Need To Update Old URLs?

Written by Bec on December 19, 2015 – 12:02 AM -

If you move your WordPress website to a new domain name, you will find that internal links to pages and references to images are not updated. Instead, these links and references will point to your old domain name. The Velvet Blues Update URLS plugin fixes that problem by helping you change old urls and links in your website.
Features:

* Users can choose to update links embedded in content, excerpts, or custom fields
* Users can choose whether to update links for attachments
* View how many items were updated

Usage:

Using this plugin is very simple. Once it has been activated, navigate to Tools -> Update URLs and follow the instructions. Get support for this plugin by going to the Velvet Blues Update URLs plugin page. Post all questions as comments.


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Free WordPress Security Learning Center Now Available

Written by Bec on December 17, 2015 – 12:44 PM -

The team at Wordfence security has been working on an online training program for webmasters and developers that will teach you how to secure your WordPress sites.

Today we are launching the WordPress Security Learning Center. It includes tutorials from beginner to advanced and developer level. Everything from WordPress Security basics, security threats and attack types to guides for developers to help them avoid writing vulnerabilities and to penetration test their own code.

The Learning Center is a completely free resource. No registration is required and absolutely no payment is needed. We have put this together as a resource for the WordPress community to do our part to help secure WordPress as a platform.

Click here to visit the WordPress Security Learning Center and start learning how to secure your website and your online presence.

Regards,
Mark Maunder
Wordfence Founder & CEO


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Understanding Bounce Rate And How To Keep It Down

Written by Bec on January 16, 2015 – 1:30 AM -

The bounce rate. You see this stat in Google Analytics, but what exactly does it mean? Well, it’s quite simple actually. It’s the percentage of people that come to your site and then navigate away from it after viewing only one page.

Every single time a visitor does this it increases your bounce rate, in turn affecting your search engine rankings a little bit. High bounce rates are bad, but you must understand that every industry has its own average benchmark for bounce rates, so sometimes comparing to other companies is not always the best thing.

Keeping your bounce rate down is all about testing and implementation. It’s definitely a trial and error process, but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. In fact, let that motivate you into pursuing ever greater heights with your website. It’s a New Year, so set yourself a goal and try to reach that goal by implementing a few of the tips outlined in an excellent article by Brenda Barron that I found over on the WooThemes website.

Brenda goes over some things I hadn’t even considered as being something that could affect how long a visitor stays on my sites. I’ve listed a few of the topics discussed in her Understanding Bounce Rate article.

Grab Those Accidental Visitors
Clean Up Those 404 Pages
Speed Up Your Site
Ensure That Content is Relevant

So check it out, and get to work on keeping those potential buyers on your sites just a little bit longer, or at least long enough to hit a link to go buy something!


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Update Your WordPress Ping List

Written by Bec on December 18, 2014 – 7:46 PM -

traffic_button Here’s a traffic/SEO tip for WordPress users. Dessky.com recently updated their SEO tested ping list in November 2014.

Just copy the list, and then go to your Settings > Writing and scroll to bottom where it says Update Services. Delete the one ping site listed (or all of them if you already have a bigger, older list) and then paste the list you grabbed from Dessky.com. Now edit the first line that goes to Feedburner to be a proper http://link for your website and then save! That’s all you need to do to have notifications of your new posts appear on more ping services. More services will result in search engines returning to your site faster to index your post.

Note: be sure each URL is on its own line and ideally a blank between each URL is a good thing as well, but not necessary.


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Free SSL and Web Encryption in Summer 2015

Written by Bec on November 19, 2014 – 6:51 PM -

Yesterday, November 18th, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced a project that will make SSL and encryption on the web completely free. They have created a non-profit organization called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) in collaboration with Mozilla, the University of Michigan, Cisco, Akamai and Identrust.

The ISRG are launching a project called Lets Encrypt which will be making free SSL certificates available for any website starting Summer 2015. But they go further than that. It has always been fairly technical to install an SSL certificate and so Lets Encrypt are creating applications for platforms like Linux and other web hosting operating systems that let you install and activate SSL for your web server with a few keystrokes.

So the net result is that, starting Summer 2015, not only will SSL for any website on the Net be completely free, but you will also be able to install and activate SSL on your site with just a few keystrokes and no payment.

Wordfence has put together a detailed blog post showing the impact of not using SSL with some additional details about this important announcement including the EFF’s video explanation of the project. This has a big impact on WordPress users because the net result is that SSL will be the default for all well maintained WordPress websites by late next year.

Help spread the word because this is a major change for many WordPress websites who currently do not use SSL.


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Don’t Use WordPress Website For Mature Content

Written by Bec on May 12, 2014 – 11:10 AM -

stopsign-200x200If you are considering using the actual WordPress.com site to create your adult blog, even though they say they are permitted…. don’t do it. Get some Adult OK hosting and then download and install the WordPress software to create your adult blogs.

I was just reading their TOS for Mature Content and the first three restrictions imposed will make it near impossible to actually build a blog with an account on their website that can produce any sort of income for you.

…there are limitations to the mature content permitted on our service. Please don’t:

1. Post explicit sexual materials that can be considered pornographic, such as explicit images or video of sexual acts or close-up images of genitalia;

2. Post links or banner ads to adult-oriented affiliate networks, such as pornography site signups;

3. Post links, text, or images promoting or advertising escort or erotic services;

Blogs found to be hosting the above material will be suspended.

