7 Easy Ways to Automate WordPress

There are a lot things you do within WordPress to automate different activities. With the use of plugins you can automate almost anything.

These are 7 smart ways to make WordPress work for you.

1. Automate Your Posting

With the Editorial Calendar plugin you can visualize and plan your entire publishing schedule. You can simply drag and drop posts into the date you want them published and set the date when they should be published.

editorial calendar

This means you can front-load as many blog posts as you want and not have to worry about actually clicking the publish button. Just write the content and then let WordPress handle all the publishing for you.

2. Automate Your Social Sharing

Your RSS feed updates every time you publish a new post and so there are ways to leverage this to automate other activities like social sharing.

If you use FeedPress, you can set your social accounts to automatically share your posts. Connect it with buffer or multiple social accounts and you’ve got complete social automation for your automated publishing 🙂

3. Stop images from auto-linking

By default, all images added to your posts with the media uploader are linked to the attachment page. This is bad for SEO because…

1. You’re sending link juice to a page that won’t ever rank and never needs to rank. By eliminating those links, more link juice will travel through more important internal links like your “related posts.”

2. Google will only crawl a certain amount of pages on your site depending generally on PageRank. There’s no reason to send the Googlebot to an image attachment page when it could instead be discovering or recrawling (keeping fresh) more important pages on your site.

Turning off the links on a per image basis is lame and time-consuming. The good news is that it is very easy to change to default behavior:

function my_unlink_images() {
	update_option('image_default_link_type', 'none' );
}
add_action('after_setup_theme', 'my_unlink_images');

This won’t update any old images, but all new images uploaded to your site won’t be linked when added to a post.

4. Automate more pinging

WordPress pings one update service for you every time you publish a new post. This helps that post get found by search engines and basically “notifies” the blogosphere of your new post.

You can add more update services to increase this effect. Below is a list of XML-RPC ping services you can copy and paste into the Update Services textarea at the bottom of Settings > Writing:

http://rpc.pingomatic.com
http://api.feedster.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://api.moreover.com/ping
http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://www.feedsubmitter.com
http://blo.gs/ping.php
http://www.pingerati.net
http://www.pingmyblog.com
http://ipings.com

from the WordPress codex

5. Automate comment spam blocking

Comment spam is an unavoidable evil of the internet. There are lots of free plugins that reduce spam, but some always finds a way through.

Ask yourself this: how much is your time worth?

If you run one site and you spend two minutes a day dealing with comment spam (that’s an hour a month), you’re spending way too much of your time on comment spam. An hour of your time is worth more than $5 and that’s what Akismet costs per month.

We get tons of comment spam every month, but Akismet blocks it currently with 99.85% accuracy. In other words, I don’t spend my time on comment spam.

6. Auto-Backup Your Site

Backing up your site is critical in case of a crisis. You want your WP site to automatically backup everyday, so you don’t have to think about it.

We use BackUpWordPress here at Support Dash because it’s simple and gets the job done. It backs up the site once a day, and we can backup the site whenever we want at the click of a button like before installing new WP updates.

There are a lot of great backup plugins. It’s just important that you choose one and start backing up your site today.

7. Automatically reduce image sizes

EWWW Image Optimizer uses lossless image optimization processes to automatically reduce the size of images you upload.

In short, all of your images are exactly the same, but with 0-50% less file size. Why wouldn’t you use it?

There are settings for further optimization you can use, but it works great out-of-the-box. Make sure after installing, you go to the new “Bulk Optimize” menu under Media and optimize all of the existing images already on your site.

WP Smush.it has a 1 MB size limit due to Yahoo’s API which is a shame because you need it most on larger images, and that’s why we use EWWW Image Optimizer.

That’s it for the WordPress automation, have any good tips that we missed?

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4 Comments
  1. —-Cool Information thanks for these Post!

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    2. Automate Your Social Sharing

    D’ont ferget Jetpack you can now Publish by creating Post to all 3 SM Networks, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

    —-Stooni

  2. good article!

  3. nice article. at least now i know how to automate some things on my wordpress site.

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