View Source: Adding breadcrumb links to your WordPress sites

This week in View Source, I show you how to modify your functions.php file in WordPress to add breadcrumb URLs to your pages. This is a great way to improve the readability of your URLs and improve your Search Engine Optimization. It’s fairly easy to do, but be careful, because adding PHP code to your pages. can be tricky.

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Preview images while writing blog posts with MarkDown and ImgUR

I love simple things and when someone makes a product that is easy to use and solves a problem, it makes me happy. Case in point, something you might have never heard of. http://imgur (pronounced imager). It’s a service that hosts your photos so that you can post them on the web…say on a blog post, twitter, etc. So there’s plenty of image uploaders out there, but the problem this one solves is when I’m writing a blog post for say some other website. I like to use markdown, while I’m writing, but unless I put the images on a server or create an actual post, there’s no way for me to preview the images WHILE I’m writing the post.

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Add a markdown plug-in to WordPress

In the last year or so, I’ve switched from writing posts in regular HTML to writing them in markdown. It’s a shorthand language for writing HTML that is great for writing blog posts…think about it HTML is great for coding pages, but when you have to write an article in HTML you have to remember to open and close your tags. Markdown makes this easier by allowing you to post in shorthand.

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Google Analytics Tips from the Horse’s mouth

These days, it seems that everybody’s an expert in Google Analytics. There’s a lot of great advice out there, but why not skip the middleman and get it straight from Google. They have produced an excellent Search Engine Optimization Guide PDF with tips and tricks on what you can do to rank higher in their search engine. It’s part of Google Webmaster central and if you haven’t seen it already…you should definitely check it out.