The difference between and

What’s the difference between and Or, what’s the difference between ‘real’ self hosted WordPress and the commercial WordPress at The fundamental difference is who is hosting your WordPress website and controlling what you can and can not do with it. is a commercial organisation who will host and install your WordPress … Continue reading “The difference between and”

Install promptly to protect from the WordPress setup hack

Hackers are always finding new ways to attack that we need to protect against. I call this new attack the ‘WordPress setup Hack’ and it exploits the time it takes to install WordPress. This new attack uses the easy setup wizard against us by connecting your WordPress setup to the hacker controlled database. It then … Continue reading “Install promptly to protect from the WordPress setup hack”

How to start your website

Getting started with your website is easier than ever thanks to the combination of some great software and the services from some great hosting companies that are designed to make the process simple. This tutorial will take you through the steps of getting yourself up and running all within about 20 minutes. We will cover: … Continue reading “How to start your website”

WordPress release 3.5.1 is out

A security and maintenance update for WordPress was released last night and addresses a number of bugs and a small set of security patches. One of the security patches fixes a problem that has been in all previous versions of WordPress so it is particularly important you apply this as soon as possible. If you … Continue reading “WordPress release 3.5.1 is out”

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Since the release of my Simple Affiliate Shop plugin I have regularly been asked, “What is affiliate marketing?” You might think that in order to have a shop you need to have something to sell. In the case of Affiliate Marketing you are promoting products that are created and sold by others rather than creating … Continue reading “What is Affiliate Marketing?”

PayPal IPN on you test site

There are many reasons to have a test site that only you can see. Unfortunately this may mean that you can’t make everything work properly if you rely on other services such as PayPal IPN (Instant Payment Notification). Make sure your customers can access or download their purchase immediately after they payment is made to … Continue reading “PayPal IPN on you test site”

Solving the WordPress internal path error

During your regular website maintenance you might come across the ‘WordPress Internal Path Error’. Don’t panic, it’s not a critical issue – but don’t ignore it either. In my series on doing your own regular maintenance and health checks I mention that it is a good idea to use a service like to get … Continue reading “Solving the WordPress internal path error”

Install and configure PG Simple Affiliate Shop

Simple Affiliate Shop is a plugin that allows affiliate marketers to add products that they promote to their website easily and have them present in a format that visitor expect. It takes care of formatting buy now buttons and offers options for testimonials and product details. See the Simple Affiliate Shop overview page for a … Continue reading “Install and configure PG Simple Affiliate Shop”

Check your domain name forwarding

Many people grab variations of their website name and use domain name forwarding to ‘point’ these variations all through to the same site. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can do yourself. Why do I want multiple domain names? Having more than one domain name may let your … Continue reading “Check your domain name forwarding”