New Theme: Revelar


Revelar WordPress Theme

Designed by Automattic’s own Filipe Varela, Revelar is a single-column blogging theme with a fresh, modern look. Designed to showcase your gorgeous photography and complement your writing, it’s a perfect choice for photographers, travelers, and authors. With support for large featured images, multiple post formats, and footer widget areas for additional content, Revelargives your posts plenty of room to shine.



New Themes: Escutcheon and Orvis


Escutcheon WordPress Theme

Escutcheon, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce, boasts a smoky color palette and bold typography. It’s a striking theme for writers who want to stand out, with a front page that gives just enough information to entice your readers. Individual posts and pages are stylish and easy to read.

Find out more about Escutcheon on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site.

Escutcheon Responsive WordPress Theme


Orvis: Portfolio Page Template

Orvis, designed by Thomas Guillot, is the perfect companion for all photographers and designers. It is a minimalist, vibrant, and flexible theme, whose bold grid design keeps the spotlight on your projects, and scales to fit any screen size. Orvis also lets you share your thoughts and engage in a conversation with your visitors through the blog, which shares the same minimal look.

Orvis: Responsive Design

Check out Orvis on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site.



Field Notes: The Codex Hackathon 2016

Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, I share my experience at the Codex Hackathon.

We’re big fans of publishing here at From fantastic content created by our blogging community and news from our VIP partners, to longform articles onLongreads, we love helping publish the best content on the internet.

In that spirit, Automattic sponsored the Codex Hackathon last month. The event brought together over 160 people who are passionate about reading to the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. Librarians, writers, editors, programmers, and designers came from all across the globe to collaborate on small weekend-long projects to visualize the future of reading. Mel Choyce, Kelly Dwan, Kat Hagan, and I attended from Automattic, and we were eager to meet and collaborate with the like-minded crowd. It’s not often that such a diverse group has the opportunity to drop everything and come together around something they love.

Photo by Elisa Mala

The weekend kicked off with a series of short presentations on Saturday morning. Attendees learned about tools (like the API!) and saw examples of publishing challenges for inspiration. Those of us who came with pre-imagined project ideas shared them with the group, and those who didn’t could either join a team, or participate in a brainstorming exercise. The attendees mingled and shared ideas, and project teams started forming.

I joined a team, while Mel, Kelly, and Kat pitched in with design and development help across many different projects. The rest of Saturday was spent meeting new people, brainstorming, sketching, designing, and writing code. Our Codex hosts kept us well-fed throughout, and the atmosphere was exciting and inspiring. Teams worked well into the evening on Saturday, and were up bright and early on Sunday to polish our projects.

The Codex Hackathon, Group Photo

The event culminated in a set of short presentations from each team. It was thrilling to see the different ideas people worked on. Due to the incredibly short weekend timeline, many projects were still in the conceptual phase, but we were treated to quite a few application demos as well. You can check out the full list of projects at the Codex Hackathon 2016 projects page. Some of my personal favorites:

  • Stanza: A tool to deliver a playlist of poems tied to a person’s mood and emotion.
  • LitCity: Literary context, delivered into the real world through location-based phone notifications.
  • Cover Design History: The beginnings of a website dedicated to book cover design.
  • HippoReader: A tool for programmatically simplifying the language in a given text, to make it readable even by those with a elementary English language skills.
  • ReadMember: A web-browser extension to help you keep track of the things you read online.

We all had a blast at the event, and thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone. The Codex Hackathon left us inspired to keep building ways for you to publish your own great content here at and beyond.

Check out the Codex Hackathon website to keep up to date on more Codex events, and read through our getting started guide if you’d like to start building something cool with the API.



Time limited offer: Seo Administrator Expert edition for free!

Previous articles described the abilities of the utilities included in the Standard and Professional editions of the Seo Administrator 3.0 program suite. In this section, we describe the extra utilities included in Seo Administrator Expert edition. Here is another reminder; the Seo Administrator website is here, and you may download the program


The PageRank analyzer module is designed to automatically analyze a large number of web sites and the following parameters are obtained for every site on the list:


  • Google PageRank;
  • The number of inbound links, according to various search engines;
  • The Site presence in the DMOZ and Yahoo catalogues;
  • The Web page’s TITLE text.

The PageRank parameter is worth a more detailed description.


