Tips and Tricks on Using WordPress

The more WordPress develops and grows the less I understand why anyone would want to build websites ‘by hand’ any more!

It’s an amazingly flexible and powerful platform, that can be used for any type of website.

This series of articles offers different tips and tricks on using WordPress and answers some of the more common questions I hear.

Click the headline to read the full article and if you need me to clarify anything leave a comment. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

With the ever increasing emphasis on quality-of-content in the search engines’ algorithms, making sure you update or clear out articles which are either out of date or of little value is important. So I spent a lot of time recently reviewing and either updating or trashing old articles on this site. I wrote back here […]

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Since WordPress 3.3 was released last week I’ve seen an unusually high number of people asking why they should upgrade. The answer is simple, and threefold: To maintain or improve the security of your site To improve the performance of your site To improve the usability of your site Improve site security Hackers target older […]

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This video is for people new to WordPress and goes through the steps to write and publish your first post. Writing and publishing pages is the same except for two things: You start on the ‘Add New Page’ screen (not the Add New Post screen) You don’t assign categories and tags Once you’ve written your […]

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I often see questions asking how to convert an HTML website to WordPress and, back here, I covered some of the things you need to think about before doing so. Anyway, I recently converted an old HTML site to WordPress so I figured I’d set out the step-by-step process – so here it is: Overview […]

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I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen threads asking which are the best WordPress plugins. The responses inevitably list lots of them, covering the widest range of functionality you can imagine. One of the benefits of using WordPress is the range of plugins that extend its functionality into pretty much any area […]

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Websites are being hacked more often every day. Not only do you owe it to yourself to take every precaution you can to keep the hackers out, you owe it to your customers, friends and everyone who visits your sites. It’s your responsibility to the web as a whole, not just protection for yourself. I’ve […]

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The WordPress search function has never been good. And yet providing a good search function is a great way to keep readers on your site for longer. I wrote back here about why I set up Google Custom Search on this site. It was pretty much a no-brainer really: if you can get the leading […]

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My Google Analytics keywords report is telling me that one of the more searched for items on this site is ‘how to set up W3-Total-Cache’ – so here goes. Before starting, though, a word of caution: server configurations vary between hosting providers, so your first step should be to ask your hosting provider for their […]

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