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Static URLs, Keywords, News Aggregation (2 posts)

  1. danger66
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am seriously considering WordPress to add a blog to our free day trading site (under a different url). There are a few issues that I am still concerned about and would sincerely appreciate help with.

    1) I was told that there's a mod rewrite button that you just have to turn on and you can get static looking URLs instead of dynamic URLs. Is this true? If it is, can we choose the filenames for each page and will users be able to leave comments on a page without the page name changing?

    2) I am planning to use one of the WordPress companies that you mention in the hosting section of your website. I noticed that they offer "automatic installation." Once I sign up with them, will I be able to take advantage of the static url feature mentioned above or will I just get a standard, "one-size-fits-all", unchangeable set up?

    3) I saw a table of features on the web comparing different blog platforms and it stated that we can't choose the keywords for each page. Can meta description and keyword tags be added to each page?

    4) Does WordPress provide a search feature?

    5) The table of features mentioned in number 2 above also stated that WordPress does not have News Aggregation. What does this mean exactly?

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Sincerely,

    Dan

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Dan,
    I'll try to answer some of your concerns.
    1. [wrong questions get wrong answers...] - mod_rewrite is not a "button". It is, let's say, a setting of the server where your site is hosted, and it absolutely depends on your host company's discretion whether it is turned on or off.
    The mod_rewrite is useful if you are planning to use the permalinks feature of WordPress.
    The URIs still will be "dynamic" just looking different, e.g. instead of
    example.com/blog/index.php?p=345
    you can have for the post titled "What is new on the market" something like
    example.com/blog/what-is-new-on-the-market
    Commenting on this imaginary post will never change the URL regardless which method you use for URIs.

    2. None of the mentioned companies in the Hosting are "WP companies" :)
    I never believe in automatic installations... But yes, you can set up your WP as you wish, even after installiong with those gizmos.

    3. There are plugins for adding keywords and stuff, though as you may know, the search engines don't really care about that anymore... Just good, unique content!

    4. Out of the box you can search the posts. (plugins for extended search features, like for Pages)

    5. Well, if you don't know what does it mean you probably don't need it :)
    [there are plugiins for that, too. It's another "gizmo" that reeds and displays other blogs' RSS feeds]

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