5 Reasons Your WordPress Blog Should Be Self Hosted

I’m a HUGE fan of WordPress for websites and blogging, as anyone that reads here regularly will know.

But did you know that there is a difference between having your blog hosted by WordPress themselves, and hosting it on your own hosting (known as self hosting)? If you didn’t, don’t worry, a lot of people don’t.

To clarify, if your blog site has an address something like http://yourcompanyname.wordpress.com or http://yourcompanyname.blogspot.com then it’s hosted by either WordPress or Blogger / Blogspot.

If your blog has an address something like www.yourcompany.com/blog then the chances are it’s self hosted (although hat’s not always the case, drop me a line if you’re not sure and want to check).

So, read on to find out just 5 reasons (there are many more) why you should be self hosting your WordPress blog if you’re serious about your business blogging.

You’ll have more credibility

It used to be that if you had an @aol.com email address or a geocities domain name, you were seen pretty much as ‘second class’. And the newer version of that seems to be having a WordPress.com or Blogspot.com domain name for your blog.

It’s pretty simple – do you want people to see that your blog is a part of your business, or are you happy with them thinking you’re ‘playing’ at it?

I know and you know that there are some great blogs out there that AREN’T self hosted – but if you want to be taken seriously in 2012 then your blogsite needs to be either a part of your main site or have it’s own domain and be hosted on its own web space.

Are you serious about your blog?

You’ll get better search engine positions

A simple fact of life is that free blog sites just don’t do as well in the search engines. Quite odd really, especially as you consider that Blogger is owned by Google! But that’s how it is.

Add to this the fact that you can get some great SEO plugins for self hosted WordPress and it’s a no brainer.

Do you want your potential customers to find you when they search on Google?

You’ll have control

OK, it’s unlikely to happen, but what would you do if WordPress decided to take down your blog? Or remove your blog posts? Or jus remove access to them for a while?

While you’re hosting your blog on a freebie site, you’re at their mercy – your content belongs to them and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Self host, and YOU’RE in control – you can back up your posts, move them where you like, and run pretty much no risk of your account being closed down and your hard work wiped out.

Would you like to be more in control of your content?

You’ll have a better choice of themes

There’s a massive range of themes on WordPress.com, but let’s face it, how often have you seen the same themes being used time and time again by different industries? With self hosted WordPress you can have a hue choice of themes, from an out of the box standard one to one that matches or complements your own website.

Do you want to stand out by looking different to everyone else?

You’ll have better plugins

I alluded to this earlier with the mention of SEO plugins, but there are a whole array of plugins that you can use on self hosted WordPress but not on the free hosted version.

From Social Media plugins to sharing plugins to commenting plugins to analytics plug ins and beyond – if you’re serious about your blog you need quite a few of these plugins.

Are you serious about your blog?

In short, self hosted WordPress is the way to go if you want to look professional, have more control, have flexibility and make the most of your blog – what’s stopping you going self hosted today?

Like this post? Check out our Wacky WordPress offer to take you from free hosted to self hosted at a drastically knockdown price!

 

 

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5 Ways to keep your Blog updated over the Christmas period

You’ve worked hard all year on your blog, and your comments, visitors and Google traffic is reflecting that graft. But let’s face it, it’s Christmas week and you might not feel like blogging with a bellyful of mince pies, or nipping down in between basting the turkey and boiling the gravy to pop in a quick post or two. And then there’s that odd week between Christmas and New Year when no-one’s quite sure what to do…

So is your blog going to be a barren wasteland over the Christmas period? Will your readers think you’ve given up on them? Will Google wonder where you’ve gone?

Not if I can help it – here are 5 ways you can keep your blog updated over Christmastime, leaving you free to enjoy your family and forget about work for once.

1 – Schedule, schedule schedule

You’ve got a few days yet, so get writing! You’ve probably got some half written posts sitting around that you’ve either not finished or not used yet, so finish them off and then use the scheduling facility in WordPress to post them for you. Your blog posts will appear as if by magic, and you don’t have to lift a finger!

Install the editorial calendar plugin and you’ll be able to see at a glance which days you have or need posts for, and move them around with ease.

2- Grab some guest posts

A great last minute standby, guest posts could keep you going over the festive season. As long as you make sure they’re relevant and of interest to your readers, they could save you wondering about your blog while the sprouts are burning to the bottom of the pan!

