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DreamPress Review: Is This Premium WordPress Hosting Worth It?

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Since 2002 I have been working full time as web designer and developer, with expert knowledge of HTML/HTML5, PHP, CSS, ADOBE, etc. Within the past 10 years I have also been a dedicated and loyal user of WordPress for a all of my blog design projects. So after hundreds of WordPress blog design projects I am confident in my ability to to evaluate the ins and outs of this particular CMS platform. Read More

How to make sure ‘DNS Changer’ doesn’t harm you

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Tens of thousands of Americans whose computers are infected with malware will lose Internet service Monday. Here’s a quick explanation of what led to this impending Internet blackout and how you can avoid being left in the dark.

Tens of thousands of Americans whose computers are infected with malware will lose Internet service Monday. Here’s a quick explanation of what led to this impending Internet blackout and how you can avoid being left in the dark.

Over a year ago, hackers used an online ad scam to infect more than 570,000 computers around the world with malware called DNS Changer that could make the devices carry out tasks without their owners’ knowledge. The FBI wanted to shut down the servers that the hackers were using to control the infected computers, but they realized that the victims of the hack would suddenly lose Internet service if they did so.

The feds set up a transitional system that allowed them to take down the hackers’ servers while still allowing computers affected with the malware to get online.

But they’re set to pull the plug on that system at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 9 – after that, anyone with an affected machine will be kicked off the Internet until they rid their computer of the malware.

So how can you avoid being among those who lose Internet?
First, it’s important to note that if your computer is infected with DNS Changer, your antivirus software won’t help. And if you use a Mac, don’t think you’re immune – Comcast reports that they’ve already spotted the malware on several Apple computers.

To do a quick check on the health of your computer, visit www.dns-ok.us. If you see a red background, your machine has been infected. If you see green, that’s good – though the site notes there’s still a chance your computer is infected.

To make sure that your computer is malware free, go to www.dcwg.org, the website of the DNS Changer Working Group, a collection of experts the FBI recruited to deal with this hack attack.

Click on the word “Detect” and scroll down to the section labelled “Manually Checking if your DNS server have been Changed.” Click on the option for your operating system and follow the illustrated step-by-step guide.

Your Internet service provider (ISP) might also be able to help you if you think your computer’s been hit. Scroll down to the very bottom of www.dcwg.org/detect to see a list of ISPs and the pages they’ve set up for customers who may have been harmed by DNS Changer.

Next, if your computer has been infected, follow the steps listed at www.dcwg.org/fix. The working group recommends backing up all of your important files to an external hard drive, and enlisting the help of a professional if you don’t feel comfortable using one of the “self-help” malware cleanup guides they provide.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/malware-put-internet-offline-thousands-monday-dns-changer-harm-article-1.1108522#ixzz1zqGhu6sD

What is the difference between a WordPress blog and a Static Website?

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One of the most amazing things I have learned over the past few years about running my own web design service is how little many of my clients actually know about the web design process. Knowing just some minor facts about the best options for the site you want put on the Internet can help you decide which route to chose for a platform to manage your site.

The most common question people as me when we have our pre-design consultation is ,

What is a blog and how is it different from a web site ?”  The answer is simple.

A blog is a web site. It’s actually a web site on steroids because there are so many benefits to making your site a blog site as opposed to the standard HTML site of a decade ago.

So when a person thinks of a classic static web site. They assume the site will have a home page,  about page, services, contact, and etc. No problem, easy enough right? Well, not really. The classic web site that is made in the standard web language which is called HTML. Unless you know how to code HTML yourself and upload every change to your ftp server, then this is a perfectly fine way to run an online site if you have the knowledge, but most people do not have the knowledge, and that is where the problem starts, traditional web sites are inconvenient.

If your not a coder then the second option that web designers will offer clients who want a standard html website but yet have the power to upload and make changes is called a CMS or Content Management System. These are installed software modules that can be added to your server. Your site will be created in the CMS and you will be able to edit certain areas of the site but it still does not give you full control over layout, content placement and design. The best CMS platforms can be costly and in my opinion are totally a waste of time. Anything that limits you is not worth paying for.

