How to Automatically Cross-Post Your WordPress Posts to Both Medium and LinkedIn Publishing

Posted at November 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm by InterServer Staff

    Content marketers have been struggling with a dilemma as of late. Some swear by the old adage that owned media is best, and therefore continue to post content to their own sites. Other marketers have been lured by the enormous audience reach of platforms like LinkedIn and Medium, and have begun posting their content on these juggernauts of brand reach. What's a marketer to do? Do you continue to publish on your own site, knowing that a media platform can't change the rules on   [...]

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Why You Should Manually Install WordPress Instead of Using Fantastico (and How to Do It)

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:35 am by InterServer Staff

Fantastico is a script installer that comes with cPanel, and it allows you to install applications such as WordPress at the click of a button. There are a few drawbacks to this convenient method, however: Fantastico doesn't install the latest version of WordPress. WordPress gets updated very often, and unfortunately, Fantastico can't keep up with the frequency of these updates, so you'll always be left behind. It's important to keep WordPress updated to avoid security vulnerabilities. Fantastic   [...]

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How to use WordPress SEO by Yoast

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:26 am by InterServer Staff

SEO is essential for getting more exposure for any blog or website in the search engine results. The reason for this is that most new visitors first arrive at a website through the search engine results, so what you need to achieve is to have your website appear in the first page of the search results when people search for keywords relating to your blog. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most popular of all plugins available for the popular WordPress platform, and you can use it to quickly a   [...]

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How to Use Shortcodes in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:26 am by InterServer Staff

A "shortcode" is a short piece of code that you can use to add specific functionality to your WordPress site without knowing how to code HTML, CSS, or PHP. Plugin and theme developers create shortcodes for their end users all the time so that non-technical people (or technical people who want to save time) can customize their WordPress themes or content quickly and easily. Shortcodes are enclosed in square brackets, and all you have to do is copy and paste the required shortcode wherever you wan   [...]

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How to Use Widgets in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:26 am by InterServer Staff

Widgets comprise various on-page elements which can be displayed in the sidebar on your WordPress blog or website as well as in any other widget areas defined by your currently active theme. Some themes include widget areas in the header or footer of your page among other locations. A default installation of WordPress comes with a number of widgets which can add additional functionality to your blog, such as a tag cloud, search box or even just a simple text box containing text, media or HTML co   [...]

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How to Schedule a Post in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

The WordPress platform includes a built-in post scheduling feature which allows the system to automatically publish your posts at specific intervals. This feature is extremely useful if you are in the habit of writing a week's worth of content in a single day, yet you would rather not publish it all at once. Instead, using the post scheduling feature allows you to publish your content consistently which is great for keeping hold of the attention spans of your readers. This guide takes a look at    [...]

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How to Reset Your Administrator Password in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

In order to keep your user account and your website safe from hackers, you should always get into the habit of using a suitably strong password, preferably one which combines both letters and numbers including words or names which are not likely to be found in the dictionary. It is also wise to change your password on a fairly regular basis, such as once every month, and you may want to consider enforcing this policy for any other user accounts associated with your WordPress site. If you forget    [...]

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How to Protect Your WordPress Blog from Spam with Akismet

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Unfortunately, blogs are a major target for spammers who use automated software to submit useless and unrelated comments to blog posts which often contain links to malicious software or online scams. Even newer blogs which still have very few visitors will likely end up with a fair amount of spam comments, and the problem can very quickly spiral out of control once your readership starts to grow. WordPress comes with a highly effective spam filter built in, and this will take care of the vast ma   [...]

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How to Stop WordPress from Creating Additional Image Sizes

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Whenever you upload an image to your media library, WordPress, by default, creates three copies of that image including thumbnail, medium and large versions. Some themes or plugins may also create additional image sizes, and by editing your theme functions file, you can even specify additional sizes other than the three default ones. However, having multiple different sized versions of your images takes up a lot more space on your Web hosting server, and it also makes your WordPress backups much   [...]

