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It sounds like a silly question, but it's really not. Does your blog have a name? In the admin section of most blogging platforms, there's a field for the blog's name. It often defaults to something general like "new site" or its URL. If you remove this default name, but don't replace it with anything, then your blog doesn't have a name.

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Do you subscribe to your own RSS feeds? You should. It may sound like a strange form of vanity but it's not. It's a defense mechanism. If you don't subscribe, how do you know what your readers are getting? I subscribe to my personal site and social media feeds, as well as those of sites I work on. Several times I've caught and fixed problems with feeds before clients or readers have noticed anything.

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You have your site setup properly, a beautiful design, perfect content... that's everything right? Do you have RSS feeds? Can people subscribe to your site? Quick, off the top of your head, what's your site's feed called? Do you know? What's the feeds URL? Is it available from any page in the site, or just the home page? Do you have multiple feeds? If so, where are they available from? Here are a few things you can do to make it easier for your users to subscribe to your site.

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While minor changes to this site are still ongoing, the awkward phase should be over. Up until now this has been a static HTML site with a WordPress Blog in a sub-directory. As of this morning, it's all WordPress. The awkward part was configuring WordPress such that it could maintain my static home page, and keep the blog's permalink structure intact. I've taken a bit of the previous static content offline for now, but I'll add it again if I decide it's relevant. Permalinks should all work as before, but you might have to resubscribe to the RSS feed.

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I've recently been playing with a free PHP Script. I'm incorporating a little of the dynamic content of the blog into the main page (since removed in an update) using a PHP script pulling in the RSS feed. It's a very user friendly set-up. The documentation leaves a little to be desired, and the sample template had to be completely redone for my use, but the actual script is quite impressive. If you're looking for this sort of thing, it's well worth your time.

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