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  • lcrisler

    #5167

    This is the best theme I’ve ever used on any incarnation of my website, and I’ve been a WordPress geek since at least 2007. I write horror and science fiction stories, and blog and network socially from my site.

    http://lincolncrisler.info

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #30915

    Interesting. Your header image is HUGE! I never thought I would like one that big, but it works for you.

    Your Facebook fan page is still in the works?

    Anonymous

    #30916

    @lcrisler,

    I think it is better to use friendly URLs. You may want to change the URL system under WP Options to reflect the title of the page.

    lcrisler

    #30917

    I recently upgraded to the larger image, Kenneth. The one I used for over a year was about half that height–but I wanted something different, without modding the whole site or changing themes.

    What do you mean still in the works? The goofy cover image, you mean? Sometimes I just screw around like that. The header graphic from the site was up there for a bit, but I like to move things around. I still haven’t changed my Twitter to look like my site, even. BTW, you like that SocialBar plugin? That thing is sweet. Someone turned me onto it about a year ago.

    Sanuja…what benefit is it to change the URL system? Will more people find me? I tag like a mutha#$%^ …

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #30918
    Quote:
    What do you mean still in the works?

    There’s an empty widget on the bottom of the right side that’s reserved for a facebook fan page.

    Quote:
    BTW, you like that SocialBar plugin?

    Um, not really. I clicked to minimize it and something else pops up. If I minimize something, I want it to stay minimized. But at least it’s small. That’s better than those wide bars that run across the entire bottom of the page.

    Quote:
    what benefit is it to change the URL system?

    It just looks nicer. Whether it will make your site rank higher in the search engines is debatable.

    Quote:
    I tag like a mutha

    I have heard that including lots of tags moves you up in Google rankings, but I have heard the complete opposite: too many tags moves you down in the rankings (presumably because a single page can’t have all that many topics in it). In reality, Google probably ignores tags the same way it ignores META tags. SEO is snakeoil. You’ve got to build a community. Which is why that Facebook fan page would be really cool to have.

    The time to change to pretty permalinks is before you have a lot of posts, and before others have had much of a chance to link to them. Otherwise, their links will return a 404 unless you set up a lot of 301 redirects. This might help:

    http://www.homebizpal.com/blogging/wordpress/understanding-wordpress-permalinks/

    lcrisler

    #30919

    The blank widget is actually a text widget into which the code for the Social Bar is inserted. =P

    My Facebook fan page is up and running at http://facebook.com/lincolncrisler

    I like the community thing, too–I miss FB automatically importing my RSS…and I used to have a plugin that would import the comments people would leave on those notes BACK to my WordPress. Of course, FB changes killed that.

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #30920
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    The blank widget is actually a text widget into which the code for the Social Bar is inserted. =P

    You might want to install that into the header widget area so that it doesn’t show a blank box on your sidebar. I’m not sure if hiding that with CSS would make the social bar disappear as well.

    Alternatively, you could style that widget to look like its background, but that might cause some issues, as well.

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