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Articles and discussions that do not fit in the main WordPress web hosting categories. Mostly for cross-category postings, it also includes some articles about how this website works, and some articles that await review and categorization.

shrewdChat

To encourage your visitors to contribute, and to provide your users with easy support, you need shrewdChat.It’s a discussion tool for WordPress web sites that helps visitors become contributors, and helps administrators provide customer service.

shrewdChat Benefits

  • Efficient Promotion: Build mini-lists of potential customers, and know their interests automatically.
  • Efficient Administration: Easily track and moderate contributions. Integrates with shrewdBar for at-a-glance moderation queues.
  • Efficient Contribution: Uses native WordPress post and comment structure, so contributors do not have to learn separate forum methods.
  • Efficient Visitor Optimization: Simple navigation via familiar tagging and category constructs with added shrewdChat yakability.
  • Efficient SEO: Discussions easily organized to give maximum search engine exposure.
  • Efficient Browsing: User, topic, time-based, keyword and subject views ensure quick access to related and relevant discussions, especially with optional shrewdBar accessibility.

shrewdChat Features

  • Easy installation with look ‘n’ feel customization (skinning planned for future versions).
  • Easy to change forum lists.
  • Tidy install & uninstall routines leave WordPress database clutter-free.
  • Excellent learning tool for Pods package developers.

Why Is It Shrewd

Everything at shrewdies has to be shrewd, or on it’s way to shrewdness. The forum/discussion/conversation manager (call it what you will) is designed to make you more efficient as a webmaster, and give your visitors an efficient way to express opinions, share experiences and ask questions.

What’s another word for efficient?

Main Entry:
efficient
Part of Speech:
adjective
Definition:
adept, effective
Synonyms:
able, accomplished, active, adapted, adequate, apt, businesslike, capable, clever, competent, conducive, decisive, deft, dynamic, economic, economical, effectual, efficacious, energetic, equal to, experienced, expert, familiar with, fitted, good at, good for, handy, masterly, organized, potent, powerful, practiced, productive, proficient, profitable, qualified, ready, saving, shrewd, skilled, skillful, systematic, talented, tough, useful, valuable, virtuous, well-organized

That’s why its called shrewdChat.

shrewdChat RoadMap

Version 1
Proof of concept. February 2010. Pods application to integrate posts and comments for live discussions and integrate them with related archived questions. Basis for Pods tutorials and gain developer feedback.
Version 2
Internal testing & feature review. February – March 2010. Install to relevant shrewdies sites and gain visitor feedback.
Version 3
Public Release. Make available as WordPress plugin or Pods package, as determined by discussion of distribution methods and version control for Pods.

For questions or discussions, please see the WordPress Functionality Forum.

shrewdBar

To improve your visitor experience and ease the admin burden, you need shrewdBar.

It’s a navigation tool for WordPress web sites that helps visitors find relevant content quickly, and helps administrators see the important tasks and click straight to them.

shrewdBar Benefits

  • Efficient Promotion: Attract traffic to your most rewarding content.
  • Efficient Administration: Relevant key tasks highlighted for admins, e.g. comments to moderate.
  • Efficient Contribution: Relevant key tasks for contributors, e.g. latest contributions, and live discussions list. Integrates with shrewdChat and easily extended to other forum/discussion formats.
  • Efficient Visitor Optimization: Relevant key information for visitors, e.g. bookmarked posts and top content lists.
  • Efficient SEO: Your key content gets the links that make search engines love you.
  • Efficient Browsing: Login, logout and key pages where you can find them quickly – fixed anywhere on the page or on the screen.

shrewdBar Features

  • Easy installation with look ‘n’ feel customization (skinning planned for future versions).
  • Easy to change menu lists.
  • Tidy install & uninstall routines leave WordPress database clutter-free.
  • Excellent learning tool for Pods package developers.

