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Making the WordPress Media Library Your Friend

Making the WordPress Media Library Your Friend | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Images are one of the most important part of a website, but also basically the most technically challenging part -- at least if you want to do them right. I pre
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WordPress image management may not sound sexy, but Matt's hooking ya up with the goods to make your images load faster, make them easier to find, and make them slow down your server less. Bookmark this one!

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My pleasure, any time you can pass me links it helps us both out.
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I use WordPress daily and sometimes it is so slow. Is it because of my improper use of images?

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WordPress Passwordless Login - Cozmoslabs

WordPress Passwordless Login - Cozmoslabs | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
WordPress Passwordless Login is a plugin that allows your users to login without a password. Install it and add a shortcode in a page or widget.
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This last month has seen several big changes in tech that move sites increasingly AWAY from traditional passwords. (A good example is Twitter and "Digits".) So I was fascinated to come across this article for how to move a WordPress website away from traditional passwords. 
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Don't You Forget About Me

Don't You Forget About Me | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
When I was in high school, my friends and I would call the local radio station and dedicate stupid songs to each other. Or, if we felt snarky, we'd dedicate love songs to boys using other girls' na...
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Here's a great article, by Carrie Dils talking about how web accessibility for WordPress includes international languages.


According to this year’s WordPress Survey (highlighted by Matt Mullenweg at the State of the Word), only 23% of respondents are in the U.S. That leaves an overwhelming majority of international WordPress users.

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Time.com’s bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll | Poynter.

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Time's website bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll

Could this be the solution you need to solve your website's high bounce rates?

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Essential WordPress Plugins for Working With Animated GIFs

Essential WordPress Plugins for Working With Animated GIFs | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Once limited to tacky, flashing banners with neon colors and cartoons that floated through pop-ups and email headers, GIFs have changed for the better. With this change, they are here to stay, especially for WordPress users and developers. Designed specif
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Animated gifs can add a lot of fun or cool factor to blogs and websites - but you need to preplan for them so that they don't cause troubles including site-slowdown for you.


There's even some nifty ways you can "improve" them using various plugins.

 

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40+ Popular Universities that are Using WordPress

40+ Popular Universities that are Using WordPress | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
WordPress is the CMS of choice in HigherEd. Check out these 40+ popular universities using WordPress on their websites.
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I always love to keep an eye on how businesses and organizations of different types are using WordPress in different ways.

This is a neat overview and a good chance to look at what sorts of designs these Universities are favoring.

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Guide To Adapt Your WordPress Theme For Different Devices

Guide To Adapt Your WordPress Theme For Different Devices | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Today you can find several content management systems (CMS) out there in the market, and WordPress is the top contender when it comes to building non-fussy websites. Unlike other open-source CMS, WordPress requires no coding or relatively less coding to b
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Dennis J Smith's curator insight, April 15, 2014 10:09 AM

Are you using Responsive design on your WordPress site?

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Make WordPress Menu Items Open In New Window

Make WordPress Menu Items Open In New Window | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it

WordPress has a wonderful feature – Menus – that I absolutely love because it lets you manage their own menus  easily. By default, it doesn't seem like there's a way to make your menu links open in a new window. Well the good news, this is super easy and no extra plugin or code required. Here’s what you do.

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Prior to WP v3.0, getting menu items to open in a new link was a pain in the rear... but this little hidden checkbox in the new versions makes it super simple. Check it out! (Remember that you do not want ALL items to open in a new tab, only the ones that exit your site.)

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Making the WordPress Media Library Your Friend

Making the WordPress Media Library Your Friend | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Images are one of the most important part of a website, but also basically the most technically challenging part -- at least if you want to do them right. I pre
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WordPress image management may not sound sexy, but Matt's hooking ya up with the goods to make your images load faster, make them easier to find, and make them slow down your server less. Bookmark this one!

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Kimberly Castleberry's comment, March 26, 2014 12:58 AM
My pleasure, any time you can pass me links it helps us both out.
Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:14 PM

I use WordPress daily and sometimes it is so slow. Is it because of my improper use of images?

