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SiteGround now offering More GBs & Faster CPUs

SiteGround web hosting, one of the most popular WordPress hosting providers, has announced an important update.

Space Upgrade in GoGeek plan
SiteGround’s GoGeek shared hosting plans now offer 10GB more space which will be 40GB in total. GoGeek is SiteGround’s most popular shared web hosting plan used and recommended by many professional WordPress bloggers and small to medium companies.

40% Faster Processors
SiteGround had moved their infrastructure to Google Cloud few months back. As a result of this, now they are offering 40% faster processors for all their servers. Script executions on all their shared web hosting plans will become even more efficient and this will result in less resource usages and fast loading websites. This is a great news for web hosting customers using WordPress on their shared hosting plans.

Two New Data Centers
SiteGround launched two new data center locations recently – one in Sydney (Australia) and another one in Frankfurt (Germany). You can opt for these data centers if these are closer to you. This will help in faster websites.

Manual site transfer on GrowBig & GoGeek plans No more Free
Previously SiteGround provided one free manual site migration under each GrowBig and GoGeek web hosting plans which is done by their experts. But from of 20-May-2020, this manual website migration will be a paid service which will cost 30USD/24EUR/20GBP/30AUD per site. This is not a good news but neither a bad news for people who can migrate websites on their own using plugins. SiteGround itself is offering free automated WordPress transfer on all their plans using their free WordPress Migrator plugin. Using this plugin you can move your WordPress sites to SiteGround with just a few clicks.

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Best WordPress Caching Plugins

We are living in a generation where people abandon slow-loading websites. WordPress websites are based on PHP coding and MySQL database queries which are generally ‘heavy’ for a web server or a web browser to deliver fast especially when you have increasing amount of posts and visitors. It is very essential to have a caching mechanism for a WordPress site if it’s hosted on a basic or shared web hosting plans. In simple words, WordPress caching keeps a copy of frequently accessed contents such as posts, pages or images closer to the visitors’ location and hence speeding up the loading time.

Best Free WordPress Caching Plugins

  1. WP Super Cache

  2. A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

  3. W3 Total Cache

  4. Search Engine (SEO) & Performance Optimization (WPO) via caching. Integrated caching: CDN, Minify, Page, Object, Fragment, Database support.

  5. WP Fastest Cache

  6. The simplest and fastest WP Cache system.

  7. Breeze

  8. Breeze is a WordPress Caching Plugin developed by Cloudways. Breeze uses advance caching systems to improve WordPress loading times exponentially.

  9. Hyper Cache

  10. Hyper Cache is a performant and easy to configure cache system for WordPress.

  11. Cache Enabler

  12. A lightweight caching plugin for WordPress that makes your website faster by generating static HTML files plus WebP support.

Best WordPress Security Plugins

WordPress is the most popular website platform used by more than 30% of all the websites around the world. So it makes WordPress most vulnerable unless you set up proper security measures! It is highly recommended to use a WordPress security plugin to safeguard your website from suspicious attackers. Do not use multiple security plugins for WordPress to serve the same purpose as it can break your site!

Following are the best WordPress security plugins providing essential features like login security (brute force attack prevention), Web Application Firewall (WAF), site scanner and more:

Best WordPress Security Plugins (Free)

  1. Cloudflare

  2. All of Cloudflare’s performance and security benefits in a simple one-click install of recommended settings specifically developed for WordPress.

  3. Wordfence Security

  4. Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.

  5. iThemes Security

  6. Gives you over 30 ways to secure and protect your WordPress website. Protection plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software. iThemes Security helps to stop automated attacks in WordPress, strengthen user credentials, lock down your WordPress on suspicious activities and fix common holes.

  7. Sucuri Security

  8. The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening.

  9. All In One WP Security & Firewall

  10. A comprehensive, user-friendly, all in one WordPress security and firewall plugin for your site.

  11. Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall

  12. This Anti-Malware scanner searches for Malware, Viruses, and other security threats and vulnerabilities on your server and it helps you fix them.

  13. Cerber Security, Antispam & Malware Scan

  14. Protection against hacker attacks and bots. Malware scanner & integrity checker. User activity log. Antispam reCAPTCHA. Limit login attempts.

