Category: Web Development

Advantages of Using WordPress to Power Your Website

Not many things in life are free, and still priceless. WordPress is one such tool that not only comes for free, but is also the best thing that has happened to internet entrepreneurs. WordPress is one tool that enables you to have an attractive, content-rich website in just a few clicks.

Here’s a look at the top 5 reasons why you should WordPress as the tool to power your website:

1. It’s free – Yes, it’s free and it also offers users a comprehensive library of website themes. It is also easily customizable according to your needs.

However, even if it is not very difficult to implement WordPress to a website, it does require considerable amount of time. You may also need to do some research and tweaking to get it all done just the way you want it. This is why; if you want to give a professional look to your WordPress website and get it customized as per your requirements, it is best to hire the services of an experienced WordPress professional.

Professional developers through their experience and knowledge will incorporate the best features on your website and give it the visual appeal it requires to hold the attention of your online customers.

2. It’s easy to edit – Making minor changes, such as adding text, images, etc in a WordPress powered website is easy and simple. If you are comfortable using Microsoft Word, you will have no problem in making minor changes to your website on your own.

3. You can edit your website from anywhere – The tool not only makes it easy for you to create a new website, it also makes editing the website a very simple task. Further, you can add new content or make other changes to your website from almost anywhere in the World. To edit a WordPress powered website, all you need is an internet connection and a web browser.

4. You can add a website Plugin through a simple ‘4 step’ process – Another distinct advantage of using WordPress is that it allows you to add any desirable functionality to your website through a simple and easy-to-perform ‘4 step process’.

Browse through the WordPress database, which contains more than 8000 plugins, to select the plugins you want to add to your website. In addition to the plugins present in the database, the tool also supports many other popular plugins available on the Internet.

The process of adding a plugin to your website is quite simple. All you need to do is – (1) locate the plugin you want to upload, (2) download the plugin to your desktop, (3) unzip the plugin file, and (4) upload the plugin to the appropriate directory on your website.

5. Makes optimizing search engine results easy – It’s not only internet entrepreneurs who love WordPress; Google too seems to love this free software. Various researches show that on Google WordPress-powered websites enjoy a higher ranking than websites build using other platforms.

Although WordPress alone will not get your website optimum search engine results, a combination of smart search engine optimization techniques and WordPress can help you achieve better search engine results faster than anything.

If you want to build an attractive website with all the advanced features, then there is only one software that you can trust, and, that is WordPress.

How to Add Facebook Like Button to WordPress and Thesis Website

Earlier this week Facebook added some features to make the web experience even more social. Saw a post on How to Add the Facebook Like Button to Hybrid by Patrick Daly so I thought I’d add this to my WordPress sites.

To install it on to WordPress, add this code to the single.php file

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=true&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;font=verdana&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:px"></iframe>

To install it on a Thesis Theme WordPress site, you need to have the Thesis OpenHooks plugin installed. Add this code in the After Post box on OpenHooks. Make sure you to include the php code if you want it to just show up after your blog posts. Adding just the <iframe> code would show the Facebook Like button on every page.

<?php if (is_single()) { ?>
<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=true&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;font=verdana&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:px"></iframe>
<?php } ?>

Got a Website – Make Sure You Update Those Copyright Notices

Not changing the copyright date on your website’s footer won’t get you in trouble with the law. However, it gives an impression that your site is not up-to-date. Placing a copyright notice is still advisable to deter potential plagiarists and stake your claim.

I also understand that, depending on how your sites are coded, it could be tedious work just to update the year. I know, I still see sites showing “Copyright © 2007″ on the footer. You’re planning on keeping your site for a couple more years, right? Why not just do yourself a favor and automate it. That’s one less thing for you to worry about.

Since you’re gonna have to chage it to show 2010, why not insert a code snippet to do it for you every year. As long as your server’s internal clock is correct, it will be showing the correct year.

PHP:
<?php echo date(“Y”); ?>

JAVASCRIPT:
<script type=”text/javascript”>
var d = new Date()
document.write(d.getFullYear())
</script>

ASP.NET:
< %Response.Write(System.DateTime.Now.Year.ToString());%>

ASP:
< %response.write(”Current Year: “&Year(Date))%>