Now let’s say your interested in a blog but you don’t want that blog look. That’s fine. WordPress is a CMS platform that gives the user full control over content with the ability to display static (web page) and dynamic pages (blog posts, archives, categories) both on one site. In my opinion, if you can find a great blog designer you should be able to have your blog site configured exactly as you would have your static web site setup and designed. The viewing public should have no reason to assume it’s a blog until they go to your blog page link if you choose to have it show on the site.

Some great truths about blogs:

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  • They constantly expose potential customers and current customers with fresh and useful content.
  • The blog allows the user to interact with the blogger and the comments, link backs, and facebook shares that they have between each other can be a tremendous boost in traffic.
  • The software is 100% free
  • The easy implementation of seo optimization
  • Updating WordPress takes one click and are automatically sent out as they are released
  • You have full control over the content. You can login to the dashboard, edit , delete, or add any amount of content you chose. This can also be done by using plugins that allow easy access via iPad, and other mobile technology. You cannot do that with a typical html web site.
  • Social media services like Facebook, Digg and Twitter loves blogs. Social media is huge for seo and site traffic. The social media factor is all about whats fresh and new, so it’s makes sense a platform that allows you to constantly make updates that can be sent straight out from your blog site to social media just adds to the “link juice” that google loves so much.
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here is an excerpt from a report done on blogs versus websites

“The data was crystal clear: Companies that blog have far better marketing results. Specifically, the average company that blogs has:

  •     55% more visitors
  •     97% more inbound links
  •     434% more indexed pages

Back in the old days of the web design era. Any business who had a web site would then go hire a blog designer to create a separate blog for the site and interlink them. There were so many limitations back then in design and functionality. Now, just for seo benefits alone, I always try to explain to the client that getting a blog and a site all in one root folder running on one platform is the most cost effective and seo friendly way to go nowadays.

So you maybe your thinking, “I don’t need all that blog and social media stuff, I just want a website I can update on my own” Great, that is 100% possible. If you do not want the blog section of  WordPress to be displayed, then your static web pages can be the only pages showing on your site and you will still receive all the benefits of WordPress and control over your content. The best part is the blog section is already part of the site. So if later on you want to make the blog visible it’s as easy as adding the blog link to the menu and BAM, your blog is now visible to readers on your site. You control what is viewed, and that’s the beauty of  WordPress for web site design.

So in conclusion, a traditional old school html web site will most likely require you to find and pay a designer every single time you request a change, any change  because it’s static and needs a user with knowledge of code to be the most effective . A WordPress blog site (once it’s properly set up, configured and designed by a professional) gives you the identical look and feel of a web site with full control over your page content. You can create unlimted pages and blog posts in WordPress and in the end, that just makes google like you even more. The more relevant content you add the better your site placement rankings will be.

I always tell my blog design clients that writing a page or a post in WordPress is maybe 10% more complex than sending out an email. It’s simple , and any good designer always makes sure the client understands how to easily use WordPress once the site is complete.

So don’t assume that a blog designed in WordPress is not a possible option for your next web project. In my opinion, it’s the only option, and it’s what the top web developers use today.

The 5 Most Useful Plugins For WordPress

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As a web developer who specializes in WordPress blog design, I have had an on-going love hate relationship with plugins and how they can easily help/hurt enhance interactivity on your blog.

They make your sidebar come alive, and can make or break your site’s overall appearance.

 

The Pros Of WordPress Plugins:

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  • 90% of all WordPress plug-ins are totally free and easy to download and install right from within your dashboard.
  • You can find a plug-in for almost anything.
  • They save you massive amounts of time and money since your not having to hire a programmer to make them for you. Withing seconds your site can be loaded with awesome extras to encourage more user click-ability.
  • They can be easily deleted and in many cases you can find multiple versions of the same feature your trying to install, there are over 19,000 free WordPress plug-ins to chose from. Go to the official Plugin Directory to see them all.
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The Cons Of WordPress Plugins: There aren’t many cons. When you think about the work and dedication that the authors of these free plug-ins put into their work, it’s hard to find room for complaining, especially since they are totally free. The few things that does make the “hate” part of my relationship with plug-ins possible are the following:

