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60+ Awesome New WordPress Themes

It seems like every time you go looking for a newWordPress theme, you find countless roundups of the same old themes.

And while many of those themes are featured for good reason, they’re also used on countless blogs around the web. We’ve all seen them a hundred times.

But WordPress themes are being released on nearly a daily basis. Not all of them are great, but plenty of them are.

Below are more than 60 of those great themes, none older than October of 2009 and many from as recent as this month.

Have we missed any good ones released recently? Please add them at the end of this article.

Free Themes

FesyenMag (October 2009)


Kotak Blue (October 2009)


Newspress (October 2009)


Tipz (October 2009)


Bright Sky (October 2009)


WP Blueprint (October 2009)


Foodiary (November 2009)


Glassical (November 2009)


MiniCard (November 2009)


Bueno (November 2009)


FreeDream (November 2009)


Maamo (December 2009)


Daily Note (December 2009)


Comet (December 2009)


Clear (December 2009)


MiniMag (December 2009)


Softy (December 2009)


Satoshi (January 2010)


Zexee (January 2010)


Tripress (January 2010)


Papertagz (January 2010)


AllBlack (January 2010)


Grungie (January 2010)


Simplebox (February 2010)


Melitus (February 2010)


Aparatus (February 2010)


Simple Folio (February 2010)


Designpile (February 2010)


Zeelot (February 2010)


Glory (February 2010)


Maparaan (February 2010)


Brave Zeenat (March 2010)


Tanzaku (March 2010)


Tauri (March 2010)


Notepad (March 2010)


Koi Theme (March 2010)


Blackboard (March 2010)


Jasov (April 2010)


Sucha (April 2010)


Astatic Thematic Child Theme (April 2010)


Whitedeo (April 2010)


Premium Themes

OnTheGo


Punchcut (January 2010)


Structure (January 2010)


Retreat (March 2010)


The Block Theme (March 2010)


Innovation+Science (March 2010)


Nautilius (March 2010)


Archeronne (March 2010)


City Guide (March 2010)


Flex for WordPress (March 2010)


Acosminbiz (March 2010)


The Deluxe (March 2010)


Slanted (March 2010)


Unifolio (April 2010)


Obvious 12-in-1 (April 2010)


Devster (April 2010)


Cloudy (April 2010)


GoLive (April 2010)


Lively Hood (April 2010)


Vidley (April 2010)

Which ones are your favorites? Did we miss any good recent themes? You can add them below…

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28 Best Quality Textured Backgrounds Free WordPress Themes

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If you are looking for free quality one type of style themes for your valued blog, It takes time to search for nice looking WordPress themes, here is a compiled list of great collection of 28 best quality textured backgrounds free wordpress themes you maybe haven’t seen yet. All themes quality well designed elegance and an easy to use interface. I hope you Enjoy!

Tweetme Blue

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Dyna Blue

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Nature

free wordpress theme

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Hanging

free wordpress theme

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Paper Wall

free wordpress theme

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Meta Morphis

free wordpress theme

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Red Light

free wordpress theme

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Water Color

free wordpress theme

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Grunge Style

free wordpress theme

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Abundant

free wordpress theme

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Black Magic

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Intaglio

free wordpress theme

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Modern Oak

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WarmAutumn

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Flambeau

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Creative Art

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RedAutumn

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Dream Place

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Irresistible

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Smashing Theme

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Elegance

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Compositio

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Chaos

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WP Fun

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Note Book

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Dark Forest

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Color Paper

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Coffee Desk

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130 WordPress Plugins You Could Ever Need:

This is Part 2 of these article series – again I needed to separate those articles, otherwise I couldn’t post them online. So here is continued list with reminding half of plugins. And You’ve got also bonus plugins at the end of the post..well not really bonus, but I didn’t find these mentioned everywhere else, but these are really worth checking out! So enjoy the list and feel free to add more plugins, if you know any! And yes..thanks for patience and hopefully You’ll find these useful!

