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WordPress tip: How to prevent viewers from commenting on static pages

Backing up your WordPress Site

On crashing WordPress sites and other not-so-nice business mistakes

Not quite a year ago, I crashed my WordPress site and lost all of my content.  I was creating a course and using one of my parked domains to show the steps to building a WordPress site. Unbeknownst to me, a parked domain points directly to your main domain, so whatever you do on a parked, you are also doing to your main domain.

Long story short, I called my hosting company to see if they could recover my site for me, but was told that my site had long ago become too large for the automatic backup service (up to 2 gig) and there was no backup available.

So what have I learned about hosting that could help you in the future?

  1. That once your account (not just your site) gets bigger than 2 gig, it will no longer be automatically backed up.
  2. That you do not get any warning that lets you know you are close or have exceeded the 2 gig limit.  But you can go into your C-Panel (the back end of your hosting) and check the file space and usage anytime to see how close you are to the 2 gig point.
  3. You can backup your site yourself and I highly recommend that you do this.
  4. Bluehost has wonderful tutorials that will walk you through this process.  Go to tutorials.bluehost.com for the best info available.
  5. That PARKED domains are redirected to your main domain.  What you do to a parked domain, you will be doing to your main domain.  (Remember I installed WordPress on a domain I wasn’t using? It was a parked domain.)
  6. I highly recommend that you learn all you can about your hosting package.  Bluehost offers C-Panel which is a user friendly, highly intuitive program allowing end users (you) to manage your hosting/sites/account yourself. Read up on all that you can get your hands on from your Hosting company.
  7. Wherever possible, use other sites to upload content to. For example, did you know that you can create the coolest sales page in Twitwall (thank you Lauren McMullen for this tip)?  And you can host your videos on YouTube and so on.  Get really creative and monitor the size of your account frequently.
  8. If you don’t use a file anymore, take it out of your directory.

You can read the complete story by clicking this link, but in the meantime, schedule a weekly manual backup of your WordPress site. Go to your hosting company and find the information you need to do this yourself.  It’s not difficult to do, but playing around in the back end of your hosting can be intimidating. Good hosting companies will have videos or some way of instucting you on how to do this.

Contact me today to get yourself online with a WordPress site. Click here to check out my WordPress packages

WordPress and Feedburner: A Great Match

FeedBurner Flame (© FeedBurner, Inc.)How does Feedburner help you get your blog posts out there and in the hands of interested people?

Here are some suggestions:

Publicize

Headline Animator: Create and customize an animated banner that cycles through your feed’s five most recent items. It’s an easy way to promote your content anywhere you can place a snippet of HTML.

BuzzBoost: Do you maintain more than one blog, site, or podcast? BuzzBoost helps you cross-promote your content by repurposing your feed as go-anywhere HTML.

Optimize

Enhance and extend your feed with FeedBurner’s array of services.

FeedFlare™

Build “interactivity” into the content you create, making it simple for subscribers to tag, email or share their content with others.
Give your subscribers easy ways to email, tag, share, and act on the content you publish by including as many or few of the services listed below. FeedFlare places a simple footer at the bottom of each content item, helping you to distribute, inform and create a community around your content.

SmartFeed

Reach the widest possible audience while publishing a single feed on your blog or site. Translates your feed on-the-fly into a format (RSS or Atom) compatible with your visitors’ feed reader application.

BuzzBoost

Have feed, will travel. BuzzBoost republishes your burned feed’s content as go-anywhere HTML. Want to promote your blog on another site you manage? BuzzBoost gives you a snippet of JavaScript you can paste into your page templates.

Email Subscriptions

Give your biggest fans another way to keep up with your blog or podcast feed by placing an email subscription form on your site.

PingShot

Most web-based feed reading services will check for updates on their own time. Give ’em a push with PingShot.

Analyze

FeedBurner Stats is our analytics offering for blogs, Web sites podcasts and feeds of all kinds. The service is free with every FeedBurner feed and provides publishers with a comprehensive view of their audience.

