How to Update to WordPress 4.0

How to Update WordPress

09.04.14 Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy. For more details, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

10 WordPress Website New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2014

At this time every year we review our business status and methodologies and come up with resolutions to try to improve our success and profitability in the year ahead.  Considering online is more fluid than ever before excluding your WordPress Website from this important effort would be a serious oversight, right? That's why I've created this article for you so that you have the basics to … [Read more...]

10 Last Minute Holiday eCom Website Tips

WordPress Last Minute Holidays Tips

You've got your WordPress site up and running, all your social media in place, you're Blogging and commenting and updating the items you have for sale. Now all you have to do is wait for the orders. If only it were that easy, right? This is the the week where the frazzle-factor begins to build exponentially. Planning ahead helps to minimize any unnecessary stress -- but now we're down to the … [Read more...]