Related Posts version 2.0 released

Related PostsJust a short announcement: I have released the WordPress Related Posts plugin version 2.0. It has a lot of cool new features so make sure you update.

WordPress Related Posts plugin 2.0 release candidate

Related PostsAfter receiving overwhelming responses to the first release of the Related Posts plugin for WordPress, I have tried to implement a range of new features as requested by my loyal commenters. — Read on

Related Posts for WordPress

This WordPress plugin lets you manually select related posts using a nifty AJAX powered search utility. A powerful tool for boosting pages per visit and SEO.

Download the Related Posts plugin

Current stable version: 3.0.1

— Read on

“Permalinks Moved Permanently” WordPress plugin updated to version 1.3

The #1 Worpress plugin to save your website from losing traffic and Pagerank after changing your permalink structure.It has been updated to 2.5 compatibility. Download version 1.3 here.

Version 1.2 released for WordPress plugin “Permalinks Moved Permanently”

Installing PHP GD support on OS XAfter Alexanders feedback, I fixed a bug in the WP plugin “Permalinks Moved Permanently”.

Before, the plugin would not work if your old permalink structure did not contain anything between the domain and the post slug. So this would not work:

http://www.example.com/post-name/

The latest release (version 1.2) does.

If you have been experiencing this problem too, download the new version here.

Thanks again, Alexander.

WordPress Plugin: Improved Meta Description Snippets

Installing PHP GD support on OS XAfter reading this article on the Official Google Webmaster Blog, I was trying to find a way for WordPress to automatically create effective meta descriptions following Google’s directions.

So I wrote this plugin that generates meta descriptions in this structure:

<meta name=”description” content=”Author: (author) | Categories: (categories) | Posted: (postdate) | Tags: (tags) | Comments (number of comments)” />

In the option panel you can choose which properties of the article you would like to include: author, categories, post date, number of comments and tags. You can also choose the devider you wish to use betwen the properties.

Tags is especially one you might want to consider leaving out because they might be already in you meta keywords.

This plugin is still in BETA and I don’t know wether it actually is an improvement on the attractiveness of your snippets. So please let me know what your ideas and experiences are!

Download the plugin here.

Installation: just drop it in your /wp-content/plugins folder and activate through the admin plugin interface. You can configure it through Options > Impr. Meta Descr. Snippets.

I have so far tested this plugin for compatibility with these other plugins:

  • Ultimate Tag Warrior – If you are using WP 2.3+ with native tag support my plugin will use those tags, if you have a lower version and UTW installed it will use those.
  • All in One SEO Pack – Make sure you switch of the “Autogenerate descriptions” option for this plugin or you will have two meta descriptions in your page, which can’t be good!
  • TDO Mini Forms – My plugin will grab the author of the article when it’s been submitted through this plugin.

Ideas for future versions:

  • Meta descriptions for pages
  • Perhaps meta descriptions for the homepage and archive pages as well
  • Better language support

WordPress plugin: Permalinks Moved Permanently

Installing PHP GD support on OS XIf you just migrated your WordPress blog from one permalink structure to another, and you don’t want to lose the traffic that accesses your blog through the old permalinks, this is for you.

Right before the old permalink generates a 404, this simple plugin grabs the slug from the end of the request and checks if there’s a post with this slug living somewhere else on your blog. If so, it will generate a “301 Moved Permanently” error, and forward your user to the new location of your post. It’s simple, but effective. — Read on

Tag suggestions

Installing PHP GD support on OS XI am currently working on a WordPress MU based platform for several professional weblogs, and one of the things I’m goofing around with is the phenomenon of tags, plugged into WordPress in the shape of Ultimate Tag Warrior.

One of the coolest features in this nifty little program is the usage of Yahoo’s term extraction API, which gives the editor tag suggestions when writing a new item. Unfortunately, this tool seems to be very much English oriented. When jamming Dutch texts into it, it does come up with results but most of them are far from usable.

To overcome this problem I figured that if I would be able to translate the Dutch text to English, then send it to the term extraction tool, translate whatever comes out back to Dutch and present those terms to the editor as tag suggestions. So I have edited Ultimate Tag Warrior to use Babel Fish to do just that. And I have to say, even though there is still some jibberish among the results, my plan turned out to work.

The only problem now is that the Dutch language uses a lot of English words, most of the time specific terms in business or science. And since these terms are so specific, they are probably words you want to have included in your tag suggestions. So right now I’m looking for a way to combine the original results with the results generated through Babel Fish. Any suggestions of course are welcome!

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