The WordPress Panic Button

The WordPress Panic Button

A new update. Panic! If you are one of the millions of bloggers who use self-hosted WordPress as your blogging platform, you will know the sense of dread and fear that runs down your spine when the little update icon turns red and warns you with a number of how many possible disasters await you. Unfortunately, by the very nature of the Internet, updates are a necessity for a number of reasons, which include security most importantly, but also for aesthetics as well as site speed and efficiency. After my recent vacation, when I decided to forget about my blogs for a whole four weeks, it was no surprise to

The Blog Bank

Blog Bank

If you’re a blogger, you’ll know that it’s a lot of hard work keeping regular posts appearing on your blog. Hunting for ideas, doing research, finding an image or two and then writing the post all takes quite a bit of time. If you have your blog on a publishing schedule, which is always a good idea, you can often find yourself rushing to get your post out. Even if you are blogging on a random basis, it is still a lot of work preparing a post, and very often in the haste to get if finished, errors, typos or even incorrect information can slip through. A better idea, or

Is Your Blog Visitor Friendly?

Website Heatmap

Recently, I wrote about how authors should think carefully when placing a link to their books on their blogs to increase book sales. A small but important point and applicable to anyone who has a website or blog. It is always worth remembering that visitors to webpages make very quick decisions about what they want to read and therefore what links they click. You only have a few seconds to impress. So to take the thought a little further, I thought it would be worth looking at a webpage as a whole, and comparing your own blog or website to the ‘heat map’ graphics attached to this post. Many blogs and

Famous 5 Minute Install

installing wordpress

For those unfamiliar with the the title of this post, it is a quote from the front page of WordPress. ‘Download & Install WordPress with our famous 5-minute installation. Feel like a rock star.’ Now a word of warning for those who may be considering moving their blog from another platform to WordPress. It takes more like 5 weeks and at the end of the process you will feel more like a rock than a rock star. It is decidedly not easy and takes a mountain of searching forums, bulletin boards and help files to find the answers that you need. In one instance, I had a very small problem with my initial