How to use WordPress categories correctly: The difference between categories and tags

One of the key features of WordPress blogs is the ability to file posts in different categories of your choosing. This enables your readers an easy navigation system of finding other articles (blog posts) on your website that might interest them and it is helpful for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well. When you first setup WordPress, you’ll see a default category called “uncategorized.” You …

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How to add pages to your WordPress website without site visitors seeing them until they’re ready

“How do I add new pages without people seeing them until they’re ready? I don’t want the site in maintenance mode because I don’t want to miss out sales.” This question has been asked a lot lately in various web design and WordPress groups I belong to so I thought I’d share a couple of tips! Creating a new page in WordPress is super easy …

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How to optimize images for your WordPress website and why it matters

Most people just upload images to their WordPress website without a second thought. But did you know that large image files will slow down your site? Sometimes these large files can even slow down your site a lot. Whether they’re images you took yourself with your phone or camera or created in Photoshop or another software or they’re images you downloaded from a stock photo …

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How to manage reader comments (and spam comments) on your WordPress website

We’re going to talk about two different things when it comes to comments: allowing comments on your site and dealing with comment spam. Comments are a great way for your readers to interact with you and each other, and is a great way to create community on your site. But how do you manage comments? How do you enable comments? And what do you do …

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Best practices: why you must use a security plugin on your WordPress website

One of my websites is being bombarded this morning by hackers trying to get in. They keep failing and we’re at 226 lockouts so far. (240 by time I finished writing the Facebook post and currently at 268!!) THIS is why you MUST have a security plugin installed and configured properly on your site AND why you must keep your site up to date. Keeping …

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Why you need to add alt tags to your website images and how to do it easily

First, let’s answer the question – what IS an alt tag (or “alternative text”)? An “alt tag, also known as “alt attribute” and “alt description,” is an HTML attribute applied to image tags to provide a text alternative for search engines.” Why should you use alt tags? One use for alt tags is for accessibility – they allow screen readers which are used by the visually impaired to read the alt …

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