I hesitated to include this one because it is definitely not the typical WordPress blog. But when I was thinking about the best WordPress blogs around, I realized that I check Make WordPress just as often as I do any others out there. You see, make.wordpress.org is the blog where you see what’s going on with WordPress as it happens. You get Gutenberg updates (in their What’s New in Gutenberg? series), team meeting minutes so you can see what was talked about during the latest design team or community building meeting, and that sort of thing. It’s not really a how-to kind of blog, but if you have even a passing interest in the goings-on behind the curtain, Make WordPress Core is going to impress you.
Innovation also empowers webmasters to craft modern, amazing and deeply attractive blog websites with an assortment of powerhouse features, including a completely out-of-the-box and integrated review system that allows your users put their input into your website in an effective, meaningful way without having to code a single line yourself. With Innovation’s WooCommerce readiness, you can set up your blog as an outlet to market your wares in no time, among many more options. Try Innovation now!
Please note: you can use Ad Inserter plugin to automatically insert code (usually in the section – as described above) for Auto ads on every page. However, the exact placement of ads will be done by the ad code, not Ad Inserter! When you enable debugging function Label blocks, AdSense Auto ads (placed by the ad code) will be labeled with a colored bar on the top with a text informing you that the ad was automatically placed by AdSense Auto ads code.

Here you can choose between responsive (automatic size) ad unit and fixed sizes. In general, wider ad units perform better. In most cases you can choose responsive ad unless you want a fixed size ad. In such case choose one of recommended ad sizes, which have shown to perform well across a variety of sites. Ad sizes that perform well on mobile are shown with a mobile icon.


AdSense Plugin WP QUADS: This free Google AdSense insertion plugin offers AMP support(requires an AMP plugin) with its Pro version. You can even use the plugin to define AdSense sizes for different devices and enable Dynamic AdSense positioning. If you wish to run other Ads apart from the Google AdSense ones, the plugin can help you out. With this plugin, bloggers and site owners can display up to a maximum of 10 Ads on a page.

Zarja is a wonderfully intuitive, feature-rich, graphically subtle and elegantly understated WordPress theme. It is lightning fast and very efficiently coded, while also being lightweight and highly flexible. It’s perfect for any kind of modern blog. Zarja is a unique WordPress theme, carefully developed and painstakingly designed to accommodate the needs and requirements of modern blog websites across a vast spectrum of interests and fields, regardless of the webmaster’s prior coding experience. Zarja’s star feature is its ability to deliver a soft-spoken, feminine touch to blogs and websites in general.
Run by Brian Jackson (a serious WordPress and SEO guru), Woorkup is definitely a solid WordPress resource. If you’re ever unsure about a plugin, or you’re looking for some inspiration give Brian’s blog a read. He also share freelancer tips for running a business based on his own personal experiences and has a toolbox of recommended products to help you get started.

One of the most consistent and high-quality publications around, Smashing Magazine works as kind of the gold standard for WordPress blogs. Or technology blogs. Or really, blogs in general. Long-form content that dives deep into each subject they tackle is a mainstay, and even when they have sponsored posts, the content is held to the same standards as their day-to-day work and covers useful topics that just happen to pertain to the sponsor’s niche. Whether you’re a WordPress designer, developer, user, or some combination of all of those, you need to read Smashing Magazine. Stat.
Individual installations of WordPress can be protected with security plugins that prevent user enumeration, hide resources and thwart probes. Users can also protect their WordPress installations by taking steps such as keeping all WordPress installation, themes, and plugins updated, using only trusted themes and plugins,[98] editing the site's .htaccess file to prevent many types of SQL injection attacks and block unauthorized access to sensitive files. It is especially important to keep WordPress plugins updated because would-be hackers can easily list all the plugins a site uses, and then run scans searching for any vulnerabilities against those plugins. If vulnerabilities are found, they may be exploited to allow hackers to upload their own files (such as a PHP Shell script) that collect sensitive information.[99][100][101]

Social Share Buttons were implemented along with 24 Social Share Icons, some Facebook Open Graph Tags, and various Social Icon Widgets. With this theme, the user can select a blog style that matches his or her taste. Writing has Masonry, Grid, Classic and List blog variations. The theme is WPML compatible, and can be translated into any language. RTL support was also added for languages such as Hebrew, Japanese and Arabic.
Thank you for all the info! This site is exactly what I have been looking for to help start my Blog or website. Ultimately, I would like to monetize my site but I’m not sure if I should start with a Blog or Website first. My understanding is all Blogs are websites but not all websites are Blogs. I assume if I follow your set up steps for a Blog, I can start with that and add or link the other when and if necessary? For the most flexibility and opportunity would you start with a Blog or a website or both simultaneously? My ideas involve home design, and decorating.

b2/cafelog, more commonly known as b2 or cafelog, was the precursor to WordPress.[26] b2/cafelog was estimated to have been installed on approximately 2,000 blogs as of May 2003.[27] It was written in PHP for use with MySQL by Michel Valdrighi, who is now a contributing developer to WordPress. Although WordPress is the official successor, another project, b2evolution, is also in active development.
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