How To: Optimize Your WordPress Title

Looking to optimize your WordPress title? While this blog will probably not get to caught up in covering search engine optimization, there are definitely a few tweaks that you can make to your existing WordPress theme that will help optimize your blog’s search engine potential. In this post I’m going to cover a quick adjustment that you can make to your title tag to show a more optimal title.

Optimize Your WordPress Title

By default, your WordPress theme will likely come with a pretty standard code for your blog’s title. It probably looks something like the following:

<title><?php bloginfo('name'); ?> <?php if ( is_single() ) { ?> » Blog Archive <?php } ?> <?php wp_title(); ?></title>

Unfortunately this is not the best way to code your title for your WordPress. Ideally, you’ll want a more search engine friendly way to display a custom title for each page of your WordPress blog. In order to achieve this, here is the code I recommend using:

<title><?php if (is_home () ) { bloginfo(‘name’); }
elseif ( is_category() ) { single_cat_title(); echo ‘ - ‘ ; bloginfo(‘name’); }
elseif (is_single() ) { single_post_title();}
elseif (is_page() ) { single_post_title();}
else { wp_title(‘’,true); } ?></title>

This code will actually display a custom title for each different type of page on your blog automatically.

If you’re truly ambitious, you can actually use a plugin that will do all the dirty work for you. That plugin is called WordPress SEO, and it will help automate the process for displaying completely custom meta tags for each page of your blog, including the title field.

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  • K2 WordPress Theme Mods and Styles Gallery

    There are all sorts of WordPress themes available for anyone to download at no charge, but none are as popular or have spawned so many versions as the wildly popular K2 WordPress theme, which was created by Michael Heilemann, Chris J Davis and Zeo, based on the original Kubrick theme. As a result, I decided to dedicate an entire post to cover some of the best K2 theme styles and modifications available for download.

    K2 WordPress Themes

    K2 Theme

    Source | Download

    K2 Styles

    (Styles Require The Above K2 Theme Installed – Styles Are Placed in Styles Folder and Provide Only a CSS File and Relevant Images, then are activated from the K2 Control Panel)

    Blackboard Style

    J Dietz

    Source

    Digivation Style

    Digivation Theme

    Source | Download

    K2 Mods

    (Does NOT Require K2 Theme Installed – Stand Alone Standard Themes)

    AdAdvantage Theme

    AdAdvantage Theme

    Source | Download

    Stormy Horizon Style

    Stormy Horizon Theme

    Source | Download

    Redoable Theme

    Redoable Theme

    Source

    3 Column K2 Theme

    3 Column K2 Theme

    Source | Download

    Scattered4 Theme

    Scattered 4

    Source | Demo

    Unwakeable Theme

    Unwakeable Theme

    Source | Download

    K2 Styles for the Technoblue and 3K2 Themes

    (Requires either of the Technoblue or 3K2 themes displayed above to be installed)

    3C Fractal Style for Technoblue

    Fractal Style

    Source | Download | Demo

    This is one of many available styles for these themes. You can check out this list for a full compilation of styles for the popular Technoblue and 3K2 themes.

    Feel your K2 theme, style, or mod belongs on this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll check it out!

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  • 4-Column WordPress Theme Gallery

    In previous posts I featured some of my favorite 2-column WordPress themes, as well as 3-column WordPress themes. Those will likely get the most attention, but I’ve found that there are several bloggers out there that really enjoy 4-column themes. If done properly, a 4-column theme can move a lot more stuff above the fold while at the same time give your blog a fantastic look.

    Some WordPress theme designers are truly talented and have managed to make these work, so I’ve decided to create a large collection of these themes and throw them out there in all their glory for everyone to see. Here is my compilation of my favorite 4-column WordPress themes:

    Techicon Theme (Widget Ready)

    Techicon Theme

    Source | Download

    Royal Blue Theme

    Royal Blue Theme

    Source

    YGo Green Theme

    YGo Green Theme

    Source

    Feel your 4-column theme belongs on this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll check it out!

