Does Google hate WordPress websites?

    Posted on November 16, 2017

    Last week, I received a call from a lady who was concerned about the performance of her website. It was an ecommerce website, and she wasn’t receiving as many orders as she would have liked, nor as many as one of her competitors who she (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    WP-Polls not working in WordPress – how to fix it

    Posted on June 24, 2016

    Recently I needed to install the WordPress Plugin WP-Polls onto a website to conduct a survey of the website’s visitors. It’s a great little plugin, and works very quickly and easily allowing website owners to create polls and have their visitors vote in the poll.

    It’s also very topical considering the current EU referendum!

    Anyhow, after installing this plugin I noticed it wasn’t actually working as expected. It outputted the question and the poll answers sure enough, but the ‘Vote’ button didn’t work when clicked on, and neither did the ‘show results’ link. It was as if the button was deactivated.

    A quick search on Google revealed that this was a common problem, with a couple of possible causes and fixes. As I’m often frustrated at the way WordPress.org closes down its support forum threads before someone has (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    Is Divi really a revolution in design?

    Posted on July 20, 2015

    WordPress is reportedly utilised by over 24% of all websites according to w3techs.com, which equates to over 60% of the content management system (CMS) market share. This information clearly indicates that the CMS is popular amongst the online community.

    Largely, however, WordPress does require you to have a working knowledge of (more…)

    Posted by Carl Hopkinson

    Notiflyer WordPress Plugin

    Posted on March 21, 2013

    If you run a WordPress website which receives loads of social interaction and comments, wouldn’t it be great if you could use the interaction to send out messages promoting your latest offers, or by directing people towards your social channels?

    With Notiflyer you can do just that. The plugin allows you add a custom message, such as an offer, details of an event or even links to other parts of your website, Facebook or Twitter, which are included in any comment notification emails which are sent out. So whenever someone receives an email from your WordPress site telling them of a new comment, they’ll also receive your custom message, or ‘flyer’.

    == Description ==

    Notiflyer allows custom messages to be sent out with the comment notification emails WordPress sends to the post authors. This allows you to add messages such as links to your Twitter and Facebook pages, or messages about offers and promotions. This is particularly useful for attracting people towards your social channels on multi author sites.

    == Installation ==

    1. Upload `notiflyer` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
    1. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

    == Frequently Asked Questions ==

    = Can I include HTML in the notification?

    No, HTML can not be included in the notification.

    == Screenshots ==


    == Changelog ==

    = 1.0 =
    * n/a

    Download Notiflyer

    Posted by Steven

    Dynauthor WordPress Plugin

    Posted on February 6, 2013

    The Dynauthor WordPress plugin (Dynamic Author, but for dinosaur fans) amends the standard WordPress author list on the add/edit posts page to allow dynamic filtering of the authors using JQuery.

    Why would you want to do this you may ask? The plugin was created for websites which rely a lot on user submitted content, and have a large number of authors. When the website admins and editors add the content, and need to change the author to the relevant user, a lengthy list can be difficult to navigate. The Dynauthor plugin turns the usual dropdown list of authors into a dynamic search box, which displays the authors in real time as you type.

    We have tested this plugin on a website with thousands of authors, and it saves a lot of time when adding posts and looking for the correct author.

    == Description ==

    The Dynauthor plugin replaces the standard dropdown list selection method for authors with a search box, as the user begins the type a list appears of the authors matching that criteria. The list will update with each new character typed.

    This is designed for sites with a large selection of authors.

    == Installation ==

    1. Upload `dynauthor` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
    1. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
    1. Ensure you have Author checked in the ‘Screen Options’ panel of your post page.

    == Frequently Asked Questions ==

    = How do I select the author when I can see it in the list?

    Simply click the author, it will become bold and will fill in the field with that value, then make sure you publish/update your post.

    = Do I have to start with the first letters of the authors name? =

    No, the plugin will search any part of the authors name, for instance, to find ‘steven’, you could start to type ‘even’ and it will appear in the list of potential matches

    == Screenshots ==


    == Changelog ==

    = 1.0 =
    * n/a

    Download Dynauthor

    Posted by Steven

    Top 5 WordPress plugins for SEO

    Posted on December 17, 2010

    We’ve seen a lot of blogs of late where SEO experts have spoken about the top plugins for WordPress to help with SEO, and most of them have mentioned the same plugins, such as All in One SEO, Google XML Sitemaps and SEO Smart Links. While yes, these plugins are important for SEO and you should be using them, or plugins like them, we thought we’d produce a list of the top 5 WordPress plugins for search engine optimisation that aren’t on everyone’s lists this Christmas.

    We want to offer some WordPress plugins that you may not have heard of, and you may not have considered the use of in your websites. So, in no particular order, here are the top 5 plugins for SEO that we like to use.

    Top Level Categories
    When you set up a WordPress blog you’ll find that each category you create has the /category/ before it in the URL string. You can rename this, but finding a logical, relevant name isn’t always possible and it’s better for SEO if you (more…)

    Posted by Carl Hopkinson

    WordPress scheduling issue

    Posted on January 5, 2010

    Anyone who upgraded their version of WordPress to 2.9 just before Christmas may have received a nasty surprise when they came back from the Christmas and New Year break. Those smart enough to have scheduled their content across Christmas and New Year could have found that none of their posts went live, thanks to a bug in WordPress 2.9.

    The chaps at WordPress have fixed this in their hurriedly released WordPress 2.9.1 (2.9 didn’t last long) but the damage for many will have already been done. Content is vitally important for SEO and websites need to stay refreshed over inactive periods such as the Christmas and New Year break. Scheduling content is one of the best ways of ensuring this happens, but for WordPress to (more…)

    Posted by Cheryl Mathews

    Exclude Pages plugin for WordPress

    Posted on July 7, 2009

    Google’s head of spam, Matt Cutts, recently spoke about PageRank sculpting and how people’s efforts to ‘sculpt’ their PageRank by adding nofollow tags to unimportant pages were redundant.

    SEOs would add the Google created nofollow tag to links to pages such as ‘terms and conditions’ and ‘privacy policy’ pages so that the link juice, or PageRank, that existed on each page could be spread to more important, more deserving pages. This meant that if you had 6 links from your homepage, and 3 of them were nofollowed, the 3 that were followed would get a third of the PageRank each.

    Matt Cutts now claims that the extra PageRank that would have been saved by nofollowing links is now lost in the ether, and suggests that webmasters (more…)

    Posted by Carl Hopkinson
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