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[23 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 4,233 views]
Week in Review (June 16-22)

Miss an article or two this week? That would be a shame, but don’t worry as there’s a convenient problem to that solution — in this handy article, you’ll find links to all the posts from the past week.
And there were, indeed, a lot of articles from the past week. Why, we covered everything from a handy tip for people who switch from their iPhones to something else and find they can’t receive texts to a few details about an accomplished guitar teacher in Benton. It was, as usual, a …

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[20 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | 16,529 views]
Essential WordPress plugins for preventing spam comments

Here’s what we at First Arkansas News have learned since opening this little ole site back in April 2010 — getting a lot of traffic is great, but a bunch of spam comments come with it. Here’s another lesson — there are a lot of methods used to control spam, but most of them range from inconvenient to simply awful.
First Arkansas News, of course, is built on the fantastic (and free) standalone WordPress platform. We went with WordPress because it is easy to navigate, is easy to install on a …

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[12 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,128 views]
‘First Arkansas News’ database wrecked, mostly restored

Late yesterday, the database here at First Arkansas News was damaged and in need of replacement.
Unfortunately, we’ve lost the articles posted from Nov. 8-10. There’s a lesson to be learned here — back up your website often so as to avoid calamity. First Arkansas News is backed up on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, the last time the site was backed up was on Oct. 25 and we would have been forced to make do with all posts lost after then had it not been for the attentive crew at JustHost.com. …

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[10 Jul 2011 | 9 Comments | 5,404 views]
WordCamp Fayetteville returns July 30

Did you know that when you read news from First Arkansas News, you’re reading a site that uses WordPress?
WordPress is an “open source blog tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. It’s often customized into a Content Management System (CMS).” That’s computer geek speak for it’s a program that makes blogging and creating websites like this a whole lot easier. It’s user friendly for a whole lot of purposes, which is why it’s become so popular.
A two-day conference in Fayetteville coming later this month is designed for people …

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[27 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,738 views]
WPtouch — making WordPress mobile

Anyone who has built a site on WordPress can tell you that the platform is one of the most flexible on the planet.
What makes it so flexible? Plugins that allow complete novices — those folks who might be able to write like crazy but don’t know a lick about programming — to customize their sites all day long. Adding Twitter feeds, contact forms, compression techniques to boost page load times and just about anything else one can think of is typically as easy as finding the right plugin and installing …

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[10 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 1,451 views]
Week in Review — April 3-10

It was a busier week than usual here at First Arkansas News as stories kept flying in for some reason.
Is that a complaint? Heck no. However, it’s been busy around here and we do hope our readers didn’t miss out on some of the more significant stories. As always, we encourage people to stay up to date through using one of the free, convenient services we hope people find convenient — click it up to subscribe to our RSS feed, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe …

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[6 Apr 2011 | 5 Comments | 11,031 views]
An annoying WordPress problem and how to fix it

First Arkansas News — like millions of other sites — is built on the reliable and ridiculously flexible WordPress platform.
To be clear, I’m talking about the standalone WordPress.org product running on server space we rent and manage. That’s a completely different breed of cat than the WordPress.com service that provides a limited version of WordPress and free hosting.
At any rate, there is a problem that a bunch of research revealed is fairly common among WordPress users — a security issue that prevents people from updating posts on their sites. Instead …

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[17 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | 1,412 views]
‘First Arkansas News’ goes mobile

That’s right — First Arkansas News is now all high-tech and fancy-shmancy.
Well, we’re all high-tech and etc. if you’re judging by 2009 standards, at least.
What’s happening? We’ve gone mobile. While we do like the way the site looks on computer monitors, it’s more than a bit cluttered on mobile devices. Since all the kids are just wild about their iPhones, Android powered devices, the Blackberry Torch and all that, First Arkansas News is now mobile-friendly.
It’s the same First Arkansas News you’ve all grown to love. You get the same great …

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[8 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 5,207 views]
Come on, pilgrim

For some reason, I’ve talked with a few people lately about the difficulty of putting together a site like First Arkansas News.
Since there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about putting together a blog that looks and behaves as expected, I figured I mention a thing or two about how we were able to put up our very cost-effective site.
First of all, there are some free blogging platforms out there — Google’s Blogger platform and WordPress.com seem to be the most popular.  They are easy to set up and …

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[3 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 1,608 views]
The site is growing so take advantage now

As I’ve mentioned time and time again, we at First Arkansas News hope to sell some more ads.
The question potential advertisers will ask, of course, is how advertising with us can benefit them.
In a nutshell, advertisers get a lot of bang for the buck with us. Click here to take a look at our ad rates and then ponder the following facts.
Those rates should come across as more than a bit low when one considers the amount of traffic the site is getting. First Arkansas News started on April 16 …