Hello Happy Site Owners! This week’s tips include the Beta 2 version of WordPress, a new WordPress news site, a super list of Genesis plugins, a great way to check your site for hacks, Google Analytics tips that are actually useful and productive, an updated Guide on G+ posting, a G+ Guide for Small Business, podcast tips that are eye-opening, and new perks for Vimeo users and why I might switch to that from Amazon S3. So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.
In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, I’ve dropped the prices across the board on the BlogAid Video Tutorial Library. That includes the WordPress Starter Videos, WordPress + Genesis Library, the SEO and AuthorRank Library, and the MailChimp Library. Plus, the price has dropped on the VIP Library, which contains them all and is now a lifetime subscription. So, you’re all out of excuses now.
WordPress Beta 2 version is available for download. I’m testing it on a sandbox site and so far so good. Remember that I reported previously that one of the features of 3.7 is an automatic updater. So in this Beta 2, that’s one of the things they are testing. It updates each day to the latest development version and then emails me the results.
Of course, I’m leaving the updater on for this test. But when the real thing comes out, I’ll likely switch it off even though it will only auto update for minor bug fixes and such. I still want the opportunity to run and download a backup before any core changes are made on my site.
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Yet another WordPress news site has been launched. Raelene Wilson reports on the WPMU.org blog that ManageWP launches WordPress Community News Site. The launch was delayed for several months due to development issues. And here’s the oddest thing. It’s not built on WordPress. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
It offers WordPress folks a way to submit and engage with articles and start discussions. And everyone can vote on the posts they like the most.
So go check out ManageWP.org yourself and see what you think. The layout looks very G+ to me.
I’ll probably be joining up soon so I can engage with the folks there and maybe submit a post or two soon as well.
Some of the links below are to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.
I was thrilled to see this fabulous list of Genesis plugins from my fellow WordPress trainer, +Bob Dunn, which was also featured on the Genesis Community Link Showcase for Oct. 18th. I could not believe how many there were. Kudos to Bob for taking the time to give us a brief description too.
StudioPress has released a new 2.0 compatible theme called Beautiful. That’s an interesting name considering how blah it looks to me. I few months ago I reported that they had a new head of design. She has a graphics background and her own portfolio truly is beautiful. I was hoping that they would be creating some variation in themes instead of all those corporate looking ones. But it seems they have simply swung the pendulum as far the other way into minimalist now.
It’s put me off themes from StudioPress and on to seeking those from other Genesis-based design houses. There are lots of them. And some from the StudioPress Community themes are now being featured on the main site.
What I will say about this new Beautiful theme is that it may make a good template for designers and give them the underlying structure and canvas to paint something that is beautiful.
Have you tried the free plugin from Sucuri yet? There are several tests you can run to check your site for hacks. I suggest you run these test at least every quarter. Once a month would be even better. Sometimes hacks sit there for months before activating. That way you’re all out of clean backups that are recent. Be sure to run these tests when traffic is slow on your site, as they can be a bit of a resource drain.
Now this is truly helpful. Google Analytics. You know you should be paying more attention to them than you do, right? So, you read posts about how to read analytics. But very few of them give you tips and help with what to do with all that data.
Well, Andy Crestodina has an excellent post on the Content Marketing Institute blog that’s different. It’s titled 3 Content Optimization Questions That Google Analytics Can Answer. He tells you what info to collect, exactly how to do that, and then he gets specific about what to do with it next. The post focuses you on what’s working well on your site and how to do more of it. See, I told you it was truly helpful.
All of +Martin Shervington’s Guides are truly epic. He’s just updated the one on how to create Google Plus posts. It’s everything you wanted to know about creating posts on G+ that get noticed and engaged. Plus, there are tips that help you with the SEO aspect too. Remember, posts on G+ are indexed pretty quickly by Google.
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The Small Business Guide to G+ is an excellent resource from the nice folks at Simply Business for you to get yourself and your site hooked up on G+.
+Ileane Smith, who is just one of the most helpful folks, asked an interesting question on G+ the other day and the answers were a real education for me. I really had no idea that most folks listened to podcasts on their phones and what apps they used. I guess I’m an iPod/iTunes dinosaur. And I hate iTunes. If you do too, you’ll want to see the comment thread.
Plus, Illeane posted a wonderful link to a list of directories focused on Audio and Video Podcasts that do not charge for you to be listed. I’m checking into that for the BlogAid Podcast, you can be sure.
Vimeo Pro subscribers just got an early holiday present. Carla Marshall reports on the ReelSEO blog that Vimeo Pro Gives Away More Goodies To Annual Subscribers. They now get 1Tb of storage and unlimited HD plays no matter where the video is embedded. They’ve also made serious improvements to turn-around time for support. All of this for the same subscription price of $199/yr.
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While that price may sound high to some, it sounds like a good deal to me. I currently use AS3 for storage on the BlogAid Video Tutorial Library. And I’m now going to have to start paying for a better delivery system. I’ll have more for you on that in a later post.
I already mentioned that I dropped the price on the whole Library yesterday. When the volume from that hits my AS3 account, that’s when I’ll think about switching to Vimeo.
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