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WordPress Tips, Tricks and Solutions

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and website platforms. There are over 75 million WordPress sites. Our collection of WordPress Tips, Tricks and Solutions can help you prevent  and solve issues as well as increase the SEO and Performance of your site.

The popularity is a two edged sword. On one hand, an amazing number of plugins exist to enhance functionality and to manage your sites.

On the other hand, millions of hackers make a living trying to hack WordPress sites. A site that is not properly protected will be compromised within minutes of being published.

The constant revisions of the WordPress core, plugins and hosting tools present a challenge to maintaining a WordPress site.

This category contains WordPress tips, tricks, and solutions to problems that we have encountered along the way.

Discussions and articles about the WordPress platform including plugins, themes, SEO, performance, site security and more.

A basic set of WordPress Plugins, mostly free.

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A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site. For any feature that you wish to add, there are usually one or more plugins that will accomplish the task. Plugins are a matter of your needs and personal taste.

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WP Super Cache for WordPress was not working on a shared host.

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I am ramping up four sites on a shared host.  It is inexpensive hosting so running four active sites plus another minor site is taxing the resources of the hosting. I tried using WP Super Cache but could not get the preload feature to work. I did get it working by doing the following.

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Things to do to stop a brute force attack on a WordPress Blog

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I woke up this morning to see that some of my sites were a bit slow to respond.  Shortly after, I was getting a resource limit message from my host when trying to get to the front or back ends of any of the WordPress sites.  I checked cPanel and my resources were maxed out.

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Dealing with comment spam in WordPress.

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Once a new blog becomes visible, you will start to get comments. Comments are good, unless they are comment spam. If you don’t get a handle on it immediately, you will  rapidly lose search engine ratings and/or be infested with  useless or damaging  comments. 

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Migrating from Blogger to WordPress

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I’m in the process of migrating three sites from Blogger to WordPress including this site.  The process is tedious and a little complicated, but it is manageable.  Once you have physically migrated, you need to tweak the posts, categories and tags a bit.  The most important part though, is to carefully apply 301 redirects to ensure that existing search listings will lead to the current content. 

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