WordPress SEO installed

The great temptation, once you have got a website up and running, is to forget about its machinery to concentrate on its content. That’s what I have been doing here, too, although I should know better. Belatedly, I have just looked into optimising my site for search engines – the idea being that I can make its content more easily findable by people who want to read it, which must be a win-win scenario.

How? In WordPress, you browse through a long list of plugins which add the extra functionality; you check out the functions each of them offers, and the user reviews and rankings; you install your chosen plugin (and donate to the writer, if you feel so inclined); and you’re done – in some cases, anyway.

Having selected and installed WordPress SEO, I have made some global changes but need to add to each page some hidden content indexed by search engines. That will take some time, unfortunately, but on the other hand there’s no particular need to hurry.

The only change my readers may notice is that permalinks (the individual URL’s which take you straight to a particular post, e.g.  https://malcolmtattersall.com.au/wp/2011/04/launching-bugblog/) are now words rather than numbers.

Turning over a new leaf

I was going to write a post with this title for New Year’s Day, playing on the New Year / New Leaf association by literally turning over leaves and showing what was underneath them. However, someone or something else intervened. The site crashed – I think it was hacked – on the New Year weekend and it took a few days to get it up again. (I think it is all back to normal now, but please do let me know if you spot any problems.) Meanwhile, however, most of the intended ‘New Leaf’ pics are already on my Flickr photostream, so I’ll just give you another photo of the odd mantis I described here a week ago. I turned over a leaf and saw the light shining through both leaf and mantis … but I had fun exaggerating the x-ray effect.

False-colour image of mantis
Neomantis in a new light

May 2012 be peaceful and happy for my readers and the wider world.

Launching Bugblog

Green Path, aka Bugblog while in development, has been more than a year in gestation, from the first vague idea that it would be good for me to keep some sort of visual diary of my insect photography and observations, through to installing WordPress and setting up the site.

Part of my process was to write posts for the blog-to-be. It seemed a shame to waste them all so I have copied some of them across to the new blog. For the same reason I have added relevant items I have shared with friends and relations during the development phase. Bugblog therefore has entries going back several months although today is its official launch.

As I crack an imaginary bottle of champagne across its metaphorical bows I wish us all the best of luck on our voyage into the future.

Tackling WordPress

At last – time to get to grips with WordPress!

I tried to install it on my new server during the summer school holidays but ran into a technical problem, then ran out of time to find a solution as the weather kept us busy. (Remember Yasi? Yes, of course. What was the name of the cyclone just before Yasi? Jeez, I dunno.)

Oh, and there was going back to school, and then deciding to install a solar PV system and more floods and … here we are.