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6 Ways to Fix IFTTT “not a valid URL” Problem When Connecting WordPress Channel
IFTTT (If This, Then That) is an amazing tool for automating things including things from and to WordPress There are[...]
Serious Security Flaws Found in Jetpack – upgrade to 4.0.4 NOW
Wow - lots of serious security vulnerabilities discovered this week! In addition to Monday's required WordPress core update, serious vulnerabilities have just been[...]
Critical WordPress Core Update 4.5.3 includes Security Fixes
Update Your WordPress Sites to v4.5.3 ASAP to Avoid Security Exploits WordPress 4.5.3 has been released to address a number[...]
Why So Slow?? The Joys of Slow Queries in the Database
Wow. What happened - my site is now so sloooooooooow! I've been away from the computer for quite some time.  My husband[...]
Major WordPress Plugins, Themes and WP Hosting Reviews on the Way 2015
I'm always on here apologizing for not writing more.  Today isn't any different - I'm always wishing that I had[...]
WordPress Critical Security Update v4.2.2
Make sure that you're keeping your WordPress sites up-to-date!!! WordPress 4.2.2 Security and Maintenance Release has been released, and addresses a number[...]
Huge Sale on ThirstyAffiliates WordPress Plugins for Affiliate Marketers
While I haven't yet had the time to fully review the suite of ThirstyAffiliates WordPress plugins, I have been using them and[...]
WordPress 4.0 “Benny” released with minor updates and some quirks
WordPress 4.0 Released with some minor feature enhancements Usually a .0 release of any software indicates some major changes have[...]
Speed up your WordPress site and improve SEO by letting Google host jQuery for you
Faster page load time helps improve SEO and User Experience Google long ago made clear that they now take the time[...]
WordPress JetPack Plugin Review: slows site performance
JetPack plugin for WordPress Review: THUMBS DOWN as it causes significant site speed performance issues and slows down your site.[...]
Premium WordPress Themes Cyber Bundle from Mojo Themes major disappointment
I had received an email just before the holidays from my web host, Hostgator, offering a special limited-time only Cyber[...]
Fix for Jetpack Publicize to FaceBook Page Problem
WordPress plugin Jetpack publicize to FaceBook Page broken I've been having trouble for the last few weeks getting a few[...]
How to fix “Invalid security token” error when users try to comment
How to fix "Invalid security token" errors upon users commenting I've been posting more frequently lately, and was surprised that[...]
WordPress Problem: Permalinks changed after updated to WP 3.5.2
Perhaps my WordPress update didn't go as smoothly as I'd initially thought... Somehow, my permalinks changed of their own accord![...]
All of my WordPress posts disappeared! Thankfully was able to restore from backup, but very disconcerting nonetheless!
Wow - all of my wordpress posts disappeared!. Talk about a very scary experience! (UPDATE - RESOLVED!:  I was able[...]
WordPress Update v3.5.2 fixes 12 bugs and resolves 7 security issues
I have now updated all of my WordPress sites to 3.5.2 - all wordpress updates went smoothly. I highly recommend[...]
How to custom sort WordPress categories display order
Custom sort WordPress categories display order Are you sick of having WordPress display your categories in alphabetical order? Would you[...]
The latest version of WordPress is 3.5.1 – make sure to upgrade NOW!
Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I've had some family emergencies that I've been dealing with and[...]
WordPress 2.9.1 is the current latest version
I know it's been ages since I've posted and I'm so sorry for that. Life has kept me constantly busy[...]
WordPress 2.8 is out – bugs fixed and features added, sweet!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that WordPress 2.8 is now available. As a reminder, I always advise[...]
New Category/Feature on How to Blog: Readers Write In
I frequently receive email from readers of How to Blog, sometimes thanking me and other times with blogging questions that[...]
WordPress upgrade renders a reader’s post slugs unchangable and permalinks stuck in default format despite custom settings
Can you help my reader, Steven, who wrote in to me with the following problem? I have recently upgraded to[...]
Hold off on upgrading to WordPress 2.1 for a bit..
Denis de Benardy (the creator of the Semiologic Pro theme and many of the amazing WordPress plug-ins used here on[...]
WordPress 2.1 released today
I'm sorry that, for personal reasons, it's been just about forever since my last post. I hope to change that[...]
Has anyone else had trouble editing any of their existing posts in WordPress 2.0.2?
The last couple of times that I tried to update my wordpress theme list, when I click 'Save' (or Save[...]
Updated my WordPress Theme List – now listing 960 wordpress themes!
My WordPress Theme List has been updated -- and while I wasn't sure if we would cross the 900 mark,[...]
