Archive for the ‘Wordpress’ Category

The Importance Of Trackbacks

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

This morning I was writing ICANN Has Terminated Registerfly, and as I was entering the trackback links I had the idea to post about what trackbacks do. I checked my RSS feeds and then I found a post over at Daily Cup Of Tech about The Importance of Trackbacks. I guess the author read my mind.

I’ve recently been using trackbacks a lot to link to posts on blogs that relate to the subject that I am talking about, for example in my last post I put one of my old posts as trackbacks, as I had talked about my problems with Registerfly in the post.

Trackback

Using the trackback feature in Wordpress is very simple. All you do is visit the post to get the trackback URL, and then you enter the url into the trackback field of the post that you are writing.

Sending trackbacks to other blogs can generate more traffic for your blog, as people reading the comments will see the link to your post. Sometimes trackbacks are seperated from comments on sites so they are more visible.

If you are not using trackbacks on your Wordpress blog, you may want to consider it.

Wordpress Timestamp Feature

Friday, March 16th, 2007

I’ve used Wordpress for a long time, but have never given much thought to the Wordpress Timestamp feature. After reading John Chow’s post on it a few days ago, I’ve been using it. I’m writing this post on Monday March 12, but it will be published on Friday March 16.

I’ve timestamped the last 3-4 of my posts, and I love it! It gives me a chance to doublecheck the post, to ensure that I have created all links, trackbacks, inserted any pictures, etc. I could write 5-6 posts in an evening, and then take a week break from blogging, and no one would be the wiser!

TimestampIf you are a Wordpress user, I definitely recommend trying out this feature, as well as many other obscure but useful features! As John predicted, it certainly did improve my productivity.

By the way, John if you are reading this..I stole your picture, but I was going to actually screenshot it. Instead of doing the work myself, I borrowed it from you. How’s THAT for evil? (insert evil emoticon here)

Recommended Wordpress Plugins

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I’ve compiled a list of the wordpress plugins that I use on my blog, I hope that some of you find it useful. Some of these plugins I’ve only installed recently (such as Brian’s Threaded Comments and Subscribe to Comments) however I recommend them to anyone using the Wordpress blogging platform.

Adsense-Deluxe allows you to add Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your Wordpress posts. It is very easy to install and manage your ads, and you can choose which parts of your site that you would like to ads to run on. The plugin also keeps record of the number of ads displayed and makes sure that no more then 3 ads on one page (to prevent violation of Googles terms of service). I highly recommend this plugin to anyone who has or is considering having ads on their blog.

Akismet comes with Wordpress, and is one of my most valued plugins. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. This way you don’t have to update any kind of a blacklist, or do any maintenance! To activate it you will need an API key, which you can get for free by signing up for a Wordpress Account.

Brian’s Threaded Comments is a threaded comments plugin, that allows you to minimize threads and replies. It structures comments in an organized fashion, unlike the way that Wordpress organizes them. Without the plugin, if you are replying to comments If you were to reply to a comment on a blog that doesn’t have this plugin installed, the comment will appear at the bottom of all the other comments. If it is a blog that receives many comments, then this causes a lot of confusion.

Feedburner Feed Replacement sends all of my RSS feed traffic to Feedburner, and it gives me a lot of information about the people who subscribe to my blog. Feedburner tells you how many people are subscribed to your feeds, the RSS reader that they use, etc. You can also have Feedburner track other stats on your website, such as referrers, search engine traffic, pageviews, etc.  Instead of me going through the installation process step by step, here is a nice walkthrough.

Subscribe to Comments allows readers of your blog to subscribe to the comments of a post, after commenting on the post themselves. It emails the reader once there have been new comments on a post. This can be helpful for example if someone asks for help or advice, then closes the window and forgets about it.  They will receive an email once there have been new comments on the post.

Wordpress Database Backup also comes installed with Wordpress. It allows you to backup your Wordpress database through the Wordpress control panel. You have several options for exporting your database. You can have it emailed to an email address of your choice, download the file, or back it up to a directory on the server. For those of us who do not backup their stuff regularily, it is very easy to do. It’s a good idea to backup every few days, or even after every post you make. This way, in the event of a server failure, you still have all of your posts and comments in the backup file.

I know that there are a ton of other great plugins out that, however these are the ones that I have tried and chosen to keep using. I find that not using a lot of plugins keeps the server load low, which is always nice. I am looking for more useful wordpress plugins, so if you know of any let me know!