The basic task of Search engines is to return relevant web pages in response to a search query. To facilitate this, the text of a page is analyzed. Keyword density and weight, tags used and many other parameters are all taken into account in this analysis. Obviously, most of these parameters are controlled by the author of the webpage


A check with search engine results shows many web pages (so called “doorways”) that are quality optimized for popular queries but which obviously do not contain useful information for the human searcher. So, search engines cannot rank sites based only on page text; other parameters are also used.


This problem may be approached in several ways, but the most effective solution is to use the so-called link popularity parameter, which gives the page “interest value” as a numeric value. Search engines take the number and quality of inbound links into account when assessing the relevance and interest of web pages. Interesting resources will tend to have more links from other interesting resources. This is to be expected; if a site contains interesting and relevant information, it will be actively referred to by other related resources. Thus, link popularity becomes a very important factor when ranking the results of the search.


PageRank is a measure of page’s importance according to Google search engine. It is possible to view one PageRank value at a time with the help of the freeware Google ToolBar. Seo Administrator is capable of automatic PageRank display for a large number of sites.


Automatic analysis of these values for a large number of sites may be used for a variety of purposes. The most obvious is estimation of competition rate based on the given URL list.


The Seo Administrator program allows you to collect the results of a search according to a specified keyword. This information is used to estimate the PageRank of the sites in the first ten, twenty, hundred or so search results. The PageRank values can then be used to evaluate the competition rate associated with the specified keyword.


Additional information on site presence in various Internet-directories (DMOZ, Yahoo) and the number of inbound links on each URL from the list provides a complete estimate for the competition rate of the given URLs list.


Another potential use of the PageRank analyzer utility is inbound link estimation analysis. For example, you may analyze the list of inbound links on your competitors’ web sites to obtain their PageRank sources.

“Keywords suggestion tool” module. Selection and use of relevant keywords and keyphrases is an important task for anybody carrying out web site optimization and promotion. Large numbers of visitors alone is not the primary aim, it is important to attract targeted visitors by appropriate choice of keywords. It is important to define keywords and phrases which properly correspond to the topic of the site and which are actually used by the audience you wish to target.


The Seo Administrator Keywords suggestion tool will help you choose the best possible keyword combinations for your site by:


  • Giving recommendations for the specified phrases.
  • Estimating their competition rate.

First of all we will look at the existing sources of information on keyword popularity:


1. Keywords suggestion services. Search query statistics are provided by Overture and WordTracker. Overture is a free service while WordTracker is chargeable. However, there is also a free version of WordTracker, which supplies up to 15 suggestions for every specified word.


2. Keyword Associations and related search query suggestions. These services are provided by the Yahoo and AskJeeves search engines. The frequency of queries is not given, but careful analysis of the suggested associations may help with the selection of appropriate keywords.


3. Competitors’ site analysis helps to find new relevant keywords. The Keywords suggestion tool downloads the pages from a search engine result list returned by your initial keyword query. It analyzes the Meta Keywords Tags in the downloaded pages to extract other keywords used in your competitor’s websites.


Here are some more details of how Seo Administrator conducts its competitor site keyword analysis. The Meta Keyword Tag was designed for listing keywords relevant to a web page. Nowadays, most search engines ignore it. However, most sites contain this tag and it is widely recommended for use for website optimization. Of course, the presence of a word or a phrase in the Meta Keyword Tag does not mean that a competitor’s page is actually optimized for it. Another step is required in the analysis. After initial keyword tag analysis and compiling of a keyword list, Seo Administrator will count how many times each word occurs in the page text. This reduces the prevalence of random word combinations in the final suggestion list.


Seo Administrator uses all of the above-mentioned data sources to produce keyword suggestions.


After the Seo Administrator Keywords suggestion tool has provided a suggestion list, it is necessary to carefully decide which ones we should choose for site promotion. Unpopular or irrelevant words can be discarded immediately. The most popular suggestions should be treated with care. Their competition rate is high and they will be unlikely to raise your site ranking into the magical “first ten” search engine position. It is necessary to find some ‘golden mean’ of popularity for your final choices from the list of suggested phrases.


This is the second phase of work on keyword suggestion. You need to obtain the competition rate for the phrases that you think will attract visitors to your site and choose those that will lead your site to the top of search engine result lists. Of course, Seo Administrator has features to automate this task.


You need to choose interesting phrases from the list of suggestions generated by Seo Administrator in the previous steps. Simply mark the listed items with ticks. After the resulting analysis, the following parameters will be displayed for every word and word combination:


  • Average PageRank (see below).
  • Average number of inbound links (see below).
  • The number of pages containing this word/phrase, this is the number of search results.
  • The number of pages containing an exact match of the phrase, as if the search term were placed in quotes.

