Elegant Themes

1 • Creative Ways To Drive More Traffic To Your Website

"It’s a new year! Which means many of us are evaluating the effectiveness of our past year’s effort and looking to improve in the next. One area we probably all need to focus on year after year–refining and iterating our strategies along the way–is increasing site traffic.
Because this is such a well-trodden topic on blogs that cover blogging, WordPress, and social media we’ve probably all run into the same advice over and over again.

Stuff like:

  • Build an email list
  • Build up your “social outposts”
  • Promote all of your content to social networks
  • Write epic content
  • Write short content
  • Create media rich content
  • Publish often
  • Feature influencers in your posts (and then tell them about it)
  • Give away freebies
  • Run contests
  • And so on

Don’t get me wrong. These are great tips. If you’re not doing those things, make them your top priority. But if you’ve been doing everything you’re “supposed” to be doing and you’d still like to increase your site traffic, then perhaps it’s time to get a bit more creative? That’s what we’re going to be talking about in today’s post."

WP watercooler

2 • Ep119 – Size Matters: Why You Should Optimize Your WordPress Site – Jan 5 2014

“On this episode of WPwatercooler we’ll be discussing why you should optimize your WordPress site. From plugins to image size to using SVGs we’ll be discussing as much as well can in 30 minutes.”

Basil Salad Software

3 • Syntax Highlighting With Marsedit On WordPress

"If you blog using MarsEdit and publish to your WordPress-based site and you sometimes need to intersperse your articles with code snippets, you’ll find that it’s a real pain to use MarsEdit’s rich editor. It was for me. You see, MarsEdit (as of version 3.5.6) often tries to be too helpful and incorrectly reformat the code block that I’ve pasted into its rich text editor. I’ve tried pasting already HTML-formatted code block from Xcode, and that didn’t work very well. I’ve tried various WordPress plugins that does syntax highlighting (triggered by special pseudo-tags) but wasn’t satisfied with the results.

I’m not a big fan of fiddling around with HTML code —especially not in blog posts — and that’s exactly why I bought MarsEdit in the first place. Writing good content is hard enough and I don’t want to be burdened by fiddling with yet another computer language just to express my thoughts to other people. That is until I find this special technique and plugin combination which works quite well."

Wp beginner

4 • What, Why, And How-To’s Of Creating A Site-Specific WordPress Plugin

“While creating the WPBeginner re-design, we saw a huge mistake that we made in our old site. All of our extra functionality that we added overtime was added in our old theme’s functions.php file. This not only caused our functions.php file to be super bloated, but it also increased the chance of error every time we modified that file. It was then we decided to take the advice of @otto42 and created a site-specific plugin. So you are probably wondering what a site-specific plugin is, why you need it, and how you can have it for your WordPress site. That is exactly what we plan to share in this article, so keep on reading.”

WP Mayor

5 • Where To Find WordPress Plugins (Apart From The .Org Repository)

"When searching for a particular type of WordPress plugin many people first search in the WordPress Plugin Repository. However, there are other ways to search for that particular WordPress plugin you might need.

Here are some of the best places to look for them."