Questions tagged [wordpress]

WordPress is an open source content management system running on PHP and MySQL often used as a blog engine. There is a WordPress StackExchange at http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/: if your question is related to WordPress but not webmastery, then your should ask it over there.

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How can WordPress be used for other types of websites besides blogs?

WordPress has been primarily a blogging tool from the start. But recent releases have been very customizable and extensible, especially 3.0. What other purposes could WordPress be used for, besides ...
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How do I professionally manage a website?

My wife has started a business, and the website is an important way to reach potential customers. I'm a software developer, so 'of course' I'm taking care of the technical stuff. I arranged a webhost ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

I want to purchase a WordPress theme from ThemeForest, however, it is used by a competitor. Can they make a formal complaint that I have copied their site even though the theme is publically ...
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Why should I use a Content Management System?

I've heard a lot about cms's like drupal, joomla, and wordpress. I've always hand-coded most of my PHP and HTML and done fine. What are the pros and cons of using a cms?
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Overhaul website - completely remove old content?

I am working on a client's website. It currently runs on WordPress and has a ton of pages which are badly created keyword stuffed, and not user friendly at all. Our plan is to completely overhaul the ...
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How are web applications like Tumblr, WordPress.com and Blogspot able to create subdomains for users so fast?

I am curious as to how web-applications are able to create sub-domains instantly for new users, for example, newuser.wordpress.com, or example.blogspot.com. If I need to create a new subdomain for a ...
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Are there any WordPress themes optimized as a “starting point” for custom theme development?

I found this "blank" theme, but I was wondering if there are any other themes that provide a template for custom theme development. I'm looking for something that, out of the box, provides a very ...
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Do search engines treat index pages with excerpts as duplicate content of the pages they link to?

I am using WordPress and in my post sidebar I have related posts which may be of interest to the user, however, I also have an excerpt of each article which is normally the first paragraph of the post ...
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SEO Implications of blog on site versus offsite?

I recently added a blog to one of our company's websites, and was confident that this increase in content on the site would have only positive SEO results. My boss, however, feels that we should have ...
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How to correctly deal with corporate customers that have outdated browsers

Many of our customers are on corporate networks where they have no control over their browser versions, etc. We have a Wordpress site that doesn't play well with IE8. We cannot inform the customers ...
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How to find out the strength of the Wordpress (already stored) password?

I am responsible for security of lots of shared hosting server. Most of them are having WordPress websites. Each server is having at least 500 WordPress websites. In my expereince, the issue with ...
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Migrating from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org blog without harming SEO

I've had a Wordpress.com weblog for 3 years. And its pages have a good pagerank and are shown in first search results pages. Because of the limitations, I should migrate to my own WordPress. How to ...
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Should I block Wordpress archive pages from search engines?

I use WordPress and /sample-post/ URLs for my posts and /yyyy/mm/ for the archives. Google has indexed the site fully. Since the archives currently display full posts I've thought that I shouldn't ...
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Does using LiteSpeed instead of Apache speed up WordPress?

I've read that Litespeed is a lot faster than Apache. I use mostly WordPress and Joomla sites and am looking for a new server. Will I see a significant increase in speed of WordPress being on a ...
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When is it time to move on from WordPress?

My company's blog it closing in on 30,000 posts and get around 1,000,000 visits a month. Things seem slow even though we have a good server. At what point to you move on from WordPress or does it not ...
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Someone has cloned my WordPress blog, how do I prevent it from hurting SEO?

My WordPress blog is completely cloned. That clone site is updating in real time with my blog. I am surprised that someone can actually do that. What should I do to stop harmful impact in my search ...
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Is Wordpress appropriate for building a website (not a blog)?

I want to start a website, but have no experience in this field. I've heard of Wordpress being a simple way to do things. However, it seems that Wordpress is mostly for blogs, without the ability to ...
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How do I handle the URL of an article that sits in more than one category

In our knowledge base (hosted in Wordpress) we have one article that is relevant to 2 categories. I do not want to duplicate the article and have it sitting separately in each category for fear of ...
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What is the best practice for redirecting the IP address of a web server when it hosts multiple domain names?

I plan to have 2 separate domain names pointing to the same Apache installation with WordPress multi-site. I can set virtual hosts correctly for each domain, no problems. I can have both domains ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

I have been intrigued by this for a while, and haven't been able to find a solution elsewhere, so I was wondering if anyone here knew the answer: Since I have set up my personal website, I have ...
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WordPress with SOFT 404 in Google Search Console (WMT) What causes Q82019309.com?

My brothers site that I designed for him awhile has hundreds of SOFT 404's reported in Google's Search Console formerly Webmaster Tools. Generally I find fixing soft 404 easy but this has me a little ...
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What resources are available to get an experienced .net developer up and running quickly with Wordpress/PHP development?

Specifically, what are the preferred development tools (free?) Are there any good tutorial sites that are up-to-date with the latest version of Wordpress Has anyone ever done Wordpress/PHP ...
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Migrating the source of a FeedBurner podcast feed from one WordPress to another

I'm using FeedBurner as the public-facing feed for the Ask Different Podcast. Recently Stack Exchange has set up a Blog Overflow blog for Ask Different, and I'd like to move the source of the ...
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Are indexed Wordpress admin pages a security threat?

Because it was blocking Googlebot from accessing important files, I recently updated our /robots.txt file and removed most of it, including wp-admin. Now, the people on charge of hosting and SEO ...
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Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?

I'm moving hosts over to a shared host (HostGator) and trying to access my site before DNS propagation has completed, so I can access my WP-ADMIN (which can't be done w/ temporary URLs). I'm told ...
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How to deal with a client who redesigned their own site badly?

