The 3 pieces that are turning worpress into a platform

WordPress started as a simple blogging platform and open source project. As the platform and the themes running on top of it grew more sophisticated, WordPress became a full-fledged content management system somewhere around 2004.

These days, WordPress acts a lot more like a development framework or a PaaS (Platform as a Service). The full WordPress stack is not just integrated, it’s mature. And in the last year, several new services have sprung up to provide the missing pieces that today make WordPress a platform in the truest sense of the word.

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3 simple ways to cut back spam on your WordPress blog or Website

We all get it, and all hate it. SPAM! Well,WordPress has 3 simple ways to cut down on the spam that gets through.

1. If you are self-hosted, make sure and activate the plugin Akismet. You will need to grab an API key from the Akismet site. They ask for a small donation or fee if you are using it on a commercial site, but it’s well worth it!

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[How To] Make an Interesting and Useful Archive or Explore Page for Your WordPress Site
My original intent was to give users a variety of ways, in one place, to locate content which might interest them. My secondary goal was to cut down on widgets in my sidebar. I wanted to put up some cool widgets, but also wanted to list categories, archives by date, etc. Having that all in the sidebar takes a lot of space.

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[Podcast] What is the Purpose of Your WordPress Site

What is the purpose of your WordPress site?
Do you want to people to follow you on Facebook, buy your book or product or sign up for your email newsletter list?
Figure out what your main goal is then design your site around it

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Learn WordPress Design Options (via @mrwebmarketing)

When you’re looking for that perfect WordPress theme for your website, you’re going to start to notice that you have a few different options.For the most part, there are three different WordPress design options that you’re going to come across when you’re looking for themes. Let’s break down these three options so that you can decide which one is going to work the best for you. Read More…

WordPress QR code tutorial video (via @totalbounty)

So many websites now contain QR codes, and primarily their use is within smartphones, where nearly every cell phone has a built in QR code reader now (or the ability to install an app that does). One of the best ways to use a QR code is to lead people to a page on your website, like in a POS flyer or ad. Read more…
How to Use Feedburner for Your WordPress Site – Podcast (via @dhartzler10)

Feeds are a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into “widgets,” “gadgets,” mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display blogs, podcasts, and major news/sports/weather/whatever headlines just about anywhere. Listen to the podcast