How To Change or Remove Uncategorized Category

By default all your posts that are not categorized are automatically goes to “Uncategorized” category. Once you installed and setup a new WordPress, this category is already there. You cant also delete this category if you are not going to change the “Default Post Category” in your settings.

For instance might don’t want to show this category in your widget area where your post categories are. Im going to show you how easy to change and remove the Uncategorized category.

Change The Default Post Category

1. From website Dashboard, go to Settings and select Writing.
2. In Writing Page you can change the Default Post Category.
3. Select and assign a new category that you created and save the settings.

writing settings How To Change or Remove Uncategorized Category

Once you have change your default post category, all posts that are in the Uncategorized category before will automatically categorize in the new category you set.

Change or Remove “Uncategorized” Category

Now that you have your new category set for as default, this category is now editable. You can either change the category name or remove permanently.

How To Install Genesis Theme

Genesis is one of the popular WordPress Framework created by Studio Press that most people are using in terms of simplicity and its tons of features. It has a powerful features that can create excellent websites in WordPress. Im also using Genesis Theme created by Aaron Hartland, although there are a lot of Genesis Themes out there but I really like this one.

Now, what I have here in this blog post is I’m going to show you how to install Genesis or any Child Themes.

So first of all you need to have Genesis Framework and its available to download in Studio Press if you have an account or if you have purchase a theme there. But if you don’t have one you can have it here by downloading below.

Download Genesis Framework Here

You can update the theme once you installed it.

Free Genesis Child Themes By Studio Press

Now, one think to keep in mind that this child themes requires Genesis Framework. So again, you can download Genesis Framework provided above.

Installing Genesis Framework and Child Theme

1. Upload Genesis Framework first

Go to “Appearance” -> “Themes” -> navigate the zip file of the theme where you save it and upload the framework.

appearance How To Install Genesis Theme

upload How To Install Genesis Theme

2. Upload and activate the Child Theme

Just like uploading the Framework. Do the same thing, Go to “Appearance” -> “Themes” and upload the framework.

Make sure that the Child Theme is activated and not the Framework. That’s why its recommended to upload the Framework first before the Child Theme.

That’s it! You have now installed Genesis Theme in your WordPress website.

In my next blog post will cover more about the settings about Genesis Theme.

5 Reasons Why Web Designers Love WordPress

Website designers should hate content management systems such as WordPress because it has allowed hundreds of thousands of people to make their own websites instead of coming to web designers. But, there are a few benefits to having WordPress around if you are a web designer. Here are five reasons why web designers love WordPress.

1 – A lazy web designer can just use WordPress

Instead of doing all the programming needed to start from scratch, a web designer can just use a WordPress template, improve a few things and then use the web page HTML as a base for their own design. They can add more and more to it with the WordPress content management system or they can add in things manually. A designer can use the WordPress CMS all the way through from start to finish and then sell off the design.

Sometimes it does not even take a lazy web designer. A client may want a cheap website but may not want to do all the work, so the client hires a web designer to use WordPress to create a great looking website. This can be done for a lower price than if the web designer were to build the website from scratch.

2 – WordPress is open source

This means that the program itself can be changed. This means that a web designer can use adapt the program and then use it as his or her own personal design program. It is even possible to change it so much that the end user has no idea that WordPress has even been used. Plus, a designer may be able to invent his or her own plugins so as the make designing more personal and customized.

3 – WordPress has increased the value of web design services

The WordPress content management system is the most popular CMS on the Internet, and is responsible for a lot of websites on the net. This has meant that a lot of people have starting using CMS programs instead of using web designers. But, the use of WordPress by so many people has increased the value of web design services because so many websites now look the same and/or sub standard.

Just because people are able to make their own websites without needed programming experience does not mean they can create good websites. There are a lot of websites out there that look terrible, and a lot of them look very similar to each other. Having a website with web pages that have big margins to the right and left are common. In order to avoid having a poor looking website or looking like a website that was designed by CMS people have to go to web designers. This has helped push the value of professional web design up after it plummeted when CMS programs became so popular.

