Beginning with version 2.5, WordPress automatically handles many types of canonical redirects. A good example of this may be seen by typing your blog address into your browser both with and without the
www prefix. If you are using WordPress 2.5 or better, one of these versions of your blog URL will be immediately redirected to the other. The same type of automatic redirect may be seen for several other non-canonical URL variations, and is handled via PHP deep in the WordPress core.
By default, WordPress provides a decent way of including
<title></title> information for your posts, pages, and various archive views. This is important for usability and for better SEO. Most themes ship with some sort of title functionality baked right in, but for those that don't, you can add titles easily using WordPress’ wp_title tag. Using
wp_title(), we can specify several useful parameters, including:
There are many reasons you might want to get a unique ID for your
<body></body> tag. Let's say you want your header elements to be a different color on your About page, you could apply a bit of CSS via your theme's stylesheet (i.e.,
style.css). For example, you could target the About page with some styles something like this:
Many footers on websites contain text like "© 2009 Your Website". A good measure, surely. We can use some classic PHP and a built-in WordPress function to make this bit of text dynamic so that it will never need to be tampered with manually again. Here is the code to add to your theme template file (most likely
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