RSS Plugins

77. RSS Signature – Plugin provide a simple administration interface to allow the addition of a custom tagline, signature or © copyright message to the WordPress generated rss feeds. You can add any kind of message, tag, or even images — as long as it can be displayed in an RSS feed. download 78. Feedburner Feedsmith – The plugin will detect all ways to access your feed (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/feed/ or http://www.yoursite.com/wp-rss2.php, etc.), and redirect them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber. It will forward for your main posts feed, and optionally your main comments feed as well.download 79. What Would Seth Godin Do – This useful plugin displays small box above each post containing the words “If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!” – You have ability to change the message, location and its lifespan ( for default it’s 3 visits).download 80. Feed Count – If you don’t like the default feedburner chicklet, use this handy plugin to add chicklet the look and feel like You want.download82. Add RSS – adds RSS feed to your template header for Firefox and other browsers to detect your additional RSS feeds. Feeds are not excluded to local RSS to your site. For example you can add your Twitter or Pownce feed just as easily as adding your comments feed. download

Image Related, Portfolio, Slideshows

83. NextGEN Gallery – really great and automated image, portfolio related plugin with a simple and easy administration back end to handle multiple galleries. If You are designer, nice solution to handle Your portfolio images easily and in modern way.download 84. Featured Content Gallery – fully automated featured slideshow gallery, this plugin is pretty popular using in blogs.download 85. Post Thumb Revisited – The plugin scan posts for images. It has following features as loop display: show a thumbnail linked to the post and sidebar display: it can shows thumbnails from the most recent posts or thumbnails from random posts. Pretty handy plugin! download 86. Flickr Photo Album – Plugin will allow you to pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your WordPress site. There is a pretty simple template provided which you can customize to 100% match the look and feel of your own site.download 87. flickrRSS – This plugin allows you to easily display Flickr photos on your site. It supports user, set, favorite, group and community photostreams. The plugin is relatively easy to setup and configure via an options panel. It also has support for an image cache located on your server. Check out with is better for You. download 88. LightBox – Used to overlay images on the current page. download 89. Lightview – Similar to Lightboxyet superior to Lightbox. Since version 2.0, Lightview has been able to overlay not only images but also videos, iframed webpages, and almost anything! It works with all popular browsers. *this plugin is no longer free, but You can download trial version.download 90. WordPress Flash Photo Carousel – This plugin is built to manage the excellent flShow Photo Carousel within the comfort of the WordPress dashboard. Add this plugin, to get really unique image presentation in Your blog.download

Database Related Plugins

91. WP-DB-Backup – Plugin allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.download 92. WP-PhpMyAdmin – use this plugin to access Your MySql database right from Your WordPress admin panel!download

Archive Plugins

93. Link Harvest – This plugin will go through all of your posts and pages and compile a list of all external links. Then it will create a linkroll for you based on your actual linking activity. You can have a full page display (like I do) or a little sidebar display. This is a complicated plugin, make sure you read the README. Not really archive plugin – but do similar jobdownload 94. SRG Clean Archives – This plugin is designed to display your archive listings in a clean and uniform fashion that’s Search Engine friendly on a dedicated page or in your sidebar.download 95. Articles – This plugin allows you to easily present a list of posts you select outside of your blog chronology. Very useful for featuring things that might otherwise slip into the nether regions of your archives.download 96.Extended Live Archive – yet another archive plugin – choose from the list to find out one that suits best for Your needs.download

Speed Up Your Blog!

97. WP Super Cache – This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.download 98. WP Cache – An extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching WordPress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database. WP-Cache allows to serve hundred of times more pages per second, and to reduce the response time from several tenths of seconds to less than a millisecond. download

Advertising Plugins

99. Adsense Manager – WordPress plugin for managing Adsense ads on your blog. It generates code automatically and allows positioning with Widgets.download 100. All in One Adsense and YPN – It is a Free and Open Source WordPress plugin which is able to automatically insert Google adsense ads or yahoo publisher network (YPN) ads in to your posts on the fly. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 post or 100,000 posts, it will insert your ad code into all of them automatically. You can control all aspects of your ad’s display and position. Just specify ad color and position in the plugin options, your ad code is automatically generated and inserted. Advanced users can add html and CSS code before and after the ad to have total control of the ad display. download 101. Adsense Deluxe – Nice plugin to easy insert Google or Yahoo! ads into your blog posts also giving You easy ads managing. download 102. WPads – It is a WordPress plugin for showing and rotating ads in your blog. You only have to define the ad positions and the ads you want to rotate in each position, and WPAds will serve your ads randomly. WPAds can show contextual ads (ie, Google Adsense, Yahoo Publishers Network, etc) and also image banners. download 103. Google Adsense for Feeds– This puts Google RSS Ads in your feed, make sure you fill in your publisher ID by editing the plugin file. download 104. WP E-Commerce – plugin is a state-of-the-art e-Commerce platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards and usability. It is both free and priceless at the same time.download 105. Theme Switcher – Allows your readers to switch among installed themes. Great if You sell or just offer theme and want to preview it for visitors. download

