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Ray Wyman Jr
Freelance writer - content creator, marketing communications, website builder
Freelance writer - content creator, marketing communications, website builder

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Hopefully, you backup everything you produce on your computer (if you don't, you're just asking for trouble). The same precaution must be taken under serious consideration for WordPress. Trust me. It breaks.

The struggle I've had is how to prepare for "breakages" - which in this context is a massive fail from either the site server or the SQL database (or both).

I use a paid version of Jetpack. In my opinion, this is the best solution for MOST WordPress-managed sites. The key ingredient: VaultPress backups - which is included. Some folks don't like the all-inclusive approach for WP management (Jetpack can be a tad invasive). Not to worry, you can get VaultPress as a separate plug-in-play.

Here's an article by Kerilynn Engle writing for Blogging Wizard. She hits five of the most popular WP backup plugins (as of May 2017).

Here y'are:

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I’ve been using Ultimate and Yoast alternately on various WordPress-managed sites. Why do you need an SEO plugin? Well... that all depends on what you're doing. If you want/need a little help in your site noticed by the SE spiders, then you'll want one. If you don't care, then don't bother.

Between these two SEO plugins, both have their pros and cons. Here’s a smattering of a review:

Ultimate is great when you want a tight package to do specific things. Yoast is great if you’re new to SEO and need training.

Having said that, Ultimate is not so great if you don’t have at least some SEO/SEM training. Conversely, Yoast is a pig if you have training. Moreover - Yoast FREE doesn't do enough for me.

I use SEMRush for fine tuning – and trim up my linking and OG with Ultimate. Kinda expensive tools to have laying around (SEMRush) but that’s the nature of the beast (IMHO). I also need help with canonical URLs. SEO Ultimate FREE does all of that from the start.

Again – Yoast isn’t bad. It’s just clunky. And the Free version is really a tool to upsell you on all their addons (which can really add up). Personally, I don't care much for Yoast's "optimizing" lights. And I get a bit weary (and wary) of the constant reminders to upgrade. Ultimate has an ad on their main page. That's about it.

One BIG downside for Ultimate is that they’ve stopped supporting the free version of the plugin. They want you to purchase a license to get support. Which is okay – I get it. Free is not a sustainable business model. But the free version also allows people compare platforms. It’s the years that I’ve spent working with both plugins that have given me great insight into two valuable tools.

Tip: I only have 6 of Ultimate’s modules turned on at any given time – which is optimal for an average hosting service. More than that, and you'll find that your site performance may fall off a bit (it'll slow the site down). That’s where the training comes into play – eventually you learn that “everything, all the time” is not necessarily an effective SEO/SEM strategy.

Links for your convenience:
SEO Ultimate -
Yoast -

Think that you can skip the plug in and pay someone to game your SEO? I'd reconsider - like, NOW.


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Everyone is talking about security. You'd better include firewalls with that. Here's an article from Webbeginners - good place for experienced WordPressers to refresh their plugin lineup - and great for beginners who have no clue where to begin.

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Guys - here's a home decor trick that ANYONE can do. Want to step up a dinner setting with some cut flowers? Try some unusual flower containers (instead of your garden-variety vase). Thanks to Fran Berger.

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Just received notification from Google - as did millions of other users. Google wants to end free SMS notification so that they can monetize the service. 

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A mathematician struggles with a way to explain the "hipster paradox" - but the answer is philosophical. To be non-conformist, one must conform to the rules of non-conformity. Therefore, no one is truly individual and you will find order even in anarchy.

Egad - now I'm depressed.

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I want a gopro selfie in space.
Amazing NASA GoPro ISS Spacewalk Footage From U.S. EVA #30!
Feels Like You're in Space! April 15, 2015: This footage was taken by U.S. astronaut Terry Virts during a spacewalk on the International Space Station on February 25, 2015. Virts and fellow astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore routed a series of cables in preparation for the arrival of two International Docking Adapters later in 2015. Virts also lubricated elements at the latching end of the space station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm while Wilmore prepares the Tranquility module for the relocation of the Permanent Multipurpose Module and the arrival of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) later this year. 

To learn about what these spacewalks accomplished and the big changes coming for the International Space Station, vist:

We’re celebrating 50 years of spacewalking, learn more at: 

For more information about the International Space Station, visit: 

Credit: NASA/JSC

+terry virts 
+NASA Johnson Space Center 

#NASA #Space #ISS #Astronauts #BarryWilmore #TerryVirts
#Spacewalk   #EVA #HD #Video #GoPro #International #EVA31
#Expedition42 #JSC #FirstPerson   #Perspective #Reality #USA #UnitedStates

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#6: everyone loves a new hashtag - but never assume that YOUR campaign deserves one. A better way is to research existing trending tags. 
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