Common WordPress Mistakes Beginners Usually Make

It is common to make mistakes when we learn something new. The same goes for starting a WordPress blog. When you are learning how to build and maintain a WordPress blog, you will make mistakes. The point is, we should learn lessons from the mistakes.

Common WordPress Mistakes

Common WordPress Mistakes

So, here in this post, we list out some common mistakes a WordPress beginner will make and we provide solutions too.

Mistake 1: Picking up a Wrong Platform

As a WordPress beginner, you are likely to choose a wrong platform, since you know little about it. In general, there are 2 platform options for WordPress blog: hosted or self-hosted platform. The first platform is free and provided by WordPress.com. The self-hosted platform is paid and available at WordPress.org or from web hosting providers. Check out best cheap WordPress hosting solutions at bigcheaphosting.com.

Besides costs, differences lie in hosted and self-hosted platforms are plugins, unlimited adverts and premium themes that self-hosted platform supports.

Solution: Think about your goals, your costs and features of the 2 platforms when you pick up a platform for your WordPress blog.

Mistake 2: Using The Default Permalink Structure

We often see URL of web pages like http://xxx.com/?p=123, and it is a default permalink structure, which is ugly, hard to remember, harmful to rank high in search engines, etc. Though default permalink has such many defaults, many WordPress beginners still make that mistake.

Solution: Access back-end dashboard of your WordPress blog. Change permalink structure in Settings menu. You can use post name structure to tell your readers what your page talk about via the page URL. Or you can use day and name, month and name, and even custom structure.

Mistake 3: Ignoring the Admin User

WordPress is the most popular software for blogs. However, it is also a target for many hackers. Especially many WordPress beginners do not delete the admin user, making it easier for hackers to access their back-end WordPress dashboard and gain their important data. With the admin username, hackers need to only guess the password. By some software, the process gets easy too.

Solution: To improve the security of your WordPress blog, you can create a new username and delete the default admin user. Just move to Users page from dashboard menu. Then add a new user to complete a form. Remember use another email address different from that of the admin user. Next, log out and log in with the new username. Finally, delete the admin user.

Mistake 4: Installing Superfluous Plugins

Plugins help a lot to run your website. However, too many plugins may cause conflict so that the plugins may not work properly. Superfluous plugins bring some potential security issues as well.

Solution: Install plugins that are really useful for your blog and regularly update them.

Mistake 5: No Backups

One of the common mistakes WordPress beginner make is not to create backups. However, you cannot ensure you would never need data restoration. As a matter of fact, there are many occasions that you lose data and you need a restore. If you have backups, that is simple.

Solution: You can use free plugins or premium backup services for backing up.

Some good plugins you can trust include BackWPup, UpdraftPlus, BackUpWordPress, and Duplicator. Optional premium services are blogVault, VaultPress, and BackuUpBuddy.

Mistake 6: Block Search Engines and Forget to Unblock

If you have not already configured your WordPress blog, it is a good idea to block search engines so that they cannot index your site and your readers cannot see your site either. However, many WordPress beginners forget to unblock search engines when they have done configurations, causing no traffic to the site.

Solution: Remember to unblock search engines. If you forget, WordPress will alert you with a notice of “Huge SEO issue.” When you see that notice, do not ignore it and check out whether you unblock search engines.

Mistake 7: Not Updating WordPress

Almost every 120 days, WordPress has a new release with new features and security updates while developers always write plugins and themes complying with the newest WordPress version. However, many WordPress beginners ignore new releases and continue to run their blogs on the out-of-date releases. Some of them think it is too risky to update. Or they think it is troublesome. But considering what the new version brings, why not upgrade?

Solution: Regularly update your WordPress version to the latest release. But you should backup firstly. Waiting for a week or a dozen of days to update is also recommendable.
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How To Enable Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) On Your WordPress Blog?

If you are familiar with Facebook‘s “Instant Articles”, then Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is almost the same, but this is for the entire process which happens through Google and other sources.

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that aims to provide mobile-optimized content that can load instantly everywhere.

In this article, we’ll share how you can enable AMP on your WordPress(.org) blog and how it’s beneficial to your blog’s performance as well.

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Enable Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) On Your Blog

Install this WordPress plugin called ‘AMP‘. This is WordPress’s (Automattic) official plugin for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). Few months back WordPress announced their support for AMP to improve performance of the mobile web.

