Archive for the ‘WordPress Plug-ins’ Category

How to Protect Your WordPress Content

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Recently we’ve seen a rash of database crashing. Imagine posting to your blog, adding a photo, editing a sentence—you click update and the whole thing disappears. You go to the home page and click refresh and there is nothing—no posts, no pages, the content of your entire site is gone in a flash. Now if that’s not enough to instill panic, I don’t know what is.

The truth is, anything can happen with your website, it can get hacked, the server can go kaput, the database can crash, and if you don’t have a recent backup of your content, you could be out of luck. People always ask me after something like this happens: “What can I do to ensure this doesn’t happen again?” (more…)

Encourage Your Audience to Share Your Content

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Q: How do I get people to share my blog content?

A: The most effective way to encourage others to share your content is to offer value so that people want to share it with their network: free resources, tips, advice, statistics, etc. But, you also need to make it easy for your audience to share that content. To answer this question, I would like to discuss the Share and Follow WordPress plug-in and offer a few tips that will help get your content out there and gain (more…)

Three Cool & Useful WordPress Plug-ins

Monday, March 21st, 2011
  • WP-DB-Backup: This plug-in is a must have for all WordPress users! It gives you the ability to backup your database content (meaning your blog posts and page content). You can automate this backup to occur as frequently as you think is necessary. We typically recommend setting it to backup weekly. You can also choose to download this file to your computer.

FYI: This does not backup your images or your theme, for this reason, it’s a good idea to have a full site backup, which does include your theme, images and all other content that gets stored on your server (we recommend that you backup your physical site at least monthly, unless you have not made any changes in that time period), this is done from your C-Panel or through an FTP client.

  • Revision Control: This little plug-in allows you to control how many revisions get stored to your database. I for one tend to noodle with a post over and over until I finally feel it’s ready to go live and then I still end up making edits—this means that I can often have up to 20 different versions of one post. This is cool because you can revert to an older version at any time. But what is not cool is that all these versions take up valuable space and can slow down your site’s load time. Revision Control allows you to set the number of stored revisions for both posts and pages, so for example: you could set it to save only the last 5 post versions, and 10 page versions.
  • WP Super Cache: Speaking of load time. This plug-in can help speed up your site’s load time. It basically caches your site’s content and then pulls up each page as html so your server doesn’t have to work so hard to load php code and images every time someone views a page in your site.

FYI: If you are making changes to your site and yet you keep seeing the old version. Don’t panic—it could be that your page has been cached and is pulling up the old data. To make sure those changes were really made, you might need to clear the cache. You can access Super Cache from your Dashboard, under Settings, from there, click “Delete Cache,” about half way down the page.