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How to Set up Gravatar on WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

An "avatar" is a small image that appears next to your name when you make comments on blogs or write posts on forums. A "Gravatar" is a globally recognized avatar that will show up whenever you contribute content to sites that have enabled Gravatar, which is a free online service that you can use to manage one or more of your avatars. Your Gravatar corresponds to your email address, so if a website or blog supports the use of Gravatar, then your avatar will automatically show up next to your nam   [...]

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How to Update WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Whenever there is a new version of the WordPress content management system available, an alert will appear at the top of your Administrator page. You should always make sure to update to the latest version of the platform, since new updates frequently introduce important bug fixes, address security issues or even add new features. It is also wise to keep your plugins and themes updated for the same reasons, and developers of plugins and themes often release frequent updates as well. This guide e   [...]

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How to Moderate Reader Comments in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Comments are a great way to receive useful feedback on your blog's content. You will also be able to respond to comments to get involved with your audience, and this is great for marketing your blog and building up your readership. Unfortunately, spam and trolling can become a major problem, particularly on more popular blogs which receive a large number of daily visitors. While most spam comments are automatically filtered out by the Akismet plugin, which is installed and activated by default o   [...]

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How to Remove Tabs from the WordPress Administrator Dashboard

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Note : We haven't tested this on latest WordPress themes. So proceed at your own risk. While the WordPress administrator dashboard provides many useful features for helping you build your blog or other website, few people will find that they require all of them. Particularly if you install a lot of plugins, your dashboard sidebar will quickly end up getting severely cluttered, and this can slow down the interface and decrease your productivity. Fortunately, it is possible in newer versions of   [...]

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How to Remove /wordpress/ from Your WordPress Blog URL

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

While installing the WordPress platform is usually a very quick and simple procedure, many first timers end up installing it into a sub directory so that their website URL looks like this: yourblog.com/wordpress/. If your blog is installed in such a manner and your website only contains a blog rather than other components as well, you should ideally change this so that people will always be able to access your blog simply by visiting your domain. This guide takes a look at how to change your Wor   [...]

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How to Make Your WordPress Site Mobile-Friendly

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Mobile browsing is becoming more popular every year, and it is already well on its way to overtaking traditional desktop browsing. However, a lot of websites still don't offer an optimal browsing experience on the smaller screens and lower resolutions of mobile devices such as typical tablet computers and smartphones. While some Web designers have a completely separate version of their website which loads automatically when a mobile browser is detected, a far easier and more reliable way to make   [...]

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How to Make Your WordPress Site SEO-Friendly

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:25 am by InterServer Staff

Although WordPress is SEO-friendly "out of the box," there are several enhancements that you can make to allow your site to perform better in Google. This guide focuses on Google in particular because other search engines don't have nearly as much traffic to offer as Google does. Therefore, it's reasonable to focus your search engine optimization (SEO) techniques around what is important for helping Googlebot (the name of Google's search engine crawler/spider) determine what your website is abou   [...]

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How to Import Blogger Posts into WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Google's Blogger is one of the world's most popular blogging platforms, but while it is easy to use and provides everything that users need for creating their first blog, it is nowhere near as sophisticated as the WordPress platform. If you are either planning to monetize your blog, customize it more extensively or simply build a more professional-looking and feature-rich website, you'll undoubtedly find that upgrading to WordPress comes with many benefits. Fortunately, you can easily import you   [...]

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How to Hide Widgets on Specific Pages in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Note: This is an old article and some options may not work with latest WordPress sites. Click here to view the updated article. Widgets comprise a vast range of useful on-page elements for your WordPress website, and in addition to the various widgets available with any default WordPress installation, many plugins come with widgets of their own to add further functionality to your website. Widgets are automatically displayed on every page of your website, even if you have a static homepage. A b   [...]

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How to Install a Child Theme in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

There are hundreds of themes available for the world's most popular blogging content management system, and the theme dictates the entire look and feel of your website as well as how users interact with it. However, if you want to more easily add functionality to a theme, you can install a child theme. Child themes inherit the functionality of the parent theme without making extensive changes to the appearance of your website. This provides a safe and easy way to modify the main theme you have a   [...]

