Seven Ways To Kill Your Blog

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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…]

Top Blogger Smartphone Apps

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 youíve never experienced the freedom of blogging anywhere, then itís time you do. To get you started, here are the top blogging s that you should get for your smartphone. [Read more…]

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:

‚ÄúThe 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 ‚Äď no coding required.” [Read more…]

Blackberry Playbook Gets WordPress Publishing App

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Research in Motion on Wednesday not only released the BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 OS, they also revealed the new WordPress App for Playbook, a free option that can now be downloaded directly from the BlackBerry AppWorld.

Much like versions available for iPhone, Android and WP7 devices the new version of the Blackberry App allows users to write posts, edit pages they have created and even manage WordPress comments from the systems administration area.

Thanks to the larger screen users also gain access to quick photo and movie uploading, geo-tagging of posts, page creation and other popular features found on the WordPress.com and WordPress self-hosted setups.

The program is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Blackberry WordPress apps but with a far better 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution display. [Read more…]

WordPress Getting BlackBerry v1.6 Upgrade In ‘Near Future’

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Wordpress for BlackberryBlackberry mobile apps don’t always get much update love, that’s why news of a BlackBerry v1.6 upgrade for WordPress should come as a welcomed surprise for Blackberry toting WordPress users.

While the new application update is being called a “Refresh” release ¬†it does bring some much needed improvements to Blackberry OS 6 & 7 operating systems.

Among improvements are better capabilities for the following options:

  • Option/setting for # of comments to download
  • Infinite scrolling on posts/pages/comments
  • Add Images Alignment options
  • Integrate the WordPress.com Reader
  • Add the ability to make a post sticky [Read more…]

Clark College Offering WordPress Development Classes

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WordpressWordPress over the last decade has become the largest website development platform in the world. In fact this site is based off WordPress, more than 20 sites I own are based off WordPress and even large scale media empires have used the program to manage and operate their blog platforms.

It’s for that reason that¬†Bob Hughes, the head of Clark College‚Äôs computer technology department has launched several temporary courses centered around learning WordPress.

The “Introduction to WordPress” class gives students the opportunity to learn about WordPress coding from WordPress pioneer Lorelle VanFossen.

The course must be vetted by both college and state administrators before it becomes a regular part of the schools curriculum, in the meantime Hughes calls it a “test balloon” while adding, “we’ll see how we can sculpt it into an academic offering.” [Read more…]

ManageWP Makes Multi-Blog WordPress Management Easy And Affordable

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ManageWP FrontpageManaging even a handful of WordPress websites can be a pain, for example 10 websites means 10 different login accounts that you must access each time you want to write an article, update plugins or change theme settings. While you could give WordPress Multi-Site a chance that system can be confusing and time consuming for non-Wordpress experts. ManageWP however takes care of multi-site management by installing a simple plugin on each of your WordPress blogs which then allows them to be controlled by a single user login interface found at ManageWP.com

Once you have signed up for a free trial account you simply install the sites plugin on each of your websites. This plugin essentially gives you access to your blogs from within the ManageWP administration panel.

After the system has been installed you will be asked to add websites to your panel, those websites will then be accessible via the ManageWP login panel. Once installed the system then provides many useful features.

For example you can choose to add and upgrade themes for all of your websites from one screen, removing the need to log into various accounts.  The system also allows users to be bulk added for login purposes.

If you run a network in which posts are added to more than one website at a time ManageWP also provides a “Bulk Add” option for posts and pages. I personally found the “Add New Page” option helpful when creating privacy and copyright polices for various websites. [Read more…]

WordPress.com Will Soon Allow Ad Support For Millions Of Users

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Federated Media PublishingAutomattic, the parent company of the WordPress platform and WordPress.com announced on Wednesday that they have teamed up with ad professionals Federated Media to provide ad placement on users blogs.

The announcement was made at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco and according to both company’s the program will allow brands and advertisers to target participating WordPress.com site owners to reach relevant audiences based on relevant site content.

Speaking about the partnership Federated Media CEO Deanna Brown said the new system is built on “relevance of scale” since an advertiser can choose to work with several thousand or several million websites all at one time.¬† [Read more…]

18 Million WordPress Blogs Are Now iPad Friendly

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WordPress, one of the largest Blogging platforms on the web, has announced that 18 million of its self-hosted Blogs will be iPad friendly. Frankly, iPad users everywhere should be excited.

Automattic which owns WordPress.com, flipped the switch on its iPad optimized interface allowing Bloggers to create a custom mobile experience that doesn’t sacrifice content and formatting because a mobile device is accessing the Blog.

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Warning: WordPress.com Under Massive DDOS Attack, Temporarily Stopped

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WordPress.com, the host of many popular WordPress powered Blogs including TechCrunch, has been hit with a massive DDOS attack taking down the service. Blog owners are reporting slowness when logging in or loading their WordPress powered sites.

Graham Cluley, Senior technology consultant for Sophos Tweeted an email sent to VIP customers such as TechCrunch:

WordPress is currently being targeted by a extremely large Distributed Denial of Service attack which is affecting connectivity in some cases. The size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second.

We are working to mitigate the attack, but because of the extreme size, it is proving rather difficult. At this time, everything should be back to normal as the attack has subsided, but we are actively working with our upstream providers on measures to prevent such attacks from affecting connectivity going forward.

We will be making our VIP sites a priority in this endeavor, and as always, you can contact us [REDACTED] for the latest update. We will also update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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