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19Mar/120

How Developers Are Driving the Business Adoption of WordPress



WordPress in now the most popular CMS program in use on the web, it is popular with all developers, both those that work for companies and those that freelance. The infographic below show some of the comparisons between how the two different types of developers are using WordPress. Let us take a quick look at some of these statistics. This information comes from a user survey performed by WordPress in 2011.

How developers are driving the business adoption of WordPress

Developers who work for companies……………………….29%

Developers who are freelance………………………………….71%

Company build sites total………………………………………….33

Freelancer built sites total…………………………………………18

Total company output based around WordPress……….59%

Percentage of freelance time spent with WordPress…48%

Are developers making a living with WordPress?

Developers working for companies

3.1% responded that they made their living with WordPress

5% responded that they made a partial living with WordPress

1.2% responded that they did not make their living with WordPress

Developers working as freelancers

1.2% responded that they made their living using WordPress

5% responded that they made part of their living using WordPress

3% responded that they did not make their living using WordPress

Developers were ask how they were most likely to use WordPress

1. Developers that work for companies are more likely to:

Write a Plugin

Attend a Wordcamp or meetup

Contribute to core or to the codex

2. Developers that are freelancers are more likely to:

Write a Theme from scratch

Submit a WordPress bug report

Answer a question in a WordPress forum

How do Developers use WordPress?

8% Use it for a Blog

61% Use it for CMS

31% Use it for both purposes

How much do developers customize their sites from the original install?

75% state that the front end is unrecognizable but nothing is changed in the admin

20% state that they change the theme and add plugins4% state that they customize everything, including the admin

1% state that they change nothing whatsoever


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19Feb/120

WordPress Optimization Tip: Close Comment on Older Posts



If your site is responding quickly and rarely suffers downtimes then I wouldn’t recommend you to turn comments off on older posts, as this removes some of the visitor interaction and also makes your older posts more static.

That being said if your site is feeling sluggish lately closing comments on older posts could help, and here is why: even if you don’t notice it, every day your blog receives dozens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of comments per day. How come you don’t notice them? It’s because they are spam comments, and AdSense (or whatever anti-spam plugin you use) is catching those for you.

Needless to say that processing, identifying and filtering all those spam comments requires some processing power, and that is why turning comments off on older posts can actually make your server runs a bit faster.

In order to close comments you just need to go to Settings->Discussion inside your dashboard. I opted to close comments on posts older than 7 days, but that is because I was having big spam problems. If your case is not as severe then 30 or even 60 days would be fine too.

Finally, make sure to check how your theme will be displayed with closed comments, as sometimes the designer hadn’t planned for this, and it might break your post layout (though fixing it should be a matter of closing a <div> tag or two).

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1Feb/120

20 Awesome Launching Soon WordPress Themes



As we all know WordPress is the simple and effective CMS to choose. It allows you to do anything as you wish to do. It has got huge number of themes and plugins which will allow you to achieve any custom requirement without coding knowledge.

Having a launching soon page for any under development business is very important to get interested subscriber upfront. Use a launching/coming soon page with options to subscribe to RSS and social media.

Here we tried to list 20 best launching soon pages for WordPress. Hope you’ll enjoy.

1. Ultra Sleek 3D Look Under Construction Page

2. Ready 2 Launch

3. Beback Coming Soon Theme

4. Simple Coming Soon Theme

5. Simple Coming Soon And Under Construction Theme

6. UnderFlo Constructionz

7. Speedo Under Construction

8. COSoo COming Soon Page Template

9. Paper Launch Under Construction Theme

10. Road Cone Under Construction Theme

11. 6-In-1 Coming Soon Page

12. A Stylish Under Construction Word Press Theme

13. Influction

14. Coming Soon Landing Page

15. Coming Soon Cool Vector Template

16. Under Construction Template-2 Styles-4 Colors

17. Super Charged Under Construction Themes

18. Chronos Under Construction Template

19. Cool Under Construction Theme

20. We Are On Holiday Under Construction Theme

This guest post was written by Nancy, a lead writer over at NTHEMES. Adding one new WP Theme daily, they keep their visitors informed on the latest and greatest in WordPress Themes broken down by category including Responsive, Photography, and Business just to name a few


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25Jan/120

10 Uses for WordPress Other Than Blogging



1. Project management system

WordPress can be an easy to use project management system if you work with a team of people who all need access to the same content. It can set up as a members only site to keep your material private.

2. Forum

People love community areas and WordPress can be used as a community site as well as a blog site. You can use it as a public forum or a private forum.

This is also a great way to do group coaching sessions.

3. Help Desk

You can set up WordPress as a ticket system so clients and customers can contact you with technical problems, order problems or any other thing that relates to your business.

