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Beginner’s Guide to FTP for WordPress

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

When you self host your own WordPress blog you have access to the most basic of WordPress functionality.

In order to get the same functionality, and more, for your blog as that provided by WordPress.com, you will need to install some of the many WordPress.org plugins.

We have written a beginner’s guide to FTP for WordPress (1.39 MB PDF) which will show you how to:

  • Configure FileZilla, an FTP client, to allow you to transfer files to and from your blog.
  • Download a plugin.
  • Install the plugin onto your blog using FileZilla.
  • Activate the plugin.

If you have never used an FTP client before, or don’t even know what FTP stands for, and fish transferring ponds it is not, this guide is for you.

How to create nofollow links

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The aim of this post is to show you how easy it is to turn ordinary links into nofollow links; regardless of whether you know HTML or not.

Note: This is a how-to post. If you’re interested in learning more about nofollow, there are many great posts about it on the Web; I’ll point to some at the end of this post.

Step 1: Create a standard link

The first thing you need to do is create a link.

If you are using a visual editor that creates the HTML for you, you’ll need to edit the HTML at this point. In WordPress, this is a simple matter of moving from the visual tab to the HTML tag when writing your post or page.

Find the link that you’ve created within the HTML; the code will look much like this:

<a href=”http://www.google.com”>Google’s Home Page</a>

Step 2: Add nofollow to your link

Now, you need to add ‘rel=nofollow’ (known as an attribute), to the link. You can do this one of two ways; it doesn’t matter which you use, they both do the same thing.

  • Place the ‘rel’ attribute at the end of the URL you are linking to; before the anchor text; this is what it should look like:

<a href=”http://www.google.com” rel=”nofollow”>Google’s Home Page</a>

Note: If you do it this way, make sure you leave a space between the end quote marks of the URL and the word ‘rel’.

  • Alternatively, place the attribute at the beginning of the anchor tag; this is what it should look like:

<a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.google.com”>Google’s Home Page</a>

Note: If you do it this way, make sure you leave a space between the end quote marks of ‘nofollow’ and the beginning of ‘href’.

And there you have it, your first nofollow link!

See also:

Other useful posts about nofollow:

What is nofollow and why was it created?

This post from Google’s WebMaster Help Center talks about how Google handles nofollow links, and shows you when you need to use nofollow if you want to remain within their guidelines. Failing to follow the guidelines can result in your PageRank.

The importance of Google PageRank: A guide for small businesses

The authority of your blog, and where it appears in search results is influenced by your PageRank. The higher your PageRank, the higher up in search results your site will appear. As the nofollow attribute stops the flow of PageRank from your site to the site you are linking to, you might want to get to know PageRank better before you use it.

Matt Cutts, Why am I still being punished?

After being removed from Google’s index, Donna cleaned up her site, removed most of her advertisements, and nofollowed the rest. While her site can now be found in the Google index, her PageRank has been fatally injured. Read this open letter she writes to Google’s Matt Cutts to understand the importance of making your links ‘Google friendly’ Make sure you don’t miss the conversation in the comments.

The history of the nofollow tag

In this post, Jen walks you through the history of the nofollow tag, and explains how it has morphed from being a spam fighting tactic into a necessity if want to stay in Google’s good graces.

Understanding what nofollow can do for you from an SEO point of view

A great explanation for the non techy that shows how using nofollow may help retain, or increase, your Google juice; that is, PageRank.

This post is part of the Small Business Blogging Basics category.

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22 IE Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Time

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Not long ago, we put together a basic list of Firefox keyboard shortcuts. Today, we thought we’d give you 22 useful and basic IE keyboard shortcuts to print up or bookmark.

  1. Select location bar: Alt+D
  2. Select search bar: Ctrl+E
  3. Open search result in new tab: Alt+Enter
  4. Full screen on/off: F11
  5. Go to your default homepage: Alt+Home
  6. Go back a page: Alt+Left Arrow or Backspace
  7. Go forward a page: Alt+Right Arrow, or Shift+Backspace
  8. Select an entire page: (ready to copy and paste) Ctrl+A
  9. Copy selected text: Ctrl+C
  10. Paste to new location: Ctrl+V
  11. Refresh page: F5
  12. Refresh page and cache: Ctrl+F5
  13. Stop downloading page: Esc
  14. Open New Tab: Ctrl+T
  15. Switch to next tab: Ctrl+Tab
  16. Switch to previous tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab
  17. View Page Source: Alt+V+C
  18. Find specific words on a page: Ctrl+F
  19. Print Page: Ctrl+P
  20. Save Page: Ctrl+S
  21. Zoom in (Increase text size): Ctrl++
  22. Zoom out (Decrease text size): Ctrl+-

Photo Credit: ieteam

Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress

Friday, June 27th, 2008

We have had a lot of positive feedback for our “Redirecting a WordPress.com Blog” document, and a common issue is redirection not working due to the permalinks of the new blog not being set to the style used by WordPress.com.

This was first raised by Eric P and he helped out by writing his own execllent post on redirecting a WordPress.com blog – thanks Eric.

With our PDF document on moving a WordPress.com blog to your own self hosted blog proving popular, we have updated it to include a section on setting the permalinks of your new blog, so that all the necessary information is in the one place.

Thanks again to all the excellent feedback we have received.

20 Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts To Save You Time

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Print this up, bookmark it, or just remember this list of 20 useful and basic shortcuts.

  1. Select location bar: Ctrl/Cmd+L or Alt+D
  2. Select search bar: Ctrl/Cmd+K
  3. Go to your default homepage: Alt/Option+Home
  4. Go back a page: Alt/Cmd+Left Arrow or Backspace
  5. Go forward a page: Alt/Option+Right Arrow, or Shift+Backspace
  6. Select an entire page: (ready to copy and paste) Ctrl/Cmd+A
  7. Copy selected text: Ctrl/Cmd+C
  8. Paste to new location: Ctrl/Cmd+V
  9. Select specific text with keyboard: Turn carat browsing on (F7)
  10. Refresh/reload page: F5 or Ctrl/Cmd+R
  11. Open New Tab: Ctrl/Cmd+T
  12. Switch between tabs: Ctrl/Cmd+Tab
  13. Select tab by position: Ctrl/Cmd+position (1 – 9)
  14. View Page Source: Ctrl/Cmd+U
  15. Find specific words on a page: Ctrl/Cmd F to open Quick Find Box (bottom left of screen).
  16. Print Page: Ctrl/Cmd+P
  17. Save Page: Ctrl/Cmd+S
  18. Increase text size: Ctrl/Cmd++
  19. Decrease text size: Ctrl/Cmd+-
  20. Clear Private data: Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Del
  21. Image Credit: Hack College