Tips and Tricks on Using WordPress

Why Should I Update WordPress?

I’m often asked why it’s so important to keep WordPress (and the themes and plugins you have installed) up to date. 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 1. Improve site security Hackers… Read more

What to do if Your WordPress Site is Hacked

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… Read more

Your Backup Folder Might be Visible to the Public

One of the WordPress plugins I use and really like is WP-DBManager. For some reason, though, when you activate it for the first time you will see a red warning across the top of all your WordPress admin screens that tells you your backup folder might be visible to the public. This can be a… Read more

Optimise Your WordPress Site with Categories and Tags to Attract More Visitors

Update: When I originally wrote this article I was allowing the search engines to index my tag pages as well as my category pages. However, since all my articles appear in both tag and category pages, I recently changed my approach and now ‘noindex’ my tag pages. This is because the search engines can find… Read more

How to Move Your WordPress Site to a New Server

How do I move my WordPress site to a new server? I’ve set out two processes below:Migrating a site using BackupBuddy (strongly recommended)Migrating a site manually Migrate a WordPress website with BackupBuddy Without question, I recommend using BackupBuddy to migrate a WordPress website to a new server (and domain, if necessary). If you’re not familiar… Read more

How to Customise a WordPress Theme

The most basic way of changing the appearance of a WordPress website is to change the theme. However, even when you change the theme you may still want to customise the appearance. WordPress has a screen under the Appearance menu item called Customise Accessing that screen will give you a range of options that you… Read more

Best Ways to Back Up WordPress and Why You Should Back it up Regularly

As the hackers get better and more numerous, it only makes sense to have full backups of your WordPress sites. Once your site has been compromised it will quickly be removed from the search engines’ indices and your search traffic will be wiped out. If you’re dependent on search traffic this will be a killer… Read more

3 Things to Look Out For With WordPress 1-Click Installs

The 1-click installation service offered by most hosting providers for various applications is wonderful. In particular, it’s opened up self-hosted WordPress blogging to a whole tribe of people who might have balked at the manual installation. But there are some things to keep in mind. And please don’t take these as criticisms – they’re not… Read more

How to Set Up The Google XML Sitemaps Plugin

The search engines need a sitemap to enable them to find and index all the pages on your site. On large, complex website, a sitemap shows them where to go to find the deepest pages. Firstly, why would you want to install the Google XML Sitemaps Plugin? Because it’s a well-established, reliable and highly functional… Read more

The Difference Between Pages and Categories

Categories and pages are both powerful elements of WordPress, but they’re very different. One is part of the WordPress filing system, and lists archives of posts, the other is for displaying important (but static) information to your visitors. Let’s take a look at each in turn. I’ll cover Pages first, and then Categories. WordPress Pages… Read more