Technology Insights

Pretty Link Pro – Tweet Post After Publishing

We use the Pretty Link Pro WordPress plugin, which is a bargain and can be purchased by clicking here, to tweet articles under the @questiondefense Twitter account. This not only is easy to do with Pretty Link Pro but it provides a great method of driving traffic to our articles here on Question-Defense.com. There have been numerous times when one of us forgets to check the tweet article checkbox in the Pretty Link Pro bucket from the Add New Post page when writing articles. The issue with that is the fact that once an article is published there is no tweet article button from the Edit Post page within WordPress. Below we describe the process of tweeting a post after it has been published in WordPress.

Technology Insights

Pretty Link Twitter Badge Not Displaying (Update)

I initially wrote an article about the Pretty Link Twitter Badge not displaying back in March of 2012 and it appears some things have changed since then. The issue in my case is a conflict between the Pretty Link WordPress plugin and Greg’s High Performance SEO WordPress plugin. Since the original article it appears that the GHPSEO has modified the location of a variable I modified to resolve the issue. Below is information on how to resolve.

Technology Errors

WordPress Pretty Link Not Working, Pretty Link URL’s Open Blank Page

I received a comment on one of the QD posts earlier today that noted the Facebook link-share button posted an incorrect link on Facebook. These social media buttons exist on the bottom of each article on the Question Defense site. Initially when looking into the issue I was confused because he actual URL that was posted was correct meaning it posted the proper Pretty Link via the WordPress Pretty Link plugin however when I tested the actual link I was redirected to the proper domain but the page display was blank. Below is information on the troubleshooting process I used, what the problem ended up being, and how the problem was resolved.

Technology Insights

Use .htaccess To Redirect One Domain To Another Domain

I have been using a WordPress plugin for awhile called Pretty Link Pro which provides a ton of awesome features including a link shortener such as tinyurl.com. When using the URL shortener you can actually configure Pretty Link Pro to use a different domain which would be a benefit if your URL is long similar to www.question-defense.com. I have been using link.as so instead of providing shortened links such as http://www.question-defense.com/1ce I can provide links such as http://link.as/1ce which you can see is a lot more user friendly when providing links to others. One thing I wanted to ensure was the fact that Google was not crawling content on the http://link.as URL which is possible simply by Google finding the shortened links on places like Twitter. Below I describe a .htaccess modification that will redirect any traffic to one URL to another while including any trailing text.

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Create Your Own TinyURL Engine Using Pretty Link WordPress Plugin

Long links on your WordPress blog are great for SEO purposes however when emailing people links or posting links on the web it is nice to post a manageable length URL instead. There is a plugin available for WordPress called Pretty Link that allows you to generate short URL’s with ease. There are two versions of Pretty Link available which include a free version and Pretty Link Pro which is a pay version that cost $97.  Depending on what your needs are with creating short URL’s using your domain the price is more than reasonable for Pretty Link Pro. I currently only use Pretty Link a limited amount so the free version currently serves its purpose for me though I plan to upgrade in the future to Pretty Link Pro. Below I describe some of the features of the Pretty Link WordPress plugin.