If you have activated this plugin, then almost all the posts (not pages at the moment I guess) automatically gets AMP-compatible versions. You can access those versions by appending /amp/ to the end your blog post URLs.

Default Blog Post Permalink URL:

https://hellboundbloggers.com/2016/02/grammarly-review-best-weapon-kill-grammar-nazis-63373⁄

AMP Blog Post Permalink URL:

https://hellboundbloggers.com/2016/02/grammarly-review-best-weapon-kill-grammar-nazis-63373/amp/

You should remember that this won’t be visible to all your mobile visitors. AMP consumers such as Google Search takes care of this and they convert the posts.

Why Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Are Important?

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) are basically a skin version of your blog layout. It gives a minimalistic layout with major focus only on the content. We all know Google considers your website loading speed as one of the key factors for search rankings.

I decided to test the loading speed of our blog post and compare the same with an accelerated mobile page. For this, we picked a blog post with has detailed content with images and videos. We tested our Grammarly review post on Pingdom tools. As you can see below, our default blog post gets a loading speed of 4.20 seconds (it was a big post), whereas the AMP gets 1.95 seconds. Almost half the loading speed in this case. The difference is very essential here, considering the increase in mobile usage these days.

Without And Without AMP Speed Check

You can see how the default mobile version of our blog post looks (vs) the AMP version of our blog post looks. They put the content in their optimized framework. Google will soon announce ad support for AMPs. This is not the final look of the AMPs, but you will get the opportunity to customize it according to your blog’s original design layout soon I guess.

Enable Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) On WordPress Site

Popular brands like Google, Twitter and WordPress openly support the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project. The WordPress plugin is still under development, so we can expect more advanced features this year. It’s worth to enable Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on your website or blog, moreover, it’s free and handled by Google for better mobile web experience.

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Do let us know if you have any issues or feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.

Best WordPress Plugins For Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

WordPress, by default, is optimized properly for search engines. They provide various options to tweak the permalinks, friendly interface, and all the necessary options. But WordPress is a limitless platform, where we can experiment with as many things as possible. That’s where WordPress plugins enter, they add more functionality to your existing WordPress blog.

Best WordPress Plugins For Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

If you are a WordPress (.org) user, then you probably know about the plugin functionalities. In this article, we’ll share the best WordPress plugins for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

These plugins will tweak your blog and make it friendly for search engines, to make understand easily. Good content is the ultimate key for search rankings, but still, there are plenty of things we can take care of for better rankings.

Best WordPress Plugins For Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

The plugins I’m going to mention now, I have already used them and I have good experience with them. So I know the impact and results of these plugins. Trust me or not, even the slightest optimization you do for your blog, may result in a great difference change. So let’s begin with our list:

1. WordPress SEO Plugin (Yoast)

WordPress SEO Plugin (Yoast)

This is so far the best (and widely used) SEO plugin out there. It consists of all the elements to optimize your blog for friendly search results. They also have a pretty neat SEO checklist and you can follow that for proper on-page SEO.

Why This Is Important? This plugin gives us a checklist below each post editor, which reminds us to fix some elements to have a properly optimized blog post.


2. Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker plugin analyzes your entire blog for broken links, let it be – comments, posts, or even your image URLs, they have a neat dashboard which shows all the links. You can easily edit/remove those links.

Why This Is Important? Broken links are bad for SEO. Also it’s hard to manually check each and every blog post for broken links. This plugin comes handy.


3. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer

This plugin automatically optimizes your images as you upload them to your blog + you can also optimize the existing images on your blog server.

Why This Is Important? By reducing the image file sizes, you can improve the blog load speed and also saves server bandwidth.


4. WP Rich Snippets

WP Rich Snippets

This is one of the best plugins to add Schema Structured Markup to your blog posts. This gives an enhanced search experience for your blog with ratings and stuff.

Why This Is Important? Schemas give a professional and detailed look for your reviews. It revamps the SERP of your blog posts, by telling Google what kind of post it is, whether it’s a product review, a movie review, or even a food recipe.


5. Redirection

Redirection

Have you recently changed your WordPress blog post permalinks? Then you might have faced plenty of redirection issues. You can make some changes in .htaccess file, but for easy redirections, you can try this plugin.

Why This Is Important? This plugin helps to prevent broken links on your blog. You can redirect all the deleted blog posts or your desired blog posts to somewhere else.


