WordPress RSS Feeds: Summary vs. Full Text or Custom?

What's the best option for WordPress RSS Feeds? Find out the pros and cons of summary, full text, and custom RSS feeds.

I've been in a quandary about partial feeds versus full feeds ever since I knew what an RSS feed was. As a reader, I liked the ability to consume an entire post from within my feed reader or email inbox, especially when I didn't have an internet connection at home. But as a blogger, I wanted to get readers to my site, where they could comment on posts, and of course, click on affiliate links and generate ad impressions. But wait, what is the difference, you ask? WordPress offers two default options for displaying your RSS feed: summary or full text. Summary RSS Feed The default ... Read More

Plugmatter Optin Feature Box: a plugin review

Want to increase your opt in rates? Check out Pugmatter's Optin Feature Box.

Having trouble growing your email list? Header bars not catching your visitors’ attention? Feature Box from Plugmatter might be just the ticket to obtaining those opt ins that keep your readers coming back for more. I’m no coding guru like our friend Gretchen, so I needed something that would be user friendly. There's nothing worse than taking my precious writing time by spending frustrating hours working on backend details. So when Gretchen gave me the opportunity to review the Feature Box plugin from Plugmatter, I jumped at the chance. Here is why I really like Plugmatter's Feature Box ... Read More

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 in early December 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 had until 5pm EST on December 31, 2014 before the nRelate plugins and service stopped working, according to the nRelate blog. Which 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 that ... 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