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Warning : Your WordPress Site May Be Part Of A Pingback DDoS Botnet Attack

Warning : Your WordPress Site May Be Part Of A Pingback DDoS Botnet Attack | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Alert: WP Attacks   Let me start this out by saying UUUUGGGGHHHH! There, now I got that out of the way, lets dive into what’s going on. You’ve likely heard me (continue to) mention the need to tighten up your
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You're going to need to patch this because it's not going away on it's own...

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Dennis J Smith's curator insight, March 26, 2014 11:55 AM

Make sure you don't fall victim. Read up!

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WordPress Software Sees Its First Auto-Update – Thoughts & Notes

WordPress Software Sees Its First Auto-Update – Thoughts & Notes | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
WordPress Software Sees Its First Auto-Update – Thoughts & NotesHello Automatic Updates! You may have noticed that WordPress 3.8.1 has arrived this week! It brought with it 31 important bug fixes and security updates.
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For the first time ever, the WordPress.org CMS software has come through an update that included automatically updating itself! Some love it - some hate it - here's my thoughts! I also show you how to disable the feature (by code or plugin) if you don't want it altering your site without your supervision. 

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The 12 Best Free WordPress Pinterest Plugins on the Market

The 12 Best Free WordPress Pinterest Plugins on the Market | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
These plugins do everything you need to integrate your WordPress with Pinterest.
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Pinterest is an incredibly powerful site - especially for those in visual markets. There's a lot of plugins for WordPress that connect to Pinterest - but which one is right for you? This is a useful collection that will help you discover what your options are!

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, February 9, 2014 11:09 PM

These plugins do everything you need to integrate your WordPress with Pinterest.

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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 20, 12:35 AM

These plugins do everything you need to integrate your WordPress with Pinterest.

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Introducing WordPress 3.8

Introducing WordPress 3.8 | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
WordPress 3.8   Today, WordPress 3.8 was released!  3.8 is the first revision we've had in a long while that brings some very VISIBLE changes that you're going to need to pay attention to so y...
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WordPress 3.8 is here... And with it comes a lot of changes to the admin dashboard.  Do you love it or hate it? Either way, it's time to get upgraded! 

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, December 29, 2013 7:20 PM

I spent years creating websites using Dreamweaver. Once I converted to WordPress.com and then WordPress.org there was no turning back. Well, Kim, I hope I am not going to feel any differently when I upgrade to WordPress 3.8.

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Google's Broken Promises & Who's Running The Search Engine?

Google's Broken Promises & Who's Running The Search Engine? | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
For two years in a row now, Google has gone back on major promises it made about search. The about-faces are easy fodder for anyone who wants to poke fun at Google for not keeping to its word.
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Does Google's flip-flopping on issues mean they owe website owners an explaination or is it mearly part of an ever changing landscape and attempts to stay competative? 

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WordPress Multisite: How to Make a Multilingual Website

WordPress Multisite: How to Make a Multilingual Website | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
How to create a multilingual website using WordPress Multisite: Installation, multilingual networks plugins, multilingual themes and plugins, etc.
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WordPress Multisite: How to Make a Multilingual Website

 

Multilingual configuration questions come up quite regularly and here's a useful post on some possible approaches to using the WordPress MultiSite feature to accomplish this.

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The Dark Side of Successful Blogging

The Dark Side of Successful Blogging | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
139 weeks ago, I bought the domain smartpassiveincome.com. At that moment, I was unknown in the world of online business and blogging. 3 million pageviews
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Blogging isn't all happy go lucky fun and games and some days it can lead to challenges that can really make you want to pull your hair out.

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Blogging isn't all happy go lucky fun and games and some days it can lead to challenges that can really make you want to pull your hair out.

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Reflections on Blogging After Thirteen Years

Reflections on Blogging After Thirteen Years | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
No one really knows what they will become one day as choices are always made within a certain amount of time. Some choices are made on the fly, and some, planned a few years. Thirteen years ago I
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Reflections on Blogging After Thirteen Years by Nile Flores

Nile has had a long and really cool "career" in blogging and she shares her thoughts on it in her latest post.

