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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.

Maintenance and Tools

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/

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I have been using Bluehost as my web hosting company for over three years. I am a very happy customer mostly because their support is second to none.

In fact, I am so happy with Bluehost that when the Canadian dollar was only worth 60 cents, I stayed a loyal Bluehost customer. If you do the math, I paid about $150 Canadian per year for hosting! It was a killer, but I gladly paid for the security that comes with being their customer.

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Geolocation and WordPress

What is Geolocation?

According to Wikipedia, Geolocation is the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object, such as a cell phone or an Internet-connected computer.  Geolocation is closely related to positioning but can be distinguished from it by a greater emphasis on determining a meaningful location (e.g. a street address) rather than just a set of geographic coordinates.

Who should use this technology?

iPhone cell-tower geolocation works in Delhi.If you are a brick and mortar business and want customers to show up at your door, then this is for you. The plugin will pinpoint and share your location with your viewers.

Using this technology on a WordPress site:

You’ll need reliable hosting — this is not the time to use sub-standard hosting.  Bluehost is, in my opinion, the best hosting out there, but Hostgator, and GoDaddy are great WordPress website hosting companies as well. They all have the capabilities needed for this higher end technology so can integrate geolocation, doing it simply and seamlessly.

Geolocation is the name of a plugin for WordPress that will display information about your location, automatically determining the physical address where you are at and then showing this information on your website.

Is there a downside to using Geolocation?

It can be both good and bad because it pinpoints exactly where you are updating your content from (including the coffee shop you are at down the street).

What do you think?

Is this technology a long overdue service, or just another invasive mechanism? Or somewhere in between? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Creating Categories

You can create categories in two ways

1.  While writing a post or page, look over to the right of the editor and you will see the Tags and Categories sections.  You can create and select categories there.

2. Go to Dashboard –> then to Post –> Categories   A new window will open you can create your categories there as well.

3.  If you want to change your default Category, go to Settings (down the left side) –> Writing  and you will find a drop down menu where you can choose which category will be your default (especially good if you forget to select one).

Some blogging experts, Denise Wakeman for example, say that if you are using more than 6 or 7 categories, you are watering down your content.  This really does make sense.  Your business site should be laser focussed on your services or products.  Therefore, all of your content should be specifically about those products and services.

If you find that you need a lot more categories to list your content under, you may want to consider building another site.  (It’s easy too if you are being hosted by someone like Bluehost who allows you to have 5 complete websites hosted under your annual fee. )

Contact me for more information if you need it.