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Displaying your RSS Feed on Wordpress Page

New page required for our WordPress website, Ski Press. I wanted to pull the RSS feed, from our Skiing blog and display it on a Ski Press page.

Good round-up from Problogger on all the options: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/12/03/everything-you-need-to-import-and-display-rss-feeds-with-wordpress/

However, I didn’t want to use a plugin. So used this code from WP Tuts+: http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/add-the-wordpress-rss-feed-anywhere-in-your-theme/

Steps:

1. Create custom page template
Created PHP file, added this code to the top of the file:
<?php /* Template name: My Custom Page Template */ ?>
Copied all the code from my page.php, into this new page.

2. Added code to pull RSS feed into page, from WP Tuts+ (see above link)

3. Saved PHP file and uploaded into Wordpress theme directory

4. Then able to create a Wordpress page and select the template

5.Added some CSS to style the RSS output
Here is my Page: http://www.ski-press.com/ski-press-blog

Jan 5

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Jan 4

Implementing Schema.org

Now that all the major search engines have decided to throw their hat into schema.org (sorry..microformats!) - I decided to change as Bing doesn’t support Microformats.

So I replaced the microformated contact details on the Ski Press website. It didn’t take too long, had a slight problem with embedding items but figured it out quite quickly.

I used the ‘person’ and ‘organisation’ item types:

<div itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/Person">
<p><strong><span itemprop=”name”>Robert Stewart</span></strong><br/><span itemprop=”jobTitle”>PR Director</span> – <span itemprop=”worksFor” itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/Organization"><span itemprop="name">Ski Press</span></span></p> <p><strong>Telephone:</strong><span itemprop="telephone"> +00 44 (0)1234 123456</span></p> <p><strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:name@domain.com" title="Click to send email" itemprop="email" >email@domain.com</a></p>
<p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href=”http://www.website.com” target=”_blank” title=”External link to website” itemprop=”url” >www.website.com</a></p>
</div>

Useful Links:

Details of schema.org

Google Rich Snippets Testing tool

Jan 1

Wordpress 3.3 Upgrade

WordPress rolled out version 3.3, in mid December.
Seems it was mostly an interface update.

WordPress Introduction to 3.3 ‘Sonny’: http://wordpress.org/news/2011/12/sonny/

Good information on: Tips to upgrade successfully

Mashable update: WordPress 3.3 Update Refines Features, Interface

Sitepoint article: What’s new in WordPress 3.3

**Update: WordPress 3.3.1 brought out with fixes and security patch http://wordpress.org/news/2012/01/wordpress-3-3-1/

10 Sleek Google+ Icons for Your Website or Blog

10 Sleek Google+ Icons for Your Website or Blog

Mashable hits the spot again with this excellent Google+ icon collection

Highlighting Authors in Google search

Want to know how to highlight your author details in Google search - so shows your picture, you need to read this:

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1229920

It involves linking to your Google Profile and adding links back to this profile, to tell Google you are the author.

Some information from Yoast, for Wordpress users:

http://yoast.com/wordpress-rel-author-rel-me/

Test using the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets

and don’t forget to tell Google, in this form

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