jonathan lackman

MCSE, MCSA, Project Management, SEO, Web Design

Installing link exchange on hosting.

Been testing offline Wordpress editors. Settled on Windows Live Writer. As much as I hate all the crap bundled with LIVE, this tool seemed to be one of the best to post to any blog platform. I'm happy with it so far. I especially like the "extensions" you can download and install like worpress plugins or firefox extensions to add functionality to the tool. Check it out here. Check out the Live Writer Extensions here.

15 more advanced Twitter hacks for Wordpress.
Wordpress Plugins for Google Junkies

Installed Contact Form 7. Worked great.
List of 15 good wordpress plugins.
Need to get Technorati indexed;
        Technorati by Joe Remington
        Technorati by ProBlogger

Added "Page Links To" in order to add a button that goes back to the main website. Page Links To Allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Good for setting up navigational links to non-WP sections of your site or to off-site resources. By Mark Jaquith | Visit plugin site

Installed on Wordpress;

Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold
All in One SEO Pack mentioned below.

I have Wordpress set up and running; no issues so far. I did get kind of irritated that even though this is on a paid account, at the bottom of each page there is a "This Wordpress blog is hosted by (hosting company)". I messed around for a bit before realizing that this is a "Plug - In" (in Wordpress vernacular) and all I needed to do was either edit (to change the text displayed) or disable (to remove the text entirely). I disabled it.

I also installed and posted a new theme, this was relatively simple and worked without any issues. I think the one I am using is called; multi-color 1.7 by Nischal Maniar

I wanted some way to moderate comments. I don't have anything against unmoderated comments, even if it is from users just trying to get backlinks. At least that is honest. I don't want spam. So after some research, I installed the Akismet plug-in. It automatically evaluates the comment for spam, and if it thinks it's spam it gets dumped in a separate folder in your admin account. You can either delete the comments, approve them, or set it up to automatically delete spam comments after a certain time. You have to get an API key from Akismet. I may end up with a reCaptcha, but for now I am satisfied with this approach.

The API key is free for personal accounts, and they kind of qualify that by saying sites making < $500.00/month. So, once you get profitable, you should be able to shell out the $5.00/month for blogger or $50.00 for a corporate enterprise API key. I would expect that by the time you are spending that kind of money there are also PHP or CGI internal (in house) solutions you could employ.

The think I like about this compared to a reCaptcha is that Akismet plug in is automated, and does not ask the user to go through any extra steps. Do not assume I have anything against reCaptcha; I love reCaptcha and use it on all form collections, and I also use their email reCaptcha. I think I like them less now that they got  bought by Google just because it makes me nervous about what Google's plans are for this tool.

Initiating research on a SEO plug-in for Wordpress. I have been doing a lot of reading, and so far I like All in One SEO Pack from Semper FI Web Design. I don't want to get caught up in all the hype and infomercial products that are an endless ratrace; I want something fundamental that handles the core capabilities; post titles, descriptions, meta tag, etc. This seem to fit the bill, plus is run by veterans apparently. Sounds like the leader so far, although I have not installed it yet.
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