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10 min read Juriy Polovec
Security | wpsuperstars.net | Jan. 4, 2018

8 Quick Ways To Secure Your WordPress Website

There is no doubt that we have all left a window open in our house while we have popped to the shop to grab some milk. Think back to the number of occasions where you have left your car unlocked for a moment while paying for a parking ticket or dropping something off.

8 Quick Ways To Secure Your WordPress Website

Security | wpsuperstars.net | Jan. 4, 2018

There is no doubt that we have all left a window open in our house while we have popped to the shop to grab some milk. Think back to the number of occasions where you have left your car unlocked for a moment while paying for a parking ticket or dropping something off.
Probably more than just once, right?
It is natural for us to forget about managing risky situations and put them on the back burner.
Human nature encourages us to feel positive wherever possible, and we like to think that most people and circumstances are to be trusted and that nothing untoward will happen.
Although that is true in most cases, there are times when the odds aren’t in our favor, and when that occurs, it will be too late to do anything about it.
If your home or car is broken into due to lapse security, you will be left picking up the pieces knowing that you could have prevented a very unfortunate situation.
With regards to WordPress, the same logic applies, and hoping that your site won’t get hacked is most definitely not the best course of action.
Obviously, nobody wants their site attacked, and if that happens, there are likely to be serious consequences; your website could get blacklisted from

8 min read Brian
Development | wpsuperstars.net | Mar. 2, 2018

The WordPress Update: Twin Core Updates And Some Interesting Gutenblocks

More updates and news come out from WordPress. get the latest news and discussions in this post. Man I love WordPress and I know you all do to. Come have a peak and join the discussions.

The WordPress Update: Twin Core Updates And Some Interesting Gutenblocks

Development | wpsuperstars.net | Mar. 2, 2018

Hey folks, I’m back with another installment of The WordPress Update. If you didn’t catch our previous news drop, The WordPress Update is our new monthly feature where we collect the best news of the month, spice it up with some of our own thoughts and commentary, and share it with you all here and in the newsletter (you should sign up for the newsletter so that you don’t miss out).
This month, we have goodies on back-to-back WordPress updates, Facebook users’ opinions on WordPress, developers doing cool things with Gutenberg, the WordPress Philosophy, and lots more fun stuff.
Let’s get started!
The fastest update release ever – WordPress 4.9.3 followed by WordPress 4.9.4
In early February, we got a quick succession of WordPress updates.
First, WordPress 4.9.3 was released on February 7th. WordPress 4.9.3 was a basic maintenance release that fixed 34 different bugs in total, including some Customizer issues and PHP 7.2 compatibility.
It wasn’t an especially exciting release…
What was exciting was the fact that WordPress 4.9.4 was released just hours after the initial WordPress 4.9.3 release.
So why such a quick turnaround?
WordPress 4.9.3

8 min read Juriy Polovec
Plugins | wpsuperstars.net | Jan. 22, 2018

How To Build A Sales Page In WordPress With No Design Experience

Want to create your own sales page, but don’t have much design experience? You’re not the only one.

How To Build A Sales Page In WordPress With No Design Experience

Plugins | wpsuperstars.net | Jan. 22, 2018

Want to create your own sales page, but don’t have much design experience? You’re not the only one.
This is a challenge a lot of people face.
Hiring a designer/developer to build a sales page for you can be expensive.
But thanks to the landing page plugins available for WordPress, you don’t have to.
One of the best comes from the makers of Thrive Themes: Thrive Architect.
And by the end of this tutorial – you’ll have your own sales page. It’ll be branded and look like you hired a professional designer.
Let’s get started:
What you will learn in this tutorial
How to build a sales page when you have no design experience
The payment processors and platforms you’ll need for selling either digital products, courses or physical products
Other Requirements: Payment processor (see step 4) and a product to sell
Summary of steps:
Step 1 – Install and activate Thrive Architect
Step 2 – Select your template
Step 3 – Customize your page
Step 4 – Link to your payment processor
Step 5 – Publish your page
How to build a sales page using Thrive Architect
Thrive Architect is a premium plugin which comes with more than 156 templates

8 min read Adam Connell
Editorials | wpsuperstars.net | Jul. 3, 2014

11 Essential Tasks To Complete After Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress is just the beginning, there are certain tasks that you need to complete. Plugins to install, settings to tweak. Find out more here.

