February 2013
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Installing a Downloaded WordPress Theme

If you’ve downloaded a WordPress theme pack from a website such as this one, and want to install it on your site, please carry out the following steps:

  • Navigate to your WordPress admin page. It’ll probably be located at http://yoursitename.com/wp-admin
  • Click Appearance in the left-hand menu bar
  • Click Install Themes tab at the top of the Appearance page
  • Click Upload (found just underneath the Install Themes tab header)
  • Click Choose File.
  • Then navigate to and select the file you just downloaded.
  • Click Install Now.

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RichCopy – Rsync for Windows

Found a really useful tool today to replace one of those features that I’ve sorely missed on Windows. RichCopy provides similar functionality for windows to rsync on linux. Great for backing up photos without having to copy whole directories. RichCopy will only copy files that have changed since the last backup.

Simple configuration options set how the program determines if a file has changed (e.g. file size, last update time, etc). Options also allow you to delete files from the backup drive that you’ve deleted in the source directory too.


Microdata – Structured HTML

Google search result showing extra track information provided by Schema.org markup

Google search result showing extra track information provided by Schema.org markup

I’ve been looking recently into making more use of structured HTML, or microdata. Using these structures means that the meaning of information contained within websites can be more easily understood by search engines. In turn this means the search engines can display more useful and relevant data to their users.

Where it’s easy for you or I to look at a web page and know it’s about music or news or photography, search engines have to try and figure this out from the text contained within the site. So microdata is an attempt to let search engines make sense of what they are indexing on the web.

Click the image to the right to see the results of a Google search for a page (in this case from Last.fm) that contains microdata. The use of microdata has made it possible for Google to understand that the page contains tracks by Lady Gaga and then format its search results in a more useful way.

There’s plenty of information on using this type of HTML at schema.org, or the latest W3C specification. But it’s a bit hard going!