Hello Happy Site Owners! This week’s tips include ways to make your site run faster by cleaning it up and some news about backup plugins you’ll definitely want to read. Plus, another good place to get free, quality photos for your blog. And, you know I’ve gathered some of the best how-to and why-to posts together for you on the new Facebook upgrades.
New Videos Posted – I’ve turned into a video tutorial making machine lately, getting bunches of new ones posted for the WordPress Advanced Class library. My clients are already using them and the whole set will be publicly available in October. The Basics class videos are available right now.
Prices for one-on-one classes go up in October, as soon as the last library is complete. So, book now, even if you want to wait until later in October to take the class.
From Kaya Singer of Awakening Business – something so many of us need to hear. “Remember, just because you are a skilled professional and an expert at what you do, doesn’t mean you are an expert at running your business.” This comes from her post on 5 Ways to Increase Sales. I just flat out like Kaya and believe that she offers realistic, actionable advice to help folks balance and manage making a living from sharing their passions. Go poke around her site and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve been using the WP-Clean plugin to reduce post revisions and other non-useful data from my site and it has made everything run a little faster. The nice folks at WP Beginner have a review on a plugin called Better Delete Revision that is supposed to do a better job of deleting post revisions plus cleaning up the database. I’m waiting for my revision list to get long again before trying it to see how effective it is. Will keep you posted. Have you used it or a similar plugin?
And, if you don’t like either of those plugins, here are 15 more plugins to manage post revisions from the nice folks at WPMods.
I use the BackupBuddy plugin because it backs up my database and also includes my theme, plugins, and all settings. However, BackupBuddy has just increased its price from $45 for a single site license to $75 for a two site license. Honestly, that’s too costly for most of my clients.
Plus, I’ve run across too many forums lately where folks are complaining they had issues using BackupBuddy on HostGator when they needed to backup more than 20Gb of data.
I like HostGator (and BlueHost), so, I’ve been searching for other backup plugins and found Site Auto Backup highly recommended. This is offsite storage with automated daily backups. Their plans start at $1.95/mo for 1Gb of data and you can add more if you need it. That’s the skinny on it, and there’s tons more to like about it. So, go to their site and check it out for yourself. Let me know if you are as impressed as I am.
Excellent post by Jason Acidre 5 ways to get better on-page SEO.
Ivana Taylor is the publisher of DIYMarketers.com and she has a nice guest post on Small Business Trends about how she came to read How I Sold 1 Million Books on Amazon in 5 Months and why you should read it too.
One of my clients turned me onto this site for free photos to use on your blog. It’s Free Digital Photos. All they ask is that you give proper attribution. And, they’re nice photos!
Social Media Tips
Need a good, automated way to repurpose your content. Here’s a plugin that Tweets older posts.
I’ve got a few Facebook tips to help you adjust to all of the changes. First, the very best thing you can do is follow Mari Smith directly on Facebook so you can get the latest updates.
Here’s the how-to and why-to on your new Facbook profile settings. Super post from Kristi Hines of Kikolani. (Super is the only kind of posts she writes.)
And this tidbit from Hugh Briss of Social Identities – “FYI: As you may have heard by now, it’s possible to set a vanity URL for your Page without needing to get 25 fans first, HOWEVER, that is only a one-time deal. After you’ve done it once you will still need to get 25 fans for any new Pages you might create.”
This is a nice post from Donna, with lots of screenshots too, with updates on the Facebook photo album.
Here’s a post on making images for the Facebook photostrip.
Until next week!