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  • 3-Column WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    While most full time bloggers seem to use and prefer 2-column WordPress themes, there is no doubt that 3-column themes are definitely more popular among the WordPress blogger masses. This can be attributed to many things, but the most appealing thing seems to be the ability to place more sidebar stuff above the fold on your blog. This can help you better monetize your blog by allowing more room for advertisements, subscription buttons, and other important sidebar content that needs to be seen by your readers.

    This post is designed to be a spot to collect screen shots and download information about my favorite 3-column WordPress themes that have been made available to the WordPress community. I decided to avoid displaying any themes that cost money, and I’ve tried to include additional information about the theme then possible, including if it is widget ready or SEO friendly, etc.:

    3-Column Themes (2 Sidebar Right)

    Simpleton Theme

    Simpleton Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Firebug Theme

    Source | Download

    ProSense Theme (SEO Friendly, Optimized for AdSense)

    ProSense Theme

    Download (Orange, Blue, and Gray) | Demo

    BloggingPro Theme (Widget Ready)

    BloggingPro Theme

    Source | Demo

    Blue Stripes Ajax Theme (SEO Friendly, AdSense Ready)

    Blue Stripes Ajax Theme

    Source

    Gossip City Theme

    Gossip City Theme

    Source

    Xplosive Theme

    Xplosive Theme

    Source | Download

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Source | Download

    Blue Dream Theme

    Blue Dream Theme

    Source/Demo | Download

    Dark Zen Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Deep Blue Theme

    Deep Blue Theme

    Source | Download (Right Sidebar) | Download (Left Sidebar) | Download (125×125 Ad Blocks) | Demo

    BizFresh Theme

    Source | Download

    Daily Blog Tips Theme

    Daily Blog Tips Theme

    Source | Download (Green, Blue, Black, and Orange) | Demo (Green, Blue, Black, and Orange)

    Blue Green Theme

    Blue Green Theme

    Source | Download

    Illacrimo Theme (Widget Ready)

    Illacrimo Theme

    Source

    Simple Red Theme

    Simple Red Theme

    Source

    True Blue Theme

    True Blue Theme

    Source

    Cleaker 2.1 Theme (Widget Ready)

    Cleaker 2.1 Theme

    Source | Download

    Fresco Theme

    Fresco Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    3-Column Themes (1 Sidebar Left and 1 Sidebar Right)

    Maggo Theme

    Maggo Theme

    Download

    YGo Sea Theme

    YGo Sea Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Rhea Theme

    Rhea Theme

    Source | Download

    Velocity Theme

    Velocity Theme

    Source | Download

    Tigopedia Theme

    Tigopedia Theme

    Source | Download

    Acid Green Pro Theme

    Acid Green Pro Theme

    Download | Demo

    Interested in purchasing a more advanced WordPress theme?  Check out our gallery of premium WordPress themes!

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  • 2-Column WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    I have always been of the opinion that WordPress 2-column themes give your site a much better look than 3-column themes, and I think if you look around the blogosphere at what most full time bloggers use, you will see that these people tend to find the most success with 2-column themes.

    There are definitely a lot of brilliant and useful 2-column themes available for WordPress users, so I figured that I would throw together a post compiling screen shots and links to some of the best 2-column themes available:

    Right Sidebar 2-Column Themes

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

    Green Tech Theme

    Green Tech Theme

    Source | Download

    Lemon Twist Theme

    Lemon Twist Theme

    Source/Demo | Download

    GlossyBlue Theme

    GlossyBlue Theme

    Source

    iTheme Theme

    iTheme Theme

    Source

    StudioPress Theme

    StudioPress Theme

    SourceDemo

    Crystal 1.0 Theme

    Crystal 1.0 Theme

    Source | Download

    Mag on Wood Theme

    Source | Download

    Shades of Blue Theme

    shades-of-blue-theme

    Download | Demo

    Blue Sensation Theme
    blue sensation theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Boxy Mint Theme

    Boxy Mint Theme

    Source | Demo

    Daily32 Theme

    Daily32 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Vintage Theme

    vintage-theme

    Source

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source

    YGo Just Simple Theme

    YGo Just Simple Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Evolution Theme

    Source | Download | Demos: Blue, Green, Red

    Cool Water Theme

    Cool Water Theme

    Source

    Blue Block Theme

    Source | Download

    Feel your 2-column theme belongs on this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll check it out!

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