Major WordPress Security Announcement!

If you have a WordPress website, please read this! I don’t want to seem melodramatic or anything, but if you have a WordPress website, you need to read this.  Over the last few weeks, some pretty serious security exploits have been announced, covering some very popular and major plugins (like WordPress SEO by Yoast, GravityForms, …

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Why should I use WordPress?

I got an email from a copy-writer that I know the other day, and it seemed like a good thing to share on the blog… “Terri, I wanted to share the information below regarding a conversation I had with the developer I’ve used. I wanted to get your feedback on what he had to say …

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WordPress 3.8 Parker – First Look

WordPress 3.8 a.k.a. “Parker” was released this week, with a new Dashboard look and some interesting new features. I’m trying something new in this video, and have recorded my “first look” at these changes. Check out the video below to see some of the new features and my reactions to them. I’d love to hear …

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Changing the favicon with a Genesis theme

I get a lot of random WordPress questions, and yesterday was no exception. A friend had purchased a Genesis Child Theme – Event Manager – for her upcoming conference for moms. While she was having good success using the theme and getting her site set up, she was having a devil of a time changing …

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WordPress .org vs .com

WordPress

One of the most common questions I hear from people new to WordPress is “What’s the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com?” Today, I’m going to answer that question for you. WordPress.com is where you can get a free blog that runs on the WordPress platform. With this free blog, there are limitations on what themes …

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Random J in an email

Do you ever get emails with a random J in them? Maybe usually at the end of a sentence or something like that? Ever wonder what it is? It’s actually someone that has typed a smiley emoticon – 🙂 – into an email program that automatically converts them into a graphical smiley. Why does this …

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Plugin Roundup: Google Analytics plugins

I have this list of plugins that I install by default when I’m working on a new WordPress website. One of these plugins is for easy integration of Google Analytics, which is, without a doubt, one of the best website analytics programs out there. And it’s free – woohoo! Over the years, I’ve used a …

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Why StudioPress makes me happy…

Last week, I was working on some updates for a clients site. And I was quickly becoming sad that it wasn’t a StudioPress theme. I even tweeted about it. “days like today make me happy that @studiopress exists. i may not use their themes all the time but I know when I do, they make …

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5 Great Reasons to Use WordPress for your Website

SEO – WordPress provides good search engine optimization (SEO) right out of the box. There are always a few tweaks that can be made, but there are many SEO benefits that WordPress provides for free. Easy to learn & Use – Compared to other content management systems, it is so easy for someone to dive …

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Backup your files safely with Carbonite

What is Carbonite? Carbonite is an automatic, web-based file backup service. How I use Carbonite? I hate that feeling that I get when I realize that I have accidentally deleted the wrong file. Or when a file gets corrupted. Or the panic I have when I realize how long it’s been since I’ve backed up …

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Product Review: Tungle

What is Tungle? “Tungle.me is a [free] scheduling application that syncs with your existing calendar.” (from Tungle.me) How I use Tungle? I came across Tungle when I wasn’t even looking for a service to do what it does, but I loved it so much, I signed up for it right away, and I use it …

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Quest for the perfect project management app

It all began 2 years ago. I had been in business for about 2 years, and was getting frustrated trying to keep track of incoming requests by email. I wanted something to help me keep track of tasks, project status, recurring tasks, future tasks, and even standard sets of tasks (such as those associated with …

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Podcast Tips 1

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of attending PodCamp Boston. One of the first presenters that I listened to was Guido Stein, passing on some tips to getting started in podcasting. There are more of the technical than creative vein, but good stuff, nonetheless. Recording Audio GarageBand is great. Sadly, only available for Macs. …

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Word 2007 – Saving as Word 2003 or previous

This question recently came up, so I thought I’d put a quick how-to up here for future reference. Basically, there are two ways you can do this – by individual document, or change the default file format to Word 97-2003 compatible. Save individual document as Word 2003 format Click on the Office icon button in …

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Backup the backup

We all know the importance of routinely backing up our important files, right? Software systems and online services abound that make this seamless and easy for you. But what happens when your backup fails? It is important to have two backup systems. Ideally, one should be on site and one should be off. Use archiving …

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