To obtain the average PageRank and average number of inbound links the information for the first ten sites in the search report is collected and averaged.


If you compare the average values listed above with those of your own site, you can estimate the overall competition for the particular keyword or phrase. This allows you to estimate your site’s chances of getting near the top of the search engine results using this phrase. If a number of high-ranking sites are using it then there is little likelihood that it will drive your own site to the top. This is the final piece of information you need to decide whether to use a particular keyword or key phrase suggestion.

“HTML analyzer” module. The HTML analyzer tool analyses on-line and local HTML web pages. It allows you to dissect html text in the same way that a search engine would do it. Html analyzer may be used in several ways:


  • By monitoring keyword density and keyword weight while building and optimizing the site.
  • Detailed analyses of your competitors’ sites to obtain optimal keywords and keyphrases.
  • To ensure that your web pages are well designed and the HTML code is correctly formed.

Keyword analysis. The first report provided by the HTML analyzer contains detailed information on keywords, such as keyword weight and keyword density. The following statistics are obtained for each keyword:


Total number of occurrences – this total is a count of all word occurrences in the text, including visible text as well as invisible and administrative tags (TITLE, ALT, meta-tags, etc.).


  • Number of presences in visible text – how many times a word occurs in text that is visible to site visitors.
  • TITLE tags – shows the keywords in the page header and title tags. Search engines place special importance on the keywords included in these tags.
  • Stylistic tags – indicates if a keyword is printed in bold type or italics.
  • Link text – shows if this keyword is associated with links to other pages.
  • Alt tags – shows which words are present in image alternative tags.
  • Keywords and Description meta-tags – shows if a word is present in search engine meta-tags. The Meta Keyword Tag allowed webmasters to set keywords of the current page for search engines. The Meta Description Tag allows you to set the desired description of the current page. Meta tags are not fully used by search engines nowadays and often ignored, but their continued use is advisable when creating a new website

As well as the parameters described above, keyword weight and keyword density are shown for each keyword.

Keyword density is a measure of textual keyword frequency. For example if the text contains 100 assorted words and the given keyword occurs 5 times then its density is 5%. The density of keywords is an important parameter, which is to be taken into account when optimizing your site. A low density will cause the search engine to consider the page irrelevant for a query on that keyword. An extremely high keyword density will cause the search engine to switch on a search spam-filter and as a result, the page will be excluded from search results.

Words weight. The weight will be also defined for every word on a page. It is measure of the significance of the word.


Here are some of factors taken into account by the search engines when evaluating the word weight:


  • The total number of words.
  • The text attribute tags. For example, title, bold type and so on.
  • The distance from the beginning of the text.

For weight estimation, algorithms resembling those adopted by real search engines are used. The larger weight a word has – the more chances it has to rise higher in the results of the search. But you should be aware that excessive use of a keyword on a page may turn on the search engine spam-filter.

Keyphrases analysis. This report is similar to the previous item but displays information on key phrases as well as detailed parameters of the words in each phrase. Keywords combine to form keyphrases that are also estimated for their weight and their number of occurrences in the page text.

The evaluation of the weight of a phrase includes the following factors.

  • The weight of the words.
  • The number of phrase occurrences in the text
  • Whether the words in the phrase are together or scattered among other text.

With HTML analyzer:


You analyze and then optimize your website for desired keywords and phrases to achieve best possible search engine positions.


You analyze your competitor’s websites to determine the search engine keyphrases that they are using. They may be useable in your website.


The modules described above are included in Seo Administrator 3.0 Expert edition.




The previous section described the abilities and features of the utilities included in Seo Administrator 3.0 Standard Edition. This section describes Seo Administrator Professional and the extra advanced tools available. Just a reminder; the Seo Administrator website is here, and you may download the program

“Link popularity checker module. A large number of quality sites with links referring back to your own website (inbound links) is a guarantee of high positions in search reports. This number is your site link popularity and is the single most important objective parameter used by search engines to assess the significance and value of your website. Almost all the search engines use this link popularity parameter in their ranking algorithms. A detailed description of link popularity is given in the next article. Briefly, it may be defined as the “inbound links count”.


Most search engines have an inbound links database and most of them allow you to view your sites inbound links list with the help of special language operators.


The databases from various search engines are mainly similar to each other, but each one will have some unique links not present in the others. Seo Administrator link popularity software checks inbound links across a number of search engines and then composes a unified and comprehensive inbound links list without duplicates.


