I broke one of my own golden rules yesterday and launched a new website for a long term client on a Friday afternoon. Of course, doing this on a Friday, everything went horribly wrong just to remind me why I created the rule to never make any kind of technical changes to anything on a Friday afternoon. Widgetkit Problems Moving WordPress to another directory The exact problem I had was with the Yootheme.com Widgetkit set of plugins. Widgetkit is very cool and it includes a range of galleries and slideshows that you can drop into your posts with a convenient shortcode. Great. But,...

If you have multiple domains pointing at your site it is important that the site has a preferential domain so that Google does not mistakenly regard the different domains as different sites. Most of this can be achieved within the WordPress CMS by simply setting the preferred domain but we may still need to action a generic redirect outside of WordPress itself to ensure all domain variations are correctly redirected to the preferred domain. Root 301 Domain Redirections in WordPress .htaccess To redirect WordPress to one version of a domain we have to add some additional code to the .htaccess as below. Default .htaccess The...

If you have a WordPress Blog and it is getting successful you may find yourself in a situation where the default page names you went with are just not cutting it any longer. Default Page Names WordPress provides various options for the naming of pages with the default being a simple URL parameter: page_id. This results in pages that look like something like this: www.yoursite.co.uk/?page_id=1 www.yoursite.co.uk/?page_id=2 Clearly, that is not an ideal format as the page_id variable gives us no clear indication of what the page is about. Updating this so the page name is descriptive provides various possible SEO benefits: links using the URL...

So, you realise that blogging is the current big thing in inbound marketing and can really kick start your SEO but the problem is, you simply don’t know what to blog about? Sound Familiar?   Blog + Content = SEO?   When it comes to blogging, or SEO, all too often, people get the message, but miss the point. That is, you can’t just set up a blog, and add random or weak content (drivel) and then scratch your head and wonder why your blog has not taken off. All too often, the plan is just to copy content from other sites or to just...

There is a new security update out for WordPress now taking it up to version 3.3.2. This is a security update and you can get more details over at wordpress.org.   Upload Vulnerabilities   It's mostly small things and some updates to external systems that WordPress does not use anymore but that may be in use by plugins etc but if you have ever had a site compromised, then you will know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so it's certainly worth getting this update applied ASAP.   Back Up! Hopefully, you have a solid backup strategy in place but just in...