The mutual value of the conversation

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The stats helper monkeys have been busy, said WordPress in an overnight email telling me about “Your 2013 in blogging,” a concise analysis of this blog during the year as noted by the stats module in Jetpack, the uber-plugin utility for self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s a concise portrayal of a range of metrics that are […]

Connecting content and the social conversations

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A topic Shel and I discuss in this week’s FIR podcast episode 715 is commenting on blogs. More specifically, about the conversation that can happen in response to a post someone writes and publishes on a blog, and where the conversation actually takes place. Increasingly, it’s not on the blog itself – it’s on Twitter, […]

Bloggade 2013: the nuts and bolts of blogging and WordPress

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Have you ever wondered what goes on at a data centre, perhaps one that hosts your website or blog? If that’s a question you’ve asked before, then here’s your chance to get the answer. A tour of a state-of-the-art UK data centre in Newark is a central part of an event taking place on August […]

WordPress 3.6 – blogging gets even easier

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A new version of the WordPress blogging platform and content management system was released on August 1 that not only fixes some bugs and improves security, but also brings a raft of new and enhanced features and functionality. WordPress version 3.6 includes a new default theme, Twenty Thirteen, with a contemporary look and feel that […]

WordPress ten years on

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Ten years ago, on May 27, 2003, WordPress was released. It wasn’t the first software that enabled anyone to write their thoughts down and publish them online for the world to see. But its free and open source credentials along with its extensible plug-in architecture made it an easy choice for anyone to start blogging […]

Refreshing design

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A Bank Holiday weekend is a good quiet time for a web project and to roll out a new look to NevilleHobson.com. The look and feel of a website – whether it’s a blog like this one or a corporate site like any you can think of – is a key element in the overall […]

How to secure your WordPress site against hacker attacks

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One of the easiest content management systems to set up and use is WordPress, the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world, powering more than 60 million websites worldwide. That fact may be a key reason why WordPress is in the news right now as the subject of a large-scale attack from a huge number […]

A fix for Windows Live Writer to ‘see’ a WordPress theme

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I’ve used the Windows Live Writer content creation and publishing tool for blog posts and pages from Microsoft since it first appeared in beta form in the mid-00s. In my experience, it is the best offline blog editor for Windows bar none. It’s not perfect, mind you, with probably the biggest frustration being that of […]

Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack

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If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted WordPress.com service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social […]