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Check Out the New All Things Blogging Podcast

Just a quick announcement. I’ve started a new podcast. It’s called “All Things Blogging”, and it’s going to be published every Wednesday.

There are currently 2 episodes available on the iTunes store, Stitcher, Google Play, and a few other places podcasts are available.

Each week I’ll be answering a question related to WordPress, including blogging, SEO, Marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Podcasts will be about 7-10 minutes each. So if you’ve got about 10 minutes, head over to iTunes and subscribe.

Here’s the iTunes link.

If you enjoy it, please give it a review.

If you’d like to ask a question and have it answered on the podcast, contact me via twitter (@badijones). I’d love to answer it.

Secret Recording of Bluehost Management Announcing Orem Closing

A very interesting audio recording was just posted a few hours ago over on r/webhosting.

It seems that the Endurance International Group (EIG) have decided to make a major change at BlueHost. And today, BlueHost management made the bombshell of an announcement that they will be closing their offices in Orem, Utah.( And one of the employees present recorded audio of the whole thing!) Continue reading “Secret Recording of Bluehost Management Announcing Orem Closing”

3 Simple Tweaks to Speed up WordPress

After speed testing over 1000 WordPress themes last month, I thought it would be fun to choose a couple of them and try to make them even faster.

This experiment was a lot of fun. I was able to make some really impressive speed improvements with very little effort. The video showing the process is a little further down the page. Feel free to skip to that now, but first, I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little bit about why page load speed is so important. Continue reading “3 Simple Tweaks to Speed up WordPress”

200+ Fastest Free, Responsive WordPress Themes

Update: January, 10 2017
Make sure to check out the followup to this experiment, where we see how much faster we can make these already fast themes.

The 2 themes we attempted to improve:

  • Generic Framework – the fastest theme in our tests (#1 on the list)
  • Hiero – a fast theme (#18 on the list) that was the first to earn a gold star   for impressive responsive layout

We were able to drastically improve the PageSpeed scores and load times with only 3 simple tweaks. The results are truly impressive. Check it out here.

200+ Fastest Free Themes: Intro
In the old days, choosing a theme was straight forward. It was pretty much all about looks. You didn’t have to worry about things like page load speed, responsive layouts and structured data.

That has all changed now. Of course, looks are still important, but performance is currently one of the most important factors to have in mind when choosing a theme.
Continue reading “200+ Fastest Free, Responsive WordPress Themes”

How to redirect non www to www for WordPress

There are no rules about which version ( “WWW” or “non-WWW”) of your domain name you should use. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

But choose you must! But, since a lot of you are just here for the code, we’ll get to the point. If you’re interested in learning more about how this works and why it’s important, you can skip past the code for now.
Continue reading “How to redirect non www to www for WordPress”

The Updated WordPress SEO Checklist

These days, setting up a WordPress site is relatively easy. You can go from nothing, to a very professional looking website (live on the internet) in about 20 minutes.

It’s also really easy to completely blow it when it comes to having your site ready for Google and other Search Engines.

This SEO checklist will guide you through the process of optimizing a brand new WordPress blog. When you finish, your site will have a much better chance to get indexed and rank in search engines. Continue reading “The Updated WordPress SEO Checklist”

101 Blog Topic Ideas: How to Pick the Right Niche

Choosing a blog topic, or niche, is the first, and most important step to starting a blog. It sounds simple, but you really want to take some time to thoroughly research any topics you are considering.

I’m assuming here that your goal is to create a blog and eventually start making money, either by selling ads, through affiliate marketing, or by selling your own products. If this is the case, then it is crucial that you choose the right blog topic. Continue reading “101 Blog Topic Ideas: How to Pick the Right Niche”