Winter Olympic Athletes Using WordPress

The time has come, the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

In the spirit of the games, I’ve chosen to highlight the winter olympic athletes that are using WordPress on their official sites.

For the purpose of this post, I am focusing on sites that are using self-hosted WordPress as their CMS platform.

In no particular order:

Jazmine Fenlator, Bobsled

Jazmine Fenlator is a 2014 Winter Olympic Bobsled Pilot. Jazmine is a Jersey Girl with a strong determination to go further.

 

Aja Evans, Bobsled and Track

Aja Evans won a bronze medal for the women’s two-man bobsled competition with Jamie Greubel as her partner.

Lauryn Williams, Sprinter and Bobsledder
Lauryn Williams, Sprinter and Bobsledder has both Gold and Silver medals from the summer games. She has taken it to the next level as being named a member in the USA bobsledding team.

Jason Brown, Figure Skating

Jason Brown competed in the Team Free skate event. His effort helped Team USA win a bronze medal.

Ted Ligety, Alpine Cross Skier

Ted Ligety won a gold medal in the Alpine Skiing Men’s Giant Slalom Event. Ted has many honors including winning gold in Torino, Italy in 2006.

Did I miss any other Winter Olympians using WordPress? Let me know in the comments.

7 WordPress Plugins to Love

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Whether you have just started your self-hosted WordPress site, or you have been using WordPress for a while, there are some things that WordPress can’t operate without, and that’s plugins. Plugins in WordPress extend the functionality of the site. For example, if I wanted to show the latest from my Twitter or Facebook feeds, there  are plugins for that. A few of the plugins I’m going to mention have stood the test of time. Others are new to the scene yet have a great impact on how I build, develop and maintain on WordPress.

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3 Things Entrepreneurs should know about WordPress

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I’ve written a guest post about WordPress for Sandra Holtzman, of Holtzman Communications.

Here is an excerpt:

If you have been online for a while, hopefully you have heard the word “WordPress.” [Read more...]

A look back at 2013

They always say that one cannot go forward unless they know where they have been.

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Knowing this, I had decided to review the top viewed posts on the website.

5. WordPress and Daylight Savings Time (it’s coming up in a bit over a month)
4. The space in between two Twitter names
3. What’s the deal with hashtags?
2. WordPress Multisite vs. BuddyPress

and the most popular post of 2013 is…

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1. Why do I need a Twitter account?

This does not surprise me since folks ask me about Twitter all the time.

Have you looked back on your posts from the past year?

Did the findings surprise you? How did or will they inform what you will do this year?

WordPress Plugins for Business

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbHave a business website running on WordPress?

Just in case you didn’t know, over 20%, or over 60 million people have their sites on WordPress.

One of the key components of WordPress is being able to install plugins, or mini applications, that perform a certain function within WordPress.

Some plugins come and go due to lack of development, or not being compatible with the latest WordPress version(s).

Regardless of if you started your WordPress journey yesterday or years ago, it’s important to keep track on what plugins to use for your WordPress business website.

This link shows what plugins you should consider for your WordPress site, regardless if your running a business or not.

Here we go again, another webhost goes down

In case you didn’t know, this happened.

If your saying, “Oh, that’ll never happen to me.” Well, it’s only a matter of time. We have seen this before, time and time again.

This is why its important, more than ever to backup your website.

If you have a hosted WordPress site, you can use this to backup your site(s).

If you don’t have the time to backup, I do have WordPress backup packages available.

Like the old folks say (the COO, ahem), “…If you don’t know your history, you are bound to repeat it.” If you know what to do, you be prepared for the unexpected.

Think about Security for your WordPress site right now

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Do you have a WordPress website?

When was the last time you thought about securing your website?

Unfortunately, the only time most people think about securing and backing up their WordPress sites is when it’s too late.

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This is why it’s important to monitor your WordPress website for any suspicious activity, beyond the WordPress dashboard.

The first step  to ensure security on your WordPress site is to create a strong password.

See more suggestions on what you can do to beef up security on your WordPress website.

 

Happy Birthday WordPress!

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WordPress celebrated its birthday this past Monday with celebrations across the globe.

@andrew_cpht made cupcakes pictured to celebrate WordPressNYC’s 50th meetup and @sbruner‘s birthday in 2011.

I as well as many others can say that that WordPress has made a significant impact in our careers.

This post was the first release of WordPress.

How has WordPress made an impact in your career and/or life?

Taking the weekend to make some Headway

Headway — The Drag & Drop Theme For WordPress

Every so often, I learn something new from my prospective clients, clients, subscribers, colleagues and friends.

Headway Themes, a premium WordPress theme.

I initially found out about it several years ago through a prospective client. Recently, I had another opportunity with the theme with a move from a static site to WordPress.

I was surprised how effortless it was to put it all together within an afternoon. That’s saying a lot from an “old-school” coder like me.

I then decided to make some headway on the nextSTEPH site. The thing about this theme is that you can make any page your want to. The only limits there are is your own imagination. Every page has its own story.

If you want no sidebars on your page, fine. If you only want to have one widget or many widgets that’s fine too. What sold me was that one can create landing pages without adding on extra plugins.

So if you have some time over a weekend, consider taking the time to make some “headway” on your website.

Pazit Productions

Pazit Productions on WordPress.com

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Pazit Productions on self-hosted with WordPress.org

Pazit Productions on self-hosted with WordPress.org

Moved the blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org) site for an award-winning film, television and interactive media producer.

WordPress.com to WordPress.org migration.