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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    For mini-sites without Wordpress, I was just using shared HTML (HTML with include files).

    Python is sort of the next generation of PERL, but the changeover is not occuring quickly. Ruby is another contender which is showing some serious chops.
    Do you know of a good resource for how to create a shared html template?

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    Due to my lazyness, Wordpress blogs are the way I would solve this problem

    • Tag your articles well
    • Use categories
    • Choose a WP template that supports multiple articles on the home page
    • Trickle the posts out over a controlled period of time
    • Use URL references between blogposts (there are a number of WP plugins for this)
    • Ping each article as it's published, dont rely on the internal WP ping notifier for this
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    I am totally agree with chatterbox above... all my websites are based on WP, since you can set your WP to behave like a blog or simply a static page.

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    For some reason blogs that aren't updated tend to die out. This puts into my head the possibility that Google views some blogs as websites and some as weblogs. The weblogs would need to continue to publish new content and update their feeds to stay relevant.

    Do anyone think that this may be happening?

    Quote Originally Posted by budhi1976 View Post
    I am totally agree with chatterbox above... all my websites are based on WP, since you can set your WP to behave like a blog or simply a static page.
    I wondering if Google also sets its algorithm to ranks a page as a website or blog?

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    Use URL references between blogposts (there are a number of WP plugins for this)

    Url references between blogposts is a good idea. I use the related post plugin and it helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    For some reason blogs that aren't updated tend to die out. This puts into my head the possibility that Google views some blogs as websites and some as weblogs. The weblogs would need to continue to publish new content and update their feeds to stay relevant.

    Do anyone think that this may be happening?
    I think this depends on the niche and whether other sites in your niche are updating more frequently than you.

    A few of my blogs in less competitive niches have > 50 posts. So once a quarter, I post another 5-10 posts, this seems to keep their PR up and the traffic volumes at a decent level. Whereas, other blogs need constant work to keep the SERPS up

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    Url references between blogposts is a good idea. I use the related post plugin and it helps a lot.
    I use - Yet Another Related Posts Plugin - for the URL references. Requires no work during posting (just make sure you tag well)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chatterbox View Post
    I think this depends on the niche and whether other sites in your niche are updating more frequently than you.

    A few of my blogs in less competitive niches have > 50 posts. So once a quarter, I post another 5-10 posts, this seems to keep their PR up and the traffic volumes at a decent level. Whereas, other blogs need constant work to keep the SERPS up
    That's my hesitation about using wordpress. I already have some great content that I don't want to get buried. 5-10 posts a quarter will bury everything.

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    I use - Yet Another Related Posts Plugin - for the URL references. Requires no work during posting (just make sure you tag well)
    I'm using the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin as well. Great plugin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    I've been building a blog. But now I have a high number of quality articles.
    How many articles are we talking about?

    You could find WP theme that supports Excerpt section of the post on the front page. I've seen a few that show about 10 excerpts on the front page and they are pretty easy to hack to increase it.
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    I used to build my sites using my own CMS (PHP). But after I've got into wordpress, I never used static pages/php. Wordpress is easy & quick and has all the features I need. Joomla also seems a lot better. I haven't tried it though.

    But still it depends on the type of site. If you are building a site that will have several pages like (index,about,contact) etc. Then for such sites, its ideal to use static pages or PHP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farooqaaa View Post
    I used to build my sites using my own CMS (PHP). But after I've got into wordpress, I never used static pages/php. Wordpress is easy & quick and has all the features I need. Joomla also seems a lot better. I haven't tried it though.

    But still it depends on the type of site. If you are building a site that will have several pages like (index,about,contact) etc. Then for such sites, its ideal to use static pages or PHP.
    Wordpress is a great CMS. In a short time you can build out a site. I've seen websites built on wordpress and it works well. But the templates were custom.

    I tending toward using a hybrid solution where I use some of the articles on a blog that's on a seperate domain and the rest on the static website.

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    How many articles are we talking about?

    You could find WP theme that supports Excerpt section of the post on the front page. I've seen a few that show about 10 excerpts on the front page and they are pretty easy to hack to increase it.
    I have around 50 articles. But many are between 700 to 1000 words. The social sites have an edge when it comes to fresh content. But it appears that sites seen as blogs don't have the staying power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    Do you know of a good resource for how to create a shared html template?
    I am possibly the worst designer ever.

    On a technical level, SHTML is pretty easy. You just copy the "shared" part of your design to include files and then you call the include files:
    Code:
    <!--#include virtual="/includes/header.shtml" -->
    This makes it easy to make sitewide updates with just a few keystrokes.
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