Ooh! Shiny new site features added…

by Stephen Tall on January 6, 2012

I’ve been on holiday this week — what a relief not to be sat at a desk, staring at a screen all day… Instead, I’ve been sat on my sofa staring at a screen all day. Mostly doing productive stuff, but also messing around with this blog to add a few new features to the ones already added.

Let me introduce them to you…

First, I have a new Facebook page — for those who want simply to keep up with the RSS feed of the blog without feeling like they should have to be friends with me. You can ‘Like’ it here.

And then I’ve installed a few site plug-ins to juice things up a notch. First, there’s the SEO site hygiene stuff:

  • Broken Link Checker for WordPress — identifies moribund weblinks in old posts so you can automatically remove the html; this apparently improves your site’s SEO as well as stopping your readers getting annoyed by clicking on dead links.
  • cbnet Ping Optimizer — this (and I’m relying on the plug-in blurb here) apparently stops my site pinging unnecessarily, which I understand to be a Good Thing to stop.
  • Google XML Sitemaps — so apparently I should have, like, added this ages ago if I had any sort of a clue about SEO. Anyway, I’ve done it now, and that means this site is now generating an XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap that’s supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. Woo, and indeed Hoo.
  • SEO Auto Links & Related Posts — so this one “will automatically convert post title, meta keywords, and post tags found inside the blog posts into an internal link”, and also auto-generates the nifty related posts stuff at the foot of this post.
  • SEO No Duplicate — “This plugin helps you manage your search engine duplicate content, by setting your post page’s canonical to the permalink.” ‘Nuff said.

But then there’s the features that got me excited (really):

  • Sharebar — see that roving bar of link-sharing-love on the left-hand side of the page? This plug-in did that. And I customised it to show only those social media I actually use.
  • Subscribe to Comments Reloaded — readers who comment on the blog can now opt-in to be notified of follow-up comments, but at least as usefully can then manage their own subscription, unsubscribing to certain posts or suspending all notifications if it gets just too annoying.
  • What Would Seth Godin Do? — fantastically named plug-in (after this guy, in case you were wondering) that should ensure you receive a lovely, personalised welcome message from me the first five times you visit this site, with the option to subscribe to my RSS feed, ‘Like’ me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.
  • WordPress Database Backup — boring but essential: I’ve finally got round to backing up the site, and will now have back-ups automatically emailed to me on a fortnightly basis.

So there you have it, my all-new shiny site features. Because that’s just how I roll when I’m on holiday, folks.