To me, as a website developer, I am sometimes put off by this question, I’ll be honest. It just seems silly. Sorry. I know that it’s a legitimate question though, but, it takes me having to put myself in someone else’s shoes to really appreciate the question, and where it comes from. So, I will attempt to do that here within this post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WordPress 3.7 has introduced a new feature where the core wordpress will be automatically upgraded to the minor releases. For example, any site running 3.7 will get automatically upgraded to 3.7.1 when it is released (you won’t have to click the upgrade now link to initiate the upgrade process).