WordPress is the most popular content-management system in the world. For that reason alone, it is vulnerable to hackers who delight in finding large pools of potentially insecure websites. Cleaning up a hacked site is not fun or easy. So, it's important to take some simple measures to protect your site. My Recommendations Choose a reliable webhost that ensures a safe platform for your site.All user accounts should use strong passwords: at least 12 characters, including a number and a … [Read more...] about What Should I Do to Protect My Site from Hackers?
While the terms "typeface" and "font" are often used interchangeably, there are clear distinctions in their actual meaning. "Typeface" refers to an entire family of type styles: Neuton, Garamond, Goudy Old Style, and Lato are examples of typefaces. "Font" is the individual member of a typeface family: roman (or regular), italic, bold, and bold italic are font examples. It's very simple to change the font in WordPress. You just have to select the word(s) or sentence(s) and click on the "B" (bold) … [Read more...] about How Can I Change the Typeface in WordPress?
Migration is the process of cloning a website and moving it to another location. Some of the more common reasons for migrating a site are a change of web host, a change in domain name, or creating a development site to test things. There are many migration and cloning tools for WordPress. Plugins are the easiest tools to use for this purpose. In this tutorial, I'll review 3 of my favorite plugins that replicate all of the files and the database from one site to another: Duplicator, Backup Buddy, … [Read more...] about Migration and Cloning Tools for WordPress Sites
In January, I facilitated a discussion about SEO at the WordPress Southwest Florida MeetUp. This blog post is a detailed outline of my presentation. SEO Defined SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is an ongoing process of preparing your website content for discovery by search engines. Better preparation equals better optimization. Search engines find and sort information relevant to the user, based on key words and tags. There are many search engines, but Google, Yahoo, and … [Read more...] about SEO for WordPress Content Creators
Free hosting on WordPress.com is a great choice when you don't want the hassle of maintaining the site yourself. However, there are limitations. If you want the freedom to customize, add plugins, and monetize the site, you could upgrade to a premium account or migrate the site to WordPress.org. Migration You copy the content (text and images) and database from one site to another using a process called “migration”. There are a few basic steps to take when migrating a site from … [Read more...] about Site Migration from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
Why You Create Child Themes Child themes are customized versions of an original (“parent”) theme. If you make changes to the parent theme directly, you risk losing those changes whenever the theme is updated. The key benefit of a child theme is that you retain all of your customizations when the parent theme is updated. I usually create the child theme myself, but there are plugins that will do it for you. Furthermore, if you're using a framework like Genesis, you use child themes in addition … [Read more...] about Why and How You Create WordPress Child Themes
It's easy to clone a WordPress site, once you understand a few basics. If you are a newbie to WordPress, using a plugin is the simplest way to do it. That’s how I started out. The first time I cloned a site, I tried to do it manually. Copying the files was simple and straightforward. But, the database mystified me. I had little knowledge of what it was and no idea how to replicate it, so I ended up using a plugin for the entire site migration (files and database). Gradually, as I researched, … [Read more...] about Manually Clone a WordPress Site in 5 Steps
Finding Your Way Through the Labyrinth In April, I shared some of my insights and experiences with choosing themes at the WordPress Southwest Florida MeetUp. Below are the slides and key topics from my presentation. There has been an explosion in the number of themes being developed in the past few years. The sheer volume of offerings can make theme selection an overwhelming challenge. Thus, making an informed choice is the first step towards a wise choice. The Early … [Read more...] about How to Choose a WordPress Theme