Why should I use WordPress? Isn’t my old site good enough?

Tips & Tricks

Why do I need to switch to WordPress?

WordPress has evolved through out the years into a versatile content management system (CMS). While you can still use WordPress to create a simple blog, now it also allows you to create fully functional websites and mobile applications.

The best part about WordPress is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough for just about anything. Want a website that’s as easy to update as writing and sending an email? Look no further – WordPress powers over 75 million sites on the web, a number that grows every single day.

Creating a new post or page in WordPress and uploading some images is simplicity itself, to the point that real technophobes can use WordPress without feeling intimidated.

At the same time, however, there’s loads of functionality at your fingertips. It’s easy to ignore things you don’t understand, and then gradually learn more and more.

WordPress empowers you to make changes to your website whenever you want – including at 2 am on a Sunday morning, without necessarily requiring our intervention or a bill from us. Still want help and don’t want to learn a THING? No problem shoot me an email and i will bill you at $15 per hour.

Your website can grow with you – even if you end up building out to 1,000 pages. The big boys, like CNN, use it, as well as the landscaper down the street. Big or small, WordPress can handle it – especially if you have a well-thought out design.

your website can keep moving forward as the Web does. And since all of your content lives in a database, you can keep updating your design without having to worry about transferring every page you ever created by hand, and ending up with broken links. Just drop a new design on that existing chassis and keep creating.

WordPress is ready for the mobile web. If you assume your customers are visiting your website from a full-sized computer, think again. Mobile website usage is exploding. If your website doesn’t look great and work well on a smartphone or tablet your customers will skip your site and go somewhere else.

Many WordPress themes are designed to be responsive (aka mobile-friendly), meaning your customers won’t be challenged to use your website on their smartphones. And the WordPress dashboard is designed to work on smartphones as well as full-sized PCs — so you can easily manage your website from anywhere.

WordPress is mature. WordPress is over ten years old. During the past decade WordPress has been refined, tested, and enhanced. In the process it has evolved into a world-class web publishing system.

WordPress is open source. Unlike other website building tools WordPress is open source and free from commercial restrictions and limitations. That means you can use the software anyway you choose and host your website anywhere you choose. All without fear that changes in someone else’s business model will have an adverse impact one of your most important business assets.

When you choose WordPress you have complete control over your website. As a business owner that may be the ultimate reason to use WordPress.

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WordPress Update Fixes Security Vulnerabilities

News

WordPress users are strongly encouraged to update their sites to 3.9.2 as it’s a security focused release. According to the announcement, 3.9.2 fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing.

According to stats on WordPress.org, 26.8% of all WordPress sites will not be auto updated. Among those sites, 18.8% are still using WordPress 3.5.

WordPress 3.9.2 has a few other security updates as well:

WordPress Security Essentials

Tips & Tricks

Almost every successful hack of a WordPress site exploits one or more of the four main points of vulnerability:

Host security breach
Out-of-date WordPress Core
Unsafe plugins and themes
Brute force attack

If you don’t manage these areas well, then any additional security measures you take will be in vain. You most valuable security tool is good management of your WordPress site.

How to Add Images and Photos to Your WordPress Site

Tips & Tricks

As an artist or photographer, we’re sure the very first thing you’re anxious to learn once you set up your site is how to add images, video and audio to your WordPress site.

  1. Place your cursor in the post content where you want the image to appear.
  2. Click on the Add Media button to launch the Media Uploader tool.
  3. You can choose to upload an image from your computer or from a URL on the web, or you can insert an image that already exists in your Media Library.
  4. If you are uploading an image, click the Select Files button and navigate to your image on your computer. Click the Open button.
  5. Once your image has been uploaded, you will have the option to add a title, caption, alternative text and description.
  6. You can also choose the alignment of the image, where the image will link to and the size of the image you want to display. If your image is smaller than one of the possible sizes, you will not be able to select that size.
  7. Once you have added your settings, click the Insert into Post button.

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If you want to insert a gallery:

  1. Go to your Page or Post’s edit page in your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Place your cursor in the post content where you want the gallery to appear.
  3. Click on the Add Media button to launch the Media Uploader tool.
  4. You can choose to upload images from your computer or you can use images that already exist in your Media Library. You cannot use an image from a URL on the web in your gallery.
  5. If you are uploading images, click the Select Files button and navigate to each of your images on your computer. Click the Open button to open each image.
  6. Once each of your images has been uploaded, you will have the option to add a title, caption, alternative text and description.
  7. After you have added all of the images you wish to display in the gallery, switch to your media library tab and select those images.
  8. Then, click the Create a New Gallery button

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Better Image Management With WordPress – Smashing Magazine

Tips & Tricks

The alt attribute can be a huge help to the disabled, because this is how they know what is in an image. So, use the title attribute to write something snappy about the image, and use the alt attribute to describe it. Sticking with our umbrella example, the incorrect way to do this would be:

1 <img title="Awesome umbrella" src="awesomeumbrella.jpg" alt="The most awesome umbrella ever" >

And the correct way would be:

1 <img title="Awesome umbrella" src="awesomeubrella.jpg" alt="A matte black cane umbrella with a spruce handle and a chrome tip" >

Remember, the alt attribute is descriptive not only for the visually impaired, but for Google as well. Your website might even rank better if it’s image-heavy.


Better Image Management With WordPress – Smashing Magazine
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