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10 Essential WordPress Plugins

With almost 40,000 plugins available to WordPress users, WordPress' core functionality can be expanded to meet the needs of nearly anyone.  Lots of sites list their "XX Must-Have WordPress Plugins" and I'm joining the parade.  Here are the plugins I find absolutely...

Morning Routine: Social Media, The Brain and Walkies

First things first Every morning I go through the same routine.  First the email check and delete. Select All email and then click off the email I want to keep.  These are usually all actionable items.  The rest gets deleted. Next come the local news, online.  Our...

HostGator’s Support Approaching Comcast Levels

 I've been with HostGator for several years, migrating there from GoDaddy due to extremely slow hosting.  It was love at first site; my WordPress sites ran fast, support was fast and easy (phone, chat or email) and everything just worked. Then I started to have...

Help Me Find WordPress Plugins to Make Your Life Easier

Regular readers know that I write custom WordPress plugins.  Currently I have three plugins in the WordPress repository: BP Pretty Quote:  Creates nicely formatted quotation blocks BP Expire Category:  Removes a post from a category on a certain date BP Post to Google...

Can You Maintain Your WordPress Site?

I logged into my WordPress-run website this morning after being gone for 5 days to find 9 updates, 4 of which were 'critical'.  Critical updates are those which fix bugs or security issues and really need to be run immediately. This isn't unusual, of course....

Friday: My Learning Day

Fridays are low-production days for me.  My mind is on the weekend, sometimes I'm getting the trailer ready to go camping, and often my husband is working around the house, which is distracting.  Summer is generally slower for me as well, so I tell my clients I am...

WordPress BP Pretty Quote: New Pullquote Style

The BP Pretty Quote plugin, which is free in the WordPress repository, has a new style: Pullquote. Most of the current styles are appropriate for quoting famous people or for creating a post just containing that quote.  The Pullquote style is different.  Use it in...

Make WordPress Page Listings Work for You

While I'm a WordPress advocate there are some issues with it that push my buttons.  Top and center are the Page list all pages. For small sites these views work fine, but if you have a site with lots of layers - pages that are nested with child and even grandchild...