Two more parameters are displayed for every inbound link – PageRank of the referrer and anchor text.


The first parameter – PageRank – is the “importance” value of the referring page as defined by the Google search engine. By sorting pages according to PageRank, it is possible to define the most significant referrers.


Finally, the third parameter affecting link popularity is the anchor text. This is the text on the referring page that is associated with the link to your site. It is located between the link tags like this: “a href=…”Anchor text “/a”. Keywords within this text will significantly contribute to link popularity values and so improve your positions in search engines.

Links dynamics. In many cases, you will be interested in following link dynamics. In other words, you will want to track changes in the links by noting any new and outdated links. Our link popularity checker software allows you to view and track such links over a specified period.

Competitor analysis. Competitor site analysis is, potentially, a great way to increase the number of inbound links to your own sites. Naturally, every web-master strives to get the maximal number of inbound links referring to their sites and you can benefit from their efforts by suitable analysis of these competing websites. The search for new inbound links can be difficult if most of the related websites are already processed, i.e. they already have links to your site. In this case, you should pay attention to the more powerful competitors.


Seo Administrator Link popularity checker allows you to compare the links database of your site with your competitors’ sites. It can also create a list of related resources which have links to your competitors’ sites but not yet to your own site. If some web resource has several links to sites related to your own site topic then it is likely that the webmaster will also be willing to add links to your site. Seo Administrator link popularity checker can carry out all of these tasks automatically.


Seo Administrator Link popularity checker will give you the benefit of a complete list of those resources that can enhance the link popularity of your site.

“Site indexation tool” module. Before a site appears in search reports it has to be indexed by a search engine. Indexation of your web site means that the site pages have been visited by a search engine, analyzed and the information included in the search engine database. If a page is not indexed, it means that the search engine cannot know about it and consequently will never display information from it.


Site promotion in search engines is an ongoing process of page text optimization, increases in number of quality inbound links and so on. The very first step a webmaster of a newly created web resource should make is to check site indexation by the major search engines.


It is normally not difficult to get into a search engine index. In some cases, you do not need to take any special action. For example, the Google search engine will automatically visit and then index your site within a few days, especially if there are inbound links from other pages that have already been indexed by Google.


With other search engines, it is not quite so simple. In some cases, it is necessary to manually submit the new web resource to a search engine for successful indexation of the site. It is not necessary to sign up all of the pages, submission of just the main page is sufficient. The other site pages will be tracked via their links.


Most of the search engines allow you to examine the indexed pages list with the help of special language operators. Seo Administrator allows you to check site indexation in Google, Yahoo, MSN and other search engines.


As Seo Administrator checks site indexation it also obtains the Google PageRank value of each checked page. It is very useful to get the PageRank at the site indexation stage, especially when analyzing complex and large sites.

“Log-analyzer” module. Every request to your site is handled by the server and an appropriate record is saved in the log-file. A great deal of information about your website visitors can be extracted from the records in the server log file so long as they can be put into an understandable format. The server log file is a text file containing records, in a special format, about every single request to the site. Seo Administrator log analyzer handles these log file formats:


  • IIS-Internet Information Server. Generated by Windows servers.
  • Apache-log file format. Generated by the popular Linux operating system server.

When analyzing log-files Seo Administrator will extract the following statistics:


  • Number of unique visitors of your site.
  • Number of page views.
  • Number of entries originating from search engines.
  • Keywords used by visitors to find your site.
  • Referrers, the web resources which forwarded visitors to your site.
  • Geography, countries of visitors as derived from IP addresses.
  • Frequent visitor paths within your site (Click paths).

The utilities described above are all included in the Professional edition of the program. (Seo Administrator 3.0 Professional edition).




Seo Administrator software has been available for more than two years. It began as a small utility designed to check search engine website positions and grew into a comprehensive optimization package that assists with all aspects of website promotion.


The program website is at, and the program download location is


The new version includes nine utilities for web site optimization and promotion and is available in three editions: Standard, Professional and Expert.


This article describes the utilities included in Seo Administrator 3.0 Standard Edition.

“Ranking monitor” module. The biggest factor in attracting visitors to your web site is a high position in the lists returned from search engines. This is the search engine rank. Monitoring and tracking of your site’s search engine rank is a fundamental and ongoing part of your website optimization task.


A manual check of search engine ranks can be laborious, especially if there you have many keywords and your site has not yet made it into the magical “first ten” of the search engine results. Seo Administrator will help you by doing all the difficult and routine work for you.