  15. Limit Login Attempts

  16. Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP. Fully customizable.

Best WordPress SEO Plugins

WordPress contents must be fine-tuned for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to get higher rankings in search engines like Google and hence large number of visitors to your website. There are many factors search engines consider to rank our websites or blogs for certain keywords searched by the users. Luckily we have few and excellent WordPress SEO plugins to make the SEO ‘technical’ part easier even for the WordPress beginners.

Following are the best WordPress SEO plugins to optimize your WordPress website. Do not install more than one SEO plugin! If you are already using one and want to switch, most of these SEO plugins offer importing settings from another WordPress SEO plugin.

Best WordPress SEO Plugins (Free)

  1. Yoast SEO

  2. Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.

  3. Rank Math

  4. Rank Math is a revolutionary SEO plugin that combines the features of many SEO tools in a single package & helps you multiply your traffic.

  5. All in One SEO Pack

  6. The original WordPress SEO plugin, downloaded over 50,000,000 times since 2007.

  7. The SEO Framework

  8. Purely professional, feature-complete, and the ad-free WordPress SEO plugin. Secure, fast, automated, and white-hat SEO. Do less; get better results.

  9. SEOPress

  10. SEOPress is a simple, fast and powerful SEO plugin for WordPress.

  11. SmartCrawl SEO

  12. SmartCrawl SEO checker, content analysis and search optimizer to rank higher and get discovered in search engines.

  13. WP SEO Structured Data Schema

  14. Comprehensive JSON-LD based Structured Data solution for WordPress for adding schema for organizations, businesses, blog posts, ratings & more.

Best WordPress Ad Management Plugins

WordPress is being increasingly used by bloggers or publishers to make money online using affiliate program banners or advertisement networks like Google Adsense. You can insert ads into your WordPress posts either by directly editing the theme/template or easily by installing an Ad Management plugin. If you are not comfortable editing your theme files manually by yourself, you can use any one of the following Advertisement plugins:

Best WordPress Ad Management Plugins (Free)

  1. Ad Inserter

  2. Manage Google AdSense, Media.net, Amazon banners, ads.txt, ad rotation, sticky widgets, AMP ads, DFP, tracking, AdSense header and footer code

  3. AdSense Plugin WP QUADS

  4. Quick Adsense Reloaded! Quickest way to insert Google AdSense & other ads into your website. Google AdSense integration with Google AMP support

  5. Advanced Ads

  6. Manage and optimize your ads. All ad codes, Google AdSense Auto ads, ad widget, rotation, header and footer code injection, Google AdSense partner sup …

  7. AdRotate Banner Manager

  8. Manage your adverts and campaigns the easy way! Monetise your website with AdRotate. AdRotate has everything you need while keeping things simple!

  9. Wp-Insert

  10. The Ultimate Adsense / Ad-Management Plugin for WordPress

Essential WordPress Settings after WP Installation

Following are the essential things to be done inside WordPress Dashboard after you install WordPress on your website domain. I covered only important settings below to make it quick and brief. You are free to make more changes as long as you are the boss! 🙂

1. Reading Settings

Go to Settings >> Reading
Select what you want to show in your WordPress website homepage. You can either select your latest posts or just a static page from the list of pages. Secondly, if you select posts, decide how many posts to be shown in a page.
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Finally, check mark Discourage search engines from indexing this site option (shown above) if your website is not ready to be indexed by search engines like Google. It is recommended to check this if your site is brand new without any content. Make sure you uncheck this after you publish posts or create a homepage.

