Top 10 WordPress Plugins You Should Use

top 10 wordpress pluginsWhen you first create a new website or blog you will find 3 or 4 plugins already installed just waiting for you to activate. Interestingly these are commonly not the WordPress plugins you should be using. Sure you may activate Jetpack, as it’s quite popular for bloggers because it makes for a great quick start bundle.

As you canvas the web and start visiting other blogs, you find that a whole new world of plugins crop up everywhere. If you’re like many bloggers, you’ll give the promising plugins a go and you’ll end up loving some and quickly deactivating and deleting others.

Before we get into my list of the Top 10 WordPress Plugins You Should be Using, allow me to give you a few tips about choosing WordPress plugins before you install and activate them. [Read more…]

WordPress Plugin Begs Your Readers to Click

covert messengerHave you noticed anything new on my blog? Nope the colors didn’t change. Nope I didn’t change the layout. If you said “hey, there’s a new pop-up” then you’d be right.

I found a fabulous new plug-in that I absolutely had to purchase and let me tell you why. Normally when I get emails about products like this I might check them out but 99% of the time I click away and definitely don’t listen to their upsells or OTO. But this time was different.

Take a look down there in the lower right corner, that’s where you’ll see the new plugin. It is called Covert Messenger and you can check it out here without reading my review if you like. Covert Messenger Click Here [Read more…]

How to Use BackWPup to Back-up Your WordPress Blog

Backup-WordPressDo you back-up your WordPress blog? You know all those fabulous block posts and pages that you’ve skillfully crafted. It’s a very wise precaution because you never know when tragedy will strike and leave you high and dry.

There are back-up programs you can subscribe to or pay outright for but I’m all about finding great free products whenever possible. I use the free plugin BackWPup to save a copy of my blog and it’s pretty easy to set up. Now I must admit that I’ve been fortunate and not needed to try the restore process but if I did at least I’d have the back-up file to bring my site back to life.

In my last post, Flicker, Crack, Oh Crap – Zapped!  I recommended that you back-up your data and important computer files to external hard drives and/or USB [Read more…]

How to Set Up Your Contact Form with Captcha

When setting up your blog or website it is important to include the means for your reader to contact you, and other than a comments section below a post the best way to do this is naturally through your Contact page.

Now I understand that many find having to enter Captcha codes in order to submit a comment quite frustrating. I would tend to agree because you want to make leaving comments as easy as possible for your readers. You want them to leave many comments, so certainly don’t make it so difficult that they simply click away.

I do though strongly recommend setting up Captcha codes on your Contact page because it is a popular target for spammers and hacking robots. So presuming that you use the WordPress platform for your blog or website, today I’m going to help you set up that Captcha code on your Contact page. [Read more…]