Currently, just a handful of major search engines bring most of the visitors to any given website. The most important is Google followed by significant numbers from Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Seo Administrator supports all of these search engines and also more than thirty other international and West European search engines.

Project settings. Seo Administrator is especially simple and intuitive to operate. To start work you do not need to create accounts or enter any additional information about your websites. You simply enter search keywords, enter your website URLs and select your required search engines.

Reports. Seo Administrator provides several types of report. As well as showing your current web site position, it can track changes over time. This will tell you exactly how and when your ongoing site optimization work enhances the search engine positions. It is quite common for several pages of a website to be included in the search results. You may see your pages at, for example, the 5th, 6th and 47th positions in a list. In cases like this, Seo Administrator will correctly process the results to give you appropriate statistics on all of the occurrences.


All the reports created by Seo Administrator may be exported as HTML, Excel, Word, CSV, XML or plain text files. All of the results can also be printed out.

URL list. The program connects to search engines in the same way as a person using a web browser. Search results are tracked and saved as the list of URLs that you see in the reports.

History table. As mentioned above, historical tracking of site positions provides vital feedback on the effectiveness of your site optimization work. Seo Administrator automatically saves the results of all search sessions in a search database and constructs a History table from the saved session search data. The History table gives a clear overview of several parameters, including search engine position and how they have changed. As with all Seo Administrator features, the History table is easy to set up. You simply choose required phrases, search engines and the dates you want to see in the report. You can even view the history data as a chart if you wish.


In summary, the Seo Administrator Ranking monitor module contains all the tools you need for effective, efficient and automatic checking of your website search engine ratings.

“Google Data Centers” This module provides an easy to use interface for checking site positions in Google Data Centers. This allows you to get an estimate of your final Google keyword ranking by checking the Google Data Centers as they are updated before the main server at

“Snippets viewer” module. When search engine results are collected on a specified keyword the search engine shows brief automated descriptions that have been extracted from your website. These are called “snippets”.


A special Meta Description Tag can be used for specifying your desired short description. The description returned by the search engine is usually a combination of the Meta Description Tag and extracts from the text on the page. Meta tags are not fully used by search engines nowadays and often ignored, but their continued use is advisable when creating a new website


Seo Administrator tracks snippet history. Snippet analysis and accurate editing of a site’s pages allows you to try variations of Meta Description Tag and page text to see how a search engine displays the resulting snippet text.


All the above modules are included in Seo Administrator Standard Edition.




Eliminate Broken Links and Maintain Your Web Site Error-Free

Making or managing a Web site? Improve the quality of your Web site and maintain HTML pages error-free with SeoAdministrator Site Analyzer.

In today’s fast-paced hi-tech environment, Web sites and individual pages quickly become obsolete, and so do external links placed on your Web site and pages. Regular link checks are vital to keep any website free of errors. Broken links, HTML errors and other issues annoy visitors and make it difficult to browse through your site…a real pain for visitors and webmasters alike. Broken links degrade the usability of your Web site, and are strongly advised against by major search engines. Many search engines recommend checking your Web site for broken links and for correct HTML as part of their Web master guidelines.

Fixing broken links is easy provided you know exactly which links to remove or modify. But how do you know which links are broken and which aren’t?

Good Web development tools such as Macromedia DreamWeaver or Microsoft Expression Web can scan your project for broken links within the project, ensuring that the correct pages are addressed by every link. Unfortunately, they don’t take the next step, providing no tools for you to check your outgoing links for validity when published.

Scanning all of your HTML pages and manually verifying each and every outgoing link for 404 and other errors may be an option if you have a single-page Web site with only a few external links. But, that is obviously not an option if you are managing a larger or dynamic Web site.

The same goes for validating every HTML page on your Web site. While you may have a perfectly valid template, can you be sure that no element in your site’s dynamic content has all HTML meta-tags such as Title, Description, Keywords, as well as image Alt tags? These tags are not required by HTML standards, but using them properly makes your Web pages more informative to visitors and more valuable in the eyes of search engines.

Ensure the best user experience and avoid search engine problems by eliminating broken links and maintaining your Web pages in a standards-compliant and error-free manner! Site Analyzer ( performs a comprehensive scan of your Web site and informs you about any problems found on its pages. Broken links, faulty images, HTML errors and even missing meta-tags are accounted for and reported in a clearly legible way.

Each and every Web page and outgoing link will be analyzed and accounted for. Your Web pages Google PageRank will be checked and included into the report.