Monetize

Earn revenue by displaying relevant text and image ads using AdSense for feeds.

Configure Ads

Activate Google AdSense for feeds and choose options that control how these ads display in your feed.

“Troubleshootize”

It’s true, some good feeds go bad. Learn how to diagnose and solve the most common problems FeedBurner encounters when working with your original feed. The best part? We also notify you about any issues we discover using our FeedMedic and PodMedic reporting services.

Oh Dear, What Kind of Trouble?

Troubleshootize contains general tips and a couple of quick-fixes to try with any malfunctioning feed. And yeah, we’re sticking with this tab title. For now.

Fouled-Up Feeds, and Quick Ways to Fix ‘Em

The most common problems that affect your FeedBurner feed are:

The trouble: Your FeedBurner feed isn’t up-to-date with your Original Feed.

The fix: Try pinging FeedBurner using our Ping page. This action tells FeedBurner to go check your feed for updates immediately.

The trouble: Invalid characters or XML markup in content items, often introduced by composing your posts in Microsoft Word
or embedding JavaScript code in a post.

The fix: Check your feeds for validity problems: Original Feed Validity, FeedBurner Feed Validity. See if any errors are reported,
Then, check out this help topic for removing unwanted characters from your posts if mysterious characters seem to be to blame.

The trouble: Connection timeouts between FeedBurner and the web server that hosts your original feed. If FeedBurner can’t
reach your Original Feed for any reason, we will report it as a FeedMedic item here on Troubleshootize.

The fix: Try a ping once your website service has been restored.

The trouble: For podcasters, the web server hosting your audio does not report the correct content MIME type for your
podcast files; FeedBurner doesn’t create podcast enclosures for these files.

The fix: Make sure your web server is configured to return “audio/mpeg” as a MIME type for your audio files (or whatever the
appropriate type for your podcast media may be). This confirmation may require some help from your hosting provider if you
do not manage your own web server.

The trouble: Your Original Feed is too doggone big! FeedBurner does not process feeds that are larger than 512K. Remember,
your feed is an update on your content — not an archive for it — and you should use your publishing tools’ controls to make sure
your feed doesn’t grow like kudzu possessed.

The fix: Follow this help topic to control feed file size with Blogger; other publishing tools have similar controls.

The Nuclear Option: “Resyncing” your feed:

As a last resort with a regular feed or a podcast, you can resync your feed. You should only resync if your feed is more than 1 hour out-of-date and pinging FeedBurner does not update it or your podcast files are not being turned into enclosures by our SmartCast service.

Local Online Business Listings Stats

100 block of Atlantic Avenue (north side), Brooklyn Heights, New  YorkI was just checking out the Local Business Listings online, and I ran across these statistics.

85 % of the population has Internet access

50 % of the population uses the Internet when searching for local businesses

55 % of people who find a local business online end up recommending it to others

2 million users visit weblocal.ca every month

Close to two Canadians out of three wish to consult online reviews of past experiences with merchants left by other consumers

So what does this mean for business?

Online business listings are incredibly powerful, especially if you are a local business working with local shoppers/patrons.

Contact me for more information about the many local listings sites and ways you can utilize them to get found in your local area.

YouTube Video Tip: How to Change the Thumbnail on Your Youtube Video

Got a scary looking thumbnail on your YouTube video? You can change it. Check out my video to see how.

WordPress Tip: How to create a hyperlinked reference to a Wikipedia article in a blog post or page

WordPress Tip: Now available – a plugin that simply and easily submits your blog posts to Ezinearticles.com

I like EzineArticles.com so much...If you submit articles to ezinearticles.com, then you will appreciate this new feature. They have created a WordPress plugin that submits your blog posts directly to their site.

First released in late March, it’s been tweaked to perfection and ready to use.

Click on this link plugin_howto to get complete instructions on how to set this up on your site.  If you run into any trouble, contact me directly at 800-921-4812