5 Reasons to Choose WordPress.org Instead of WordPress.com

5 Reasons to Choose WordPress

5 Reasons to Choose WordPressSo, you want to start a blog. That's great! If you have creative ideas and some basic SEO know-how, blogging is a cinch. It's also a great way to let off some steam (you know, by ranting to those that will listen!). You may also be considering a WordPress blog (and why wouldn't you? WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms on the planet!). But, did you know that there are two different WordPress possibilities? There's WordPress. org and WordPress. com. What's the difference?

WordPress .com comes with everything you need like a domain name and hosting on WordPress's own servers. All of this is free and simple, but you can forget about domain name customization. WordPress. com domains look like you@yourname.wordpress .com. That's not a really catchy way of doing things. WordPress .org, on the other hand, is different. WordPress .org means downloading WordPress's free setup software, but buying your own domain name and finding your own cheap web hosting company. Trust me, the latter is better. Here's why.

1. Customize and choose your own theme: you can select any theme that you want and customize it. This is one of the main reasons why website owners choose WordPress .org over WordPress .com.

2. More plugins. There are more plugins available for WordPress .org than for WordPress .com. If you like plugins, you'll want to pay attention to this simple fact.

3. You can choose your own domain name. This is a biggie. If you want candy.com (already taken, by the way!), you can have that name. If you go with the other version of WordPress, you have to use the WordPress domain.

4. Select your own host. Sometimes it's better to choose your own hosting company. Why? You may get a better deal or more options or better customer support.

5. Post what you want. Not sure about an ad? Want to have complete control over what goes on your site? This can only happen with WordPress .org. Otherwise, WordPress has the right to post anything on your site (this doesn't happen often, but it's still there).

5 Reasons to Choose WordPress: Clear Choice

For the many reasons listed above, it's better to go with WordPress. org over WordPress .com. If you want to check out WordPress .com first, you can go ahead and set that site up. You can always make a change at a later time, so keep this in mind (though moving a site can be hard). As far as a host goes, we always recommend GoDaddy, HostGator, A Small Orange, and other hosting companies on this site – not because we get kickbacks, but because we truly believe in what these companies do.

If you do set up WordPress .org and you need some help with it, feel free to ask us. We're here to help you answer any questions that you may have! Building a new blog can be fun and great, just make sure that you have complete and total control over it!

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WordPress 3.8 Is Worth the Upgrade!

WordPress 3.8

wordpress 3.8Know what's great about WordPress? The developers behind this site are constantly trying to make WordPress better for everyone that uses it. And, if your'e one of the many that use WordPress, you'll benefit from what WordPress has created this time around – even if it is a bit more frivolous than actually useful.

Let's jump in, shall we?

New WordPress 3.8 Admin Customization Options

Looking at a WordPress UI can be boring, right? Well, WordPress doesn't want your experience to be boring in any way. So, one of the latest updates that coincides with WordPress version 3.8 is an all new UI. What's so new about it?

You can now set up your UI to look flat (kind of like all the rest of the development world has been doing now). You can also choose from eight new color schemes that will have you yearning to look at your WordPress dashboard instead of dreading opening up something so dreary (ok, maybe not yearning, but it's still more appealing).

What Else Is New?

Lots! Here's a rundown:

  • The new default font in WordPress is now Open Sans (which is much more appealing, by the way).
  • Icons that load super fast have been added instead of images (yay!).
  • Eight different color scheme options are available (as mentioned above).
  • This interface is just way faster. Really, this is a big deal for those that have tired of previous slow interfaces.
  • The new default theme is Twenty Fourteen – and it's a gorgeous, magazine-style, theme.

WordPress has also made some bug fixes. So, all in all, the changes to the new WordPress are definitely welcomed chances – and they have been a long time coming. If you haven't upgraded yet, make sure that you do so.

Why Upgrade?

Not only can you tap into all those new goodies, but you will also be able to prevent any major site attacks or other issues. When you don't upgrade, you are setting your site up to be vulnerable, so do keep this in mind when it comes to speculating whether or not you want to spend the time to upgrade.

Why wouldn't you want to upgrade to these new things, any way? WordPress has done a great job this time around. Granted, the last update wasn't anything special, but this one is really going to knock your socks off. So, if you are currently running WordPress on your site, get in there and upgrade. It just takes a minute, but you'll be happy you did (and you can play with pretty colors, who doesn't like that?).

Need help with the new WordPress options? Can't chance the UI color? Let me know, and I'll be happy to help you out!

How to Install the REL=AUTHOR Tag for WordPress

Tag for WordPress

tag for wordpressIf you run a blog on your cheap hosting site (and why wouldn't you?), you should really consider the rel=author tag. What is that and why do you need it?

Here's an explanation.

The REL=AUTHOR Tag for WordPress

When you conduct a Google search, which link are you more apt to click on? The link that shows a bunch of words, or the link that has a nice photo of an author next to it?

You'll pick the author, and so will anyone using your search terms. Why? Because adding a photo to a blog post makes your post look more authentic. In other words, people trust posts with pictures. It might sound silly, but I'm not making this stuff up.

In order to add an author photo to a blog post, you have to set up the right tag via WordPress. How can you do this? By entering REL=AUTHOR.

How to Use the REL=AUTHOR Tag

You have two options here. The first is to implement this tag in the post that you've just created.

