One of the best reasons for choosing to run a blog on WordPress are the opportunities to extend it through the many thousands of plugins available. In this post, I'm presenting a list of essential WordPress plugins for bloggers, as chosen by independent users in a recent survey I've carried … [Read more...] about 28 Essential WordPress Plugins for Bloggers: Tips from WordPress Users
The WordPress content management system is one of the most popular blogging platforms powering over 60 million websites. It's easily the most widely used blogging tool on Earth. Find out how to supercharge your WordPress blog with my straightforward tutorials, hacks and tips.
I'm documenting a fix to a problem I've fixed on the SideGains blog today. It relates to the native WordPress search function that pulls both pages and posts into the results page... I want to exclude pages from WordPress search results to show only posts. Why do I want to do this? Since my … [Read more...] about How to Exclude Pages from WordPress Search Results Without Plugins
As a new WordPress blogger you're going to need to understand how visitors interact with your blog. You can't do this with any degree of accuracy without using tools. Without doubt, one of the first tools you should employ when you've set up your WordPress blog is Google Analytics. In this guide, … [Read more...] about How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress
If you don't use SiteGround as your blog hosting provider, you're likely unaware of the many advantages it offers. Super-fast servers and plenty of storage for a very agreeable price are not the only things you get with a SiteGround hosting subscription. If you run a WordPress blog, you'll also be … [Read more...] about The SG Optimizer Plugin for WordPress
I've spoken before about using Google AdSense to monetize your WordPress blog. AdSense is one of the easiest ways to start earning money from blogging, and while it's perhaps not the most lucrative way to monetize, it's pretty straightforward to set up. So I'm going to explain how to add Google … [Read more...] about How to Add Google AdSense to WordPress
If you're new to WordPress the concept of child themes might mean nothing to you. If this is the case, I'm going to tell you what WordPress child themes are. I'll also explain why they're so important. By the end of this post I'll answer: What are WordPress child themes?What do they do?Why are … [Read more...] about What Are WordPress Child Themes & Why Use Them?
Today I'm going to discuss advanced WordPress security best practices to help bolster your blog's defences from more sophisticated attempts to exploit it. This is part of a two-part series on WordPress security. The first part explains how to secure WordPress for beginners. It focuses on security … [Read more...] about 7 Advanced WordPress Security Best Practices
In this post I'm going to give you options for how to secure WordPress to make your blog more robust and avoid hacking heartbreak. The security of your WordPress blog is vitally important. It probably took you a good deal of effort to set up your blog and if you've been blogging for any length of … [Read more...] about How to Secure WordPress in 8 Simple Ways
If you're a WordPress blogger, there are dozens of ways to monetize your blog. One of the most profitable methods is to promote affiliate products, for which you make a commission. I'm going to talk a little about promoting affiliate products and ultimately explain how to add affiliate links in … [Read more...] about How to Add Affiliate Links in WordPress
Have you ever looked at someone's blog and asked yourself if it's a WordPress blog? Or if it is, what plugins it's using? It's often useful to understand what other bloggers do so you can emulate specific WordPress blogs you admire. In this post I'll explain a simple way to check if a site is using … [Read more...] about How to See What WordPress Plugins a Site is Using