Why Is It Shrewd

Everything at shrewdies has to be shrewd, or on it’s way to shrewdness. The toolbar / menubar / linksbar (call it what you will) is designed to make you more efficient as a webmaster, and give your visitors an efficient way to navigate your content.

What’s another word for efficient?

Main Entry:
efficient
Part of Speech:
adjective
Definition:
adept, effective
Synonyms:
able, accomplished, active, adapted, adequate, apt, businesslike, capable, clever, competent, conducive, decisive, deft, dynamic, economic, economical, effectual, efficacious, energetic, equal to, experienced, expert, familiar with, fitted, good at, good for, handy, masterly, organized, potent, powerful, practiced, productive, proficient, profitable, qualified, ready, saving, shrewd, skilled, skillful, systematic, talented, tough, useful, valuable, virtuous, well-organized

That’s why its called shrewdBar.

shrewdBar RoadMap

Version 1
Proof of concept. January-February 2010. Pods application to copy & paste into theme. Basis for Pods tutorials and gain developer feedback.
Version 2
Internal testing & feature review. February – March 2010. Install to all shrewdies sites and gain visitor feedback.
Version 3
Public Release. Make available as WordPress plugin or Pods package, as determined by discussion of distribution methods and version control for Pods.

For questions or discussions, please see the WordPress Functionality Forum.

Web Hosting Fulfilment Forum

Blog Fulfilment Forum

The Blog Fulfilment forum is where you discuss all the tasks you need to publish your blog and reap the rewards you planned for.

Publishing and promoting your WordPress blog content.

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If the current blog discussions do not suit what you want to say, start a new fulfillment topic below. Topics started here should relate to WordPress publishing, promotion, monetization or other aspects of blog fulfillment. For other topics, please see the forum guidelines.
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Web Hosting Format Forum

Theme Format Forum

The theme format forum is where you discuss all the tasks you need to format the presentation and navigation of your website.

Themes, templates and all aspects of formatting your WordPress web site content.

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If the current theme discussions do not suit what you want to say, start a new format topic below. Topics started here should relate to WordPress themes, or other aspects of formating. For other topics, please see the forum guidelines.
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Web Hosting Function Forum

Plugin Function Forum

The plugin function forum is where you discuss all the tasks you need to add functionality to your website.

Plugin or hack? How to get the best functionality in your WordPress installation.

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If the current plugin discussions do not suit what you want to say, start a new function topic below. Topics started here should relate to WordPress plugins, hacks or other aspects of functionality. For other topics, please see the forum guidelines.
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Blog Fulfilment

Fulfil your purpose, accomplish your objectives, publish your blog.

You’ve done all the planning and preparation. You’ve featured the best functionality and presented your finest formatting.

But nothing beats publishing and promoting your own web pages, and watching traffic hits climb as you meet your visitors.

Fulfil

Fulfil

The rules for success at this stage are quite simple. Every day you either publish a page, or gain a link. Be greedy if you like, and go for both, or more than one of each. As long as you do at least one each day, your website will grow.

You publish content on your own site to attract search visitors, and on other sites to encourage referrals. All the elements of your publishing and promotion schedule work to build the buzz and direct traffic back to your site. As you engage, renew and refresh that traffic, you create the vibrant website that fulfils your purpose.

Shrewdly, your success repositions you, and so you continue to review and expand your goals, reap your rewards, and have a thoroughly lovely time.

Your fulfilment tasks and duties are:

  • Publish reference content
  • Publish news & opinion to create the buzz
  • Encourage contributions & loyalty
  • Manage search traffic
  • Manage referred traffic
  • Manage direct traffic
  • Appreciate rewards

Theme Format Essentials For WordPress

Your theme is the face of your website.

Get the format right, and visitors see your content at it’s best, find what is relevant, and return for more.

Get your website template wrong, and all your hard work is wasted as potential customers leave, lost and confused.

