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3 top tips to organise your WordPress categories

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I recently went through the process of reorganising the categories on my WordPress site. It’s quite easy to get carried away and have loads of them. But I had a bit of a brainwave and thought of a better way of doing it.

Depending on your WordPress configuration, categories can appear in the URL of the post you are reading. The thought is that they might be seen as keywords for search engines. As an SEO practice this is not bad, though more importance is given to them appearing in the content.

So I rethought the way I use categories and came up with the following…

Why not think of categories as hash tags?

Twitter has hash tags, they are there to help target tweets and to aid in search. So if people are searching for tweets about hotels in London then they may well use #London #hotels. Think of your categories in the same way.

If you are using Tweet Last Post plugin then categories can be used as hash tags. So make sure that the category your post is under is the right one.

Get your categories organised

I reduced my category count by creating sub-categories. Under ‘business’ I have events, law and tools. The main reason is to better represent posts and help me stay organised. The other benefit is that Tweet Old Post will use the parent categories. So a post under the sub category of events which is under Business will have the hash tags of #business #events.

Avoid multiple categories where possible

I was in the habit of putting posts under 2 or 3 categories, treating them like WordPress tags. However, this causes the same post to appear multiple times. As each post has a URL using the category, search engines will see the same post many times. Not good. Wordpress tags should be used to link common themes together across categories.

So how do you organise your posts? What rules do you apply?

WordPress – world beating blogging platform?

WordPress is taking over the world. There are an unbelievable 100,000 new installs everyday. If you ever wanted to use something that had plenty of backup, plenty of expertise and no shortage of extensions to get you want – then WordPress must be the platform of choice.

This infographic explains it all…

From WPdiscounts via The Tyson Report

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How I cut blog comment spam in one easy plugin

no_spam Each time I login to check the site over or to write a new post, I usually have to spend 10 minutes or so deleting anywhere between 10-40 spam comments. Don’t get me wrong, Akismet does a fairly good job of keeping things at bay. However I still need to delete them and to be honest it’s becoming a chore.

Then I read Ana Hoffmans post, Why I Will Never Comment On Your Blog (A.K.A. Die, Akismet, Die)

There is a danger that good comments are picked up as spam, trouble is that you may never see them. Akismet will block what it has been trained to block and it can and will make mistakes. Ana goes in to detail on the why’s and wherefore’s, I recommend you read it.

I have installed the GASP plugin (Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin) on two my sites, this one and my cookery site. Basically it provides a tick box asking you to confirm you are not a spammer. It’s created with javascript so it is invisible to spam bots. Humans can still leave spam but they are responsible for a small percentage  compared to spam bots.

In the last few days my spam count has dropped from 10-40 a day to all most zero. And the major benefit is that genuine comments should easily make it through.

How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme in 5 Easy Steps Infographic

This is a guest post by Lori Ruff of Integrated Alliances

WordPress is a terrific option for publishing your own site. Good for you for making the decision to go with WordPress.

Being able to develop and maintain my own sites with WP was an excellent decision.

However, once you start looking for a theme, you’ll discover that there are literally thousands of WP themes to choose from. How do you decide on the perfect WordPress template for your website?

This simple and helpful infographic takes you through the process of finding the right theme for your website. Choosing and buying a theme shouldn’t take days, weeks or months. Your priorities should be on attracting traffic to your web site instead of spending hours and hours on deciding on any particular theme.

This WP theme design buying guide will help you consider the right criteria when deciding on a theme design so that you save time and get the right WordPress theme. Deciding on the right WordPress theme is not only about design, there are other features you must consider as well.

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More resources where you can learn about building WordPress websites and read user-based theme reviews, check out:

 


Lori Ruff, @LinkedInDiva | CEO, Integrated Alliances | Social Media Maven, LinkedIn Evangelist, Speaker, Trainer, Radio Host, Twitter Power User, Author: PrivacyTweet, EntryLevelTweet, #RockTheWorld w/ @LinkedIn, Becoming a Passionate Social Influencer

Stop wasting time looking after your WordPress site – Let us do it!

WPCare from Tint Network Hopefully you have noticed the new joint venture with Sally Walker UK. If you haven’t then see the press release or our Facebook page for more.  Another service provide is taking care of your WordPress site.

WordPress is a great platform for blogging and web site creation. However it does need care and attention. Pluggins need updating, spam needs to be removed and small tweaks that need to be made now and again.

Either because a plugin is creating problems, someone deleted files or your web hosting service has problems, sites may need repairing. Not only that, you may not notice the problem for quite some time. If the site is offline, no one can contact you to let you know – no contact form!

Keep your business blog up and running, sign up to our WordPress service

  • We will create weekly backups and store in three different places
  • Upgrade plugins as and when needed
  • Deal with your spam and comment queue
  • Monitor your sites availability
  • Ensure the WordPress software is up to date
  • Attempt to sort out any problems that may stop the site working as it should

The main benefit is that you get to do what you need to do – write for your blog and run your business. You don’t have to spend time caring for your site when you have better things to do.

