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Increasing your font selection

Thanks to Janice M for reminding us that we don’t have to stay limited with the default fonts provided in WordPress. If you want have ~400 new fonts to select from, give Google Fonts a try. 

Stop comment spam with Akismet

If you’ve been using WordPress for some time, you’ve probably noticed comment spam — comments that sound really nice, but have really been setup to link back to their business when/if you accidentally approve the comment. The more popular your blog/website, the more you’ll likely receive. One of the best solutions for combating this is Akismet which is provided by Auttomatic, the same people who run WordPress.com. They have setup the service free for personal and non-business blogs. Once activated on your site, whenever someone comments on your site, it will send that comment to their servers to be reviewed. Because Akismet monitors millions of websites, their engines have a pretty good idea if that comment is likely spam or legitimate. If it shows up as spam, they’ll do the hard work and delete the comment for you, only leaving up to you to approve or trash the human entered comments.

What does your website look like with scripts blocked?

If you’re security savvy, or follow a privacy and security blog like PrivaSecTech, you know that the most popular way hackers get into systems these days is through scripts (flash or java usually). As such, there are plugins for most browsers now, like NoScripts for Firefox or NotScripts for Chrome which block all scripts by default, unless you manually authorize them. Using such a plugin in your broswer is arguably more effect than having anti-virus installed these days!

Changing your WordPress editor

The default editor in WordPress is lacking, to say the least. If you’re looking to replace the default editor with a more powerful and accessible editor, you should give the CKEditor a try. There’s a long list of reasons why this editor is better. If you don’t like it, simply remove the CKEditor plugin!

Google XML Sitemap

Sitemaps are useful for both people, as well as search engine robots (spiders) in indexing all of your website for their search engines. To make this as easy as possible, especially Google, install the WordPress plugin called Google XML Sitemaps.