Monthly Archives: November 2009

How To Hide WordPress Pages When Using an Artisteer Based Template

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is a fantasic piece of software. It makes it so easy to create wordpress themes, and i am using a theme here on WSS101

But one of the probelms with these themes is that the menu that appears across the top is slightly non standard, and so when you want to hide a wordpress page from the main navigation bar, it not that intuitive to do.

So why would we want to hide a page from the navbar?

I needed to do it just the otherday, becuase I had created a bunch of email signup pages, such as a confirmation page, thanks for signing up page, and the download page.

Of course I didn't want these pages to appear on the main navigation bar, so I had to hide them.

So this is how you do it, you are gonna have to edit your theme files.

First find your header.php file in your theme's folder, and open it in your favourite text editor.

Right at the bottom of the file, you will find a bit of code that looks like this :

Note the numbers in brackets, these are the page id's you wish to exclude. They must be surrounded by single quotes as shown above.

Now upload file to your theme folder.

Now, find and open a file called functions.php (in your theme folder)

No add the bits, shown underlined in red. Save the file and upload to your theme folder.

You should now see the pages hidden from the main navigation menu

Have fun makes landing pages, signup pages and download pages in your Artisteer based themes.

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My Top 10 Criterias…

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top-10-redAlmost everyday I get asked "How can I tell if its gonna be easy or hard to get my website onto the first page of Google"

Well, here are my top 10 criterias for determing how difficult it will be to get my site on the first page of G:

1. The bigger the number  of pages listed in G when the keyword is entered in surrounded by quotes, means the hard it is gonna be to rank.

2. If there are very few pages on the first page that have the keyword as a page title, then the easier it becomes.

3. How many have the keyword as poart of their domain and path structure.

4. The number of Yahoo backlinks per listing . Don't bother using Google to determine the number of backlinks as it only gives you a random sample of the sites linking back to you.

5. Big pageranks of the sites mean harder work.

6. The age of the domains on the first page, if the sites are young (< 2 years old) then its will be easier. If they are old, then its gonna be hard

7. Number of videos that show up. If videos appear on the first page, then its much easier to get onto the front page than if there are no videos present

8. Do any article directories appear on the front page for that term. If so, then its easy to get ranked

9. Is the front page dominated by .GOV sites or Wikipedia listings. If so, then its gonna be hard to get onto the front page

10.Check how many Web2.0 listings appear on the front page. The more there are, the easier its is to rank for.

I hope this helps

Bruce

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