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How to set Dunstan Error page for 404 Page not found?

Posted by Madhurie Singh on September 24, 2009

In order to activate the Dunstan-style Error Page plugin, I needed the API code.

How to get API code – wordpress?

There in Settings >>> Error Page >>> Enter the API code

Now my Dunstan-style Error Page is working.

But somehow its working only for 3 blogs!

Why on earth its not working for the 4th blog :(.

Ok I Found the culprit!!!!!!!!

Dunstan Error 404 works only with Permalinks setting  with “Index” i.e.    /index.php/%year%/%postname%/

No other permalinks setting will work for Dunstan 404 error page!

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How to get API code for wordpress.org?

Posted by Madhurie Singh on September 24, 2009

In order to activate the Dunstan-style Error Page plugin, I needed the API code.

Now I tried looking for API code in my admin page under Profile page but I did not get anything.

SO I went back to my wordpress.com blog not wordpress.org. If I did not have the blog in wordpress.com, I would have to create a blog only for the sake of the API code. How strange?

So I login to my wordpress.com blog.

There in the top left hand corner I found     My Account >>Profile >> API code 🙂

I copied that API code and again went to the admin page of my wordpress.org blog.

There in Settings >>> Error Page >>> Enter the API code

Now my Dunstan-style Error Page is working.

But somehow its working only for 3 blogs!

Why on earth its not working for the 4th blog :(.

Ok I Found the culprit!!!!!!!!

Dunstan Error 404 works only with Permalinks setting  with “Index” i.e.    /index.php/%year%/%postname%/

No other permalinks setting will work for Dunstan 404 error page!

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Code for RSS, Technorati, Digg, Del-ic-ious, subscribe, email for wordpress.

Posted by Madhurie Singh on September 15, 2009

All websites must have at least a single point contact with the site content.

I wanted to add various ways to allow people reading my posts to be in touch with the content and possibly allow them to subscribe to the new posts, comments in general.

I tried a lot but did not fine one single place where I could get all my requirements. Hence this post. 🙂

I am pasting the code for all the means that readers use to get linked to my site.

1. BOOKMARK

Bookmark and Share
<!– AddThis Button END –> <!– AddThis Button BEGIN –> <div><a href=”http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&amp;pub=madhuriesingh&#8221; title=”Bookmark and Share” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/lg-bookmark-en.gif&#8221; width=”125″ height=”16″ alt=”Bookmark and Share”></a></div> <!– AddThis Button END –>

2. Technorati

Add to Technorati Favorites

<!– AddThis Button BEGIN –><a href=”http://technorati.com/faves?sub=addfavbtn&amp;add=http://www.madhuriesingh.com”><img src=”http://static.technorati.com/pix/fave/tech-fav-1.png&#8221; alt=”Add to Technorati Favorites” /></a><!– AddThis Button END –>

3. DIGG

Digg!

<!– AddThis Button BEGIN –><a href=”http://digg.com/”&gt; <img src=”http://digg.com/img/badges/100×20-digg-button.gif&#8221; alt=”Digg!” width=”100″ height=”20″ /> </a><!– AddThis Button END –>

4. RSS SETTINGS

for subscribing to posts, comments through RSS select Yes for all options.

Select Yes for Subscription By Email, and type Subscription by Email in title.

Write YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID without any space in the the box for feedburner id.

To get my FeedBurner id. I went to http://www.feedburner.com. Created a google id, login and went to my feeds. Entered the site name for which I wanted a feedburner id. And followed the instructions. There I get my feedburner id.

5. Download Plugin ZIP file for Feedburner Feedsmith from this link

http://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?answer=78483&topic=13252

And download the zip file to extract FeedBurner_FeedSmith_Plugin.php file
upload it in plugins site and from admin site activate this plugin FeedSmith.

6. Google icon RSS

<a href=”http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID”><img style=”border:0;” src=”http://buttons.googlesyndication.com/fusion/add.gif&#8221; alt=”” width=”104″ height=”17″ /></a>

7. MY YAHOO

<a title=”Madhurie Singh . Com” href=”http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID”><img src=”http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/my/addtomyyahoo4.gif&#8221; alt=”” /></a>

8. NEWSGATOR

Subscribe in NewsGator  Online

<a title=”Madhurie Singh . Com” href=”http://www.newsgator.com/ngs/subscriber/subext.aspx?url=http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID”><img src=”http://www.newsgator.com/images/ngsub1.gif&#8221; alt=”Subscribe in NewsGator Online” /></a>