Ask your Twitter and Facebook followers if they have any blog posts lying around they’d like you to feature, or maybe they could write you something in the next couple of days? No takers? Then pop along to the fab MyBlogGuest where they have a whole host of bloggers with content to spare – you could find a great source of guest blogs well into 2012!

3 – Create some round up posts

Round up posts are great for filling space, and for only taking a little time to set up. If you’re on WordPress, install the Instant Weekly Round Up plugin – it allows you to pick and choose the categories you want to include from your old blog posts, move them around, and delete the ones you don’t want to show. For only a couple of minutes work you could have a great post ready to go, purely from all the work you’ve put in this year.

4 – Reschedule some older posts

Not everyone will have seen your post the first time around, so why not spend some time going through your archives and reschedule and reuse some of your older posts? Maybe ones that didn’t generate the traffic you thought they would, or haven’t had as many comments as you would have liked, or even really popular ones you think people would be interested in seeing again.

Different to a round up post, this is a reposting of a whole blog post. In WordPress simply change the post from ‘published’ to ‘scheduled’ and you could get a whole new audience.

While you’re scheduling you may even see bits of the post you want to elaborate on or change, or there may be an update you can add – a great way to use old content in a new way.

5 – Get someone else to do it for you

(Come on, you knew this was coming, right? 😉 )

It’s not too late to hand your blog over to someone else for a couple of weeks and give yourself a complete break.

A fresh eye, some new ideas, and more importantly some great content to ensure that your blog isn’t forgotten over Christmas.

Whether it’s your trusty VA or someone like me who gives small business blogging management, you can rest assured your blog is in good hands and isn’t going to languish. An added bonus is that I’ll give you a swift kick in the New Year to either get back on the blogging horse, or decide that you’re happier leaving it to someone else.

OK Nikki, if I decide to use you, what’s it going to cost?

Depending on your blog industry, the amount of blogs you need over the Christmas period, and how long you need me for, it could cost as little as ÂŁ50 per blog site for me to write blog posts, upload them, optimise them and promote them while you’re pulling your Christmas crackers with your kids.

But, as always, places will be limited (to 5 in this instance) – I’ve got to have time to cook my own Christmas Pudding and those parsnips aren’t going to maple glaze themselves!

Interested?

Drop me a line to nikkipilk@gmail.com and let’s chat.

So there we are – 5 ways to keep your blog going over Christmas with the minimum of effort and hopefully the maximum of results.

Enjoy your turkey!

Like this post? Don’t forget to check out the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, and kickstart your blogging in just 30 days!

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4 Things You Can Do To Speed-Up Your WordPress Site

This is a guest post by Camille McClane, a motivated freelance writer and online entrepreneur living in Southern California

camileLoad time is somewhat of an issue for a lot of WordPress site admins.

While the platform itself is incredibly powerful and comprehensive in terms of the options afforded to the user, WordPress sites often take too long to load for a variety of reasons. Too many plugins, heavy-duty comment engines and poorly designed themes or templates can all contribute.

While the reasons for those lengthy load times will vary, the result is often the same.

What suffers the most with a slow load time is the user experience. While the difference between three and four seconds might be forgivable, 15 to 20 seconds will mean that a user could ultimately lose interest and patience with your site.

If your site is loading slowly enough, it’s basically timing out in the eyes of those who are trying to use it.

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Those people will bounce (meaning they’ll click out of your site and fail to browse to a second page) and many of them will never come back to your site again, at least not on purpose.

Additionally,Google places ranking penalties on slow loading sites. While those penalties are relatively small and affect only a small percentage of websites, it’s something to keep in mind, as you don’t want to needlessly downgrade your own website.

But how can we improve this? How can we speed up our WordPress site?

There are a few areas where WordPress speed gets hung up, so the best way to keep things running smoothly is to focus on getting those areas right the first time.

1. Use a solid framework

WordPress offers a ton of customization options and plenty of different themes to choose from. That being said, theGenesis Framework is one of the better choices and is specifically designed for speed.

It’ll cost you some money to use, but it’s worth the investment. Usually a solid framework is going to run you between $50 and $80, most of which include updates and upgrades. While there are plenty of free WordPress themes, buying a framework insures that you’ll have optimized and correctly written code, which can increase your page’s speed tremendously on its own.

