CAPTCHAs, those annoying little tests that ask you to prove you’re not a robot, have become a ubiquitous part of the internet landscape. After all, no website owner wants to have to wade through hundreds of spam comments or try to spot genuine form submissions among a sea of spam, so they turn to a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) to try and stop the robots.
But is asking your visitors to prove they’re not a robot really the best way to prevent spam on your WordPress website? Read on to find all you need about adding CAPTCHAs to your WordPress site and discover a better way to protect your site from spam.
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Everything in life requires maintenance. From the structures we use for work or housing to the toys and electronics we use for entertainment. For things to last and continue to provide value, they need to be cared for on a regular basis.
Your WordPress site is no different. Technology continues to evolve (at a faster clip all the time) and competitors advance, too.
While it may not require your full-time attention, you need to be sure to periodically dedicate time to review your site for performance and security issues. You also need to update it to remain effective as a tool for whatever purpose it may serve.
In this post, we’ll discuss WordPress maintenance — what it is, when to do it, and tools that can make it more efficient.
Continue reading → WordPress Maintenance: Essential Routine Tasks & Checklist
If you have a WordPress site, you understand the value of a top-notch user experience. It impacts your conversion rate, subscriber count, ad views, search engine rankings, and more.
Poor Core Web Vitals can negatively impact that user experience.
But what exactly are Core Web Vitals? Why are they so important? And how can you improve WordPress Core Web Vitals? Let’s take a look.
Continue reading → How to Improve Google Core Web Vitals on WordPress
Imagine: You built a beautiful website, painstakingly crafted your brand look, then created an engaging ad and a stylish video to show off your product. You did all the hard work to get someone to visit your site and click on your video, and then the first thing they see is a YouTube ad for a bathroom cleaner. This isn’t the experience that any professional brand should offer in 2023. This is why there’s Jetpack VideoPress.
We think VideoPress is the best video solution for WordPress. Why? It offers both a seamless experience for you and a beautiful, ad-free video player for your visitors. We’re excited to share some new features that will help convince you. Read on to learn more about the new Dashboard, Block, and Plugin for VideoPress.
Continue reading → Meet the Jetpack VideoPress Block, Dashboard, and Plugin
Navigating the world of web hosting can feel a bit like trying to choose the perfect pair of running shoes. At first glance, they all seem to serve the same purpose, but delve a little deeper, and you discover a multitude of features, fits, and specializations that can dramatically impact your running performance.
In the same way, not all web hosting is created equal. Particularly when we talk about hosting a WordPress website, there are significant differences between WordPress hosting and standard web hosting.
Both come with their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and the best choice really comes down to your individual needs, your goals, and the level of control and maintenance you’re comfortable with.
Continue reading → WordPress Hosting vs Web Hosting: Key Differences Explained
The once obscure term — “hosting” — is a familiar one today, as platforms like WordPress have opened the possibilities for anyone, anywhere to create their own online presence. If you’re new to building a site, however, you likely have a lot of questions about the kind of hosting plan you need.
That’s why we’ve set out to dissect two types of hosting plans: shared hosting vs. managed WordPress hosting. What are the differences? What are the pros and cons? And, most importantly, how can you secure your WordPress site, no matter the type of hosting you choose?
Choosing a hosting plan can feel like being caught between a rock and a hard place. A standard shared hosting plan is easy on the wallet, but does it give you the security you need? Managed WordPress hosting sounds like a dream with all of its features, but do the benefits justify the higher price?
Let’s dig in.
Continue reading → Shared Hosting vs Managed WordPress Hosting: Which is Best?
If you run a large or complex website, you likely have lots of pages for visitors to sort through. At times, it may be frustrating and time-consuming for them to find what they’re looking for.
A search bar is a great way to combat this problem, and adding one to WordPress is simple. If you’re a beginner, you can use the Search Block feature or install a plugin. If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, you can add a search icon to your navigation menu, or edit your theme files to include whatever customizations you’d like.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the role a search bar plays on your website. Then, we’ll show you five methods to add one in WordPress.
Continue reading → How to Add a Search Bar to WordPress (5 ways)
The WordPress database stores all the information for your site and enables you to make changes to your content. And if you’re new to WordPress, you might not know how to access and use this database.
Fortunately, it’s not as complicated as you might think. Once you learn the basics, you can secure your database, resolve errors, and perform vital tasks when you don’t have access to the dashboard.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the WordPress database. Then, we’ll show you how to access, create, and secure it. Plus, we’ll cover some common database issues and their fixes.
Continue reading → WordPress Database: A Detailed Guide with Best Practices