Re: URW Blogs?
- From: "Paul Saunders" <pvs1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:11:50 +0100
Goatified Creature wrote:
My first personal blog is at http://goatifiedcreature.wordpress.com/
and I for one totally agree with your Wordpress impression. Its very
easy to use and you can get a free account at wordpress.com - a good
playground to learn the technology and how to blog. I was particularly
impressed with the easy plugins for flickr.com and delicious etc. The
themes are really nice and professional - the look and feel took about
1 hour to sort including clipping the image at top etc.
Nice. One small point though, I notice that you're main page is showing your
posts in their entirety. This leads to long pages. I've read that it's much
better to use the "split post" feature (Alt + t) to split your your posts.
That way you can show just the first paragraph of each post and people can
click on the "more" link to read the whole post. This is good for a number
1. It makes the page shorter and thus easier for people to browse through
your posts to decide which ones to click on and read in their entirety.
2. It helps avoid the duplicate content issue. When search engines crawl
your blog, if they find exactly the same content on different pages (which
they will on both your main page and the individual post pages) they'll
penalise your search engine rankings. Duplicate content is frowned on
nowadays and the search engines are cracking down on it. By splitting your
posts, each page will have different content on them.
3. RSS feeds. If anyone subsribes to your blog via an RSS feed, they'll be
able to read the entire post in the feed, so they won't have to visit your
site! Not only does this bloat the feeds, but it loses you visitors. By
splitting the post they'll only be able to read the first bit, so they'll
have to visit your site to see the rest.
I also agree with your suggestion of hosting your own blog. I found
that whilst wordpress.com (the free hosting site for the wordpress.org
opensource blogging software) was good for playing with, I have now
become a little frustated with the limited control of the look and
Can't you install any theme you like with them?
Last weekend I stopped uploading content and have started my
new blog - http://paulswilliams.me.uk/walkingwithwilliams. This is as
can be seen, in incrediably heavy development as I have taken the
silly step of creating a new outdoorsy theme from scratch;
Hmm... Yes, pretty basic. Surely it would be easier to start by choosing a
theme that you like, then editing the templates to customise it? That's what
I plan to do. Much easier to modify an existing theme I'd have thought. I'd
recommend using one that supports the Widgets plugin, to make it easy to
customise your sidebars.
Here's the Widgets plugin:
And here's the Widgets blog:
unfortunately walking keeps getting in the way of my ruddy walking
Terrible isn't it? Having to go out walking to get material for your blog!
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