Straight Forward Guide to WordPress Slugs

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A Straight-Forward Guide To WordPress Slugs When using WordPress there are so many things one might choose to learn and master that some of the most basic elements of your site can be overlooked. Especially the parts that are a bit dry and not the least bit glamorous. Like this post’s topic: The Slug. What is a Slug? A WordPress slug is nothing more than a few words, which you choose, to describe a post, page, category, or tag within WordPress. These words then appear as part of the URL (or Permalink) directing visitors to that content. The title of this Continue reading

SEO Best Practices in 2015

SEO, Google, Bing, Yahoo

WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015 In the past five years, Google has changed the meaning of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) — and boy did she bring down the hammer! All those loopholes and black-hat methods were not only throw to the side, but they also received huge punishments including loss of ranking and even being banned from Google — ouch. Since the initial Google Panda update, web owners and SEO specialists alike have been scrambling to figure out just what Google wants from them in terms of white-hat (good) SEO practices. If you’re running a WordPress-based site or you Continue reading

How to create your own Job Board with WordPress

What do sites like Job.ProBlogger, WP Hired, Monster, and Elance all have in common? They are all job board sites that have grown rather popular in their perspective niches. Back in the day, building and designing an online job board was very costly and immensely time-consuming. But nowadays, thanks to software like WordPress, creating a job board is much cheaper and easier to get up and running. How To Create a Job Board With WordPress As with many things in life, there is no single way to create a job board with WordPress. However, if I had to narrow it Continue reading

Optimize your WordPress Website

Cleaning Up Your WordPress Database To Optimize Your Website’s Performance Are you struggling with slow site loading times? Just a few extra seconds can make a big difference. For every additional second it takes your site to load, your page abandon rate rises. About half of your visitors will expect it to load in 2 seconds or less, according to KISSmetrics. If it doesn’t, they’re hitting that back button. Need an easy way to shave a few seconds off your load time? If your WordPress site’s been around for longer than a few months, cleaning up your database could boost Continue reading

How To Create A WordPress Review Site Using Themes & Plugins

Writing reviews for books, movies, gadgets, and more has been a ubiquitous part of the blogging experience from the very beginning. After all, it’s only natural that in the course of thoroughly covering a blog topic that a blogger might want to introduce or evaluate a product for their readership. Add affiliate marketing to the equation and the rise of user reviews as a key determining factor in most people’s purchasing decisions and you’ve got the perfect conditions for a flourishing ecosystem of WordPress review sites. Which is exactly what we’ve seen over the last several years. As a result developers have Continue reading

How to use Categories and Tags in WordPress

You’ve written your post, and your mouse is hovering over the “Publish” button, but you can’t help but feel like you’ve forgotten something… Don’t worry, WordPress will remind you: “You must select a category before publishing a post.” And that reminds you, you should pick add a few tags as well. But when none of the categories seem to really fit your topic, and you’re not sure what tags to add without repeating yourself, what are you supposed to do? File it under “Miscellaneous”? That’s how many of us go about choosing our categories and tags: just creating them ad Continue reading

The Evolution of WordPress Drag & Drop Systems

Way back when, we didn’t have these fancy drag and drop systems. If you wanted to move something from one side of the screen to another you had to go into FrontPage, Dreamweaver, or whatever you were using to create your website, and create a place for it to exist on the screen. Then you had to cut the content (text, image, etc.,) from its location and paste it into the new location. Then you had to resize everything until it looked the way you wanted. Every change affected everything else. There was no “just grab it with your mouse Continue reading

ManageWP Dashboard

An In-Depth Overview Of The ManageWP Dashboard It is no secret that setting up and managing a blog is time-consuming. But what if you could spend less time managing your WordPress site and more time on the important stuff? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, actually, there is a tool that can help you do just that. Just what is that tool? Why, ManageWP, of course! Just What Is ManageWP? To put it plainly, ManageWP is a Dashboard Manager. But you’re probably wondering,  “what the heck is that supposed to mean”? Well, it’s actually exactly what it sounds Continue reading

