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In these blog posts you can read about SEO for WordPress and form building tools for WordPress as well as other advice (shortcut: just buy Gravity Forms) from a WordPress expert.

Add Twitter & Facebook to WordPress, the new Social plugin

MailChimp hired Alex King to make this hot new plugin. I have not used it but there is alot of positive buzz around this new tool. I look forward to trying it soon.   Social is a new WordPress plugin that makes it easier for you to connect your WordPress site to other social web […]

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WCSF: Notes from WordCamp 2011

WordCampSF2011. Lots of great conversations and presentations. Here’s some notes and links… 2 apps for converting a WordPress site to a mobile app. Curiously, they both seem to come from Israeli startups. There’s an entrepreneurial flavor to the fallafel I suppose. wiziapp.com: not free and iOS only uppsite.com: Free and connects to Anroid as well […]

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WooCommerce, WPEC, Gravity Forms and other WordPress Plugins for Ecommerce

Updated 4/2014 So many options out there – how to choose? First, educate yourself on the difference between a self-hosted Ecommerce solution (an Ecommerce plugin like WPEC or a dedicated solution like Magento or Zen cart) vs a hosted Ecommerce solution (like Shopify, Volusion, Bigcartel, Tictail) and decide what features you really need before you select a […]

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Site Speed – Analytics Help track WordPress pageload speed

My favorite plugin for tracking analytics is Google Analyticator. I noticed today it has an update that enables the new Google Analytics feature called “Site Speed”. I will report soon on how (and how well) this feature works as more data is gathered but for now my big tip is that you have to enable the “New […]

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How to Flush the DNS cache in Mac OSX for WordPress

Mac OSX uses a time-saving DNS cache. It’s generally invisible ot the user and helps speed things up a bit. If you are setting up a new WordPress self hosted site (or other CMS like Drupal) this can prevent you from being able to conenct to your new site – you might have to wait […]

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WP fix: Strange “’” characters appearing in WordPress

I recently had encoding problems with apostrophes (‘), quotation marks (“) and hyphens (-) as well as double spaces. They’d be displayed as question marks or “’” or “”. Mr Chow has an easy fix that worked perfectly. Turns out that the fix is really simple. By default, the WordPress config files now set your […]

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WordPress forum tools: bbPress vs phpBB comparison

bbPress vs phpBB comparison Both bbPress and phpBB are PHP based forum softwares. However, although their primary goals are both to aid in the formation of an online community and to easily allow your sites visitors to discuss topics with each other, the routes they both take to achieve that goal is quite different. bbPress […]

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Gravity Forms vs. Wufoo for WordPress

Gravity Forms just updated to version 1.5. So it’s a good time for me to talk about how much I love this tool. It’s got tons of features and can get really complex but also allows for a quick and robust simple contact form. One of the key features that puts it above the rest […]

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The best permissions setup for WordPress and Plesk

Years ago, when I first installed WordPress on my Plesk-based server I had some problems with file permission issues. I could not upload images and WordPress could not edit the .htaccess file. The best solution to these issues was to use a few command lines to set the ftp username for the domain to the […]

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Free WordPress Workshop by HelloARI: Web sites for Performing and Visual Artists in Chicago

  Peter McDowell and I will offer the free workshop “WordPress Web sites for Performing and Visual Artists” at the 2011 Creative Chicago Expo on March 12, 2011. The Expo is held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington and offers free admission. Using dynamic discussion and visual examples, this workshop will go through […]

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