2. Don’t use too many plugins

Plugins are one of WordPress’ most attractive and unique features, and there are even some that help you in terms of speed, likeW3 Total Cache.

While plugins can be very effective in helping you to manage your site, it can significantly increase the time it takes to load for your visitors. As a designer or admin, a good rule-of-thumb is to keep plugins to 10 or less. Rarely will you actually need any more than that.

3. Good hosting service

Hosting isn’t exactly the fun part of using WordPress, but a self-hosted WordPress site will suffer if you choose a poor hosting service, mainly because you take a hit in terms of speed, storage space and service.

Keep in mind that “self-hosting” means you still have to pay for a hosting service, though you’re the one uploading the files and content, while maintaining the rights to your site.

Look for something with unlimited space and bandwidth at less than $10 a month, which is the typical market value for website hosting. Anything more would be overpaying.TigerTech is a decent option in terms of price, speed and storage space.

4. Caching

It’s a bit technically involved to properly configure caching on your WordPress site, though the plugin I mentioned earlier (W3 Total Cache) is a workable solution. It essentially creates a temporary storage for your web documents (usually HTML and any images), which will reduce bandwidth being used and increase the loading speed of your page.

Your best bet here is to enlist the help of a friend or professional who knows the ins-and-outs of the process.

Testing your Loading Speed

There are a lot of tools online that can test your site’s load time, likePingdom or WebPageTest.org.

Check your speed before and after you implement some of these solutions. If you notice that your site is improving, dig a little deeper into each topic and take further steps to optimize your website.

It’s worth the investment of time if you get on Google’s good side and avoid frustrated viewers.

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Today’s guest writer is Camille McClane, a motivated freelance writer and online entrepreneur living in Southern California. As a writer for BlogWranglers, she understands the importance of having an effective WordPress site and how its loading speed can greatly affect user experience. What have you done to speed up your own site? Share your comments below!

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Why Small Business Should Start Taking Blogging More Seriously

 

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Do you blog?

Back in 2010, I talked about why small businesses should blog more, and since then I believe it’s become even more important.

If you started blogging in 2010, the chances are that you were pretty early on in your industry (unless you’re in SEO or Social Media) and so you should be reaping the rewards right now, getting more visitors, more comments and more sales than your competitors who came to blogging later (or maybe still don’t blog!)

If you’ve still not got around to starting a blog though, all is not lost. Make 2013 the year that you really start to explore how blogging can work for you and your business.

Why?

Businesses that blog get:

  • More pages in search engines = more chances for potential customers to find you
  • More traffic = more chances for you to prove to your potential customers that you are credible and here to stay
  • More comments = more chances for you to interact with your potential customers
  • More credibility = more of a chance that potential customers will come to you rather than your competitors

What’s not to like?

Setting up and customising a blog isn’t difficult, and you could be up and running within a couple of days.

Writing isn’t as hard as it sounds, there are plenty of articles out there to help, and of course you could ask me about my Blog Mentoring Package.

So here are 5 blog posts you should read if you’re looking to kick start your blogging in 2013:

  • 5 Reasons Your WordPress Blog Should Be Self Hosted
    While it’s not a bad thing to start with a freebie blog, if you want to be taken seriously you really need to look at self hosting, and this blog post tells you why. Need help with self hosting WordPress? Drop me a line to nikkipilk@gmail.com
     
  • 21 Things You Could Blog About Right Now
    Often people put off blogging because they think they won’t have anything to say; this blog post talks you through 21 different things you could blog. Even if you post one a day that’s 3 weeks worth of blogging! No excuses now!
     
  • 67 SEO Tips for Blogging Newbies
    This title is a bit of a misnomer to be honest; even if you’ve been blogging for a while, this handy guide will more than likely tell you somehing you didn’t know about how your blog can help you to be found in search engines with very little effort.

  • Tips for Landing a Guest Post Every Time
    Guest blogging is one of the best traffic generators you’ll find, and if you’re not doing it yet, you should be! This post talks you through how to become the perfect guest poster and have people lining up to feature your posts.

  • Bloggers Have You Established Your Route to Fame?
    Once you have written a blog, how do you go about promoting it? If you feel as if you’re talking to yourself at times, this post will walk you through how I promote a blog post – it may help you to promote yours.

So, blogging; it’s not as hard as it may seem, but trust me, you will reap the rewards.