To discuss this and how we can help you, please use the contact form. If you have a WordPress site that already has problems then please contact us either via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. See more of our services here…

Backup your website, a quick guide to keeping your business tool safe

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Are you keeping your website safe? A look at what you can do.

Your business website is a vital tool, it may be the only way you reach out to new customers. What ever role your website takes in your enterprise, it’s very important that you keep copies of the files that makes it work.

What we want is an easy way to create archive files (ZIP files etc) and store them. The last thing we need is a complicated method that you won’t want to do. If it’s time consuming then it will be less likely to get done.

A quick look at the backup process

Backup files contain a collection of files, in our case all website files. I have found that the ZIP file format is very common, it’s able to compress the data so less storage space is required. There are several types of backup  files you may of heard about…

  • Full
  • Incremental
  • Differential

A full backup obviously contains all the files you have selected. However, a storage device with lots of full backups can take quickly fill up.  Incremental and differential are smaller files that contain changed files only and refer back to a full backup. It can make for restoring files much quicker and can take less space.

How often you backup depends on the type of data and how often it changes. A static website that rarely changes may require just a one-off copy made. A blog that changes often may require to be done weekly, if it changes a lot then you can go daily.

Where you store your backup files is also an important consideration. In an ideal world there are three places…

  • Local
  • storage device
  • Offsite

You can store the files locally on your computer, to save space you can store the last 10 backups only. To be extra safe, you can store the files on an external device like a USB hard drive. For offsite, you can transfer the files to a Internet based storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Backing up a WordPress blog

WordPress blogs come in two parts, all the files that make the blog work. The core files and all the themes and plugins. The second part are the posts that are stored in the database server. What we want is a backup file that contains both. I have been testing out ‘BackupWordpress‘ plugin. It’s able to create a backup that contains all the website files and a database file direct from the server.

The backups can be timed at daily, weekly and monthly. There is an option to have them sent as an email, however it may fail as not every website is setup to send large files. Mine is not and I have an error message displayed all the time. Annoying but I will put up with it as I like the features. It also generates a list of backup files stored on the website so you can click to download. Nice and simple.

I currently use DropBox to store files. It creates a folder on your computer that it synchronises with their storage service (commonly called Cloud Storage). What ever I place in that folder on my computer gets copied automatically over.

In my Dropbox folder, I copy over all my backup files. So I make a local copy and a ‘offsite’ copy in one go. I also copy them to my external USB drive for good measure.

This may sound complicated but it’s not really. Once setup things are fairly easy. The plugin sends an email (hopefully with an attachement). Save the file (either from the email or from the plugin page on WordPress) to your local dropbox folder and that’s it.

In my experience, I have found that website files are more likely to get lost on the webserver. No matter how good your web hosts are, corruptions can happen. So it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

Create a mobile version of your WordPress site with WPTouch

WPTouch Mobile plugin for WordPress

Making your site go mobile sounds like something you ‘could do’ as opposed to something you ‘should do’. Figures for World wide mobile phone usage (2011) show that there are over 5.6 billion in use, that’s 79.86% of the population. As good as that sounds, does the technical side of things scare you off from implementing a mobile version of your site? Continue reading Create a mobile version of your WordPress site with WPTouch

Updated Google +1 share button, code tip for WordPress

Google has updated their +1 share button

When your visitors come across something interesting on your site, sometimes you want to encourage a simple endorsement (like +1). Other times, however, you want to help visitors share with their friends, right away. Today’s new Google+ Share button lets you do just that.

The update allows for a comment box along with the +1 so sharing is now easier. The code is available is you want to update your site.

For WordPress users/designers, the code you will want to use for ‘the loop’  needs an extra option: data-href

<div data-action="share" data-href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"></div>

The rest of the code is the same. The extra option allows each individual post listed on the home page (within ‘the loop’) to be +1′d.

For ‘Single Post’, use the code as is and you don’t need to add the ‘data-href’. The URL is detected and automatically used.

EU Cookie law: Get compliant with this WordPress plugin

EU Cookie Law WordPress Plugin

If you have read my recent posts about the EU Cookie Law (Be clear about your cookies, new EU law demands it and More on the EU Cookie law, updates and resources) then you should be worrying about how to be compliant. For WordPress users there is a cheap solution that takes minutes to set up.

The EU Cookie Law WP plugin prevents your site from loading until the person clicks the link to say they are aware that you use cookies. When clicked the site loads as usual and all your usual plugins kick in and do their stuff. This is done via a lightbox opt-in that then disappears so it no longer hinders the user experience of your site.

If the user doesn’t want to allow cookies from your site they are redirected to the Information Commissioners Office web page about the cookie law or another page of your choice.

This is not a perfect solution however as the law stands right now it is the best one available . Unless of course you want to face a £500,000 fine!

Click to visit the EU Cookie Law WordPress plug site and download it now, currently only £10.

Infographic: The success of WordPress

This infographic shows just how much of a phenomenal success WordPress is.

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Infographic by Yoast.com, found via ClickyMedia