Category Archives : Wordpress Customization


6 Tweaks to Boost Your Business Site

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From the team at Ecwid.com ….. WordPress now powers more than 70 millions sites. With the number of plugins growing daily, there are always more ways that you can leverage the capability of WordPress to your advantage. Realizing the full potential of the content management system (CMS) and sorting through the myriad of plugins could take years, but fortunately there are some key features that you can take advantage of to boost your website’s exposure, Read More…

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How to Make Your WordPress Blog Private

By JESSICA ROCKWELL ….. Much like keeping a traditional journal, WordPress blogging started out as a simple and free way to jot down your ideas and keep track of your thoughts. And aren’t personal journals and diaries supposed to be private? If you want to restrict access to your WordPress site so only you or a few of your friends can read your posts, follow the simple steps of this tutorial and learn how to make your blog private. Do you want Read More…

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Protect the WordPress login page from Brute Force attacks

Beginning in 2013 there were widespread attacks on WordPress login pages everywhere. The first step is to block all IP addresses except for whitelisted IPs for reaching the wp-login.php page. This has already been done for all OLI WordPress hosting clients, but if your host hasn’t done this yet, here’s how you can protect your login page using htaccess. But the problem with whitelisting IPs is that your IP number can change… So here’s an additional Read More…

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Use .htaccess to block access to wp-login.php

This is useful in helping stop brute force attacks against WordPress login pages. The .htaccess code below makes it so nobody can access wp-login.php except from your IP: <Files wp-login.php> Order Deny,Allow Deny from All Allow from x.x.x.x </Files> Place it in the .htaccess file of your WordPress install directory and change x.x.x.x to your IP number. You can find out your IP number here. OLI shared hosting clients do not need Read More…

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What is WordPress? A Summary for the Uninitiated

By PIERS EDE ….. For many people, WordPress means merely a free blog platform, a simple way to put some thoughts on the web with a minimum of hassle. But this is far from the whole picture. Wordpress is a CMS, a website builder and the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, now used by Fortune 500 companies, Mashable and Tech Crunch. The simple version Wordpress is web software you can use to create your own website or Read More…

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How to activate Gravatar in WordPress

The most widely used avatar system in WordPress is Gravatar. It gives you a custom image next to your posts and comments. To set this up, first in your dashboard go to Settings >> Discussion and there you can select to use Gravatar for your avatars. Then get a free account at http://www.gravatar.com and be sure to use the same email you have in your blog. Then upload your image to Gravatar. Then your Gravatar picture will show next to posts Read More…

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How to add a link in WordPress

We found a nice WordPress plug-in that makes it easy to add a link to a remote website. Basically it can turn any Post or Page into a direct link to another website URL (web page address). The plug-in is called “Page Links To” and it allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Best way to install plug-ins is from within your dashboard as described here, or here is the direct link to the plug-in. As the developer Read More…

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How to Install Plugins in WordPress

It’s easy to install plug-ins which gives your WordPress additional features and functionality. Go on your dashboard and over on the left you’ll see plug-ins. Then click the “add new” tab near the top, then just type a search term like “stats” or “polling system” or whatever you’re looking for in the search box, and it will show you all the different plug-ins. You can install and activate them to test out which one you like best. OLI Customers Read More…

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How to display related posts on your WordPress blog

A great way to add more functionality to your blog and enhance the user experience (which can lead to increased page views per visitor) is to add a plug-in that displays related posts beneath each regular blog post. When we search for plug-ins, there were many available but the one we chose was “ELI’s Related Posts Footer Links and Widget.” It was simple to setup, and gave us the choice to add the related posts as a widget or just have them automatically Read More…

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Our favorite anti-spam tool for WordPress

If you’re wondering how to stop those annoying spam comments that spam-bots will leave on blog posts, we have found a plug-in that does just that. And the best part is that it doesn’t require your website visitors to enter a captcha code (ie a bunch of numbers and letters) when they are posting a comment, thus the name of the plug-in: “Invisible Captcha.” The best way to install this plug-in is to login to your WordPress dashboard, then go to the Read More…

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