4. Article Directory

Tired of fighting for placement on the big article directories? With WordPress, you can start your own directory. You can grow it as big as you’d like or just limit it to a few select authors. The choice is yours.

5. Auction Site

If you like sites like eBay or if you want to auction off websites or even physical products, you can set up your own auction site and let viewers bid on your items.

6. Storefront with e-Commerce

If you don’t want to use a commercial eCommerce site for your products, you can set up your own site with WordPress. There are many plugins and themes that you can use to accomplish this. One of the benefits to this option is it’s a one time fee for a great plugin instead of a monthly fee like some commercial sites charge you.

7. Membership site

Membership plugins are available for WordPress if you decide to go private, or you can have different levels of membership. Some are free and some will cost you a little bit of money. The paid plugins are usually the best option because most offer support if you run into problems with installation or other issues down the road.

8. FAQ portal or Q&A site (private or public)

WordPress is a great way to set up an FAW section or a Q&A site where others can ask you questions and have them answered. You can do this as a public site or as a member site.

9. Easy to use CMS (content management system)

WordPress is a great way to organize content, either for your own personal use or as community group or as a group of team members. WordPress really is easy to use and manage so this is a great way to line out your content in a systematic manner.

10. Client/Customer Management

WordPress can be used as an invoicing system and a way to keep up with your clients, customers and contacts. This is much like a Help Desk except you organize it for customers so you can manage them better.

 

 

 

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17Jan/120

How to Move A Small WordPress Site Via the Import/Export Tool



Over the past year I have moved a reasonable number of WordPress sites between different servers and hosting companies (around 10), and I picked up some tips and tricks along the way.

First of if you search around the web for advice on how to move a WordPress blog you’ll probably get a recommendation to backup all the site files and databases, transfer the site files, and then restore the database on the other server.

While this works, I think it’s unnecessarily complicated, especially if you are transferring a small site (i.e., with 300 posts or fewer, and no special sections like a forum). Not to mention that playing around with databases is always tricky, and if you are not tech-savvy you might screw things up.

A better and simpler solution in my opinion is to use the Import/Export feature on WordPress. Here’s the step by step guide:

  1. Login via FTP to your old (i.e., the one you are moving from) WP install and download the whole /wp-conten/t directory.
  2. Login to your old WordPress dashboard and use “Export” function (located under “Tools”). Choose the “All Content” option, to export both posts and pages.
  3. Put a fresh WP install on your new server/hosting plan.
  4. Delete the /wp-content/ folder on your new server, and upload the one you had downloaded from your old server.
  5. If you had changed the “Permalink Structure” on your old server, do that as well on the new one.
  6. Now login to the WordPress dashboard on your new server and use the “Import” function (again under “Tools”) to import all your posts and pages.
  7. Check that everything is working fine by opening the homepage of your new WP install (you can do this using the IP address of your hosting account). If everything is working fine update the nameservers of your domain name to point to your new server).

This method is easier in my opinion, and it has one big advantage: you start with a clean install, meaning that any hacks or compromises you might have had on your old WP install will be gone.

Next week I’ll post about moving larger WordPress sites. Those might not work with this method because your export XML file will be too large, and you might not be able to upload it via the WordPress import feature.

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27Dec/110

How to setup Google Feedburner for Blogger and WordPress

Integrating Google Feedburner with blog feeds.

Easy way to setup Google Feedburner to your Blogs and Websites. Make your blog posts popular. Help your readers to subscribe your blog posts updates easily through Feedburner's headline animator . Try now. Don't miss it!

The blog post has a write-up to setup your blog feeds to the place you desire.

Step 1: Sign-up

Login to Google feedburner using your Gmail account.

Figure 1.0

Step 2: Getting your blog Feeds

Get your blog feeds from the following URL

Blogger - www.yourdomain.com/atom.xml
WordPress - www.yourdomain.com/?feed=rss

Step 3: Adding Blog Activity Feed

Assume you have selected one of your blog feed.
In the Feedburner dashboard you will have an option to paste the blog feed link in an text box as below (Refer Figure 3.1).

Figure 3.1

If you have a podcast in your blog then click on check box “I am a podcaster” and click next button. If you don't have a podcast in your blog then leave the check box and click next button. On the next screen you may alter your Feedburner title and feed address and click again next button.

Now your Feedburner would have been created and you can see it live in the feed address you have created as seen in the below image (Refer Figure 3.2). Now you can share your feedburner's blog feed to your readers and friends.

Figure 3.2

Step 4: Creating and configuring to Feed Management

In Feedburner created page you have options to move to next step to configure stats (Refer Figure 4.1 and Figure 4.2) or to skip to feed management page as seen in below screenshot (Refer Figure 4.3).

