Miscellaneous

Dear Santa: My WordPress Wish List

As Christmas nears, I have begun thinking about my WordPress Wish List. This is a list of some things I would like to see from WordPress one day. These 25 wishes are not likely to arrive by the 25th of December … but maybe one day.

Now, granted, some of these things may seem pretty picky. And I get it that not everything can be built into the core of WordPress. But this is a personal wish list. So if some things seem a little ridiculous, so be it.
Support

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Good content trumps SEO… I beg to differ, try putting WordPress in your domain name!

I tell you, if one thing riles me more than anything else when it comes to running a web business, it’s the trials and tribulations of SEO.

Specifically, competing with SEO blackhats, when it comes to the position of your business – let’s say, for example this very site – versus various competition.
And, even more specifically, in the face of Google consistently claiming that SEO doesn’t matter, it’s just about the content:

Via RWW (who just sold, woot, congrats Richard!)

As Siobhan pointed out, this is a seriously scary area, and that’s not down to good content, it’s down to simple blackhat SEO.

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9 Fun Web Tools You can Embed in Your WordPress Blog

Embedding is a great way to increase the flexibility of your blog. Pretty much all of us have embedded a YouTube video or Google Map, you might have embedded a Slide share presentation or a tweet. But there are embeddable tools and applications out there that are beyond the day-to-day standards. They can improve your blog by improving the way that content is displayed or increasing interactivity. I’ve been playing around with a few of them. Here are ten of my favourites.

Answer Garden

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Time to Upgrade: Welcome to WordPress 3.3 “Sonny”

It’s late here in the UK but I couldn’t drag my carcass to bed without letting you all know that WordPress 3.3 has dropped which means it’s time for you to put your upgrade hats on, get out your FTP program, flex your clicking finger, and turn your WordPress into 3.3.

WordPress 3.3 has been named after saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Check out the video from wp.org:

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How to Build Twitter Relationships that Lead to Backlinks

The Best Links Grow from Relationships
The links you get from Twitter can certainly drive traffic, sometimes a lot of traffic. And they may even play a small part in the SEO for your site (depending on how much search engines look at “social signals” such as links from Twitter).

But Twitter can be used for more than a source to drive immediate traffic. It can also be used for outreach and relationship building. And it’s from those relationships that some very valuable backlinks can be gained.
The Future of SEO is not about Technical Tricks

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The Manage WP Interview: Vladimir Prelovac

You’ve probably been hiding under a rock somewhere if you haven’t heard about Manage WP. It’s a service set up by Vladimir Prelovac which you can use to manage your WordPress websites. If you’re like me you’ve got loads of WordPress websites that you’ve got to look after. Sometimes they’re scattered around different servers belonging to different clients, and it’s hard to both keep track of and manage them. Manage WP makes it easy – a really useful service that saves you time (and time is money!) But Vladimir can tell you much better me so here’s what he’s got to say about Manage WP.

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WordPress Quiz: Themes, CSS, Child Themes

Take the Quiz: Questions 1-3

1. In which WordPress folder on your server do you find your themes?

a. wp-admin

b. wp-content

c. wp-includes

 

2. What does CSS stand for?

 

3. When making a child theme, which of the following elements in the example below are required in the header?

 
/*
Theme Name:     Twenty Eleven Child
Theme URI:      http: //example.com/
Description:    Child theme for the Twenty Eleven theme
Author:         Your name here
Author URI:     http: //example.com/about/
Template:       twentyeleven
Version:        0.1.0
*/
 

 

 
ANSWERS BELOW

1. In which WordPress folder on your server do you find your themes?

a. wp-admin

b. wp-content

c. wp-includes

Answer: b. wp-content

(Difficulty Level – Easy: 3/10)

 

2. What does CSS stand for?

Answer: Cascading Style Sheets 

(CSS info)

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A Simple, Sure-fire Way to Create Great Content – The 5 W’s & the H

If you are someone that needs to create content in order to connect with your audience, then you may find it difficult to produce quality material on a consistent basis. If that’s your situation, then using a well-worn writer’s technique called the “reporter’s questions,” or “the 5 W’s and the H” may be just what you need.

The 5 W’s and the H refers to the six questions that a reporter should answer in the lead paragraph of a news story (as long as they are relevant and make sense). The questions are the following:

Who
What
When
Where
Why
How

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HACKED! Is Your WordPress Site Being Turned into a Cheap Luxury Store?

One of the Incsub team was very upset yesterday to discover that his WordPress site had been hacked. Somehow, a brand new WordPress install had been set up within his WordPress installation. Here’s what the website looks like:

Shiny Shiny Louis Vuitton bags! Who wouldn’t want to be selling those on their websites? They’re so damned popular that people are flocking to sell them. Personal blogs, delicious food websites, computer websites, book websites, tech websites, chat websites, shoe websites, just about everyone is getting on the bandwagon. Check it out on Google.

Or wait…. yeah, I guess they’ve been hacked too:

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This New YouTube Analytics Tool Will Knock Your Socks Off

Your WordPress site is your home. Your base. We all know that. But places like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are great for reaching out and drawing visitors back to you base.

The problem with these other sites is that it’s sometimes hard to get a handle what’s working and what isn’t. The statistics they offer can often be very limited.

But now YouTube has just made that a little easier by revamping its statistics package for users.

Formerly called Insight, now called YouTube Analytics, the new tool is looking pretty nice. But even better than that, it’s looking pretty useful.
New Features

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