 
If you’re already blogging and think you’re making the most of your blog, check out our 30 Day Blogging Challenge ebook, as a kick up the bum and a good solid workout for your blog and you.
 
I’d love to know more about your blogs – post a comment below with your blog address so I can have a look!
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Three social plug-ins to boost your new WordPress site

A guest post from Mike Goodwin

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Everybody wants to get social with their business nowadays, often without stopping to ask if it’s actually the right thing for them to do. There’s no doubt that in some circumstances, Facebook, Twitter and even Google + can be good for your business – and luckily WordPress is well equipped to help you out if you decide it is right for you.

Now obviously, if you are setting up an online store or web-connected company you’ll want to have been through the basics first. There’s no benefit to having thousands of ‘likes’ and followers if you haven’t taken the time to set up the basics. Sites like MoneySupermarket can offer advice, as well as price comparison on things like business insurance, so could be a great place to start if you need help. However, when you start looking for help on WordPress plugins you could feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of recommendations out there. Here are five WordPress plugins that stand out among the many thousands you’ll no doubt stumble upon (no pun intended) that should be the first you start with.

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A simple but effective way for people to offer you their thoughts on your pages while logged in to Facebook, this plug-in is very simple to set-up and could be useful for general feedback that will be seen by others. Of course, having people able to post at will on your page – like all social media channels – comes with a certain amount of risk involved, so make sure you are able to monitor and moderate what is being said.

Twitter Profile Widget by Twitter

It isn’t always easy to keep your site updated with every single thing you are up to, but people will want to know that you are active and communicating within your industry – which is why Twitter can be so great for business. The Twitter Profile Widget allows you to place a small sidebar widget on your site that shows your most recent tweets as they go out. Be careful to share only what you want to, but add this to your site if you want to add an extra bit of regularly updated content to your pages.

Google +1 Button Plugin by AJ Batac

Whether we like it or not, Google+ isn’t going anywhere anytime soon – and as the search engine is pushing its fledgling social network more and more into its results pages it seems that businesses would do well to not ignore it. Once you have a page for your company, you’ll also want to make your web pages sharable to those who visit, luckily there are countless widgets that allow you to add a +1 button to your posts, but this one is simple and effective enough to not take up too much of your time and energy.

Social networks are a minefield for business if you don’t know what you are doing, so it’s worth thinking carefully about whether or not they are right for you. However, if you do want to make your site more accessible to the millions who now log on to their accounts on a daily basis, these three plug-ins are a great place to start.

Mike works as a technology blogger and enjoys sharing the latest tips and tricks for small businesses and startups. He lives in rural Cheshire and is a huge advocate of building self hosted sites with WordPress.

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Malware on your WordPress site? Here’s how to fix it!

At the beginning of 2012 I was unlucky enough to have quite a few Wordpres sites hacked and infected with Malware. This meant that anyone visiting them was seeing a rather nasty message telling them that my sites shouldn’t be accessed and could infect the users computer. Not nice… not nice at all.

After 2 weeks of trying to sort this out with my hosts, I turned to Twitter for help. And Twitter users were very helpful. Lots of people pointed me to tutorials on how to fix it myself, which would have been great had I understood any of them (my lack of knowledge not bad tutorials I hasten to add!)

What I wanted was someone who could help me, not charge me the earth, and get my sites up and running again.

In came my knight on a white steed, Keiron Skillett from BetterWebSpace – within an hour we’d chatted on Skype, sorted out what the issue was, and he set about fixing it. 3 hours later it was sorted, and within a couple of days the warnings had disappeared. I didn’t have to mortgage my house to fix it, there was no drama, he took over and sorted it, leaving me free to run my business.

Of course, you may not want to pay someone to sort it for you (although I would hazard a guess that the money you’re losing by having a hacked website is much less than Keiron would charge to fix it), in which case, here is a great tutorial on how to fix it yourself.

Once you’re fixed, you’ll want to make sure your WordPress install is secure and hopefully unhackable – Blogmistress Babs Saul has some great posts on this here: Securing WordPress.

