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The Importance of Caching in WordPress

W3 Total Cache LogoI had a pretty rough night last month.

After relaxing for a bit with my wife, I checked my site only to find that it wasn’t there at all. Instead, I was greeted with an error message saying that WordPress could not connect to the database.

I logged into my server’s control panel and noticed that the server load was unfathomably high, much more than it could ever take. I’d been dealing with a weird CPU issue for a while so I restarted the server, expecting it to correct itself.

But when my server eventually restarted, the site came back but only for a second, it quickly went down again. Whatever was causing it wasn’t just a temporary issue.

I contacted my host, which told me that they were seeing very high levels of traffic to the server, more than it could handle. It turns out the article I had written about a recent plagiarism case on Reddit was getting some attention both via Reddit itself and Google searches. The volume just seemed too high.

But then I looked at the sample level of traffic that I managed to snag when the site came back up briefly. It was high, many times my normal level, but nothing the server shouldn’t be able to take easily. It had, in the past, handled spiked much bigger than this.

My host agreed and we worked together to keep the site offline but give me access. Once in, I realized that I had made a terrible mistake.

The week before, I had to, in an emergency, create a new theme for my site. As part of that I had disabled W3 Total Cache. While a great move at the time, when I was done I had forgotten to reenable it and the site was without any kind of caching.

I reenabled the plugin, checked that it was working and then opened the site back up to the rest of the world. Sure enough, though the load was high and the server was straining some, it was nowhere near buckling. The highly-elevated traffic remained for several days and, through it all, there wasn’t as much as a glitch or a hiccup.

If I had remembered to reenable W3 Total Cache, or any caching plugin, I probably wouldn’t have noticed the traffic spike until I checked the stats the next day and I certainly wouldn’t have people on Reddit commenting about how quickly my site went down.

It was an embarrassment that ended up being minor, but it serves as a reminder to every WordPress user: Make sure you are using a caching plugin. Read More

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Five Powerful Shopping/Ecommerce Plugin Solutions For WordPress

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Setting up a business online has proven to be a winning move for many people. Taking advantage of the explosive growth of online commerce is something you can also take advantage of with your site.

If you want to start your own e-commerce site, conversion is quite easy. One of the things you need to do is to install an e-commerce or shopping plugin. There’s no reason to worry about the platform on which your site is built on. There are many e-commerce or shopping plugins being developed for various platforms. In fact, you can even convert your WordPress-powered blog into a shopping site by just installing a plugin. There are many WordPress plugins that will put a shopping functionality to your blog. Her are some of them: Read More

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5 Nightmare Scenarios for Your Blog

It’s Halloween in the United States (and much of the rest of the world). As such, people are gathering together for parties, going trick or treating and telling scary stories.

In that spirit, last week on Performancing I discussed legal nightmares that can happen to you and your blog. Specifically, there were three scenarios that, while sounding like nothing more than legal theory, actually happened to one or more bloggers.

In that spirit, here are five more practical horror stories to keep you awake when it comes to your blog. Best part of all is that I don’t have to give specific examples because each and every one of these have happened not once or twice, but hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

So if you’re wondering about the gruesome ways your blog can be mangled, kidnapped or killed, here are just five of the more common (and more sudden) ways to consider. Read More

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Eight Best Free Contact Forms for WordPress

You’ve done all the work, you’ve managed to get a user of the interweb notice you and then click on your website. You’ve even managed to get them interested enough to ask for more information. Now you’ve managed all that and then weirdly the user doesn’t contact you. Dang. Looks like you need a new contact form, pronto!

