WordPress wins CMS award over Joomla and Drupal!

I was just informed that WordPress, in head-to-head voting against Joomla and Drupal, has won this year’s Open Source CMS Hall of Fame award.

We have to be careful because if this trend continues people might think WordPress is a real CMS, useful for more than just a blog. This would ruin our stealth campaign and might bring dozens of new users to the WordPress community. If you could keep this on the DL we’d appreciate it.

We don’t want WordPress to develop a reputation.

via WordPress › WordPress Wins CMS Award.

WORDPRESS: Top 10 Essential WordPress Plug-ins

The iPhone has an app for everything. So does WordPress. Check out these top ten plugins to make your WordPress website work harder for you. Best of all – they’re free!

  1. Google Analytics (Plugin: Google Analyticator)
    This free tool measures the success of your marketing efforts by providing detailed information and statistics on visitors to your site, traffic patterns, etc.
  2. Email Forms (Plugin: cformsII or Contact Form 7)
    Email forms have two major advantages. First, they hide your email address, making it harder for spammers to harvest it. Second, they prompt visitors for the information you need, like their contact details and how they heard about you.
  3. Comment/Submission Spam Protection (Plugin: Akismet)
    Spammers exploit email forms and blog comments. This tool blocks the majority of spammers, saving you review time.
  4. Search Engine Optimization (Plugin: All in One SEO Pack)
    The goal of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is to boost your website higher in search engine results so visitors find you before they find your competitor.
  5. Subscription Tool (Plugin: G-Lock Double Opt-in Manager)
    Asking visitors to provide their email address (with a double opt-in check to confirm their interest) lets you to contact them directly, rather than hoping they come back to you. For happy subscribers, indicate the frequency of your mailings, include value and avoid oversaturating them.
  6. Social Media Presence (Plugin: Social Profilr)
    Social media icons on your site tell your visitors that you keep up with the times, and that your company is evolving. Include icons for social media platforms that welcome visitor participation.
  7. Sharing Buttons (Plugin: AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget)
    Adding sharing buttons on your site encourages your visitors to let their friends know about you, using their favourite social networking tools. It’s the power of word-of-mouth, spread virtually.
  8. Intuitive Navigation (Plugin: PixoPoint Menu Plugin)
    This plugin organizes multipage websites using drop-down menus. It helps visitors navigate quickly and effectively.
  9. Regular Updates (Plugin: Future Dashboard Widget)
    Posting fresh content on a regular basis drives traffic to your site. This widget informs visitors when and how often they should return for updates.
  10. Favicons (Plugin: Favicon Generator)
    Favicons are the small images that “decorate” a URL on a web browser. These distinctive icons, often a tiny company logo, accentuate and personalize your brand on browser tabs and favourites lists.

What’s your favourite WordPress Plugin?

#WebsiteKudos to David Cohen for blogging a small business tip a day.

I especially like…

Small Business Tip#39:
No one likes processes… but they are necessary for you to do what you do.  A process is like a recipe, describing how you do what you do.     Try taking on a section of your business a month and develop the recipe for how you conduct business… make it so what you do easy to do.    When it’s easy to follow, you can hire others to do what you do and take a break once in a while. Nice eh?

David understands that it’s good to provide value in his blogs because people will follow him, and share him and his tips with others, like I’ve done just now.

Stay great David!

Basic Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

Once you’ve logged into your WordPress Dashboard (normally found at http://www.mydomain.com/wp-admin), there are two things you’ll want to do regularly – add/edit posts and pages.  The guide below tells you how to tell the difference, and how to make changes.

Most of the time, you’ll be adding posts to your blog.  These are usually things which change frequently, or things you would include in a newsletter.  Things such as news, events, tips, quotations, etc. would normally be added to your site as posts.

To add a new post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You should see a new menu appear, click ‘Add New’.
  • In the empty box at the top of the screen, enter the headline for the post.
  • In the larger box below, enter the body of your posts’ message.
  • If you’d like to add any formatting, use the icons along the top of the message box.
  • To add photos, click the small ‘Add an Image‘ icon next to the words Upload/Insert.
  • Once everything looks good (which you can check using the ‘Preview Changes’ button), click ‘Publish’, and the new post will appear at the top of your blog page.

To change an existing post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You’ll be taken to a page which lists all the posts on your site.
  • If you hold you mouse over the name of the post, you’ll see some options appear – click ‘Edit’.
  • Make the changes you wish to the copy, and then press ‘Publish’ on the right-hand side of screen.

Pages make up the ‘brochure-ware’ of your site.  These are normally facts about your business which don’t need changing very often.  Things such as About Us, Contact Us, Services, etc. are normally entered as Pages.

Pages work much the same way as Posts, but the options are listed below the ‘Posts’ heading on the left hand side.

If you’d like a more in-depth description, please go here:  http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging

Facebook and Twitter Attacks Were Political, and Personal

Twitter, Facebook, Livejournal, YouTube, and Blogger came under a sustained, simultaneous DDoS attack yesterday, with Twitter going offline completely for a while, and Facebook running slowly and reporting strange error messages to users before its security staff managed to wrestle control back

Read more about this attack at Technomix | Fast Company.

What is a feed?

A feed, also known as RSS feed, XML feed, syndicated content, or web feed, is frequently updated content published by a website. It is usually used for news and blog websites, but can also be used for distributing other types of digital content, including pictures, audio or video. Feeds can also be used to deliver audio content (usually in MP3 format) which you can listen to on your computer or MP3 player. This is referred to as podcasting.