidates all the best white-labelling techniques in a single plugin but provides even more opportunities to keep your brand in the limelight.

WordPress logo with the word branding trying to peek around it

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7 Plugins and Child Themes To Enhance TwentyFourteen

Twenty Fourteen, the newest WordPress default theme, certainly has its fair share of detractors. We called it a flawed beauty.

Since its launch, a number of plugins and child themes have been produced which offer a range of enhancements and address some of the original themes flaws.

If you like the layout of Twenty Fourteen but would like more control of the theme’s look and feel and functionality then here’s the help you need.

Two child themes flanking the original 2014 theme

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Free WordPress Accordion Menu Plugins: Expand Your Sidebar Space

Back when accordion menus came on the scene years ago, many people liked them because they were new and cool.

They were always functional, of course, but those going for an accordion menu today usually do so out of necessity. They are great space savers and can turn a cluttered, messy-looking sidebar into a clean, order navigation area in an instant.

3 Plugins to Consider
A little surprisingly, there don’t seem to be many free accordion plugins around. Maybe because they aren’t consider new and cool anymore, people aren’t looking to build them. That’s a shame. They really can be very practical.

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How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

If you publish long posts on your site, it can be tedious for your readers to scroll and scroll through heavy chunks of text.

An easy way to break up your words is by splitting your posts into multiple pages.

Splitting pages is also an easy way to make it easier for readers to consume your content while increasing page views on your site.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Post, I’ll show you how to split your WordPress posts.

Split posts

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WordPress + MailChimp: Going Beyond Subscribe Forms

Over 5 million users rely on MailChimp to deliver their email marketing campaigns and undoubtedly that number includes a good many WordPress users. Perhaps you are one of them.

If, like most WordPress and MailChimp integrations, yours starts and stops with the subscription form widget then you are missing out.

In this article, I’ll show you how you can use MailChimp for everything from automated new post notifications to complete outsourcing of every WordPress-generated email.

MailChimp logo alongside WordPress logo

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Build Your Own Custom WordPress Search

The WordPress search function is much maligned and there are numerous plugins available to add enhancements but they don’t always provide what you want, especially if you are trying to build a secondary search engine that has specific requirements.

In this article, we’ll look at how easy it is to build your own custom WordPress search and discover some surprising WordPress search secrets on the way.

Pimp your WordPress search!

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6+ Cool Features in WordPress 3.9 That Make Life Easier

If you run the bleeding edge nightly installs of WordPress, you would have updated to version 3.9 Beta 1 this week.

If you don’t run the nightlies, you’re missing out on some fantastic new features.

Post editor updates, live widget previews and the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor are just some of the neat new features in this release, which is due out next month.

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5 Reasons Why Your WordPress Business Should Have a Blog

The line, “If you build it, he will come,” may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice doesn’t necessarily ring true online.

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend carefully crafting a beautiful and functional site. Without visitors it may as well be a piece of paper flapping about in the breeze.

So how do you drive traffic to your site?

Blogging can offer a relatively simple way to increase your page views, build authority in your niche and connect with new and existing customers, all while promoting and reinforcing your brand.

Flock of sheep.

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