Category: Websites

Is your website mobile friendly?

When was the last time you looked at your website… on your phone? Was it hard to read? Was it difficult to navigate?

Studiopress has a responsiveness test page that will load your website in four mobile sizes, so you can see just how mobile friendly your website is.

The page displays your website in…
240 x 320 (small phone)
320 x 480 (iPhone)
480 x 640 (small tablet)
768 x 1024 (iPad – Portrait)
and desktop

Click the link, add your URL and see how you look to the mobile world.

Here are my results for this site…

FreelanceWebSiteManager.com Responsiveness test
FreelanceWebSiteManager.com Responsiveness test

If your website isn’t responsive to mobile devices, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Upgrading to a more responsive theme can be a pretty simple process, especially if you’re using a content management system like Joomla or WordPress.

Let me know if you need any help (or free advice).

The 10+ most important things to do after you install WordPress

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From wpbeginner.com

What do you do after installing WordPress? This is a common question asked by beginners. In this article, we will show you the top 10 most important things you must do after installing WordPress.

1. Change The Title, Tagline, Time zone, and Favicon

2. Change Your Permalink Structure

3. Configure the Reading Settings

4. Delete Unused Themes

5. Install a Cache Plugin**

6. Improving WordPress Security

7. Install an Anti-Spam Plugin

8. Install A SEO WordPress Plugin

9. Optimize For Social Media Sharing via Sharing Plugins

10. Start Scheduling Regular Backups

For details check out the article here (a post from wpbeginner.com)

I have a few of my own tips too…

1. Don’t activate / install caching until the site is up and running.**

2. Set your default category to something better than “uncategorized”.

3. Decide early if you will allow comments on posts (settings_discussion), so you don’t have to change the setting for each post.

Did we miss any? Pls comment below.

Are Google Webmaster Tools supported by WordPress.com?

Yes! If you have a website or blog hosted by WordPress.com you can still use Google’s Webmaster Tools.

From your WordPress.com dashboard select TOOLS, then AVAILABLE TOOLS, then WEBSITE VERIFICATION SERVICES.

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Screenshot of Website Verification Services

STEPS
1.Log in to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ with your Google account.
2.Enter your blog address (without http:// or https:// in front)
3.Click the Add a Site button
4.You will be presented with several verification methods. Choose the Alternate Methods tab.
5.Select the option: HTML tag
6.Copy the content value of the meta tag….more here.

WordPress.com also supports Bing Webmaster Center, Pinterest Verification and Yandex.

More information here in this WordPress.com support article


By: Mike Benny
Google

How to “Perfectly Optimize” a Webpage

Wondering how to create a webpage that’s bound to be found by Google? For a start checkout these seven steps and this info-graphic from Entrepreneur.com.

Make sure your site…

  • has no impediments to searchers
  • is built for sharing (on Facebook, Twitter…)
  • has valuable content
  • has a great layout (easy to find what you want)
  • uses good keywords
  • has a responsive design for multiple devices
  • uses authorship, authorship, authorship…

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An illustration of the steps necessary for a perfectly optimized webpage.


By: Mike Benny
Google

Why does it take 24-48 hours for DNS changes to kick in?

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DNS propagation map from www.webfusion.co.uk

This totally explains it all…

Every domain has two name servers assigned to it and these are the only two name servers that hold records for the domain. However, when another server somewhere else in the world, queries the name servers for DNS records, it will often keep a local copy of the DNS record so that next time it needs to know what IP address the domain resolves to, it already has the answer. More here…

A New Year’s resolution for #WordPress SEO

10-seo-tips-in-2014“10 Tips For Unbeatable WordPress SEO In 2014” by Wajdan Gul

Really interesting and definitely worth reading the entire article.

1. Speed/Load-time optimization
2. Configure critical WordPress SEO plug-ins
3. Configure critical social plug-ins for WordPress
4. Write unique and in-depth content
5. Rich snippets. Please!
6. Authorship with Google+ is the future
7. Commenting is the new SEO
8. Keep updating the (old) content
9. Be a community person!
10. On-page website structure

The Science of Searching – Periodic Table Of #SEO Success Factors

There are no tricks, no plugins and no shortcuts to getting Google to rank your pages. It’s all content.

The Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors… from Search Engine Land

Search engines reward pages with the right combination of ranking factors, or “signals.” SEO is about ensuring your content generates the right type of signals.

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The Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors, used with permission.

Read more about it here (also a Quickstart Guide to SEO)…