6. Format Media Titles

Format Media Titles

This plugin is useful for lazy people or people who are careless I would say. This plugin automatically grabs the file name of the image and uses that for the tags like title, alt, description and caption. I find it pretty useful.

Why This Is Important? Tags like Title and Alt are good for Image SEO.


That’s all you need for optimizing your WordPress blog. I guess we have mentioned all the possible best WordPress plugins for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and also these are the ones we are using on our Slashsquare blog network + our client blogs.

If you know any other wonderful WordPress plugin for SEO and if we missed that here, do kindly share them below, we’ll be happy to add that here after analyzing.

The Best WordPress Permalink Structure: Which One?

Few days back we discussed WordPress permalink on our HBB FB Group and I was really amazed by some answers, I just thought of sharing my views here as a blog post to the most debated question – “Which is the best WordPress permalink structure?“. Do I know the answer? Well, let’s find out.

Note: Before going further I would like to tell, if you are already running a quality/authority blog with good content, then it’s okay to proceed with the current permalink itself, changing your WordPress permalink will be very hectic, lots of redirections and stuff, so take action accordingly.

Best WordPress Permalink Structure

WordPress Permalinks Settings

To see these options, you can migrate to ‘Settings’ > ‘Permalinks’.

1. Plain: /?p=123

Here ‘123’ is the post ID. This is the default WordPress permalink. This is the one your blog gets when you first install WordPress on it. And do you know what WordPress calls this permalink as? ‘Ugly’.

When Should I Use It? NEVER.


2. Day and Name: /2016/01/28/sample-post/

Okay so, this permalink is a bit detailed showing the year, month and day. If you are running a ‘newspaper’ sort of blog, then this is something that manages to tell when this particular news was ‘published’. The ‘sample-post’ slug is something like the keywords relating to your article/post, or the post name.

When Should I Use It? I wouldn’t really recommend this as well mate, unless you are too keen.

Demo link? I would say ‘Mashable’.

http://mashable.com/2016/01/28/fb-live-video/


3. Month and Name: /2016/01/sample-post/

Now here, we ditched the ‘day’ tag and going with ‘month and ‘name’. This also looks pretty organized I would say, this is the default permalink for Google‘s Blogger.com (.blogspot) platform as well. I have seen plenty of blogs going for this format, especially tech blogs and other ‘news’ blogs.

When Should I Use It? Feel free to go ahead with this if you are planning to launch a tech blog or any ‘news’ type of blog. I somehow feel this looks professional as well.

Demo link? I would say ‘YourStory’.

http://yourstory.com/2016/01/startups-digital-marketing/


4. Numeric: /archvies/123

I have rarely (or never?) seen any blogs having this kind of permalink setting for their blog posts. ‘Post ID’ is okay but for both SEO and Non-SEO purpose, it’s always good to keep the ‘post-name’ in the post permalink. It’s the easiest way to convey people and Google that this article is about this particular ‘topic’.

When Should I Use It? NEVER.


5. Post Name: /sample-post/

So finally, we are here with the most debated WordPress permalink structure. The only reason I would skip this is because I always feel there should be a fundamental difference between a ‘post permalink’ and a ‘page permalink’, but alas. Apart from that, I also believe that this is an SEO-Friendly permalink structure.

When Should I Use It? When you are running a ‘Tips & Tricks’ blog. Or maybe something like, an evergreen content blog. But for a ‘News’ blog? I’m not sure.

Demo link? I would say ‘Backlinko’.

http://backlinko.com/search-engine-ranking


6. Custom Struture

Here we can experiment with all the permalink structure tags; you can keep ‘post name’, ‘category’, ‘tag’, ‘year’, ‘month’, etc. I have seen most of the popular blogs using the ‘category’ tag in between the domain name and post name. It’s also good when you want to keep your permalink organized and at the same time, you shouldn’t be changing your categories often, which will surely mess up the whole structure.

Demo link? I would say ‘Business.com’.

http://www.business.com/seo-marketing/how-to-master-local-seo-in-2016/


Permalinks Used By Other Popular Blogs

Best WordPress Permalink Structure

You can be as creative and as comfortable as you like when it comes to permalinks, I’m sure Google focuses majorly on the content to rank the blogs and not the ‘permalink structure’, so feel free to pick the right one. These are some of the interesting permalinks picked by other popular blogs.

