Posted: 13 Jan 2009 12:00 AM PST
If you aren’t subscribed to WPEngineer.com, you really should be! This blog is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs about WordPress (outside of this one of course!). In a recent post, Michael has provided a quick and easy to implement WordPress Hack that will allow you to add pages to your WordPress navigation that are private (so only designated people such as administrators can see them).
When I first read this post I immediately felt that this would make for a great way to add your Adminstrator login to your WordPress navigation, so only people that need it could actually see it.
Click here to get the code you need to accomplish this hack.
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 05:54 PM PST
Despite the fact that I’ve been blogging for over three years now, the past two days have been a unique experience for me. For the first time in my blogging career, one of my posts made the front page of Digg. Truthfully, this isn’t the big accomplishment that it used to be as many bloggers make it there in their first few months of blogging, but this post isn’t about that. Instead I wanted to post about my experience being on the front page of Digg.
Funny thing is, the post that was Dugg was our best 3-Column WordPress Themes gallery, which was actually published on October 2, 2007. In that post, we featured our favorite 3-column WordPress themes in a gallery format for people to look through and find a suitable theme for their WordPress blog. This of course was before any of the premium WordPress themes or content management themes we have today. After I noticed the post was on Digg’s front page, I decided to revisit this post and noticed how “2007″ it was. WordPress has grown a lot since then and the quality of themes has really grown with it, making many of these themes really look outdated.
Anyway, I digress. It was Sunday afternoon before I realized WP Hacks had crashed due to being on the front page of Digg and it took a few hours before I tracked down the reason why and got the site back up and running. Once that was figured out I decided to dig through the Digg comments (pun intended) and was surprised with what I found:
Seriously?!? I wasn’t even aware this post had been Dugg for almost 24 hours and suddenly I have an army of accounts and I have friends digging for me? Is it not possible for people to legitimately make the front page of Digg these days? I guess I don’t use Digg enough these days to know the “rules for getting to the front page.” With that said, probably the funniest part is this post being close to a year and a half old, yet people act like it was a fresh post showing current themes.
Anyway, for years now I’ve never really focused on Digg traffic and I think the comments above show why. It is simply a rush of traffic which is usually not targeted to your niche topic, so there is little chance of converting them into readers. Why exactly would someone want their post on the front page of Digg? The only potential benefits I can think of are incoming links I suppose. Otherwise it is more of a hassle than anything.
So, what are your thoughts on Digg? Do you still use it?
Oh, and to our new readers, if you’re looking for a new WordPress theme, here are a few updated theme galleries we’ve made:
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