Articles on WordPress Plugins

How to Have Stress Free WordPress Upgrades

Every WordPress upgrade brings howls of anguish on Twitter and other forums as installations that were working perfectly well prior to the upgrade suddenly crash. Some people ignore WordPress upgrades in order to avoid the problems – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But that’s not smart because many of the upgrades are designed… Read more

How to Move WordPress up to the Root

I moved this site from the /blog folder to the root folder recently. The main reason was to tidy up this domain and, in the process, improve its focus. That, I hope, will improve the effectiveness of its SEO. I’ve had this domain for 5 years and during that time I’ve had different folders and… Read more

Ping Spamming from Deep Link Engine and How to Stop It

Here’s something to try if you have an article that’s being spammed with pingbacks. I woke up yesterday morning to find more than 600 pingback spams on a single article. I emptied the spam folder and half an hour later there were 22 more! Luckily Akismet was doing its stuff and sending these pingbacks to… Read more

How to Move Your WordPress Site to a New Server

Here’s a question I saw today: how do I move my WordPress site to a new server? This can be a fiddly exercise with a number of steps to go through, and you should avoid it if you possibly can. However, on the basis that you can’t avoid it, here’s the answer. Note that the… Read more

Ins and Outs of Backing Up WordPress

Interesting question on Twitter today: “Can someone clue me in to backing up my files on WordPress” 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… Read more

Losing the All-in-One-SEO Plugin

When Thesis 1.7 was released I reviewed it and bemoaned the fact that I couldn’t make use of its SEO features and drop the All-in-One-SEO plugin. The reason was because removing the All-in-One results in all the META tags on all the articles on the blog being removed as well. That would mean I’d have… Read more

Content Marketing Experiment – a Quick Update

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my content marketing experiment and, although it’s extremely early days yet, I thought a quick update would be good. Remember, the experiment was to see whether I could start earning affiliate commissions off a travel site on which I did no paid promotions of any kind… Read more

1 More Plugin Bites the Dust: Redirection

Back here I wrote about the benefits of using as few plugins as possible on your site. As is typically me, this has turned into a bit of a crusade (removing plugins from my site, that is). Here, again, are the reasons for my crusade: Plugins can slow down site load times, they may fall… Read more

Stop! Do You REALLY Need That Plugin?

If you read (and remember) any of my articles from a few years back you can take me to task now. Because back then I raved about plugins and added them to my WordPress sites at will. But I’ve changed my mind. Don’t get me wrong. There are some excellent plugins that do great jobs… Read more

How to Set Up The Google XML Sitemap Generator

Many thanks to Jake Hyten for asking this question: how to set up the Google XML Sitemap Generator Plugin. Thanks for your question, Jake – and the steps follow with the greatest of pleasure :) Firstly, why would you want to install the Google XML Sitemap Generator Plugin? Because it creates a sitemap for the… Read more