How to Optimize the WordPress Database: WP-Optimize

As regular readers will know, I’ve been talking a lot lately about how to make your website lightning-quick. Earlier this month, I listed some of the best plugins for speeding up a WordPress website. Today I want to take a closer look at one of the most popular plugins featured in that list – WP-Optimize. For those unfamiliar with WP-Optimize, it’s a database clean-up and optimization plugin. Why do you need to optimize your database? Well, because an unoptimized WordPress database is full of clutter – things like unnecessary post revisions, spam comments, and track/pingbacks. With all this clutter, it…

8 Questions with Matt Medeiros

Today, we have Matt Medeiros with us for another edition of Pagely’s 8 Questions series. The format is the same as always – we’ll be talking about how Matt first became involved in the WordPress community, how to avoid the most common WordPress pitfalls, and what he thinks the future of WordPress holds. Want to familiarize yourself with Matt’s work before the interview? Then be sure to check out his excellent podcast series over at Matt Report, where he regularly interviews WordPress professionals. Matt also co-founded his own WordPress development company, SlocumStudios, and he’s always active on Twitter. I want…

Customize and Display More Information on the WordPress Posts Screen with Admin Columns

If the screen that displays all the posts on your WordPress admin area is starting to get a little cluttered, or you’d like it to display more information, then the plugin we are going to looking at today should be of interest to you. Once you’ve installed a few essential plugins on your website, including the ever popular WordPress SEO by Yoast, the extra columns that are added to the posts screen could quickly create a feeling of overwhelm and confusion. On the other hand, you might find the information that it displayed on this page doesn’t tell you everything…

End of Life for legacy IP Addresses, July 15 2015

Back in October 2014 we encouraged all customer’s to switch off the IP block of our legacy provider. We’ve worked since to identify and contact these customer’s who are still using these IP’s to assist them in changing over. Notices have been given, emails have been sent, phone calls made. As of July 15 2015, these IP’s will go dark. How do I know if I am using an old IP? If the A record on your DNS entry starts with 199. You are using an old IP. How do I check my current DNS records? There are free checks…

Add Front End Registration Forms and Restricted Content to WordPress with Ultimate Member

If you want to create a membership website or online community, where you can restrict access to your content so it’s only available to registered users, there are plenty of WordPress plugins out there that can help you. One free and popular option is the Ultimate Member plugin. By choosing this plugin you can easily add front end registration forms to your website, allowing your visitors to sign up and become members. Your members can then go on to create their own custom profiles, complete with photos and descriptions. With the plugin installed, you can start restricting access to your…

Improve Organization with WordPress Tables of Content

We all know that the key to a successful website is quality content, right? This is, of course, true, but many bloggers are missing the point about what quality content really is. We all know that blog posts should be informative and engaging, but that’s not the complete picture. These days, badly formatted, poorly organized content just won’t cut it. The way you present your content is almost as important as the content itself. This is especially true for long-form content, which requires more of a time commitment to read in its entirety. In one of my previous posts, I’ve…

Pagely management plugin now in full release.

We previewed our new hosting management plugin a while ago, and today we are happy to announce it is now available on all Pagely hosted sites. We started with a small beta group of customer’s and slowly rolled it out across the system over a number of weeks. Tell me why it is awesome. Okay, let’s review it. The primary screen currently shows the four active modules: News, Stats, Caching, and CDN. This screen has high level control’s to purge the page cache, or CDN cache independently of one another or combined. Also any important messages we need to share…

8 Questions with Mind-Blowing Things Founder Chris Perryman

Today, Pagely have been lucky enough to interview Chris Perryman, the founder of Mind-Blowing Things — formerly Revelation Concept. An experienced web developer, designer, and WordPress user, Chris is the ideal person to impart WordPress wisdom. In today’s interview, she’ll be discussing her WordPress career so far, providing advice for newer WordPress users, and sharing tips for becoming more involved in the WordPress community. As always, be sure to follow our expert interviewee on Twitter — you can follow Chris @RevConcept. A big thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer our questions, this is what she had to…

Globally Set the Target of All External Links On Your WordPress Blog with the WP External Links Plugin

Setting all the links in your content that point to external websites to open in a new browser tab or window has a number of benefits. One reason why you might want to ensure all your external links open in new tabs – that will benefit both you and your readers – is that it makes it easier for your visitors to follow a link in an article, without loosing their current place in the blog post they are reading. This then makes it easier for the reader to follow up on any links after they’ve finished the article they…