I got a lot of questions from readers with the same question, and this is simple one – Why should I use WordPress?
For a start, using WordPress for creation of online WordPress blog is – EASY. You do not have to be a programmer, systems engineer or anything else. To create cool WordPress blog you need to have only a little bit of time.
Of course, I you would like to host it on your own server, you should know something about Windows server or Linux platform, but for most of people this is unnecessary.
Second, one of the advantages of WordPress is that you are in control. You can customize virtually anything, with a little help of plugins or by getting additional WordPress themes. Blog pages are generated on the fly whenever a page is requested, so you do not have multiple archive pages messing server performance. Waiting for pages to rebuild on server after being modified is no longer there. Template settings and new content are immediately being updated.
WordPress is built W3C standards for XHTML and CSS, ensuring your site
Choosing an appropriate WordPress blog host doesn’t have to be a difficult task. The thing is hosting companies have so many features these days that half the time no body even understands what these features are. This is especially the case with beginner bloggers and computer users.
The 3 main Features to look for in a WordPress Blog Host:
PHP Script enabled
Make sure your hosting company can run PHP scripts. This is an Internet programming language which the WordPress blog is based on, if your host doesn’t support the PHP scripting language then you won’t be able to run WordPress. Good news is that most hosting companies will have the ability to run PHP, just make sure the the one you choose has it too.
A solid WordPress web host MUST also have the ability to host a MySQL database. Don’t worry to much why, just ensure that it allows you to install it. WordPress data such as posts, pages, comments, etc, is stored in a MySQL branded database and without you host being able to handle MySQL, your wordpress blog will not be able to be installed.
When asked how to upload WordPress to your webhost, the process may seem a little “technical” at first. Actually, it is as easy as copying a file on your computer! Uploading is simply downloading in reverse. Instead of grabbing something from a website, you are putting something on a website instead. Let’s run through the simple steps of getting WordPress on your webhost.
First, you need an FTP client. “An FTP client? What’s That” you ask? It stands for File Transfer Protocol, or simply a program on your computer that lets you copy files from your hard drive to your webhost. FTP clients and what they do are out of the scope of this article, but you can Google it. I personally recommend FileZilla. It is easy to install, easy to use, and best of all, FREE! Google FileZilla, download, and then install it.
What you need next is the FTP info from your webhost. This is an FTP username and password. This makes it so that not just anyone can upload stuff to your webhost. Your webhost will show you where this info is located. After that, put this information into your FTP program. Then
Creating a client attracting, professional website does not have to cost you thousands of dollars nor do you need to have a lot of technical expertise.
Matter of fact, if you know the right tools and are a bit savvy with your computer and internet, you can do it for LESS than a couple hundred bucks.
The minimum tools you’ll need to get started are:
- your domain and hosting with a MySQL database
- a theme (what you call a template in the WordPress world)
- free ftp software. (Or Dreamweaver if you prefer)
- a little bit of time and patience
When you purchase your domain and hosting together, most of the time a MySQL database is included in the package.
Your site is being built on a WordPress platform, a free web-based blogging tool.
Why WordPress? Because:
- It’s open source. Which means thousands of people are continuously updating and making it better for the greater good of mankind.
- YOU will be able to update your site from anywhere. It’s web-based, you only need an internet connection and a browser to access your site.
- Creating new pages, uploading images, and video only takes a couple clicks and you’re
This article is not meant to scare you into taking action and buying a product or to get you to back up your sites everyday. But it does provide some great information and things to consider. We all know how much work we put into these sites, and there can be consequences to not protecting them.
If somebody does gain access to your site it can mean all of your data, posts, pictures and content being lost forever or sometimes even worse they can replace what is already there with other data. Picture this, your blog about SEO is now hosting inappropriate pictures or videos totally unrelated to your topic. It happens all the time and it has happened to me. Also, if you have multiple sites on the same server or hosting account, it may be possible for them to access all of your other sites, so now this is a major vulnerability problem and multiple sites can be at risk.