9. SEND to PHONE

<a href=”http://www.plusmo.com/add?url=http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID”><img src=”http://plusmo.com/res/graphics/fbplusmo.gif&#8221; alt=”” /></a>

10. Free Dictionary

Add to The Free Dictionary

<a title=”Add to The Free Dictionary” href=”http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/hp/AddRSS.aspx?http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID”><img src=”http://img.tfd.com/hp/addToTheFreeDictionary.gif&#8221; border=”0″ alt=”Add to The Free Dictionary” width=”91″ /></a>

11. RSS ICON for SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL


powered by feedburner

<a rel=”alternate” href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURSITEFEEDBURNERID”><img src=”http://www.feedburner.com/fb/images/pub/feed-icon32x32.png&#8221; alt=”” /></a> &lt; powered by feedburner

2. Thank Feedburner

I heart FeedBurner

<a href=”http://www.feedburner.com&#8221; target=”_blank”><img src=”http://www.feedburner.com/fb/images/pub/i_heart_fb.gif&#8221; alt=”I heart FeedBurner” /></a>

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Is it better to install WordPress in Root or Sub Directory?

Posted by Madhurie Singh on September 1, 2009

I am a bit confused on whether to install wordpress in the root directory or in a subdirectory under root?

http://www.techcounter.com/wordpress/install-wordpress-files-to-a-subdirectory-but-run-your-blog-off-the-root-directory/
This is an excellent site that solved my dilemma and confusion.

I really want to install my wordpress in a subdirectory, simply because, I have future plans to install more blogs under the same root directory of my domain. But if I install in wordpress in the root directory http://www.madhuriesingh.com, I will have a clutter of several directories and I am sure I will mess my web life worse than a fly caught in the spider’s web.
SO I am gonna create a separate sub directory for my wordpress installation under Root directory. I will call this say “only4kid”. Now this will have path name as http://www.madhuriesingh.com/only4kids/

Now if I go by the normal rule, anyone who wants to goto my website has to type “www.madhuriesingh.com/only4kid ! Naah! This is bad. Why will anyone want to remember or type so many words to reach my site. Unless it’s popped up by the search engines!

I want people to remember only one thing, and that is my name, which is my site name.

So the solution is to go change the path address for accessing the data and
to change the path address that readers will be typing to access the data in my site.
Confused?

Ok let me simplify this.

I live in a house, where my hubby and my two kids also live. We have a separate room to each of us. But when we give our address to anyone, we give the address of our flat. We do not mention which room 🙂
But when they reach our home, we direct them to the exact room they should go, to meet the right person!

So even if I give my site address as http://www.madhuriesingh.com, I will have to direct my readers to the path address http://www.madhuriesingh.com/only4kid/ 🙂

Now let’s see, how this is possible in WordPress.

Say I have already created a database called Only4Kid in the Root directory /root of my domain on the server provided by BlueHost, while running SimpleScripts for wordpress.
I log into my website, http://www.madhuriesingh.com/Only4Kid. Then I log into the admin page of my site.
I reach http://www.madhuriesingh.com/only4Kid/wp-admin/ .
Goto Settings > General
Make WordPress Address as http://www.madhuriesingh.com/Only4Kid
Blog Address as http://www.madhuriesingh.com
wordpress installed in subdirectory

Now I will save these settings.
I saw my site and got scared! 😦 It’s showing big error message. But that’s ok, it’s suppose to show error, since the site is pointing to wrong path. :p

SO I need to set the path of the wordpress database right, before any other step.
At any point of time, when I have goofed up royally knowingly, all I do is go back to my SimpleScripts and install wordpress database again. But before that I make sure to delete the database and directories created by the last installation. An advice to all new comers. Always keep snapshots of all the your work step by step.
The exact steps to change and move the wordpress from root to subdirectory will be posted in another post.
At this point of time, there are some other basic things that I need to experiment and set up.

A few sites that googled as a result of my search to move wordpress, to sub directory.
http://educhalk.org/blog/?tag=change-url This is the best and I am gonna follow this site.

http://mu.wordpress.org/forums/topic/9542
http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory
http://www.corvidworks.com/articles/giving-wordpress-its-own-directory
http://samdevol.com/wordpress-troubleshooting-finished-installation-and-it-doesnt-work/
http://www.dailyblogtips.com/always-install-wordpress-on-the-root-directory/
http://www.bizquarium.com/install-wordpress-subdirectory
http://techblog.touchbasic.com/html/single-unified-login-for-multiple-wordpress-2-8-installs-in-subdirectories-using-cookies/
http://blogging.seocompany.ca/wordpress/how-to-setup-a-blog-using-wordpress/

http://www.searchforblogging.com/

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How to add a pop up!