General advice on handling WordPress upgrades and when to install them
While I reported the WordPress 2.0.3 upgrade as soon as I heard about it, I held off on installing the[...]
You might wanna hold off on upgrading WordPress until version 2.0.4…
As has annoyingly been the case with many a WordPress release, turns out that this latest upgrade (WordPress 2.0.3) came[...]
Time to upgrade: WordPress 2.0.3 is out
WordPress 2.0.3 has just been released.  Matt posts that this is “the latest in the stable 2.0 series” and that[...]
ArenaWP announces winners of WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition
Well this news is two weeks late, but better late than never. The winners of the WordPress 2.0 Theme competition[...]
WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition Officially Ends, winners to be announced in two weeks
ArenaWP has officially closed the doors to new entrants to its theme competition and so the judging process has begun![...]
Save the Internet from Mob 2.0 (ISPs slowing down the loading of websites that don’t pay them protection fees)
Hi Everyone - THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR BLOGGERS (and all users of the internet) Please read the following and[...]
What’s the best WordPress web hosting company for bloggers?
Looking for the best WordPress web hosting? Update 6/2015:  I got rid of HostGator about 9 months ago and switched[...]
My Comprehensive WordPress Theme List has been updated and now consists of 744 wordpress themes!
Way to go to all of the wordpress theme developers out there! I just finished the latest update of my[...]
WordPress and TextPattern APRIL FOOLS PRANK says they will merge to form WordPattern CMSMS
In an elaborate Aprill Fools Joke, the WordPress Development Blog announced that WordPress and TextPattern had merged and formed a[...]
Sponsor the WordPress Arena WP 2.0 Theme Competition by donating cool prizes
Much thanks to Terry/Kineda for reviving the spirit of the WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition that was intended by the original[...]
Important security issue with WordPress results in the release of version 2.0.2
From the folks at WordPress: An important security issue has been brought to the attention of the WordPress team and[...]
WordPress.com may support AdSense, YPN, and Chitika in the future
I’ve previously reported that wordpress.com did not give bloggers the ability to incorporate AdSense ads into their blogs. I just[...]
WordPress 2.0 Themes Competition Website got hacked – HOW?? Is there a security vulnerability in WordPress? Was the theme competition itself a hoax?
Update: It now appears that the kcyap theme competition was a complete hoax and the site owner made off with[...]
Welcome to the new permanent home of How to Blog, now proudly powered by WordPress
Well, it's official! I've finally gone ahead and done what I've been wanting to do for ages now -- I[...]
Starting a new blog? Get your own domain name! Do NOT use a subdomain of typepad.com, wordpress.com, blogspot.com (etc)
So, you want to start a new blog. Maybe you don't have much experience with blogging, so you don't think[...]
I’m still experiencing problems with trackbacks in WordPress 2.0.1
So far I've only had the opportunity to test how WordPress 2.0.1 handles sending of automatic trackbacks (in the Options|Discussion[...]
WordPress 2.0.1 has been released
One month to the day from when wordpress 2.0 first came out, the first wordpress point release to address the[...]
Comparison of WordPress and TypePad by someone who has used both extensively for over a year
I am feeling really frustrated right now – like I'm stuck in limbo with a conundrum on my hands. Why?[...]
My Comprehensive WordPress Theme List Crosses the 600 Mark!!
Wow, I can't believe it - I've just uploaded the latest update to my WP theme list and it now[...]
Why I’m not upgrading to WordPress 2.0 – for now
I know that I promised to test out the process of upgrading an existing WordPress installation from 1.5.x to 2.0,[...]
WordPress 2.0 problems for google adsense users, and a workaround
As just another reason to not upgrade to WordPress 2.0 (or even install it in the first place for now),[...]
WordPress 2.0 users, tell me your stories
Consider this an official request -- I want to hear from WordPress 2.0 users about what your experiences have been[...]
Why was WordPress 2.0 released when there were still so many known bugs?
Over at Something Unpredictable, under the post entitled, "What's Already Broke in 2.0", there's a lively discussion about why WordPress[...]
Reasons to not upgrade to WordPress 2.0 from 1.5.2
In preparation for doing my first upgrade of an existing WP 1.5 site, I did some research first to try[...]
Clean install of WordPress 2.0 as easy as it ever was (EASY) and first impressions
Well, what started out as being an attempt to upgrade a WordPress 1.5 blog that I barely used (just in[...]
Upgraded to WordPress 2.0 and wish you hadn’t? Something Unpredictable offers a WP database downgrader
Something Unpredictable has generously created a script to "downgrade your WordPress database in the event that you, like me, feel[...]