Search Related Plugins

106. Search Everything – Search Everything increases the ability of the default WordPress Search, with 12 different searching methods.download 107. Google Ajax Search – Using this WordPress plugin you can add Google AJAX Search to your site. Included by default is a Blog Search, Web Search and a secondary site search ideally for your flickr or other photostream.download

Upload Files in WordPress

108. Flexible Upload – Plugin for WordPress intended to extend WordPress basic upload functionality with really great features. download 109.Download Monitor – Plugin for uploading and managing downloads, tracking download hits, and displaying links. download 110. Upload Rapidshare – Just upload your file to rapidshare. download

Search Engine Optimization Plugins

111. Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. It supports all of the WordPress generated pages as well as custom ones. Every time you edit or create a post, your sitemap is updated and all major search engines that support the sitemap protocol, like ASK.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO, are notified about the update. download112. All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines, really great one – must have plugin in every blog! download 113.HeadSpace2 – It is an all-in-one meta-data manager that allows you to fine-tune the SEO potential of your site. Visit the HeadSpace page for a video demonstration.download 114. Robots Meta – There’s no easy way to add meta robots tags to WordPress pages, unless of course, when you install this plugin.download 115. SEO Friendly Images – WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well. ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your image to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match. TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.download 116. Enforce www. Preference – Plugin will help to preserve all your permalinks, enforcing www and no-www as one domain (http://example.com/ vs. http://www.example.com/).  Most search engines treat those addresses as two different domains. download 117. WassUp– New WordPress plugin to track your visitors in real time. It has a very readable and fancy admin console to keep tracks of your blog’s users visits. It has a “current visitors online” view and a more detailed “visitors details” view where you can know almost everything your users are doing on your blog, it’s very useful for SEO or statistics maniacs. download

Poll Plugins

118. WP-Polls –  Extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers. download 119.Polldaddy – Not really WordPress plugin, but can be used in blogs and this one is reallygood looking and highly customizable. You need to register in order to use it.download

Standalone Contact Form Plugins

120. cformsII – contact form – Highly customizable, flexible and powerful form builderplugin, covering a variety of use cases and features from attachments to multi form management, you can even have multiple forms on the same page. Lovely one!download 121. Contact Form 7 –  Can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. download 122. Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form – Powerful and easy-to-install contact form offering many accessibility, usability, and security features. download

Other Plugins

123. TDO Mini Forms – This plugin allows you to add highly customizable forms to your website that allows non-registered users and/or subscribers (also configurable) to submit posts. The posts are kept in “draft” until an admin can publish them (also configurable). It can optionally use Akismet to check if submissions are spam. TDO Mini Forms can be used to create “outside-the-box” uses for WordPress, from Contact Managers, Ad Managers, Collaborate Image Sites, etc. download 124. Sideblog – plugin for WordPress Blog Platform. It is one way offering  a series of “short” posts, 1-2 sentences inlength. This plugin is becoming more and more popular in these days.download 125. AJAX Calendar – if You use calendar in Your blog, use this plugin that will display an AJAXified WordPress calendar. This enhances the functionality of the standard calendar by allowing the asynchronous navigation of months, without updating the page, adding a drop-down list of post titles in each month (through the «-» button) and full caching support to reduce server load.download 126. Event Calendar – Manage future events as an online calendar. Display upcoming events in a dynamic calendar, on a listings page, or as a list in the sidebar. You can subscribe to the calendar from iCal (OSX) or Sunbird. Choose one WordPress category as the ‘event’ category, and then add posts for dates in the future. Add the calendar or event list functions to your template, or just use the ‘Event Category’ page to list your forthcoming events.download

