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Prologue: A Responsive Magazine Theme for 2013

Written by Alex Denning on in New Themes 14 comments

We’re very excited to announce the release of Prologue, a brand new responsive magazine theme built fit for 2013, packed full of super-awesome features which let your readers get to your content quickly and easily.

Prologue Theme

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SEO Primer Recap

Written by Alex Denning on in Tutorials 5 comments

Users of WPZOOM’s themes often want to know what they need to do in order to improve their search engine rankings. As search engine optimization – or “SEO” – isn’t a tangible thing you can measure, it’s often difficult to know how and where to get started and it’s very easy to find misleading or inaccurate information.

In this post I’d like to show you what SEO is and how you should be using it on your WPZOOM powered site for it to be most effective.

In order to establish exactly what we’re dealing with, I’m going to quote a post from my own blog, “WordPress SEO Tips“. In that post I asked Jeff Starr, WordPress rockstar, to give a definitiion of SEO. He said it was:

“The optimization of web pages for success with search engines.”

And I think that’s as good a definition as you’re going to get. It’s simple, but so many times I’ve seen it misunderstood and misinterpreted – and if you don’t exactly understand what you’re dealing with, you’re not going to be able to effectively optimize your site.

SEO is about actively working on your site, with the aim being that the end result is your page being displayed prominently on search engines.

Is my WPZOOM theme “SEO ready”?

Quite simply: yes.

One of the big parts of SEO is letting search engines know exactly what’s on the page and all of WPZOOM’s themes have logically placed code which search engines can easily understand. Continue Reading

Essential WordPress Plugins for 2013

Written by Alex Denning on in Plugins 37 comments

One of the great things about WordPress (apart from the amazing themes, of course!) is the plugin system, which allows users to “plug in” bits of pre-built functionality to their site.

Here at WPZOOM we’re often asked to recommend WordPress plugins to add various features to people’s sites, so here we’ve rounded up some of the top essential plugins for running a powerful WordPress site in 2013.

WordPress SEO

Yoast’s WordPress SEO Plugin is hands-down one of the best plugins for WordPress SEO around and is used by hundreds of thousands of bloggers.

The plugin’s main strength comes from the comprehensive options: WordPress SEO does everything you’d expect a good SEO plugin to do, and it does it very well. That’s why we recommend using it to help power your site up the rankings.

Digg Digg

Despite using the name of a social sharing site which is a shell of its former self, make no mistake: the Digg Digg plugin is not one you want to miss out on.
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