How To Offer Automatic Plugin Updates [WordPress Developers]

How To Offer Automatic Plugin Updates [WordPress Developers]

Have you released a WordPress plugin that you are planning to sell?  One of the thing that you need to take care of is offering automatic updates to your users. If you are giving away a free plugin from official WordPress plugin repo, it is easy to offer automatic updates. But, when you are selling your premium WordPress plugin or theme, the things are not the same.  More over, you don't want to email manually users about new updates, and make the upgrade process tiresome. In this post, I will share tools by which you can offer automatic updates (2 comments)

How to Deal with the 404 Error for Search Engine Optimization

How to Deal with the 404 Error for Search Engine Optimization

"Error 404 - Page Not Found" - This is one of the most common web errors we see in our day-to-day Internet surfing. We know that error pages offer an obviously negative user experience, but how do they impact search engines? Are 404 pages bad for SEO? Do search engines penalize websites with too many 404 status code pages? In this article, I will look at 404 error pages from the perspective of both users and search engines, and will recommend some of the best practices that one can follow to improve their 404 error pages. Most common reasons for (12 comments)

How Professional Blogging is Different from Hobby Blogging

How Professional Blogging is Different from Hobby Blogging

Harsh! How do you make money from your blog? This is one of the most common questions I have been asked, and the same is probably true for you if you are a blogger who has publicized the fact that you make money from your blog. If you are a hobby blogger and are seeing an income report like the one I publish on my blog monthly, you may find yourself wondering what the difference is between your blog and other blogs that are making money. To understand this concept, you need to understand what differentiates your hobby blog from a (28 comments)

Why I Switched to Genesis Theme from Thesis Theme

Why I Switched to Genesis Theme from Thesis Theme

When it comes to the architecture of my blog, I prefer to use the best blogging tools I can find, whether the product is related to hosting, SEO tools or my WordPress theme. When we use the best products available, we are likely to have fewer headaches to deal with, and we can focus more on what we do best. I believe this is one reason ShoutMeLoud is ranked #1 in the blog category according to Alexa. A few months ago I changed the ShoutMeLoud theme framework and moved to the Genesis WordPress theme. I had been using theThesis WordPress theme since (19 comments)

Where You Should Host Blog Images Without Affecting Load time?

Where You Should Host Blog Images Without Affecting Load time?

"A picture speaks a thousand words." Images on your blog play a major role, and I have discussed them earlier here. For quick recap: Images make your post look more visually appealing. Posts with images get more social media share than a post without an image. Images help in driving traffic from Image search engine. There are few more reasons, but above three are most important. Now, one of the basic question which I never covered before, and that is: Where one should host their blog images? Today, I got an email from one of the readers who (21 comments)