Posted by Madhurie Singh on September 1, 2009

I am keen to get the traffic to my site converted into dedicated readership. One good way to do this by making the readers subscribe to the posts through email. Also that ensures a niche databank.

I do have other ways already incorporated in my blog, but I am not sure how many are actually following my blog. One sure way to have hard data generated to keep track of the traffic is by getting people to register via subscription form. I am not too keen on making people share all their demographic details, but I would love to get them registered. SO a pop up is a great idea to get them to sign up, with just their name and email address. I know how I detest pop ups that ask for more than email addresses. Also if a pop up pops more than two times, I close that site once and for all!

So I am first gonna try this feature for free.
A good site that I stumbled upon is http://www.maxblogpress.com/plugins/mup/
http://www.maxblogpress.com/plugins/mofa/
http://www.slipfire.com/creating-a-lightbox-subscription-form-in-wordpress-39.htm

Now I can see they offer this free stuff only for 10 days. SO I will not use this as of now. I would prefer to make use of it later when I am launching my site. 🙂

Well, that means I still have look for this usable free feature.
I am aware of http://www.sapha.com which is free with Bluehost package. This site offers excellent contact form which can be added anywhere in the site. I will come back to this site, later when I am actually incorporating the contact form.
But what I am interested is in a pop up, for any purpose.
Some of the sites I copied from the google search result which will be reviewed by me later on are :
http://roshanbh.com.np/ ( I really liked this site, seems very professional and knowledgeable)
http://granades.com/simple-popup-images/
http://www.profitblogger.com/wordpress-pop-up-plugin-for-explosive-marketing/
http://maketecheasier.com/wordpress-plugins/wordpress-popup-scheduler
http://blogtactics.com/how-to-add-a-newsletter-optin-subscription-form-to-your-wordpress-blog/

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How to select a good website name?

Posted by Madhurie Singh on August 31, 2009

This is an important step for any website.

The site name will be the first introduction to my site. So it better be something that follows a few naming rules which should be logical.

1: Site name must reflect the content, in very wide angle.
Well, when I started blogging under my own name, which is the most common thing to do, I did not have any particular topic in my mine. I just started writing on things which mattered to me. Later when I looked back, I realized my passion was in my kids and in providing the best stuff in the world. For me, best meant well researched product that was worth every penny and provided what the claims were for the product. So unconsciously, I started comparing brands, reviewing schools and thought of sharing them with other parents. Now since I had not paid any attention to the name then, the search engines have today linked my name with schools in pune and with products for kids which have honest reviews. So it was ok for me to lend my name to my site.
But there is a limitation. I will have to continue making my name spread around so that the spiders that are crawling on the net keep noting it down. Now that’s an unnecessary headache, that I might have to deal with. So another way to handle this is to make my post headings very prominent and easily searchable.
Since, spiders now rely more on the content than the website name, I will keep the site name as my name.

2: Keep is short. It’s the guru mantra for all fundamentals. Easy to remember, easy to share, easy write…

3: Most commonly searched words combination. There are good sites which offer the service of providing the number of times a word has been searched in the recent past.
I never went for these fancy stuff. I did something out of commonsense. I gave google search for a the words I was interested in. Then I made a list of relevant words and the number of search results for each. I repeated this for 4 search engines. Google, Yahoo, Lycos, Ask. Then made a combination of such high paged words for my sub heading and posts titles.
Frankly, most of the time, I just wrote the titles, that I would search for in google.
Like for my type of content some of the high ranking words are Kids, Schools, Parenting, Indian, Reviews.
I am going make use of these words consciously in my content. Actually, even if I did not do this exercise, I would still be using these words in my posts. So the moral of the story is, write the content genuinely from the heart. The spiders will be forced to pick my posts whenever they see what is related to school, kids, products for kids and honest reviews. 🙂

4: I have kept a notepad file open, whenever a new name clicks in my mind, I jot it down. Then when I have a few handful, I open my Host site http://www.bluehost.com and start to find if these domain names are available or not. Then I keep only those which are not yet registered.
Important observation of mine: Never search for the site name in a search engine, too many times. Some smart guy will be keeping track of these searches and register them, even before I do. So use the hosting services only, as they want these names to be available to be registered and not blocked.

5: No more rules 🙂 use the logical mind and choose with the emotional mind.
6: My site name http://www.madhuriesingh.com

Had I not selected this, it would be probably Reviews4Kids or honestreviews. But both were already registered. So no worries, my name is well picked by all search engines 🙂

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