Optimize images in WordPress for SEO & accessibility

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I’m going to show you how to optimize your images in WordPress for SEO and accessibility. Optimizing images for SEO (search engine optimization) contributes towards the SEO of your page and site. Optimizing images for accessibility makes it easier for the visually impaired to understand the images you’re using even though they can’t see them. […]

Best WordPress podcasts, winter 2014

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Here’s the latest round of my favorite WordPress podcasts, listed in order of preference. I prefer those that contain actionable advice over those that are mostly news. These days, I personally focus more on strategy, business development, and project management than development or design (which my teammates handle), and my taste in podcasts reflects that. […]

Find outdated WordPress plugins with No Longer in Directory plugin

No Longer in Directory WordPress plugin results

The No Longer in Directory plugin is an excellent tool for maintaining the plugins in your WordPress site. It performs two checks: Has the plugin been removed from the WordPress.org plugin directory? If the plugin is in the directory, is it outdated (not been updated in over two years)? The plugin will check the plugins on your site […]

Best WordPress podcasts, summer 2014

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These are the best WordPress podcasts I’ve found. They have content for WordPress site owners, designers, and developers. My favorites are those that are focused on education rather than news. I listed them in order of preference. If you like these, you should read my other posts about podcasts. I’m always looking for more, so please […]

How to speed up your WordPress site (WordPress performance optimization)

WordPress Grand Rapids WordPress Performance Optimization

We talked about WordPress Performance Optimization at the April 2014 meetup of WordPress Grand Rapids, a group I help organize. Since the meetup, I’ve spoken with a few clients and prospects whose WordPress sites were loading slowly, so I thought it’d be helpful to post here too. The speed of websites has become more important than ever. I talked about it […]

Review: WordPress All-In-One for Dummies 2nd Edition

WordPress All-In-One for Dummies 2nd Edition

WordPress All-In-One for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson My rating: 3 of 5 stars A broadly informative WordPress book, covering installation, administration, publishing, SEO and social media, design, development, and Network/Multisite. Because it covers so many topics, it doesn’t get very deep into any of them. You’ll want to read more focused WordPress books (or websites) for […]

Post Snippets plugin inserts raw HTML in WordPress pages & posts

Post Snippets plugin settings

You’ve probably pasted code into WordPress’ Text editor, then switched to the Visual Editor, and found that parts of your code were stripped out. The Post Snippets plugin prevents that from happening. It lets you create snippets of text and HTML that can be entered as shortcodes into WordPress pages and posts. For example, you can create shortcodes for Google […]

SiteGround: fast, secure WordPress hosting

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SiteGround is an excellent WordPress-optimized shared host. They’re fast, secure, and reliable, yet inexpensive. They’re the host I most frequently recommend to small business and nonprofit clients.  From firsthand experience, I’ve found their plans to be superior to similar hosting plans from GoDaddy, Bluehost, DreamHost, Hostmonster, HostGator, iPage, and small local hosting companies. For clients with larger and/or […]

Exclude plugins from the Advanced Automatic Updates WordPress plugin

Advanced Automatic Updates settings

The Advanced Automatic Updates plugin is one of my favorite WordPress plugins, but it lacks a way to easily specify exclusions. I’ll show you how to to exclude plugins from being automatically updated by this plugin. This post was updated on September 13, 2014, to reflect a change that had occurred in WordPress 3.8.2. Thanks to Ben Wise […]