Optimise your WordPress blog or site for search with a couple of plugins and the web tools provided by Google, Yahoo and LiveSearch. The All in One SEO Pack plugin for WordPress will let you manipulate the specific SEO content of your blog like page title, meta data and description. Defaults can be set in the admin area of the plugin on your dashboard and specific settings can be tweaked as you create or edit a post.
The other important plugin is the Google XML Sitemap Generator, which creates a nice sitemap for you. After installing this plugin you need to create the sitemap.xml and sitemap.xml.gz files in the root folder of your blog and change their permissions CHMOD 666. The easiest is to right-click on the files in your FTP client and change permissions under properties, 666 stands for Read and Write permission for Owner / Group / Others. For more information see the README.txt included with the plugin. Read more »
WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” has been released with a complete new interface, new features. Over 150 people have contributed code directly to this new release. Some of the new features are the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop , QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.
ITechLog.com is now using WP 2.7, it’s easy and very fast to use. The menu system has been redesigned and has been moved to the left hand side. It does have a Mac(ish) feel to it, but well no one is perfect… ;) The quick edit function is a great improvement, I had a plugin that did that before but to have it a built in out of the “zip” box is a great plus. Upgrading form the previous 2.6… was painless and my template works with no problems. Well done WordPress, another great release!
Check out the intro video on the official WordPress Blog.