Updating WordPress and Plugins is Not a “Choice”…

Update WordPress and Plugins NOW!

It's your responsibility. In the past week there have been heated discussions about updating WordPress, Frameworks, Themes and Plugins. The crux at the heart of the conversation is about Users overwhelming inability or lack of interest in keeping their site's updated. If all site owners, updated immediately when notified in their Admin panel the world would be unicorns and rainbows. Well, … [Read more...]

WordPress Categories, Keywords and Tags; Oh My!

Categories, Keywords and Tags

Categories vs. tags. Tags vs. keywords. Aren't they all the same or at least similar enough to use the same terms for all three? Sorta, kinda, a little bit -- not really. Tags are not categories. Keywords are not tags. At least to the extent that when you think of "keywords" you are thinking of SEO and keywords. And in almost every case, when site owners are left to their own devices, … [Read more...]

Easy Steps to a Lean Mean WordPress Machine

Slow WordPress Sites

WordPress has unique resource requirements which demands certain processes be put in place to keep your site running at optimum efficiency. It's not uncommon to find WordPress sites that are not being watched after properly choking due to becoming CPU "hogs". Poorly coded themes, too many plugins, bad hosting -- all add up to having a site that doesn't load fast enough to help you gain … [Read more...]

How to Update to WordPress 3.9.1

How to Update WordPress

05.08.14 "After three weeks and more than 9 million downloads of WordPress 3.9, we’re pleased to announce that WordPress 3.9.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor. We’ve also made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and … [Read more...]

WordPress: Comments On or Comments Off?

WordPress Comments Yes or No?

Recently there has been a debate as to the value of allowing comments on your site -- or not. Enough clients have asked me my opinion on the topic that I thought I would write this post to share with you my decision making process for my sites. Comments on or comments off is a decision that really has to be made on a site by site, business by business basis. Why I've Been Turning Comments … [Read more...]

WordPress Child Themes: Why You Need One

Why You Need a WordPress Child Theme

Did this ever happen to you? You tweak your site to get it just the way you want it - or you pay someone to do that for you. Then, WordPress updates and/or your theme updates and all those changes are lost. No need to ever have to go through that or worry about that again! Many who use WordPress may have heard of a child theme, but really don't know how having one -- or not having one -- … [Read more...]