Bonus

Wowzio – And lastly I found this amazing site, with 5 really unique plugins, You could use in Your blog. I’ll look over just one plugin here, because on their site is very good explaining and demo about each plugin. However You must register to their site in order to use those plugins. Live activity feed – Plugin shows a real- time list of Your blog’s latest visitors showing where they came from  – country and reference site, and also which post they are reading. It’s great way to get visitor’s interest in other popular articles the people are reading. You can see the screenshot below.live-activity If You didn’t already  – check out the Part 1 of this Plugin article here! So this is it.. And however if You know some more amazing plugins people should know about – leave the links in the comments – will be really appreciated! And sorry for several day silence – this collection took me several days to complete, but I wanted to do because I was always interested in finding best plugins to automate workflow and create it more user friendly against my loyal readers.

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Five Technologies That Will Keep Shaping the Web in 2010

As we’re coming to the end of this year, everyone starts to look towards the next one and there will no doubt be an upsurge of articles predicting the web trends of 2010 in the next days to come. However, in this article, we’ll be talking about what’s actuallydriving these trends now, and what they mean for the future of the internet.

Five Technologies That Will Keep Shaping the Web in 2010

1. CSS3, HTML5 and Fonts as a Service

CSS3, HTML5 and Fonts as a Service

CSS3, HTML5, and Fonts as a Service such as Typekit that cater to web browsers that already support the @font-face rule, are giving web designers the creative freedom that they have been coveting for a long time.

CSS3 is opening up various new options for styling content on the web, from multiple backgrounds on page elements, better ability to select and style elements with greater specificity, and color gradients without reliance on static graphics, to simpler aesthetical improvements such as support for rounded corners without the need for complicated sliding doors techniques or JavaScript.

HTML5 is slowly but surely changing the way we mark up our pages, bringing us closer to the holy grail of the semantic web, opening up native support for open format multimedia such as video and audio, and bringing us better ways to interoperate with the content of a website.

Another change that web designers have been wishing for is being able to use any font on a web page, without using static CSS background image replacement or relying on JavaScript and Flash. The development of tools like Typekit and greater support for the @font-face rule are enabling site builders to use a much wider range of fonts in their design.

So what will change?

These are all web technologies that are guaranteed to make the web a more aesthetically pleasing place. Of course, expect these new things to be misused by Sunday driver designers; there will be some horrible font choices and misemployed color gradients that will produce unreadable and tacky page designs, but it’s the opportunities that they open up for capable and creative designers that will be most interesting.

Some reading for you:

2. Ways we browse the web

Ways we browse the web

The browser landscape is alive and well, with better and faster web browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Web users today are provided with many choices that will surely drive competition and one-upping from these companies – stressful for their developers, but great for consumers.

The browser wars is in full force, and unlike the preceding browser wars where Internet Explorer dethroned other browsers to take hold of a majority browser share, IE is shaping up to being the “dethronee” this time around.

And changes in browsing the web aren’t just limited to the web browser competition, the way we digest content from the web is increasingly becoming removed from the traditional “sit in front of your desktop” way. Smart phones are becoming more common, TV’s are becoming web-enabled–and as are gaming consoles such as the PS3 and Netbooks and mobile devices such as the iPhone and the Droid are giving users an experience on a smaller screen than a traditional laptop.

Moreover, browsers themselves are changing. The launch of Google Chrome brought the WebKit engine, a layout engine that has a big portion of CSS3 and HTML5 specifications already implemented, to Windows-based computers better than Apple’s Safari port to Windows, and it may yet be a bigger milestone than many first thought. With Google aiming for a 10% share of the market over the next couple of years, a big push for users may well be coming. A large shift from the dominant web browser, Internet Explorer, is underway and may be successful next year. In Germany, Mozilla Firefox is close to overtaking IE’s market share as we speak.

These factors are revising the way we think about web design and accessibility. Do you have a mobile version of your site? What does it look like on a small screen? What does it look like on a large screen? What does it look like in a WebKit versus Gecko versus Trident browser layout rendering engine?

Attitudes towards viewing of websites across different media is changing as well, designers are increasingly becoming of the opinion that designs do not need to render the same everywhere, nor do they need to give the same user experience across all web browsers.

So what will it change?