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  • If your looking for reliable speedy support for these free plug-ins I’d say it’s a 50% chance you’d ever get a response from them. In most cases, the authors make it clear that there isn’t support for these plugins, but some are nice enough to create forums for their plug-ins and this allows others to answer questions if the actual plugin developer is not taking support questions.
  • You will run into the dreaded nightmare of finally finding the perfect plug-in that works exactly how you need it to only to find out when you install it, it’s not compatible with the newest version of WordPress.
  • Have too many plugins installed at once can cause major problems with your blogs layout and can even create dead pages and error messages. You will know the moment you activate it and refresh your live site page. Sometimes your not able to even get back into your dashboard. If that happens, it’s always best to FTP your way in and delete the plugin from there.
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My top 5 Most Useful Plugin List

Google XML Sitemaps – Every site should have this plugin. I highly recommend to use this one carefully and make sure your comfortable with all the settings you choose since these configurations are VERY important for your site search-ability. There is alot of great documentation about this plugin, so if your unfamiliar about sitemaps but know you need one, this one is great.

Contact Form 7
If your in need of a simple, easy to use contact form, them you cannot go wrong with Contact Form 7. This plugin is so easy it would be hard to see how you can not get it right. It has great documentation on how to use it right on the download page.

Page Links To
This plug-in is super easy and no frills. It makes life very simple if you want to direct an entire page or post to another web site or url on your site. On the WordPress.org site, the description states

This plugin allows you to make a WordPress page or post link to a URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress page or post URL. It also will redirect people who go to the old (or “normal”) URL to the new one you’ve chosen.

And guess what? That is exactly what it does. It’s lightweight and works well with other plug-ins!

Image Widget
I LOVE this plugin like a family pet. Gone are the days of WordPress circa 2007 when you used to have to add html image codes in your text widget to get images in your sidebar. Now you can simply drag this amazing widget into your sidebar and directly upload the image from the widget itself! You can also link out that widget to whatever url you chose. This is also a great easy solution for for ad placements. I’ve used this plugin for years and it seems to work with every version of WordPress so far.

BuddyPress
This plugin is in a league of it’s own. If your looking to take your site to the next level you should read up on this. This plugin requires private servers to work at it’s most optimal. They say you can use it on shared servers which is true, but I have learned from my personal experience working with buddypress that private servers are the most reliable option. The official description of BuddyPress from WordPress.org

BuddyPress lets users register on your site and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups and much more. A social network in a box, BuddyPress lets you build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community.

Please remember that plugins can sometimes not be compatible with newer versions of WordPress. The great thing about WordPress is that it updates frequently. Unfortunately this can cause older plugins to simply not work and then the back and forth search for the perfect fit continues. Overall, most plug-ins get the job done, and in my opinion makes life tremendously easier.

The top 10 things to consider when you create a new Wordpess blog.

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap] re you ready to start an online business? Maybe you just want to run a blog for your own personal interest and passions.

For whatever reason you desire if you decided to use WordPress (self hosted)  then your already headed in the right direction. WordPress is a CMS ( Content Management System ) that allows you tremendous control and flexibility over your web site.

Obviously I am a blog designer and it’s natural for me to suggest to you that it would be in your best interest to hire a blog designer like myself to do all the heavy lifting for you. Of course, your most likely reading this because your ready to find out more about WordPress and you want  the inside track to how to make the most of your new blog site.

After 10 years of professional web development experience , with the last 7 years specializing in WordPress , I feel highly qualified to give you the most important things to look out for when you take the leap to WordPress.
Here is my top ten list of things you should know before creating a new WordPress self-hosted blog:

