Apr 12
  • AussieWPExpert: This plugin provides a simple, flexible & powerful way to add jQuery UI widgets to WordPress posts, pages & widgets – http://t.co/r3mtQ5fpCX
  • AussieWPExpert: Lifehacker: Infogr.am Generates Beautiful Infographics From Custom Data – http://t.co/djoqvbfetM
  • AussieWPExpert: Blumenthals: Which Google+ HTML meta data should you use on your site – link 'rel=publisher' or 'rel=author' or both? http://t.co/h0TAXP3Xq7
  • AussieWPExpert: Lifehacker: The best ways to tweak your search when google doesn't give you what you want – http://t.co/bktmswGgG8
  • AussieWPExpert: Brief Blogs for Week Ending April 5, 2013 http://t.co/aDh25UhCa1

Apr 05

Mar 29
  • AussieWPExpert: Lifehacker: How to Build Your Own Syncing RSS Reader with Tiny Tiny RSS and Kick Google Reader to the Curb – http://t.co/F57Rl1RehV
  • AussieWPExpert: Morguefile – a source of free images/stock photos for illustration and design uses – http://t.co/Q1xl2enUsz
  • AussieWPExpert: Mihai Valentin's article on the use of template_redirect() to override WordPress's template handing algorithm – http://t.co/TmNHk96I8Y
  • AussieWPExpert: SpeckyBoy: WordPress Plugins to Help Make Your Site Responsive – http://t.co/3jwNlPJuKD
  • AussieWPExpert: Namaste! LMS is a Free
    Learning Management System
    For WordPress – http://t.co/v72zpO4q6Y
  • AussieWPExpert: WarriorForum: Interesting debate between Yoast and Stallion regarding WordPress SEO best practices – http://t.co/gNujB3OI9S
  • AussieWPExpert: Blogigs: 10 Free And Responsive WordPress Themes – http://t.co/l5eGp31cOw
  • AussieWPExpert: WebNetHosting: WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal – CMS Popularity War –
  • AussieWPExpert: SmartCompany: Top 10 tips for optimising adwords – http://t.co/r8uAzsx3Su
  • AussieWPExpert: Yoast's classic guide on structuring the headings on your WordPress blog for improved SEO – http://t.co/Ej12Uir8lY
  • AussieWPExpert: Brief Blogs for Week Ending March 22, 2013 http://t.co/m24m2COlTj

Mar 22
  • AussieWPExpert: Vladimir Lasky to Present Talk on Reducing WordPress Website Spam at WordCamp Melbourne 2013 http://t.co/Cvk9sCXWK7
  • AussieWPExpert: Vladimir Lasky Joins WordPress Firewall 2 Development Team http://t.co/YmtAw17LRv
  • AussieWPExpert: sdavismedia: Why You Really Don’t Know How to Use the Thesis 2 WordPress Theme And What You Need to Do About It – http://t.co/pw9SJlgNgV
  • AussieWPExpert: Brief Blogs for Week Ending March 15, 2013 http://t.co/OV13SDaEF7

Mar 21

Our Lead Developer Vladimir Lasky will be presenting a talk on how to reduce spam on your WordPress site, at WordCamp Melbourne 2013, to be held at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology on the weekend of Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April.

Types of spam that WordPress site owners often encounter include:

  • WordPress Comment spam
  • Contact form spam
  • Trackback spam
  • Email spam

Vladimir’s talk will cover various strategies for reducing each of these using off-the-shelf plugins and practical website design tips, without impeding the ability of clients, customers and website visitors to communicate, comment and contribute to your site.

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Mar 20

WordPress Firewall 2

Aussie WP Expert’s lead developer Vladimir Lasky has joined the development team for the popular WordPress security plugin WordPress Firewall 2, continuing the work of past developers Matthew Pavkov and SEO Egghead.

The last release was version 1.3, published on 29th October 2010.

The next release will be version 1.4, which will include the following:

  • Bugfixes for known issues
  • Improved protection against WordPress-specific SQL injection attacks and executable file uploads
  • Reduced false alarms
  • Out-of-the-box compatibility with the ManageWP WordPress Management Dashboard
Mar 15

Mar 14

Using the Thesis Theme and Yoast's WordPress SEO plugin

I share the view of other WordPress developers who believe that SEO functionality should not be incorporated into a WordPress theme – it should be in a plugin. This promotes modularity and maintainability and avoids vendor lock-in. If you ever want to change the visual appearance of your WordPress site, your site’s SEO will not suffer.

One of the key selling points of the Thesis Theme – one of the best known premium themes for WordPress – was its inbuilt support for SEO. At the time that the Thesis Theme was first released, its inbuilt SEO features may have been equal to or superior to separate SEO plugins, but times have changed. I am not as critical of the Thesis theme’s native SEO capabilities as some other people, but one definitely can do a better job using some of the SEO plugins out there.

One highly-rated SEO plugin is WordPress SEO by Yoast (Joost de Valk).

Unfortunately, if you attempt to activate this plugin whilst using the Thesis Theme, you will have the problem of duplicate meta tags. You see, the Thesis Theme does not have a configuration option to disable its own HTML meta tag generation. As a result, when you access a page, it will contain both Thesis’s SEO meta tags those generated by the WordPress SEO plugin, which is likely to confuse search engines.
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Mar 14

Google Reader Will Not Be Available After July 1 2013

Google Reader is an incredibly useful tool that lets you follow any number of blogs and websites using their RSS feed URL. I use it every day to keep up with all the blogs I like. I would never be able to read so many posts, so quickly, without a tool like this. I have been a daily user of Google Reader for just over 5 years.

Today, I was shocked to log in and read the following announcement:

“Google Reader will not be available after July 1, 2013”
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Mar 08