Archive for Wordpress Plugins – Page 2

With around 60 million iPhone users in the US today and more than 80 million smartphone users predicted by the end of 2011 (estimates vary), I have one thing to ask you…

Make Your WordPress MobileIs your site optimized for mobile?

As the user base of smartphones grows, businesses must adapt.

If your website doesn’t load properly on a smartphone, you’re leaving a Ginormous demographic behind. Even people who have desktops and laptop computers often use the internet on their phones for on-the-go usage.

Smart is Being Mobile Friendly

For one, you can easily tell your user’s browser to adapt its page width to whatever width the device is, using the meta viewport tag (below). That means that whether someone’s looking at the screen from a computer, an iPhone, iPad or an Android, they’ll all see a web page that fits exactly according to their screen.

<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width” />

Or, even easier perhaps, you could use a plugin for WordPress. While there are quite a few of them, this is the one that impressed me:  WP Touch

Being Mobile Friendly is Profitable Read More→

How To Protect and Back Up WordPress

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

It’s Tutorial Tuesday at Ask MyWebGal!

Wordpress ProtectionThis is an answer to some questions I received regarding protecting and backing up WordPress.

To recap yesterday’s post, here are just a few of the ways your site can become compromised:

– Website hosting issues
– Hackers add code or take down your site
– Malicious employee or contractor messes with your site
– An upgrade creates errors and takes down your site

I would say any one of those possibilities is a good reason for taking action.

So let’s talk about what you can do about these potential threats.

Top WordPress Security Plugins

A distinct advantage of WordPress is that it has an entire community of developers creating new plugins (add-ons) constantly. Even better, WordPress creators, developers, and users are very diligent when it comes to security. (I hope you are!)

Hackers are fast and smart, but the community as a whole does its best to stay ahead of the game. (Which is why you need to keep your WordPress sites updated.)

There are a number of security plugins you can use to stop hackers and other threats to your website.  It would take a lot of  space to cover them all (and be a very long post), but the ones listed below will go a long way towards keeping your WordPress safe, provided you install and use them!

Here are some of the top WordPress Security Plugins: Read More→

Avoid Ping SpammingHave you ever hit the Publish button on your WordPress post only to realize there was a mistake? Did you fix it really quick and hit publish again?

Have you even done it more than just a few times?

I have. I’ve hit the publish button by mistake. I’ve found a typo or two after the fact more than once.

Doesn’t seem like a big deal. So what? You could be guilty of…

Innocent Ping Spamming or False Pinging

Whenever you publish a new post, your blog pings (notifies) the ping services you have listed in your WordPress Admin Settings (under Writing). This in turn notifies search engines and blog directories and services to index your new content.

WordPress pings by default, whether it’s new content, edited content, or even when you schedule future posts. Now, it may be that WordPress 3.1 has fixed this but I can’t find any evidence that it has.  So unfortunately, when you edit and republish, pings are sent out again (and again each time).

If you do that too many times you can get temporarily (or permanently) banned from the services.

In light of this, I wanted to share with you an important tip to help you avoid being tagged as a ping spammer until the core WordPress install takes care of this problem.

Get the free WordPress plugin to avoid ping spamming

cbnet Ping Optimizer

(Search for it in your “Add New” Plugin area, or get it through the link above.)

Once you install and activate the plugin, you can set it up however you want. (You’ll find it under the Admin “Settings” section.) I have mine set to ping only once within 30 minutes.

Your turn…

Did you know about this potential for being banned from ping services?

Have you even published and republished a post within a short period of time?

Don’t you think you should protect yourself from being guilty of false pinging?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments… and if you have any other tips for cool wordpress plugins!