Free Gift – Advanced WordPress Tips

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Today’s Freebie Friday gift is a free 25-page report – Advanced WordPress Tips: Taking Your WordPress Blog to the Next Level.

The report contains the following tips:

  • WordPress Line Break – How to deal with the WordPress visual editor stripping out line breaks. How to add a line break to your post.
  • Centering YouTube Video – How to center a YouTube video (and other embedded content).
  • Customize Theme with Firebug – How to do basic customization of your WordPress theme and how to use the Firefox browser and Firebug add-on.
  • WordPress SEO – How to use plugins to optimize your WordPress site for Google (SEO)
  • Increasing Interactivity of Your Blog – How to increase interactivity with your blog readers using WordPress plugins.
  • Feedburner – How to take advantage of Feedburner on your WordPress blog.
  • Exclude Pages from Search – How to exclude pages from your WordPress blog’s search.
  • Custom Menus – A primer on how to use custom menus in WordPress.
  • Custom Login – How to customize and simplify your login page.

Download your free copy of Advanced WordPress Tips.

 

My Personal Reasons for Choosing WordPress

I’ve been asked this question many times — Why WordPress? To help answer that question, I’m posting my response to a personal email I received a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully this will explain why I chose this platform. It doesn’t mean that other platforms are bad, it just depends upon your reasons for blogging, and each blogger must chose the platform that is best for their purposes. For me, WordPress is the best choice for a number of reasons.

Specifically, this reader had asked why use WordPress, since Blogger now allows custom domain names, so I begin by addressing that in my reply. I corrected a couple of spelling errors and clarified a few phrases, but other than that, this is the direct response I sent to that reader:

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Transporting Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

I started this topic a few weeks ago and then got caught up with holiday stuff and am just now returning to finish. I apologize for the delay. Part of the problem with me writing on this particular topic is that when I transported my blogs into WordPress, I wasn’t concerned with things such as traffic and permalink structure, so I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. (Ignorance is bliss, right?)

Because several readers have asked me about this process, I wanted to make a video with step by step instructions but I haven’t had time to do the required research and then go through the process myself so I can make the video. However, I have found an excellent free online tutorial, complete with screenshots, that takes you through the entire process. Instead of keeping those of you who asked for this information hanging any longer, I’m going to simply give you the link to Rahul’s post: Moving from Blogger to WordPress — Maintaining Permalinks, Traffic & SEO.

Again, I apologize for being so slow and for not writing this tutorial personally, but trust me, this guy did a better job of explaining it than I would have done since I didn’t do it the right way when I moved. So, those of you who wanted this information are better off reading his post.

Upgrading Your WordPress Blog

One of the best security tactics you can employ on your WordPress blog is to do regular upgrades as each WordPress update is released. Not only does upgrading help thwart hackers, it usually also offers you some cool features that the earlier version didn’t have. For instance, WordPress 2.9 isn’t a major overhaul, yet it now provides the following useful items:

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Transporting Your Blog to a New Home — Part I

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I’ve been promoting self-hosted WordPress blogs a lot on this blog because I truly believe it’s the best platform for anyone who is serious about blogging. Now I’ve had several readers contact me to ask how one goes about moving a blog from Blogger to WordPress, so I’ve promised to provide a tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to do that.

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