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How to Make Your WordPress Blog Pinterest Friendly

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Pinterest (pinterest.com) is a website where users can upload images that they find on other websites. Users create theme-based pages called "boards", which feature images related to specific topics. In essence, Pinterest is a visual search engine that millions of people use as their "go to" spot for finding inspiration for their own projects. Pinterest is a great place to find all kinds of recipes, for example. Why should you care about Pinterest? Because if you have something valuable to offer   [...]

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How to Install AdSense on Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Google AdSense is the publisher's component of one of the world's most popular pay-per-click advertising programs, Google AdWords. Once you have applied and been accepted for a free Google AdSense account, you will be able to display advertisements on your WordPress blog. The type of advertisements displayed should be determined by the content of your website so that they are as relevant as possible to your visitors. For those who are monetizing their WordPress blogs for the first time, installi   [...]

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How to Customize the 404 Page for Your WordPress Site

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

    While it is important to ensure that all of the links, both internal and external, work correctly on your blog, there will always be the chance that something goes wrong, and if a link leads to a page which can't be found, visitors will be greeted by the infamous 404 error. Everyone has encountered the 404 error before, but many 404 pages offer nothing more than a generic 'Page Not Found' message.   Most WordPress themes, as well as those which come with a base installatio   [...]

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How to Install Plugins in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Plugins allow you to add additional functionality to your WordPress blog such as advertising, on-site polls and numerous other features. There are also plugins to help you with things like search engine optimization, security and backup. There are literally thousands of plugins available for the world's most popular blogging platform, and you can browse through them and add as many as you like without even leaving your administrator dashboard. Installing WordPress Plugins   A brand new d   [...]

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How to Install a Theme on Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Themes allow you to extensively customize your WordPress blog. There are literally thousands of themes available for the world's most popular blogging platform, including both paid and free ones, although the vast majority of themes are available for free. You can search for, download and preview themes from your WordPress dashboard, and most themes also provide a range of additional customization options. More advanced users can even edit the source code of some WordPress themes to customize th   [...]

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How to Disable Plugins in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Most WordPress blogs make use of at least several plugins while some have dozens of plugins installed and activated at any one time. Plugins provide a variety of additional features and functionality to your blog, but sometimes using a larger number of them can lead to conflicts and other problems. For these reasons, you may sometimes find it necessary to disable plugins in order to troubleshoot more effectively. This guide explains how to disable plugins either individually or in bulk.   I   [...]

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How to Enable a Maintenance Mode for Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

One of the major shortcomings of the world's most popular blogging platform is that webmasters do not generally have the freedom to design the website offline. Whenever you make any changes to on-page elements, such as widgets or themes, the changes take place immediately, and this can be problematic when you are experimenting with different layouts and/or visual styles, since visitors will see the changes as soon as you make them. For this reason, it is preferable to take your site down wheneve   [...]

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How to Create a Favicon for Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

A favicon, short for 'favourites icon,' is the small icon which appears beside a Web address in your browser, and it also appears beside saved bookmarks. A favicon helps to identify your website and your brand, and adding one to your WordPress blog provides a small but meaningful visual representation of your online presence. A favicon will often be a brand logo or anything else which you regularly use to for identifying your various online resources. You can create a favicon in most graphic des   [...]

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How to Create an Image Gallery in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

Images are an essential element of almost any blog or website, and your WordPress site is likely no exception. The WordPress platform comes with a built-in image gallery and media manager feature which allows you to add as many images as you want to any post or page. Using a plugin such as Gallery, you can also display images from your media library in any of the supported widget areas of your chosen theme. This guide takes a look at how the image gallery works and how to upload, customize and u   [...]

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How to Increase the File Size Limit in the WordPress Media Library

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

WordPress comes with its own built in media library which supports numerous image, document, video and audio formats. However, while you can upload many different types of media, there will be a file size limit in place, and for some users, depending on their hosting company and WordPress installation, this can be as low as two megabytes. This limit is nothing near enough for uploading video and most audio content. Fortunately, you can usually increase this limit by editing certain files, althou   [...]

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How to Customize Your Blog Header in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

The header is usually the first thing that people will see when they visit your WordPress blog or website. Being one of the most important visual elements of your website, the header should be carefully chosen to suit your niche while also being consistent with the style and theme of your website. WordPress recommends that you choose a header image of 1260x240 pixels, although you can choose any image and crop it if required. This guide explains how to upload and customize your header images in    [...]

