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WordPress Resources: A Comprehensive Guide

WordPress Resources

Here is a comprehensive list of WordPress resources to help in your blogging journey.

WordPress is already very powerful right out of the box. However, with the right resources, tips and tricks you can make your WordPress site better.

Let’s begin.

WordPress Resources

There are several great WordPress resources you can use. Whether you are a beginner or you have been at it for a while, the right resources can make a difference. Of course, a great place to start is with our tutorial called, Getting to Know the WordPress Dashboard. This tutorial will lead you to many other tutorials, which will help you discover the power of the WordPress Dashboard. Here are some of the top WordPress Resources:

All of these resources provide something very helpful for your WordPress website.

How to Maintain a WordPress Blog?

The Internet has transformed the way people create and share information. Blogging is one such communicative medium, offering endless branding and earning opportunities and WordPress is the commonly preferred blogging platform.

Like any other business, WordPress blogging requires maintenance too. If you don’t know how to maintain a WordPress blog, few months down the line, the blog will start depreciating in value.

There are plenty of tips and tricks found at the many resources listed above. However, we have some of the best tips and tricks found on our own website, right here at Daily Hosting.

Some of the best WordPress tips on maintenance includes:

#1 Hire Content Contributors

Ultimately, a blog survives on content quality in the long-term. Again, a blog owner need not be a good writer. Therefore, the only alternative is to hire content contributors depending on the nature and frequency of blog posts.

Hiring content contributors allows delegating the task of writing, uploading and scheduling blog posts. Ask any blogger, this task consumes the biggest chunk of time.

The content contributors ensure the blog is frequently updated with engaging and useful content. WordPress offers cool plugins to setup author bio and social media sharing channels to amplify blog reach.

#2 Focus on Incoming & Outgoing Links

WordPress Resources

The sites linking back to your blog are incoming links and the sites you link from your blog are outgoing links.

Link management is an essential aspect of blogging because the quality of links determines blog’s quality in the eyes of search engines, like Google and Bing. Better backlinks raises organic search ranking and improves traffic.

As such, you need to focus on the variance, quality and value of incoming and outgoing links. Use tools like OpenSiteExplorer.org and Alexa premium toolbar to analyse links.

Link management is an ongoing process, especially if the blog is very active, gets good traffic daily and paid content feature opportunities.

You also need to keep a track of do-follow and no-follow links.

Maintenance Frequency: Weekly or bi-weekly.

#3 WordPress Blog Speed Optimization

The patience meter in both search engine and blog visitors is tremendously low! In short, if your blog page doesn’t load in 4 to 5 seconds, the visitors move away and the search engines lower organic rankings.

A lot of reasons can be behind terrible blog speed, such as using too many images, incorrectly optimized theme, server issues and more.

Gtmetrix.com, tools.pingdom.com and Google Pagespeed test are recommended tools to check blog speed. Read this excellent piece on how to maintain a WordPress blog with speed optimization.

Managing blog speed is essential because slow webpage loading will drive visitors away. As such, this activity requires continuous monitoring. You should also use WP Total Cache plugin with Max CDN for optimum speed maximization.

Maintenance Frequency: frequently.

#4 Blog Protection from Hackers

Thousands of WordPress sites are hacked daily! All this is because bloggers are careless about site security. You have to take measures to protect the blog from hackers.

WordPress offers a lot of plugins like the Limit Login Attempts to prevent brute force attacks. This plugin blocks the IP addresses after certain number of attempts and the IP addresses needs to be unblocked manually.

Other actions like not using “admin” as a username and blocking access to WordPress core files works too.

What I am basically saying is that protecting a blog from unwanted access is a time consuming work. Check out the immensely detailed post from Moz explaining all the steps that can be taken to give WordPress high security coverage.

Maintenance Frequency: frequently.

#5 Take Blog Backup

Taking blog backup is a security measure, with the purpose that if anything untoward happens with the blog, it can be restored fully.

Often, bloggers don’t take regular backups. I was one of them. In 2013, one of my blogs was completely wiped out suddenly and I didn’t have a recent backup. The old backup was 2 months old and I had to again manually upload all content posted in the last 2 months, which was a terribly time consuming process!

Therefore, if you want to run the blog smoothly, take backups constantly. I use WordPress to Dropbox plugin but there are other plugins too.

The whole process is automated so you don’t have to take any manual backup.

Maintenance Frequency: frequently.

#6 Setup Outreach Campaigns

You need money to maintain and run a WordPress blog. The money comes from advertising offers or selling affiliate products. You need to setup outreach campaigns to generate revenue.

By outreach campaign, I mean creating a blog profile, including its traffic details and other metrics like DA and PA, and approaching advertisers.

This is, again, a time consuming process but very essential because in the long-term, the goal is to make the blog survive and initially, one has to do the legwork to setup advertising deals.

I have put it under blog maintenance because you have to engage in this activity frequently, without fail.

Maintenance Frequency: frequently.

#7 Social Sharing Options

Relying on organic ranking solely for blog traffic is a bad idea. Organic rankings are unpredictable; therefore, you need to add a buffer. Social media acts as the buffer!

You should use social media as an additional but essential platform to build blog visibility and branding. This helps to maintain blog traffic as millions of people use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook daily, and thus, it has far more interesting outreach options.

While setting up the WordPress blog, use a good social media plugin like Digg Digg or Flare, enabling site visitors to share blog posts. You can connect the blog with services like Jetpack or Dlvr.it for automated social media sharing.

Maintenance Frequency: sharing is automated once setup.

Endnote

Use these WordPress resources to maintain and build your business / blog to its maximum potential.

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