WorkHorse - the Wordpress plugin By Source Wave Review

So online there's a new craze going round called WorkHorse, it's a plugin from Source Wave for wordpress which as I understand it seems to be able to drip feed new, automatically created pages into a blog - somehow wheeling in keywords from a list perhaps.

Now because the only response to the question "what does workhorse do?" I can find is "download it and see", i'm a little short on info, but lets take a look at some of the history behind page creation via automated solutions.  Not saying that this is what workhorse from source wave actually is - obviously, because I haven't seen it yet.

Many many years ago - people used to create what is known as "doorway" pages.  These are pages of thin content which target specific key phrases.  We are talking around 1998 here - so knocking on 20 years ago.  This is OLD HAT big style - the major search engines completely destroyed these sites in the serps - as most of them simply existed to rank, get a visitor (who would normally find very little useful info on them) and then drive the visitor on to an affiliate site via a link.  Let me tell you, the engines absolutely shafted websites which were built with nothing but spun content and page after page of near duplicate content with the exception of a target phrase "sprinkled" around the title, metas and page content.

I hand coded many tens of thousands of lines of script personally, and created some of the internets most powerful page genners which could churn out untold millions of pages using various scraping, word replacing, wheeling, image renaming, domain interlinking (for anchors), directory naming and structuring (silo), latent sematic word locating and sprinkling, DB input, randomize sentences, drip feed upto 999 domains - honestly - the list goes on forever, these were highly sophisticated systems, not to be sniffed at by any means.  As I say, workhorse may or may not be some kind of a spinning page generator, this remains to be seen and heres why.

Workhorse wordpress plugin download

Above is the place I found where I could download my free copy of the wordpress plugin workhorse.  Reading around, I hadn't seen any mention of "agency level" so I don't know what that is.  I'd only heard of workhorse as such - didn't know there were different levels - if indeed there are.  Anyway - I looked at that screen and saw "removed the theme due to a few glitches" - no idea what the theme is, but not too worried because it's the plugin I need for the blog to do a trial and possibly a review.

I downloaded the zip file, and installed the plugin from within wordpress - heres a shot of my admin area after the installation was completed.

Help with the install of wordpress workhorse

As you can see above, the plugin hasn't really helped with the look and feel of my admin area.  Poking around in the mixed up shiz there I managed to spot the "delete" link for the plugin and clicked it.  The display of the plugins page did not recover - still looked a load of messed up text.

You have to consider that before I installed workhorse, my plugins page was fine - it had to be didn't it?  Afterall, it was from there that I selected the option to upload and install the zip file I had previously downloaded.  So it's only natural for me at this point to assume that my admin area has been messed up by this plugin.

At this point, I have to close down all my browsers, clear cache, log out - all the ususal drivel that comes with a corrupted content problem.  This is so that I can be sure that nothing is being dragged into the browser from cache which may have been left behind by the installation.

First up, I will try and reload the blog and log in with Firefox having cleared everything out.  Phew - as you can see below, my plugin page looks fine......

Plugin Page after clearing cache and reloading.

I'm a fairly persistent character when I want to be, particularily where software is concerned, probably because being a programmer these things are of interest to me.  So naturally I didn't want to give up there and then having restored my blog to its former glory.  Maybe I had done something wrong in the install?  Maybe I should have closed down browsers, deleted cache, reloaded and logged in again - THEN tried it.  So here we go - that is what I then did.

Downloaded Zip is uploaded fine.

(Above - cleared cache in firefox, re-uploaded zip file, screen presented as above - fine).

Next step there is to click "activate plugin" - one assumes therefore it isn't activated by default - which is normal so all is good.  I click the activate link - no no - wait - I first go back to my plugin list to check its ok......... it is - see below.

Success - the plugin from source wave is in the list.

So now that I am here, I click on the "activate" link as shown above.  Lo and behold, here is a screen shot of the plugin page AFTER the activate link shown above is clicked.

Now - correct me if I am wrong, but on every other plugin I have ever installed - once the activate link has been clicked, it changes on refresh to "Deactivate".  Not workhorse though - oh no - it just stayed as is shown above.  I'm getting seriously bored now and haven't even managed to get past the install.  Anyway - assuming "something" - anything - has happened in the background, I have a quick poke around to see if I can find the thing - and I can't.

So I decide to sack that - and move onto another wordpress blog of mine and stick it on that one instead.  This time everything goes smoothly and the install works fine.  God only knows what went wrong.

Having wasted my time with the other blog - I am now moving off this to concentrate on my own systems development work, but at some point in the next week I will set up a project in workhorse and let you know the SEO outcome.

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