Tips for Cloning Your WordPress Site with WP Twin

wptwinWhat you need to know before you begin.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I purchased WP Twin in order to clone my Work at Home Marilyn blog so that I could move it to my new Marilyn Thompson Solutions blog.

From all I had researched this process should take less than an hour, actually minutes many people said. What could go wrong : )

Let me make you aware of a very key requirement [Read more…]

Must-Read Considerations When Changing Your Blog Name

change-aheadAs I wrote in yesterday’s post, I have changed the name of my blog from Work at Home Marilyn to Marilyn Thompson Solutions so that it is more in line with my focus and direction. Plus I love the name because it has endless possibilities.

I still intend to revamp the appearance a bit by changing the layout of the theme or possibly switching to an entirely different theme. If you have any thoughts on what you like or don’t like here, I’d truly appreciate hearing about it in the comments area below – don’t worry I can take the good with the bad. [Read more…]

What WordPress Theme Is That?

question_mark_personYou would think that selecting a WordPress theme for your blog would be fairly easy. After all, there are so many styles to choose from and there are so many that are absolutely free. It should be an easy decision – right? Well if you’re like me, it’s wasn’t.

You see for me, when I see a theme on another blogger’s site that I think is pretty cool, it starts distracting me like a nasty shiny object and I just have to find out what it is. Sometimes you can scroll to the bottom of the page and the theme name and creator is listed right there – easy enough. Other times it’s nowhere to be found, so what do you do then?

You use a handy free online tool called “What WordPress Theme Is That?”

This site is fabulous. You simply type in a domain name and the tool will search the site bringing back the name of the theme (both parent and child theme) and the plugins that the site uses. Naturally it can’t come back with the name of a uniquely created theme. But I love that I get the name of the theme and the plugins too.

Click Here to See What WordPress Theme Is That?

This is the tool I used to find the theme I use on this blog. I liked the theme on another site I visited, entered in the domain name, and I found the Genesis theme, actually the Mocha child theme created by Studio Press.

This is why I love this theme –

  • SEO optimized
  • Four default colors
  • One, two, or three column options
  • Left and right sidebar options
  • Fixed or full width options
  • Massively widget ready
  • Custom backgrounds, headers, and menu
  • Responsive – so that it’s mobile ready
  • Allows for threaded messages so you can build a conversation with your readers

Check out a Demo of the Genesis themes here –

Genesis Framework for WordPress

Studio Press also has a vast library of additional themes that are all HTML 5 compatible, adaptable to a number of niche topics, and supported by Copyblogger. Looking for simple and streamline – they have that.
Metro, Modern, or Retro – they have that too.

Based on statistics from “What WordPress Theme Is That? – Studio Press is the most popular theme creator on their top ten list.

what wordpress theme is that

So don’t just take my word for it – go with what the “What WordPress Theme Is That” users have chosen.

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes

Have you heard of What WordPress Theme Is That?

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Marilyn T

WordPress Crash Course Review

WordPress WednesdayHello again, and welcome to another installment of WordPress Wednesday. I know many reading here probably understand the ins and outs of WordPress better than most but for those not so advanced, let me introduce to you what I feel is the best WordPress training course around. [Read more…]

Best WordPress Traffic Plugin

blog trafficNaturally if you take the time to generate interesting content for your blog you want visitors to stop by and read – right? Maybe even leave a comment or two or even subscribe – that would be really cool.

If you use your blog to promote or sell products like most of us do, you need traffic to make sales and generate an income.

The challenge for all bloggers and website designers is to generate traffic whether their site is for fun or profit. If no one stops by, well then we’re just writing for ourselves, which makes for great writing practice but that’s not really the goal – is it?

There’s a variety of SEO techniques to master for generating traffic such as doing keyword research, creating backlinks, becoming active in forums, promoting your sites through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest, and so much more.

But in addition to all that, if you’re using WordPress for your blog, there are numerous plugins that can be installed for generating traffic.

Do you use WordPress traffic plugins?

Let’s take a look at some of the highest rated WordPress traffic plugins.

All in One SEO

I’d venture to say that 99% of all bloggers install the All in One SEO plugin. I did and this is what I like best about All in One SEO:

  • It’s easy to install and configure.
  • It operates by generating META tags based on my blog or website content to help generate traffic and boost recognition by Google.
  • The plugin ads fields to each page and post dashboard so I can add relevant information about the content, such as the article title, description, and keywords.

All in One SEO manipulates this data to strengthen SEO results without my needing to fully understanding professional SEO tactics, which I consider to be an ongoing process.

Google XML Sitemaps

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin helps talk directly to Google but is said to also drive traffic from Bing and Yahoo search engines. (A site map tells a search engine how a blog or website is setup which helps them decipher content faster and better.)

After installing the plugin it immediately sends out a request to Google via the site’s robot text file to locate the site. If you’re like me, this is great because I’m not messing with my site’s robot files.

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin then provides analytical data which I check occasionally to verify when the sitemap was last generated and whether the search engines were successfully notified. It also indicates the speed in which it could do so which is helpful in understanding how fast search engines can find my site’s content.

PopUp Domination

PopUp Domination is not a free WordPress plugin but many feel it’s worth the nominal cost for the number of subscribers it brings to the site. I have not purchased this plugin so I can’t personally rate it. Have you?

The plugin works by adding a pop-up window to the website or blog when a new user arrives on the site. Many find this a rather annoying and intrusive method but it has proven to get results.

The pop-up uses a light box technique that has colors pleasant to the eye and is easy to read, not flashy and glaring. Pop up wording is aligned to the content of the blog or websites which in turn encourages the reader to subscribe or opt in.

WordPress Related Posts

The WordPress Related Posts plugin adds a field below each blog post that displays snippets of other WordPress blogs with related content. It is said that this helps to boost credibility by providing further interesting content for the reader.

Reviews claim this increases the time a reader stays on the website and encourages them to return and even subscribe to the site. They also say it encourages readers to share the blog post in social media. If you use this plugin I would be curious if you have found this to be true.

I will be adding the plugin myself as I would imagine you could set the related content to open in new tabs so that my site stays open.

Social Media Buttons

There are many plugins that boost traffic by providing social media buttons. These plugins install toolbars on the pages or posts of the blog site allowing readers to click a button to share the article with various social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Stumble Upon. The blog owner sets up whichever social media they wish to display from the plugin’s configuration screens and also decides on the screen placement, such as below a post or off to the side. I’ve used Digg Digg but found it to be quirky. I’m using Shareaholic on this site and have heard good reviews of Sociable but I’ve not tried it.

Which WordPress Traffic Plugins Do You Use?

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Marilyn T

It’s Only a WordPress Theme, Don’t Stress It!

w circleThat’s what I read in another blogger’s comments and I was taken back a bit. Don’t stress it?
So I clicked the link and checked out his blog, yep just as I thought his blog was cluttered, far too busy for my taste, and just felt cold. But I guess he truly did believe don’t stress it – it’s only a WordPress theme. [Read more…]

Changing the Permalink

WordPress WednesdayDid you know that you can change the wording in your permalink?

You sure can and I’m going to explain why you may want to do so. Don’t worry it’s really not so scary. [Read more…]