WordPress 2.0 final version released
The official release version of WordPress 2.0 is now available for download and install/upgrade. I haven't personally had a chance[...]
WordPress.com free hosted blogs now available to the general public
What was previously 'invite only' is now available for everyone to blog on. That's right, anyone who wants to can[...]
WordPress Theme Toolkit allows users and authors to add an admin menu to existing themes
Just found out that Ozh has created a WordPress Theme Toolkit which, upon editing three lines of code in any[...]
Holy Moly! WordPress Theme List grows to over 460 WP 1.5.x Themes!
Boy, theme authors have been busy during the month-plus while I was sick! I just spent the entire day working[...]
369 Free WordPress Themes now available – the wp theme list has been updated!
Just a note that my comprehensive list of free themes for WordPress 1.5 and up has been updated to add[...]
WordPress 1.5 Theme Cheat-Sheet– PLUS WP Theme List updated to 330+ wordpress themes!
Tech Wench has created a great cheat sheet with the bare minimum of what you need to know in order[...]
Review of WordPress Multi-User hosted version of WordPress 1.6 alpha at wp.com – look out TypePad!
I've come across what I think might be the first (p)review of the much awaited wordpress.com From what I've read,[...]
Hey! Wasn’t WordPress 1.5.2 supposed to have FASTER posting times???
So I finally installed WP 1.5.2 over at a blog that I'm starting about DIY Pool Maintenance. The release notes[...]
Need someone to create a custom template or plugin for your blog? Need help with SEO? Check out Rent A Coder!
I just found the coolest resource! It's called Rent A Coder, and you can post any project that you need[...]
New Version of WordPress is out – time to update to v1.5.2
It's time to upgrade again - WordPress 1.5.2 is out. While I'm getting awfully tired of having to keep manually[...]
Trackback spam a nightmare for TypePad users, while WordPress anti-spam filters and plugins make for smooth sailing
That’s it – I’ve had it! Even though SixApart introduced comment and trackback moderation for TypePad, it still does not[...]
Fighting TrackBack Spam – WordPress beats TypePad by a mile
Once you have a blog that gets any amount of traffic, you will eventually get bombarded by TrackBack spammers (people[...]
Here we go again – another WordPress Update to fix a security vulnerability
Boy – this sure is starting to sound like a broken record. WordPress 1.5.1.2 has now been released to fix[...]
Troubles getting BlogJet to work with WordPress? You need to upgrade to WordPress 1.5.1.1
5/20 update – the problem was indeed a bug in wordpress and requires an upgrade to WordPres version 1.5.1.1. Then[...]
Yet another WordPress update – 1.5.1.1 is out
Shortly after the release of WordPress 1.5.1 (which came out shortly after 1.5…) we now have a new update: WordPress[...]
Plugins for WordPress 1.5.1
One of the greatest features of WordPress is the vast extent to which users can customize (through plugins, themes, and[...]
WordPress 1.5.1 Strayhorn released with bug fixes and enhancements
The latest version of WordPress is out so it's time to upgrade to 1.5.1! From the website: " What's new?[...]
Customizing existing wordpress themes continued
Sorry for the delay in getting this out there, but Urban Giraffe has come through again and given us even[...]
How to customize an existing WordPress 1.5 theme just the way you want
Well, a big THANK YOU is in order to UrbanGiraffe who has created a theme guide for modifying WordPress 1.5[...]
WordPress Plugin and Mod Competition sponsored by weblogtoolscollection.com
Just in case would-be WordPress developers were feeling empty since the completion of Alex King’s theme competition, along comes Mark[...]
Step by Step guide on moving from blogger to wordpress 1.5
Moving from blogger to wordpress 1.5: A (very) detailed step by step look at moving your Blogger blog to WordPress.[...]
Alex King announces winners of WordPress 1.5 Themes Competition
For full details, head on over to Alex’s Theme Contest Winners Announced where he describes the prizes, judging criteria, etc.[...]
Modifying WordPress 1.5 Themes – a guide to good manners
Root wrote a very excellent article entitled “WordPress - themes made simple” that is dripping in enough well written sarcasm[...]
BlogJet allows Windows users to create and edit posts for any blog through an easier, more feature-rich interface
Just came across a very interesting application called BlogJet. Basically, it’s an easy to use Windows program that acts as[...]
WordPress 1.5 Header Replacement options for default Kubrick theme
Digital Westex Image Gallery has 60 different header art replacements that you can use instead of the one included in[...]
