Wordpress

I started using wordpress a couple days ago and I find parts of it amazing. The simple fact that you can grab a good looking theme with no costs to create a search engine friendly blog in minutes with access to hundreds of clever plugins is amazing. I’ve checked out the blog I started and it looks good in I.E going right back to 5.5 and there are new issues when you enlarge the text either.

Are there any other wordpress fans here? My only two small problems at the moment involve adding a banner to the side panel and getting the excerpts feature to work properly, however, I hope to have tat sorted today.


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I have a friend who has set up a wordpress site and I try to help her when I can, to get it looking good. Still a lot of work to be done. To late to start her on a Freeway site.

The one thing I can’t seem to find for her is menu drop downs so she has sub menus on the side bar.

Personally, I’ll go with Freeway as I’ve been a fan for years. I like to work on my own designs and find it creative.

However if you’ve any insight on how to set up drop down menus on Wordpress I’d be grateful.


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I’ve only been using Wordpress for a couple of days so my knowledge is not that great but I think your easiest solution would either be to find a theme which already incorporates the drop down menus or to enable them through jquery if you have some coding skills http://jquery.com/

It looks good and is apparently quite easy to implement.


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Thanks, I’ll have to work with her on that. Good idea though, I haven’t looked at the other templates.
Don’t code, though.


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Actually the main thing about wordpress which appeals is the lack of required coding and having so many options enabled by free plugins. For example when I create a new blog post now wordpress will automatically do 3 things for me:

  1. rewrite the sitemap on the server and notify, google and yahoo etc. of the change
  2. post a message on twitter about the new blog post
  3. notify all the blogging directories like technorati

There is so much more that I could do as well, but already this is making my life dramatically easier and having a big impact on the amount of traffic arriving at the site which is just what I need. I was able to set all of this up and get moving within 2-3 hours of installing wordpress for the first time. The blog was indexed by Google within one hour of going live.


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A snag however is customization of those plugins and how they fit into your design. Wordpress and FW don’t connect since a Wordpress template is made up of separate parts rather than one whole template. It also at times uses a different programing language that the average FW user might not be too comfortable with using.


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Don’t forget you can mix and match a Freeway site and a WordPress blog
to get the best of both worlds. It’s not an either or decision.

as in…

In the main directory you can have your Freeway site, and then install
a WordPress blog in a separate directory called for example http://mysite.co.uk/blog

Google loves frequently posted blogs - which in turn helps your
Freeway site. - you just link between them.

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On 28 Aug 2009, at 20:06, Ashley wrote:

The blog was indexed by Google within one hour of going live.


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This is basically what I have done on my site. There is a sales page that was custom designed in Freeway for the book I am selling, then a blog in the /blog directory as you suggested which is powered by wordpress.

The idea behind the blog is to drag in traffic and hopefully some of that will convert at a later stage into product sales. I feel that blogs are a great way of establishing a personal connection so that visitors can start to feel that they know you and will feel more inclined to buy something which you have on offer.

I have fantastico installed on my dedicated server, but I do find it temperamental with updates, so I actually ended up doing the install manually which took me about 10 minutes. One point worth mentioning to other potential wordpress users is that it’s a good idea to back up your MySQL database regularly if you are blogging frequently, but this can actually be sent to you daily as an email if desired.


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