11 Essential Tasks To Complete After Installing WordPress

Editorials | wpsuperstars.net | Jul. 3, 2014

Installing WordPress only takes a few minutes and once the installation has taken place your site is ready for use. While it can be tempting to just dive straight in and get to work on publishing your first pieces of content, by completing these 11 essential tasks, you can ensure your site gets off to a great start while also saving yourself from a lot of potential headaches in the future.
These essential WordPress setup tasks include security advice, SEO tips, and ways to improve site speed, not to mention choosing a theme and making your content more socially sharable.
By completing these 11 quick tasks you can ensure your WordPress website is built on solid foundations.
1. Remove sample content
To help you get to grips with the WordPress way of doing things, a new installation will include some sample content.
This sample content should be removed once you are ready to start building your site and it can be found in the following locations:
‘Hello World’ post
‘Sample Page’ page
‘Mr WordPress’ comment
‘Hello Dolly’ plugin
Simply delete the above to remove all the sample content from your new WordPress site.
2. Disable directory browsing via .htaccess
This is a quick action you should

8 min read Josh Pollock
Community | wpsuperstars.net | Apr. 23, 2015

How To Take Control Of Your WordPress Permalinks

How to create SEO-friendly permalinks for WordPress posts using the permalinks settings, or for every single post type using Caldera URL Builder

How To Take Control Of Your WordPress Permalinks

Community | wpsuperstars.net | Apr. 23, 2015

Creating SEO-friendly permalinks for your WordPress site is one of the most important steps in the larger process of search engine optimization. WordPress makes creating SEO-friendly permalinks for posts in your blog fairly easy, though the system could be more intuitive.
Of course, WordPress lets you add any number of custom post types. That’s where its real power as a content management system lies. But the more customized your site is, the trickier creating multiple, seo-friendly permalink structures gets.
In this post I will start by showing you how to use WordPress’s built-in tools to make SEO-friendly permalinks for your blog posts. Then I will show you how to do the same for any post type, all without writing a line of code.
SEO-friendly permalinks for blog posts
The established standard, which works well for SEO and making your site easy to navigate, is using a “/category/post-slug” format for your URLs. For example, if the post with the slug “fall-events” is in the category “news” it’s URL should be “/news/fall-events”.
For blog posts this is something that is a fairly easy to accomplish via WordPress’ permalink settings. In the permalink settings you can use a custom structure

Business | wpsuperstars.net | May. 13, 2016

How To Create A T-Shirt Store Using WordPress

A detail article how to start your own T-Shirt brand, and start selling with a WordPress Powered Store!

How To Create A T-Shirt Store Using WordPress

Business | wpsuperstars.net | May. 13, 2016

T-shirt shops have been a popular online business idea practically since the birth of the internet, and for good reason: they require very little up-front investment, you can flex your creative muscles and express yourself with your designs, and t-shirts will never go out of style. Starting an online business is much simpler than starting a traditional bricks-and-mortar business, and WordPress makes it even easier. Even if you’ve never used WordPress before, you can easily set up a t-shirt shop.
Here’s how:
Step 1: Create a plan
Remember: those who fail to plan, plan to fail. If you’re serious about creating a successful online store, it’s important to do a little brainstorming and planning before you start.
Choose your niche
The more narrowly defined your niche is, the easier it will be to find and connect with your target audience and market your t-shirt store.
If you just open a general t-shirt shop with no focus, you won’t be able to compete with big businesses with big budgets like Cafepress or TeeSpring.
But if you have a very narrow audience – say, t-shirts that features images from retro video games, or t-shirts targeting a specific profession

Community | wpsuperstars.net | Apr. 16, 2015

How To Publish Your Content From Google Docs To WordPress

Do you use Google Docs to write articles and then transfer the content to WordPress? It's time consuming. Try the Publish to WordPress which is a simple yet powerful and free Google Docs add-on.

How To Publish Your Content From Google Docs To WordPress

Community | wpsuperstars.net | Apr. 16, 2015

We have all been there. You have written a long-form, value-packed blog post on Google Docs and are ready to publish it on your WordPress blog.
But before anything, you are required to go through the menial process – consisting of several steps including uploading, adding images to the content one after the other, adding links, re-formatting the content and what not – before the post even goes live.
Almost every blogger follows the same rhetoric process – for every single blog post – this can often be very time consuming.
In fact, being a devoted Google Docs and WordPress user, I have done it too. I have also spent countless hours fixing the content formatting issues before a post goes live.
BUT, not anymore.
Enter Publish to WordPress.
What is Publish to WordPress?
Publish to WordPress is a simple yet powerful (and free) Google Docs add-on that allows users to publish content to their WordPress site – from right within Google Docs Interface. This tool was created by the team at Plugmatter (disclaimer: I am part of the Plugmatter team).
In order to publish blog posts, users do not even have to login to their WordPress site explicitly every time.
And, the cool part – perhaps, the most

4 min read Joe Can Write
Plugins | wpsuperstars.net | Apr. 4, 2015

How To Add Category Specific Widgets In WordPress

Ever wondered how you can add category specific widgets to your WordPress website? Wonder no more.

