How to Reduce Spam Comments in WordPress

nospam-200If you have a WordPress blog, you’ll sooner or later start seeing random, unrelated comments posted on your site.  That is called “comment spam,” which can be very annoying! These spammy comments can take up space, “taint” your blog with unprofessional language, confuse your blog readers, and could even include links to undesirable sites.

Fortunately, there are WordPress plugins that can reduce comment spam for you so that you won’t need to spend time manually deleting them.  Just install one or more of these plugins and activate them, and kiss those spammers goodby!

Top 7 WordPress Plugins to Help Combat Spam Comments:

Anti-spam Bee
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/antispam-bee/)
antispam-bee Our favorite. It’s been working very well for us. You’ll see the plug-in page on wordpress.org is written in German, but the plugin interface is in English and easy to set up.


Akismet
(https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/)
akismet Akismet comes bundled with WordPress; you just need to get an API key from Akismet.com to use it. Fee-based for business use.


Anti-spam
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/anti-spam/)
anti-spam Another popular, well-rated anti-spam plugin.


Anti-spam by CleanTalk
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/cleantalk-spam-protect/)
anti-spam-cleantalk Fee-based after a trial period. Seems to have good tech support.


WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-spamshield/)
wp-spamshield Includes spam-blocking contact form feature, and protection from user registration spam as well.


Stop Spam Comments
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/stop-spam-comments/)
stop-spam-commentsSuper simple plugin that does not require any setups.


Conditional CAPTCHA
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-conditional-captcha/)
conditional-captchaUsing CAPTCHA (the system that asks you to enter machine-unreadable characters before you submit comments to ensure you are a human) is one of the most effective ways to block spam comments, but that could be annoying to some commentators, too. This plugin allows you to show the CAPTCHA screen only when certain conditions are not met.


Just like with any plugins, each of these has its own unique functions. See which one would work the best for you.

Give em a try and leave your comments below…

 

5 Great Theme Companies with Beautiful WordPress Designs

One of the hardest things in building a WordPress site is picking a theme!  You can spend hours trolling the internet finding the perfect theme.

Although there are many free WordPress themes available from WordPress.org’s Theme Directory, my recommendation is to go with a premium (paid) theme from a reputable WordPress theme company.

Why? …..Well, here are some things you should consider before jumping at any free themes:

  • Not many free theme designers provide technical support  or active user forums.
  • As WordPress improves, it’s very important for the themes to stay compatible with it so that you can take advantage of the latest tools and technology that WordPress offers. However, free themes tend to be not maintained as well as the premium themes. (for obvious reasons… they are not getting paid)
  • And using a theme that’s not up to the latest technology that changes every day means it just might be vulnerable to hackers and malware.

Considering the above, here are five theme companies  I recommend to my Website Creation Workshop students:

StudioPress

studio-press-themesUsing Genesis framework, StudioPress themes are very versatile, and hence, many professional web designers use their themes as the base to create custom themes. (This blog site is running on a StudioPress theme called “Prose.”)
Find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/studiopress/



iThemes

ithemes themesiThemes themes run on a framework called Builder, which lets you customize the layout by “drag and drop” each design blocks. A great way to customize to exactly how you want it! You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/ithemes



Elegant Themes

elegant themesKnown for the simplicity, functionality, and beautiful design, Elegant Themes provides many easy-to-use, yet gorgeous looking themes. You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/elegantthemes



Woo Themes

woo themes
Woothemes is best known for their WooCommerce plugin for creating ecommerce WordPress sites.  They have an open and clean look and an easy way to browse for their themes. You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/woothemes



Ink Themes

ink themes

And Finally there is InkThemes.  They are  a company that gives you a great looking theme, without a lot of customization needed.  This company is great for the newbie who does not know WordPress well, as in no time at all, you can get your site looking great! . You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/inkthemes

Do you have any favorite WordPress themes? Please share in the comment box below!

