If you have a WordPress blog and you don’t already have WordPress Stats installed, do so now and activate your Jetpack configuration while you are at it. WordPress Stats give a great insight into your blogs performance.
What you get with WordPress Stats…
- The past days traffic
- Recent search queries
- Top Posts clicked
- plus Incoming and OutGoing Links
You can get all this with tools like Google Analytics but if you run a blog on a static site its handy to know how the blog section is performing via this easy to use centralized tool.
WordPress Stats on ShaneMcDonald.org
I was able to see that June 21st 2010 was the busiest day on my blog with the blog post iPhone iOS4 Released Today – What Time GMT will iOS4 be released for Ireland and UK?? getting 485 hits on that day and the overall blog getting 889 hits that day.
The top 5 keywords on this site in the past 30 days are
iphone safari frozen , 353 hits
safari frozen on iPhone , 168 hits
ipod safari frozen , 114 hits
iphone 4 safari frozen , 71 hits
flight radar , 24 hits
The best month this year for the blog section of my site was June and July which raked in 7,400 page views per month.
What all these stats mean for your blog?
Analysing your web stats can help with your overall SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) as you can link words as anchor phrase keywords to posts or static pages which relate to that phrase. So if you are selling iPhones and you have a static page on your site with the latest iPhone5 models for sale, you could write a blog post discussing the merits and new features of the Latest iPhone5 which you have for sale and then link the word iPhone5 to the static page. By then monitoring the performance of the your website stats (both WordPress Stats and Google Analytics) you can see how well your post is performing and further tweaking may be required in order to get your page or blog post into the top 5 on Google or other search engines.
There is no point in having a site if you don’t check in monthly (or more often) to see how the performance of your site is doing. If things drop of a small bit it may simply the cyclic nature of your sector. If things drop off big time there may be a serious issue with your site e.g. you have been blacklisted or a section of your site may be hacked. Stats Programs allow you to check in and see how the site is doing and WordPress Stats is ideal if you have a WordPress Blog.
Where can I get WordPress Stats?
Visit wordpress.com and search for WordPress Stats. JetPack and a WordPress account will be required – all of which are free. Enjoy!
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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.
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.
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.
If 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
* 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.