A sudden traffic spike on your site can be a lovely surprise... until the spike gets out of hand and your site can't deal with the sudden influx of visitors. This tutorial explains how to anticipate spikes and prepare your site in advance. It also shows you what to do if your site slows down or crashes after a surge. Handy stuff.
Trackbacks and pingbacks used to be a handy way for blogs to notify each other that they'd linked to a post, but today they're mostly used by spammers to flood your comments with links to their sites. WordPress makes it easy to prevent link notifications on new posts, but disabling them on older posts is a little more involved; here's how to do it.
If you're serious about your site then you'll want to get to know your audience, and the best way to do this is through your traffic stats. That's where Google Analytics comes in. It's free and it can tell you who visits your site, where they come from, when they visit, what they look at while they're there, and how they interact with your content. Follow this guide to get up and running.
Choosing the right colours for your website can have a big impact on its effectiveness (and on an ecommerce site, that means more sales). This WordPress tutorial shows you how to convert colours to customers.
Adding icons to custom menus can be a nice way to add personality to your site, as well as improving usability. It's a relatively simple, two-step process that doesn't involve any PHP coding whatsoever. And this WordPress tutorial will show you just how to do it.
When looking to customise a website, a lot of people edit the theme directly. This creates a number of problems, not least that you can't update the theme without losing your changes! The smart way to modify your site design is with a child theme. This tutorial walks though how to create one.
Even tiny changes to the phrasing of copy or the position of a button on your site can have a big impact on how people use it. There's no need to guess what will work and what won't – you can prove it using A/B testing. This WordPress tutorial shows you how to test out different options before you commit to them.
Social media is a great way to get the word out about your site or blog. Twitter Cards make it possible for you to attach media experiences to your tweets that link to your content. This WordPress tutorial shows you how to use them.
There are a massive number of plugins available for the WordPress users. So how do you pick out the ones that will actually be useful? In this tutorial, the guys at WPMU DEV pick their five must-have plugins for your first blog. They cover everything from monitoring pageload speed to protection against spam.
If you can't find what you need in the vast library of WordPress plugins, the next step is to think about making your own. It's not as difficult as it sounds. Find out how in this simple walkthrough.
Businesses that want to expand internationally might want to consider making their WordPress site multilingual. This tutorial from net magazine explains how to do so, with the help of some tools, plugins and translation services.
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