Several Tweaks and Improvements ^_^


S2R > Humm got a new donations page, better contacts and slightly better txt.

Hostcult > Hey hey its this site heheeh, just added some like facebook, twitter and such buttons, for easier promotion and likability, also cleaned up and added a bit to the contacts / about page.

Fiendish > Cleaned the layout, added random quotes, for moar awesomeness ^^.

Neechan > Merged the requests board into the main board, plus some tweaks with performance, should run super smooth now ^-^.

Blackout for Hungary


On the 21st of December 2010 the party holding the majority of the Hungarian Parliament voted in favor of a new media law that is a collection of some of the most aggressive and undemocratic laws from all over Europe, including some worrying new additions.

To show our concern for this violation of fundamental rights and free speech, im putting this post up and a link to http://www.blackout4hungary.net/en/ ^_^' enjoy!!!!

Comparison of Wordpress SEO Plugins


I've had my fair of problems and gripes with SEO on wordpress, especially with the "All in One SEO Pack" you can check it out Alternative to All in One SEO Pack ^_^

So that was like a year ago, nowadays there are loads of plugins that do what i want or part of what i want, however cause there is no point in testing 20 plugins, im narrowing it down, so for this review im choosing just plugins that have a minimum set of features that i need (like meta tags in the head, canonical urls,...), that have been updated recently (last 3 months), that aren't on the first version (at least a couple of updates under the belt) and that have a control panel, also i've tested all these plugins for obvious misleading or security leaks, at this moment they have none that i can see (actually one has, sorry made this intro before the testing hehehe).

WordPress SEO by Yoast
  • Specs: 98kb zip / Average Rating on Wordpress: 5 stars
  • Pros: its enable by default, nice detached admin page, explanations with loads of options, quite a few added features (like authentication for google webmasters or breadcrumbs, both nice but not necessary for SEO), import ability to several other SEO plugins.
  • Cons: inserts the most amount of junk on the site's header including plugin version number than all the plugins in this list, quite a few irrelevant options/features.
  • Hummmm: Looking good, and it makes "All in One SEO Pack" look like amateur hour, it has almost the same amount of junk and promos but done nicely and cleanly, also its pretty well organized, if it wasn't for all the junk inserted into your site's header, it would have been a really high contender.

SEO Ultimate
  • Specs: 490kb zip / Average Rating on Wordpress: 4 stars
  • Pros: huge amount of features (19 different modules), modular system (you can activate and deactivate features you want).
  • Cons: its not enable by default, some of these feature modules are just a one option affair, others offer features that are good for SEO research but that are not needed as a wordpress plugin (there are better tools and sites and ways to get that info), some modules seem incomplete, exploit scanner gave 3 severe warnings with SEO ultimate (obscured links and dropping tables).
  • Hummmm: wholy jesus, if gre's high performance SEO is overkill, then SEO Ultimate is trying to live up to its name, by being ULTIMATE!!!! i would say that it could be a pretty nice companion to another seo plugin (by deactivating the modules with duplicate or irrelevant functions), still its the only one that gave security warnings, so with alternatives, i would stay away.

Greg's High Performance SEO
  • Specs: 212kb zip / Average Rating on Wordpress: 4.5 stars
  • Pros: simple, clear and very instructive admin page, loads of functions and explanations.
  • Cons: pub directly on your admin page (from pluginsponsors.com), complex to setup, and to be 100% efficient needs to be hardwired into the theme, its not enable by default.
  • Hummmm: high performance or not, this is a case of overload, SEO is just a small part of a website performance and its not even the most important by far, a site with no SEO but with high quality content, performance and promotion will always win, this plugin is too much, also tweaking too much of SEO might do more harm than good, this one if for the ubber tinkerers.

Platinum SEO Pack
  • Specs: 137kb zip / Average Rating on Wordpress: 4 stars
  • Pros: enabled by default, basically same feature set as "All in one SEO Pack", clean detached admin page, ability to migrate from "All in one SEO Pack".
  • Cons: still some junk on the site header including plugin version number (still a bit less than "All in one SEO Pack").
  • Hummmm: im impressed by not being impressed, platinum seo is basically "All in one SEO Pack" without the shitty stuff, sooo pretty good ^_^

SeoPress
  • Specs: 435kb zip / Average Rating on Wordpress: 4 stars (taking from their previously name)
  • Pros: ahhhhh...
  • Cons: not enable by default, huge amount of pages, complicated and confusing as hell, lots of functions are not available, while having lots of links to the pro version.
  • Hummmm: this one is supposed to be good with buddypress and wordpress mu, but in hindsight i rather have no SEO than whatever this is, so no pros, only cons, actually the only SEO plugin in this pack that i would stay away like it was the black plague.

