As 2015 gets underway, there's no better time develop new habits and practices, especially when it comes to WordPress. This collection of tips and tools includes advice on security, optimization and automating your workflow.
People set up websites for any number of reasons. They want to promote their latest products. They want to share anecdotes from their lives. Or, they want to share photography taken around their local neighborhood. Blog posts on these kinds of sites tend to be brief and to-the-point.
But what about those cases where lengthier posts are required? What if you want to showcase a hard-hitting piece of journalism? What if you want to share your novel? If you have a lot of content to display, the standard blogging format—and its associated WordPress themes—leaves a lot to be desired.
If you run a business online, having a blog is essential. It’s a quick way to build an online presence for your brand. Regular blogging has the benefit of keeping your site populated with fresh content. And fresh content means an increased likelihood of fresh eyes on your posts. It also means greater opportunities for search engines to index your site’s pages. When that happens, say hello to increased organic traffic!
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.
Drive Traffic to Your Site
No matter what level of WordPress user you are, from WordPress newbie to official Level 7 Rock Star Ninja Developer, you are going to get stuck from time to time.
This happens to everyone. You should never be ashamed to admit when you need a little help. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to get more involved in the WordPress community.
Post formats are set to get a major shake up in version 3.6 of WordPress.
And it will be hard to miss them – post formats will be smack bang above the editor, all in a neat row of large icons.
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:
WPMU DEV’s Autoblog plugin is a powerful tool that pulls in RSS feeds and publishes them to your site. Many may think that just means it’s a device for splogs (spam blogs).
While a tool like Autoblog could be used for that, there’s isn’t much point in it. Search engines learned long ago that those types of sites don’t add much, and so they’ve devalued them into near oblivion.
For most tools, their value is only fully realized in the right hands. And that’s the case for Autoblog.
The Autoblog plugin as a splog creator is pretty much worthless.
This week on Best in WordPress we bring you posts focused on admin functions and a few tips and tricks for web designer and developers. Of course, we’d never leave out the WordPress newbies, so we’ve also included a few posts about great plugins and a fantastic new jQuery slider.
1. Customizing the WordPress Admin Area for Clients: WPTuts
I’ve been meaning to write this column for a while, which is to say I just thought of it and it interested me a lot more than the one I had planned. Sometimes that’s the same thing, or at least I can claim it is since this is my bloody column (insert still a column link and so on) and not even The Farmer can stop me from hitting that Publish button. I guess he could unpublish stuff though, but let’s cross that bridge when we get to it, shall we?