Clearing up some information

Last Update: March 06, 2016

Hi everybody I'm finally creating another post! The main purpose of this post is clear up a few areas that I am uncertain on. One of the questions that I have been unable to determine is which plugin is the best choice for Google Analytics? First I thought it was All in One SEO but now I read the blogs here in WA and many people seem to prefer Yoast. So Is one better than the other or is that a matter of opinion? Also if Yoast is the best one what is the name of the plugin that gives you Yoast, is it just "Yoast"? Also if I switch plugins to Yoast will that mess it up or since my sight is not yet released maybe that doesn;t matter?

Another question I have is about blogs. Should I have a menu Item or at least something in one of the sidebars called "Postings"? Or should the postings be on a separate site and link into my website? My last question is about comments. Should I have a place for comments on every page (except for the privacy policy) and if I have activated the Captcha plugin will it automatically do what it's supposed to do or does it need more settings to be set?

I apologize for all these questions. Unfortunately I don't think I am in the position to add any value with my information but I am working toward that goal.

Thanks very much,

Barbara

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GSM Premium
I agree that it is best to follow the training, step by step as it is presented. Reading the blogs can turn you in a lot of different directions and you can end up confused by the various opinions expressed.

Stay focused on completing the training steps and you will do great.

As for your "posts" appearing in a sidebar. Most themes allow you to assign individual posts to a category. There is usually a "categories" widget you can assign to your sidebar. Same is true for a "recent posts" widget. Users will then be able to click a category and see all posts in that category.

The default in Wordpress is to assign your posts to the front page as a blog roll so unless you made your front page a static page and assigned posts to a separate page they should show up on your front page by default.
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bjdluna Premium
Well, actually I made my front page static so it is no longer a blog. But the category thing I've seen that in other sites. Probably I could start with the recent posts category would probably be good.
Thanks very much for your input!
Barbara
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Sheila50 Premium
I think it is better to do what Kyle teaches until you get better with your site.
You can get very confused by reviewing all the information that the community blogs about.
That is what confused me and so I started listening to Kyle and then once I understand things better if something doesn't work correctly then I will consider switching or reading members blogs about their experiences.
Hope this helps but Kyle suggests All in one and so do I!
My posts are on my landing page at this time. Maybe sometime later I will change this but for now keep it simple.
Sheila
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bjdluna Premium
Thank you Sheila for your advice. It makes a lot of sense too.
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bjdluna Premium
Hi Sheila,

You are right about just sticking with All in One SEO. Alot of people keep changing their minds also so i will wait until I know more about analytics to mess with that one. Is a landing page the same as a home page, is it just like what it sounds it is where someone lands on your site when they go to your url? I will have to look at it again and see where a blog page could best be put.
Thanks so much for your comments,
Barbara
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Sheila50 Premium
Yes a landing page is where people land when they go to your site!
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Marith Premium
When you sign up for Google Analytics, you will be given a code, and that code you copy and paste into the right place in either All in one SEO or yoast. I use all in one, it's a matter of opinion and it won't mess up your site if it is newly started if you change to the other. Both have a box in their settings where you can place the code from Analyticcs.

The blogs depend on your theme. You should not have to add any listings of your posts in the sidebar. Normally you have a landing page, a blogroll, where all your blogs will show up. Visitors will get to that page if they click "home" when they visit one of your posts. Most themes also have a box with recent blogs showing in the sidebar. This will depend on what theme you chose. Themes can be changed later if you are not happy with the way it looks.

You should have comments on all your posts, and maybe on some pages. Most theme have comments on all posts but you might have to activate it on the spesific pages you want it on. I don't use the Captcha plugin, so can't help with that. Comments should work without any changes in the settings, but you should activate WP spamshield to avoid spam in your comments.

Since you haven't launched your site yet, just write and add content, and you will soon see how the whole thing will look, how easy (or not) it is to navigate between post/blogs and find "stuff". Since a lot of this depend on your choice of theme, it is hard to say how it will turn out, but remember, all this can be changed if you are not happy with the result. Good luck and please ask again if my answers is confusing :-))
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bjdluna Premium
Thanks Marith, I guess I will leave it as it is with All in One for now. I like my theme it's pretty basic I didn't want to deal with too many things at once. But Somehow I left out a Blog roll or maybe that was the page I got rid of but I suppose I could always add a blog page back in. i really want to get this website into the comment/feedback area and then out in to the real world. i will buy a WA domain and host it here so it's 100% WA!
Thanks again for your help,
Barbara
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bjdluna Premium
Hi Marith,
It seems like the best thing to do as far as Yoast or All in One would just be stick with what I've got. I believe I set it so comments should show up on every page but I'll have to check it again and try to put a test comment in and figure out where to put a blog. I do have a menu across the top but it just has the main content pages listed so I will need to figure out where to put the blog.
I like my theme it's pretty basic it's Iconic One, nothing fancy.
Thanks very much for your advice,

Barbara
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Marith Premium
When you write a blog, it will be a post, go to post, add new, and write. when done and published you will see where in your theme it shows up and how easy the navigation between posts are. Many themes have a box in the sidebar showing last post and next post so visitors can go to the next one from there. Most themes also have a search-bar so visitors will be able to search your site for content if they are looking for something specific. Menu on the top is a different thing, and you also have categories. Just remember, you are not suppose to "put" your blogs anywhere, they will show up where they are supposed to be all by them self :-))
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Marith Premium
Hi barbara, your blogroll is not a page you can get rid of, it is build innto your theme.Your theme might have a static front page, but don't worry too much about it, all these things can be fixed later when you know exactly what you want your site to look like.
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rosieM Premium
As far as SEO plugin, yes for the most part it would be a matter of choice. I have always used the all in one...never had issues, so have never looked elsewhere. You definitely should have some sort of menu setup in your site .... never separate from the site. Double check your setting within Captcha and it should work on all comment areas you designate. I would probably suggest you have a comment section on every page....your visitor will then be free to comment wherever they choose, sometimes on more than one page!
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bjdluna Premium
Hi Rosie,
Yes thats a good point! I think I have it set to have a comment on every page. I do have a menu that goes across the top for the main pages my site is called buildabusinessonline.siterubix.com I need to figure out where to put the Blog and test those comments.
Thanks very much for your advice,
Barbara
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KDClover Premium
The plugin is called Yoast. I am one who does not like Captcha because I think it scares away some customers.
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bjdluna Premium
I don't think I ever heard about anyone not liking Captcha that would be pretty bad if it did scare off customers. Maybe it's just the customers with a guilty conscience!
Thanks for your response KD.
Barbara
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