WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) around, but some of the tools that make it so powerful can also slow its performance to a crawl. Most web-optimization experts will tell you that you may have only a few seconds (if that) to capture your site visitor’s interest, so a sluggish site is sure to cost you. But, with a few relatively simple tweaks, you can gain a sizable uptick in performance. Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your WordPress Site’s Performance”
Ever heard of WordPress? Yes, it is the largest publishing platform on the web. In a previous article, I introduced you to what Softaculous was all about: A utility software in your control panel which automates the installation of website applications. Today I’m going to show you how to install WordPress in less than 5 minutes without any technical knowledge.
First thing you need to do is login to your InMotion Hosting cPanel and click on the Softaculous icon located under the “Software Services” section.
Once you click on the Softaculous icon, you will be redirected to the Softaculous dashboard. If you look to the left side of your screen, you will see a list of software categories. Click on the “Blogs” category and then select WordPress.
When you click on WordPress, you will see a brief overview of the software. Click on the big blue “Install” button to start the process.
On the next screen, you will see the software setup form. First thing you need to do is choose the domain name you want to install WordPress on. To install WordPress on your main domain, you need to leave the “In Directory” field blank. Next, you need to pick a database name (no one else will see this name, so you don’t have to be creative). In Database settings, you want to slightly modify the table prefix to enhance your site security. Instead of leaving the default wp_ prefix, you can do something like wp_sit3nam3_.
Enter your site name and description. You probably want to leave the WPMU box unchecked unless you know what you are doing.
If you scroll further down, you will see the screen to create your admin account. Please do not use the default “admin” username. Create something original for yourself. Don’t forget to create a strong password. Enter your best email, and select Install.
That’s it. Softaculous will work it’s magic and within seconds after you click the Install button, your WordPress will be installed. Then all you need to do is go to yoursite.com/wp-admin/ and enter your login information to start writing posts.
I need to have connection at my fingertips to check in at ease on several of my websites. In fact this has only become a feasible option very recently, and made especially accessible with WordPress Blogging Platform. For my mobile tools, I use a mobile tablet browser, a wifi hotspot, and an iPhone. Each of my browser devices has various apps installed to connect to the websites, including my favorite of course, ‘WordPress’.
You can find and install the free WordPress by Automattic App in both the iTunes App Store, and Google Play. Once installed I keep it handy in the immediate wallpaper on both of my devices.
Before you can configure the app, you have to enable remote blogging from your WordPress installation:
Go to Settings >> Followed by ‘Writing’ and scroll down to check the ‘Enable XML-RPC’
Now your mobile devices should be able to connect to the administration of your WordPress, and you’re ready for configuring your mobile client for posting directly to your blog! The difference between using WordPress Client App for remote publishing, is that you avoid the extra steps of logging in via your browser WP-admin page. The App retains an API permission with your administrative back-end, so getting on with productivity is simply faster and skips a lot of navigational clicks down into the system. I have advised many clients to get onto this system, and since they rarely access full administrative interface, I tend to feel a lot more secure that they are not interfering or tweaking with the actual PHP code and site structure.
The WordPress App is very simple to set up:
I select the ‘self-hosted’ for my client’s blogs, it’s pretty useful even for those managing multiple sites.
Now that your WordPress app is configured for each of your blogs, I tend to use the tablet for note-taking and constructing articles on the go, and the smaller screened device for keeping up-to-date with incoming comments:
The downside to having this level of connectivity is that you do have to be fairly organized with your time management, your productivity can increase, but not if your addiction to checking in on your hosted blogs takes over your focus for your own relaxation time!
We are proud to be sponsoring WordCamp Orange County 2012. Sponsoring meetups like these allows us to meet fellow web developers and actually get something out of the event at the same time. Refining webdev skills, learning some juicy tidbits from the innovators-come-speakers themselves.
I’m particularly looking forward to using WordPress as a CRM by Bill Erickson! WordPress is not just a blogging platform but provides a friendly front-end based off from a database. In fact – our own blog is powered by WordPress here, and since we advocate it, we’re often providing the same fanatical support to our customers choosing to host their websites with WordPress.
Website owners soon come to realize the benefits of this content management fanatical intraweb community… Once you can organize your website content, and even the interaction that comes along with it, you are exposing your website to a new level of influence; If you can track and maintain those interactions and relationships that come along with it.
So – If you’re in the Orange County area, we hope to handout a few goodies. Simply retweet this blogpost and place a comment for the opportunity to grab some swag in case you miss out on the WordCamp Orange County. We noticed the tickets have sold out already, but we wouldn’t want you to lose out now would we. Word!
We host every kind of industry website you can imagine, a large proportion of which are WordPress based platforms. So, we’ve decided to put together a table of the top tweaks that webmasters were applying to their WordPress CMS (by industry), to save you the build time when it comes to seeing what they recommend.
WordPress Essentials Infographic by WordPress Hosting is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
The information was gathered from writers from each of the chosen industries and curated on the embedded spreadsheet below. Feel free to make a copy for yourself as a shared Google document. The spreadsheet below contains all the links to each tool, theme, and tweak recommended by a pool of industry experts. I’m open to everyone’s comments and suggestions, and will check back regularly if there are significant changes.
Whether it’s your goal to rock-and-roll all night, become a jukebox hero, or pump this party as a DJ, a good-looking blog can be a key part of your promotional efforts as a musician. You can share your music and videos, connect with fans, and let everyone know about your upcoming gigs. And there’s no better design for your rockin’ blog than one of our free music WordPress themes. Each one is widget-ready, gravatar-enabled, and great to look at.
So while you’re burning up the charts, let us know how it’s going. Keep on rocking, and Happy Blogging!
Is your favorite pastime catching a matinee before anyone else? Is your finger on the pulse of Hollywood? Do people seek out your opinion on the latest new releases? Are you ready to see your name in lights? Any and all films buffs need to download these 5 free movie review WordPress themes — all of which are beautifully-crafted, widget-ready, and gravatar-enabled.
You’ve set your date and talked to the caterer. You’ve sent the Save-the-Dates, picked out the centerpieces, and hired the band. Why not take a minute every day then, to share your thoughts on the upcoming Big Day?
With June approaching fast and your wedding right around the corner, we here at InMotion Hosting thought we’d give a gift that you might have forgotten to register for — five free wedding WordPress themes, so you can celebrate the hectic-but-satisfying lead-up as well as the afterglow of your special day. Each theme is gravatar-enabled, widget-ready, and perfect for posting wedding pics.