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How to Customize WordPress Themes

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

There are hundreds of WordPress themes to choose from, and these determine the whole look and feel of your blog as well as its functionality and various on-page elements. With such a large choice of themes, you shouldn't have much of a problem choosing something which is suitable for your website. However, you will likely want to make a few tweaks and modifications to truly make your blog your own. Most themes provide extensive customization options, although more advanced users can take persona   [...]

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How to Embed Video and Audio Content in Your WordPress Website

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:14 am by InterServer Staff

  The built-in media manager in WordPress exists for webmasters to host and upload their own multimedia content, such as images, video and audio. However, while the media manager is generally suitable for storing a few images on smaller blogs, it is rarely ideal for hosting video content and larger image databases due to low upload file size limits and the burden such content has on your hosting provider. For these reasons, the vast majority of webmasters choose to embed content, since doin   [...]

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How to Add Google Translate to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

Although machine translators still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to reliability and accuracy, adding one to your blog does present the opportunity of being able to render your content in a great number of different languages. Particularly if you use your WordPress site as an online store selling products or services to a global market, being able to quickly and easily translate your most important content can help you to expand your reach. Currently supporting eighty languages from aro   [...]

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How to Change the Logo and URL on the WordPress Login Page

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

By default, the WordPress login page displays the WordPress logo. It allows you and any other users to log in to the administrator dashboard, email passwords to other registered users and register subscribers by way of the Register link. You can customize the login page in a variety of ways, either by editing the functions.php file of your currently selected theme or by using a plugin. By far the easiest way to edit the login page is to use a suitable plugin.     1 – Changing the   [...]

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How to Check Your WordPress Site for Broken Links

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

Broken links are the bane of Internet users everywhere, and as your WordPress website begins to grow, you will inevitably end up with a few broken links which redirect your visitors to the dreaded 404 error page. Unfortunately, manually checking through all of your text, image and video links, particularly on larger websites, can quickly become very time consuming. However, through the use of a popular plugin such as Broken Link Checker, you can entirely automate this process. Doing so will help   [...]

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How to Add Google Maps to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

Integrating Google Maps into your website is by far the easiest and most convenient way to provide directions. If you own a business with a physical location, you can use Google Maps on your Contacts or About Us page so that your visitors will easily be able to find you. You can add Google Maps to WordPress either manually or by using a plugin, though both methods are quick and easy. The following covers both methods. 1 – Adding Google Maps Manually to Your Website Google Maps itself provi   [...]

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How to Back Up Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

As your blog grows, you should get into the habit of backing up your content. While most Web hosts are pretty reliable, the chance of losing your blog will always be there. For example, if you miss a payment to your hosting company, your website may be taken off air and your blog deleted. For this reason any many others, it is essential to back up your blog on a regular basis. To make this process easier, you can use a plugin which will back up your database and all of your content rather than h   [...]

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How to Add Google Search to Your WordPress Site

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

In spite of being the world's most popular blogging platform, the WordPress content management system provides little in the way of built-in search features. While there is a basic search widget included with any default WordPress installation, those wanting to take advantage of the more advanced features of modern search engines, such as a customized Google search feature, will need to take a few additional steps. This guide takes a look at the process of installing a custom Google search funct   [...]

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How to Add Social Media Buttons to WordPress Posts

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

For those who hope to make some cash from their blog, learning how to market your content is absolutely essential, and social media is one of the most important elements of online marketing. You will likely already have noticed social media sharing buttons on many other blogs and websites. These allow people to share content which they like on their favourite social media services at the click of a button. For example, if someone wants to share a blog post that they like with their Facebook frie   [...]

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How to Add an RSS Feed to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication," and it is a convenient way to display live information from other blogs or websites. WordPress comes with a built-in RSS widget, so you won't need to install any additional plugins to add an RSS feed to your blog, and neither will you need to get involved in any coding.   In your WordPress administrator dashboard, click on the "Appearance" tab followed by "Widgets". Scroll down to find the RSS widget and drag it into your preferred widget area in   [...]

