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June 17, 2013

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Every blogger knows that there are a lot of blogging platforms to choose from. Some prefer WordPress, others trust their content to Joomla or whatever CMS they like. We’re not here asking you to tell us which open source blogging software is the best, though. Instead, we’d like to make things more interesting, and we would like to give you a chance to win a premium design for your blog, no matter if you’re a fan of WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal! read more

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June 4, 2013

Reasons a Blogger Should Stick With WordPress

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reasons a blogger should stick with wordpress
Ever since blogging became rather mainstream, there has been no lack of platforms for newbies and seasoned bloggers alike. Yet as we can see from the past 10 years, WordPress has more than held its own in this realm. With WordPress celebrating its 10th anniversary, there is a lot to be said about how good the platform is. But is it really the best? Should bloggers stick with WordPress or look elsewhere? read more

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May 30, 2013

WordPress 10 Years Later: How An Open Source Platform Grew To Rule The Web

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Wordpress LogoCan you believe it was ten years ago that web developer Matt Mullenweg introduced WordPress to the world? At that time blogging was a dirty word typically associated with out of work lazy writers. Even guys making seven figures with their WordPress websites were considered out of work slobs. Heck my friends who make less money than me still think I need to get a “real job.”

Fast forward to 2013 and 52% of the top blogs worldwide use WordPress with more than 70 million websites operating thanks to the streamlined web software.

WordPress has not only helped non-programmers launch successful websites, it has also created a sense of community for both users and programmers alike. read more

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May 10, 2013

5 Blogging Meetups to Come in Summer 2013

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In a world that is chock full of bloggers on every topic and in every niche imaginable, staying ahead of the curve is crucial if you want to be one of the more successful web workers among them. There are a number of things that you can do in order to stay ahead of the pack, but none is as useful as attending any one of the many blogging meetups and conferences that take place around the world every year.

Improve your skills, learn from your peers, and grow your contact list, all in the name of more success, with any one of these five blogging meetups to come in the summer of 2013: read more

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April 8, 2013

Improve Your WordPress Web Design With A Framework Theme

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Genesis Themework

I’m a big fan of WordPress, in fact I haven’t built a web platform with anything but WordPress in the last 5 years. Need an e-commerce website? You can do it with WordPress. Need a Craigslist type classifieds website? WordPress is there for you again.

With that being said not all WordPress websites are created equal and that is often because of the theme framework used by the website operator.

WHAT IS A WORDPRESS FRAMEWORK

If you are unfamiliar with WordPress frameworks in the most simply of terms they are barebone themes that are optimized for SEO, page load and other optimization purposes.

Several of the most popular WordPress frameworks include the awesome Genesis Theme and the equally cool Thematic framework.

Users choosing a framework should keep in mind that too many changes to the framework can hurt optimization. I tell clients that they should use the custom.css (or equally similar section) to change the look of their websites output without changing the actual structure of its templates.

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March 18, 2013

8 Ways to Make Your Website Faster

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Do you know that for every single second delay in your website loading speed your website conversion rate goes down by at least 7%?

Do you also know that 40% of potential visitors to your website will abandon it if it takes more than 3 seconds to load?

These and more insightful data can be found in this Econsultancy study; however, I’m not here to talking about website speed data but to share some practical tips to help you significantly improve your website speed.

In other words, one of the top ways to kill your website is if it is slow.

one second delay

Whether you’re a blogger, a small business or a corporation, a slight delay in how long it takes for your website to load could be costing you a lot in revenue while some little tweaks to make your website faster could double conversions on your website. Here are a few tips for you:

1. Limit the Number of Plugins or Addons that Power Your Website

This is especially important if you’re a WordPress user; it’s impossible to run a website that is powered by WordPress or other major CMS without using a few plugins but the reality is that the number of plugins you use every day grows and ends up slowing down your website.

With an open source platform like WordPress, each plugins are coded by different people and as a result the server configuration required for each plugin to run is different; in other words, when the function a certain plugin provides is requested, it’ll make a request to your server which will eventually influence your website speed.

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December 9, 2012

How to Revive Expired Content

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Most bloggers don’t like the idea of their content expiring, especially if they publish a lot of it on a consistent basis. The thing is that the more you publish, the less time you have to review your past articles. And sorry to be the one to break this to you, but your content won’t stay evergreen till the end of time.

Well okay, if you publish articles on learning the Latin language then you’re safe, but for any other niche, things change quite fast. And if you’re in web technology, blogging, or making money then your content is like a bottle of freshly squeezed carrot juice in the fridge … so to speak.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that good, quality content has a short lifespan.

Essentially, content is like food. The better it is, the sooner you have to eat it. read more

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November 20, 2012

Seven Ways To Kill Your Blog

Registering a domain name and turning it into a profitable blog takes time. It takes patience, hard work and quite a few clever decisions. Some people would even argue that at times it takes a little bit of luck. The one thing that’s for certain is that it’s not easy.

Though most people know how difficult it is to create a profitable blog, many are surprised to learn how easy it is to kill one. Getting noticed might take a long time but losing the lions share of your readers can be achieved surprisingly quickly.

If you’ve been enjoying a certain amount of blogging success of late, here are seven mistakes that you should avoid making at all costs. read more

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October 15, 2012

Top Blogger Smartphone Apps

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Because of the seemingly countless mobile s made for just about anything you can think of, writing blog posts, using social media, and checking website traffic stats for your business outside of desktops and laptops have become possible. Indeed, blogging has now entered the domain of mobile phones.

If youve never experienced the freedom of blogging anywhere, then its time you do. To get you started, here are the top blogging s that you should get for your smartphone. read more

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June 12, 2012

Facebook Integrates With WordPress.org and WordPress.com VIP

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Facebook announces WordPress IntegrationFacebook on Tuesday rolled out a new plugin that allows users to easily integrate their Facebook accounts with the WordPress.org and WordPress.com VIP platforms.

The new plugin allows users to share their blog content on Facebook with one click and the plugin can be downloaded through Wordress under the name Facebook for WordPress.

The plugin allows both bloggers and administrators of WordPress-based sites to cross-publish content to WordPress and their own Facebook Timelines, it also allows Facebook page administrators to cross post to Facebook Pages they administer.

In a blog post introducing the tool Facebook engineer Matt Kelly wrote:

“The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to make their WordPress site more social – no coding required.” read more

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