I've taken the plunge and got my own domain to host a new blog. It's going to be called Writers Biographies.
I'm using Wordpress. Can anyone suggest any plug-ins you think I should add? I have added Akismeht and Google analytics so far.
It highly depends on what you gonna do with this blog. If you are accepting comments some kind of captcha won't hurt. If you will run Adsense, some kind of Adsense plugin will be useful.
However, there are a few that you will need either way. You want XML sitemap, you want SEO plugin, and you want database backup.
You might want the one that sets links in comments to DOfollow, and you might want the one that lets your users subscribe to comments, and last you may want the one that puts a few social bookmarking icons under your posts.
Thanks guys I had forgot to mention I did add the plugin for the social bookmarking icons.
yeah forgot two
"auto social poster" - automatically social bookmarks new posts to various sites technorati, pings all the blog search engines etc
wp add this redux
adds multiple add this, share this options automatically to all posts
and you def want XML sitemap - i forgot it was a plug-in, it actually comes packaged with most of my themes
oops sorry - i looked for a link for auto social poster and its 197! - and according to some comments it may be acting up in relation to teh new wp upgrades.
I must have a got a deal..i would nevr spend 200 on aplug-in! but when it was working i think it paid for itself anyway.
there are probably similar ones out there for free.
plug-ins that automate banal promotion- thats the goodness
Here is my suggestion to you.
adsense manager - if you are using adsense and/or other affiliates.
Sociable - is good if you want people to link to you. It has links to stumbleup and many others.
Spamfree - I would definately go with. It has blocked a lot of spam I have managed to get through my own blog.
all in one seo - that another one you could use
WP-sticky - if you ever want to put a sticky up that would come before your other posts.
We are all pretty much suggesting the same stuff
All in one adsense and yahoo partner network = Adsense manager (more options available with All in one though)
Sociable= add this
i guess ill look at wp sticky - i dont understand the need as you can set your first page static if you like and you sticky any post to the first page...what functionality does the plug in ad?
if you want to get tricky- pick up CPA redirector
Hi guys, keep the suggestions coming in. I am gaining knowledge Thanks
I highly recommend the Insights plugin (see http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/wordpr … s/insights for more info)
It allows you to insert a photo from flickr, video, a google map and relevant links from previous posts in seconds. It saves so much time.
I could live without this plugin - but I wouldn't want to!
Congrats on the new blog Uninvited Writer!
Awesome thread. I am still clunking along with my site. Neglecting it basically. But I'm thinking of putting more time into it just for something new to do. I'm getting lots of Elance work but now its work.
I have so much to learn about site management I put if off over and over. I think I'm a little scared of it.
Interesting thread. I'm setting up a few domains. My dad is helping me today with his server so we can get it set up.
Anyone know what MySQL program you're using? I was told that I needed one.
What programs, in general did you need to set up wordpress on your servers?
Wordpress installation is very easy - most hosts have an automatic installer you just set up your database and admin passwords.
If you self install (sounds like your dad might physically have his own servers ?) simple ftp upload of the install files - the modification of one php file and the creation of a mSQL database are all it takes.
if you are in fact installing on your OWN server
If you are installing WordPress on your own web server, follow the Using phpMyAdmin
http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_W … phpMyAdmin
or Using the MySQL Client
http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_W … SQL_Client
instructions below to create your WordPress username and database.
from wordpress codex
THANKS! I'll send him these instructions, and maybe he can decipher them for me. And, yes he has his own server. He designs and hosts websites on the side, but he currently doesn't have the spare time to design the sites that I want. I figured by using free software and setting them up myself, I could get it started. But, I've found it's a little more complicated, and I still need his help. He says he's tried setting up the server with MySQL and PHP before, but wasn't able to do it. I'm hoping he can this time.
Edit: he says he's already found and printed off those instructions. Oops ha
Whitney, I'm completely clueless about setting up websites, so I don't know what a "MySQL" program is.
I daresay I have one for my websites but I don't know what it is, because it was probably provided by my hosting service.
All I did when I set up my Wordpress site was use Fantastico to load Wordpress and followed the instructions.
The only other things I've needed are themes and plug-ins - no other programs.
You can use a email sign in box, site map plugin, SEO plugin, share and rss buttons, feedburner plugin, spam prevention tools, create a favicon, database management plugin, flash tagcloud plugin, social networking plugin, gallery/slideshow plugin, twitter auto-tweet, recent post widget, and you can find more on the wordpress directory http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/plugin
So for those that use the SEO plugin, is this just a set it and forget it type of program? I installed and activated it on my site. BTW for those that need a good upload program I've been using Filezilla and it's been great. There was a bit of a learning curve to figure out how and where to upload my files to but I'm getting it.
(BTW if someone had told me I'd be talking about seo and plugins a year ago I would have said HUH? What? I just have to laugh because there is always so much to learn but it is SO interesting)
The one I am using asks you for keywords, etc. for each post.
Can someone tell me if my site is visible to the net yet?: http://writerbiographies.com . I still have a lot of work to do on it. Critiques are also welcome
It's looking great Susan. I like the way you have it set up, and I like the wordpress theme. I just changed my theme but am concerned it may be limiting, but it so goes with the theme of my site. The same goes for me, if you have any ideas to critique I'm here:
I just added the add/share button plugin which I really like, and added seo but maybe it's not asking me anything yet because I haven't made a post since I installed it.
Getting that header up took me the better part of the morning
Dorsi, I like your header picture and I think it fits. The site looks good to me. I was trying to figure how to link to all my sites and I see you just used the links widget which makes perfect sense
That add/share plugin is here, I really like it because it shares with just about every site imaginable.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add … reenshots/
Thanks, I added that one. I like it better than the other one I added.
yw- Susan, did you add your own adsense capsules? I'm trying yieldbuild but having some problems because of the way my template is set up. My yield build header ad looks good though, I like the way it blends in with my site.
I like a couple of plugins called Seo Title Tag which lets you optimize your post titles, pages and tags and Yoast Breadcrumbs by Joost de Valk.
I've been frustrated all morning trying to set up FileZilla. No matter what I do it won't accept my connection. Oh well, I will go back to using the website for uploading files.
I read someone's (Lissie's?) advice about using Filezilla but once I got it set up, I wondered why I bothered - because I have cpanel and that works just as well.
Im sure you have tried everything, but just in case
both your username and password are case sensitive
what is the error you receive?
Have you used filezilla successfully before, for any host?
Once you have ftp working you would see how much easier it is.
It is worth figuring out what the problem is, a decent host can be calle don the phone and will walk you through the process.
Usually cpanel limits you to one file at a time, ftp allows you load all your files at once
exactly - that's why I use filezilla - there are others too - but just don't be conned into paying for one!
However now - not sure for how long cause I just noticed you can add new plugins right from the plugin tab without using ftp at all - very,very cool.
I use all the usual suspects my new fun plugin is "sexybookmarks" - its for social bookmarks - but it just makes such a cute line of "popup" icons at the bottom of the post you just have to click them - example on any post on lissowerbutts.com You can configure which bookmarks you want it has all the usual suspects a bunch I never heard off.
I use commentluv and keywordluv - comment luv returns the commentator's last blog post below their comment and keyword luv means that putting lis@passive income in the "name" field gives a link to passive income (my main keyword) while giving my name as well.
Am I allowed to feel slightly responsible for Susan and Dorsi for their new blogs ?
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Please see: http://hubpages.com/hub/WordPress-Back-End-Space-Saver. I LOVE this plugin. It puts the menu back where I like them best -- across the top of the page; where they had always been til version 2.7.
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