The easiest thing for a hacker or just someone that wants to create problems is to delete. There is a plugin you can use called Bulk Delete that can all plugins and content. So
Optimizing your website or your WordPress blog is a massive topic, and it is going to take some time and some planning to get through all of the key areas that pertain to creating a Google-friendly, efficient, SEO ready WordPress blog.
I have been blogging for a long time now, but it took me a long, long, long time to become familiar with the intricacies of WordPress and what it can do for me, and how a few tricks that I have learned the hard way can revolutionize your website rankings.
Are you stuck with a WordPress blog that is nowhere near the first page of Google’s ranking? My step-by-step guide is designed around taking the mystery out of getting ranked on the first page of Google.
I had training from the master, but his training is no longer available, so I have decided to step up and fill the gap for you.
Lesson #1 – Buying a Domain Name
Domain names must be linked to or the same as your keyword. I am going to use the example of “wireless trackball mouse” which is a great niche keyword, by the way.
There are various lists out there with everyone’s top WordPress plugins. I’ve gotten a few emails on what I would consider my best ones and the ones I use on AdSenseshack.
In no particular order here are my picks:
1. AJAX Comments by Mike Smullin: With Google pushing AJAX back in front of developers I had to take a look at ways to implement this technology on my site. This plugin allows comments to be posted without refreshing the page.
2. Feedburner Feed Replacement by Steve Smith: A must have. Feedburner allows me to analyze my feed subscriber base and even offers an advertising program to sell or list your own ads directly on your feeds.
3. Google Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold: With sitemaps being the hot topic now with support from the major players in the field (see related post here), its no wonder that having a plugin to create and automatically update would be a top 10 pick. It pings Google automatically when a post is created or updated and even offers a gzip version of the sitemap. This is one that you install and forget about, which is how I like
WordPress photoblog differs from a traditional blog in the fact that it gives more relevance to images than to words. In photoblogs, images can be displayed in many ways, from simple layouts to complex galleries. You can rent a suitable host, install a photoblog software, configure everything, solve problems that may arise, search a suitable theme and install it, or you can just have it all with one click at Flickr or Deviantart, etc.
What’s the use of bothering so much creating a WordPress photoblog? The difference is mainly in the images ownership. Only if you post your images on your own server, you can have absolute control over them, but if you post them on one of those online communities, the image is not yours anymore.
There are quite a few photoblogs systems and, although each one stands out from the competence for some particular function, there’s one that has lots of features and a great demand. This is WordPress Yapb. WordPress photoblog works perfectly well with Yapb. It provides additional data and functions to themes, so that you can turn any theme into a photoblog, without any additional coding.
Photo Q is another
For anyone who has researched WordPress, you may already know that there are 2 primary options available. These options are WordPress.com or WordPress.org. So then, which is the better option for you?
Let us take a look the difference between the two:
1) WordPress.org: This is a good option if you do not wish to host your blog yourself. WordPress host your blog making this a great way to have a FREE blog without the expense of buying a domain name or paying a monthly fee for web hosting.
If you want to be up and running with a WordPress blog as quickly as possible and with minimum effort or expense then WordPress.org would be your best option.
However, there are negative points. A WordPress.org site is not really customizable and you cannot add your own affiliate banners to your site. This would make it a bad option if you plan to use your blog as a selling platform.
You must also consider that because WordPress.org is hosted by WordPress, you essentially do not own the blog. As such, WordPress have the capability to remove your blog at any time!
So how do you stop your WordPress site from being. Follow our guide on how to secure your WordPress site.
Force SSL Usage
To protect against data being intercepted use SSL connections to access the admin area of the blog. Forcing WordPress to use SSL is possible but not all hosting services allow you to use SSL. Once you’ve checked that your Web server can handle SSL, simply open your wp-config.phpfile (located at the root of your WordPress installation), and paste the following:
Use.htaccess to protect the wp-config File
The wp-config.php is one of the most important files on your blog. This file contains all of the information required to access your precious database: username, password, server name and so on. Protecting the wp-config.php file is critical.
The .htaccess file is located at the root your WordPress installation. Open it up, and paste the following code ALWAYS CREATE A BACKUP OF THIS FILE BEFORE EDITING:
deny from all
How the code works
.htaccess files are powerful and one of the best tools to prevent unwanted access to your files.