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Configure SMTP by Scott Riley: One of THE Household Names among WP-Plugins

Literally the first thing I run when setting up a new WP install is Scott Riley’s Configure SMTP plugin: going to WP-Plugins, finding it, installing it — and see if I successfully can send that test email.


What Makes This WP-Plugin so Great?

Such a simple and great plugin, using it for years, and I have done WP since the early 2000s on hundreds of installs! Cannot praise enough.


It’s Google’s Fault If Some People See Cannot Send Test Email Errors

And hey, for those of you who are wondering, Configure SMTP does work, always has and continues to do so even if there haven’t been any current updates (turns out, they’re not really needed).


WP plugin Configure SMTP, one of the greatest long-time tools


However, there have been extra hurdles set up on Google’s part lately, so if you haooen to use Gmail for sending that test email that some people report as “not working” in other reviews, then that’s not the Plugin’s but Google’s fault, as these a**ho**s don’t like to be scraped or accessed freely — while they, on the other hand, make it a habit (and their business) to crawl, scrape and be a pest all over the internet in order to free-load and rake in billions in (hence) ill-gotten profits in the process. Just saying…


Summing Up

Anyway, for anything normal and running standards-compliant SMTP servers (i e other than Gmail) the Configure SMTP plugin is still as fantastic as it always was!

Highly recommended.


Editor’s Note: if anyone is still insisting to run their WP emails through Gmail and they get that Error while sending test email, there are other specialized plugins for you out there that have been adapted to Google’s being extra-picky — in that case, try one of those.

support staff at Wordpress.org abusively censoring user posts for no good reason

Abusive Content Moderation at WordPress.org — of all places…


WordPress.org continue their infamous policy of censoring and retrospectively enforcing some nonexistent “policies”. Both despicable practices have been observed for years.

Early Signs of WordPress Staff Incompetence

It all started with WordPress.org moderators removing all content of the www.blogginghacks.com website mirrored from a standalone WordPress installation to their proprietary “WordPress.com” hosting just because they thought that “hacks” referred to something illegal.

Seriously, guys? What is your founder and godfather, Matt Mullenweg, if not a HACKER, you total failures? Are they seriously telling us they didn’t know the difference between hacking and attacking — what an embarrassing pile of losers, as apparently this is the case. So Matt Mullenweg may be a hacker, but he certainly is not a good business man in control of his outfit, else he would deploy some better management practices internal communications, and staff training. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, was never heard of failing to implement or see to it that every detail is working throughout his business.

The Slip-Ups Constantly Go On

And this is not even the only problem you encounter with WordPress.org. Other ones include user account managers being unable (or unwilling) to actually resolve support tickets, look into userID problems, or provide real support for out-of-the-ordinary situations which they lacklusterly ignore until the user gives up on his support request. Another “great” way of managing and organizing your business. Come on, guys!

Hardly any Better than Facebook, Google/Youtube & Friends

So even though Open Source, WordPress is less than ideal, is not a cure-all for the Web or, in fact, anything particularly special. At the end of the day, they behave as badly as Facebook, Twitter, Google, or actually any commercial and proprietary platform out there, just because they believe they can. As a result, WordPress’ overall branding and corporate identity are increasingly blemished — by the stupidity of their representatives and staff or “family”. Some family.


So it turns out the only real solution is going it all alone, i e without the extra flow of visitors from mirroring on WordPress.com and without sharing your views with the “community” on rotten WordPress.org. Which is a pity, not just because humans are looking for companions, networking, and like-minded people, but also because the community always suffers when central actors or functionaries turn rogue. However, engaging in that kind of leftovers of a community just to have your texts deleted for no real reason is clearly a waste of time!

This is what you get for your generosity of giving your time in order to let others know of a fabulous experience with the excellent Photo Video Store WP-Plugin.



Sharing would have been caring but, on WordPress.org, no thank you.

For reference, below is a copy of that (second) Review I wrote for an excellent Plugin. I had to re-write it because they deleted the original (much better and more detailed) one, just because they can and without giving any explanation nor even citing the alleged rule it was said to contradict. Little wonder then that the rant in italics had to be added in order to explain the incompleteness of the text and why WordPress.org’s behavior towards its users is wrong.

