How to Pick and Optimize VPS for Your Website

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Server infrastructure is closely integrated to web presence. Although the last few years we have seen quite an evolution in the web hosting space, getting your web site or blog online still requires a bit of technical skills.

It’s true that nowadays you don’t have to purchase or maintain your own server. Most web owners never see the server they host their sites in. But right now, the ability to get involved at least at the setup level is normally required if you don’t want to depend on technical staff just to modify certain settings on the server.

Blog software really makes it easy to publish online. With it, gone are the days where you should wait for hours, if not days, just to fix a typo on your web page.

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How to Create Dropdown Navbars for Your Subpages and Subcategories

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In this tutorial, you will see how to display your sub-categories in an animated dropdown, and how to create similar dropdowns for sub-pages as well. You’ll even be able to highlight the page your reader is currently on.

The code is written by milo, and you  can see a demo of it in use in one of her free WordPress themes; Nash (Check out the two nav menus in the black header).

The code is very easy to set up and you will have no trouble there. You will want to edit the CSS in the end to make it match your theme, but even for beginners, a little meddling will get you through.

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Virtual Private Server – Advantages for Bloggers / Web Designers (Plus a Business Idea)

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If you’re just getting started or your web site doesn’t take up too much traffic just yet, then a shared webhost may be all you need.

The only problem is, not all shared hosting is created the same.

The Problems With Shared Hosting

You may think about a shared hosting server like a big house. Every customer who purchases an account gets access to some space inside the house but everyone has to share the dining room, kitchen and even washroom.

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Add Google-Style Page Navigation to your Category and Search Pages

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It can be very tedious to navigate through a category on a WordPress blog. Your navigation options tend to be limited to “Next Page”/”Previous Page".

Not the most efficient method in the world…

When you do a search on Google, you can skip to page 3, 4, 5 or anything else. And once you do, you can always click back to page 1. It makes flicking through a large number of results much, much easier.

So, why don’t we recreate that in WordPress? Milo is going to show us how.

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Design Review: Yamidoo Magazine

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Yamidoo Magazine is a premium WordPress theme recently released by Pavel Ciorici of WP Zoom. It’s entering a tough market, but it does a lot of things well. Things that we can learn from!

You can see a live demo of the theme in action here.

This review was sponsored by Pavel, but it has been written in the exact same way as all my other design reviews. There is a competition to win a free license at the end of the post, and if you’d like to purchase the theme for your own site, you can do so here.

Now, onto the review!

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3 Codes for a Far Better WordPress Search Page

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The search page in a WordPress blog is normally a bit of an after-thought. I know that until I replaced the WordPress page here with a Google search page, my search results were just like any other category page.

You can do a lot to improve your search results page though. In this post, milo has shown us some of her best techniques for creating a far more useful page.

We will start by adding a counter for the number of results found, then we will highlight the search times in the results themselves, and finally, show you how you can exclude certain categories from your results.

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Show What’s Coming Next on Your Blog

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Often at the end of a TV show, they play some clips of what’s coming up in the next episode. It’s interesting to watch (Provided they don’t spoil things too much on you!), simple for them to do, and near enough guarantees you’ll remember to tune in again next time.

So why not do the same with your blog?

If you use WordPress’s future-posting to schedule your posts for a few days in advance, you can show parts of those posts on your blog beforehand to let people know there’s more to come.

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