It’s a fact of life that there are nasty people out there exploiting every hole they can in your WordPress security, but with the help of Keiron (on Twitter at @Keiron

) and the tips from Babs, you’ll be well on your way to fixing that malware issue and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

 

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Why WordPress is a Good Choice for your Website

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When you create a website, it is important that you choose a really good content system to help back up your great design. This will help you to manage your website more successfully and help it reach its full potential. WordPress is one of the best content management systems out there and is a great choice for any website. Read on for five reasons WordPress is a good choice for your website.

Popular
WordPress has got millions of users and there are close to 50 million WordPress websites in the world. This is a huge amount, and it suggests that they certainly must be doing something right for so many people to choose them for their website.

Lots of themes
Another great thing about WordPress is that there are lots of different themes that you can use. This means you can change the look of your website really simply: even if you are a complete beginner when it comes to websites, you’ll be able to choose a theme to suit your need and make your site stand out from the pack. With so many themes to choose from, there is something to fit with every style of site, from professional to fun and funky.

Easy to update
A lot of people also use WordPress for their websites because the content management system makes it really easy to update. The process for adding new content to your site is straightforward and efficient, so even if you’re not the best person in the world with technology, you’ll still be able to do it.

Customisable
WordPress also has loads of options that allow you to customise its themes so you can adapt your website to exactly what you’re looking for. This could involve something relatively simple such as adding your own graphics to the site, to more complex things such as adapting the code to meet your needs. There are also some great external software options that use WordPress to create fantastic, customised websites.

One of these options is Genesis Framework, which is powered by Studiopress. This offers a range of themes and has a focus on SEO, enabling you to boost the performance of your website while still benefitting from the best bits of the WordPress experience. There are different packages available for the Genesis Framework, which means you’re sure to be able to find what you’re looking for and, whether you’re a novice or an advanced user, it’s sure to be able to meet your website needs.

Multiple uses
There are also lots of different things you can do with WordPress. For example, as well as creating a professional website for your business using a service such as Genesis, you could also start a WordPress blog to further enhance your online business. There are also ways of linking WordPress to your social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, so you can bring together all of your online activity into one place, allowing for more effective management and a more focused website that will ultimately be of benefit to you.

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What I learned from the Nikki P 30 Day Blogging Challenge

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A guest post by Lisa Attias of MoreSouth Mediterranean Catering

Or should I have a more exciting title? No, because this is about what Nikki Pilkington teaches online in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. And hey, now I know SEO! I’ll tell you how it went for me but I’d also like to promote all the other 30 Day bloggers who went on this journey with me. Before you read any further search on Twitter for #30dayblog and tweet about one that you like. It may even be me.. I did 30. Well, almost…

I knew I had to start blogging. It’s the way in the digital age for getting your business known online, but I was so busy cooking for my Hertfordshire catering company, marketing it , bringing my kids up etc. that I had little time.

I knew I had to start blogging. Everyone’s going to want to know what I eat for breakfast every day, so all I had to do was write, write, write. Right? (Or maybe not, Nikki? It’s not cornflakes, by the way.) I had to start. And that’s what Nikki offers in her ’30 Day Blogging Challenge’ – a start, a middle and an end. A structure that not only encompasses what to write that is relevant, but why, when, and how to craft your blogging for business, or whatever other purpose it will serve you.

Every day I got an email telling me what to do, why I should do this and how to achieve it, with references to Nikki’s extensive online guidelines. If I still didn’t get it I could email her. I even got personalized answers!

I created a WordPress site on my website. I created a blog post. And it was read.Voila.

I’ve been blogging for 30 days and now over 100 people read each one. (We are told how to moniter this.)

I have listed ‘more-MoreSouth, the blog’ on numerous sites. Each time that I publish I promote it on various different platforms, and am pleased to see that it is tweeted and facebooked by friends, colleagues and clients. (Funnily enough it did make sense to reveal my breakfast menu once. We get very clear indications about when it is right to be very personal in writing.)

I learned:

  • WHAT to say. Inspiration can come from having a good format as simple as ‘ 3 Top Tips’ or ‘Saying something nice.’
  • WHAT to include in a ‘Call to Action.”
  • WHY it is good to write guest posts on other bloggers’ sites.
  • WHY you should write titles with questions in them.
  • HOW to get targeted traffic from Mr. Google (yes, he’s another of your new readers
  • HOW to track and use results.And how to have an exciting end?