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    • [dropcap]#1[/dropcap] WordPress Compatible Hosting: I know a thing or two about hosting after creating hundreds of websites. With WordPress, it’s simple and cheap if you know what to look for.  The most important question to ask your hosting provider is “Do you have hosting for WordPress blogs?” . If the answer is yes, then your all set. Make sure that you understand the difference between WordPress.org (which is what I am referring to in this post) and WordPress.com (which is for beginners who are casual about their blog). Read this article from WordPress.com for more information .You must understand that although most major hosting providers offer hosting for WordPress blogs and other 3rd party software, not all do and if they don’t offer it, or they are not sure then look elsewhere. I personally use Dreamhost and Bluehost. I am also a paid affiliate for both hosting companies. I practice what I preach and can vouch for Bluehost as being the best hosting provider for WordPress hosting.Ask your hosting provider is they have some kind of “1 click installation” option for WordPress installation.  Both Dreamhost, and Bluehost have this feature and plenty of other hosting companies also.This is going to save you alot of headaches if you dare try to install it manually. So make sure your host comes with that option.One more tiny suggestion I have for choosing a host for your WordPress blog is to get your hosting on a Linux server vs a Windows server. Linux servers are cheaper than Windows servers and alot less complicated to deal with. Trust me on this!
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    • [dropcap]#2[/dropcap] Make sure you have a solid site title and description for your site settings. Your site title and description can be found easily under the “Settings>>>>General ” option in your WordPress dashboard. Whenever I set up a new site for a client I make that a priority before I even begin to configure any designs and style to the blog. These two segments of text are important because they are among the first things that the search engine crawlers read when they crawl your site.In my opinion, this is the most important text you can place on your site for seo and placement. Make sure the title is strong, clear, and keyword centric without being spammy . I tend to keep the title short but detailed, the description can be a little longer, maybe a sentence or two. Just make sure you fill these slots in with words and detail that you would want to be found with by users. Here is an example of a quality site title and description for a beauty salon in New Jersey.

      Example site title:   Hair Mania, Central New Jersey’s top rated hair and beauty salon
      Example site description: Hair Mania offers a wide selection  of hair and beauty services that include Hair Treatments, Bridal Up-Dos, Manicure, Pedicure, Facials, Makeovers, and hair extensions.

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    • [dropcap]#3[/dropcap] Where To Find Images For Your Blog:  Unless your looking to possibly get sued, I highly recommend you DO NOT steal images from other people’s site. If you must have an image that you see on someone else’s site and your feeling brave, you may consider contacting that person and asking if you could use the image. If you explain your purpose and give a credit link back to the author’s site, you may get lucky.Otherwise you have other legal options, like content sites. If your looking for content you can always go to sites like istock.com or fotolia.com to access to tons of content. They have photos, illustrations, videos, in every size and style you can image. The images are cheap and there are millions to choose from.You can also shoot your own content.

      You would be amazed what you can do with a digital camera and some good light. Many of my clients shoot their content for their blogs with camera phones. It all depends on what your topic of interest is. Google values anything that is original over duplicated mass used content, so don’t be afraid to do it yourself. If you need a picture of a bowl of lemons, then go get a bowl, fill it with lemons and shoot! I would then watermark that image with my site logo or url and upload to my post. You will feel great knowing that all your content is yours, and if anyone tries to steal it , let them because your  images are watermarked and everyone who sees it will know where it came from.

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    • [dropcap]#4[/dropcap] Original Content Is What Google likes best: Google is the only search engine that matters nowadays. It’s hard to believe that even though yahoo has been around much longer, they literally do not matter when it comes to search engine visibility . Grabbing stories from other sites, even if you linkback to the original source doesn’t hold much water with Google ever since Panda came on the scene, and many business have found out the hard way that they cannot go that route anymore.Don’t be afraid to write your own content.

      If your writing skills are weak, just ask a friend or family member to look over your post before you publish and give any logical input that can help you improve your post. Make sure that the information your discussing is useful and explained clearly. In general a post or page with 500 words is enough to be considered useful by Google’s new standards.[clear]

    • [dropcap]#5[/dropcap] Consider Carefully What Plugins You Install: People tend to go nuts with plugins. I understand the temptation. Plugins make life so much easier and allows you to take your blog to a much more interactive level. If you install too many plugins at once, it may cause considerable conflicts with the WordPress theme your using.I recommend a maximum of 7 plugins per blog. You should always make sure that your plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress. Using outdated plugins with newer versions of WordPress can cause the dreaded broken blog look or even render an error page once it’s installed.[clear]
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    • [dropcap]#6[/dropcap] Install Google Analytics: I love this free tool and it can literally be a guide to understanding your site statistics and how your site views find you. The new updated interface gives you unlimited ways to analyze important information you should know about your audience and traffic flow. I could not live with out this tool. If you do not pay attention to this valuable free information about your site then you are missing out and could do more damage than good. You must know whats going on with your site and how people find you or else you can never improve your rankings.
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    • [dropcap]#7[/dropcap] Keep your posts fresh:  This means that you should post to your blog as often as possible. I can’t tell you how many people go through all the trouble of getting hosting, paying a web designer to design their blog, doing all the leg work to get started and then when everything is done, they neglect their blog and only post content once or twice a month.