There’s a good chance that you’ll start to see websites that don’t look the same in every browser. Techniques for progressive enhancement are more commonplace than before, giving users of modern web browsers a better web experience than those who will not or cannot use them. Furthermore, there’s already widespread acceptance towards foregoing support for antiquated browsers, putting the burden of getting users upgraded on the browser makers, and not the designers. This type of forward thinking will only grow in the upcoming year. What’s more, the changes in the way we view the web will shift focus to content, functionality and accessibility, but by no means at the expense of good, interesting and inspiring design.

3. Social media

Social media

No one can deny that 2009 has been a big year for social media: Twitter, for example, has become the buzzword in many a boardroom and office. It’s obvious that it will continue to a big part of the web in the future.

In many ways, the growth of platforms such as Twitter and Facebook has led the web to be much more community-oriented. Big changes could happen within social media and, no doubt, will be led by monetization of the media.

One of the big questions revolves around how you measure the impact and value of social media and how to get that value back. How valuable are 1,000 twitter followers? Do you start charging for the service? Answering all these questions will lead to significant changes over the next year in the social media arena.

Along with these changes will come increased focus in getting information in real-time. Google is already discussing real-time search to leverage the immediate and breaking information that can be found on sites like Twitter. How these changes are integrated into the current web system, especially in terms of search engine technology, could precipitate into some interesting developments and innovation in the way we seek information online.

So what will it change?

With more people participating in the creation of information on the web, the way in which we obtain information will shift from being from a singular source, into a more community-created source. Looking for information about, say, a car repair shop will show you recent tweets and Facebook updates about that company instead of outdated and static information.

4. JavaScript

JavaScript

Whilst CSS3/HTML5 has started to step on the toes of JavaScript, JavaScript itself has started to inch into the territory of Flash. The growth of frameworks such as jQuery and has made rich client-side interaction and asynchronous/seamless user experiences a reality. This leads to easier deployments of web applications, which in turn, increases competition, which in turn, leads to innovation.

JavaScript is already stepping into what, in the past, we would associate as being Flash’s territory, such as interactive games (which can be used for training and distance-learning applications) and complex and interactive data visualization. It should also enable us to replicate rich interfaces and flash type experiences in a much more accessible way.

And very recently, 10 years after the last major revision, JavaScript (known as ECMAscript in web standards organizations) has just finished a major revision of its specifications for the language. Once browser companies adopt these standards, web developers will be provided with more tools to improve their capabilities in creating web applications.

So what will it change?

Because CSS3 and HTML5 will replace a lot of what JavaScript is doing now (i.e. complex element selections, dynamic rounded corners, handling real-time editable web pages), we will see a surge in JavaScript developing into being focused solely on handling programming logic of webapps on the client-side. With the news of the major revision on JS specifications, we will see a progression towards better web applications that can interoperate much better with other web apps (for example, a major goal for the new set of specs is the security of JSON objects).

5. Software as a Service (SaaS)

Software as a Service business models have been knocking around for years. Top-notch SaaS such as 37 Signals products and Google Enterprise are more commonplace now than ever before.

The competition is fierce; the technologies are becoming affordable and requiring little upfront costs, which gives the little guys a chance to compete with the bigger guys. In the next year, we’ll see this competition increase, and hopefully, the outcome is innovation in web apps.

So what will it change?

SaaS’s as a business model will continue to replace more traditional software that require you to install and run them on your desktop. With so much more people connected to the internet, the demand is on internet-enabled, interoperable applications. In 2010, we are in for some surprise improvements driven by a need to stand out from the crowd.

Optimizing WordPress for Search Engines

So, you have this amazing WordPress site, but for some reason the search engines just don’t show you much love. You post killer content, make it easy for users to share via their social networks, and people are subscribing to your RSS feed, indicating that they’re like what they’re reading. If you’ve tried everything to drive traffic to your website, and search engines still ignore your site, maybe you need to evaluate how search engine friendly your website is.

Optimizing WordPress for Search Engines

In this article, I will go over a few steps you should take to optimize your WordPress installation for search engines. While WordPress has good SEO features out of the box, these tips will help you maximize your search engine results while also making sure your site is the best it can be.

