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What Can Wordpress Plugins Do For You?

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The function of WordPress has opened up endless possibilities recently, taking it to a new level no longer limited to a blog site. With a huge range of WordPress plugins already available, and many more being added constantly, website owners can put up custom designed pages in a few minutes with a little help.

WordPress plugins are scripts developed by various programmers to give users more options for their blog pages. For example, a WordPress plugin can be used to display recent comments, or as a spam prevention tool. WordPress templates are proving to be extremely popular for externally hosted websites, so having the ability to add more features makes the WordPress plugins a very handy source of free programming.

While many people set up WordPress blog pages to share personal and social stories, blogging has become an essential part of the marketing and promotion sector. With a separately hosted website, WordPress users can include advertising links or Adsense, and promote affiliat…

The Wordpress Plugin Repository

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WordPress is a great open-development community that encourages its users to innovate. But a few years ago, it started getting hard to keep up with those innovations. That's when the WordPress Plugin Repository was born (currently hosted at https://plugins.trac.wordpress.org/).

The repository is a place where all WordPress plugins are pulled together and shared with the community of users. But more than that, it's a place where developers can go to see what's already out there, what they can base their new work on, and what needs to be improved. In addition to end-user utilities that anyone can download for their WordPress needs, there are plenty of development tools, including wiki-based version control and a bug tracker, that the WordPress development community is welcomed to use. Everything is licensed under GPL unless noted in the source, so almost everything is open.

If you're new to the WordPress plugin repository but not to the WordPress support forums, you sho…

Using Wordpress as a Content Management System, CMS

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There has been talk about using Wordpress beyond the typical blog set-up, into the realms of a full-fledged content management system or CMS. Yet, most people have no idea how this is even possible.

I have to stress that the default Wordpress software is intended to be a blogging tool, so if you're trying to make it work like a different type of content management tool you'll have to use the correct plugins (enhancements) and have the a clear idea of what you want to achieve.

While the exact step-by-step method is out of the scope of this article, lets explore some of the ways you can use Wordpress, as I have personally done before.

1) Wordpress as An Article Directory To make Wordpress work as an article directory, you'll need a special plugin, and a source for the articles. An Article Directory is the perfect tool for this, as the articles there are usually human-approved. They also encourage free distribution of their articles to other article sites.

After you have set-…

Blogging with WordPress

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WordPress is one of the many options available to bloggers who are looking for free software online which makes it incredibly easy to publish their own blog. This software is easy to use, provides a variety of templates and offer excellent support to bloggers. There are many options available to bloggers and other blogging programs may be better known and offer slightly different features but many bloggers are quite pleased with WordPress.

This article will offer some useful information for bloggers who are considering starting a blog with WordPress such as reasons to choose WordPress, tips on starting a blog and information about the support offered by WordPress. Based on this information as well as their own research bloggers can decide whether WordPress is right for them or whether they should seek out a different blog network.
Reasons to Choose WordPress There are many great reasons to choose WordPress to start a blog. Some of these reasons include a great variety of templates, th…

Installing a WordPress Blog

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WordPress is a fantastic piece of software, and what is even more amazing its Open Source, meaning it will cost you Nothing! And you get the source code too.

Although its not one of the easiest software packages to learn to navigate, it sure packs heaps of power under the hood and once you start to learn some of the basics of WordPress and blogging in general, you will begin to appreciate these features more and more.

There are 2 ways to install WordPress.
1. You can visit wordpress.org and download the full application here, and then manually install it on your server. If you do go down this path, then make sure you check out the video installation guides at https://www.wp101.com/tutorial/how-to-install-wordpress/.

and

WordPress's Famous 5 Minute Installation guide (check it out at https://wordpress.org/support/article/how-to-install-wordpress/)

2. But an even easier way to install Wordpress is to install it using Fantastico that is included with just about every cPanel installatio…

Blogger or WordPress?

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The two main hosted blog types, are Blogger and Wordpress - you'll find that whenever a discussion about where its best to host your blog, if you're not hosting it yourself, that these two are rated the highest.

So which of the two services is better?

Ultimately, both services will offer you a strong and solid base to blog from, but there are a couple of distinct differences between Blogger and Wordpress.

Wordpress

Wordpress hosted services are not designed to be used for commercial purposes – nevertheless, most people do.  You get a choice of themes (and without paying, you can't design your own theme) and a choice of plugins.  You can 'map' your domain to the site, for a fee, giving you the appearance of  hosting it yourself.

WordPress hosted at https://wordpress.com is almost identical to hosting it yourself, other than the obvious 'bonus' of not actually needing to look after your install. But its disadvantages include being at the mercy of a third party…

Factors of Effective WordPress Themes

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If you're blogging on the Wordpress platform, I'll bet my entire life savings that the first thing you ever did was try to install a new Wordpress theme. I'll bet my future earnings that even today you're still occasionally changing themes and wasting a lot of time doing minor modifications that when summed up merely distracts you from blogging itself.

Yet, it's easy to understand why themes beg for so much attention. With the correct theme, you can accommodate all the nifty little widgets and codes, and may also mean better search engine rankings and tons of fresh traffic every day.

So what factors do you need to consider to make this whole theme-hunting business easier? Here are five important ones:

1) Theme Width and Columns

Typically, Wordpress themes come in 2-column or 3-column formats, with widths ranging from 500 pixels to 960 pixels wide. If you're blogging for non-profit purposes, a 2-column theme can look more compact and reader-friendly. Since you h…

Making Your Wordpress Blog Spam-Proof, Internet Marketing

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As long as there is Internet marketing, there will be spam. A lot of it comes from overseas, but some of it is from people who just don't know any better. They learn to go about doing things the wrong way, and some of them can get into trouble, as with email spamming. But the people who spam blogs, are by and large, just wasting their time.

Rather than waste valuable Internet marketing effort, people should do something much more effective like writing articles or posting in their own blogs. But some spend their money on "blog blasters", which randomly spam blog comments throughout the blogging universe. What these people don't realize is that they've wasted their money. But then, for every Internet marketing success story, there will be thousands of Internet marketing failures. People just don't get it. Spamming WordPress blogs, at least, is a total waste of time.

WordPress blogs come with a plugin, already installed, called "Akismet," and it will…