Site Analyzer is not limited to scanning your Web site and creating a report. After the scan is complete, the product already knows about your Web site and pages. Why not put this information to good use? After scanning your Web site, Site Analyzer can make a perfectly valid XML sitemap for Google completely automatically. You can also create an additional HTML sitemap for your own visitors.

Site Analyzer is an exemplary tool for modern Web masters. Save time and ensure the quality of your Web site with SeoAdministrator Site Analyzer! Download your copy now:



Grow Your Business and Get More Visitors by Optimizing Your Site for Search Engines

It is no secret that major search engines such as Google and Yahoo are the largest and often the only source to bring visitors to most Web sites. Importantly, you don’t pay search engines for every visitor they send to your site. It’s hard to underestimate the potential of this free traffic.

How do you get more visitors? The short answer is: you have to get your site a better visibility on search engines.

At this very moment, your competitors are improving their sites. They are fighting to be in the top search results in order to get more visitors.

Statistically, your potential visitors only look through the first twenty or so results in the listings presented by search engines as the results of search requests. If you have more than twenty competitors, chances are that potential visitors would never find out about your site or product, but will instead be pointed towards your competition.

So how do you get more visitors? Again, the short answer is: you have to optimize your site for better rankings in major search engines.

There are several ways to optimize your site. You could contract a company specializing in Search Engine Optimization, or hire a SEO specialist. This can be effective but very expensive. Besides, an over-optimization of your site or the use of certain (mostly borderline) optimization methods can trigger the search engines to completely delete your site from their index. Because of this, contracting a third party to do a SEO job for you might be risky, and is not always a good idea.

It’s much better if you optimize your site yourself. As the owner of the site, you won’t do anything risky that could lead to a ban by major search engines. As a good starting point, there is a SEO tutorial for beginners at

After you read the tutorial, you may wonder what keyword density your pages have, what keywords your visitors use to find your site, and what rankings you have for those keywords on different search engines. Counting the keywords on a page, analyzing log files and running search queries on major search engines can be a long, time-consuming process. Furthermore, analyzing the results often requires certain statistical and mathematical knowledge.

What if you don’t have that much time or mathematical skills? After all, do your competitors have a Ph.D. in Mathematics?

No, they don’t need to. Your competitors are using tools that are specifically designed for gathering data on keywords and visitors, and tools for analyzing such data. They are getting nicely formatted reports that summarize their keywords, rankings, and visitor’s behavior. Some of the best tools can even make suggestions on what they can do to rank higher for specific keywords, or even suggest new keywords that complement those already in use.

SEO Administrator tools available at do all that, and much more. This package has everything to automatically analyze and track your site’s rankings in various search engines, check sites that have links to your pages, and verify that your Web site is indexed properly by the search engines. It even does things as complex as finding the sites that link to your competitors, and offers their owners to link to you instead!

This suite of SEO Administrator tools won’t break the bank either, offering a terrific value at only $70 for the basic edition and all the way up to just $150 for the full-featured Enterprise version. You’re getting a much better deal than your competitors! Visit and see for yourself what this great set of SEO tools can do to grow your business!



WP Frontpage News

WP Latest post display latest posts from a category, page or tags in various way and easily. News plugin can be called in editor or as widget.

Frequently posting news on your website or want to display your content in a dynamic way? Breaking news! WP latest posts is right there for you.

This WordPress news plugin has been built to, automatically format your content the way you want, display more information in a limited space to catch users, prevent article authors to break your WordPress theme layout and to focus only on content, display a news carousel on your home page or in sidebar widgets positions.

Video demo:

The plugin is divided in 4 main configuration tabs:

  • Select your content source ie. select a post category or pages and the display ordering
  • Select your display options ie. choose a theme, choose the row and column number,…
  • Select your thumbnail or featured image source, meaning where the thumbnail will be picked up and how it will be displayed
  • Advanced parameters for date and all miscellaneous stuff

Perfect to present large information, easy for final users. The Latest posts version 2 is now available, including a lot of amazing responsive themes, masonry themes, color chooser, unlimited widget, animation selection, automatic cropping for title and text(see hereunder).