ShoutMeLoud: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/generate-wordpress-sitemap-jetpack.html

Gizmo Times: http://www.gizmotimes.com/news/google-amp-project-speed-up-mobile-web/4258

The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5598892/wordpress-owner-automattic-buys-longreads

As you can see, all these blogs are popular regardless how different their permalinks are, so focus on the content and forget the rest.


Okay, So Which Permalink HBB Is Using?

Thank God* someone asked this question. I’m a complicated blogger, and I have like changed the permalinks 5 or 6 links during our Blogging Journey. And I regret that. As they say, Mind is a Monkey, I just got uncomfortable with each and every Permalink I picked, but at the end, I realised there is no secret ingredient for this.

This is our permalink structure:

https://hellboundbloggers.com/2016/01/increase-website-traffic-with-whatsapp-simple-tips-63367/

HBB is a community for Social Media, SEO, Blogging, Internet Marketing, Startups and much more. At first, I wanted to have HBB as a ‘News’ kind of blog and I opted for the ‘Post ID’ tag (which was pretty important for Google News), but later Google didn’t bother much about this. Still, we are happy with the way the permalinks look, the more we focus on quality content, the more we can reach the masses, that’s it.


Permalinks For Categories & Tags?!

WordPress Category And Tag Settings

See, by default the WordPress category URL will be like /category/ and the WordPress tag URL will be like /tag/, but we can tweak that part and make it according to what you like. If you are running a Food recipes blog, then you can replace the category or the tag with the keyword ‘recipes’, which kind of makes more sense. This is our Category and Tag permalink:

For Category: https://hellboundbloggers.com/topics/wordpress/

For Tag: https://hellboundbloggers.com/info/internet-marketing/


Last But Not Least, Keeping ‘Year’ in Permalink?!

This is another debated question concerning WordPress permalinks, to keep the ‘Year’ or not. If you see, on HBB we published quality and detailed articles on 2009, 2010, etc., like few years back itself, and we try our best to keep them updated with latest tips/tricks. But the permalink will still have ‘2009’ on it, so some people (very less) think that, oh, it’s like an article published on 2009, so the tips are outdated, let’s move on to other posts. This is something which bothers Bloggers these days, but to be honest, this is no longer a big issue.

For Google SERP results, we can keep it by adding ‘Last Updated’ feature on our blog posts, so that it shows the time when the blog post was ‘last updated’ and not ‘first published’, which actually makes a huge difference.

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Hope you understand what’s behind the best WordPress permalink structure game. So, which permalink structure you are using for your WordPress blog? Do share the format on the comments below, it should be interesting to see how people decide for their blogs.

Edwiser Bridge Review: WordPress And Moodle LMS

Before going ahead with Edwiser Bridge Review, if you are not familiar with Moodle, it is a free Open Source Course Management System (CMS) or Learning Management System (LMS). It is designed to help educators create effective online courses. If you are running a WordPress blog and if you want to integrate Moodle LMS, then you can say “Hi” to Edwiser Bridge. Now you can synchronize Moodle Courses and Users with WordPress easily.

Both WordPress and Moodle are Content Management Systems (CMS) and they are Open Source as well. People I know prefer WordPress platform instead of Moodle sites because of better Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Moreover if you are already using a WordPress blog then you will be pretty much familiar with the interface and how it works.

Edwiser Bridge Review

Edwiser Bridge Review: WordPress And Moodle LMS

Go ahead and install Edwiser Bridge – WordPress Moodle LMS Integration plugin. With this plugin you can import and sell Moodle courses. If you have any issues with the installation/configuration process you can refer their documentation.

Edwiser Bridge Extensions

One of the main reasons why Edwiser Bridge is popular is because of their awesome extensions. You also get automatic registration of WordPress users on the Moodle website. Just like we can expand WordPress’s potential with the help of their plugins, we can do the same for Edwiser + Moodle Integration. You can pick the ones you need and integrate them on your blog for a small fee.

WooCommerce Integration: You might be aware of WooCommerce, which is one of the best eCommerce plugins I have ever used for WordPress. Just in case you are using this on your WordPress blog, then here is a great extension to integrate them with Moodle. Through this integration, you can directly/easily sell Moodle LMS courses via WooCommerce itself. I personally love their shortcodes and templates integration feature.

