Category: Blog and Tutorials

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org – Free Blogging Services

Creating an online presence has become so much easier and affordable, especially with the various free blogging services available. There are a many free blogging services such as WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Blog.com, TypePad.com, Tumblr.com, and Weebly.com. Of these free blogging services, most people use the first two, as they are not only free but offer a great deal of customizable options.

WordPress is the most innovative and powerful blogging platform that is available for free. There are two versions of WordPress. Continue reading

Manual WordPress Installation Steps

With automated platforms, it has become quite seamless to install WordPress. By using an auto-installer like Softaculous, you will be able to install WordPress within a few minutes with little to no technical knowledge. However, when you don’t have an auto-installer to help with the installation of WordPress, you are left to install it manually. The following manual WordPress installation steps will take some effort on your part, but if you go through each step in the end you will have successfully installed WordPress on your website. Before you begin please note that your web hosting needs to have PHP version 5.2.4 or higher and MySQL version 5.0 or higher in order to run WordPress.

This manual WordPress installation tutorial consists of the following four steps,

  1. Download the Latest Version of WordPress and Unzip the Installation Files
  2. Upload the WordPress Installation Files to Your Web Hosting Account
  3. Create a MYSQL Database, MYSQL Username, Password and Set the Right Permissions
  4. Run the Installation File and Input the Required Information to Setup WordPress Continue reading

How to Move Your WordPress.com Blog Over to a Self Hosted WordPress Installation

Do you have a personal blog or website that is currently running on and hosted by WordPress.com? There are definitely some benefits in choosing WordPress.com for your blog, as it could be a cost-effective way to start your own blog without your own hosting service or domain. However, a self-hosted WordPress blog can be a much more useful and innovative solution for those looking to get more out of their WordPress site.
Move to Self-Hosted WordPressWith self-hosted WordPress, you’ll have more options to customize your blog through various new functionalities. In order to move your WordPress.com site to a self-hosted WordPress site, you will need two things; your own domain name and a web hosting service. Continue reading

Who Uses WordPress and its Endless Capabilities

plugins-sidebar-add-newYour WordPress site can be as simple or as complex as you want. If there is a feature or capability you want to add to your website there are thousands of plugins or add-ons available for free that you can easily install within the admin area of your WordPress site. Simply click on the “Plugins” section on the left hand side of your admin area and you will be able to search for the plugin you are looking to add to your website. You can also discover popular plugins that other WordPress webmasters find useful in this area that you might want to add to your site. A common type of plugin that WordPress users install is a contact form. Here is a brief walk through of how you might search for a contact form, install it, and activate it in order to use it on your site.

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Search results for the term “contact form”. Click on “Install Now” to install the plugin you would like to use.

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After the plugin is successfully installed click on “Activate Plugin”

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The plugin is now activated and you can now proceed to use it on your website.

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1 out of 5 websites on the web today are powered by WordPress, including many popular websites such as CNN and TechCrunch. Here is a great chart created by http://www.statista.com/ that shows a window into how much WordPress has grown in popularity over the past ten years with all types of webmasters around the world.

WordPress Powered Websites

Don’t Want Your Face Within Google Ads? Opt-Out of Google’s Shared Endorsements

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“Yum! I like doggie bones. I highly recommend the cartoon variety. ” – Joke Ad

Your beautiful face could soon be promoting products and services that you have recommended or reviewed through Google advertisements thanks to the launch of “Shared Endorsements“.

If you would prefer your head not showing up in ads across the web you should take the time to opt-out of Google’s Shared Endorsements. Here are the steps. Continue reading