      Unless you have a product or knowledge that is so in-demand that people will flock to your blog no matter what you do, the lack of activity will tank your blogs page rank.It’s true that WordPress is great for SEO, but it’s not just something that happens because it’s WordPress. The benefits from using WordPress for SEO comes from how you use WordPress as opposed to WordPress just doing it because it can. I recommend at least 4 posts a week for the very least. Anything less than that and your not going to see much results. Whenever you write a post, submit it immediately to social media. It works like a charm.

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    • [dropcap]#8[/dropcap] Social Media Is Crucial: If your dreading getting a Facebook or Twitter account for your blog, then get over it. Even if you don’t have a lot of friends on Facebook or Twitter and your afraid that no one will notice you then your wrong. This goes back to the quality of your content.The one thing about the Internet that is always going to be true, is that there is always someone interested in something. When you submit your posts to your social media pages your now telling the world, “I have something to say, now pass it around”. People from everywhere will like your page or re-tweet your tweets. Once you track your site statistics in Google Analytics and start seeing how much traffic your getting from these social media sites you will start to understand how important they are.
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    • [dropcap]#9[/dropcap] Get Familiar With WordPress.org: This site is the ultimate resource for everything that is WordPress (self hosted) related. The best part is that it is official and is incredible for answwering any questions about WordPress you may have.
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  • [dropcap]#10[/dropcap] Consider Your Audience:  Everything you do from your site design to the content you write and upload should be catered to the demographic your site was created for. Don’t overload your site with ads that can cause the page load to slow down. Make sure your content isn’t offensive or off subject. Encourage your readers to comment and share your posts on their social media pages and blogs. Get social and make the most of your site.
[/custom_list] If your in need of hiring a professional to install and design your next WordPress blog, contact me for more information.

How to delete spam comments in bulk WordPress

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Assuming you already know the basics of deleting spam comments, and if your one of the many unlucky souls that has a blog that is bombarded with spam comments by the hundreds and or thousands per month, you know that the default delete settings of 20 comments per page can make your life seem less enjoyable. Blog designers like myself are just as vunerable to the spam monsters crawling millions of sites everyday, so you have to learn to adpat. Read More

Fix for post content not showing when sharing social media.

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As a professional blog designer, this job can constantly teach you new things on a daily basis. The coolest thing is finding a fix for problems that stump you for no reasonable explanation. Like this one.

I spent hours trying to fix a very annoying issue with a client’s Facebook and twitter post content details not excerpting correctly when trying to ‘share’ a post or page on a WordPress blog.

I installed one of my favorite plugins Sociable onto a client’s blog and begin testing the share features to make sure that when users shared any post or page to Facebook or Twitter , the post or page content will be posted on the Facebook wall. I noticed that although it was posting the correct url link for the post, it wasn’t pulling the excerpted content (aka the first few lines) of the post, instead it was just showing the site title and site description for no matter what post or page I tried to share.

After plenty of annoying attempts I tried something I though of first but didn’t test because it seemed too simple of a solution, and of course that worked.

When you find yourself in this position go to the ‘Trash‘ section of your posts. Look to see if the post you are trying to get to work has a duplicate post from previously before that you trashed. Select “Delete Permanently“, then go back to the post and correct the permalink of that particular post. For example , the permalink may be titled,

www.yoursite.com/welcome-to-my-site-3/

That extra ‘-3’ at the end of the url lets you know that there are at least 2 other versions of that same post that you may have trashed and did not permanently delete, if that was the only version of that url, your permalink would have the correct www.yoursite.com/welcome-to-my-site url without additional array at the end.

Just make sure you have the duplicate posts or pages in your trash removed, and then correct your permalink structure and when you try to post the article onto Facebook or Twitter you shouldn’t have any issue.

It is always a good idea to permanently delete any trashed posts or pages the moment you trash them. Just because you sent it to the trash doesn’t mean it doesn’t keep the trashed versions which can cause major conflicts with permalinking and duplicate content which pisses google off.

Please click on the screen shot below for a visual demo on how to fix this.

