Most SEO plugins have way too many bells and whistles for my simple needs, so I wrote a little snippet that's meant as a drop-in, DIY replacement for the big WordPress SEO plugins. If you want a lot of features and options, then try Yoast's awesome SEO plugin or the great All in One SEO; otherwise, if you just want something simple that works, check out Basic WP SEO — a simple slab of code that you add to your functions.php file and done.
Author: Jeff Starr
I'm excited to announce the launch of my 3rd book, The Tao of WordPress! Every page of The Tao of WordPress is carefully distilled, refined, and focused on WordPress. I wrote this book for beginners, students, designers, admins, enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to rock their own WordPress-powered site.
Ever wonder how WP compares against the competition? Check out this infographic/chart comparing eight of the top blogging platforms, including details about features such as plugins, themes, hosting, user-friendliness and more. Spoiler alert: WordPress wins :)
I found this infographic from WPtemplate.com (404 link removed 2015/02/15) very useful while writing my latest book. The infographic rounds up a collection of popular premium themes along with their various features and informations. Very interesting to see what's popular in the premium WP theme market.
Custom Post Formats enable you to customize your asides, images, and other types of posts. Doing so is a great way to bring character and definition to an otherwise amorphous collection of regular posts. Then, as your custom-formatted posts grow in number, your site will feature uniquely styled archives for each of your Custom Post Formats.
To celebrate the Spring season, we're holding a Spring Sale on Print & PDF copies of Digging into WordPress! Save $15 on the Print version (includes free PDF) and $7 on the PDF version. Both versions include all extras, exclusive themes, and lifetime updates. Sweet bundled deals also available for Digging into WordPress and .htaccess made easy when purchased together. Contact us for details!
Thanks to Devesh over at WPKube for putting together this super-useful list of resources for those first getting into WordPress. From books to blogs and blogs to themes and plugins, you'll find plenty of awesome WP resources. Check it out!
We've teamed up with Web Hosting Buzz to present you with a superb giveaway. WebHostingBuzz are providing the following great prizes: three lucky winners will pick up an entire year of FREE hosting that includes 750 GB Disk Space, 15,000 GB monthly Bandwidth, a free domain name and more.
There are two main routes for detecting browser identity: client-side or server-side. You can do feature-detection for client-side detection, or use PHP and the user-agent server-variable for server-side detection. That said, if you're using WordPress, this plugin makes server-side detection SO easy.
By default, your latest WordPress posts are displayed on the home page, with older posts available via post navigation on
/page/3/, and so on. In this DigWP post, we'll explain how to display your blog posts on any static page using a custom WP_Query loop that works beautifully with post navigation.
If you're looking for an alternative to MAMP/LAMP/WAMP/etc., check out BitNami's WordPress Stack. It's basically a free, pre-configured version of WordPress that includes all of the required software (Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc.). WordPress is just one of the many BitNami Stacks that make it easier to deploy your favorite open source software. Also available in the Mac App Store.
Interesting and useful infographic showing the top 30 WordPress plugins available from the WP Plugin Directory, which amazingly contains over 22,000 plugins!
Update 2014/02/04: Link removed due to 404 Not Found @ http://www.wptemplate.com/plugins/wordpress-most-popular-plugins.html/