Posts Tagged ‘wordpress’
Posted on July 29, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
I thought it might be of use to some of my readers so I’ve packaged a few different versions of the theme. In addition to the header shown to the left, there’s a header for the following themes: pets, couples, medical/health, and a blank header to be used with your own image.
Posted on December 1, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
One of the benefits of using WordPress as a platform is its ability to automatically notify “the world” when you’ve made a new post. It does this by sending a small bit of XML to a ping server letting it know that there’s new content. These ping servers are used by aggregators and search engines to determine when a site has changed so that they can more efficiently crawl for new content.
By default, WordPress is set up to use rpc.pingomatic.com, which in turn relays your ping out to a list of other ping servers.
The problem with using ping relays like pingomatic is that if a server starts using their service and you already have that server on your ping list, they might consider the duplicate pings as spam and stop announcing your blog’s changes. This happens even more frequently if you just grab a big list of ping servers from the web since pingomatic isn’t the only relayer (pingoat is another, for example).
If you leave the default setting alone, you’ll be safe, but you’ll also miss out on a handful of ping servers which in turn could cause delays in getting your new posts crawled by some sites.
I’ve begun using a streamlined list of ping servers which doesn’t include any relay services. This should eliminate any chances of getting flagged for ping spam while maximizing my exposure when I make new posts.
Here’s the list:
Please note that some of these servers require you to manually visit the site and initiate the first ping for your site. It’s fast and easy, but that step keeps their services from being abused.
If you know of a ping server that you think should be on the list, comment below and I’ll do some research to see if it is a relay server.