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How to increase your blog's traffic with Jetpack

How to increase your blog's traffic with Jetpack | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Jetpack comes with a set of features specifically designed to help you increase your site's traffic and grow your audience. That is after all the reason we build websites and blogs and write conten...
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While I'm not a huge fan of Jetpack... if you're using it then you really should be making the most of its capabilities.

Here's a look at some of the tools that can help you directly with traffic and indirectly via engagement improvement.


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How to Restrict Authors to Specific Category in WordPress

How to Restrict Authors to Specific Category in WordPress | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Ever wanted to limit your authors to their designated areas in WordPress? Learn how to restrict authors to specific category in WordPress.
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A very useful solution for those running multi-author blogs!
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The 15 Most Common WordPress Mistakes to Avoid - Jeffbullas's Blog

The 15 Most Common WordPress Mistakes to Avoid - Jeffbullas's Blog | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it

Jeff Bullas hits on some of the most common mistakes that we see WordPress users make.WordPress is the most popular platform for bloggers who are serious about online publishing. Here are 15 of the most common WordPress mistakes.

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Jeff Bullas hits on some of the most common mistakes that we see WordPress users make. If you have questions about any of these, please be sure to ask! There's lots of members in the community that can help with information or with (paid) assistance in fixing them for you, my team included.

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5 WordPress Podcasts You Should Be Listening To -

5 WordPress Podcasts You Should Be Listening To - | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
There are several great websites out there to find helpful information when it comes to WordPress. But some like to digest their information in different formats. I’m one of those who likes to read, listen and watch when it comes to learning something new. That is why …
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Love Podcasts? Here's 5 popular WordPress related podcasts that you won't want to miss!

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3 Different Kinds of Optin Forms for your WordPress Blog Sidebar (Aweber)

3 Different Kinds of Optin Forms for your WordPress Blog Sidebar (Aweber) | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Here’s 3 video tutorials showing step by step how to create an opt in form using an aweber template, using your own background image and with an image of an ebook on one side of the form.
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Here's a useful tutorial for setting up several types of optin forms in Aweber, for use on your WordPress blog by Julieanne van Zyl

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This Often-Forgotten WP Media Setting Helps Boost Your Loading Times!

This Often-Forgotten WP Media Setting Helps Boost Your Loading Times! | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
This Often-Forgotten WP Media Setting Helps Boost Your Loading Times! Optimizing WP Media Settings For Optimized Speeds  Recently, we’ve been talking a lot about image size optimization, resizing images, and the things you need to do to get your blog posts to
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Have you optimized your WordPress Media settings? It can make a huge difference in your blog post load times when you use this feature correctly!

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How To Disable Or Change Automatic WordPress Updates

How To Disable Or Change Automatic WordPress Updates | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
How To Disable Or Change Automatic WordPress UpdatesAlter WordPress Auto Updates To Suit Your Needs In version 3.7 of WordPress, we saw the arrival of automatic minor updates on our self-hosted versions of WordPress.  This week, WordPress 3.8.1 rolled...
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Considering putting a stop to the new WordPress automatic updates (for minor revisions)? Well, here's how you can do it. I list where to find the code snippets as well as some plugin options. 

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How to use WordPress widgets

How to use WordPress widgets | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Tutorial showing beginners how to use the widgets on your wordpress blog.
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When you're getting started with WordPress, widgets can seem fiddly and confusing. Julieanne does a great job covering what they are and how you can make the best use of them in this video. 

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Is This The Slide That Could Kill Responsive Design?

Is This The Slide That Could Kill Responsive Design? | WordPress Social Marketing | Scoop.it
Responsive design is supposed to make everyone’s life easier: build once and publish across platforms and devices.
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This graph proves that many mobile designs are not yet optimized. They fit the screen but they don't honor the need for lower bandwidth and lightweight loading. Looking forward to where responsive design goes in 2014. 

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