GoDaddy Announces Plugin Program for WordPress

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GoDaddy has announced a new plugin program for the WordPress content management system (CMS). The new program is designed to improve visibility and enhance blogging among WordPress users. While the exact number remains unknown, some experts estimate there to be more than 40,000 WordPress plugins currently online. These plugins add a plethora of features to WordPress blogs and websites, such as the ability to define custom Meta tags, automatic sitemap generation, automatic insertion of relevant links, SEO keywords, and more. While most of these features can be hard-coded directly into ...

Microsoft’s ‘Live Writer’ Blogging Tool Now Open Source

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Just in time for the new year, Microsoft's ten year-old blogging tool Windows Live Writer is now open source. The company announced earlier this month that it was releasing a variant of the what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) blogging tool under an MIT open-source license. Because it's been several years since Live Writer was last updated, developers agreed that making it open source will allow users to update it as needed. What is Windows Live Writer? Windows Live Writer was launched in 2006. After Microsoft had acquired Onfolio, it rebranded its blogging tool as Windows Live Write...

WordPress 4.4 Now Live

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The world's most popular blogging platform and content management system (CMS) WordPress just received a major facelift. WordPress 4.4 - New Features Earlier this month, developers released WordPress 4.4, introducing a new theme, along with numerous features, improvements, and bug features. Whether you currently use WordPress or are thinking about using it, you should take note of the recent changes made to version 4.4. Dubbed "Clifford," in remembrance of the late jazz musician Clifford Brown, WordPress 4.4 places an emphasis on speed and responsiveness. Twenty Sixteen Theme Among the ...

5 Things No One Tells You About Blogging

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You'll Get Spam Comments... Lots of Them Allowing visitors to submit comments on posts and articles is a great way to boost engagement while creating fresh new content in the process. If you've been blogging for any significant length of time, however, you'll notice many of these comments are nothing more than spam. Such comments may consist of "Wonderful blog! I'll be sure to grab your RSS," or similar generic messages. This doesn't mean that you should disable your blog's commenting feature, but rather use an anti-spam plugin like Akismet to filter them. Competition Is Stiff There are lit...

WordPress App Launches for Windows

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With Automattic having releasing the WordPress app for Apple's OS X, it was only a matter of time before a Windows version was released. Well, it appears that time has come, because the developer behind the world's most popular blogging platform has announced the release of a Windows version of its app. The new app seeks to streamline the process of creating and editing blog posts straight from your Windows desktop. Up until now, bloggers were forced to either log into their blogs to create new posts, which some users complained as being tedious. No Need For a Web Browser wit...

Benefits of Using Google’s ‘Blogger’ Platform

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So, you want to start blogging? The first step in launching a blog is to choose a content management system (CMS). While WordPress is hands-down the most popular blogging platform, powering an estimated 25% of the entire Internet, there are other platforms out there as well, including Google's own Blogger. In this post, we're going to reveal some of the benefits of using Google's blogging platform. Blogger Is Free You can create your own blog (or a standard website for that matter) on Blogger without spending a dime. Granted, Google offers premium memberships that include extra perks, but...

Make WordPress Look Like a Regular Website

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WordPress is often touted as being the most popular and powerful blogging platform on the web. Of course, there's a good reason for this: the free-to-use CMS is loaded with blogger-friendly features, such as built-in commenting, support for multiple authors, tags, and more. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it can't be used to build standard websites. On the contrary, many webmasters still use WordPress for building standard, non-blog websites. Static Page vs Dynamic Posts If you're looking to use WordPress to build a standard website instead of a blog, you should first switch the ho...

Blogging Without an Active Internet Connection

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The secret to running a successful blog is to publish fresh, high-quality content on a regular basis. Content is the heart and soul behind every successful blog, as it gives both humans and search engines a reason to visit the blog. But what if you don't have access to the Internet? Can you still blog? Yes, You Can Still Blog The good news is that you can still blog without an active Internet connection, although there are some caveats that you need to be aware of. For starters, you won't be able to publish new posts "live," until you connect to the Internet. Instead, you must create and pre...

Report: WordPress Now Powers 25% of the Web

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You don't have to search very far to find a website powered by the WordPress content management system. From TechCrunch and The New Yorker, to the Variety and eBay, there are literally millions of popular websites running this platform. According to a new report, a jaw-dropping 25% (1 in 4) of all websites are powered by WordPress, making it the world's largest CMS by a landslide. W3 Techs published the data on its website, revealing that WordPress is used by 58.7% of all websites "whose content management systems we know," which is "25% of all websites." A Little WordPress History WordPre...

Free vs Paid WordPress Themes: Which Should I Choose?

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One of the reasons why WordPress is such a popular blogging platform is because it supports the use of interchangeable templates known as themes. Rather than coding a new blog design from scratch, you can simply download and activate a theme. Within seconds, your blog will have a new appearance while still retaining all of its existing content. But should you choose a free or paid/premium theme for your WordPress theme?   Attribution Links It's not uncommon for free themes to contain attribution links in the footer. These are classified as site-wide links, meaning they show up on ever...