WordPress.com VS WordPress.org

The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

One of the most stressful elements to running a blog isn't creating the site itself. It's not writing the content. It isn't even managing the occasional technical issues that inevitably crop up over time. It is getting started in the first place, a step that is especially anxiety inducing for the beginner who wants to launch a professional site.   For the total newcomer to Wordpress, just figuring out the basics of the platform can be exhausting. For example, what is the difference between Wordpress.com, and Wordpress.org? When breaking down the features of the two, it becomes much less complicated and can help you decide which is best for you.   WordPress.com Pros: You don't have to get your hands dirty. They do all of the technical work for you, allowing you to focus on your content. Wordpress.com offers hundreds of free themes to choose from, and you can customize most of them with new colors, headers and more. Social media integration is easy with all … [Read more...]

Track Traffic with Google Analytics- Blogging 101

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Google Analytics is a completely free tool you can add to your blog to track traffic. Knowing where your traffic comes from, what they are viewing and how long they hang around can help you understand your audience and their interests. Also, if you later choose to sign up for some of the paid blogging opportunities I will share then you may find some of the require you to have had Google Analytics installed. So, let's get Analytics installed!   Visit Google Analytics Creating an account is simple to do with your Gmail account. Then just enter the information they ask about your blog and agree to their Terms of Service.   Add the Tracking Code to your Blog WordPress Users: In a separate tab visit your site's dashboard and go to Plugins to add a new one. Search for 'Google Analytics for WordPress' and install on your blog. Follow the prompt to set up Analytics and give permission for the plugin to connect to your Analytics account. Then just choose your site from … [Read more...]

WordPress Themes- Blogging 101

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It is our final WordPress Focused post in the Blogging 101 series and it covers Themes. A theme is what controls the look, layout and function of your site. When you uploaded WordPress it came with a few standard themes. There are thousands of WordPress themes to choose from. Browsing around the web at sites like Elegant Themes and StudioPress you can see how a theme can turn a WordPress blog into just about anything! I will be discussing the basics, where to find themes and how to install them and the importance of your theme to your success in this brief post   How to Find WordPress Themes There are FREE themes and there are PREMIUM themes. If you are on a budget or not sure the direction of your blog just yet, then I suggest sticking with a free theme. However, you will find later in this post just how important a QUALITY theme can be so be sure to consider the investment later. WordPress has a free directory you can browse. You can also do some web searches for what … [Read more...]

14 WordPress Plugins for Beginners- Blogging 101

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WordPress Plugins are often the main reason many bloggers choose to use WordPress. Plugins, as previously discussed, are additional tools and/or settings you can add to your WordPress site. With plugins it can often seem as though the options for your blog are unlimited. However, keep in mind that the more plugins you run on your site, the slower your site may take to load. Premium Plugins are plugins that cost you. However, most plugins are free and many of times when I find a premium plugin I can search the web for a free alternative. The following the plugins I most commonly use when I create blogs for my clients: Askimet- WordPress comes preloaded with it but you need to register your account in order to use it. This will block a good amount of spam from your comments. Shareaholic- I love this plugin as it adds the social sharing buttons below. CommentLuv- This plugin encourages other bloggers to comment on your posts because they are rewarded with things like a link to … [Read more...]

Getting to Know WordPress – Blogging 101 Series

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Moving through our Blogging 101 Series we are currently discussing Self-Hosted WordPress. We last set up general settings and we are now ready to learn more about the basics of WordPress. There are so many features to it and we will only skim over the very top and learn about the most commonly used tools. The more you use WordPress and more often you run into situations where you know what you want to do but don't know how- the more you learn about just how AWESOME WordPress is! Google is your best friend. When you need to figure something out- someone has probably talked about it somewhere around the web! Let's begin with basic knowledge: The WordPress Dashboard   This is your home.  What most people do not realize at first is that this screen is highly customizable. To make your Dashboard work for you loo toward to the right corner for 'Screen Options'. Now you will see a box open that allows you to check different features you would like to see on  your … [Read more...]