Edwiser Bridge WooCommerce Integration

Single sign on: This extension is also recommended since it’ll be completely beneficial to your users. Thanks to Single sign on, your users/members can use a single username and password for accessing both WordPress and Moodle simultaneously. This makes the login/logout process easy.

Selective synchronization: With this you can selectively synchronize the Moodle courses you need for your WordPress blog. Keep the ones you like and avoid the ones you don’t like. It makes the selection process much easier.

Bulk Purchase (Upcoming): With this handy extension you can buy more than one Moodle course at once, you can grab them in a single purchase itself. You can also have this course enrolled to others by adding their details in the checkout. You can get notified when this extension launches.

Edwiser Bridge Bulk Purchase

Edwiser = WordPress + Moodle

This is so far the best plugin out there to do this integration successfully and quickly. Edwiser Bridge acts as a ‘bridge’ between WordPress and Moodle. Apart from importing the courses, you also have the option to sell them and get paid via PayPal. Thanks to WooCommerce Integration, you can get access to multiple payment gateways as well.

Nevertheless, this is a free plugin and the best one out there, so go ahead and give it a try. Do let us know your views in the comments below or if you have any issues with the integration feel free to share your queries.

WordPress Ping List (2017) Services [UPDATED]

If you want to know about WordPress Ping List, then you should be aware of “Update Services”, which are tools that let others know that you have updated your blog. WordPress usually sends an XML-RPC ping whenever you publish (or update) a post. (XML-RPC is a remote procedure call protocol which uses XML to encode its calls and HTTP as a transport mechanism. – via Wikipedia)

WordPress Ping List

WordPress by default uses Ping-O-Matic’s server (rpc.pingomatic.com), which is a popular ‘ping’ service. But apart from this, we also have some other popular and useful ping services, we’ll be adding them to our WordPress ping list.

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Ultimate WordPress Ping List

If you have a popular authority blog, then the chances are high that your blog will be properly indexed asap you publish new content. But when you have a new or average blog then you might face issues with blog post-indexing, this is where this ping list comes handy. This will help the search engine bots to crawl your posts and index them quickly.

Go to “Settings” > “Writing” > “Update Services”

You can now copy the content below (the list of URLs) and paste it there. Then go to the bottom and click on “Save Changes” button. That’s it; you have successfully updated your WordPress ping list.

Note: Edit the first two links with your site URL and name.

http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/pingSubmit?bloglink=http%3A%2F%2Fyourwebsite.com/
http://rpc.weblogs.com/pingSiteForm?name=YourWebsite&url=http%3A%2F%2Fyourwebsite.com
http://bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
http://blog.with2.net/ping.php
http://blogping.unidatum.com/RPC2
http://blogpingr.de/ping/rpc2
https://ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ca/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ch/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.cl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.cr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.hu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.id/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.il/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.in/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.it/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.jp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.ma/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.nz/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.th/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.ve/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.za/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.ar/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.au/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.br/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.co/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.do/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.mx/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.my/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.pe/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.sa/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.sg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.tr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.tw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.ua/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.uy/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.vn/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.de/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.es/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.fi/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.fr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.gr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.hr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ie/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.in/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.it/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.jp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ki/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.kz/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.la/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.li/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.lk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.lt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.lu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.md/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.mn/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ms/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.mu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.mv/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.mw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.nl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.no/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.nr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.nu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pn/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ro/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ru/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.rw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sc/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.se/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sh/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.si/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sm/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sn/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.st/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tm/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.to/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.vg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.vu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ws/ping/RPC2
http://news2paper.com/ping
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc
http://ping.fc2.com
http://ping.rss.drecom.jp
http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.twingly.com
http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping

So whenever you publish a new content, WordPress will automatically notify these site update services (Ping services). The ones mentioned in the WordPress Codex are kind of outdated, so I modified the list a bit and published it here.

Earlier people used to ping their blog posts and article manually using such services, but now thanks to WordPress, this is simplified.

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We’ll be updating this list whenever we get any new ping services. If you know any popular ping services for WordPress and other networks, do let us know in the comments below, we’ll update this list.

What Are The WordPress Hosting Minimum Requirements?