Here’s that re-written and deleted-again (second) Review text:

I can just repeat, this is a great Plugin, and I lllove it. The rest of my praise for this fantastic plugin would take too much time to repeat — and in light of “supervisors” and “policy” on here, it’s simply not worth it (explanation below).

<em>Unf, the morons at WP.org removed my review retrospectively for no reason whatsoever (and disabled my account), as they’re known to do when you even mention a word like “hacker” or anything these little pricks deem “inappropriate”, even if it clearly is not! Seriously, at WP of all places (what is Matt Mullenweg if not a hacker)… Then again, it turns out he certainly not a great team leader, else he would get rid of failures like those “support” staffers of his, who simply don’t get it. (Just for the record, there’s a DIFFERENCE between an atacker and someone who writes code, I am surprised I need to explain that HERE.) That one was not even the only incident of that kind, I also had domain names removed on wordpress.com simply because these losers thought “bloggingHacks” referred to any illegal activity. Come on, guys, don’t you know the first thing of what you’re doing here?!</em>

generating free traffic on the web takes time instead of money

Can You Get Free Traffic to Your Blog Posts?

Getting free traffic to someone’s blog posts is one of the most frequently asked questions there is among bloggers, hobbyists, content creators, or even bread-and-butter marketing specialists who are involved in any style of publishing for the web. The question is essential for each and everyone in the above groups as well as for writers and publishers in the physical book as well as software, photography, video and even real-estate or wedding-planner industries.

One of the most common pain points of bloggers and, in fact, anyone publishing for the web

This question about free traffic generation is also a very good, and an ever-changing, one (it’s also an evergreen question when it comes to writing content in general), as it addresses one of the most important pain points of bloggers everywhere and it’s pretty much at the center of what writing a blog post is all about.

It all depends on building an audience for what you’re writing about one way or another.

The most important methods of generating “free” traffic

The well-known saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” nicely applies to this situation too. For, in order to get “free” traffic (as in not paid-for or bought-with-ads) you would have to invest a lot of time if you’re unwilling to spend some seed money instead. Depending on how much your time is worth, the expense in time could be even larger than the monetary one. It always depends on how much your time is worth. The time-expensive solutions include

  • organically gathering and nurturing an audience
  • “audience”, and “organic” in particular,  means real human visitors that are really interested and likely to come back for more of your upcoming blog posts
  • they need to be incentivized to having at least a closer look
  • in short, this means not “bouncing” (leaving or closing the tab/window after deciding that it’s “not for them” within a few seconds
  • writing sufficiently good content to achieve the above
  • using good formatting: clean headlines for the subject (keywords and related terms in them), subheadings, external links to related third-party resources
  • include properly post-processed/tagged photos (or even videos) along with alt info entered
  • make sure to use proper tagging as well as keyword-rich page-text content & much more
  • other (off-page) SEO measures (the previous bullet points gave on-page SEO techniques)

Even when done right, do not expect this to make you rich quick as, even in light of search engines having all their monstrous resources indexing at lightning speed these days, you still need to wait for human action to happen in order to continuously build an audience as the desired effect for you.

What’s a search engine, anyway?

Internet search-engine crawler scripts or “robots” navigate the world-wide web and sift through all the information they retrieve, in order to group it into indexed results they make available for search users.

Search engines cause a tremendous waste of energy in the process, with Google alone burning through the power of multiple nuclear plants alone. not to mention their video segment Youtube with an even worse environmental footprint, or all the smaller search engines on top. (But that’s a separate topic from today’s which focuses on how to use that infrastructure as has been set up anyway.)

If it’s “free” traffic, it’ll take time in more than one way

And that still takes as long as it takes, and may or may not be boosted by search engine or Fb algorithms projecting higher-than average initial click numbers into the future resulting in “preferential treatment” of your entry for some time, but can only be maintained when your blog post content is sufficiently good (on spot for your topic/your audience) to warrant continued up-ranking in the “opinion” of those algorithms.

So the better your blog post content is, and the better it matches all of the above, the higher your chances it will yield significant amounts of “free traffic” for your blog post faster.