Or How to Add More Functions to Basic WP Twentyfifteen Theme
When I moved my blog over to Word Press from Blogger in September, I just picked out an easy and clean word press theme that was free – twentyfifteen. Word press is an awesome platform for blogging, but there are so many options that you can feel overwhelmed. So I am providing you with some basic tips for your Word Press pleasure.
If you are wondering why I moved from Blogger and why I spent the money on a private domain and private hosting, please let me know in the comments. Before I moved from Blogger, I had several people recommend Word Press and the hosting client I am using.
Help in Setting up Your Word Press Site & Ongoing Help
Right Now I have 37 plugins downloaded and I am using 34. There is one website I go back over & over for help with my Word Press site — http://www.wpbeginner.com/ . Syed Balkhi has so much information at his site, and organized in a way that I find it. If I cannot find it, I usually can find the answer in a search on his site.
Help in Writing Your Blog Posts
There are so so many sites on writing your blog and finding content on your blog, but there are fewer sites on the HOW TO side of things like:
Creating Post Headlines
Coschedule has a lot of articles on writing headlines. You have to grab people’s attention to even read and/or click on your content. You can have the greatest content ever, but if no one wants to read it because of the title, you won’t get anywhere.
Analyzing Your Post for SEO
While you are typing, are you checking your potential post for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? The Yoast SEO plugin for WP is great. It checks a lot of things that you may forget or not know enough to check. And it is easy to understand and use. Another great tip for your Word Press site.
Broken Link Checker
This plug-in checks the links on your word press site and keeps checking them to make sure they are up and running. It also keeps an eye on your images and lets you know if an image link is broken.
I know having to check each & every link to make sure it remains viable would be tedious. I have 222 distinct urls in 910 links.
Click to Tweet
This plug in allows you to specify the wording you would like people to use when tweeting about your posting onto Twitter.
Optimize Database After Finishing Your Post
As you are typing, and saving, hopefully, as you are typing and not just all the way at the end of your post. You will have created many revisions of your posting. And those many revisions stay on your site unless your theme has a way to delete them.
If your theme doesn’t have a way to delete your revisions, then you need a plug-in. I use Optimize Database After Deleting Revisions. It can really reduce the bloat you can have in your Word Press site.
Security Tips for Your Word Press Site
Unfortunately, since Word Press is so big, it is a popular site for attacking and hacking. So when you are starting your blog, you need to also think about protecting your blog. If you are thinking that – I am no one, so no need for this; well you are so wrong. People are out there just to make your day bad, even if they don’t know you. Your site can be hacked, just so they can take down the site.
If you are spending all this time working on a site, why wouldn’t you want to protect it? This is one of the most important of the tips — Word Press that I can give you. Some good FREE plugins for this issue:
Wordfence – firewall & virus security
Updraft – ways to save back-ups of your site
Askimet — one of the best ways to protect your site from all different types of attacks
Two More Plugins I Use for General Business Purposes
JetPack — it gives you tons of different things that you might need or want on your Word Press site – examples: analytics, site performance, etc.
SumoMe — it gives you FREE tools for mailing lists, analytics, etc
Do You Have any Favorite FREE Plugins for Word Press?
Please let me and my readers know below in the comments.
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