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  • mhisham 6:09 am on July 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Updates, Upgrades, wordpress   

    Upgrade to WordPress 2.6 in less than 2 minutes 

    The WordPress Automatic Upgrade plug-in is so useful that I had my WordPress-hosted site upgraded to version 2.6, from version 2.5.1 in less than 120 seconds!

    copied from WordPress web site, which makes no restrictions on the use of the logo

    copied from WordPress web site, which makes no restrictions on the use of the logo

    Added to that, the plugin page now is more organised in the sense that you can see what are the active plugins and the inactives.

    I am probably not my usual cautious self today somewhat. Usually I will wait a month or so before upgrading, so that all the kinks can be ironed out. This time though, I throw caution to the wind and decided to just upgrade it. I am pleased with the results. My plugins did not suffer; this may not be part of the upgrade result but I do feel that my site is loading up faster. This could only be a perceived opinion on my part, still. ;) – haha! such childish demeanours are normally left for juveniles, but oh well, I am feeling YOUNG today!

    So, people, have a go at the upgrade using the WordPress Automatic Plugin. It just makes upgrading so much easier.

    The WordPress Development Team have come up with a video to explain what you can find with Version 2.6. The versioning control in a GUI-like experience is a helpful tip.

    Sources:

     
  • mhisham 6:39 pm on May 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , live, msn, plugin, sitemap, wordpress, wpgeek,   

    The Importance of a Sitemap 

    I came across a great plugin that I already integrated into my website. Its Google XML Sitemaps Generator for WordPress. This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.

    Why do you need sitemap for your site/blog?
    A sitemap is often considered redundant in the process of building a website, and that is indeed the fact if you made a sitemap for the sake of having one. By highlighting the importance of having a well constructed sitemap, you will be able to tailor your own sitemap to suit your own needs.

    1) Navigation purposes

    A sitemap literally acts as a map of your site. If your visitors browses your site and gets lost between the thousands of pages on your site, they can always refer to your sitemap to see where they are, and navigate through your pages with the utmost ease.

    2) Conveying your site’s theme

    When your visitors load up your sitemap, they will get the gist of your site within a very short amount of time. There is no need to get the “big picture” of your site by reading through each page, and by doing that you will be saving your visitors’ time.

    3) Site optimization purposes

    When you create a sitemap, you are actually creating a single page which contains links to every single page on your site. Imagine what happens when search engine robots hit this page — they will follow the links on the sitemap and naturally every single page of your site gets indexed by search engines! It is also for this purpose that a link to the sitemap has to be placed prominently on the front page of your website.

    4) Organization and relevance

    A sitemap enables you to have a complete bird’s eye view of your site structure, and whenever you need to add new content or new sections, you will be able to take the existing hierarchy into consideration just by glancing at the sitemap. As a result, you will have a perfectly organized site with everything sorted according to their relevance.

    From the above reasons, it is most important to implement a sitemap for website projects with a considerable size. Through this way, you will be able to keep your website easily accesible and neatly organized for everyone.

    note: this blog has been copied entirely, with a small editing on my part from WPGEEK. Click on the link below for the actual posting with my request for permission to re-post on my site.

    http://www.wpgeek.com/2008/03/the-importance-of-a-sitemap/

     
    • WPGeek 7:23 pm on May 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, for linking back to my site. Btw, WPGEEK link at the bottom of the article is incorrect as it links here: http://mhisham.org/www.wpgeek.com I believe you forgot to add http:// at the begining of the link.

      Thank you,
      WPGeek

    • Admin 3:27 am on May 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi WPGeek,

      As commented on your blog, I have corrected the URL typo. Thanks again for permitting me to re-publish your entries.

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