Basic Features (all available in this free, open-source version)

  • Unlimited Latest posts instances
  • Completely customizable news template
  • Insert news blocks in the content editor with a button
  • Display as a sidebar widget
  • Select number of columns and pages in a news block
  • Select number of elements (post, pages) to be loaded
  • Dispatch and order content in each block with jQuery mouse drag-and-drop
  • Select categories of the listed contents
  • Limit the total number of displayed news items
  • Select image source (featured image thumbnail, first image attachment, or post first image)
  • Add custom margins around images
  • Create carrousel sliding news displays with a few clicks
  • Full out-of-the box support of WordPress default theme and most common custom themes and styling

WP Latest posts features (optional, still open-source version)

  • 6 month personal ticket support of professional level
  • 4 responsive premium themes
  • Masonry themes
  • Time line theme
  • Unlimited sidebar widget instances
  • Multiple instance per page
  • Automatic cropping of title using number of words, characters or lines
  • Automatic cropping of text excerpt using number of word, characters or lines
  • Automatic animation of sliders
  • Change animation type
  • Choose of default image ion case there’s no image in content (upload it yourself)
  • Support WordPress tag as content source
  • Choose your “read more” text
  • Select content by tags
  • Default vector images
  • Filter news by date
  • Easy Install: download the premium addon and run!

[Source:- wordpress]

Perspectives on Going Viral

You wake up one morning, check your phone, and spit out your coffee. You have thousands of likes on Facebook, hundreds of retweets, and an inbox that has exploded. Your little blog — which normally gets a dozen views per day and has an audience of exactly two, your spouse and mother — has been shared all over the internet, and that post you wrote last night, in your pajamas, has gone viral.

Going viral is different for everyone, but it can be a strange blend of exciting and terrifying — and very emotional, as writer Sam Dylan Finch described in his recent interview. Here, four bloggers on share their experiences.

Gretchen Kelly, Drifting Through My Open Mind

Gretchen KellyLast November, Gretchen Kelly published “The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About,” in which she described all the tactics women employ to move safely through a world of sexism and harassment. Nearly two thousand comments and more than two million views later, the post continues to generate a lot of activity.

Can you pinpoint the spark that set it all off?

Twitter is where my post first started to get some traction. I knew something was going on when I started seeing retweets and comments from non-bloggers. Soon, my Twitter notifications were going crazy. People started asking to publish it in different languages, and the Huffington Post and Upworthy contacted me. It was circulating on Facebook, too, but I wasn’t as aware of that. I think it was shared initially because it resonated with so many women. Then, it was shared by people who were angered by it. There’s definitely a sweet and salty feel to going viral.

What is one thing you learned from the experience?

I don’t know if anything can prepare you for the turbulence of going viral. I learned that I’m not as thick-skinned as I’d like to think. I received so many positive, touching messages from both men and women. But the negative, hateful comments? Those were tough to take. At times I let them get to me and affect my mood. Eventually, I had to turn off notifications on my phone and take a break from it all.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

I don’t think I would do anything differently. I almost scrapped the post right before publishing it. I was filled with doubt, worried that no one would get what I was trying to say. But I published it and hoped for the best. I try not to question or overanalyze anything when it comes to my writing or blogging. It’s a struggle because I think generally, writers are an over thinking, self-doubting bunch. But I also know that overthinking can be the death of creativity. I try hard to just go with it and let things happen. So, no. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Has blogging been a challenge since this viral post?

My desire to blog hasn’t waned. What was a challenge was deciding what to write next. I am not a niche blogger, and I don’t want to be pigeonholed. I sometimes write about feminism, but I also write about grief, about my life, about love. Would I lose new followers or let them down? Would people pick it apart like some did with the viral post? Eventually, I just wrote what was on my mind at the time. I’m still working on that not-overthinking thing!

Matthew Fray, Must Be This Tall to Ride

Matthew FrayLast month, Matthew published “She Divorced Me Because I Left Dishes by the Sink.” Before he knew it, the post had gone viral — no promotion needed on his part. Since then, he’s been experiencing the aftermath of the experience, which he reflected on in “Of Course It Was About More Than Dirty Dishes.”

Can you pinpoint the spark that set it all off?

Kind of. I work in digital marketing, so checking web traffic and content performance is part of what I do. I published the post on January 14th. It was viewed 263 times that day.

This is how the post performed afterward:


Matthew’s post views from January 15-28, 2016.

Views are slowly returning to whatever my blog’s new normal will be.

It was nothing more than some readers sharing it on Facebook, then their friends sharing it on Facebook, and then their friends doing the same.

What is one thing you learned from the experience?

I learned that blogging CAN make a tangible difference in people’s lives. A silly post about a dish by the sink — the deeper meaning was sadly lost on many readers — sparked countless conversations about marriage online and among couples. Some people said their relationships will never be the same. In a good way.

