nRelate Related Posts Plugin Alternatives for WordPress

Wondering what to use for a related posts plugin now that #nRelate is gone? Here are reviews of the top alternatives!

 by Gretchen Louise with Kelly Kathleen Many WordPress bloggers ran their plugin updates this week only to see a notice announcing the discontinuation of their favorite suite of related posts plugins: nRelate Related Content, nRelate Most Popular, and nRelate Flyout. We have until 5pm EST on December 31, 2014 before the nRelate plugins and service will stop working, according to the nRelate blog. Which has left us searching our favorite WordPress sites and asking our mastermind group members: What related post plugin shall I use now? In my search for a new related post plugin, I decided … [Read more...]

Why a Recipe Plugin is the Perfect Ingredient for Any WordPress Blog

Does your WordPress blog have a recipe plugin? Find out why it needs one--and which five plugins to check out.

If you have ever shared a recipe on your blog, you need a recipe plugin. Here are five reasons why: 1. Pinterest Rich Pins Have you seen the recipe pins on Pinterest that list all the ingredients under the pin itself? Not the pins where someone has typed out the directions in a long pin description, but the pins where Pinterest displays the ingredients in an organized manner. That is the power of rich pins combined with a recipe plugin that supplies Pinterest with your recipe data. 2. Pinterest Search Searching for recipes on Pinterest used to require also searching for the keywords … [Read more...]

Your WordPress Questions, Answered

Got WordPress Questions? @GretLouise has answers!

If these 31 days "inside" WordPress have left you with more questions than answers, then you've come to the right place. I've compiled some of your most FAQ in this post. And when you have more? Just comment and ask! I'll do my best to answer them. Social Media & Blogging What’s the best way to share my blog posts on social media? The best way to share your blog posts on social media is to share them manually. Especially when it comes to Facebook. The secret algorithms of Facebook seem to give preference to posts created within Facebook, rather than posts created in a third-party … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Share Themselves (almost)

10 ways to make your blog posts share themselves (almost) via @GretLouise

You don't have to be a social media ninja to be a successful blogger. (Click to Tweet that!) In fact, your blog posts can go viral without you ever having to share them on Facebook or Twitter. All you have to do is make your posts shareable. (And have quality, compelling content worth sharing, of course.) Here are ten ways to make your blog posts so easy to share that they almost share themselves.  Tweet 1. one click like buttons If I want to like your post, I want to like your post. I don't want to have to open a new window, compose something witty, and press Share. I … [Read more...]

5+ Ways to Send Your Blog Posts Via Email

5+ ways to send your blog posts via email from @GretLouise

Your tech-savvy blog readers can subscribe to your blog using an RSS feed reader like Feedly or Bloglovin’, but the rest of them might not even know what that little RSS symbol stands for, let alone how to use it. (Don't miss the 5 Minute Guide to RSS Feeds in WordPress.) The key to getting your readers to return to your blog is to get permission to send your blog posts straight to their inbox. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of 5+ popular ways to send your blog posts via email. 1. Jetpack If you’re a WordPress.com user, Jetpack is the default subscription option. It’s … [Read more...]

The 5 Minute Guide to RSS Feeds in WordPress

The 5 Minute Guide to RSS Feeds in WordPress by @GretLouise

What is an RSS feed? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed is the latest content of a blog surrounded by special code that makes it available for “syndication” across the world wide web. Using a popular feed reader like Bloglovin’ or Feedly, or any number of other apps or programs, your visitors can subscribe to your blog via its RSS feed. They can read your posts without ever visiting your blog itself, and be notified of new posts without having to check your blog each day. Where do I find my blog’s feed? If you have anything other than the default WordPress … [Read more...]

Why Your WordPress Site Needs a Cache Plugin

Why your WordPress site needs a Cache plugin via @GretLouise

A cache plugin creates a “cached” or pre-loaded version of your WordPress site’s pages that can be quickly accessed without checking the host files and database to see if there is newer information. Or, in the more technical terms of a WPMU blogger, "Caching is reusing data from previous requests to speed up subsequent requests." By dictionary definition, a cache is something that’s hidden away or unseen. That means your viewers won’t know you’re using a cache and Google shouldn't see any duplicate content. Most cache plugins allow you to manually clear a cache, or clear it by default when … [Read more...]

Why Your WordPress Site Needs an SEO Plugin

Why your WordPress site needs an SEO plugin via @GretLouise

When it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization), WordPress is top of the line. And if you use a theme from a professional source like StudioPress or WooThemes, your theme is designed to take advantage of the power of WordPress SEO. But if you want to really optimize your site’s SEO and take it to the next level, you need an SEO plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in One SEO Pack. What does an SEO plugin do that WordPress doesn’t already? 1. Customize the display title of your site. You set your site name and tagline in the General Settings, but what if you want something … [Read more...]

SEO Strategies: What Yoast Taught Me About Great SEO

Learn how Yoast can help you become a pro at SEO

I'm delighted to have my friend Trina joining us today to talk about how much she loves Yoast's WordPress SEO plugin. I hope you'll enjoy her enthusiasm for serving her readers through SEO as much as I have! -Gretchen SEO strategies and my blog have not been friends for very long. I blogged for 6 years before I dipped my foot in the foreign waters of SEO. (It took the first 3 years for me to even understand what Search Engine Optimization was, and 3 more years to think I needed to care.) But one day I realized what a disservice I was doing to my potential readers in not making my blog … [Read more...]

What are WordPress Shortcodes?

What are WordPress shortcodes? @GretLouise explains.

A WordPress shortcode is a code word or phrase enclosed in square brackets: [sampleshortcode]. Depending on the shortcode, its output can be customized by parameters: [sampleshortcode category="tech" display=3]. You see the code in the brackets when you are editing the post or page (no matter whether you're in the Visual or Text editor), but when the post or page is viewed (whether on your site or via an RSS feed), you see the final result. A shortcode tells WordPress to display something else via a PHP function when the post or page is viewed. Why would I want to use a shortcode? It can … [Read more...]