Figure 4.1

Figure 4.2

Figure 4.3

Step 5: Activating Headline Animator

Now you can click on “Publicize” button (Refer Figure 5.1) and you will be landing to a page "publicize your feed". In this, on left hand side you can see services listed as seen in the below screenshot and from that you can click “Headline Animator”. (Refer Figure 5.2).

Figure 5.1

Figure 5.2

Here comes the page were you have the code to configure the “Headline Animator” Feedburner in your blog. Before that you can change the theme, colour code, wrap long headlines and font size for your taste and click on the Activate button as seen in the below screenshot (Refer Figure 5.3).

Figure 5.3

Step 6: Selecting the type of Code

Once it gets activated you can see an drop down option at the top of the page to select the type of platform you are about to use the code. There are options like my space, blogger, wordpress and so. Also you may select other option (just gimme the code) as seen in below screenshot and click next (Refer Figure 6.1). A pop new window will be opened with the code to paste in HTML part.

Figure 6.1

Creating Feedburner Widget for Blog - In Addition, if you would like to add your blog post activity Feedburner to your blog or signature then you may select the respective option and click next so that it takes to the next level of widget. Suppose if you select Blogger blog and click next you will have a pop up window with "Add to Blogger" button as below (Figure 6.2).

Figure 6.2

Click "Add to Blogger" button and it will open a new window where you can signin using your blogger account. Once you Signin you will be taken to a page with "Add Widget" Button. Click the button to add to the Widget to your blog layout page. Now you can click Save button in top right corner for the widget to show in your live blog. This can make your blog visitors know your posts in blog and this can even tend to click on the posts.

Coming back to the main post...

Step 7: Copy and paste the Code.That's it.

Now you may copy the code and paste it anywhere in the HTML part.

This can be done by editing the blog post or HTML template and then paste the headline animator Feedburner code in the place were you like to display and click update.

TIP: If you have no idea about HTML then you can have the headline animator Feedburner code after Div or Table closing Tag and it looks like this or and not in-between some or similar code to avoid HTML error.

Now your code is updated. You can press publish button. That's it. You are done and it would look something like the one below in your blog.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Help Articles & Tips Blog - Jag's SEO A Day Blog

↑ Grab this Headline Animator


It is recommended to have your headline animator in your blog or websites for your visitors to know the activity on your blog.


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23Dec/110

WordPress Social Plugins To Woe Social Love



Is your wordpress blog getting low on social love? You are unsure about it. But unless you have some cute little social icons on your wordpress blog, you can be sure of one that you are missing out on an opportunity to spread your message far and wide. Social media marketing comes with a rippling effect and if you can use it wisely, it can help you get steady flow of visitors. To start this roller coaster ride, you need to get some plugins that can work seamlessly with your wordpress blog without making it creak under the pressure (means, it should not increase loading time of your website).

Let start exploring:

Share This: This is a highly customizable and flexible wordpress plugin that will let you change its look and feel to match the theme of your website. It blends seamlessly with the existing theme of the website and the best part of this plugin is that it provides tracking reports. With this plugin, your visitors will be able to vote for your website and you will see your website bolstering its presence in different social media websites.

Sociable: This is a simple social plugin for wordpress blog. With this plugin, each post of your wordpress blog will have icons of various social bookmarking sites and thereby making it easier for users to promote your website on different social media websites. All they have to do is to click on the social media button and there you go. You will see steady growth in traffic from different social bookmarking and social media sites.

Antisocial: Those of you, who are bit serious about search engine optimization and do not want to give any favor back to social media sites in the form of do follow links, this is the perfect plugin that they can have. As the name clearly indicates, this plugin will add a no follow tag against all links of social bookmarking sites. A life saving plugin for all SEO enthusiasts.

Gregarious: With different customization options under its hood, Gregarious is the must have plug-in that you need to have in your WordPress blog. Though this plugin will promote your post on a lesser number of social sites, most of the sites are good enough to draw a decent amount of traffic at the end of the day.

Add to Any Bookmark Button: The name of this wordpress plugin says it all. It will let the visitors bookmark any post with any bookmark manager they want.

I Love Social Bookmarking: This is another cool wordpress plug-in that does not add any visual distraction on your blog. It will add a drop-down menu on your wordpress blog and that will let users vote for your blog on different social bookmarking sites. Slightly different from other wordpress-plugin of its clan, it is here to rock with a neat and clear interface that does not creep on the existing theme and design of the blog.

Digg This: If you cannot live without dig, which is a vital source of driving traffic to your website, this plug-in is the way to go. Visitors will be able to vote for your blog posts in this popular social booking site and if it manages to get some social love in the forms of vote, you may see a deluge of traffic from it. So, another must-have plug-in for all WordPress blog owners.

