WordPress 4.0 “Benny” released with minor updates and some quirks

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WordPress 4.0 Released with some minor feature enhancements

Usually a .0 release of any software indicates some major changes have gone on under the hood.  That’s not really the case with WordPress 4.0.  Mostly, users will notice an improved post creation process (especially as embeds (like from youtube, twitter, etc) now appear live instead of requiring you to ‘preview’ or ‘publish’ your post to see them) —

WordPress 4.0 has also made some improvements to the Media Manager, including an infinite visual scroll through all of your items, and it is much easier to edit things like title, alt, caption, description, etc for your images although you still cannot change the filename (which frustrates the heck out of me since the filename still plays an important part in SEO).

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Speed up your WordPress site and improve SEO by letting Google host jQuery for you

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Faster page load time helps improve SEO and User Experience

Google long ago made clear that they now take the time your website takes to load into consideration as part of their ranking algorithm.  In other words, the faster your site loads, the better your site will rank, thus the more you improve SEO.  Users also like fast loading pages – if your site is taking too long to load, you might find a lot of users just hitting the back button and trying a different link.  So it’s clear that we want our WordPress sites to be as fast as possible.

STEP 1: Use a caching plugin like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache

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WordPress JetPack Plugin Review: slows site performance

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JetPack plugin for WordPress Review: THUMBS DOWN as it causes significant site speed performance issues and slows down your site.

jetpack plugin wordpress review performance jetpack problems page speed WordPress JetPack Plugin Review: slows site performanceI have been meaning to post this for quite some time and apologize for the delay, but I wanted to make sure that none of my readers were using the JetPack plugin for WordPress.  I know, I know, I used to use it myself, too.  When it first came out it seemed like such a great thing – one tool to rule them all, offering so much functionality in a single plugin – which is great.  BUT, what’s not so great is the affect that JetPack has on WordPress site’s performance.  And I’m not talking about a tiny performance hit, either.

One of the reasons this is so important is because Site Speed is a major factor in SEO now

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Premium WordPress Themes Cyber Bundle from Mojo Themes major disappointment

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I had received an email just before the holidays from my web host, Hostgator, offering a special limited-time only Cyber Bundle of 13 premium WordPress themes from Mojo Themes for $29 – WP themes that they claimed were worth $608.  Sounded like a great deal, so I figured I’d jump on it, even though I didn’t have time to research the quality of the specific themes, or their provider, Mojo Themes.  After paying, I was sent to a download page wherein I ran into my first hiccup – one of the themes, Frisco, gave a “Cannot load page” error every time I attempted to download it.  Not off to a good start.  I emailed support, and they were quick to get back to me (just under 2 hours), letting me know that, “We are currently working to resolve the issue with the download on this theme.” – and they attached the WP theme to their email.

Now that I’ve had my first opportunity to get back to work after the holidays, my second problem arose:  I wasn’t at my desktop PC where I’d originally downloaded the MOJO wordpress themes – I was on my new (YAY!) MacBook Pro, so in order to install the themes I would need to download them from the member area to my laptop. Only problem was, I couldn’t remember my password.  So I clicked the ‘Lost Password’ button, entered my username, waited for the email to arrive and then clicked on the link provided to me to reset my password, only to get a page with an Error Code of 400, and a page that said simply, “Oops. You done broke’d it now, travis. I’ll go call the plumber.”  Seriously???  So I submitted another support request a few hours ago, which I haven’t heard back from yet.

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Fix for Jetpack Publicize to FaceBook Page Problem

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WordPress plugin Jetpack publicize to FaceBook Page broken

I’ve been having trouble for the last few weeks getting a few of my blogs to connect to my FaceBook pages using the popular WordPress plugin, Jetpack. Every time that I would configure Jetpack to publicize to Facebook, it would not give me the option of selecting any of my facebook pages – and I didn’t want these posts going onto my personal facebook profile.

A quick search revealed that MANY users are experiencing this problem getting Jetpack to Publicize to their FaceBook Pages. The bad news is that this is a known bug. The good news is that a fix is on the way, perhaps as early as next Monday.

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