Archive for the ‘WordPress’ Category

Preventing WordPress Plugin Folly

An overloaded power outlet

There’s no doubt that plu­g­ins are one of the rea­sons for WordPress’s suc­cess. They can do some won­der­ful things.

Even so, they’ve been the down­fall of many a site. This post dis­cusses the trade­offs of plu­g­ins and how to pro­tect your site from the Creep­ing Men­ace of Plu­gin Bloat. Read more…

Choose the Right WordPress for Your Website

Which Wordpress?

Many small to medium-sized non­prof­its need an easy, inex­pen­sive option for their web­sites. A com­mon bit of advice is often dis­pensed in those sit­u­a­tions: try WordPress.

Depend­ing on the organization’s needs, that advice might be spot-on. Unfor­tu­nately those giv­ing the advice some­times don’t delve into an impor­tant ques­tion: which WordPress?

Because there’s not just one kind of WordPress.

In fact, there are four.

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WordPress Backups: The Hard Way and The Easy Way

Bank Valut

Den­tal check­ups. Clean­ing the gut­ters. Com­puter backups.

Some things are all too easy to put off even though we know we should do them.

I can’t help you with your teeth, and I won’t help with your gut­ters, but I have advice about back­ups. Specif­i­cally, Word­Press backups.

Every day more orga­ni­za­tions trust Word­Press as their web­site plat­form. I do too, and I often rec­om­mend it to clients. That’s great. The prob­lem is that some orga­ni­za­tions take trust a lit­tle too far by assum­ing noth­ing will ever go badly wrong.

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Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 3: Use Your Browser to Build a Website

A Home Button

This is the last in a three-part series dis­cussing web­site options for nonprofits.

Part 1 gave back­ground infor­ma­tion about what a web­site really is and dis­cussed options for where yours can live.

Part 2 dis­cussed the tra­di­tional approach: installing a web page edi­tor on your com­puter and using it to build a website.

But the last 5 years have intro­duced a bevvy of tools that promise to let you build a web­site using noth­ing but the most basic and ubiq­ui­tous tool of the Web Age: the hum­ble web browser. In this third post we’ll take a look at those tools. Read more…

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