WordPress 3.0 is available ! Update now !

WordPress 3.0 is now available for download with tons of exiting new features.

Watch the video from WordPress below on what has been added in the new WordPress release.

A Brief rundown on the features of WordPress 3.0 include New menus, new designs, better posting, nice default wordpress template called Twenty Ten, customistion of the Twenty Ten template, creation of short links, bulk plugin upgrades, huge revamp of the WordPress API, and much more.

You can get the full list of what’s changed in WordPress 3.0 at http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3.0

WordPress 3.0 is available for download from http://wordpress.org/download/ or you can upgrade WordPress to version 3.0 automatically from your control panel dashboard.

Happy Blogging!

How to Install WordPress : Installing WordPress

WordPress Blogging software is one of the best and one of the easiest to Install and Setup.
This is a basic guide to installing WordPress.

This is a very quick guide to installing WordPress is aimed at those who already have a working knowledge of concepts such as FTP, Config Files, MySQL Databases and have access to their own web server. This WordPress Install Guide is guided towards Apache servers running on Linux with PHP installed and a MySQL Database available.  For version 2.9.2 (version available at time of writing this install guide) the minimum requirements for installation are PHP version 4.3 or greater and a  MySQL database version 4.1.2 or greater. If you are unsure contact your website hosting company or check your control panel (e.g. cPanel). You will also need FTP Access to your web server and FTP Software – I recommend FireFTP which is a FireFox Plugin and is quite a good FTP Client.

Step 1 : Download WordPress & Extract WordPress on your PC

WordPress is Free and you can download it at http://wordpress.org/download/

The software downloads as a compressed ZIP file and is about 2.2Mb which would take under a minute on decent broadband.

Once Downloaded, you can extract this on your PC. Depending on your PCs setup you can usually right click on the zip file and select “Extract Here…” – a folder should then appear with all the source code in the root directory and 3 subfolders.

Step 2 : Upload your WordPress code to your webserver

Next you need to connect to your web server by FTP.

Usually you will be brought into / or if you are lucky /public_html/

The /public_html/ directory is where your homepage’s files are located – if you want your blog to be your homepage you can install the software here – Be warned if you already have content in this directory overwriting it could stop your current site from working.

However if you want to have www.yourdomain.com/blog then create a folder called “blog” in /public_html , and upload the code into that directory. You can call the directory anything – but if you are writing about for example Social Media, a good address would be /social-media-blog/ giving you keywords in your web address (always try use keywords in your web address)

Uploading the code to the server could take up to 10 minutes. Only when your files have been uploaded , visit the web address where you installed your blog, e.g. www.yourdomain.com/blog

If everything was uploaded correctly, you will be presented with a screen telling you that you have to create a configuration file – click the button to create your WordPress config file on-line.

Step 3 : Config – Setting up the WordPress Configuration File

You will be asked for the following;

– Database Name   … This is the name of the database which you want to link to
– Database Username … This is the username for your WordPress database
– Database Password … This is the password for the database you wish to use fro WordPress
– Database Host … usually localhost but some hosting providers may differ
– Table Prefix … set to wp_ but you can change this if you wish for security.

If you have entered the details correctly you will then be able to run the Install Script – click the button to start Installing WordPress.

Step 4 : Final Parts of Installing WordPress

For this next step you will be asked for the following;

– The Blog Title, e.g. “My First Blog” or “Shanes World of Social Media and Blogging”
– Your Email – as administrator you will be notified of major events on the blog
– All blog to appear on search engines – Make sure you tick this box so that the WordPress Blog notifies search engines when you post new content.

Click Install

You will then get a username of admin and a cryptic password.
Very important that you now copy this password (ensure it is copied) and click  Log In.

Log in as admin with the password you got above.

Thats it – Installing WordPress is finished … Congratulations you now have a WordPress Blog installed.

I hope to extend this install guide to cover how to add plug-ins and themes in the future.

WordPress iPhone App – The ideal iPhone App for Blog Owners

WordPress iPhone App – The ideal iPhone App for Blog Owners

FrontPage of WordPress iPhone AppIf you run a WordPress blog and you have an iPhone (or indeed an iPod Touch) then the WordPress iPod App is for you.

You can run multiple blogs using the same App. There was a previous version of the WordPress App but if you had this old version WordPress for iPhone 2 or 2.1 won’t automatically update the old app to 2.0.

The new WordPress App has a better user interface overhaul, some improvements to the software, some bug fixes, as well as some requests.

The WordPress App 2.0 and 2.1 allows you to add and update your posts and blog pages.
The updates in the 2.0 / 2.1 version of the app are.
* A better user interface making it easy to view comments, posts, and pages with a brand new comments interface
* Posts are automatically saved and restored if network connection is lost during publishing
* The WordPress App re-opens in the blog you last used
* You can manually enter the XMLRPC endpoint for non-standard setups – other XML issues resolved.
* Fixed edge case where local drafts were sometimes not saved WordPress App Posts Page
* Fixed the order of photos so that they’re displayed in the order they’re uploaded
* A post or page can be deleted by swiping across its title in the Posts or Pages list
* People who made comments, their email addresses are now visible
* Fixes for the link helper, errors in using the more tag, Comments section and URL issues.

The benefit of this great App is that you can compose a few blog entries even without WiFi or 3G connection. As soon as you have connection you can just hit the post button and update to your hearts content.
You can Download the WordPress iPod App from the iTunes App Store.

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to Everyone who visits the shanemcdonald.ie site and all the best for 2008.

The website is getting approx 6,000 pageviews per say and about 1,900 unique visitors per day. I hope to add some new content in 2008.
The Blog is something I am only adding to every so often – the main focus will be on the website.

Welcome !

Welcome to ShaneMcDonald.ie

The Original Post…
I found some handy scripts on the server and said I would try them out, one of these was , you guessed it, a blog … so I wanted to have a go at running a blog. This was my first blog post on ShaneMcDonald dot org which later moved to a dot i.e. address at ShaneMcDonald dot ie.

Not much to add for now but I hope to launch this Blog soon !

As I write this post I am adding the features and widgets which make up the blog, and I also hope to re-style the main site before this is actually launched…. check back soon !

The back-story of ShaneMcDonald.ie

Back in 1997 I started a college website, in 1999 I move the site to an eircom.net account and then eventually in 2001 I moved it to shanemcdonald.org. The website grew and grew with new content. I had a travel website there for a while, I added a Queen fan site, a music information section, and eventually a blog, this blog. I realised around 2012 that the mobile requirements of Google was not doing my site any SEO favours. I ignored this burning SEO issue for a few years and eventually in 2017 I moved the whole site to shanemcdonald.ie.

Link Juice and 301 Redirects

Because 301 redirects don’t pass on their link juice, from an SEO perspective, my traffic on shanemcdonald.ie dropped from 2,100 users per day way down to 300. I am growing this slowly but surely now as I move content from my other sites and ensure that all the content I have is fully SEO optimised. But this is a great lesson in site structure and content. Ensure you have planned everything first before setting up your site. Back in 2012 I should have done all this, as I would have had 5 years more SEO and link building behind the content. I now have a lot of work to do in order to get shanemcdonald.ie into the higher traffic rankings where once it was….



This is an old post which was originally on my old shanemcdonald.org site and now resides here on shanemcdonald.ie