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WordPress articles

These articles show you how to install, configure, optimize, and extend the popular WordPress blogging platform:

Installing WordPress

How to install WordPress using Softaculous
Learn how to install the popular WordPress publishing application in minutes by using the Softaculous installer.

How to install WordPress using the A2 QuickInstaller
Learn how to install WordPress on your server using the A2 QuickInstaller here.

Installing WordPress on a subdomain
You can quickly and easily install WordPress on one of your account's subdomains, and this article shows you how.

Optimizing, configuring, and securing WordPress

WordPress security
Learn how to enhance the security of your WordPress site—help protect against brute force attacks and more.

Configuring WordPress to use a temporary URL
There are certain scenarios where you may want to test WordPress using a temporary URL. This article shows you how.

Resetting the WordPress administrator password
If you are locked out of your WordPress administrator account and cannot use the e-mail password recovery feature, you can change the password manually in the database. This article shows you how.

Broken image links in WordPress
Learn how to fix a problem that may occur when you try to add images to a WordPress post.

Optimizing WordPress with W3 Total Cache and GTmetrix
This article shows you how to optimize your WordPress installation for faster performance.

Adding CAPTCHA protection to a WordPress site
CAPTCHA protection helps secure your WordPress site, and reduce the amount of spamming by bots and other malicious actors. Learn how to add CAPTCHAs to your site here.

WordPress plugins
There is a huge number of plugins available that you can use to extend WordPress' functionality. Learn how to use some of these plugins in these articles.

Administering WordPress from the command line
The WP-CLI tool enables you to do many WordPress administrative tasks from the command line, and you can also use it in cron jobs to automate tasks. Learn how here.

Updating WordPress database configuration settings
When you try to view a WordPress site, you may receive an “Error establishing a database connection” message. Learn how to resolve this problem in this article.

Adding external RSS feeds to your WordPress site
You can quickly and easily add an external RSS feed to your WordPress site. Learn how here.

Determining the WordPress version
Learn in this article how to determine which WordPress version a site is running.

How to enable and disable pingbacks and trackbacks in WordPress
Pingbacks and trackbacks are convenient ways to enable communication between blogs, but they can also lead to spam links on your site. Learn how to enable and disable these features in this article.

Installing WordPress themes
WordPress includes thousands of free themes that you can use to customize your web site's appearance. Learn how to install themes in this article.

Updating WordPress
Keeping a WordPress site updated is important for stability and security reasons. Learn how to update WordPress in this article.

Installing WordPress manually
Learn how to manually install the WordPress blogging platform on your A2 Hosting account.

Troubleshooting blank pages in WordPress
Learn what to do when WordPress displays a blank page, also sometimes known as the “white screen of death.”

Changing a WordPress account username
Learn how to change the username for a WordPress account.

Managing WordPress comments
Learn how to manage WordPress comments using the WordPress administration interface, and how to delete bulk amounts of comments using phpMyAdmin.

Optimizing WordPress trash settings
Learn how to optimize the trash settings in WordPress in this article.

Changing the WordPress auto-save interval
You can change the auto-save interval that WordPress uses to automatically save post edits. Learn how in this article.

Configuring WordPress date and time settings
You can easily change the settings that WordPress uses to display dates and times on your site, and this article shows you how.

‘Scheduled maintenance’ message in WordPress
You may receive a “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” message in your web browser when you try to view your WordPress site. Learn about this message and why it occurs in this article.

Debugging WordPress
WordPress provides several settings that you can use to help debug themes, databases, and more. Learn about these settings in this article.

Enabling and customizing maintenance mode in WordPress
Learn how to enable maintenance mode in WordPress, and how to customize the page WordPress displays when it is in maintenance mode.

Configuring a cron job for WordPress
Learn how to configure a cron job for WordPress and ensure scheduled tasks and other features work in a timely manner.

Scheduling post publishing in WordPress
You can schedule a WordPress post to be published automatically in the future, and this article shows you how.

Using Google Analytics with WordPress
Learn how to use Google Analytics with your WordPress site to obtain statistics about visitor traffic.

Installing and configuring the Google XML Sitemaps plugin
The Google XML Sitemaps plugin enables you to quickly and easily generate XML sitemaps for your WordPress site. XML sitemaps help search engines index your web site content.

Installing and configuring the Postie plugin
You can post to your WordPress site by sending e-mail messages. Learn how with the Postie plugin for WordPress.

Disabling plugins in WordPress
Learn how to disable plugins for WordPress, both individually and all at once.

Installing and configuring the Disqus Comment System plugin
You can integrate the popular Disqus Comment System into your WordPress site. Learn how in this article.

Password-protected pages in WordPress
You can easily protect a WordPress post page with a password to prevent casual visitors from accessing content.

Installing and configuring the TinyMCE Advanced editor plugin
The TinyMCE Advanced plugin enables you to add powerful editing capabilities to the WordPress editor.

Configuring the WordPress permalink structure
Learn how configuring the permalink structure can make your WordPress site easier to use, and friendlier to search engines.

Optimizing WordPress with the A2 Optimized plugin
This article shows how you can quickly and easily optimize your WordPress installation using the A2 Optimized plugin.

Migrating an existing WordPress site to A2 Hosting
Learn how to migrate an existing WordPress site to your A2 Hosting account.

Disappearing WordPress plugins
You may experience a problem where installed WordPress plugins disappear from the administration page. Learn about the likely cause and how to resolve this issue here.

Changing the WordPress language
WordPress supports many different languages. Learn how to change the WordPress language in this article.