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WordPress Plugin Releases for 3/02

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wp-weather widget uses Weather.com to show forecast information for a city.

Duplicate Content Cure prevents duplicate content in wordpress blogs by adding a noindex meta tag to wordpress pages that don’t contain any unique value, like categories, archives, and paged pages.

wp-publications-archive is a WordPress plugin that allows administrators to upload and manage all sorts of files (i.e., publications). Additionally, end-users are able to navigate, search, and download them in the front-office.

Currency Converter sidebar widget for WordPress that can convert between 148 currency formats from all over the world.

Ajaxified Expand Post NOW uses AJAX to expand the “more…” on your blog.

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  1. miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG (3 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the link to my new widget :) Much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    m^e

  2. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    the nofollow rel tag doesn’t stop google spidering the pages though, it just stops it passing on pagerank to the target link. that means that the algo will still see the duplicate content and putatively penalize accordingly. However, Matt Cutts in on record as saying this isn’t a problem for WP and other blogs as the algo takes this kind of duplication into account and doesn’t penalize.

    I’m sure someone will already have worked out how to game that confession if it’s true, but I think yet another plugin for wordpress that’s not really doing a whole lot would be one over the top for me.

  3. ttancm (34 comments.) says:

    The plugin above doesn’t say it uses nofollow tags, it says it uses noindex meta tags.

    I’m not sure if Google penalizes for duplicate content, but having google index only individual posts and not category and archive pages can make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. Plenty of the search results from Google end up pointing to the wrong page on my site because newer posts have pushed the post with the content the person is looking for off to another page (from archive page 3 to page 4 for example), so the plugin is actually pretty useful.

  4. David Bradley (7 comments.) says:

    You’re right…I totally misread. Obviously noindex will work to stop the spidering, but then like I say Cutts is on record saying it’s not a problem anyway. Another plugin that’s pretty useful at helping people find what they want if they land on the wrong page is Landing sites, which displays related posts before the main content depending on what keywords you hit the page with.

  5. David Bradley (7 comments.) says:

    You mention a currency converter, which might be fun…but is there a units converter, something that could switch between feet and kilograms, pounds per square inch and Watts, that kind of thing. I know we’ve got Microshaft Calculator Plus now and there’s always onlineconversion.com but I run a small site preoccupied with significant figures, measurements, and units, that would seriously benefit from such a widget.

    db

  6. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    I’m sure the converter can be modified to fit other units. Maybe someone can take that up…

  7. ttancm (34 comments.) says:

    @David

    I couldn’t say one way or the other if it affects page rank, but it has been my observation that it does effect which pages from a site are indexed.

    I’ve played with this a bit on some of my sites using sitemaps, but that gets really tedious once you have a significant amount of content. It has been my experience that if an archive or category page that contains say “post #500″ is indexed, then the actual direct link to post #500 often times isn’t indexed.

    I actually managed to irritate myself to no end trying to find things on my own sites with google search, and ended up removing it from all of my sites and switching back to the default WP search because of archive and category indexing. It is especially problematic on sites that update frequently, because although post #500 might be on archive page 2 and its respective category page 4 at the time it is indexed, by the time I had gone to search for that article it often ended up being 2 or 3 pages from the page it was indexed on by google.

    Landing sites seems like an interesting plugin as well. I think efficient use of it and 404 pages could be quite useful.

  8. miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG (3 comments.) says:

    David: A Unit converter is a great idea. The Currency Converter was one of my first successful attempts at WordPress widgets.. and has given me enough confidence to carry on. Maybe I’ll take that up next. Thanks for setting me off in the right direction..

    Cheers,
    m^e

  9. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    That would be really cool, let me know how you get on, I’d certainly run it on sciencetext.com and definitely on chemspy.com as useful user attractants

    db

  10. Dave (16 comments.) says:

    I installed the currency converter today, and it works great. Thanks!



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