How To Add Category Specific Widgets In WordPress

Plugins | wpsuperstars.net | Apr. 4, 2015

Widgets are definitely one of the great things about WordPress. Unfortunately, many users use widgets without really realizing their true potential which results in a cluttered sidebar, or two; depending on your theme.
Luckily there is a solution right within your WordPress dashboard and that solution comes in the form of the JetPack module called Widget Visibility.
That little module alone allows you to display certain widgets on certain posts or pages – basically it gives you a fine level of control of your widgets and where you want them displayed.
With this module activated, there is no limit to the amount of “different” sidebars you can have.
You can display certain widgets on your front page, a different set of widgets on your About page or Contact page and a completely different set of widgets on your posts, or specific categories.
Let’s see how to do it!
Adding category specific widgets in WordPress
First thing you need to do is install JetPack plugin if you don’t have it installed already.
If you’d rather not install JetPack for just one module, then you can install just that module via JP Widget Visibility plugin.
If Jetpack is already installed on your site, then you are

8 min read JS Morisset
Plugins | wpsuperstars.net | Nov. 14, 2014

How to Optimize Your Content for Social Networks Using WordPress

A great tutorial on setting up WPSSO, with lots of screenshots and suggestions.

How to Optimize Your Content for Social Networks Using WordPress

Plugins | wpsuperstars.net | Nov. 14, 2014

By now we all know that writing great content paired with the correct usage of keywords leads to great SEO results. But there is one thing that is equally important when writing your blog posts.
And that is making sure your content is optimized for social networks.
Why?
Because sharing content that is optimized for social networks will result in more re-shares, re-tweets, re-pins, likes, +1′s and most importantly, it will increase the click-through rate back to your site. And that is what’s important here.
Given the large number of social networks out there, and all of their different preferences, you might find it time-consuming to optimize your content for each and every social network out there.
Pinterest prefers large and tall images, Facebook prefers square images, Twitter has their own set of rules, so does Google… Not to mention the rules get even more complicated when you consider all the different type of media you might include in your posts.
So how do you make sure your content looks great on every major social network? How do you achieve uniform presentation across all social media that looks great and gets you the results you want without spending hours in Canva, Picmonkey,

9 min read Josh Pollock
Community | wpsuperstars.net | Mar. 24, 2015

Top WordPress SEO Plugins: Improve Rankings & Usability

A useful listicle of ten plugins for improving SEO on your WordPress site.

Top WordPress SEO Plugins: Improve Rankings & Usability

Community | wpsuperstars.net | Mar. 24, 2015

SEO is evolving. And we have to evolve with it if we want to win the battle for attention online.
It’s about more than giving search engines like Google what they want.
It’s about ensuring that your site is solid from a technical perspective, optimizing your content and improving user experience.
Here’s the truth: what your users think matters.
They are why your website exists and your focus should always be on them.
In the post below I have put together a collection of some of the most effective SEO plugins that will help you optimize your content, get the technical SEO issues sorted and improve your user experience.
Look after your on page SEO (and a lot more) With WordPress SEO
WordPress SEO is a free plugin created by Joost de Valk.
The plugin boasts a wide range of features. It is continuously updated with bug fixes and the occasional new feature.
This is an all-round plugin which takes care of all the important technical SEO issues as well as helping you optimize content.
Features:
Control which post types are indexed by Google.
Page analysis.
XML sitemaps.
Breadcrumbs.
Update meta data and link elements.
Import & export your files with ease.
Support for Facebook OpenGraph.
Support

5 min read Hesham Zebida
Community | wpsuperstars.net | Jan. 24, 2015

5 Powerful Review Plugins For WordPress

Reviewing products in WordPress is awesome, but most WordPress themes are missing the features needed to produce a solid review. Check out these awesome 5 WordPress reviews plugins.

5 Powerful Review Plugins For WordPress

Community | wpsuperstars.net | Jan. 24, 2015

Do you like to review stuff on your blog? The fanciest iPhone cover? Or the new 50 Shades of Grey movie? Well, I have, and allow me to share a personal discomfort with you.
Reviewing products in WordPress is awesome, but most WordPress themes are missing the features needed to produce a solid review. To maintain consistency on your site, you should aim to have a:
Uniform layout
Fixed width cover image
Introduction to the product you’re describing
Rating meters and
Pros and cons list
Ideally, these are the features people are looking for in a review site. In this article I’m going to share a list of the best review plugins for WordPress. These are super easy to setup and deploy and will help you create amazing reviews, in minutes.
Impress visitors and search engines with WP Rich Snippets
Let’s start with the best – WP Rich Snippets is the de facto standard in premium WordPress review plugins. We use it in our site – WP Superstars and we loved it from day one. Check out our detailed review of WP Rich Snippets to find out why we love (and recommend) it so much.
You can download the ‘lite’ version of the plugin by subscribing to the newsletter – which is a pretty sweet deal to try out the