Whether it’s a face lift for your existing site, adding a few new features, or starting from scratch, there are few things which will impact your visitors as much as your theme. But for most people looking for a new theme can be just as daunting as sending my husband to the grocery store. He knows what he likes to eat, but where in the store that is and which brands and sizes are a mystery. But if I send him with a store map and a list which has pictures of the items to get, he does an excellent job grocery shopping. This article will give a map and some specific items to look for when shopping for your new theme. While I will mention some WordPress items, this same approach can be applied to other content management systems.
Every time we start a new project there is one common question: who is the target audience? You may call them clients, customers, or users. But regardless of what we call them, we need to know something about who they are and what they want. This information decides both what is presented to them and how it is presented.
You’ve been told by countless SEO guides & Webmaster Tools that if you move a URL you need to use a 301 redirect. But they usually don’t tell you what exactly it is or how to do it. This article will cover the what and how for 301 redirects on WordPress.
With WordPress 4.3, WordPress has finally stopped allowing comments on new Pages. However, if you have an existing site every kind of data on your site probably allows both comments & trackbacks. That means pages, posts, media, and any custom data types you have. While it may sound like a good idea, it can be incredibly annoying if you have 50 pages, 100 posts, and 500 media files all getting trackbacks and/or comments on them. So how do you turn off the ones you don’t want?
Bing and Yahoo have a combined 28% of search engine traffic. So if you want the most website visitors, then you need to get your website submitted to them. This tutorial will cover the basics of getting your site submitted and setting up Bing webmaster tools. If you missed my previous post, I talked about Google website submission & webmaster tools setup.
Congratulations, you’ve set up your website and are now ready for visitors! But, how do you get visitors? The first step is getting setup with Google Website Submission and Google Webmaster Tools. This tutorial will walk you through the steps to get all Setup with Google.
Everyone wants to add social media sharing to their websites, but what sharing tool should you use? The most popular are AddThis and ShareThis. In this tutorial I’ll show you why I prefer ShareThis, and how to get ShareThis setup on your website. If you’ve got WordPress, I will cover the WordPress Plugin in another post.
ShareThis is a great social media sharing service that I covered in my Website Sharing on Social Media article. However, ShareThis also has a plugin for WordPress which makes it very easy to set up social sharing on your posts and pages. This tutorial will cover how to use the ShareThis Plugin.
iThemes Security is the new incarnation of Better WP Security and it has stellar improvements! In this article I’ll cover the main features of iThemes and provide a basic user guide for getting up and running. Since this is a basic guide I have simplified some explanations.
A lot of people talk about security in WordPress, but they don’t always talk about security measures you can take with your theme. There are three main areas in which you should be concerned about security: where you acquire your themes from; checking for malicious code; and checking if your theme uses Tim Thumb.