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Backing Up Your WordPress Site for OC WordPress Meetup

I presented a quick talk on backing up a WordPress site at the Orange County WordPress Meetup. This is just a set of links and descriptions for examples I used during the preso. As always, do your due diligence when selecting a back up method. Find something that fits your site and your skill level for best results when disaster strikes!

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OC WordPress Security/Maintenance Talk.

We gave a presentation on maintaining and securing your WordPress installation at this month’s OC WordPress meetup. These are our notes from our presentation.

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Secure WordPress with 2.8.6

WordPress 2.8.6 was released today. It includes some security fixes for vulnerabilities found by WordPress users. As always you can get the newest version of WordPress from the WordPress.org download page. We recommend always upgrading WordPress to the latest stable version available. If you don’t have the time or don’t know how, you can always […]

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Speed Up WordPress by Deactivating Unused Plugins

Here’s another easy tip to help speed up the load time of your WordPress website. Deactivate any unused plugins. Simple, right? This may seem like a “no duh!” tip for WordPress users, but we can all be guilty of missing the obvious and/or being lazy. If you are diligent about keeping your plugins tidy, good for you. If not, read on.

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More on Duplicate Pages for SEO Success

Here something else to think about and take your duplicate page avoidance to the next level. (Be sure to read the previous post regarding duplicate pages first.)  Even after incorporating the tips from the previous post, there is still a bit of overlap between content on the home page, the categories/tag/archive pages and post pages.  […]

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Avoid Duplicate Pages for SEO Success

If you are interested in improving your search engine rankings, this one is for you.  One of the criteria Google and other website index engines will ding a site on is duplicate content.  The trouble is, with WordPress, many of us are duplicating content without even knowing it.  But the good news is, there’s an […]

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Why Aren't the Dates Showing Up in My WordPress Posts?

If you are a prolific writer you may have this problem: You are looking at your archive, index or search page results and notice that not all your posts are showing their respective post dates.  What’s the deal with that? The deal is that the WordPress Loop will not print out the same day more […]

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Increase SEO Keywords in your Posts

Here’s another little tidbit I picked up from WordCamp.  This is comes to you from Matt Cutts.  (For credentials, Matt has a Ph.D., has been with Google since 2009 and is currently head of Google’s Webspam team.  So, I trust this tip.)  Granted, this is not a huge thing, but still every little bit helps.  […]

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YSlow and Compress Components with GZip

With the Firebug add-on YSlow, one of the components that gets rated is something called Compress components with gzip. When you run YSlow to optimize your website or blog, you may be getting dinged on that component. Here is how to improve your site’s speed a bit – with two huge caveats: You web server […]

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Speed Up Your Website or Blog with YSlow

Brandon and I just got back from WordCamp in San Francisco. Boy howdy did we learn a lot of great tips and tricks for WordPress (and met a lot of great new people!).  One of the speakers I saw was Steve Souders, an originator of something called YSlow. So, here’s the first tip I’ll clue […]

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