Blog Building 101

How to make a blog network

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wordpress pugins to avoid

  • Fuzzy SEO Booster is a Wordpress plugin you should avoid. Once a site becomes more popular, the plugin tends to cause a lot of MySQL issues.
  • WP PostViews is another problematic plugin. It's very inefficient and writes to the database on every page load.
  • Tweet Blender causes conflicts with cache plugins.
  • LinkMan is another inefficient plugin that has a tendency to kill databases with an insane amount of unnecessary database writes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to enable the Blogroll in new versions of Wordpress

The developers removed the Blogroll from the user interface but the functionality is still part of the Wordpress core so you can easily turn it back on. Add this to your functions.php file in your theme to enable it:

add_filter( 'pre_option_link_manager_enabled', '__return_true' );

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ncftp on a dreamhost dedicated server

Today I was happy to learn that 'ncftp', a popular ftp client, is already installed on Dreamhost servers.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Why you should not disable comments on your blog

Someone wrote the following comment on a Problogger blog post about comments on blogs:

i have disabled comments on my blogs because i think 90% people do comments just to get backlinks.

So what if people comment on your blog with the intention of getting a link back to their site? If they add meaningful, related content by doing so, it will only benefit you:

  • Your blog will get more content. This will make your site more popular with the search engine bots.
  • Your blog will appear to be more active. People like to know they're not the only ones reading your posts and taking your advice.
  • If you take the time to reply to those comments, people will return to read the replies. Engaging readers in meaningful discussions is an easy way to build a relationship with your readers.