Here’s a look at 8 of the best free Contact Forms we’ve found for WordPress.  We selected these plugins based on some features that we felt were key to defining a complete plugin. Read More

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Onpage SEO Plugin for WordPress Blogs

WordPress is really a powerful framework for designing PHP based dynamic website. But some people face problems during their SEO venture. Some developer face problem to create the sitemap for their WordPress website. But WordPress has one great feature called Add-On and by using this feature one can add several plugin to the website with just few clicks. Similarly there is also some effective solution is available in WordPress plugin store. Read More

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10 Plugins For Securing Your WordPress Based Website From Hackers

With its ease of use and versatile approach to fulfilling each individual’s needs WordPress opens the doors to the virtual universe.  As most of you know WordPress is the very popular software that allows each of us to install it, make mistakes with it and get it working again and again. With that in mind understand that you’re still moving forward, even if you’re falling on your face. This article offers the top ten most downloaded security plugins for WordPress. Read More

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ManageWP Worker Lets You Easily Manage Multiple WordPress Sites

ManageWP LogoInstalling and managing a single self-hosted WordPress site can keep your hands full, especially if you’re dedicated to publishing content on a regular basis. So it’s quite a given that handling multiple WordPress sites could be very daunting for both beginners and seasoned WordPress users. It takes a lot of time and effort to manage several WordPress installations, and for most of us, it can be overwhelming. Well, to borrow a saying from the smartphone crowd, there’s a plugin for that.

ManageWP Worker is a WordPress plugin that lets you take complete control of multiple WordPress sites from a single interface. From installation to monitoring, its suite of management tools has got you covered. Here are the highlights of this plugin to make you understand how it could help you manage your army of WordPress sites.

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ManageWP has a website cloning tool that lets you easily and quickly create new sites based on existing ones. This means you can tinker and play around with a test site and efficiently turn it into a production site with as little effort as possible. Mass migrations are also made easy because you only need to input FTP details and other hosting information into a single dashboard and you’re good to go. If you have ever experienced problems with switching a site from one host to another before, you know that this kind of convenience is very welcome.

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Is Integrating with Facebook Really a Good Idea?

Facebook Plugin SamplesYesterday, Facebook announced the launch of a new WordPress plugin that makes it easier than ever to integrate Facebook into your site.

Though integration has always been possible, it’s been a bit of a headache requiring a mashup of plugins and/or coding to integrate with Facebook’s notoriously verbose and complex API.

The new plugin makes integration easy. With a few minutes of setup and no coding, WordPress users can now add a social publisher that blasts their posts out over their feeds and fan pages, replace their WordPress comments with Facebook’s alternative, add a recommendations bar that finds related posts and also add like, subscribe and send buttons.

The plugin is both so powerful and useful that Samuel “Otto” Wood, the creator of the popular Simple Facebook Connect plugin, will eventually stop supporting it in favor of the official plugin.

But is integrating your site so tightly with Facebook really a good idea? The answer isn’t simple and it depends heavily on your site and the best way to decide is to look at the pros and cons while making the decision for yourself. Read More

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Use Jetpack To Soar Like A Blogging Hero

Jetpack for WordPressA year and a couple of months after it was released to non-WordPress.com users, Jetpack is still packing some heat, especially with a few new features not included in the initial release. While most of Jetpack’s features can be also be acquired by installing other WordPress plugins, there’s a certain level of efficiency and convenience involved in getting all of them in one simple installation.

You can install Jetpack just like you would any other WordPress plugin; just download the package and install, that’s it. You will need to connect it to a WordPress.com account to activate the features, so make sure you already have a WordPress.com account before strapping on your Jetpack.

If you’re still not using this plugin on your self-hosted WordPress blog, here are some of the features and benefits you’re missing out on:

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WPJobBoard Makes Job Posting On WordPress Sites Simple And Effective

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I am all about value added services, It is my personal belief that your websites visitors are more likely to revisit your content if you provide them with all the tools they need to succeed. For that reason a strong job board is essential if you run a tech reporting, freelance writing or related website in which your readers likely want to stay up-to-date with openings in their field.

For more than a year BloggingPro.com has been utilizing a paid WordPress Job Board Software platform known as WPJobBoard and we could not be any happier.

For just $99 the WordPress plugin allows us to save unlimited job postings, unlimited job applications and unlimited resumes, all on our own trusty server which means no reliance on outside systems.

One of the best parts about WPJobBoard is the simple fact that it scales for your template, that means as you change the look and feel of your website you can easily continue the WPJobBoard integration process. For example take a look at our output on http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/ and you will see a template that matches the websites design (the $99 package comes with one free job board theme valued at $79): Read More

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