Monday, July 9, 2012

Always install WordPress on the root directory

Unless your blog is a secondary part of an existing website you should always install WordPress on the root directory. When I created my first blog I used an automatic WordPress instalation that my web hosting company offered, but the standard installation was done on “”.
I was not sure how this would affect the blog therefore I decided to leave things as they were. A couple of months later when I started studying SEO I realized that this was a bad move. My blog could be accessed either through “” or “”, meaning that the Homepage was duplicated. Secondly Google’s Pagerank was also being divided and some aggregators like Technorati were considering the two addresses as two different blogs.
This is my contribution to the “Blogging Mistakes” project. We already have 21 people participating, if you have not submitted your entry make sure you do so. The deadline is the midnight of Sunday. I am looking forward to reading your blogging mistakes!

Daniel, My blog is about four months old. I have WordPress installed in a blog directory rather than the root directory, but in Dashboard under General Options I have the following: WordPress address: Blog address: This seems to take care of the problem. When I try entering the site using the /blog address, I get a 404. Is it okay having it set up this way, or am I missing something? Thanks, Ray

Daniel on July 20, 2007 5:09 am Ray, your WordPress files are installed on the subdirectory, but the blog address is set to the root, so you are fine.

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