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I have had this blog for about 6 months, and decided that it was time for a change. While the Oriental theme by Pure Essence served me well, I decided it was time for a fresh new look. I really like this Floral Green 1.0 theme courtesy of Great WordPress Themes, although I’m still getting a few of the kinks worked out. Perhaps this will motivate me to blog more often than I have been. It is really amazing at the amount of free WordPress themes out there. A person could search for days. I think this theme will do well for me for months to come.
Isn’t every WordPress blogger required at some point to write a post about their favorite WordPress plugins? Perhaps the title of this post is a bit of an overstatement but these are my favorite WP plugins that I use on a regular basis.
- Contact Form 7 This is a very simple and flexible contact form.
- Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu An extremely useful admin plugin. It puts all of the admin options in a handy dropdown.
- Secure WordPress Helps secure a site from hackers.
- WordPress Automatic Upgrade This plugin is a lifesaver, plugins can be automatically updated with the click of a button.
- WordPress Mobile Edition A very simple plugin for making a blog mobile friendly. Be sure to read the readme since the installation is slightly different than a regular plugin.
- WP Decoratr Pulls Creative Commons pictures from Flickr based on keywords in a post. Pictures can be inserted simply by selecting them.
- Subscribe To Comments Adds a checkbox to comments that allows commenting users to subscribe to the comment thread.
- All in One SEO Pack Makes your blog more SEO friendly by optimizing titles and meta tags. It is also customizable.
Download and try out some of these plugins if you haven’t already. The thing I love about WordPress is that someone has developed a plugin to do just about anything you can think of.
I think the mobile market is vastly under served by web sites. I am constantly amazed at how many web sites do not have a mobile optimized site. There are so many people using their phones to surf the web these days that one would think more sites would cater to them. A 2008 Nielsen survey reported an estimated 40 million mobile internet users in the United States alone. With the popularity of smartphones such as the iPhone, these numbers are sure to climb. The big dogs such as Google and Yahoo have very mobile friendly sites. I personally use my Treo 755p smartphone a lot and it is very frustrating to try to access sites that aren’t mobile friendly. Many times it is as simple as optimizing a few stylesheets to make a site more mobile friendly.
If you use WordPress as your blogging platform, there is a handy plugin that I ran across that makes optimizing your blog for mobile viewing a snap. The plugin is Alex King’s WordPress Mobile Edition and it is extremely easy to implement. It is slightly different from installing many plugins because you have to put a file in your themes directory and also activiate the plugin. The following directions are also included in the readme that comes with the plugin:
2. Put the wp-mobile.php file in your wp-content/plugins directory
3. Put the wp-mobile directory in your wp-content/themes directory
4. Activate the WordPress Mobile Edition plugin within your WordPress admin plugins page
5. Presto! Your site is now mobile friendly.
The plugin basically just strips off all of the graphics and makes the blog text only. It is a very nice plugin and something any WordPress user should use. It is always annoying to me when I look at blogs on my phone and they take a long time to load. All I want to see is the text and a lot of unceccesary files load with it.