4 – WordPress has removed a lot of web design competition

WordPress is the most popular CMS and is the reason that a lot of web designers have gone out of business. The market was stuffed with web designers and then along came a CMS that made it hard for them to get work. There is now less work to be had in the web design field, but because so much competition has fallen off the radar it is easier to pick up clients. Plus, as mentioned in point 3, there are a lot of poor looking websites out there thanks to CMS programs, which is why more people now see the value in hiring a web designer to write a website from scratch.

5 – A web designer can make money through WordPress

A web designer may sell off his or her designs as templates, and may work on custom projects to write websites from scratch. A web designer may also make money by selling templates (themes) for WordPress. This means a web designer may increase the amount of products that he or she has for sale. Even if people do not want their design services, they may still want their WordPress themes.

There is also the fact that WordPress themes can be very search engine friendly, which is a good selling point for web designers to play on. They can include a lot of SEO elements into the themes they create so that they may sell off their themes for more. If the web designer is also a good programmer, then he or she may also be able to create and sell WordPress plugins.

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How To Setup No-Follow Attribute For Your Website Outbound Links

Last week, I received a message from Google via Webmaster Tools regarding Unnatural outbound links on my website. This may happen also for most of bloggers or website owners that uses Guest Blogging Network that been penalized by Google recently. Yes, its MyBlogGuest.com. A few days after, I received also several emails from different people asking to remove there links on their article posted on my blog, so I remove some.

Watch the video Matt Cutts explain what are Unnatural link from your website.

However, to fix my problem with unnatural outbound links I must delete all of them or or setup a no-follow attribute for all outbound links. In this article will show you how to do that using a plugin.

I use WP External Links plugin to solve my problem.

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you can find the plugin settings on the left side bar of your dashboard, its called External Links.

Under General Settings you have options to open external links on the same or new window, apply plugin setting on post/page content, widgets or comments. You can tick All contents to apply globally on your site.

general settings How To Setup No Follow Attribute For Your Website Outbound Links

Then with the SEO Settings, you can select Add “nofollow” (add “nofollow” to the “rel”-attribute of external links) or Add “external” (add “external” to the “rel”-attribute of external links). You can select both like I did also to my website.

seo settings How To Setup No Follow Attribute For Your Website Outbound Links

Also, this plugin has a feature of styles of your no follow icon.

style settings How To Setup No Follow Attribute For Your Website Outbound Links

You can leave other settings after that and your outbound or external links will show as no-follow.

Once you have done that or you are satisfied that your website is fixed with the problem emailed by Google about Unnatural links. You can submit a reconsideration request. Google will review your website and they will revoke the manual action if you have made some changes already.

How To Get Rid Of Numbers Showing In Your WordPress URL’s

URL Structure is also important for your blog or website. WordPress has a built it features which allows you to change your wordpress pages or posts URL, this is called Permalink Structure. The Permalink feature of WordPress can help you create SEO Friendly URL and user friendly as well. Showing some numbers in your URL’s is not SEO friendly and to users. In most cases it happen because your not able to provide a title for your blog post or page. In this article, I will show you how to get rid of that numbers in your WordPress URL’s.

Permalinks

If you are going to visit Settings > Permalinks there are different options how your URL will be structured if you publish a new content. It is highly recommended to use Post Name so it will be SEO and user friendly.

permalinks How To Get Rid Of Numbers Showing In Your WordPress URLs

After making some changes WordPress automatically change the URL’s base on your given title of your previous posts.

Edit Permalink of the Post

Even if you have set the permalinks to Post Name, posts that don’t have a title which are using some numbers in the URL will still remain. WordPress automatically use the Post ID as the URL. In order to take away the numbers simply edit the Permalink of the post found below of the Title.

custom slugs How To Get Rid Of Numbers Showing In Your WordPress URLs

Duplicate Page/Post Title

There are also some scenario that even if you removed the number from a particular post or page permalink, the number still showing. This is because you have duplicate title for post or pages.

http://websitename.com/contact-2/

In the sample URL above, you supposedly want to have the contact page URL to become /contact/ instead of the /contact-2/. Simply locate the duplicate pages that are using the same title or permalink and permanently remove one or just edit the permalink manually. If it does show even after you deleted one of them, you must permanently delete it from your Trash folder.

