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Moved a Blues and Jazz band from a HTML site to a WordPress site.

Using WordPress.com for your business blog? Think again.

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Are you using a ‘WordPress.com’ site for your business blog?

Or in other words, is your blog’s web address, http://something.wordpress.com?

You might want to re-think that.

If you have been writing for a while (over a year), you may not have the SEO (search engine optimization) credit that your site deserves.

You can only have that with your own domain name.

Yes,  I know that you can attach your domain to a WordPress.com site.

However, if you need to verify that you are the owner of the domain, it is much more burdensome to do that on a site that’s hosted under a subdomain (which is what http://something.wordpress.com is) than on your own self-hosted WordPress site.

Also businesses like to have full control of their domain, including the backend.

So, if you’re blogging for your business and looking to be found and recognized as a resource in your industry, I would recommend looking at web hosts who are WordPress friendly and migrating so that your business can truly become the master of its domain.

Need help migrating from your WordPress.com to a Self-Hosted WordPress.org site? Contact us.

WordPress Jazz Day Playlist

In honor of International Jazz Day, I am paying homage to the Jazz greats who inspire nearly with every new WordPress release with a playlist.

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Click on the image or go to WordPress Jazz Day Playlist.

Since the names are not all listed in the screen grab, I’ll list them here.

3.9 – Jimmy Smith
3.8 – Charlie Parker
3.7 – Count Basie
3.6 – Oscar Peterson
3.5 – Elvin Jones
3.4 – Grant Green
3.3 – Sonny Stitt
3.0 – Thelonious Monk
2.7 – John Coltrane
2.1 – Ella Fitzgerald
1.01 – Miles Davis

How do I make by blog mobile?

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This question came from my other site.

“Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?

My blog looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I’m
trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.
If you have any suggestions, please share. Appreciate it!”

It depends on what CMS or blogging program your blog is on. If it’s on WordPress, there are themes and plugins that serve this purpose. One plugin that I’ve used in the past is, WPTouch. The thing is, that it will not reflect the theme of the site. You can also look for themes that are “mobile” or “responsive” in the WordPress theme directory.

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.