Years ago in the early days of WordPress, everything was free. You either chose a boring default theme, picked one someone else had created or wrote your own theme. Then two things happened: 1) people realized they need to make money and 2) hackers discovered themes are a way to create security holes.
Unfortunately, since one can get website code easily, it is easy for a hacker to use a particular theme to hack your website. Also, there is the do-it-yourself trend, in which someone who knows no coding wants to set up a whole WordPress site with only a click here and there.
However, if one also wants a complex theme or lots of choices, this can bring about what is called “code bloat” – lots of calls to the database that slows down your site or lots of short codes that make theme switching difficult. In this post we will discuss two issues: theme security and code bloat. Then the post will suggest a few ways to make good theme choices.
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Have you heard about the most recent brute force attack on WordPress websites? Is your site protected against XMLRPC pingbacks? Do you have a security plugin installed and a system for creating unique secure passwords? Do you add increased functionality to your WordPress website using code snippets or use HTML code in text widgets? Find the answers to these questions in this week’s #FridayFinds.
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Plugins are programs (written in the PHP scripting language) that can add additional functionality to your WordPress website. Some plugins perform functions such as backups, caching and security. Others add special features like forms, image galleries, displaying related posts etc. Since plugins are basically a way of adding more code to your site, it’s understandable that a plugin can impact your site performance. In this week’s #FridayFinds, let’s take a look at why some WordPress plugins slow down your website, some highly recommended plugins and a simple alternative to adding a plugin for your social media follow buttons.
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Lately, I’ve been neglecting my #FridayFinds series where I highlight some of the blog posts that I have found to be interesting throughout the week. (Actually, it’s been closer to a month since I’ve written an article in this series.) So, even though it’s a Monday, without further ado, I bring to you some articles that I think may be of interest to you. My topics this week include sharing on Social Media, the WordPress page-theme plugin and an example of a website redesign for an interior designer.
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Meta tags are used to embed data into your website page. Examples of this are titles, descriptions, alternate text and keywords. There’s always a healthy debate going on among SEO (search engine optimization) specialists on how important meta tags are to your search rankings (in search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo). Bottom line, the general consensus is that meta tag data helps both the search engines and users to determine what your site is about. So, what happens to this data if you change your WordPress theme?
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Andy Bailey is having a special 75% off anniversary sale on CommentLuv Premium (CLP). If you don’t already have a copy, you may want to hop over and take advantage of this sale while it lasts. (My affiliate link is below.) The regular price is $97 and the price right now is about $24. In this kind of sale, the price goes up after every 5 sales and this sale will only last for about 5 more days.
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Social media plugins can be effective marketing tools to demonstrate approval. This sort of “social proof” can help influence customers.
There’s a lot of talk lately about social proof (or social influence). According to Wikipedia, social proof is “a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others reflect the correct behavior for a given situation…”. Many influential bloggers prominently display numbers such as their Alexa rank, their Klout score, the number of followers they have on Twitter and how many Facebook fans they have (and much more).
Add functionality to your WordPress website using text widgets and the widget logic plugin. Embed a different YouTube video on each page of your website.
What is a widget anyway? Well, the simple explanation is that it’s a mini-app of sorts. You can use it to do something as simple as run a line of HTML code that displays a follow button in the sidebar of your WordPress blog or it can be a companion piece to a plugin. There are also several widgets that are part of the standard WordPress installation like a calendar, tag cloud and a search button. If you’re looking for a simple way to add functionality to your WordPress website, you may need to look no further than the simple text widget.
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Everyone who has a website should have an easy way for people to follow them on social media sites sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Many people chose to install a WordPress plugin but it’s relatively simple to add buttons (like the ones at the top of my sidebar) to your WordPress website with HTML code. (You are engaging with your potential clients and customers on social networking sites aren’t you?)
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