1. Optimize your titles

By default, WordPress usually puts the title of your blog before the actual post title. Since most search engines only display the first 50-64 characters of your <title>tag, you want the actual blog post title to come first.

For example:

Tips for Making WordPress Friendly to Search Engines - YourSiteName.com

is better than:

YourSiteName.com - Tips for Making WordPress Friendly to Search Engines

Always be sure that the title of your post comes before anything else. Two main reasons are:

1. Search engines will like you more if the title of the post comes first. This helps them put more importance to the keywords in the title.

2. A descriptive and optimized title is one of the most important aspects of your page SEO. The title lets the search engine and users know exactly what this page is about before they visit it.

Optimize your titles

Use the All In One SEO plugin to keep the proper title formats over an entire blog without having to edit any template files. The above screenshot shows the settings we currently use on WPSwitch.

2. Use good meta descriptions

Most bloggers who use WordPress never do much on the SEO side for meta descriptions because they believe that the auto generated descriptions that comes standard with WordPress is good enough; but that’s not truly the case if you’re concerned about effective keyword indexing on search engines.

Use good meta descriptions

Your best chance of getting a high ranking on a per-post basis is by manually typing in a good description for every article you write. Again, I would suggest using the All In One SEO plugin as it allows you to do this very easily. By combining a keyword-rich title with a matching description, you are bound to see an increase in search traffic.

Use good meta descriptions

As you can see in the two screenshots above, by optimizing meta descriptions, one of our pages is able ranked highly (withing the first 5-10 results in Google) for a particular search term. Now that you know the importance of a detailed and keyword-rich description, I hope you see some great results.

3. Rewrite your URLs with permalinks

Permalinks are enhancements to your existing URLs that can improve search engine optimization by presenting your post, page, and archive URLs as something like:

http://sixrevisions.com/tools/managing-your-fonts/

rather than

http://sixrevisions.com/?p=423

Changing the default web addresses/URLs that WordPress generates to something more readable is effective to search engine optimization because it is presumed that URLs are taken into consideration when indexing and prioritizing search results. Often, these URLs are called “pretty URLs” because they’re much more readable and gives the users a clue as to what the web page will be about (as in the above comparison of URLs).

Making your permalinks friendlier and readable requires little more than a short trip to your WordPress admin panel. Once you are there, go to Settings > Permalinks and edit the settings as shown in this image below:

Use good meta descriptions

I prefer to include the category in my title and write the URLs like this:

/%category%/%postname%

This would result in a format that looks like:

http://example.com/the-category/the-post-title

if you want it even shorter you can exclude the category and just use the following value for the Custom Structure setting:

/%postname%/

If you are now just setting up a new WordPress site, then you are set to go. If your site has been up for a while, than I suggest using the redirection plugin so that your visitors will not get the 404 page after you rewrite your URLs to pretty URLs.

4. Use breadcrumbs

Using breadcrumbs on a WordPress site is often overlooked but can be a huge benefit for your readers and for SEO. Links with good key words that relate to the post topic and links to internal web pages is one of the ways search engines determine the relevance of a web page to search terms.

Use breadcrumbs

By using breadcrumbs, you make it easier for the readers to navigate and help the search engines to discover the structure of your website. On WPSwitch, we use theBreadcrumbs Plugin written by Joost De Valk. It only takes about five minutes to set up. (Find more helpful WordPress plugins).

5. Generate an XML Sitemap for search engines

An XML Sitemap is a listing of all the pages and posts on your website. This helps the search engine crawlers get a machine-readable structure of your websites. Having a properly structured sitemap has great benefits in the search engines.

Thanks to the massive amount of plugins, generating a sitemap with WordPress is super easy. I suggest using the XML Sitemaps.

Generate an XML Sitemap for search engines

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap that will assist search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com in more extensively and accurately indexing your posts and pages. The plugin supports various WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content by pinging them.

6. Describe your post images meaningfully

Another often-neglected item in WordPress SEO is using proper and keyword-accuratealt and title attributes with images in a post or page. Adding a short description of your image using proper keywords can boost your search engine hits through image searches like the one from Google Images. Since you are using WordPress, adding altand title attribute values to images is easy.

