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May 5 11

Top 3 WordPress Plug-ins for SEO

by Ryan Pestano

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the most important things you should consider when building out your website. Using WordPress as your platform let’s you easily accomplish this through a combination of your chosen theme and plug-ins.

A quick word on WordPress themes and SEO – make sure to choose a SEO friendly theme, one that has clean and valid code. Most WordPress themes will say if they are SEO friendly.

Now, on to my top 3 picks of plug-ins for SEO. read more…

Sep 15 10

Quick Tip! WordPress on 1and1 Hosting Plans

by Ryan Pestano

You may have encountered some problems with WordPress if you have 1 and 1 as your web hosting company. By default the 1 and 1 servers process files with a .php extension as PHP 4. WordPress is compatible with PHP 4 but, I have encountered some plugins that require PHP 5 such as Statpress Reloaded.

To have .php files processed as PHP 5 by default on 1 and 1 you will have to edit the .htaccess file by adding the line below: read more…

Sep 15 10

Relaunch with WordPress 3.0

by Ryan Pestano

I have been using WordPress for over a year now and have deployed it for multiple websites and blogs. I’m finally getting around to my own blog. I have updated to WordPress 3.0.1 and am really looking forward to playing with all the new goodies and features that come with this upgrade.

I will be starting from scratch with WordPress 3.0 starting with using the default themes. I intend to do a series of posts on WordPress itself as well as extending it with various themes and plug-ins. I will start with extending the new default 2010 theme and hopefully end with my own WordPress plug-in. I will make the files available if you wan to try it yourself.

Stay tuned.

Apr 13 09

Starting Your Own Blog | Part 2

by Ryan Pestano

In Part 1, you registered a domain name and changed DNS server settings. Now you’ll be uploading WordPress and configuring it to get your blog up and running.

Download WordPress

First you will need to download the WordPress zip file from The current version is 2.7.1 at the time of this writing. Once finished you’ll want to unzip the file to a folder on your computer. read more…

Mar 31 09

Starting Your Own Blog | Part 1

by Ryan Pestano

I’ve been asked by several people recently on how they can start their own website on the cheap.  Digging in a little deeper it usually turns out that a blog would meet most of their needs. This is the first of a multi-part series on how to start your very own blog using my favorite blogging software WordPress.

You have two options when starting your own blog. read more…

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