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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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Blogging Pitfalls: Going Down With Your (Hosting) Ship

If there is one thing that the recent outages at Amazon Cloud and even the PlayStation Network can show us, it’s that even the best, most reliable companies can have serious problems with their hosting infrstructure and can go down.

Unfortunately, as a blogger, you’re just a passenger on someone else’s ship on the Web. Whether it’s a free hosting service like Blogger or WordPress.com, or you have your own server, most likely, some other company is providing the hosting and the access to you. But as reliable as they might have been in the past or as great as they are now, there’s always a possibility that things could change.

Simply put, hardware breaks, companies get sold and people change jobs. What was great service and support one day could be catastrophic downtime tomorrow and it’s important to be prepared for that possibility at all times. Sadly, this has nothing to do with avoiding unlimited hosting or using a bad host as even the best, most honest hosts can have a problem.

Instead, this is an issue about being prepared for the inevitable, that something will go wrong eventually, and that you don’t want to be the one who goes down with the ship. It’s a grim situation to prepare for, but one that every blogger has to.

After all, just a few moments of preparation can, literally, save you many hours or even days of headache down the road.

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Blogging Pitfalls: We’ll Do It Live

If you blog long enough, at some point you’re going to be faced with a sticky problem. You need to make a major change to your site, such as switch to a new CMS, upgrade a critical component or set up a new theme.

However, your live site already has a pretty lengthy history behind it and, most likely, a steady stream of traffic. This makes anything that you do on your main site a very public disaster waiting to happen.

Unfortunately though, many people don’t see the danger of working on their live site and, caught up in the thrill of making a big change, often times jump in and cause a great deal of damage to their sites.

Where one can be reckless and crazy with a site they haven’t yet pushed live, anything that you’ve invested time and energy into creating content for, not to mention building traffic for, needs to be treated with a great deal more care. One can’t simply jump into the code and start pulling things apart when visitors and search engines alike are watching closely, at least not without great risk.

In these situations, cooler heads have to prevail and a slower, more methodical approach is necessary. However, it’s an approach that it seems few bloggers have mastered.

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3 Things I Learned About WordPress In 2010

With 2010 coming to a close and many bloggers reflecting on their top 10 lists, I thought it would be nice to share 4 things I learned about WordPress this year that I wish I knew in 2009.

Granted some of these services didn’t exist in 2009 (as you’ll see below), however many of their alternatives did.

Although there were numerous other things I learned about WordPress ranging from security to various SEO tips, here are the top 3 things that stood out this year to me in 2010. Read More

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Should Probloggers Backup Their Social Data?

In an age where everyone and their grandmother is tweeting or Facebooking, many bloggers take for granted that both of these social networks will “always be there” in the future (despite the infrequent fail whales).

However if Facebook or Twitter went off line or (worse) decided to kick you off of their respective networks, you will probably find it very difficult to access your data (such as images, text. etc.), let alone secure it.

While it’s always good to backup your blog (even if you choose service hosting over self hosting), you might also want to consider backing up your social data as well (just in case you need to make a speedy exit).

For those of you seeking ways to back up your data on Facebook and Twitter, here are a few resources that will help you sleep easier at night just in case you encounter the eternal fail whale. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Should Perform a Blog Security Audit Today

Imagine sitting down to your computer one morning and opening up your blog. However, instead of finding your homepage your admin panel staring back at you, you instead see a bright red warning screen telling you that malware has been detected on the site and you are advised not to enter.

The realization quickly sinks in that, if you are seeing that error, so is everyone else trying to visit your site. You begin to hurry and try to figure out what happened but quickly realize that your site has been compromised and, if you’re even able to log in, you have a very big mess to clean up. Worst of all, when you’re done, you have to apply for reconsideration with Google and other security companies and then wait 12 hours or more for the warning to clear off.

It’s a painful process and, in the best of circumstances it can ruin an entire day and, in the worst, it can destroy an otherwise healthy site.

Still, it is an all-too-common occurrence on the Web. Bloggers learn too late that their sites are vulnerable and are left to clean up the mess an attacker leaves behind. That mess could be as simple as adding malware to the site, inserting spam links into the theme or defacing the site but in some extreme cases, it can go as far as to delete everything the blogger has done.

To help keep you, your visitors and your site safe(r) from hackers, you need to make sure your server is secure. Fortunately, it isn’t very complicated but failure to spend the time and energy today can be very costly tomorrow. Read More

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3 FREE (Or Cheap) Ways To Safely Back Up Your Blog

Ever since Automattic (the company behind WordPress) debuted VaultPress, there has been intense discussion (online and off) by self hosted bloggers over how much one should pay to secure their blog data.

Some users have even boasted that they back up their data to their email account or home computer, two choices that should NEVER be options (feel free to ask why in the comment section below).

Since everyone’s budget is different, here are 3 inexpensive ways to back up your blog without breaking the bank. Read More

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VaultPress from WordPress: The Good, the Bad, and the Beta

In June Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com for you non-geeks) began granting users access to their latest and greatest beta VaultPress.

Unlike other services of Automattic, VaultPress is geared strictly towards self hosting WordPress blogs (aka WordPress.org) as a data backup service that protects a bloggers data in the even that their hosting company dies, kidnaps their site or (worse case scenario) is attacked by hackers.

Despite being in a limited beta, WordPress is charging brave souls $15 a month per blog (which works out to be $180 a year) to entrust their blog’s entire content to the VaultPress crew.

For those of you wondering if you should give Automattic your cold hard cash or choose an alternative, here is this authors take on VaultPress (both the good as well as the bad). Read More

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The 3 Blog Laws Of Self Hosting (Ignore Them At Your Own Risk)

Despite the benefits of blogging upon Blogger, WordPress.com, OnSugar (for Drupal lovers),  or a microblogging site like Tumblr, there comes a season in your life when you must embrace the trials and tribulations of self hosting your blog.

Fortunately in the age of social networking and blogs, most hosting companies offer clients “one click” installs allowing users to upload the blog software of their choice without having to resort to using the infamous FTP (which only geeks love).

Aside from finding yourself a decent host, there are 3 laws of self hosting that you should follow which will not only prevent damage to your blog’s data (as replacing it via Google cache can be a pain), but also of your wallet as well. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Plugin Purgatory

Everyone loves WordPress plugins. They’re great and they can do a ton of great things from improve your commenting system to improving your site’s security.

While WordPress plugins are great, too much of any good thing is simply that, too much. Going overboard with WordPress plugins can have an adverse affect on your blog in many different ways, possibly resulting in a blog that barely functions.

So before you click “Install” and add yet another one of the latest and greatest WordPress plugins, it’s important to take a moment and make sure it is actually in the best interest of your site.

If you don’t, you could wind up paying for it dearly down the road.

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