Translating WordPress backend from English to Spanish

Somehow even though this should be a easy task I was unable to find out how can I switch language in WordPress to Spanish language when I have already installed solution in English. There just seemed to be too much info about it, mostly focusing on frontend. I assumed that it would be via Plugins but I could not find any suitable plugin for (if you know one please let me know). Also it seems that I cannot do this in user level (User James would have in English and user Juan in Spanish) it looks like language setting is a global setting. Probably you need WordPress-MU to do it in userlevel(?). Though, having languages in userlevel would be a nice feature as well as having ability to add new languages via plugins.
In any case. If you are struggling on the same issue as me, here is a short instructions how to switch WordPress from English to something else take a look  Manually Installing Language Files.

– Download .mo file for example Spanish language in here
– Drop it to /wp-content/languages/
– Modify wp-config.php
define (‘WPLANG’, ‘es_ES’);

SEO and Meta tags

Is there really need for any kind of Meta tags on the websites? It seems that SEO experts keeps pushing website authors to create meta keywords and descriptions. Sometimes they also push Dublin Core and even more detailed meta tags but for as far as I understand this is complete waste of time.
I am not an expert in this field so please correct me if I am wrong but it seems that all major search engine robots ignores meta tags, I am not sure though if they read it in some level but I doubt they do. At least Meta Keywords are nowdays ignored completely.
Second, how about so called “SEO friendly URL’s” is it still relevant having keywords on URL?

For example:
If I have 3 URL’s

  1. index.html?id=123
  2. /archives/123/
  3. /tourism/europe/spain/barcelona/picasso-museum/

Which one of these is the most friendly for robots? Usually it is recommended not to use query strings in URL’s but is this the case still?

If you know answer for my questions please drop me a line…

Evaluation of WYSIWYG-editors for CMS

Peter Krantz of Standards Schmandards has done some testing on web based editing tools. He writes: “Web based editing tools are becoming standard issue in modern content management systems. As more and more organizations discover the advantages of using structured markup it is important that these editing tools allow editors to markup content without knowledge of HTML.” Read the article

Good article for CMS developers