Blog Changes

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Published on: April 12, 2010

I have made some small but hopefully effective updates to my blog.  The changes are in an effort to make the Blog a little more visible.

I added an SEO plugin.  This should have make the blog more visible in web searches (Google, Bing).

In coordination with that, I changed the naming strategy for my pages.  The pages are now more search friendly rather than the WP default numbering system.  This should be a good thing too.

I also added a MobilePress plugin.  This should help make my Blog more visible to the portable devices.

I have also added the Social Links plugin.  This provides little icons to various social type sites.  This just so happens to be one of the types of plugins that I had installed that was deleted upon theme change.

I hope this makes the site better for the readers.

I have one more Plugin in mind but cannot find a good plugin for it yet.  The plugin would place a FeedBurner Icon so the user can subscribe to my feedburner feeds.  I have seen a redirect plugin.  The problem with that is that I do not want all of my feeds to be redirected to the same feedburner feed.  If anybody knows a good plugin, let me know.

WP and Themes

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I have been meaning to write another article on Blogging for some time now.  The intent has been that I wanted to write about my discoveries concerning WordPress and blogging as time elapsed.  For this time around though, I will only discuss one topic (and some correlating subtopics) about my Blog.

I recently changed the theme to my blog because I have never been 100% satisfied with the theme I have picked.  So far, I am getting closer – but have not been completely satisfied with any theme that I have chosen.  How hard could it be?  I remember reading a note from Brent Ozar about making sure you liked your theme  (it is part 4 amongst the Blogging articles he wrote).

When I first read that, I interpreted it as – find a theme and stick with it.  After going back and reading the statement again, it seemed more along the lines of finding a theme you liked for certain so you would not have to deal with editing it.  I think both interpretations work well.  Find a theme and stick with it.

After changing my theme this last weekend, I found a lot of annoyances – and none of them should have been theme related.  I had several plugins that were installed and configured (not theme related plugins) that just disappeared.  Now I have to find the plugin again and reinstall it.  Then there are the problems with widgets not being properly lined up and so you have to tweak with all of them for a bit to get it looking good again.  Add to that, those settings are supposed to be saved but seldom are.

Despite these annoyances, I will deal with it.  Doing the blog is much more rewarding than the pains that come with it.

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