6 Critical WordPress Plugins You Should Have Installed

Mar 5 2010 by Jacob Gube | 112 Comments

WordPress, the ubiquitous open source publishing platform that powers many of your favorite blogs and web publications, also powers Design Instruct and Six Revisions. By using WordPress plugins, site owners can extend and tailor their WordPress installation to meet their needs. However, using many plugins can affect a website’s performance, and thus, you must be highly selective in choosing the plugins you install.

Design Instruct and Six Revisions only uses six WordPress plugins. We’ve kept our plugins to the bare essentials—any other features we add to our WordPress installation, we develop ourselves specifically for our sites.

6 Critical WordPress Plugins You Should Have Installed

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Optimizing WordPress for Search Engines

Dec 14 2009 by Matt Alexander | 102 Comments

So, you have this amazing WordPress site, but for some reason the search engines just don’t show you much love. You post killer content, make it easy for users to share via their social networks, and people are subscribing to your RSS feed, indicating that they’re like what they’re reading. If you’ve tried everything to drive traffic to your website, and search engines still ignore your site, maybe you need to evaluate how search engine friendly your website is.

Optimizing WordPress for Search Engines

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16 WordPress Sites to Help You Build a Better Blog

Nov 9 2009 by Matt Alexander | 75 Comments

16 WordPress Sites to Help You Build a Better Blog

So you finally decided to step up your blogging game and build yourself a site with WordPress. You’ve install a pretty good free theme and have a few posts under your belt. After a few days, you get seriously bored with the "My blog kinda looks like everyone else" syndrome and start your search for some creative ways to make your blog stand out from the crowd.

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12 Essential Security Tips and Hacks for WordPress

Jul 13 2009 by Syed Balkhi | 59 Comments

WordPress is a great publishing platform, but it isn’t immune to all the potential attacks from hackers, spammers, and other ill-intentioned attackers trying to compromise the security of your WordPress installation.

12 Essential Security Tips and Hacks for WordPress

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10 WordPress Plugins Guaranteed to Save You Time

May 27 2009 by Pranav Shirodkar | 90 Comments

In these days of the ever-increasing competitive world of the web, time is as valuable as money. To be noticed, and to stay at the top of the game, content writers must post a lot of content on a regular basis. To keep up with time constraints, WordPress plugin authors provide an array of useful plugins that will drastically reduce the time required to write, format, and post your content.

In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent WordPress plugins intended to reduce and simplify tasks associated with blogging so that you can spend more time creating content, and less time with site administration.

1. Post Ideas – take charge and manage your post ideas

Post Ideas

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40 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Apr 4 2009 by Mirko Humbert | 74 Comments

WordPress – the popular open source publishing platform – allows you to easily customize your installation with WordPress themes. Installing themes is a simple affair, and if you’re just starting out with the publishing application, you can check out this guide on using WordPress themes.

In this collection, you’ll find 40 high-quality and free WordPress themes handpicked from the vast amount of free themes out there on the web.

Note: Be sure to check out the license of the theme for restrictions in usage (if any) and it’s always good (and very much appreciated) to attribute the designer even if they don’t explicitly ask you to.

For another great WordPress themes collection, check out: 50 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes.

Irresistible

Irresistible screen shot.

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15 Useful Tools for WordPress Bloggers

Dec 28 2008 by Jacob Gube | 69 Comments

If you use WordPress as your publishing platform, you’ll find a ton of useful tools you can grab off the web that’ll help you improve your productivity and make sure your WordPress site is running smoothly.

In this collection, you’ll find a few convenient applications, plugins, and browser extensions that will help you accomplish a variety of blogging tasks that range from easier screen captures to making sure your WordPress site is secure.

1. ScribeFire turns Firefox into a fully-featured blog editor.

ScribeFire screenshot.

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