The majority of the blogs out there use WordPress for their content management. It is indeed one of the best Content Management Systems (CMS) for Blogging out there. We started our blogging journey on Blogger.com then slowly migrated to WordPress.org, it’s a good upgrade, I’m sure everyone will agree with me as well. Grabbing this golden opportunity, popular web hosting companies started to optimize their servers exclusively for WordPress hosting, you can take companies like WP Engine (20% off) and Bluehost ($5.95/month*), they are exclusively optimized for this.

WordPress Hosting Minimum Requirements

As of now, almost all the leading web hosts support WordPress, and they try their best to optimize their servers properly for better results. There are some minimum requirements to run WordPress and we’ll share them below.

WordPress Hosting Minimum Requirements

Most Web Hosting providers and personal installations on Linux/Unix systems are compatible to host WordPress.

  • PHP: Version 5.6 or greater
  • MySQL: Version 5.6 or greater
  • Apache: mod_rewrite module (for clean URIs a.k.a. Permalinks) (Required for Multisite)

Also, make sure your web host allows remote connections and doesn’t block any outgoing HTTP connections. The older versions of PHP and MySQL might work for your WordPress blog, but it is a big security threat, and your blog will become vulnerable to hackers.

Other WordPress Server *Recommendations*

WordPress recommend web servers like Apache or NGINX. Both of them have their advantages and yes, they are powerful and robust. They also recommend suPHP for better WordPress security.

Additional Tip: Do ask your web hosting (chat/support) whether they can configure Varnish (Cache) on your server. This helps you to stores copies of pages for users, usually to optimize your server for better load speed.

If you have any queries about whether a particular web host is optimized for WordPress or not, then kindly comment and let us know your issues, we’ll help you out for sure.

suPHP – Recommended By WordPress For Better Security

I’m taking a wild guess here, if you are a Blogger and if you are reading this, then probably you are indeed using a WordPress blog, or maybe you want to use a WordPress(.org) blog. Right? It’s okay. The point is, it’s easy to install a WordPress CMS, but when you want to secure your WordPress blog, things get a little bit tricky. We’ll talk about suPHP and why we need them.

What Is suPHP?

suPHP - Recommended By WordPress For Better Security

suPHP (Secuure PHP) is a tool used for executing PHP scripts and it is controlled by the owners. It has an Apache module (mod_suphp) and a setuid root binary (suphp). With suPHP, the file permission handling will be more secure than it is normal.

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Why Do We Need suPHP?

First, if you are a WordPress user and if they recommend suPHP, then that’s a reason. Second, your hosting will use your account’s username instead of their server’s default shared username, which is more secure. This allows PHP processes to run under the owner of the file. By default PHP runs on the web server as user “nobody”, and you can override this.

Hosting is more secure when PHP applications, like WordPress, are run using your account’s username instead of the server’s default shared username. The most common way nowadays for hosting companies to do this is using suPHP. Just ask your potential host if they run suPHP or something similar. (via WordPress Requirements)

Apart from security stuff, this makes PHP applications like popular CMSs more user-friendly. This is all about file permissions and right ownership. It’ll prevent vulnerabilities and make your WordPress blog more secure. Most of the web hosting companies avoid suPHP for shared hosting since it’ll be an issue for other websites hosted on the same server. If you are a hardcore programmer or coder, you can manually do the suPHP thing on your server, if not, you can always ask your web hosting support to install suPHP on your server (if it is not already present) for you, I’m sure they’ll be happy to keep their servers (and your blogs) more secure.

You can either get a server which will support this or you can get an account on web hosting platforms like Inmotion Hosting where it’s already been configured.

If you are still confused about this, do let us know your queries in the comments below and we’ll be happy to help you out regarding this.

How To Install WordPress With cPanel (Web Hosting)

If you are going to start a WordPress(.org) blog or if you are migrating from Blogger to WordPress or even Tumblr to WordPress, then you might be having some difficulties in understanding WordPress and installing WordPress, but hey, we are here to help. In this article, I’ll share the basic steps to install WordPress with cPanel, with the assistance of Softaculous. So let’s get started.

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Get ready, we are now going to install WordPress with cPanel manually. Just a bunch of small and sensitive steps.

Install WordPress With cPanel

Step 1: Log into your web hosting account. Usually, it’ll be Account Management Panel (AMP) or Web Host Manager (WHM). We are going to use the former now. Go to your account, and click on the ‘cPanel’ icon.

cPanel Web Hosting

Step 2: After that, head over to “Software & Services” section. Now, click on the ‘Softaculous’ icon. We can also install WordPress without Fantastico with the help of this. Softaculous is a library script program that provides installation of open source and commercial web applications.

