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Comprehensive Reference for WordPress No-Nofollow/Dofollow Plugins

Recently, while deliberating an optimal method for eliminating nofollow link attributes from Perishable Press, I collected, installed, tested and reviewed every WordPress no-nofollow/dofollow plugin that I could find. In this article, I present a concise, current, and comprehensive reference for WordPress no-nofollow and dofollow plugins. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, useful, and complete information for each of the plugins represented below. Further, as this subject is a newfound interest of mine, it is my intention to keep this post updated with fresh information, so please bookmark it for future reference. Finally, please help expand/enhance this list by […] Read more »

Repenting of My Nofollow Sins

Hello, my name is Jeff and I am nofollow addict. When I first began Perishable Press two years ago, in August of 2005, WordPress quickly became my blogging platform of choice. Everything about WordPress was great, so I had no trouble overlooking a few seemingly insignificant quirks, such as the nofollow attributes that are automatically applied to all comment links. In fact, at first, I really had no idea what they were or how they affected my site. Eventually, as I began delving deeper into the Blogosphere, I realized that those harmless-looking nofollow tags were considered by many to be […] Read more »

Stop WordPress from Leaking PageRank to Admin Pages

During the most recent Perishable Press redesign, I noticed that several of my WordPress admin pages had been assigned significant levels of PageRank. Not good. After some investigation, I realized that my ancient robots.txt rules were insufficient in preventing Google from indexing various WordPress admin pages. Specifically, the following pages have been indexed and subsequently assigned PageRank: WP Admin Login Page WP Lost Password Page WP Registration Page WP Admin Dashboard Needless to say, it is important to stop WordPress from leaking PageRank to admin pages. Instead of wasting our hard-earned link-equity on non-ranking pages, let’s redirect it to more […] Read more »

Hosting Review: A Small Orange

Perishable Press switched to A Small Orange [ASO] in March of 2007. At the time, I was looking for highly recommended shared hosting with several key features: Update 2011/02/05: ASO is no longer my host. As this article explains, ASO service was great at the start, but after three years quality of service has declined considerably. There are some great people at ASO, but I can no longer recommend them for serious web hosting. For more information, check out my post on switching to Media Temple. Solid customer service and extremely reliable server uptime Unlimited domains with plenty of disk […] Read more »

Super Loop: Exclude Specific Categories and Display any Number of Posts

Readers occasionally ask for help with their WordPress loops. Usually, these requests involve modifying the loop with some customized functionality. Frequently, such customization involves one of these popular behaviors: Exclude a specific category Exclude multiple categories Display only one post or excerpt Display some fixed number of posts Play nice with additional loops on the same page In this article, I present the swiss-army knife of WordPress loops. This highly versatile, “super” loop is standard WordPress code, easily implemented, and fully equipped to handle all of the custom behaviors mentioned above. Further, the PHP employed is self-contained, making it ultra-easy […] Read more »

Another Mystery Solved..

Recently, after researching comment links for an upcoming article, I realized that my default <input /> values were being submitted as the URL for all comments left without associated website information. During the most recent site redesign, I made the mistake of doing this in comments.php: … <input class=”input” name=”url” id=”url” value=”[website]” onfocus=”this.select();” type=”text” tabindex=”3″ size=”44″ maxlength=”133″ alt=”website” /> … Notice the value=”[website]” attribute? It seemed like a good idea at the time — I even threw in a nice onfocus auto-highlighting snippet for good measure. I ran the form with this in place for around eight weeks before finally […] Read more »

WP-ShortStat Slowing Down Root Index Pages

For over a year now, I have been using Markus Kämmerer’s (Happy Arts Blog) WP-ShortStat plugin for WordPress. The plugin is relatively well-maintained and remains one of my favorite admin tools. Great for popping in on stats without logging into Mint. Nonetheless, due to its IP/country-detection functionality, WP-ShortStat has experienced its share of difficulties (e.g., read through the change log on the plugin’s home page). In this article, I describe how WP-Shortstat slows down the root index-page of a site, and then suggest a (temporary) fix for the issue. Read more »

