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Optimizing WordPress for Search Engines

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This isn’t a SEO blog, and I am by no means a SEO expert (whatever that means), but in this tutorial I’ll go over a few tips for optimizing your WordPress site for search engines. I’ll go over some well known SEO plugins for WordPress as well as basic page optimization. After reading this tutorial

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Contact form plugins for WordPress

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If you’re still using mailto: links on your WordPress site, I urge you to read this tutorial. Having an e-mail exposed like that on any website is asking for mass amounts of spam. The sad truth is, bots or e-mail harvesters scour the internet for e-mail addresses like this 24 hours a day, 7 days

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Using Akismet to fight comment and trackback spam

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Chances are you’ve heard the term Akismet before in the context of preventing WordPress blog spam. So what is Akismet exactly? Akismet is a powerful tool in the fight WAR against comment spam and trackback spam. This isn’t your ordinary anti-spam plugin that just adds a simple image code which supposedly verifies if the commentor

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Displaying Adsense and other ads with WordPress

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I’m sure while browsing for WordPress themes, you’ve come across some that are advertised as being Adsense ready. What does this mean exactly? Basically this means the WordPress theme has been designed to have space for Adsense ads in the available dimensions. In reality, nearly every WordPress theme is potentially “Adsense ready” as any theme

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How to set up pretty permalinks in WordPress

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If you have just set up a WordPress blog, and want to change your permalink structure from the ugly and non-descriptive permalinks such as http://yourdomain.com/?p=1 and http://yourdomain.com/?page_id=2 to nice looking URL’s, read on. In this tutorial we’ll go over: Where to customize your permalink structure in your WordPress admin pane. Date and name based permalinks

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OneClick Installer for WordPress

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In our previous tutorials, we went over “manual” installations of WordPress themes and plugins, which involved downloading the plugin or theme files to your computer, and uploading it manually via an FTP client. Fortunately, there is an easier way with the OneClick Installer WordPress plugin. What this free WordPress plugin will do is take a

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Is it time to move to a self-hosted WordPress?

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Today I noticed a lot of Blogspot blogs serving up 502 errors, making almost all the Blogspot-hosted blogs I frequent temporarily innaccessible. For a lot of Blogspot users, the image below will look very familiar: Don’t get me wrong, Blogspot (a service of Google) is great for some people, and this may just be a

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How to install a WordPress plugin

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Do you see a WordPress plugin over at the official WordPress site you’d like to use on your blog and not sure how to install it? Not to worry, this tutorial will guide you through every step of the way. If you already know how to install a WordPress theme, this WordPress tutorial will be

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