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?

Three ways to speed up your site load time, Part 2a: Optimize JavaScript

In our first article in this series, we talked about one way to speed up your site: optimizing your images. Here in part 2a we’ll talk about another optimization task: shrinking and combining your JavaScript files to help speed up your site’s delivery and display.