New Directive in EU Changing Copyright Rules

If you’ve every created something like, oh, I don’t know a website, you’ve likely dealt with copyrighting. This is true for most things, in fact. That novel on your nightstand, the show you’ve got queued for streaming, and even that song you’ve got set as your ringtone, all of these are likely copyrighted and, if you plan on using copyrighted material on your website, the rules may be changing for us all soon.

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Why do I keep getting spam comments?

If you’ve had a website for more than a month, chances are you’ve gotten some comments on posts that… well, they’re very obvious spam. Things like “Great post! Check out our products at *insert site name*” or sometimes just a long list of different products. Spam is everywhere nowadays and, don’t worry, it’s not just you that’s affected. It’s everyone.

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Google and You: Getting your website on Google

I’m going to go ahead and preface this by saying that the minute you start a website, you will not have that website in Google. Sometimes it takes days or even weeks for Google and other search engines to find your site and no, that doesn’t mean you need to email Google and tell them about it. There are, however, plenty of things you *can* do to make Google not only find your website but also classify it properly and make it higher in the Google rankings.

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JetPack: Automatic Posting to Social Media with Publicize

Do you, like every other internet-using human in the world, use social media? Do you ever find yourself posting something neat on your website and wanting to share it with the world? Do you find it tiresome to then have to go from account to account copying and pasting over and over again? With Publicize on Jetpack, you and can do it all at once quickly and easily!

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WordPress: Jetpack Social Share Icons

Social share icons are simply exactly what they sound like — little buttons on a page that allow users to share content to other platforms. It’s a great little gadget that Jetpack helps you use and it’s easy enough to enable, too.

First, go to your Jetpack Dashboard. Next, in the top right of the screen you should see a “Settings” button. Click that and you’ll be taken to see all of Jetpack’s many features and settings you can change.

Near the top of the page once more you’ll find a long list of categories starting with “Performance” and ending with “Security”. Click the one labelled “Sharing”. Lastly, under the “sharing buttons” heading, enable “Add sharing buttons to your posts”.

Bingo-Bango, you’ve got buttons. Well, you’ve got them enabled, anyway. There’s actually a few more steps to decide which buttons you want enabled!

Get back to your main dashboard and now go to your WordPress Settings page on the left. Under it, click the Sharing tab. Simply drag and drop each sharing platform button you want enabled and you’re done!

Note that you can also change your button styles and where they’re located at the bottom of that section by going to the Jetpack Dashboard and clicking “Configure your sharing buttons”. You’ll be taking to WordPress and will need to log in. Once there, you can change the enabled buttons and how they look.

Below the customization options are options to choose which pages the buttons will appear on for your blog.

WordPress: Installing Jetpack

Install jetpack by going to Plugins > Add New
It should show first in the list but if not, search for Jetpack.
Click “Install Now”

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After the install is finished, click Activate.

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After reading the terms of service, choose to Set Up Jetpack or skip until later.

You’ll need to Set Up Jetpack if you want to use the features. Setting up Jetpack first involves connecting to wordpress.com so you’ll need your log in details for that. If you don’t have a wordpress.com account, you’ll need to make one.

You can either choose a paid plan or select to start with a free plan.
After you’re done connecting to wordpress.com, you’ll be brought back to your WordPress admin.

Choose whether you want to Activate Recommended Features or Skip and explore features. We recommend to Skip and explore.

We suggest not enabling site accelerator as your images will be stored externally and require contacting Jetpack in order to remove any.

How to Build a Strong Consumer Base

No matter if you’re trying to start a commercial website for selling products or services or if you’re just building something as simple as a social site, both mean nothing without having people coming to it. And let me tell you that getting a reliable following for a website is the hardest thing to do. People are fickle and will move on to bigger and better alternatives with the smallest of issues. Luckily, there is a way to help you build your website, and that is through a strong foundation.

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WordPress How to: Manage and Register Users

The primary goal of any website is to have visitors.  Nobody makes a website just to be ignored and forgotten, and how your website interacts with those users is very important.  Some sites work better with no sign-ups and simply as a page to read.  Others work with a simple like/comment area, and still more are best when creating a community where users can upload content or post on their own.  Luckily, WordPress makes it easy to work in whatever you need for your visitors.

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Making Money from your WordPress Website

People create websites for one of two reasons.  The vast majority make a website to make money, while others make websites solely to put information into a public space.  We’re going to focus on the former.

Making money using your website is not an easy task.  Ads alone will cover only a small portion of your costs and, unless you’ve got a truly popular website, will never be enough to gain a profit with.

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