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Upgrade From WordPress.com To Self Hosted WordPress.org

Many first time bloggers start out on Wordpress.com, only to discover they are limited in options, plugins, advertising and flexibility. When that happens, it's time to step up your game and go with a mature blogging platform. I highly recommend Wordpress.org - the self-hosted option of the popular blogging software.

With the self hosted option, you no longer have anyone telling you what you can and can't include for advertising, plugins, or content. Need a customized change? You can.

18 WordPress Plugins I Can Not Live Without

I have been promising a list of my personal *must have* plugins that I install on any new blog. Today, that promise is kept.

These are the plugins I install on every blog I create, regardless of niche or specialty. There are a few that I add to certain types of blogs that will won’t be discussed, but you can get more information on these in my book, the Ultimate Guide To Wordpress Plugins.

They are listed alphabetically, not in the order of installation.

Your Blog Is At War, Help Defend It

Yep, you heard me right. Spammers, hackers, trogans and viruses… it’s a jungle out there. And your blog is a sitting duck.

I have a series of suggestions I will be making over the upcoming days to help you defend this valuable asset in your online marketing arsenal, so stayed tuned. And if you haven’t grabbed the RSS feed yet, this might be a good time…

Customize Tag Cloud Appearance To Help Visitors Find Your Content

I know you thought you’d never hear me say this, but a plugin isn’t always the best way to handle a small change in your Wordpress Theme. Especially since each plugin adds it’s own load time to the overall page load time. Fast = visitors stay longer.

Come on, we are a generation of short-attention spanned humans, struggling to assimilate the thousands of bits of information that flow like a river into our awareness. The longer a page takes to load, the less inclined we are to look at other content on a site. One slow page, especially the main page, and most folks will pack up their little red wagon and move on.

A Custom 404 Page : An Opportunity To Impress* Your Visitors

(* By impress, I mean engage, wow and help your visitors) When something goes wrong on your site, your visitors will land on a 404 page, or to their way of thinking, the Twilight Zone. Most standard Wordpress blogs come handily equipped with a 404 Page. The problem is it is absolutely worthless for helping your visitor get back on track. There could be a variety of reasons they landed there:

3 Ways To A Faster Page Load

Its true. Fancy blogs look good, but they take time to load on your visitors browser, and that can cost you. If it takes too long to load, that little voice in their head says “All the pages will take this long, do I really want to click the next link?

At that point, you have lost them…many for good.

Although I have no hard numbers to back up this statement, I figure you have about 8 seconds. If they aren’t seeing real content delivered in 8 seconds, they are

Upgrading to WordPress 2.7

For those of you have followed my directions on a few of the plugins like Ohz Admin Panel or some of the commenting plugins, this upgrade will require a bit of extra work for you.

The new Wordpress contains some of these same features built right in. If you have also installed

WordPress Tweaks

As I get more proficient with blogging, I am finding more and more really cool plugins and tools to help. One such plugin that I found recently was sooooo way cool, I just had to share it in it's own post. (Come on, you knew I was a Wordpress Plugin Junkie, right?) WordPress Tweaks is a plugin that adds a "Tweaks" page to your WordPress options. Each individual tweak can be enabled/disabled at will using a checkbox.