Besides those restrictions they also state that:

A blog that is marked as Mature is excluded from public areas of the WordPress.com service. This means:

1. It is not eligible to be featured in Freshly Pressed on the front page of WordPress.com
2. It will not appear in global tag listings
3. It will not appear in Top Blogs listings, recent posts, or related posts listings on other blogs
4. The blog’s users cannot use that URL as a link in their WordPress.com Forums profile

For these reasons you should opt for purchasing “adult OK” hosting to install the WordPress CMS software, buying a domain name from a registrar and then setting up an Adult blog that lets you post the pics, videos and links that you’ll need to make it a profitable one.

If you really are short on cash, or just want to find out if the Adult blog is a good fit for you, then try one of the Adult Free Hosts before investing in web hosting and domain names.


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Custom Sidebars Plugin Now Available

Written by Bec on May 6, 2014 – 11:47 AM -

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Custom Sidebars
has become the latest addition to WPMU DEV’s collection of free plugins available for download in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Custom Sidebars allows you to create your own widgetized areas and custom sidebars, and select which sidebars to use on posts or pages.

“We acquired the highly rated and popular plugin after hiring its creator Javi Marquez. Javi, a Spanish developer based in Seville, joined the WPMU DEV developer team last year.”

Sometimes it is necessary to show different elements on the sidebars for some posts or pages. The themes nowadays give you some areas to put the widgets, but those areas are common for all the posts that are using the same template. Custom Sidebars allows you to create all the widgetized areas you need, your own custom sidebars, configure them adding widgets, and replace the default sidebars on the posts or pages you want in just a few clicks.

Customize every widget area and also set new default sidebars for a group of posts or pages easily, keeping the ability of changing them individually.:

Sidebars for all the posts that belong to a category.
Sidebars for all the posts that belong to a post-type.
Sidebars for archives (by category, post-type, author, tag).
Sidebars for the main blog page.
Sidebars for search results.

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I know I’ll be testing this plugin as I’ve wanted custom sidebars for years and just didn’t take the time to make a new .php for each page/post style. I like things that I click and it magically appears!


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Optimize Image Files With WordPress Plugins

Written by Bec on April 20, 2014 – 6:38 PM -

Doxie On ComputerImages provide a huge impact to just about everything on the web. From news photos to pictures of the kids at Easter there is no question that we’ve become enamored with sharing our photos with the world. However, maintaining a huge image file database for your blogs can translate into high hosting fees and slow page loads. And for Adult bloggers the use of eye catching photos that load fast and catch search engine attention will hopefully translate into a hefty pay check.

In this article I’m going to go over seven free plugins that are currently available to optimize your image files, for both presentation and for SEO purposes.

 

WP Smush.it

Stripping out unnecessary meta data provides a method of reducing a file’s size while retaining the original quality of the image. The method is called a “lossless” image optimization.

1. stripping meta data from JPEGs
2. optimizing JPEG compression
3. converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs
4. stripping the un-used colours from indexed images

Smush.it offers an API that performs these optimizations (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.

How does it work? Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. You don’t have to do anything different. Existing images can be run through Smush.it via the WordPress Media Library.

IMAGE PRO

If you are using a responsive theme design you may want to take a look at Image Pro. Upload, resize, add, or change images instantly. Easily manage your media collection and use it for any post or page.

Just a few features of Image Pro:

1. images are responsive by default. They will resize nicely on lower resolution devices
2. their size can be chosen according to predefined presets or just typed in manually
3. freely scalable: you can get past the responsive restrictions set by your theme

NextGEN Gallery

Most of you have probably already heard of, and use, this plugin for your photo galleries. Without a doubt NextGen Gallery is the best gallery plugin for WordPress. NextGEN Gallery is also the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time, with over 9 million downloads.

It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more. NextGEN is available as a FREE download, and also has a NextGEN Pro version with even more features than the free version that you can purchase from their official homepage.

SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.

The ALT attribute is an important part of search engine optimization (SEO) and many bloggers are missing out on the edge it provides for increased search engine traffic. It describes your images to the search engines and when a user searches for a certain image, or topic, the ALT tag is a key determining factor for finding a match.

The TITLE attribute plays a lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear when they mouse over the image.

Media File Renamer

Alt and Title tags aren’t the only things that get SEO attention. Just as using keywords in your titles and posts is important, so is the file name you’ve used on the image. By updating the name of the image / media, this plugin will physically rename the filename, and then update all the references to that media in the associated post if there is any (img, src, url…).

Using Media File Renamer (After it is activated you will find it in Tools), you can bulk-rename all your files all at once, or only the flagged files, but it’s recommended to do the renaming through the Media Library directly. The plugin has been tested with many plugins (including WP Retina 2x and WPML) and supports Windows, Linux, BSD and OSX.

Watermark RELOADED

I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve had to re-upload a photo over the past 18 years because I forgot to add a watermark! But that over sight now has a remedy! Watermark RELOADED allows you to watermark your already uploaded images. You can create a watermark with different fonts, colors and apply those watermarks to different image sizes (thumbnail, medium, large, fullsize). You can also position the watermark anywhere on the image within the Watermark RELOADED settings. The watermark settings are simple to use and provide you with an instant preview of how your watermark will look on the image.

Bulk Resize Media

The Bulk Resize Media plugin goes a long way in helping to reduce both page load time as well as reducing disk space. WordPress creates multiple image sizes, but keeps the original image, no matter how big it is. So you still get the massive image on your server and can include it in posts, which can drastically slow down your site.

The plugin also works with WP Multisite installations to allow site admins to control the image uploads. It can be run before exporting to help images make the trip during import.

Features Include:

1. Automatically resizes large image uploads, keeping the maximum size and removing the original huge image.
2. Bulk-resize feature to selectively resize all existing attachments.
3. Allows configuration of max width/height and jpg quality
4. In MultiSite, network admins can manage image sizes for entire network.
5. Optionally converts BMP files to JPG.


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