Get the most of shortcodes in WordPress

Shortcodes… Get the most of shortcodes in WordPress Chances are that if you’ve been using WordPress for a while then you’ve heard of something called a shortcode. Ok, that might be an understatement. If you’ve been using WordPress for a month then chances are you’ve already been using shortcodes left and right. It’s become common practice for shortcodes to be included as major selling points in themes on sites like Envato (among others). Any time a plugin does something requiring a complex function, they tend to offer a shortcode that drastically simplifies the process. So like I said, you’re undoubtedly Continue reading

How to integrate Facebook login and comments with WordPress

How To Integrate Facebook Login And Facebook Comments With WordPress Welcome to the first of two posts I’ll be writing on social integration with WordPress. This first post will focus on WordPress and Facebook integration while next week’s post will focus on WordPress and Twitter integration. There is a lot to be gained by creating a closer relationship between your WordPress install and Facebook. Most obviously, when you make it easier for someone to connect with your site through a platform they’re already using, you’re encouraging more community engagement–whether that happens in the form of new user sign-ups, comments, or shares. Continue reading

How Jetpack can help your Website

Jetpack has been around for awhile now, but that doesn’t make it old hat. Since its original release, the plugin has seen quite a few updates including new features added and a nice logo facelift for a more brandable product. Aesthetics aside, the Jetpack plugin has a lot of impressive features that are effective ways to boost both site speed, readership, and much more. Reasons To Use The Jetpack Plugin 1) It Was Created By The Minds Behind WordPress.com Jetpack is a product from Automattic — the same team behind things like WordPress.com, VaultPress, PollDaddy, and Askimet. With a well-rounded Continue reading

Tweets from WordPress

2015 Social Media Trends

How To Schedule Tweets For Your WordPress Blog Posts The Internet sees a constant bombardment of blog posts every day. With so much to read and consume, your posts can get lost in the chatter. Blog posts can get overshadowed by the news or the next big thing that’s ‘it’ for the moment. When this happens, your post can get brushed under the carpet to never be read again. Social media is a great way to inform your readers and followers of your blog updates. One of the favorites, and most effective, is Twitter. Rather than just tweeting at any Continue reading

Twitter Integration with WordPress

How To Integrate Twitter With WordPress Welcome to the second of my two-week mini-series on social integration with WordPress. Last week I covered how to integrate Facebook with WordPress. This week I’ll be focusing on integrating Twitter with WordPress. In my previous post I focused on two things: 1) Facebook comments; and 2) Social login/registration with Facebook. In today’s post I’ll show you how to do those same things (or in the case of commenting, a close approximation) with Twitter, but overall we’re going to cover a broader range of tools, plugins, and use cases than we did with Facebook. That’s because the Continue reading

Top Booking Plugins for WordPress

Top 6 Booking Plugins For WordPress Whether you run a hair salon, work as a consultant or manage a hotel, being able to make and book appointments is undoubtedly essential for business. With many of these types of businesses running a WordPress powered website, many business owners would like to offer the choice to customers that will allow them to book an appointment directly from their site, or at the very least, see their availability. If you’re looking for one of these options, then it may be time to consider using a booking plugin for your site. 3 Reasons Using a Booking Continue reading

The Jist of WordPress Countdown Plugins

Keep Your Website FRESH!

ARE YOU READY FOR A COUNTDOWN? Every site launch needs buzz. To have a successful launch it is best to stir up some excitement. Build hype. Make some noise. Take some names. Create readers before the site is even launched, and then make them look forward to it. Create potential users for your new product so that you can have a knowledgeable market to sell to the day the product is released. And you can have your readers help you stir up that noise. Get them to talk about your new site on their blogs and social media networks. Get Continue reading

WordPress Videos – Embed YouTube Videos

YouTube is an incredibly powerful tool. It handles storing, encoding, compressing and playing videos so you don’t have to worry about compatibility across an ever-increasing number of browsers and devices. Adding YouTube videos to WordPress is fairly simple because of oEmbed support added in version 2.9. There are also plugins out there that can help you customize the look of your YouTube videos, organize them into galleries, and get the most out of media streaming on your site. In this article we’ll go over how to embed YouTube videos with WordPress out of the box, then move on to more Continue reading