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5 WordPress Skills for New Users

    We talked to our WordPress expert Charlie and asked him, in his opinion, what top WordPress skills a new user should learn. Here’s where he landed.   1. Get to Know the Dashboard The WordPress dashboard can be daunting for new users, especially since WP offers many customization options. With that in mind, remember that the dashboard offers more than just tools to build your site. It offers functions to help with: SEO Plugin management Theme management Updates Media So, before you start building your new site, definitely take the time to browse around the WordPress menus in…

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Podcasting, Web Hosting

If You Can Create a Podcast, You can Create a Website

  You’ve already conquered getting your one-of-a-kind podcast content recorded, edited, uploaded, and distributed … what could be easier? Designing the website to promote your podcast, that’s what! At Pair, we make launching your site super simple with Podcast Websites created specifically for podcasters like you! Using the ubiquitous WordPress platform, we make both the design, running, and upkeep of your site customizable and nearly hands-free. You’ll have your site ready to go in a matter of minutes. Choose from these two podcast-savvy plans: Our $19.95/mo. Plan Offers: 2 WordPress Sites 500 Custom Email Addresses @Your Domain 30 GB Site…

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Design & Development, WordPress

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

  Why Is Site Speed So Important? If you want to create a successful site, it’s essential to factor in site speed. Site speed is one of those things that go unnoticed when it works well but is painfully obvious when it doesn’t.  Visitors will bounce off a site that has slow page loading times. Likewise, websites with poor site speed may negatively impact their SEO.  But don’t worry – even if your WordPress site is slow now, we have a few tips to help you speed things up. Step 1: Assess Your Site Speed You can use several tools…

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Security

WordPress Security: Make it Harder for Hackers with These Tips

The Importance Of WordPress Security WordPress is a fantastic tool. In fact, it powers a gigantic percentage of the sites on the internet today. However, becoming a giant isn’t without setbacks.  Because WordPress is so popular, it also means that it’s a popular choice for digital attacks. That’s why it’s imperative to practice good security when setting up your WordPress site. Otherwise, you could risk your site’s wellbeing.   Tips From Pair’s Security Experts What security measures should a WordPress site owner be practicing? We asked our Security team for their recommendations. We’ll go over their recommendations in more detail below,…

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WP Hosting vs. Shared Hosting for Your WordPress Website

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) available, which is one of the reasons pair offers separate hosting services specifically designed for WordPress websites. WP hosting plans don’t exist to make you pay more for having a WordPress website. There are real advantages to using WP hosting for your WordPress website. It doesn’t work for every budget though, which is why pair also offers Shared hosting with pairSIM for WordPress. Which type of hosting will work best for you and your WordPress website?

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SEO for WordPress
Design & Development, SEO, WordPress

SEO for WordPress

Your new WordPress blog looks dazzling. The content is intriguing. It’s lights, camera, action! Now all you need is an audience. But where to find them? How do you draw visitors in? SEO for WordPress SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization, is an important strategy used to connect your site with the right audience. A first-page result for the right search on Google will direct much more traffic to your site. The higher the ranking, the more competitive it is, with the top three search results for popular searches being the ultimate prize. So how do you start edging…

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Lock it Down: How to Keep Your Site Secure
Design & Development, Security, WordPress

Lock it Down: How to Keep Your Site Secure

In an era where websites are compromised by malicious software all the time, one of the most common security questions is ‘How do I help protect my site from hackers?’ Although it can seem daunting, there are plenty of steps you can take to help keep your site secure. How to Keep Your Site Secure Keep it Fresh Always keep your platforms (like WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and their associated plugins up to date with the latest versions. Having outdated software is one of the easiest ways for malware to break into your site. Think of an old version of WordPress…

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Content Management Systems: Joomla, Drupal, & WordPress
Design & Development, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress

Content Management Systems: Joomla, Drupal, & WordPress

If you are looking to build a dynamic website without having to worry about the coding and technical aspects of it; WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal have established themselves as the leaders for online content management systems. Comparing Content Management Systems No one CMS is better than another. It largely depends on your situation, site goals, and skill level. WordPress, Joomla, & Drupal What is a Content Management System? Otherwise known as a CMS, it is a system used to manage the content of a website. It allows the account holder who may not be familiar with coding, to manage the…

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Common WordPress Problems and Solutions
WordPress

5 Common WordPress Problems and Solutions

WordPress is a powerful tool for creating, managing, and sharing your content. But even powerful tools need maintenance and a little help troubleshooting problems. If you want to simplify your WordPress launch, you can get a ready-out-of-the-box solution from a reliable web host.

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Our 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins

WordPress offers over 55,000 plugins to its users. Your site would probably crash if you tried all of the WordPress plugins available and you don’t have time to waste testing Worthless Plugins. So, here are several of our favorite (and useful) WordPress plugins:

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Design & Development, How To, Security

How to Serve Your Site Over HTTPS

How to Serve Your Site Over HTTPS A site served over https is more secure. Since https uses the secure port 443, which encrypts outgoing information, it is much more difficult for people to spy on your site’s information. Regular http, on the other hand, uses port 80, which sends information via plain text. Plain text can easily be compromised during transit and by using it, you risk exposing your site and its visitors’ information to the world. However, in order to use https, you will first need an SSL certificate. For more information about SSL certificates, see our What…

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WordPress Hosting 101
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WordPress Hosting 101

So you want to start a WordPress site? Great! Now you have to decide how you want to host your new site. Figure Out What You’ll Be Doing Do you want your site to be a blog? An e-commerce site? A combination of both? The options are endless! Sit down and think about what you want to do with your site. Once you’ve decided, consider the design you’d like for your site. Do you prefer complex themes with lots of functionality or simple ones? Are you planning on using a lot of plugins or just one or two? These are…

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Securing WordPress Sites
Security, WordPress

Securing WordPress Sites

When performing a self-installation of WordPress, there are easy steps that can be taken to help protect against an attack.  Many of the cases our Abuse Department deals with on a daily basis are the result of malicious WordPress attacks. Securing WordPress will make it much harder for malware to gain access.

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