Format

Format

Good navigation is essential, and this stems directly from a good website blueprint. Without that blueprint, navigation will always be haphazard. But even with a good site structure, you need to ensure that your theme presents clear, logical pathways to human visitors and search engine robots.

Themes should not detract from your content by adding useless bells and whistles that do little but slow your site load times. Visitors simply will not wait for fancy gadgets to load.

Above all, ensure that your theme supports your purpose and objectives. If your target visitors are mature business types, apply a suitably serious format. Know your audience (or intended audience) and think hard about how your typical visitor will appreciate your theme.

The Format Section covers:

  • Choosing WordPress Themes
  • Essential WordPress Theme Tweaks
  • Design Your Own Theme
  • Non-Theme Format Issues
  • Other Website Template Topics

Web Hosting Forum Guidelines

WordPress Web Hosting ForumThese WordPress web hosting forum guidelines will help you get the best response to your questions and other stories.

Rules are few – just commonsense behavior that will help you on this forum and many others.

I like my discussions to be as free as possible, so there are only 2 rules:

  • Be respectful. A very general rule, I know, but you must show respect for visitors who will read your message and show respect for people you are replying to. It is fine to disagree, and debate is goo, but do not personalize debates and do not try to dupe people by presenting opinions as fact.
  • Earn your links. If you link to your own website, I expect you to earn the links by adding value to the debate. Unearned links will be deleted, as will links to poor quality sites. Don’t risk getting flagged as a spammer

Quality Posting Tips

Follow these tips to make sure your post gets you the response you want.

Forum Organization

Forum Description
Foundation The WordPress web hosting foundation forum gives you technical help to prepare, install and upgrade your website. This includes finding a host, installing WordPress, configuring settings, and ensuring the site structure matches your website blueprint.
Function Plugin or hack? How to get the best functionality in your WordPress installation.
Form Themes, templates and all aspects of formatting your WordPress web business content.
Fulfil Publishing and promoting your WordPress web business blogging content.
Web Hosting Other aspects of WordPress web hosting that do not fit neatly into the main categories.

Web Hosting Foundation Forum

Hosting Foundation Forum

The WordPress web hosting foundation forum is where you discuss all the tasks you need to do to prepare for your website.

All aspects of hosting, installing and configuring a WordPress web business.

Before even considering hosting your own website, you should have a clear, concise, yet comprehensive website blueprint. Developing such a blueprint is a management project that is beyond the scope of this website, However, as I am still in the process of establishing my website management site, please feel free to ask blueprint questions here.
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If the live topics do not match what you want to say, start a new foundation topic below. Topics started here should relate to installing or upgrading WordPress, or preparing to do so. For other topics, please see the forum guidelines.
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Web Hosting Forum

WordPress Web Hosting ForumThe WordPress web hosting forum is where you discuss all the issues that face today’s webmaster.

Ask questions and share experiences. When we work together, we all build better websites.

A place to discuss the technical aspects of hosting your web business and choosing hosting services. Often useful to everyone, but with an emphasis on WordPress.

The live discussions on WordPress web hosting form 4 main areas, with a final area for topics that do not neatly into the 4 main sections.

If you have an urgent question, and cannot easily work out which is the right forum, do not waste time trying to find the best forum – just post your question immediately on the form below.

Live Discussions Description Forum Archive Reference Section
Foundation The WordPress web hosting foundation forum gives you technical help to prepare, install and upgrade your website. Foundation Questions Foundation Facts
Function Plugin or hack? How to get the best functionality in your WordPress installation. Questions
Form Themes, templates and all aspects of formatting your WordPress web business content. Form Questions Form Facts
Fulfil Publishing and promoting your WordPress web business blogging content. Fulfil Questions Fulfil Facts
Web Hosting Other aspects of WordPress web hosting that do not fit neatly into the main categories. Web Hosting Questions Web Hosting Facts

If you have an urgent web hosting question, and you are not certain which forum to use there is no need to spend time searching for the right forum. Just ask using this form: –

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