If hope this help you find the solutions how to get rid of the numbers showing in your WordPress URL’s.

Importing Posts or Pages From One Site To Another

Have you tried migrating your posts or pages from one site to another? In most cases you wanted to change or transfer your contents to a new domain and setup a redirection. Some WordPress users having a hard time of manually doing it, like copy and paste it into their new website. That’s really frustrating specially if there are hundreds or thousands of content that needs to be transferred. Some might need to hire a person to do it for them. That’s totally a waste of your time and your money.

In WordPress you can make a lot of things to make your work easier. You can use plugins or you can use built in tools of WordPress. In migrating your posts and pages from one site to another, you will be using WordPress built it tool and a plugin to make it work.

In your website dashboard you will find the “Tools” where “Import and Export “options are located.

import export Importing Posts or Pages From One Site To Another

Exporting the Content

The first thing that you have need to do is to export the posts or pages that you want to migrate to another website or domain. You will see an option of what you are going to export. Simply tick which one and hit “Download File”. It will download the xml file of the content you selected.

exporting Importing Posts or Pages From One Site To Another

Importing the Content

Now, go to the website where you want to import the content that you exported. You have two options  to use the importer plugin. You can download and install WordPress Importer here or you can click WordPress in Import page and popup will show for the plugin to install.

Once you have installed the Importer plugin, click “Run Importer” and upload the exported XML file and “Upload file and import”.

Assign Authors

Now you have to assign the author for the files to be published and click “Submit”.

assign authors Importing Posts or Pages From One Site To Another

All done! Now you can visit your website and refresh to see the imported content you have done.

How To Add Facebook Like Box On Your Website

Ok, this very very simple thing to do if you want to add some social plugins on your website. I’m going to show you how simple to add Facebook Like Box on your website. Well, there are many ways how to do this specially if you use any plugins if you are running a WordPress website. However, there are some instance that you are not able to use a WordPress plugin to make it work  if you are using other platforms. Some of them might have but there are platforms that you cant use any plugins or extensions and you have to do it manually.

So this is how it works. Follow this simple steps.

1. Go to Facebook Developer page and go to Social Plugin page and find “Like Box

social plugins How To Add Facebook Like Box On Your Website

As you can see there are other social plugins listed on that page such as Like Button, Share Button, Send Button etc. You can visit them also and learn how to implement them and add into your website. They have some instructions that you can use how to do it.

2. Now, pull your Fan Page URL and place it under “Facebook Page URL”. Once you have done that, it will load a few seconds for your Facebook Like Box preview.

facebook page option How To Add Facebook Like Box On Your Website

As you can see, there is an option for height and width. You can adjust the dimensions you want in order to fit anywhere on the site where you want to show it.

The Color Scheme – you have 2 options only, dark and light. Select which one you like.

And there are other options that you can do how you will show your like box on your website. You can show the friends faces , show posts, show header and show border, simply tick them out.

3. Get the code! Once you have done and decided how your Facebok Like Box will show in your website based on the preview. Hit “Get Code” and you will have different options how to implement them.

get code How To Add Facebook Like Box On Your Website

For you options how to use the code simply click which one you would like to use and it will show some instruction how to use the codes. But for very simple thing you can select “IFRAME” and place the code where you would like to show it.

We’re done!

How To Fix If WordPress Asking FTP Details To Install Plugins or Themes

If you are configuring a WordPress site and usually you can install some plugins or theme without any problem. However, there some instance that WordPress might ask you some FTP credential in order to install some plugins or themes, have you encountered that? If so I can share to you how to fix it. I do the same thing when Im setting up a WordPress site of my client and I have fixed it myself.

connection information How To Fix If WordPress Asking FTP Details To Install Plugins or Themes

WordPress ask you some FTP credentials because it cant access the directory of the files. It happens usually if the PHP is running as the apache user or mod_php or CGI than with the user that really owns your files in WordPress. Read more here.

Here’s the step by step process how to prevent WordPress asking your FTP credentials when installing plugins or themes.

First you need to do is to setup an FTP account pointing to your site. Make sure that you don’t have the same credentials with your WordPress installation.

