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Avoiding Wordpress theme footprints

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by gettinthere, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. gettinthere

    gettinthere Regular Member

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    Is anyone concerned about the footprint a theme may use? Eg using a popular Adsense theme may alert Google?

    Is there any way around this?

    If you can change files/names to avoid a footprint, which need to be changed?
     
  2. darrenjzy

    darrenjzy Junior Member

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    I'm also wary about using CTR themes. Not just layout, but how google will or is reacting to them.
     
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    JLsceneQ Newbie

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    I think it cannot be avoided if you are using free themes, I suppose the better way is to customize a theme, but I also don't know what will leave the footprint.
     
  4. ice41

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    Can anyone please explain what a theme footprint is? I am in WP theme business and would really like to know this. Thanks!
     
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    I'd like to know what a footprint is too. I worked real hard on my site and don't want any problems.
     
  6. synfig

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    Manual review has issues with the layout otherwise I doubt bot can do anything about layouts. SEO has no issue with the layout of your page. It can be one column or two column there is no peanlty on that.

    As for high CTR, sure they will loook at the site with such spammy layout and will smart price? Not confirmed, but will wait for more replies from MNS experts.
     
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    deviatus Power Member

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    The free themes, especially the ones WP hosts itself, are used by so many legit sites and as well as spammy sites that it would be very unlikely G would ever put a penalty on their use and block out all the legit sites.

    The only themes I could see G penalizing are MFA themes.
     
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    dannyduberstein Junior Member

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    Personally i make all my own themes with artisteer to avoid any footprints
     
  9. socialdevinfo

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    There are two types of footprints related to wordpress, both outside the wordpress core.

    1. Footer: Almost all WordPress themes come with a footer credit - something like theme by abc designer or company. it easy change the default so called foot print by editing footer.php, if yo're using free theme or download premium theme for free, it is wise to check footer for exploits, one of key reason to get hacked WordPress websites is, footer exploit. To delete the so called Footprint, go to Theme Editor Option in your Dashboard, Find the file named "Footer.php" and remove the links. if you want to add different credit but you don't know PHP use w3c standard HTML queries to add footer links.

    2. Plugins: Most WordPress Plugins has footprints, linking back to developer's site. You can remove such footprints by editing the Plugins files, give credit to them with donation or post link to their website, another way to block plugin footprint is adding proper tags to your .htaccess file or disable directory indexing using robot.txt file

    there are many way to do this using .htaccess

    listed one example;

    Code:
    [COLOR=#ffffff]# Disable Directory Browsing
    Options All -Indexes[/COLOR]
    robot.txt example

    Code:
    [COLOR=#ffffff]User-Agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/[/COLOR]
     
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  10. uniquecontent

    uniquecontent Registered Member

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    If you are using free themes of word press you may not avoid the footprints but in customise Wordpress themes you may avoid the footprints easily.
     
  11. utuxia

    utuxia BANNED BANNED

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    no, i'm not concerned about it.
     
  12. AlexNeo2009

    AlexNeo2009 Newbie

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    I believe search engine will ignore it!!!
     
  13. socialdevinfo

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    no they wont - type like designed by woothemes or something like that... you will see,
     
  14. ice41

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    I believe this is enough to block all the folder inside wp-content, I may be wrong though.
    Code:
    [COLOR=#ffffff]User-Agent: * Disallow: /wp-content/[/COLOR]
     
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