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20 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

How to Create a Conditional Sidebar in WordPress

Diablo 3 Sidebar

Wordpress allows you to change the ‘template’ based on what is being viewed. You can set a specific piece of content (a page or post) to use a certain template (instead of the default) and then customize it accordingly. Otherwise you can just alter your theme to display a sidebar based on a certain condition. […]

25 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Who Pays Their Fair Share of Taxes?

It's mine!

In the United States political realm you can’t go far without hearing someone mention ‘their fair share’ of taxes. From the Obama administration this is usually directed at folks like Warren Buffet who pay millions in taxes. From the  guys on the other side of the isle they might argue that the 47% doesn’t pay […]

31 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Using Event Tracking with Google Analytics

Creating a New Goal

Google’s Analytic software has a neat feature that allows you to track arbitrary events opposed to page visits. That means you can track activity on your site such as when a visitor clicks an affiliate link, when they click your Facebook link or when they do anything else involving an action on your page. Why […]

25 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

How to Find the Post ID or Page ID in WordPress

Finding Post ID

Looking for your post’s ID? It’s actually really easy to find if you know how. Simple Answer: Edit the post that you want the ID of. Once the editor is up, check the URL of your web browser. You should see something like this: In this case, the post ID is 98. If you’re editing […]

25 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Syncing WordPress with Twitter

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about strategies to drive traffic to your site? One of the important parts of being a good author is to give your audience ways to subscribe to your future content. This way, when you publish something they get notified by their favorite social network. Some people use […]

18 January 2012 ~ 19 Comments

Installing WordPress at Nearly Free Speech

Putty Settings

Yesterday I went over the cheapest WordPress hosting options and came to the conclusion that Nearly Free Speech is the clear winner if you’re willing to do some technical stuff yourself. If you’re not willing to do some technical stuff and potentially deal with some technical issues, then HostGator is probably your best bet. So what is […]

16 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Cheapest WordPress Hosting

A lot of people start their WordPress blogs hosted right at wordpress.com (yourblog.wordpress.com), and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, as you expand and want to install plugins, themes and otherwise customize or monetize your site, you will be very limited with the hosted solution at wordpress.com. The alternative is to pay for hosting. For many people […]

16 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Using FeedBurner in WordPress

Final Widget

Once you’re creating content and people are reading it. The next thing you should do is hook your WordPress blog up to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and e-mail. What if you don’t use Twitter, or what if you don’t like Facebook? Too bad. The reason you need to hook your blog up […]

13 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

WordPress – Installing Basic Plugins

Next up you will want to install some basic plugins to monitor traffic, provide SEO tools and prevent spam. The plugins I use are just based on my personal experience and preference. There are several plugins in each category that you could use and thousands of plugins total that exist. I feel like it’s a […]

11 January 2012 ~ Comments Off on WordPress – The First 5 Steps

WordPress – The First 5 Steps

We’re going to start configuring and optimizing WordPress. Today we’ll knock out the first 5 steps to setting up our WordPress blog. Don’t feel like you need to follow along with all the steps or even do them at the same time as I do. This information isn’t going anywhere. Once I’m done with the […]