WordPress Maintenance

Lessons to help you maintain your WordPress website: including updates, backups, and site security.

WordPress 3.8 Briefing

WordPress 3.8 is here and the WP Admin area has received a major makeover. The all new admin is now responsive and should work just as well on smartphones and tablets as it does on laptops and full-sized PCs. This short video takes you on a tour of the latest features and explains why WordPress …

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WordPress User Roles Explained

User roles are a powerful WordPress feature that allows you to create complex editorial workflows. The key is in understanding what they are and how they work. This lesson introduces you to the core WordPress user roles and explains when you should use each.

How to Upgrade WordPress

Now that you’re running your own self-hosted WordPress site (as opposed to using WordPress.com) you’re responsible for performing updates whenever a new version of WordPress is available — and it’s critical that you do so. Updating your WordPress website is the number one defense against being hacked.  Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to perform an upgrade. You’ll learn all the details in this lesson.

What’s New In WordPress 3.7

WordPress 3.7 is here and while there’s not much to see, there’s at least one major change you need to be aware of. In this video I explain the new automatic upgrade feature, walk you through the other significant changes, and explain why the WordPress upgrade cycle is about to become much more frequent.

WordPress Security Plugin: Better WP Security Setup Guide

If you’re looking for a WordPress security plugin, Better WP Security should be at the top of your list. The plugin is a veritable Swiss Army knife for fixing WordPress security issues. Unfortunately, the huge array of settings make the plugin a bit overwhelming for most casual WordPress users. This tutorial walks you through the …

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