Well the amazing news is that it is still running, and if you want to learn how to write intelligently while having heaps of fun go to http://www.nikkipilkington.com/the-nikki-p-30-day-blogging-challenge-is-here/ (alternatively you can buy the 30 Day Blogging Challenge ebook for just £5)

It might even still be free, [Nikki’s note – it’s not, it’s now ÂŁ3 🙂 ] but you’ll need to check that out.

Thank you Nikki! Thank you 30x and more. And now I’m going to pop over to you at @nikkipilkington for today’s daily tips.

MoreSouth is a mediterranean catering company in Hertfordshire. Delicious, healthy buffets for corporate and private events. Breakfast catering and working lunches. Weddings, parties and celebrations.  Delivery of fresh breakfasts and lunches to offices from our bakery.

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5 Great Reasons to Use Genesis Framework on Your WordPress Blog or Site

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It’s no secret that WordPress has become famous for its useful themes, its amazing customisability, and its affordability. Everyone from college students, to professional bloggers, to business owners love WordPress and its frameworks. The latest framework to become a hit with programmers, business owners, and bloggers alike is Genesis, which costs an extremely reasonable $59.95 (about £36!). Genesis framework is so impressive, that it just seems right to show the top five reasons that using Genesis yields amazing results!

1. Search Engine Optimisation is built in – People who are looking to make their site the next viral webpage need the ability to optimise each and every page for search engines. Businesses that are looking for more sales also would need to get as much search optimisation as possible. Genesis Framework automatically boosts search results, and also keeps the coding of the webpage secure.

2. Genesis comes with unlimited support…- And framework updates, domains, and pages, etc. Genesis is one of the best values for business owners who are looking for free updates, support, and everything else that a great quality site will need. All customers who use Genesis are also given access to free tutorials which help you make an amazing site even better. Considering everything that you get when you buy this framework, Genesis is extremely cost effective. Did anyone mention the free security upgrades?

3. Genesis gives you access to super-speedy turnkey designs – You don’t have to be a software engineer to have a beautiful webpage, and Genesis simply makes it effortless. Genesis gives you 37 different styles to choose from, and more control over your webpage design than ever before. The best part about choosing Genesis is that you need no knowledge of coding to make Genesis work for you. Starting an ecommerce business without the need for a programmer has never been so easy! And if you don’t want to pay for extra themes, there are many free ‘child’ themes out there.

4. Updates are instant with Genesis framework – Genesis allows you to update your blogs, your webpage, and everything else with the push of a button. There is no waiting period, and there’s no need to worry about content being in limbo. Everything that you update is updated in real time.

5. Genesis is hardwired for both business and personal website work. – For customers who are looking for an extremely secure framework which is super-customisable and business-ready, look no further. The high quality of security means that Genesis framework sites are trusted and verifiable. People looking to broadcast specials, opinions, or news to Twitter will find that Genesis offers widgets specifically for that purpose. For bloggers who want to feature a certain story, widgets and layouts are available to make the featured page really pop. Anyone who wants to earn money from ads can do this easily. Simply insert the ad code into any page of your site, and you will be able to start advertising on your site instantly. Genesis works with Clicksor, Adsense, and Azoogle, among other programs.

We’re in the process of moving all of our clients’ WordPress blogs to the Genesis framework – and think you should too!

(And if you need some help with Genesis, drop me a line to nikkipilk@gmail.com)

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Why am I suddenly getting so much spam on my WordPress blog even though Akismet is installed?


I awoke this morning to many irate emails from clients and over 400 spam comments to be moderated on my own blog – what on earth had happened?

Off I went to check, and Akismet seemed to be installed properly, and there were no alerts. Hmm, further investigation needed. A quick post on Twitter and others were having the same problem!

Off to look at Akismet configuration I went – and I found this:

Along with a link to the Akismet site to get an API key.

Clicking on the link took me to http://akismet.com/wordpress/ – where it now appears that for a business site they want you to pay $5 a month to use Akismet. Now I’m not bothered about this – I run a business site, Akismet works well and I’m happy to pay.

The plans vary depending on how many sites you have (click on image for larger version):

As I’ve said, I’m happy to pay, and $5 a month is nothing compared to the time it took me to get rid of the spam this morning, but I would have liked some warning, if this is indeed the reason behind the sudden switching off of Akismet. (There is a free/donation option for personal sites)

Anyway, if you suddenly have loads of spam comments, this could be the reason why – were you deluged this morning?

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