According to W3Techs, WordPress is the most popular content management system out there, powering more than 30% of the world’s websites. Part of WordPress’s popularity is due to how many themes there are to choose from, and how easily you can change the look of your site without needing help from a developer.
Jetpack takes this ease of use a step further by offering everyone more than 150 free themes, and more than 200 premium themes to Professional plan subscribers. This not only allows you to preview each one, but you can even search for themes with specific features.
But with so many great themes available, it can be hard — sometimes really hard — to pick just one. How do you choose the one that’s best for your site?
Today, we’ll review what you should look for in a theme when picking from the very best that the world of WordPress has to offer.
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How much does the quality of your site’s content matter? As it turns out, it matters quite a lot.
You might be surprised to learn that quality content can impact your search engine rankings. The truth is that as Google’s algorithm becomes more sophisticated, content matters even more than it used to. The sites recommended by Google aren’t stuffed with keywords and links, but feature quality, relevant articles.
High quality content can also contribute to audience growth. It encourages people to stay on your site longer to browse different posts. It might even increase the likelihood that readers interact with your site, share your content to their social media platforms, and come back for repeat visits in the future.
Quality content is certainly important… but it isn’t always easy to create. If you aren’t a professional writer or lack the budget to hire one, you should consider using tools designed for improving the quality of your writing.
Let’s cover four of these tools in more detail, and how they can improve the quality of your site’s content.
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A strong restaurant website is important for anyone who owns an eatery. After all, many people research restaurants online before deciding where to go. But you may not know exactly how the site you’re building can draw more people into your actual restaurant.
Jetpack offers a host of themes cooked up especially for restaurants. Coupled with the Contact Info widget and other great features, you’ll give customers the information they need to decide just how soon they should reserve a table at your place.
Read on to learn how WordPress and Jetpack can help you create the perfect restaurant website in five easy steps.
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Photos are a great way to spice up your posts. They draw your readers in, allow them to connect with the story you’re sharing, and increase the overall level of engagement with your site.
But, do you really want to spend time downloading images for your posts and uploading them to your WordPress site? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could store your images in one place so they’re easily accessible?
Thanks to Jetpack’s integration with Google Photos, you can do just that! If you’re already storing your photos or media in Google Photos, Jetpack will now allow you to easily bring them into your self-hosted WordPress site for use in any of your posts or pages.
Today we’re going to show you how to integrate Google Photos with your Jetpack-enabled site, plus share tips for making these images more user-friendly after you’ve added them to a new page.
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Do you know the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?
There is often some confusion surrounding these two sites, the version of WordPress they offer, and what makes them different. It can become even more confusing if you’re installing Jetpack on a self-hosted WordPress site, and are then prompted to create a WordPress.com account to use it.
You may wonder why you need to make this account if you’re already using WordPress on a self-hosted website. So today, we’re going to dive in and answer that question, and explain how Jetpack uses WordPress.com to offer some of its best features to self-hosted WordPress sites.
Let’s start by taking a look at what separates WordPress.com and .org, and how Jetpack comes into play.
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If you’re a passionate blogger, small business owner, or develop for WordPress for clients, your site might be your lifeblood. If a hacker were to compromise it in any way, it could be devastating — so much so that The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance reports that an estimated 60% of small businesses go out of business six months after a cyberattack.
This statistic demonstrates that to prevent permanently closing the doors on your site, you should take every possible precaution to ensure website safety and security. Without a proactive approach to security, your website — and your business — could fall victim to a breach.
But with a proactive approach, you can rest assured that your website will stay up and running. In fact, there are a handful of strategies to follow and automated tools to use that address most website security needs.
Let’s examine five of the most common WordPress safety threats that you should look out for, and what you can do to combat them.
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Spring is in the air, and it’s time for a thorough cleaning. Many of us will spend a few days cleaning our homes and offices, or decluttering our computers and other electronic devices.
But why stop there? Along with freshening up your house, you should also take some time to give your WordPress site some TLC and get rid of any digital dust bunnies.
Read on for 11 WordPress maintenance tips that can help you spring clean your site and get it in perfect shape for the next few months.
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