2. Change Permalink

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important for all websites to get good ranking in search engines like Google and get more visitors. Unfortunately post URL/address is not SEO-friendly after fresh installation of WordPress. It is highly recommended to change it as shown below:
Go to Settings >> Permalink >> choose Post name
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3. Make Private or Delete Sample Contents

By default, new installation of WordPress will have a sample page and a sample post (titled Hello world) with a sample comment. You can either delete these or mark as private/draft to avoid appearing on live site.
To delete:
Go to Posts >> All Posts - hover over the list - click Trash
To keep and use later to edit:
Posts >> All Posts - hover - click Quick Edit - check Private
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Similarly do this for the sample page:
Pages >> All Pages
Sample comment here:
Comments >> Trash to delete

4. Rename or Delete Sample Category

By default there will be a sample category in a fresh WordPress installation titled Uncategorized.
Posts >> Categories >> Delete or Quick Edit to rename

5. Remove Hello Dolly Plugin / Activate Akismet

Like a default post/page/comment, all new WordPress installation will be loaded with two famous plugins/extensions from the WordPress family – one useless plugin called Hello Dolly and one useful anti-spam comments plugin called Akismet. You can delete Hello Dolly and activate Akismet by going to:
Plugins >> Installed Plugins >> Akismet >> Activate
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When you activate Akismet plugin, you will be prompted with Set up your Akismet account button. Click that then Get your API key and register with your email to get the key. Copy-paste the API key and click Connect with API key to get a successful message “Akismet is now protecting your site from spam. Happy blogging!“.

6. Edit Default User Profile

Your name might appear everywhere around your blog or even on popular news channels when you become famous. 🙂 So I recommend you keep it real and simple!
Users >> Your Profile
Fill up at least the First Name, Nickname and Display name publicly as options.

7. Other Recommended Settings

A couple of final quick settings to check out.
Settings >> General
Site TitleExample: WPressy.com
TaglineExample: Just another but Awesome WP Tips site!
Timezonechoose your timezone. After saving, check this section again to make sure “Local time is XXXX” displaying the correct time.

Settings >> Discussion
Default Avatar – choose Gravatar Logo
Turning on Gravatar is must for every WordPress user. Don’t ask me why, just turn on and save the settings! I’ll tell you why later! 🙂

That’s all essential quick WordPress settings right after installation. Hope it helped!

Types of WordPress Websites You Can Create

Before you create a website, it is recommended keep in mind the purpose of your website. It can help you to choose the design or layout of your website. Websites can be for personal or business purposes. You can visit WordPress to create any types of website.

Types of Websites You Can Create

  • Personal Website or Blog – to post personal life happenings and blog posts of your interest. You can create a tech blog or cooking blog or any blog to post some random things!
  • Business Website – an online presence for your business to showcase your products, vision and mission. You can also add a blog section, a contact form for website visitors, addresses and location maps of office and branches. Having a website for your business is essential these days for digital marketing to reach out potential customers online.
  • E-commerce or Online Shopping Website – to showcase and sell your physical products and services, accept orders and payments online, keep your customers updated with new products and promotions across your physical stores and online store. You can also sell digital products like eBook downloads or other web services online.
  • Forums or Q&A or Community Website – to ask questions, answer other members, message them, add them as friends, create groups and build a beautiful community! You can also create a social media website of your own!
  • Photography or Portfolio Website – where you can showcase your unique work like arts, photography, calligraphy, software or websites or apps you built.
  • Business Directory or Links or Classifieds Website – to list local businesses by category with their contact information. You can get paid for offering a premium or a featured listing. When your website becomes popular, there are businesses ready to pay you to feature them on the top or on your homepage! Like they pay Google!
  • Resume or CV showcase – to showcase your profile online in a unique way. You can create an attractive eye-catching online CV showing your experiences and qualifications, achievements, portfolio, social media and contact links.

Not sure about the type of website you want to create? No worries! Start with a blog. You can change your design and layouts later when you change your mind! It’s easy to change themes when you create a WordPress site.

If you need any guidance on creating websites on your own, feel free to drop comments below. Enjoy learning cool stuff 🙂

20 Great Features of Self-hosted WordPress Websites

WordPress is the most useful, popular and fully customizable blogging platform. All popular bloggers are using WordPress as it is the best and most user-friendly content management system (CMS) and blogging platform. It has many great features which can boost your ranking in search engines like Google.

Below are the list of features available in a self-hosted WordPress Blog.

