Simple Tips to Protect Your Wordpress Site for Beginners

If you are thinking of beginning a Wordpress site, or if you are a Wordpress beginner like me, be sure to research and think about a security plugin to help you. I'm glad I did because last week I experienced my first brute force attack. ...more
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Blog Cleaning....

NaBloPoMo Post #21Working With The Layout Tools You're Given ...more

The best laid plans

I envisioned waking up after an extra hour of sleep, shaking off my small Halloween-candy hangover and penning my first National Blog Posting Month article. In it, I would announce the new and improved Bluest Muse site to the world(!), and then have the rest of the day to grade papers, catch up on my shows, and listen to the miraculous Sacramento rainfall....more

One Simple Way to Improve the Comment System on Your Wordpress Blog

I've been blogging with Wordpress since March. That's a little over three months of writing new posts at least twice a week. (Go me!) In that time I've received 90+ comments from readers. Thank you!...more
This was extremely helpful, Marina!  I hadn't thought to look into my comment systems, but now ...more

6 Easy Tips for Updating Old Blog Posts

Here's the problem, though. Out of a total of 230 blog posts on my site so far, only a dozen or so newer ones match my new aesthetic. As daunting and time consuming as it sounds, I've begun going through all 200+ blog posts to update the style. While I'm on each post, I run through a checklist to make sure they're updated for not just the aesthetics, but that they're an even better post with more relevant and high-quality content. Today I wanted to share with you all the checklist I run through on each blog post to make sure it is absolute best fit for my blog. ...more
Thank you so much for these super helpful tips. I hadn't even given any thought to calls to ...more

How to Easily Redirect Permalinks on Your Wordpress Blog

Evergreen posts continue to bring in traffic, week after week. The best way to make your posts evergreen is to redirect permalinks. Here is an EASY guide on how and why to do that. ...more
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Why I Switched to Wordpress

 Why I Switched to WordPressIf you have ever been to my previous blog, you are probably wondering why I switched to WordPress after 8 years on Blogger. Well, after 8 years it was time to move on, time to grow. I have used my blog as a crafter and design team member ONLY!...more

Is WordPress for You? And Which Version Should You Choose?

When I work with clients who are brand-new to blogging, I typically urge them to launch their blog using WordPress, because it's the gold standard for blogging platforms. It's got tons of features, and a huge community you can look to for extra support. But did you know there are two different types of WordPress platforms, and they're very different?...more
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The 15 Best WordPress Plugins for Newbie Bloggers

Are you just starting out on and not sure which of the 35,555+ plugs to install? Don't worry, you aren't the only person thinking this because I was thinking the exact same thing when I first started. Here are my top 15 WordPress plugins that I have found useful and most beneficial to the UI and flow of my website. ...more
Michele@liferedesign SEO can be scary, but the Wordpress SEO makes it so much easier! :) Glad ...more

How to Make a WordPress Child Theme in 11 Easy Steps

Recently I was caught between a rock and a hard place. I either had to accept the security risks of using an out-of-date WordPress theme, or I had to figure out whole child theme puzzlement so that I didn't lose the customizations I'd made to the parent theme (Twenty Fourteen theme, in my case). ...more
pinesandpalmettos are you serious, a child theme plugin? As i been trying to follow the above ...more