WordPress plugins: how & when to use them (and when you shouldn’t)

WordPress Plugins n. Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress source: wordpress.org What is a plugin? Your WordPress installation includes the basic functionality you need to publish your site, but it stops there to keep the site lean and lightweight. Plugins, then, allow you to add custom …

Convert your WordPress blog to use SSL or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Padlock

It’s time to use SSL on all blogs, everywhere. Google prefers SSL and, historically, would confer its blessing on sites that used SSL. Google has taken it one step further and is now planning to penalize sites that do not use SSL. With that in mind, now is the time to take the plunge and protect …

WordPress Backups for Peace of Mind

When the WordPress dashboard alerts you to update a plugin, or WordPress core, it’s tempting to click “Update Now”, and be on your way. But did you know that taking a moment before updating, and running a one-time backup can save you from losing years of posts, pages, and comments when an update goes awry?