All In One SEO Pack
  • Specs: 176kb zip / Average Rating on Wordpress: 4 stars / Most Popular SEO Pack
  • Pros: Loads of features, default selection of options is good.
  • Cons: Its not enabled by default, huge amounts of junk and links and banners on the admin page, weird options, inserts junk on the site's header including plugin version number.
  • Hummmm: I used to like it, but i think with time "all in one seo pack" as degraded itself, you can promote other stuff and still keep yourself useful and practical, the main fold doesn't even have any options its just pub and shit, also some of the options and functions are not that useful in SEO or even practical.


Conclusion and What are you going to use?

Hummm this one is a big thought, but i would say the clear winners and real all in one seo alternatives are  WordPress SEO by Yoast and Platinum SEO Pack, but for diferent reasons, if you want a clean, simple SEO option for Wordpress i would go with Platinum SEO Pack, it has everything you need, but if you want a bit of an edge and more options and better understanding of the features, then i would go with Wordpress SEO by Yoast.

S2R is officially moving all their Wordpress Sites from All In One SEO Pack to Platinum SEO Pack, mostly cause i don't need the extra features that Wordpress SEO by Yoast offers and i don't like the added junk that Wordpress SEO by Yoast adds to the site header.

Domain Registrar Reviews and Comparison


 Well domains are an essential part of what makes the internet useful and easy to use, we really don't need them, but our minds are generally not made to memorize big numbers like 145.234.211.841 (this is a ipv4 internet address, in the future with the introduction of ipv6 the numbers will be stranger and larger hehehe) so something like hostcult.com is way more simple to use and memorize (well secretly i wished icann would have made them even more simple, like just typing hostcult on the browser or hostcult.c).

Also brands wouldnt be able to use the internet so well if, like if microsoft was 6427-7-38 (american phone keypad combination) instead of microsoft.com, so it makes sense to use domains, as the years gonne by, i have used a series of different domain registrars to register all my domains, so here is a small resume of the domains registrars i use today and some of the ones i used (no point talking about registars that no longer exist, or that are not relevant today):


Godaddy
When: couple of years ago, about 10 domains.
Pros: pretty cheap at the time, still cheap today with coupons, pretty good feature set.
Cons: renewal fees are expensive, icann fees are billed separately (they always bill that as an extra while most domain hosts bill it as part of the overall price), confusing control panel, they keep offering/pushing their other services, they will cancel/suspend your domain at the slightest problem or dmca.


eNom
When: couple of years ago, about 5 domains.
Pros: cheap reseller, awesome control panel, pretty good pricing, reliable registrar, awesome support.
Cons: at the time, it was complicated to buy and put money inside of the account (you had to have money on your enom account so you could buy domains), also they weren't the cheapest (even though now, they are one of the cheapest).


Onlinenic
When: couple of years ago, about 30 domains.
Pros: cheap reseller, average feature set.
Cons: convoluted payment system, lots of downtime, unreliable, horrible support, horrible control panel.


Namecheap
When: couple of years ago, about 5 domains.
Pros: large feature set, good control panel, good support, probably my recommendation if you have/want just a couple of domains, they are/were a enom reseller, so its a good platform anyways.
Cons: a bit pricey, still renewals are normally the same price as registration, so no hidden fees.


Domainsite
When: couple of years ago, about 5 domains.
Pros: simple and quick control panel, average pricing (even though i bought at the time with discount), interesting feature set, with unusual services, horrible support service.
Cons: renewals are way more expensive.


Moniker
When: couple of years ago, about 10 domains there.
Pros: cheap reseller, the best bulk registration i have ever seen, average feature set and control panel.
Cons: at the time it was being sold off or not, kinda weird things going on, so i moved on as a precaution, also because pricing is kinda average.


ResellerClub
When: today, around 150 domains there.
Pros: cheap reseller (the more you pay, the cheaper the price, because i pay a lot i have a pretty good pricing), reliable, average feature set and control panel, still they have been adding new stuff with time.
Cons: no automatic renewal system, every other month there are problems with they credit card processing company "transecute" (that i think they own or at least are very buddy with), support is average but normally takes a lot of time to get back to you


InternetBS
When: today, around 5 domains there.
Pros: cheap registrar, average feature set, average control panel, i tend to buy domains here if they are cheaper than on resellerclub and then transfer them over or not to resellercub.
Cons: none so far.


Notes:
  1. I buy a lot of domains, so my main concern is the price, features are not that important, since most of these can be had with a server to run the domains, so these registrars might be good for you or not.
  2. Also i have a couple of free domains from webhosts i still use, but i don't recommend that, you want to keep your domains separate from your host for all the good reasons.
  3. I do have domains on other registrars, mostly domains that aren't offered worldwide or that involve a lot of bureaucracy that some local registrars can deal better, like .pt/.de/.co.uk domains.
  4. Like i said some of these registrars i haven't deal with in years, so they might have gotten better or not, take my "reviews" with a grain of salt.
  5. Cant believe i put Godday first!!!! seems their insane promotion and publicity is starting to work on me... well... NAAAAA heheheh