While saving your image, be sure to give a short and simple name with a dash between each keyword. For example, if you have a picture of a California Redwood tree, name it appropriately, such as california-redwood-tree.jpg orcalifornia_redwood_tree.jpg instead of something vague and non-descriptive likepostimage03.jpg or screenshot20.jpg.

(read about tools for optimizing your images).

Once you place your image in a WordPress post or page, it will automatically use the title given as the proper alt description.

Describe your post images meaningfully

If it does not fill it in automatically, you can type a description in the title input field. By implementing these image attributes, it will also make it easier for people who use a screen reader to browse your site.

In summary: don’t neglect your images, name them properly, and assign meaningfultitle and alt attributes to them.

7. Link to related posts

One favorable method for helping search engines find content that is relevant to a given web page is adding a “related posts” section that links to other posts that have a connected subject.

By doing so, you also have the primary benefit of showing your readers other posts that they may want to read as well.

Many WordPress plugins will automatically generate a list of related posts for each of your posts. There are way to many too mention here, but you can find a list in theWordPress plugins section at WordPress.org just by searching “related posts“.

WPSwitch currently usees the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin and it works very well. This is our favorite because it gives you a templating system that allows control over how the related posts are displayed.

8. Use good keywords in post headings

Search engines give more weight to keyword items depending on what type of heading that is being used. To get the most juice out of your titles, make sure the post title is an <h1>.

The name of your blog should only be an <h1> on your front page. On single, post, and category pages, it should be no more than an <h3>, some even choose to use other HTML elements such as a <p> element to keep the markup semantic. The title of your site does not need to carry as much weight as the topic you are writing about.

To make sure your site name is only an <h1> on the home page, you can use the code below and modify it to work with your theme in the header.php file. This checks to see if you are on the home page or other pages and decides what heading tag to use. Most people use this link for the logo of the site linking back to the index.

<div id="logo">
<?php if(is_home()) : ?>
<h1>
  <a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>"><?php bloginfo('name'); ?></a>
</h1>
<?php else : ?>
<a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>"><?php bloginfo('name'); ?></a>
<?php endif;  ?>
</div>

When fixing your headings on posts or pages find the code that looks like this:

<h1><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

Headings are super easy to edit and are found in the single.php and page.php and various archive pages of your WordPress theme. If your current theme does not use headings in this manner, I suggest you take a few minutes to make this easy change.

9. Avoiding duplicate content with robots.txt

With WordPress showing the same posts on multiple pages like the index, tag pages, archives, author pages, and category pages, it is very easy to have duplicate content. Duplicate content, in the eyes of search engines, is frowned upon. By creating a robots.txt file, you can completely avoid this issue.

If you want to create your own robots.txt file, you can use the following:

User-agent: *
 	Allow: /

Disallow: /wp-content/
 	Disallow: /trackback/
 	Disallow: /wp-admin/
 	Disallow: /archives/
 	Disallow: /*?
 	Disallow: /*.js$
 	Disallow: /*.inc$
 	Disallow: /*.css$
 	Disallow: */trackback/
 	Disallow: /c/
 	Disallow: /author/
 	Disallow: /tag/

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google
 	Allow: /

User-agent: Adsbot-Google
 	Allow: /

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
 	Allow: /

User-agent: Googlebot-Mobile
 	Allow: /

#User-agent: ia_archiver-web.archive.org
 	#Disallow: /

Sitemap: http://wpswitch.com/robots.txt

This is directly from the current Robots.txt we’re using over at WPSwitch. If you use this, be sure to change the Disallow: /c/ to whatever category structure you are using like /category/, for example.

We also disabled indexing of all .js, css, and .inc files that shouldn’t be search-engine crawlable.

A much easier way if you are not code-savvy is to use the Robots Meta plugin. This modifies the default one made by WordPress from your original install.

Summary

I covered just a few easy ways to create WordPress sites that search engines will love. I know this seems like a lot of busy work, but if you sit down for a few hours, the return of your time investment will be worth your time. If you feel overwhelmed by the many things listed here, you don’t have to do them all at once. Take a few minutes out of every day and do them one at a time. By the end of the week, you will have an SEO optimized blog that you and the search engines will be proud of showing in their search results.

Need help? Got questions?

If you still need some help or simply don’t have the time to make these changes, just give me a shout in the comments here or on WPSwitch and I will see what I can do to help you.