 

Top 5 Web Hosts For WordPress Blogs

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As a professional web designer, you learn over the years what works best for what you need pretty quickly. I find myself talking about web hosting on a daily basis to many new clients and others inquiring about my blog design services.

Please review my list of  the top 5 WordPress blog hosting providers of 2011

Bluehost

When it comes to hosting a WordPress blog, there seems to be no other choice other than Bluehost. I couldn’t really explain to you why they are so much better, they just are. After years of working as a web designer I have nothing but GREAT things to say about their hosting. Visit Bluehost

Dreamhost

I have personally used and recommended Dreamhost for the past 5 years to many of my clients. They offer a TON of amazing freebies which is by far a huge perk for me when choosing a hosting provider. Visit Dreamhost

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Startlogic

This was the very first company I ever started using for hosting. I always was impressed with their customer service and easy to understand interface. They offer live 24/7 support and they are quite affordable. Visit Startlogic

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Godaddy

One of the best things about Godaddy hosting is how affordable it is. They really work hard to find the best plan for your needs. WordPress hosting on Godaddy is a breeze to setup and if you can’t figure it out they have excellent 24/7 U.S. based support available. Visit Godaddy

 

Delightful Hosting

This new company was started by web designers and has grown into the ‘best kept secret’ in WordPress blog hosting. They offer great 24 hour support available 365 days a year. I think it’s worth checking out. Visit Delightful Hosting

Blog Hosting Delightful Hosting

Hosting a website or blog does not have to be a difficult process. First thing to consider is your level of knowledge about what kind of hosting you need for your project or business. With all the confusing hosting terminology you see splattered all over the thousands of hosting providers online it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and throw in the towel and find any reason to “postpone’ or online plans.

If your new to hosting the main thing you need to ask yourself is:

  1. Shared hosting (sometimes called virtual hosting) means that you are sharing a server with other clients of that company. The host manages the server almost completely (though you maintain your site and your account). They can afford to charge you little since many clients are paying for use of the server.
    **This is perfect for most clients who are hosting a normal size web site or blog that doesn’t demand extradordinary amounts of space **
  2. What are their hours of operation? Is technical support available and free? If no phone support is available, how reliable is their email support?  Is their support staff based in the U.S.?
    **Finding out the hours of operation is very important when choosing a host. there is nothing worse than having a major hosting meltdown only to find out that the hosting provider is closed on weekends or has limited tech support. There is no reason to not expect reliable technical support when your paying money for hosting. The best option for beginners is to make sure the host you have chosen a host who offers 24 hour phone support. When you have no idea whats going on, there is nothing more reassuring than knowing there is always someone available to help. **
  3. If you are choosing a host for WordPress blog hosting it’s imperative you ask if they offer some kind of a 1-click or easy installation wizard for installing Wordpress. All of the top hosting providers I listed above  offer a simple easy installation of WordPress , but do not assume that all hosting companies do. Manually uploading WordPress can be a nightmare sometimes and this distinction between instant installation that properly configures itself and manual installation is like night and day, you will save yourself hours of unnecessary confusion.

 

 

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How to define a site in Dreamweaver *video*

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This is an awesome video tutorial from PixelForLife on how to define a site in Dreamweaver..

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This is one of the most important steps when you decide to use Dreamweaver. This should be done before you even create a new page, but if you have already created one, it’s not too late to define your website.

Why (self hosted) WordPress is better than Blogger

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This is an article from Mr. Gobala Krishnan about why he feels WordPress is superior to Blogger. I think this is a great piece of info for those interested in chosing a blogging platform.- Jen

 

There’s a war going on in the blogosphere, and it has nothing to do with bloggers dissing each other on their respective websites. The war is about control of the blogosphere by several great, many good, and tons of terrible blogging platforms. The average newbie now has “too many” options to choose from, and the battle for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.

At my website and blogs, I’m always asked the question “Is WordPress better than Blogger?”. The answer, of course, is “Yes”. But to really understand why, it’s important to look at both blogging platforms side-by-side and see which one you really need.

You also need to understand that there are different versions of WordPress, the earliest now termed as “WordPress” at http://www.wordpress.org, and the hosted version similar to Blogger now termed “WordPress.com” which is of course available at WordPress.com

For Part 1 of this article, we look only at the self-hosted version of WordPress. Here’s the comparison scale:

1) Ease of Set-up And Use

Yes, it’s much easier to set-up a blog with Blogspot.com and get your own Bloggger account. You can be done in 10 minutes flat. Once you’re set-up you can start posting immediately. If you want to add a designer’s touch to your blog, there are also tons of blogger templates available for free.