I am a freelance designer/developer. I am starting a registered business and will be offering other services soon and I am in the process of expanding the portfolio section of my existing website but ...
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How can I host a large number of Wordpress sites that perform well and are easy to maintain?

My company a large number of small Wordpress sites. Currently we have about 10, but that number will eventually grow into the range of 50-70. We currently have a Linode for all of our sites, but it is ...
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Allow access to WordPress site only by links in email newsletters

I send out a personal email newsletter, and have been looking into sending it via some service like MailChimp, or sendy.co. Many of these email services suggest, or require, the email newsletter ...
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Physical memory usage issues with WordPress plugins

Occasionally, my website that's hosted with GoDaddy is crashing due to physical memory overload. My host told me that PHP processes are overloading the server, and to try to find out which WordPress ...
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.htaccess permanent redirect to www

I have a WordPress installation that is not redirecting URLs not starting with www. Example: http://example.com/dir/ doesn't send to http://www.example.com/dir/ instead goes to http://example.com/. ...
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Is using feedburner still a must for blog feeds?

I'm setting up a blog for my OSS/startup and I'm wondering whether using Feedburner for blog feeds is still the recommended way to go? Is there enough value in using Feedburner over just using the ...
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Google unable to load all page resources which is causing script errors and may be hurting our SEO

We just came to the fact that most of our websites have the same errors, but we don't know how to solve it. https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly It looks like some scripts on the websites ...
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How to detect and track broken pages using Google Analytics or some other tool?

On my blog (WordPress), I am using a caching plugin, and somehow it happens that on my popular posts, the page broke, which means the generated HTML never reached the ending HTML tag and broke in ...
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How to re-direct Wordpress posts with 301

All my WordPress post URLs generate sub directories with duplicate content and I do not know what regular expression to use to consistently 301 redirect domain.com/category/post/random-number/ to ...
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Can I get Wordpress to upload images etc via FTP instead of the filesystem?

I'm installing a Wordpress blog on a site run from a server farm. We can only upload files through FTP (which gets synced to the web servers). Any file written to the server through the web site is ...
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Redirecting from Wordpress.com site to Wordpress.org with SSL

I am in the process of transferring a Wordpress.com site to Wordpress.org. The old site domain: https://oldsite.wordpress.com. The new site domain: https://newsite.com. I am facing a dilemma on the ...
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Is an .htaccess edit necessary when enabling Cloudflare SSL?

I have recently changed 3-4 of my sites to Cloudflare SSL. After that, I went to General Settings on WordPress and changed URLs from HTTP to HTTPS. And it redirects from HTTP to HTTPS without any ...
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Does Google penalize for H1 & H2 that are not human readable?

I was curious how a competitor's Web site was ranking so high for many of my keywords, especially since the company is located in another city. Looking through their source code I noticed at the top ...
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Is Google responsible for th1s_1s_a_4o4.html?

I checked the archives of the site but I was unable to see an answer to my question. Recently I've been researching who is responsible for th1s_1s_a_4o4.html but some of the forums seem to suggest ...
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What WordPress plugins are “must have” for a site?

I'm new to WordPress CMS and have just created a site+blog using it. What set of plug-ins do you recommend me to install? I believe there are some useful, proven and "must have" WordPress plug-ins for ...
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Easiest way to automatically update Twitter & Facebook when I update a wordpress blog

I'm running a self-hosted version of wordpress, so plugins are an option that is available. I'm wondering what the best way to have my Twitter and Facebook accounts automatically update whenever I add ...
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Where are these spammy posts generated from?

While doing a a random Google search, I realized that my WordPress blog is populated with several spammy posts. Ex: (intentionally delinked) http://example.com/2016/02/06/free-download-wallpaper-...
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How To Move From WordPress To GitHub Pages?

I'm considering moving my blog, Dream In Tech, which is WordPress CMS running on my Rackspace Cloud Server, to GitHub Pages because I'm starting to have performance issues, but how to move the posts, ...
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Using WordPress for large collaborative site

I work for a government agency, and we're thinking about creating a new, fairly large site using WordPress as the platform. It would involve allowing quite a few people around the state access to the ...
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Rewrite wildcard subdomains in .htaccess to corresponding folders on the main domain while preserving the subdomain

I'm trying to rewrite a subdomain to a folder/file like this: name.example.com -> example.com/profile/name foo.example.com -> example.com/profile/foo xyzzy.example.com -> example.com/profile/xyzzy ...
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Multi country redirect working with google

I have company.com, us.company.com and ca.company.com, all using the same language, however, displaying different content e.g. pricing, imagery and text I want the site to be displayed in Google as ...
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Users often say my website is infected, but can't find any evidence of this?

I run a niche community and we have lots of users with very little experience, so it's hard to decide, sometimes, whether this is just a problem with amateurs butting heads with their virus software, ...
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Why does SEO seem to hinge on using wordpress?

Wordpress is the de facto seo weapon of choice. I get that. What exactly is it about wordpress that is so special? It's blogging software, with some plugins, right? Why can I not use any old ...
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SEO Implications of creating Niche Product Blogs vs Main Company Blog with Categories.

Our company has a dilemma that I am hoping the users of Pro WebMasters can help us with. Right now as it stands we create a seperate website for each product that we sell. We also have our corporate ...
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Do short posts hurt SEO?

I'm interested in making a custom post type in which every post is a single image. My question is, WordPress creates a page for each post, and since it won't have any words, will it hurt the page rank ...