Display Vital Stats of Your WordPress Blog to Your Visitors

If you have been running your site for some time and are regularly updating it with fresh, high-quality content, chances are you have built up a good amount of traffic over time. As a result, your visitors are most likely sharing your site via various social media networks, following it and commenting on your posts. And a high-traffic blog or website, in turn, gives you some bragging rights.

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How to Force HTTPS on Your WordPress site

In this tutorial I will explain how you can easily force HTTPS on your WordPress site. I will show you the trick to enabling https on the entire domain, on a sub-domain and on a single page. You don’t even need to use any plugin for this.

This tutorial will be very helpful if you have purchased an SSL certifiate for your WordPress site but you don’t know how to force your webpages to use HTTPS URL.

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How to Add Video Lightbox in WordPress

If you are looking for a better way to display your videos on your WordPress site or are trying to get a better understanding on how lightboxes work, this article is for you.

A lightbox can be a great tool for showcasing both photos and videos on your website or blog. It makes the media truly stand out and captivate the visitor’s attention. It also adds a nice design element to your site, which is both professional and artistic at the same time.

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How to Create Category Specific RSS Feeds in WordPress

If you are running a larger WordPress site covering multiple topics, your visitors might have to sift through a lot of items in their RSS feeds in order to find content that is of interest to them. To solve this problem, you can provide them with an option to subscribe to different RSS feeds that are specific to each category.

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How to Embed Audio on WordPress Website

If you are looking for a good audio player to give your WordPress blog readers an option of playing music or podcasts, the Compact WP Audio Player plugin is a great choice. A hybrid of flash and HTML5, it can be used to play files that are in either MP3 or OGG format.

That’s right, this also behaves as an OGG player for WordPress! The player is nicely designed, compact, and compatible with all major devices and browsers. It uses a simple shortcode to embed audio files on your posts and pages.

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How to Manage Downloads in WordPress

Many bloggers and website owners offer various perks to their visitors, such as free podcasts, e-books and other downloadable materials. If you are using WordPress to offer your visitors any types of files that can be downloaded, it is best to install a file management plugin that will take care of many steps of this process for you. A good plugin will keep track of the amount of downloads and other stats, as well as allow you to protect your files with a password if you wish to limit access to your downloads only to certain users.

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How to Build a Great WordPress Site Using the Twenty Fourteen Theme

With its latest 3.8 “Parker” update a couple of months ago WordPress released a new default theme, Twenty Fourteen. The developers called it a “beautiful magazine theme,” emphasizing its strong visual elements, which make Twenty Fourteen stand out in comparison with the platform’s prior native themes. The bold new approach to the default design meant that the theme won’t work for every site or satisfy every user’s taste, but that didn’t seem to be the idea behind it. It looks like with every new theme, WordPress developers attempt to showcase a different aspect of the content management system, and Twenty Fourteen did just that in showcasing what WordPress can do for magazine-style sites and blogs.

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6 Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

A slow website not only costs you traffic, but also reflects badly in search engine rankings. To avoid any of these issues, you should regularly check your site’s speed and optimize it as needed. There are several free services intended for this, the most popular one being Pingdom. After running a quick test of your URL, you can see how your website ranks on a scale of 100, how its loading speed compares to that of other sites and how much time it takes to load. It’s a good idea to do such checks regularly, especially after new plugins were installed or a lot of image-heavy new content was added. Here are a few ways to optimize your WordPress site, if your speed doesn’t rank as high as it should.

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Top 6 WordPress Mistakes to Avoid

If you are just starting out with self-hosted WordPress or even if you’ve been using it for some time but haven’t really delved into it too deeply, you might be making several common mistakes. Avoiding these will ensure that your WordPress-powered site is secure, runs smoothly and looks great, and that your business is not losing any customers because of any bad decisions or omissions on your behalf. Here’s the list of some blunders that are common among WP users, along with suggestions on how to fix them.

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Boosting Business with the Top 10 WordPress Multimedia Plugins

As we all know, plugins take your site from one that looks good and functions well to one that looks outstanding and because of extended features and options, takes functionality (and in turn, sales) to new heights.

We also know that it’s been said that a picture is worth a million words. For folks interested in selling their digital products, giving visitors more than a mere description is vital to sales. When it comes to making your online business stand out, it’s no secret that visually-enticing, head-turning images, video and music (depending on your needs, of course) not only jazz up the proverbial “look and feel” of your site, but it also strengthens the user-experience. Continue reading

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