  1. Add your Google+ profile URL to your name.
  2. Add that anchor text to the blog post.

Here's the code you need to add to your name in order to make your G+ profile photo show up:

<a href=”https://plus.google.com/yourgoogleplusurlherere=author”>YOUR NAME HERE</a>

Do you see the end of this code? The ‘rel=author' bit? This will ensure that your G+ profile is linked to the post that you just wrote. But, this is the tedious way to do things.

A Simpler Way: Plugins

We love WordPress for the many plugins that come with this program. Is there a plugin for the Author tag? You bet! In fact, there are a lot of plugins for this tag. The best one that I've tested is the ‘Google Authorship for Multiple Authors' plugin. This plugin simply adds a nice and neat space for your Google Plus profile.

All you have to do is add the plugin, plug in (haha) your details, and you're ready to roll. Really, the setup couldn't be easier than it is with this plugin. But, if you must find others, there are a ton to choose from. My only word of caution is this: be careful not to install too many plugins because the more you install the slower your page load time is.

One more word of caution (so, two words, really): read plugin reviews prior to picking one. Why? Some of these plugins will mess with your code, or just won't work at all. It always pays to read the reviews first – but, really, a plugin will make your life easier!

Be Careful With Authorship

Lastly, even though allowing authors to add photos to a blog post is a great way to spread the word about your blog, it's also a really good idea to be careful when it comes to allowing any old author to share a post. Why? When someone has authorship privileges, things could go awry.

Need help with this code? Just ask!

How To Remove Broken Links in WordPress

Steps to Remove Broken Links in WordPress
fixing wordpress links Remove Broken Links in WordPressBroken links on a blog can really mess up your site traffic. Keeping on top of your blog is something that you have to do regularly – kind of like cleaning your home. Broken links are bound to happen, but if you stay on top of your blog well enough, nobody visiting your site should have to see an ‘Error 404' message.

If you're using WordPress to run your site, here's what you need to know about removing all of those busted up links (Remove Broken Links in WordPress).

How to Remove Broken Links in WordPress

  1. Change a URL. Sometimes, a URL simply doesn't work. When this happens, the best thing to do is to change that URL. If you can't make this work, go to the next step (or if your page no longer exists at all).
  2. Got a broken link inside of a text? Simply remove the link from the text. This shouldn't bother your current content at all.
  3. Install the Broken Link Checker plug-in. Read below to see how this handy plugin works.

Remove Broken Links in WordPress: Broken Link Checker

There's a really handy plug-in out there called ‘Broken Link Checker.' This plugin will scan your entire site, list the links that are broken, and then will give you a few options to change the situation. Directly from the broken URL page, you will see editing options (Remove Broken Links in WordPress).

You can edit a URL right from the scan page, take a look at the content that contains the broken URL, and perform various bulk options like fixing a bunch of broken links at once and fixing redirects. You can also set up this plug-in to scan your site periodically for broken links. It's really frustrating when a site visitor lands on a page that no longer works. Make sure that this doesn't happen by checking all of your broken links.

Remove Broken Links in WordPress: Why Links Break

Sometimes it's easy to delete a page or move a page and not remember to fix a link on another page that was related to the deleted page. Other times, pages simply don't load for various reasons. Either way, visitors to your site are likely to become frustrated when trying to gain information that can't be found.

While it can be time consuming, running the Broken Link plug-in will help you clean up your website quickly. Plus, you can ensure that your site will run smoothly whenever you manage to snag a new visitor. Broken links are part of managing a blog or running a cheap hosting website, but it's also a part that you can fix with ease. When it comes to WordPress, finding and fixing broken links is simple (Remove Broken Links in WordPress).

Need help to Remove Broken Links in WordPress? Not sure how to fix something on your site? Let us know!

WordPress Hacks: A Lesson In What Not To Do

WordPress Hacks: What Not To Do

WordPress HacksWe've said it so many times here on the blog: it is vital, whether on your WordPress site or your shared hosting account, to perform software updates. Beyond vital.

And recent news underscores the importance of this. Outdated versions of WordPress allowed hackers to launch DDoS attacks from a total of 569 separate WordPress blogs. Hackers launched this DDoS attack by hacking into only a few servers.

Easy = Vulnerable

It is the very nature of WordPress that makes it so vulnerable. It's so easy to use, and that means users who might not have any IT experience whatsoever are managing a website or blog.

Because they have no clue as to best practices, they don't update their software when an update becomes available, and they certainly don't have a strong password or unique username. These two problems alone add up to vulnerabilities that can cause a catastrophe.

WordPress Hacks: The Importance Of Updates

There are many out there that ignore updates, putting them off until they “have the time to install them.” This is extremely unwise. While some updates fix simple bugs or add some form of new functionality, there are those updates that fix critical security flaws.

These hackers are banking on you NOT performing the update, leaving the door wide open for them to use your website for malicious DDoS attacks. Don't be a victim! Update, update, update!

WordPress Hacks: What Else Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

  • Get creative with your username. Do you know the number of people that keep the username “admin?” It's almost ridiculous. Don't use your name, either. Try to get creative. Do you like butterflies and the color purple, and have a favorite number? PurpleButterFly is a good one, incorporating that number in there somewhere.
  • Passwords should be strong. So you capitalized a random letter and threw a number in there. Great, but it's still hackable. A strong password is a random string of characters that makes no sense, like X*!/feZ90(# or something else involving multiple character types. In this way, you make the likelihood someone is going to guess that password slim to none.
  • Change your password periodically. While your password might be strong, you should change your password every now and again, like biweekly or monthly. Just to be safe.
  • Update plugins. It isn't just WordPress itself that needs to be updated! Those plugins must also be done in order to maintain the utmost level of security.

Is your WordPress site up to date?