WordPress Plugin: Export Blogroll for del.icio.us

Update (2012/11/08): the Export Blogroll plugin is discontinued as Delicious has changed and no longer accepts imports from anything other than Twitter or Facebook. It was fun while it lasted! Announcing an easy way to export and automatically format your WordPress Blogroll for import into your del.icio.us social bookmarking account! The Export Blogroll plugin for del.icio.us simplifies the process of transferring your WordPress Blogroll to your del.icio.us account. del.icio.us now provides a way to import multiple links with a single file, however the file must emulate a specific (browser bookmark) format. The Export Blogroll plugin automatically formats your exported Blogroll […] Read more »

Bookmark Exodus: Export the WordPress Blogroll and Import to del.icio.us

After our recent WordPress-2.1 blogroll debacle, we concluded that the WordPress Links Manager (aka the Blogroll) is no longer a viable, long-term solution for managing bookmark collections containing large numbers of links. A far better solution, in the eyes of many savvy web users, is the free social bookmarking service del.icio.us. Using del.icio.us for over a year now, we have found it to be highly flexible, always reliable, and infinitely extensible. Plus, as a social bookmark service, everyone benefits from everyone and quality resources are much easier to find. The dec.isio.n to switching from the Blogroll to del.icio.us is, in […] Read more »

WordPress 2.1 Blogroll Nightmare and Lessons Learned

Here at Perishable Press, we like to stay current by running the latest version of WordPress. The site launched in 2005 with WordPress 1.5 (Strayhorn), eventually made the jump to version 2.0 (Duke), recently stepped up to 2.0.1 (Still Duke), and currently enjoys 2.0.5 (Ronan). Although each of these upgrades have required various file edits, plugin tweaks, and theme modifications, the process is always educational and remains an important aspect of this site. Much of our content revolves around using and customizing WordPress, and so staying current with new versions is critical if we are to continue operating as a […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Uploading and Displaying Images

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. This brief tutorial outlines the process of uploading images and displaying them in your posts. This tutorial applies specifically to WordPress version 2.0+, but may be extrapolated to other versions. Read more »

New Version of AddMySite Released!

We are happy to announce the release of AddMySite (AMS) version 0.77. The new version features support for syndicated content feeds, and enables users to add their site’s feed to fifteen different feed-syndication and social-aggregator sites. Plus, the new version of AMS includes twenty-five social-bookmarking services to which users may easily add your site. The entire list of 40 sites is concisely presented via drop-down menu or as a customizable list. One file. Simple installation. Easy to use. Clean output and XHTML strict. Plus, the new version of AddMySite is fully compatible with WordPress 2.1 (Ella). Click on over to […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Setting the Date, Author, and other Post Options

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. Now that we are comfortable logging in, publishing a post, and saving and editing posts, it is time to look at a few other useful posting options. In this tutorial, we explain how to set and change the post date, post author, and several other useful post options. Setting/changing the post date and time By default, the date & time associated with a post is the same as the date & time when the post was originally published. To change the default date & time […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Saving and Editing Posts

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. After logging in to WordPress and publishing a post, you may wish to return to the post for additional editing or to add new content. Or, perhaps you draft a post for which you would like to postpone publishing until later. This tutorial covers both of these processes. Editing a post that has already been published To edit a post that has already been published, login to the WordPress Admin area and follow these steps: 1. Click on the Manage tab Click on the "Manage" […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Publishing Posts

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. Once you have successfully logged in to the WordPress Admin area, you may want to publish a post. To do so, follow these steps: 1. Locate and click on the Write tab Within the WordPress Admin, there are many menu tabs. Each tab provides access to a different feature of WordPress. To write and publish a post, locate and click on the "Write" tab (see example). 2. Write the title of the post After clicking the Write tab, you should find yourself within the "Write […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Login to Admin

Update (May 2011) – New screencast available on how to login to the WordPress Admin using version 3.1.2 (current). The article below may still be useful, but is quite old now and refers to an earlier version of WordPress. Note: This article begins a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. To login to the WordPress (WP) Administration area, follow these steps: 1. Go to the Admin Login screen Go to the WordPress login screen, generally located at http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php or http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/ (note: if WordPress has been installed in a subdirectory, the login screen should be located at […] Read more »

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