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How to Add an Image Gallery to Your Sidebar in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

A default installation of WordPress provides little in the way of sidebar customization options, and while there are some widgets available, there is no obvious way to add an image gallery to the sidebar in your blog. Although the text widget allows you to add images and other content through the use of HTML coding, it is not a particularly user-friendly method. However, to easily add a small thumbnail image gallery to your blog, so that it appears on every page of your website, you can use a pl   [...]

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How to Add a PayPal Shopping Cart to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

If you intend to start blogging for a living, one of the most effective ways to make money from your website is to use it as a platform for selling related products or services. If you have spent some time blogging already, you have probably built up enough knowledge and experience to get started in online business. For example, you may decide to publish an e-book providing a deeper look into your niche, in which case you will likely want to start selling it through your blog. Whether you plan t   [...]

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How to Add a YouTube Video to Your WordPress Posts

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

Adding a YouTube video to any post or page or even the text widget on your WordPress blog is a quick and simple process which shouldn't take more than a few minutes. If you want to display video content from a similar video sharing site, the process will usually be quite similar to the one detailed in this guide. By embedding videos, your visitors can view them without leaving your website. The videos will not actually be hosted on your own site either, so they won't consume your own bandwidth.    [...]

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How to Add Custom Images Sizes to WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

By default, the WordPress media library stores all uploaded images in four different sizes. These include thumbnail, medium, large and full-size versions of the image. However, for certain websites, it can be important to have all images automatically resized to specific dimensions, and if this is the case, the default options may not always be suitable for your requirements. Adding a custom image size requires editing the Theme Functions file for your currently active WordPress theme. This file   [...]

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How to Add a Bitcoin Donate Button to your wordpress blog?

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

Bitcoin is gaining a lot of popularity since the past few months. A lot of major websites like Fiverr, US retailer Overstock are now accepting Bitcoins. Even Google is working towards incorporating Bitcoin as a payment method. The craze was recently covered by Mashable and other tech news giants. Bitcoin is a completely digital currency. The number of bitcoins is limited and a coin is released when a problem is solved. Thousands of computers spend their processing power in mining    [...]

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How to Add a Static Front Page to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

By default, your WordPress blog will display recent posts on the front page. While this might be suitable for most news-related blogs, it is not ideal for many other websites. You can also create a static page which will always be displayed as your blog's homepage, and this is also very easy to achieve thanks to the fact that you don't need to install any additional plugins or edit any code. This guide explains to beginners how to create and set a static home page for your WordPress site. In yo   [...]

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How to Add a Poll to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

One of the things which makes WordPress such a popular blogging platform is that it allows users to choose from an enormous range of plugins to add functionality to their websites. There are several plugins which allow you to add polls to your blog, and these are great for providing a fun and interactive way for your readers to quickly and easily provide you with useful feedback. A default WordPress installation does not provide you with this feature by itself, but downloading and installing a p   [...]

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How to Add and Manage Categories in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

As your WordPress blog grows, you will need to take a few extra steps to plan it in such a way that your readers don't have to keep scrolling down the page or through archived content to find the articles they want. WordPress includes a categories feature which allows you to organize all of your posts into categories to help people narrow down their search. Categories are an alternative to tag clouds, although there is nothing stopping you from using both on your website. In addition to your cat   [...]

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How to Add a Contact Form to Your WordPress Blog

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

A default installation of WordPress does not include any contact form functionality, and while you can create a contacts page for providing your email address and other information, it will not be as straightforward for people to use, and you will likely end up getting inundated with spam by publicising your email address in such a manner. Fortunately, there are various plugins available which allow you to easily add a contact form to your page. By far the most popular plugin used for this purpo   [...]

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How to Add and Manage Users in WordPress

Posted at October 23, 2015 at 8:11 am by InterServer Staff

As your WordPress blog grows, you will likely end up wanting to add additional authors to your team. Rather than having to post everything using your own administrator account and username, you can create additional user accounts so that others can publish and edit posts on your blog. You can add as many user accounts as you like while also setting restrictions to each new account. For example, you can add Contributor accounts for regular contributors to your blog, and these will require review    [...]

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