This week in my #FridayFinds series, I share links to: a motivational video, seven statistics on Facebook engagement, tips on improving your website performance and a step-by-step tutorial on how to delete the “Admin” user in WordPress (a known security risk).
Why Do People Fail?
Have you ever spent too much time thinking and not enough time doing? Years ago, (when I started my first consulting business), I worked with a business consultant from the SBA (Small Business Administration) who warned me about “paralysis analysis”. While those aren’t the exact words that Derek Halpern uses in his Why People Fail video, that’s basically what he’s referring to:
(Bottom line, Derek is talking about focusing on customers.)
How Can You Increase Interactions on Facebook?
7 Powerful Facebook statistics you should know for a more engaging Facebook page by Belle Beth Cooper is one of the best articles I can remember reading on how to increase engagement on your Facebook page. Through the use of graphics, Belle presents useful statistics that you can use to develop a strategy for posting on Facebook. She includes information on:
- Photo Posts
- Post Length for Facebook
- Using Emoticons
- The Best Days to Post
- Question Posts
- Discounts & Coupons
The sources that Belle compiled her data from include: Bit Rebels, BuddyMedia, BufferApp, HubSpot, Kissmetrics, LeadersWest, Ragan, SocialBakers, SociallyStacked, Track Social and Wildfire Interactive.
How Slow Does Your Website Load?
This week, Reginald Chan wrote a guest post for BloggingWizard.com entitled How I Got My Websites Loading Time to Around 1 Second. One of Reginald’s tips is about optimizing and hosting images. He also talks about plugins and importing custom fonts. His last tip is on using Gzip compression. (This is the tip that I implemented immediately on my blog and it resulted in a significant increase in performance.)
For those of you who are hosting with HostGator (and probably other hosting vendors as well), there’s no need to tackle the code that Reginald includes. Turning website compression on in HostGator is as easy as going to your cPanel and turning on the “Compress all content” option under “Software > Services > Website Optimization”.
Do You Still Have the “Admin” User in WordPress?
Last week, in my article 5 Basic Tips for WordPress Bloggers and Website Owners, I talked about the importance of deleting the “Admin” user account in WordPress. (This account is created by default when you install WordPress unless you override it.) Since it is the default, many hackers target websites that still have it. It’s a security risk that you can’t afford to not address. In my post, I instructed you to create a new account with administrator rights and then delete the existing admin user. For those of you who may be reluctant to do this, check out Kimberly Castleberry’s easy to follow post Delete The WordPress Admin User To Improve Security. Kim’s step-by-step instructions and screenshots should easily walk you through the process.
Over to You:
What do you think? Have you ever missed an opportunity because you were over-analyzing or procrastinating? Did you find the statistics about Facebook enlightening? Are you implementing any of the tips that Reginald suggested? As always, feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section.