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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wordpress Yoast SEO Plugin and Duplicate Titles Fix

If you're using the Yoast SEO Wordpress plugin and experiencing an issue with your site's title appearing twice (ie.  2Bluesolutions Tech Blog - What Is Kickstarter - 2Bluesolutions Tech Blog), then there is a simple fix that seems to work for many people.

You need to edit the header.php file for your Wordpress theme.

My particular Wordpress theme had this for the title meta tag:

<title><?php wp_title('&laquo;', true, 'right'); ?> <?php bloginfo('name'); ?></title>

You need to change it to something much more simplistic.  What you should replace it with is this:

<title><?php wp_title(''); ?></title>

That seems to fix the issue, at least for my sites.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wordpress - Startup Tips

I've created a few Wordpress sites now that I know there are a few tips to do right off the bat that will save you grief later.

First tip:

Time - I always seem to forget to set the time zone settings found under Settings - General.  Without this properly set, you get the annoyance of having your post times be set to UTC-0 which is fine if you live on London.

Second tip:

Remote Publishing - Within Settings - Writing, be sure to check the box for XML-RPC so that you can use Wordpress apps to post from your mobile device.

Third tip:

Media Settings - be sure to go into Settings -> Media and change the default sizing for thumbnails, medium, and large images so they better match the dimensions of your site.  I prefer to make large the largest size, medium exactly half and then keep thumbnails the same.

Fouth Tip:

Permalinks - Under Settings - Permalinks you'll find the settings for how your URL will be displayed.  The default setting is not very SEO friendly, so go with one of the other more literal URL options such as Post Name or Month and Name.