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By: Ashton Sanders

WordPress Plugin Settings: Contact Form 7

Jul 8 2011

Filed under: Email,Webmaster,Wordpress

I’ve used Contact Form 7 on a number of websites.

I dislike the default settings for the contact form because I like to realize when emails I get are from my website. (Also email providers like to see that the from address is actually from the same server where that domain is.) These settings also make it easier to reply to the website visitor.

Here’s what I change the Contact Form settings to:

From: contactform@website.com
Subject: Website Contact Request: [your-subject]
Additional Headers: Reply-To: [your-name] <[your-email]>

Enjoy,
Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

WordPress: Redirect Blog to First Post

Apr 12 2010

I just created a simple WordPress installation. It was only going to be short pages and a simple shopping cart, but at the last minute, they decided to add a blog. Since the area for text was so small, we decided to only have one post for every page. As it would only act as duplicate content, there is no point in using the blog home page at all.

With some help from WP Recipes, I created this code to redirect the blog home template (home.php) to the first post:

<?php
/*
home.php (Blog Home Page):
Redirect To First Post
*/
if (have_posts()) {
while (have_posts()) {
the_post();
wp_redirect(get_permalink());
}
}
?>

It’s actually very simple. It just uses the WordPress Redirect function to redirect to the first permalink that would show up on that page.

Enjoy,
Ashton Sanders

(P.S. If you haven’t heard, Adobe just released the pre-order for CS5… If I were to get one of the packages today, I’d probably get: Adobe Web Premium CS5. It looks ridiculously epic.)

By: Ashton Sanders

What CMS Fits Your Website Needs?

May 16 2009

This is a question I’ve been asking for a few years.

Recently, I’ve heard a lot about WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, but it’s practically impossible to find someone who knows all three and is unbiased enough to tell you the pros and cons of each.

Through Montana Programmers, I’ve been able to find a very unbiased Polson Website Developer who has been an excellent resource for asking all sorts of random questions. Although he knows more programming languages than I have fingers and toes, he hasn’t spent years of time testing out CMS’s. ;)

As you can tell, it’s pretty hard to find a unbiased website developer who knows a lot about many of the Content Management Systems, who could give me a good comparison of the Pro’s and Con’s of each. There are a few problems here:
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By: Ashton Sanders

Twitter Plugins for WordPress

May 4 2009

I just searched the WordPress Plugins section for “twitter” and I got 17 pages of plugins and most of them are crap… ugh.

All I want is a Twitter Plugin that will:

  1. Send a tweet to my twitter when I post on my blog.
  2. Adds a re-tweet link to each blog post.

How difficult can this be? After installing a few highly-rated plugins, and not being satisfied, I decided to write up what I found. This is only 6 of the most popular twitter plugins I could find. If you know of a better one, please let me know so I can check it out. This is in order of Best to Good. I don’t have any crappy plugins on this list. They should all work, at least partially.

Twitter Tools – v1.6

WordPress Plugin Page

Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

Well that’s a promising introduction. It’s a very simple installation, and just about everything is editable in an easily-accessible Twitter Tools Page. Put in your information, select your preferences, and you are good to go.
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By: Ashton Sanders

Mordheim Blog – Update

Dec 29 2007

Filed under: Blogging,Google,SEO

It has been under two months since I have started my Mordheim Blog, and we are seeing lots of good progress in the Search Engine Rankings.

For almost the entirety of the last 7 weeks, my blog has been ranked on the second page for the keyword “Mordheim” at Google. Just this last week, I’ve arrived on the first page! My blog has been sitting in the #10 rank for about 3 or 4 days now.

My blog is very content heavy on the word “Mordheim” and is included in the title of my website and in almost every post title and keywords. Many of my categories also begin with the word Mordheim. I currently have 42 posts in my Mordheim blog. That is almost .9 posts a day!

Merry Christmas,
Ashton Sanders

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