How to Build a WordPress Menu

Menus are an important component of any successful website. For a start, they add to a website’s aesthetics, but most importantly, they help visitors to navigate your website. That’s why you’ll see most WordPress websites employing a menu at the top of the website, in the header bar. This includes here at Pagely. Regardless of the page a visitor lands on, they are no more than one click away from contacting us, reading our blog posts, or learning more about our plans – they can find what they’re looking for with ease. This is why most WordPress themes support at…

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Pagely is Scaling Up

Here at Pagely® we talk a lot about scaling, and typically it’s of the hosting variety. Lots of servers, lots of bits and bytes put to work for our clients. Today we’re not here to talk about that, but rather how we ourselves are scaling up. So here’s the scoop. As a company our revenue has doubled in the past 3 quarters. We are now serving 30+ billion HTTP requests per month, plus overseeing 20,000 plugin updates per month. Our total files under management now exceed 1.25 billion. We have customers in Amazon’s data centers all over the world including…

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8 Questions with WPBeginner’s Syed Balkhi

We have another WordPress big hitter with us today, with Syed Balkhi kindly taking time out from his busy schedule to talk to Pagely. Syed is best known as the founder of the fantastic WPBeginner website – one of the best WordPress resources online, which has helped thousands of new WordPress users find their feet, myself included. He has also launched and been involved with a number of the top WordPress plugins, and he recently launched his own personal blog, syedbalkhi.com, where he regularly posts insightful content on growing an online business. Not enough Syed for you? You can also…

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Get More Control Over YouTube Videos with YouTube Embed Plus

WordPress now makes it very easy to add YouTube videos to your posts and pages: simply paste the video URL into the Visual post editor and the video will be displayed. However, it is possible to do more with YouTube content, than just insert a single video. By using plugin like the free YouTube Embed Plus, you can also insert YouTube playlists and channels into your posts. You also get some more options for controlling video playback and how the videos are added to your posts and pages. This includes: searching for videos from within the post editor, enabling auto-play,…

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Add Interactive Maps to WordPress with WP Google Map Plugin

If you want to make it easy for your visitors to find the location of your store, or other places of business, or you’d like to highlight places your visitors might find interesting, then embedding Google Maps into your WordPress website is the perfect solution. The free WP Google Map Plugin makes it easy to insert Google Maps into your WordPress posts and pages. The plugin allows you to create multiple locations, each with their own custom marker. Your locations can then be added to a map. Once the map has been created, it can then be inserted into your…

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How to Automatically Break Up Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

If you ever publish long blog posts on your WordPress website, then you might want to consider breaking those posts up into smaller pieces. The benefits of doing this that it can make it easier for your visitors to digest your content, while also making it possible for anyone to link to the specific parts of a post you’ve written. Furthermore, as each time a visitor clicks though to the next part of a post, the average number of pages viewed per visit, or session, increases; as does the total number of page views for your website. Growing this number…

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How to Optimize WordPress Images

A website without images is boring. Well-chosen images can make your website look visually stunning, break up your content, and help get your message across. It’s hard to imagine any website worth visiting that doesn’t feature at least some images. The WordPress developers understand the importance of images, too – uploading an image to WordPress then adding it to your content takes just seconds. But images can make up an important component of your SEO strategy, too. Today, I want to show you how to properly optimize WordPress images. Preparing Your Images Before we get into the SEO-side of image…

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8 Questions with SIDEKICK’s Ben Fox

Today I was fortunate enough to interview another well-respected member of the WordPress community, Ben Fox. Ben is a serial WordPress entrepreneur, co-founding FlowPress, WP University, and SIDEKICK.pro. If you’re looking to forge a career in WordPress for yourself, you should listen to what he has to say carefully. In this interview, Ben will talk us through how he got involved with WordPress, the different areas he’s been involved with, and a few tips for any readers looking to get started. If you want to hear more from Ben, I highly recommend following him on Twitter — @benjaminefox. A huge…

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How to Use the Official Twitter Plugin on Your WordPress Website

While there are many Twitter plugins for WordPress, including the excellent JM Twitter Cards that we reviewed a while back, it’s only recently that the social media giant released their own official extension for the publishing software that powers close to 25% of all websites. Since its release, you can now you can add many of the best Twitter features to your website, via the official plugin. This can help ensure that your integrations are working in the best possible way. So if you are yet to add Twitter share and follow buttons to your site, or start taking advantage…

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How to Easily Create Custom Category Pages in WordPress

WordPress category pages are the pages that list all the posts on your blog from a particular category. These pages give your readers a way to view all the posts on a certain topic or category in one place. However, depending on your chosen WordPress theme, these category pages don’t often include any original or useful information about the posts they contain. While it’s possible to edit the theme files in use on your website to create your own custom category pages, the free WP Custom Category Pages plugin gives you an easier way to customize and add your own content…

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