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WordPress is popular for good reason. It can help you accomplish a lot. Create things you haven't imagined and let the options inspire you to do more. Read this article to find out how WordPress can work for you.

Make sure that all of the information on your site is current. This is very important as viewers will tend to veer away from your site if it is outdated or pointing out very old information. Spend time each week getting rid of the antiquated material on your website to improve how it looks.

Don't forget to use spell-check. It may seem obvious now, but many people forget to do it. When using the WordPress editor to post to your blog, make sure you take advantage of its spell check function. Even if you have already proofread your post, a quick and simple spell check couldn't hurt.

Make a posting schedule for yourself. You may actually do it if you set a time. As a matter of fact, you can create your posts ahead of time and then use the WP  scheduling feature to post them at specific times.

If there is content or comments that aren't of value, remove them. That way, the site stays suitable for the interested folks who read it. To get rid of spam on a daily basis, Akismet can be a useful plugin.

Know that you can write posts and send them in the future via WordPress. All you need to do is change the post from "Publish Immediately" to a specific date and time in the future. This way you can write posts and have them set up to go out even while you are on vacation!

Choose a focused keyword for each post or page you create. What would someone be searching for if this is the exact content they wanted? Be sure to make your key phrases targeted as simple queries, such as "sailing tips", are already overrun by thousands of competitors and their websites.

Include your SEO-based keywords in the titles of your posts. In fact, make them the first few words of the title. For example, if your key phrase is "best pizza in Toronto", you could create a title such as "For the Best Pizza in Toronto, Only Spring Water Will Do!"

Use a security plugin. Keeping your blog secure is important, and there are plenty of plugins out there that promise to do just that. Try a plugin you feel you can trust. Wordfence is a good choice. It offers a firewall, does virus scans, blocks any malicious networks, and is free.

Some visitors may want to share one of your posts with friends or family members through their email. Unless you have a plugin specifically for that purpose, the user may not find the process very easy. Therefore, install one ahead of time so that your visitors are not frustrated.

Nobody wants to manually approve comments anymore. Rather, Akismet can do it on your behalf. You'll get emails when comments are made, but you can also uncheck manual approval. You won't save yourself time.

Always back up your Wordpress files and database regularly. Although your website has backups, they may not do backups as frequently as you would like. You can find plugins that can make the backup process much easier. When you have your files and database backed up, you can easily restore your site if anything happens to it.

When you have a question about how to create something in Wordpress, consider visiting one of the many user forums that have been set up on the web. These online communities are often created by Wordpress experts who just want to bring together people with a similar goal. When you post a question, it is not uncommon that you will get several very helpful responses.

Highlight your own comments. It's very common for users to express opinions and ask questions in the comment section. When you respond to these questions, they can sometimes be overlooked. Highlight all author comments using a different color. This will make them stand out and be recognized easily.

When you are designing your Wordpress site, it is a good idea to take out any display of the word "Wordpress" in the footer area or in the header of your code. A lot of bad web bots troll the web for Wordpress blogs and find security holes. If you remove the word "Wordpress" from your site, you have another layer of defense against these bots.

You need to make sure that your WordPress blog has some security installed. There are times when your blog may be vulnerable due to technical issues. Hackers love exploiting these weaknesses and wreaking havoc on your site. You can use plugins to prevent this. There are also plugins that can back up your data should anything happen to your site.

There are lots of good reasons why WordPress is so popular. This article should have made you aware of the capabilities of WordPress. Understanding how to use the tools available will help make you a better blogger. Use what you've just learned to do that.