Installing WordPress however can be a major headache if you don’t know what you’re doing. Since you’re going to host it on your own account, you’ll need to download the installation files, upload them to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration script.

However, if you know which hosting account to get, you can choose one with Cpanel included. With Cpanel, you can do a one-click installation, upgrade and removal of your WordPress platform. There are tons of different hosting plans to choose from, so get one that fits your needs.

2) Customization & Advanced Use

Blogger doesn’t allow categories. You can’t sort your articles into different focuses, unless you know how to hack the platform. With WordPress, not only can you add categories, you can also display each category differently on your main page. In fact with the correct plugins you can even turn your WordPress into a magazine-like portal.

Publishing with Blogger can be a pain in the ass. It can take forever to post articles, especially if you’re making changes to the entire website. With WordPress, publishing is much faster, although if you load your system with all kinds of bells and whistles it can be just as frustrating.

With a Blogger account, you can get additional features like “Shout Boxes” that improve interaction on your site. You can also get pretty themes and nifty little tools that you can add to the core template files. However, that’s as far as you can go with Blogger.

With WordPress however, the sky is the limit. As cliche as that may sound, not only can you get themes, additional “plugins” and advanced tools, you can also extend WordPress to far beyond just a blogging platform.

The talk today is about using WordPress as a complete, user-friendly Content Management System or CMS. Unlike complicated predecessors like PHPPostNuke, B2, Mambo or even Joomla, WordPress is user friendly. Plus, the availability of source codes in this open-source system coupled with a strong community makes it possible to use WordPress as an article management system, classifieds system, direct-selling site and even a paid membership site.

4) Copyrights and Ownership of Content

I started with Blogger and I won’t say that it’s bad. But after a while I started to get frustrated with Blogger, and here’s why: Google Owns Your Content

Google has the authority to shut down your account without warning if they don’t like what you’re blogging about. You don’t have absolute control over your own blog. With WordPress, you own the domain name and the blog is hosted on your own account. You have full control over your content.

With the self-hosted version of WordPress (not WordPress.com), you’re free to write about anything you want, and use the software in any way you want. Yes, Blogger allows you to publish to your own domain, but they still own the database that holds your content! Don’t forget that!

5) Search Engine Optimization and Traffic

There’s this propaganda that since Google owns Blogger, they tend to favor Blogger accounts. I won’t say that this is illogical, but from my experience, there’s no such favoritism.

I’ve heard as many stories of getting indexed fast and ranking high in search engines from both WordPress and Blogger users. As long as the content is good, the spiders will come.

When you post in Blogger, you can only “ping” a limited amount of sites, whereas with WordPress on your own domain you can ping as many blog directories as you want, and start getting more traffic.

As a conclusion, I would say that WordPress is only slightly ahead in terms of optimization for search engines, and building large amounts of traffic.

6) Money-Making Potential

There’s no doubt that it’s easier to get started with Google Adsense if you have a Blogger account. In fact you can now apply for Adsense from within a Blogger account. Not entirely surprising considering the fact that both are owned by the same company.

With WordPress, it can get tricky. The default installation is not enough. You’ll need a couple of plugins and even a better theme to really maximize the Adsense potential. However, this seems to be getting easier and there’s even “Adsense revenue sharing” plugins around that allow you to share ad revenue with other contributors and writers for your blog.

When you start using WordPress to build your Adsense websites, you’ll soon discover what I mean. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. I can tell you one thing though – when you go WordPress, you don’t go back.

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I agree with just about everything Mr. Gobala Krishnan stated. From my personal experience after working with so many WordPress blogs over the years, there is no comparison whatsoever between a free Blogger account, and a WordPress.org self hosted blog. Please do not confuse WordPress.com and WordPress.org as the same thing. Sure it’s the same business, and most of the admin panel in wordpress.com looks exactly like WordPress.org, but one comes with huge amount of features that give you so much more control over your blog. I don’t even bother offering Blogger customizations anymore because everyone is fleeing from Blogger to WordPress at record speed. -Jen

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