Softaculous cPanel

Step 3: You’ll be now taken to a page where you can find plenty of applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, etc. Go to the ‘WordPress’ icon and click on the ‘Install’ button.

Install WordPress With cPanel

Step 4: We are almost there. Now we are going to install WordPress on cPanel, and we should be very careful in this step.

  • Keep the protocol as ‘http://’ unless your website uses a ‘https://’ (SSL) certificate.
  • Select the desired website from the dropdown for the installation.
  • I want to install the WordPress software on ‘pradeepkumars.com’ and not ‘pradeepkumars.com/blog’, so I’ll keep this directory empty.
  • Install WordPress With cPanel Details

  • For security reasons, it’s advisable to avoid the term ‘wp’ for both your database and table prefixes. By default, cPanel will show something like ‘wp234’ for the database, but I suggest you to modify it as something like ‘bv734’ and for the table, by default it shows ‘wp_’, again change it into something like ‘bv_’. Please don’t copy the same, pick something unique which you can remember easily as well.
  • Enter your blog’s name and description. We can avoid the ‘Multisite’ option since we’ll be running a single blog alone.
  • For your admin username and password, I suggest that you should pick something that you haven’t used anywhere. For the username, don’t ever write your name, pick something that is entirely irrelevant. I’m stressing this point because it’s an essential step for securing your WordPress blog. For the password, make sure you get 100/100 score, not necessary but worth it. For both the username and password, pick something strong but at the same time that you can remember. (After creating the WordPress blog, keep this user account for administration purpose alone and create another user for publishing blog posts.)
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  • Enter your email address and do check it twice or thrice. You’ll be getting all these blog information, so don’t ever mistype anything.
  • Pick your desired language. We picked ‘English’ here.
  • Login Limit Attempts is a good WordPress plugin for securing your blog, it’ll limit the login attempts for your WordPress blog, so that when people try to hack your blog, it’ll block them and temporarily/permanently suspend their IP to access. It’s up to you to install this or not.
  • Install WordPress With cPanel Admin Account

  • You also have some advanced ‘extra’ options, do check/uncheck according to your preference.
  • At the end, mention the email address to receive all the installation details. That’s it, click on the ‘Install’ button.

Install WordPress With cPanel Advanced Options

It’ll just take less than 5 minutes mostly, so just chill and wait for the installation to complete.

Installing WordPress With cPanel

And tada, we have finally installed WordPress with cPanel (Softaculous) and below you can see the final details:

Installed WordPress With cPanel

I guess it’s not that difficult, you just have to be patient and careful while doing this, that’s it. If you face any issues during the installation or if you are confused with any section, do let us know in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to help you.

Which WordPress Plugins Are Slowing Down Your Blog?

If you are using a WordPress (self-hosted) blog then you’ll probably have at least 10 different plugins installed. We use them for several purposes, let it be for improving the outer appearance or inner performance. WordPress is an Open Source project and we have thousands of developers all over the world building awesome plugins everyday.

But before using them you should first ask this question to yourself, “Do I really need them?”. Because having lot of plugins installed will surely affect your blog’s loading time. You can’t blame WordPress for this, because there are tonnes of plugins which are poorly configured.

To find out which WordPress plugins are slowing down your blog, you can use P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin. Hahah, don’t worry, you can just install this to check and you can deactivate after using it. 😛 At first when I came across this plugin, I was not very curious to try it. But when I heard it was from “GoDaddy”, I decided to give it a try.

Which WordPress Plugins Are Slowing Down Your Blog?

First we need to scan the website using P3 Plugin, it’ll check the site’s traffic and at the same time the load time of the plugins installed. After completing the scan you can check the runtime of each and every plugin in your WordPress blog. P3 plugin also gives you the number of database queries. You can save this scan profile and you can also email the reports.

Which WordPress Plugins Are Slowing Down Your Blog?

This plugin provides you a detailed timeline about every plugin installed, your current theme, and the core for every page during the profile. You can easily find out the reason behind the pages which are loading slow.

We used this plugin and it helped us to uninstall some of the not-so-useful WordPress plugins from our blog. Hope you’ll find this plugin useful as well. If you have any queries about this, feel free to comment below.