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Easiest way to manage broken links

Despite all best intentions, broken links are a fact of life on any website that’s been going for longer than a few months. Even if you rigorously follow the advice I gave a few days ago about redirecting urls, you can only control your own urls this way. But what about all those external pages you point to in your posts? If one of those sites closes down, or is less conscientious about maintaining the integrity of their site, broken links appear on your site!

Now, there is no shortage of link checkers on the internet, but for all you WordPress-ers, there’s an easier way – the broken link checker plugin. I recently installed and ran it on one of the sites I look after, and it came up with a list of more than 20 broken links – I had no idea!

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WordPress statistics plugin

Every blogger or website owner should check their stats regularly to measure the progress (or lack thereof) of their site – things like:

  • traffic
  • subscribers
  • revenue from ads and affiliates

The key, as with so many other things in life, is not to overdo it. Every minute you spend checking your stats is a minute you could have spent crafting that latest post or networking with other sites via commenting, social bookmarking, or whatever other means you choose to build your traffic.

I know I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to this, which is why I was thrilled the other day to come across a plugin that automates the process for you and brings your stats right into the WordPress dashboard.
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How to exclude pages from WordPress’s page listings

Have you ever felt a need to alter one of WordPress’s default page listings so that it doesn’t show up certain pages? I did when I was first starting out with WordPress, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out a satisfactory way of doing it (sure I could have hard-coded the links into my template, but that’s not what I consider a satisfactory solution).

In fact, at the time, I wasn’t even sure if I was supposed to be changing any of my theme’s template files at all, after hearing all those dire warnings not to hack the core. Now that I’m a bit more experienced, it’s obvious that most people use a theme as a starting point for their site, but then customize it to suit their particular needs and taste, and to give their site a unique look.
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Managing images with the WordPress media manager

I’ve recently outlined my strategy for including images in posts, namely:

  1. Find an image you’d like to use
  2. Resize it with GIMP
  3. Upload it to my web server via FilleZilla
  4. Include it in a post

Well, guess what? WordPress has a built-in mechanism to streamline this process via its Media Manager. It automatically resizes the image, uploads it to your site, and can even embed it within your post if you wish! As a matter of fact, it can also manage your audio, video and other media files for you too, but that’s beyond the scope of this post.
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How to widen the sidebar in WordPress K2

I was recently asked by one of my clients to widen the sidebar on her K2-themed WordPress blog. Initially I thought this might be tricky as it would involve tweaking the theme’s template files. But once I started, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not at all difficult – all that was required was altering a couple of settings in the site’s CSS. And the best part was that I didn’t have to modify any of the theme’s files – this of course makes it much easier to upgrade the theme in the future.
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