This guest post was written by Michael Evans, a writer who enjoys writing in the tech niche and he also promotes Flash templates with the integrated Flash CMS.


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13Dec/110

Must Use: W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin



I am a bit stubborn when it comes to changing old habits. The same is true for technologies I use, WordPress plugins included. As such I have been using WP Super Cache for as long as I can remember, and I always thought it was a great plugin.

Then around one year ago I started hearing about a new cache plugin, called W3 Total Cache. I didn’t bother to actually test it, as WP Super Cache was doing its homework.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and a couple of my sites started to open slowly due to the amount of traffic they were receiving. After exchanging some emails with the HostGator support folks they said I should try W3 Total Cache.

I did, and really surprised me. I still think WP Super Cache is a great plugin, but W3 Total Cache is even greater. The difference in loading times after I installed it was visible.

On top of that the plugins comes with more customization features, including the ability to cache database calls, to use server accelerator plugins, to integrate a CDN solution if you have one and so on.

I’ll be switching from WP Super Cache to W3 Total Cache on all my sites now, and I recommend you to do the same if you are not using it yet.


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28Nov/110

Cyber Monday: 50% Off HostGator Hosting and Free WordPress Installation



Have you been slacking off and just waiting for the perfect opportunity to finally start your own blog and get your first domain name? Since today is Cyber Monday, some of the best deals of the year are now at your hands, especially when it comes to web hosting and internet marketing!

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Free WordPress Installion + Plugins

In addition to the 5 in advertising credits, you’ll also be able to take advantage of my free WordPress Installation Service. Order
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- All In One SEO
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19Nov/110

5 Reasons You’ll Love the WordPress Editorial Calendar



This is a guest post by Annabel Candy. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Do you struggle to organize your blog posts in advance? I did too for my first two years of blogging.

I’ve got a background in journalism so when I started blogging I knew the importance of having an editorial calendar and planning my blog posts in advance.

I’ve also created clear topics on my blogs because it helps my readers see what information they can find on my blog and get there fast.

But despite my best intentions I didn’t have a good way of planning and scheduling my blog posts.

In fact it was a real rigmarole.

First I created my editorial calendar in a text document then I constantly had to switch between that and WordPress to work out what I was posting and when. It caused a lot of time-wasting and many grey hairs.

Until finally I discovered there is a better way. Namely the WordPress Editorial Calendar plug-in which was created by Zack Grossbart.

Here’s what I love about the WordPress Editorial Calendar plug-in:

1. It makes planning blog posts easy

Now I can view my editorial calendar with up to five weeks of blog posts at a time and even schedule further ahead than that by clicking ahead to the next month. I can see at a glance which blog posts are already scheduled to be published and when as well as which posts are still drafts and need to be finalized.

2. You can see your whole editorial calendar on one screen

Instead of having to browse through all my draft posts now I can see them all on one page. This is a huge benefit for me because I have a lot of draft posts. Some of them are just headlines, others fully fleshed blog posts waiting to be edited and everything in between.

3. It’s easy to reschedule blog posts.

The editorial calendar is drag and drop so if I’ve got a blog post scheduled for Tues 24th I can just drag it over to Tues 31st and that’s when it will be posted.

4. It helps you structure your blog content

I can see all scheduled posts at a glance so it’s easy to see if a specific topic is missing or if I’m writing too much about one topic at the expense of others. There’s also an option to quick edit and change blog post titles, content, and publishing times if I need to.

5. It allows you to be more creative

I don’t waste so much time wondering what I’m going to post and when so that frees up more time for doing what I love best – writing top content and coming up with compelling headlines.

The Drawbacks of the WordPress Editorial Calendar plug-in

The editoral calendar has limitations but not many. The most annoying thing is that draft posts you created before installing the plug-in don’t automatically appear in the calendar. Once the plug-in is installed the best option is to use the editorial calendar to create your draft posts.

But heck what do you expect?

It’s free! It’s simple to use and it works.

Is the WP Editorial Calendar Right For You?

Check out the five minute slideshow to find out more and you can even log into the handy sandbox where you can play around with the plug-in and make sure it’s right for you before you install it.

I recommend you check it out, liberate yourself from struggling to plan your blog posts and free up your time for more creative blogging.

What do you think?

About the author: Annabel Candy is a web designer, web copy writer and travel fiend with three children, two blogs and one husband. She has British and New Zealand passports and lives in Australia. Her blogging adventures started with the popular travel blog Get In the Hot Spot. Annabel now shares her blogging tips for writers and small business owners at Successful Blogging.


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