Locate your wp-config file ans simply add your FTP credentials that you just created.

define( 'FTP_USER', 'username' );
define( 'FTP_PASS', 'password' );
define( 'FTP_HOST', 'ftp.example.org:21' );

Identify the username, password and host details above

Once you have done editing your wp-config with your FTP credentials, re-upload it again into your site directory and you are done.

Increase Site Speed: Images Compression

There are different ways how to improve your sites performance. Increasing your site load speed also has an impact with your site rankings. Some of site owners are not aware of that but if you know the importance of your site load speed, you will find a way how to do it.

Here, Im going to show you how to increase your site load speed by compressing all the images uploaded to your media library. Its very simple because we will be using a wordpress plugin called WP Smush.it.

1. You can download the WP Smush.it plugin here or you can go to your plugin page and search for the plugin.

2. Once downloaded or installed the plugin you can now configure the settings.

3. Go to Settings -> Media and make some changes you want.

wp smushit1 Increase Site Speed: Images Compression

4. You can lower the size of the thumbnail, medium and large images to compress the images.

5. You can smush the images also while uploading to your library and it will automatically adopt the settings you have done for the images size.

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If you are going to visit your images library, the reduced percentage for the images are shown . Thats how the plugin works and how it helps to improve your site load speed by compressing all of your  site images.

If you have any question regarding the plugin. Please feel free to contact us.

Understanding The New Paradigm in Keyword Use for SEO

SEO has changed and evolved over time. The practice today would be largely unrecognizable to Internet marketers of yesteryear. Much of that is due to the ways that Google’s focus has changed on what is acceptable in SEO and what’s not (and based on Google’s changes, all other search engines). One of the most important things to consider before you begin building a website is the new paradigm of keyword use for good search engine optimization. What should you know?

Platform Matters

Before we delve into what you should know about using keywords, let’s take a second to talk about platform. Once upon a time, it didn’t really matter how you put your content online, so long as you got something up. That’s changed today. In order to be successful, you have to give your visitors the impression that you’re legitimate. That means choosing the from high quality WordPress themes to create a professional, fully functional website.

Keyword Use

Now that we’ve got the platform note out of the way, let’s talk keywords. According to MOZ (once SEOmoz), domain-level keyword use now accounts for less than seven percent of your total online visibility score, while user, usage and traffic account for an additional eight percent of your score. It’s about thinking holistically, rather than just shoving keywords into your content willy-nilly. That worked in the past, but no longer. Today, you need to take a “natural use” approach. What does that mean?

Keyword density is the term used to describe how frequently a keyword appears within a certain amount of content. For instance, if you have a piece of content that’s 500 words long and your keyword appears 15 times in that amount, that’s a keyword density of three percent. Three percent doesn’t sound like very much, but when you look at the amount of content taken up with nothing but your keyword, it’s a surprisingly large amount. That increases when you use a keyword phrase (they can be up to three or four words long). A four-word keyword phrase used 15 times in a 500-word piece of content actually takes up 60 words. In other words, more than 10 percent of your content is nothing but repetitions of your keyword.

The Quality Consideration

The single largest factor in Google’s recent spate of changes is providing Internet users with quality content. Now, if your keyword takes up more than ten percent of your body text, do you really think that content is providing any value whatsoever to your readers? No, it’s just repetition of a phrase that gets less meaningful with each iteration. So, if you’re shooting for a high keywords density in an effort to make your website more visible to search engines, what you’re really doing is shooting yourself in the foot. Google will penalize you for producing low-quality content. It’s really as simple as that.

How to Boost Quality

So, if going with a higher keyword density in your website content isn’t going to help boost your search engine rankings, what should you do instead? Natural keyword use is the best option (it translates roughly to using the keyword/keyword phrase once per 100 words). This ensures that the keyword is present in your content, but that you’re actually providing real value to human visitors.

Of course, there are other considerations where content quality is concerned. Uniqueness and content value are also important metrics that you can’t afford to ignore (uniqueness is of paramount importance).

Creating website content purely for search engine visibility is no longer an option. Modern keyword use dictates that you follow a natural use policy, and improve your visibility through other methods.