This plugin allows you to insert the meta tags into your blog so that it can be located by GeoURL. It then invites you to ping the GeoURL server to get yourself added to the database.
For interest’s sake, the meta tags look like this:
<meta name="ICBM" content="51.50038, -0.15482" /> <meta name="DC.Title" content="Your blog name" />
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- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Enter your latitude and longitude in the settings page
- Click the ping link to update the GeoURL server
- If you use WP Super Cache you may need to clear cache and send the ping again
- Why would you want to enter your location coordinates?
We often talk about meta space in the Internet, but sometimes it’s interesting to know who is geographically nearby. GeoURL will show you other sites that have their location details nearby to yours.
- What about privacy/security?
Obviously if this is a concern to you, do not put the exact coordinates of your house! Just pick some random location nearby.
- How do you find your latitude and longitude?
The easiest way is to locate yourself on Multimap. Look under “Map Information” for Lat/Lng and use the decimal format as shown in brackets. If you are in the Southern hemisphere your latitude will be a negative number. If you are West of London your longitude will be a negative number.
- How can you tell if it worked?
View your blog’s source code and look for “GeoURL Plugin”. The meta tags should appear near the top of the page.
- Why did you write this?
Because i found myself hardcoding my location into every theme that i used. I thought there must be a better way. I searched for a plugin and didn’t find one, so i decided to write one.
Contributors & Developers
“GeoURL” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
Version 0.1 (1st February 2009)
- Allows you to enter your latitude and longitude and have the tags inserted into your blog header.
- Provides some tips for finding your location details.
- Enables you to ‘ping’ the GeoURL server with your blog address to have it added to the database.