WordPress Plugin: Comment Info Tip

Monday, May 5th, 2008

WordPress Plugin: Comment Info Tip

Introducing the Comment Info Tip Plugin

You asked for it – now you got it!

This WordPress plugin provides you and your commenter’s a bit of information on their posting stats.

How It Works
When you mouseover a commenter’s name you will see a tip appear displaying some information about that given commenter. The tip will display 1 of 4 results:

  1. If the commenter has only posted once then it will say so in the tip (see number 1 in the legend below).
  2. If the commenter has posted more than once we will look up the last three posts they have commented in and display links to those posts. This allows you to see which type of posts this user is interested in and easily navigate to those posts (see number 2 in the legend below).
  3. If the commenter has posted more than once we will attempt to search their RSS feed and show an excerpt from their last post (see number 3 in the legend below).
  4. If it’s a pingback or trackback the tip will indicate so (see number 4 in the legend below).

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DOWNLOAD THE PLUGIN HERE

* Please give it a shot and return here and tell us where you installed it. Let me know how it’s working for you and of course if you have suggestions or advice please let me know.

WordPress – A 5 Minute SEO Mod

Friday, November 30th, 2007

In WordPress, by default, when you click on the Read More link, the web page loads and then “jumps” to the spot where the <!--more--> tag is set in the post. Whether you like this effect or not is personal preference, but it can pose an SEO problem.

The Problem

The problem is that it creates two different links to the same page. For example, here would be the two links to Paul’s last article:
http://www.search-this.com/2007/11/26/css-a-recipe-for-success/
http://www.search-this.com/2007/11/26/css-a-recipe-for-success/#more-464

So what can sometimes happen is that if the article becomes popular, half the people will link to it one way while half the people link to it the other way. Thereby dividing the total link juice in half.

The Fix

The only way I have found to fix this is to modify a file in the wp-includes directory.

For WordPress 2.2 and up modify the post-template.php page.
For WordPress 2.1 and below modify the templates-functions-post.php page.

Somewhere around line 124 comment out the $output line with the "#more-$id\" in it and change it to the below:

  1. //comment out the old line
  2. //$output .= ' <a href="'. get_permalink() . "#more-$id\" class=\"more-link\">$more_link_text</a>";
  3. // change to the line below
  4. $output .= ' <a href="'. get_permalink() ."\">$more_link_text</a>";

Just remember that each time you upgrade WordPress you will need to remod this line. But if it helps out with SEO it’s a small price to pay.

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