 

Declare Your Independence Day!

“No More King” they said as they declared their independence from the King of England 238 years ago. Back then the people of the United States wanted to be free from someone else telling them what to do.  They wanted to be in control of their destiny!

Watch this short fun video below from School House Rock. (Yeah that show from the ’70s)

And in celebration of July 4th today, I have opened back up my Website Creation Summer Camp for registrations.  If you’d like to join us this summer and declare your independence from others when it comes to building a website, just go to:
http://www.WebsiteCreationSummerCamp.com/register

Happy July 4th!

Camp Fire Stories, Movie Nights, Arts & Crafts & More…

Remember how much fun summer camp was when you were a kid?

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You played games all day in the sun…

You made arts and crafts with new friends…

You listened to stories around the campfire every night…

You fully enjoyed yourself because you LIVED! Well we’re bringing that fun back to Summer, but this time its for the GROWN-UPS! [Read more...]

Summer 2014 Website Creation Camp is Coming!

Woo Hoo!  The Website Creation Summer Camp 2014 is coming!

I will be doing an easy 6 week training program teaching you how to create your websites with WordPress in the Website Creation Summer Camp 2014!

Here are some of the details:

What?Website Creation Workshop Quick Summer Program: A 6 Week Online training series

The Website Creation Workshop Quick Summer Program is an Online program that takes you through the process of creating your own website without a webmaster. Using the WordPress software you will learn how to create a blog or a website that is easy to update, great for the search engines, and does NOT require webmaster skills. You learn hands on by having your own practice site  “student project” WordPress Website Installed for you. [Read more...]

How to Put Your Site Under Construction with a “Coming Soon” Plugin

Just this past week, we moved into a new home!

It’s just 25 miles away from where we were before, but as you can imagine, there are so many things to do with any kind of move. Needless to say, things have been hectic  for the last couple of weeks. But we are so happy with our new home and neighborhood we can’t complain.

Below is a photo of my new office (“Under Construction”)  with bright sunlight coming through the window.

newofficeunderconstruction-480There are obviously more things to do to get this office in shape! But once complete, I know this will be a very functional and great place to run my business and conduct training webinars from.

You might have experienced something like this with your website, too. I certainly have.

When you move your website, or when you build a new website, there will be times when the website is not yet ready for the public view.

However, if you already have an established website URL, you don’t want to shut down the website during the “construction” period and make people think your site has disappeared in the virtual universe!

That’s when the “Under Construction” or  “Coming Soon” plugins come in handy. [Read more...]

How to Open a Bluehost Account

While many of my Website Creation Workshop students are somewhat familiar with the process of establishing a new website when first coming into the program, there are some people who are not. In my training program, I go over the process of establishing a website from start to finish so that you don’t need to waste time just trying to “figure it out.”

In the video below, I explain how to open a hosting account, using Bluehost (www.BlueHostNow.com – my link for them)  hosting account as an example.  I have used Blue Host for many years, and love their support and how easy it is to communicate with them on the phone.

 

Getting your domain name is the first step, and that’s pretty straightforward. What most people struggle with is how to open a web hosting account, install WordPress there, and connect your domain name with it.
While there are many domain name registrars: i.e. Godaddy.com for example, and web hosting companies who also let you register a domain name, I recommend that you keep the two separate and use 2 different companies.  This makes it much easier to change hosts at any time if you decide you don’t like the company you are with. And always remember: no hosting company is perfect!
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How to Add a Border Around an Image in WordPress

When WordPress 3.9 came out, they removed the ability to easily add a border around an image.   I was pretty upset with this, as I add borders to my images ALL THE TIME!  If you are not sure what I am talking about, look at the two images below: The first one has No Border, and the second one has a thin black border line around the image.

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But, quickly a plugin author came to the rescue and created a simple plugin “Advanced Image Styles” that lets you add a border or padding around an image.

See video that shows you how to do this inside WordPress below:

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