  1. Software Installation
  2. Plugin Installation
  3. Custom CSS
  4. Themes installation
  5. Multi-author Support
  6. Web Hosting Requirement
  7. Google mail integration
  8. Backup Support
  9. Import and Export
  10. Sitemap Support
  11. Categories and Tags
  12. RSS syndication
  13. Forums
  14. Sidebar Widgets
  15. Access to codes
  16. Access to Data Base
  17. Spam Protection
  18. Social media compatibility
  19. Dashboard
  20. Avatar Support

Many popular bloggers are making money online with WordPress as their blogging platform. If you can write unique articles and publish it, drive traffic and promote your blog, then there is great chance to make money from your blog! You need to put a great effort at the beginning and have patience to make money online.

Must you be a Good Writer to be a Successful Blogger?

It wasn’t until very recently that a good friend asked me this question – Do you have to be a good writer to be a successful blogger? He knows I’m a writer by profession and he wondered why I did not have my own personal blog. The general assumption was that if you’re able to write well, you must have an online showcase through which you can reach out to let more people know of your ability. However, I don’t subscribe to this theory – I believe that a blog is something personal and that you don’t really have to have one unless you really want to make parts of your life public knowledge.

Coming back to the initial question, is the reverse true? If you do own a blog, how good a writer do you have to be to make a success of it? From what I’ve seen so far, it’s not really great writing that makes a blog a success. Rather, going by Internet standards, if you own a blog and want it to succeed, you need to:

  • Provide quality information
  • Update it regularly
  • Respond to reader comments
  • Incorporate feedback to make your site better
  • Adopt SEO techniques
  • Ensure that your blog is visible all over the web

So you see, good writing does not even feature on the list. You must know how to market your blog more than focusing on excellent writing if you want to achieve a large number of hits and make your site popular. However, there are times when the ability to write does come in handy when you’re a blog owner, and they are:

  • When your site is focused mostly on providing information – you don’t want to own a blog with typos and spelling and grammatical errors.
  • When your blog is basically an advertisement to market your writing skills.
  • When you want to project a more formal look for your site; it pays to get someone to check what you’ve written before you put it up in such cases.
  • When your site has become popular and you need to sustain reader interest – good writing becomes the differentiating factor that helps you stay ahead of the competition.

In general, once you decide to start a blog, it’s best to brush up on your writing skills. It’s not just enough to provide information and be entertaining; when you know how best to serve the information through good writing, that’s when you add that extra edge to your success quotient.

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How to Promote Your Blog Offline

The vast majority of blog promotion advice is, understandably enough, based on Internet marketing strategies. However, I think it’s just as important to promote your blog in the offline world. Your readers are, after all, people, and although we may spend a large part of our time online, it’s refreshing to tell others about your blog project(s) the old-fashioned way in person. Here are a few tips for getting the word out there about your blog offline.

Organize a meetup

There’s nothing more fulfilling than meeting your readers face-to-face. If you have many readers who live in your area, put up an announcement on your blog to meet and discuss your niche. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers and potential readers. MeetUp.com is one way to organize a local get-together beyond the parameters of your blog.

Write for a local newspaper or magazine

Although many people are announcing the veritable death of physical publications, the fact of the matter is that “dead tree” media is still widely used. Writing an article for a local paper or magazine gives you an opportunity to reach out to a completely different set of readers.

Tell your close circle of family and friends

This may seem like a tip that’s too obvious to even write about. But I know tons of bloggers who, for whatever reason, blog in secret. I suppose it’s out of some sort of embarrassment, but the people you know well are often the ones who will be your most ardent supporters and promoters. You’d be surprised by how fast your readership can spread simply by word-of-mouth.

Make business cards

Business cards may seem old fashioned, but there’s a reason they still exist they work. Several times a week, going about our business, we have chance encounters with strangers or we make new acquaintances while engaged in various activities. Having business cards with your blog information on you at all times gives you an opportunity to spread the word about your blog when such encounters occur. While telling new acquaintances about your blog is great, giving them a business card means they’ll remember it later.

These are only a few easy ways you can reach out to more readers offline. Above all, remember that promoting your blog doesn’t have to be a 100% online endeavor. Every second of every day presents a new opportunity to engage a wider audience.

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