Category Archives: WordPress

How to Make Your WordPress Blog/Website faster?

Google now takes into account a website’s loading time for search engine rankings. I am concerned about my websites’ speed. I think you should too. Some of my sites are very slow. Especially those WordPress sites. So how to make a WordPress site faster? I searched the web and learned a lot from the following websites; and my websites have already improved their speed significantly after I implemented some of these tips:

Some of the articles above mentioned about WP Super Cache plugin, but according to my research, many people prefer to install W3 Total Cache plugin instead. I installed it a couple days ago, it has already helped me speed up my sites’ speed dramatically; and I hope it can help you too.

By the way if you want to know how to configure W3 Total Cache plugin, this guide is what you need to know.

Would you like to make your WordPress blog/website faster? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below?

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How to Ping Your Blog?

Why do you need ping services? There are many answers for that question. First, it may be that you want everybody to know about your newly posted article(s). Second, by using ping services your blog/website might be indexing right away from search engines. Thus it may be in term increasing your web traffic. If you use self-hosted WordPress blog, then you may follow the steps below to implement ping services.

  • Login to your self-hosted WordPress dashboard and click on Settings/Writing.
  • After that WordPress will automatically ping your blog whenever you publish your new post.

For the WordPress.com bloggers, your blog has already built in with ping service Ping-O-Matic as your default ping service. If you want to manually ping your blog using ping services other than those offered in Ping-O-Matic, then you may find pingmyblog.com useful. It allows you to selectively choose your choices of ping services to submit.

The above list of ping services is working as of this post is being written. However, if you find any of them is no longer working, please inform me. I’ll appreciate that.

Would like to ping your blog using the above list? Please leave a comment below.

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A Contact Form For Your WordPress Blog

Why do we need a contact form on our blog/website? The main reason is to cut down the email spamming. You’ll be glad if you set up one for your blog/website since it hides your email in it. So do you want to find out which contact form is good for your blog/website? I searched the web and provided a list below. Check them out; find out which one is good for your blog/website. If a blog/website have multiple blogging authors, then some of the contact forms will allow you to set up to only send an email to a specific author.

  • Contact Form ][ – a WordPress Plugin – Contact Form ][ is Ryan Duff’s original contact form. It is a WordPress plugin that offers a simple drop-in contact form in any new/existing post/page.
  • PXS Mail Form WordPress Plugin – This plugin has updated email contact from plugin built off of Ryan Duff’s excellent wp-contact form plugin. PXS includes additional checks over the original…
  • Enhanced WordPress contact form plugin – Another improved contact form based on Ryan Duff’s Contact Form ][. Now it adds: referring page on your site; if the original referer is a search engine, the keywords used in the query; the original referer; spam protection…
  • cformsII – contact form – cforms is a highly customizable, flexible and powerful form builder plugin, covering a variety of use cases and features from attachments to multi form management, you can even have multiple forms on the same page!
  • contact form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible. Supports multiple contact forms. You can customize form and mail contents with simple markup. AJAX submitting with jQuery Form Plugin. Spam filtering with Akismet. Bot prevention with CAPTCHA.
  • Secure Form Mailer Plugin For WordPress – This is the WordPress plugin version of the secure PHP form mailer script. This plugin has a wide range of features including: support for multiple instances, an easy to use dynamic form generation system (any number of fields, in any order), multiple…
  • SCF2 Contact Form – WordPress contact form plugin that lets you read and reply to emails while logged in WordPress and sends emails to multiple users.

For a WordPress.com blog, you have options to put a contact form in your post or page. For details of how to implement it, just check out this post: Contact Forms. See my contact form in Contact page that I’ve just created.

Would you like to use a contact form for your WordPress blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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What is The Difference Between HTML Sitemap and XML Sitemap?

There are two types of sitemaps in general; namely HTML (Hyper Text Makeup Language) sitemap and XML (EXtensible Makeup Language) sitemap. Do you want to know the difference between them? If you do, then read on…

What is HTML Sitemap?

HTML sitemap is used to list all hyperlinks of different sections and pages of your blog/website. These hyperlinks are normally listed hierarchically and they may provide description for each link. It is no doubt that adding a HTML sitemap to your blog/website will help your visitors navigate and find information easily. So HTML sitemap is primarily created for humans.

Although a HTML sitemap is created for your visitors, indexing bot such as Googlebot might have a better chance to crawl your first-time-missed links again since all the files are well put together in your sitemap page. Check this blog’s sitemap to get a general idea of how a HTML sitemap looks like. You can create your own HTML sitemap from HTML Sitemap Generator here.

What is XML Sitemap?

XML sitemap lists URLs (world wide web addresses) for your blog/website in a special format. See the table below for a XML Sitemap with one single URL:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

</urlset>

It allows webmasters to inform search engines about URLs in your blog/website for easy indexing. XML sitemap is created for search engines but not for humans. Submitting a XML sitemap to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN will not only help your blog/website being indexing quickly and efficiently but also increase your blog/website’s visibilities in search engines as well.

For a full version WordPress blog, you can use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to do the trick for you.

What is the difference between HTML sitemap and XML sitemap? Please leave a comment below.

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A Signature For Your Blog Post?

Have you ever thought about to add a signature to you blog post? Adding a signature to each post of you blog will no doubt bring your personal touch to your readers. It is an identity of representing you online. Moreover it brings an uniqueness to your blog as well. I was inspired by Lorelle VanFossen’s signature on her blog.

For WordPress.com Blog

I think it is fun to have your own signature for your blog just like you sign your signature in each email. It also serves a purpose: that is something uniquely reflects your personality. I like to do things differently because we are all unique in many ways. So if you are like me, then go ahead to create your unique signature using your desired program. Make sure you save your signature and copy and paste it at the bottom of each post. I use My Live Signature program to create mine here. What do you think?

For WordPress Blog (WordPress.org Blog)

If you have a WordPress blog, you can just download LiveSig v0.4 plugin here to your PC (personal computer). LiveSig: WordPress Plug provides step-by-step instructions of how to install it. Basically you do as follows:

  • Unzip LiveSigv0.4 file that you’ve just downloaded
  • Then upload it to this folder: public_html/wordpress-content/plugins/ using any FTP
  • Then login to your WordPress dashboard, and click on Plugins/LiveSig v0.4 to activate it
  • Finally click on Settings/LiveSig/LiveSig Options. Make sure you select an appropriate user, enter the corresponding MyLiveSignature code and hit Save button to save it

It is Free to obtain MyLiveSignature code, but you need to register in that site to get it. For a small amount of money, you can get animated signature code there too.

Would you like to have a signature for your blog post? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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