One thing I learned about myself is that everyone will not like or agree with me, and I need to be able to live with that. I didn’t like having so many people who didn’t know me make judgments about my marriage and my beliefs based on one post that most didn’t seem to read all the way nor understand. Moving forward, thicker skin will be required.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

There are sentences in the post which made sense to me and regular readers because we have context, but to millions of strangers, some thoughts were understandably misinterpreted. Had I known so many strangers would read it, I’d have exercised more thoughtful and prudent word choices. But, big picture? This got people talking about marriage in meaningful ways. I’m proud of that. In that respect, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Has blogging been a challenge since this viral post?

In my two-and-a-half years of blogging on, people have mostly been exceedingly kind when leaving comments. Opening the floodgates to a larger cross-section of humanity introduced me to criticism and some less-than-pleasant insults in a way I had never experienced.

Sometimes people (or maybe it’s just me) have a unique capacity to ignore the ninety percent saying nice things, and hone in on the ten percent who aren’t. I didn’t always handle that with grace and professionalism. Learning to accept that not everyone will agree with me, like me, or understand me will be my biggest challenge moving forward.

Lisa Durant, Can Anybody Hear Me?

Lisa DurantIn April 2015, Lisa wrote “The ‘After’ Myth,” a post about losing weight, yet failing to discover and truly love herself. A year on, the piece continues to resonate with readers.

Can you pinpoint the spark that set it all off?

Although I can’t be entirely sure, I think a photo made my post go viral. Since my post was about my weight loss journey (or, as I prefer to put it, my life gain journey), it included a before and after photo of my physical transformation. While I understand that a dramatic high-impact photo makes for good clickbait, in this scenario, it’s kind of ironic. That post (and my entire blog, really) are meant to take attention away from the physical and focus more on the mental and emotional challenges of major weight loss.

What is one thing you learned from the experience?

I was surprised at how many people were surprised by my willingness to talk openly about personal topics. I also felt a bit of fear over being so visible. I’ve always been an open book, but I’ve never had so many readers paging through. I learned that people are a lot kinder than I ever knew. I was shocked at how few negative and critical responses I received and overwhelmed by the support I found.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

I could have capitalized on it. I could have ridden the wave of being visible and used it to gain even more exposure. I could have grown my blog, sold ads, and tried to turn it into a career as many others have. But I purposely chose not to, and I don’t regret that choice. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed briefly writing for other publications as a result, but I also chose to retreat and let the viral post run its course. I suppose that’s one other thing I learned about myself: I don’t want to be famous; I just want to write.

Has blogging been a challenge since this viral post?

At first, going viral made me second guess everything I sat down to write. I worried that whatever I posted next would never be as good. I also became much more aware of how many people could potentially see the sometimes very personal things that I tend to bring up in my posts. But then, I realized that these fears were exactly the right thing to write about next, and so I did. And, I made a decision and a statement: I couldn’t promise that every post would be viral-worthy or even interesting to anyone else, but I could promise to be honest. I decided that I would continue to do what I’d been doing for years: write for me, not for an audience.

Corinne Rogero, Duly Noted

Corinne Rogero“I Should Be Engaged,” Corinne Rogero’s quiet musings on being more mindful in the moment and creating meaningful connections, made lots of noise in January as well. Ten days after, she beautifully reflected on the experience that turned her world upside down.

Can you pinpoint the spark that set it all off?

I think a lot of millennials are bombarded with the notion that engagement and marriage are the keys to happiness. So the word “engaged” in my post’s title perhaps drew people’s attention, and I’m sure some readers hoped to hear a valid reason for why they deserved to be engaged in the marital sense as well.

What is one thing you learned from the experience?

There is greater power in sharing stories and exchanging words than perhaps we’ll ever fully realize. And I think because our words hold such weight — whether we realize it or not — they deserve to be shared in ways that connect with other souls and land somewhere deeper than mere surface level.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

I don’t think many people expect their post to go viral when their cursor hovers over the “Publish” button, and because my experience was just as unexpected, I don’t think it could have taken place any other way. I was writing just to write, and it just so happened to be read around the world.

Has blogging been a challenge since this viral post?

Immediately after my post crossed the 1,000,000 mark, I felt pressure to publish posts of the same caliber — that anything under a million views meant it wasn’t a good post. And the same expectation carried over into other social media platforms where I’d gained hundreds of followers because of my post. Suddenly, each Instagram photo or tweet had to be perfectly clever and professionally delivered. But I’m reminded that whether a post receives one or one million views, those one or one million people are exactly those who need to read it. Playing the comparison game in writing will only stifle your voice and suffocate your story.


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