Here at ShoutMeLoud, we always talk about WordPress. No doubt, WordPress is one of the easiest platform to blog on. At the initial stage, you may have to work little hard to learn WordPress, but there are WordPress guides, which will help you to understand everything. I have a few mediocre websites – some Joomla, some WordPress, and some others that I have forgotten about or neglected. However, I am fussy about building them to best practice, within the budget. So let me show how I built a WordPress site in two days and how you can build it in an hour. I’ll say at the outset that the delay was owing to a problem with a special theme I used, lest I turn you off. As some of you know, you can click a button in your hosting control panel and “install” WordPress in a second. However, WordPress setup and tuning takes work and that is never-ending. Define the Goals for your WordPress Blog Most people create a personal blog but, given this audience, I’ll limit … [Read more...] about How to SetUp WordPress Blog in One Hour
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W3 Total Cache is a strong caching plugin like WP Super Cache. It has more features than other caching plugin available in WordPress plugins directory. For long time, I was using WP Super Cache plugin on Bloggers Passion. And I was satisfied with its performance most of the time. But recently I started seeing this blog speed slowing down due to increase in traffic. So I have to look out for better alternates. For some time I’m hearing lots of good words about W3 Total Cache. So I decided to give a try to it. And to my surprise, W3 Total Cache plugin seems to be doing much better job than WP Super Cache. This plugin used to improve every aspect of your WordPress site like its page cache, Minify, Database Cache, Object Cache, Browser Cache, CDN support, Varnish and Network performance etc. And all these things make W3 Total Cache as the one of best caching plugin for WordPress blogs. It’s not Hostgator only that is recommending this plugin, other big players in the web … [Read more...] about How to Install W3 Total Cache Plugin on WordPress Blogs
Everyone knows that hosting your blog can become a costly affair, and the question of cost arises in every new blogger’s mind. How much is it going to cost to create a self-hosted WordPress blog? There is no upper limit when it comes to blog investment, and in this guide, I will share the minimum amount you need to spend to create a professional blog which you can proudly share with the world. With WordPress, you can start a blog with very little money. The WordPress software is free. You can download it from the WordPress.org page. Still, there are some other necessary elements that you will have to pay for (such as a domain name and a hosting space). These extra costs will depend on your specific requirements. You may also choose to invest in customization, SEO, or other factors along the way. These things may also cost money. If your intent is simply to start a blog on WordPress, you can start with a minimal … [Read more...] about How Much Does it Cost to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog?
When I started blogging, stats of the blog was only for knowing how many visitors I’m getting, and with time I realize stats of my blog is the key to blog growth. It doesn’t matter if you have a blog with 100 views a day or a blog with 100 millions views a day, you need to have a stats program which help you to track blog traffic and analyse them. In my earlier post I have shared about 3 stats program for WordPress blog, and Google analytics is one of the free stats program that is must have for any blog. I would not get into details of benefits of Google analytics, as I have already covered it here. In this tutorial, you be learning about setting up your Google analytics account and adding Google analytics into your WordPress blog. I have simplified this guide to non-technical users too, so you don’t have to worry about tech-how of Google analytics & WordPress integration. How to Setup Google Analytics Account Lets start the guide with setting up Google analytics … [Read more...] about How To Add Google Analytics To WordPress Blog (with Pictures)
Here at ShoutMeLoud, we have covered installation guides for many popular web-hosting companies. Before I share the WordPress checklist, check out some of these installation guides: One important aspect of creating a successful blog is setting up your blog the right way. It may take an additional hour or two, but this effort will surely pay off in the long run. If you have gone through ShoutMeLoud’s previous guide on the WordPress post-installation essential processes, let’s move ahead with the next steps to take. In this guide, I will share a checklist which you should follow to make your WordPress blog “publish-ready”. I won’t say all of the steps here are essential, but I will say that every step will be very beneficial for you. At the very least, it will take you one step ahead of those WordPress blogs who are missing out on these essential elements. So let’s get on with the list! (Feel free to add your 2 cents at the end of the article in the … [Read more...] about How To Set Up A WordPress Blog [Checklist]