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Optimize your WordPress site with this awesome plugin

You’ve probably accumulated a lot of post/page revisions.WordPress Themes & Plugins

Your SPAM comments are starting to really take up space, and you keep meaning to go in and look at all those unapproved comments, but can’t find the time.

This is the kind of stuff that bogs your site down,  causing it to load slowly or time out altogether. It’s not only frustrating to your visitors, it also gives them a chance to click away before they even get a glance at your site.

If this seems to be happening to your site, it’s time to clean it up and do a little basic maintenance. AND it’s really simple to do with the  WP-Optimize plugin.  At the click of a button, this plugin will remove any unnecessary spam, revisions, and spam or unapproved comments from your database. It will also optimize your database tables by removing anything “extra and unnecessary”.

As always when trying a new plugin, be sure to create a database backup before you install and use this plugin. Once you have optimized your site, set the plugin to optimize it automatically every day, week, or month (based on how much you post to your site and how much SPAM/commenting happens on your site).  You will definitely notice a big change (and your hosting company will love you).

Leave me a comment about how this plugin worked for you. I’d love to hear.

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#NoHacked: How to avoid being the target of hackers

If you publish anything online, one of your top priorities should be security. Getting hacked can negatively affect your online reputation and result in loss of critical and private data. Over the past year Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked. While we are working hard to combat this hacked trend, there are steps you can take to protect your content on the web:
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Source: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: #NoHacked: How to avoid being the target of hackers

Why Struggle to Add An Image to Your Sidebar When You Can Use This Simple Plugin

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I am not a coder. I didn’t come from an HTML background before I started to build WordPress sites for my clients.

And of course there has been no reason to learn much of it because I only use WordPress. And with WordPress, it’s all built in. Drag and drop this. Drag and drop that. Add a plugin here and there and you’ve got everything you need.

But what happens when you find you DO need to know a little code? Like when you want to add an image file to a sidebar widget?

First I’ll tell you one of the easiest ways to do this.  Luckily, I’ve already written about it here:

How to Easily Add an Image to Your WordPress Sidebar  

There is another way to do this though which I like a little better.

It requires that you add a plugin called Simple Image Widget.

Once you’ve installed it, drag it over to your sidebar and open the options. The part that I like the best about this plugin is that you can easily add a URL if you want the image clickable and to open at another site.

Why would you do that?  Perhaps you have an affiliate ad that you’d like to send the viewer to. You can even highlight a document of your own to send your viewers to.

Your image re-routes the viewer to a document that you’ve hosted elsewhere such as at Bluehost

But I’m sure you can think of lots of uses for this plugin.

Let me know in the comments area.

 

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Updating WordPress to the Latest Version

There’s a WordPress update (version 3.4) available called “Green” to honor guitarist Grant Green.

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For many, it’s a fear-filled process that they’d rather ignore. But ignoring updates to your WordPress site can make things a lot worse in the long run. It’s worth the time and effort to just go ahead and upgrade.

There are a couple of steps you can take to make the process less fear-full:

  1. Be sure to back up your site (preferably in your hosting account) before you update.  Contact your hosting company and ask them to show you how to do a manual backup of your account. Most good hosting companies are happy to train you to manage your hosting account and perform maintenance (like backing up your sites)
    Note: this can take some time depending on the size of your sites.
  2. For extra protection from “bad things” happening, deactivate your plugins so there is less chance of conflicts while you are upgrading.  Once the upgrade is complete, activate your plugins one by one and watch for any messages from WordPress that says there is a fatal error or conflict with the new version of WordPress and your plugins. If you find there is a conflict with a plugin, you will have to remove it (or at the very least, leave it de-activated to see if the developer upgrades her plugin (to reflect the WordPress changes) in the next few days.

If you need help with you WordPress upgrades, I am happy to help and have Support Packages available to assist you with maintenance of your site(s).

Here’s a link to learn more about the update:  http://wordpress.org/news/2012/06/green/