Feature-by-feature comparison of Blogger vs WordPress and step by step guide on how to switch from Blogger to WordPress
Bambit has created an excellent layman’s analysis of Blogger vs WordPress, which is a good overview of two of the[...]
Alex King’s WordPress 1.5 Theme competition and lots of WordPress templates
Well I finally installed WordPress 1.5 and am pleased to report that it is just as much of a piece[...]
Comprehensive list of 980+ Free WordPress Themes available for download
And new visual content building plugins allow you to customize the layout and content of your individual posts and pages with the[...]
WordPress 1.5 Themes / Templates for three column layouts
OK, I still haven't had an opportunity to install WordPress 1.5 (I'm still on 1.2). Why haven't I made it[...]
HaloScan brings TrackBack functionality to Blogger, Blogspot, and other blogging tools w/o their own commenting and trackback features
Link: News - HaloScan.com. Trackback and commenting go hand in hand, especially in the weblog community, but unfortunately, there hasn't[...]
New version of WordPress released
WordPress 1.5, code named Strayhorn, has officially been released. I haven't had a chance to try an install or an[...]
How to disable comments so people are prevented from commenting on your posts in WordPress
In response to a recent question one viewer emailed me: Have something to say and don't want anyone commenting on[...]
WordPress plugin – Running PHP in WordPress posts
Mark Somerville wrote a REALLY cool WordPress plug-in that allows you to include PHP code in your wordpress posts, which[...]
WordPress Customization for Newbies
Elliot Back has written a really cool WordPress Customiation for Newbies guide that helps you convert a new WordPress installation[...]
Why Neil chose Movable Type over WordPress
Neil turner wrote a really cool article on his reasons for choosing MT over WordPress. Some of the deciding factors[...]
Feedburner service allows bloggers to add Amazon associates links to your feeds!
If you're hoping to make some extra cash from your blog, but all of your monetized links are in your[...]
TypePad blog gets indexed & ranks very highly in Google…
I've noticed that this blog has been picked up by google and has been getting a fair amount of traffic[...]
“Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers, for this feature to work.” error when trying to activate plugins in WordPress
I was playing around with WordPress, and went to activate one of the default plugins that comes installed with it.[...]
How to configure WordPress to create search engine friendly URLs for permalinks
WordPress's default behavior for permalinks is to create a URL that looks something like this: http://www.yoursite.com/index.php?p=2 where p is the[...]
Templates for WordPress – Gemini layout, Trident layout, and The Vesuvius layout now available for download
[UPDATE FOR WORDPRESS 1.5+ and 2.0 users: check out my comprehensive list of over 615+ WordPress 1.5 themes ] Apparently[...]
Tutorial on modifying WordPress templates – understanding the code and customizing the templates to meet your needs
Found a great tutorial that explains wp-layout.css to help you better understand what each piece of CSS (cascading style sheets)[...]
Building your home with WordPress – how the basic structure of a WordPress site works
There's a great article for total beginners who need some help in understanding how the basic structure of a WordPress[...]
WordPress plug-ins for creating static pages and eliminating comment and trackback spam
Creating Static Pages using WordPress WordPress creates dynamic pages on the fly, using PHP, which means that it takes a[...]
Creating a Private Blog
What if you want to create a blog that wasn't available to the general public? I've been poking around in[...]
Comprehensive list of ping services that you can use to let the world know when you’ve updated your blog
Update Ping ServicesYou can copy and paste these URIs into your blog service ping options screen (in WordPress, you do[...]
WordPress lets you have Sub-Categories
I just started creating my categories for my Tool Reviews site (Power Tools, Hand Tools, Lawn and Garden Tools, etc)[...]
WordPress really does take only minutes to install and is SUPER EASY to install!!
Wow. I've finally gotten around to taking Karthik's recommendation that I try WordPress b/c 'I'll never go back'. Now, I[...]
My experiences with Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, WordPress, Blosxom, and b2evolution
I've decided I should create, at it's most basic level, at least one site with each of the blogging tools.[...]
Install WordPress files and blog in different directories
From http://wordpress.org/docs/installation/different-address/: WordPress has a number of files and directories it requires to operate. Previously, all these files and directories[...]
WordPress ‘Easter Egg’ provides for even more customization
Well, a comment promoting WordPress was left by Carthik to one of my posts - and after looking at his[...]
Can a Google search help me figure out which blogging software is most popular?
I've already figured out that I don't want to use TypePad or Blogger (the two easiest tools to use) for[...]
Compare MovableType vs TypePad vs Blogger vs b2evolution vs WordPress
Being new to blogging, my first decision is going to have to be which blogging software to use???? I'm starting[...]

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