Adding recipes to a WordPress site is easy. With the holidays just around the corner, you may want to share some of your holiday love in the form of delicious recipes. You could just type the recipe into the content area of a page, but, with the Recipe Card WordPress Plugin, uploading the content is simple and your recipes will have a consistent stylized look. This post will show you how to install and set-up the Recipe Card WordPress Plugin and add a few recipes of your own. [Read more...]
Video is definitely a plus for your blog posts and website. It certainly adds another dimension to your website for visitors who prefer to watch more than to read, or to do both. Video allows your visitors the opportunity to get to know you in a way that does not come across in a written post. Even adding other people’s videos to your site can spice things up.
A lot of people think that videos must be difficult to use, but the good news is that it is really easy to add video to your WordPress site. One thing we don’t ever want [Read more...]
About half the websites we do include a slider, and they are one of the hardest things about a website to get right. There are times and places where a slider works really well, like for a gallery. But doing a slider with multiple marketing messages are very tricky to do right. One issue is that planning to have a slider on a site opens a can of worms with clients. They either have no idea what they want, or they get fixated on a bad idea without realizing the ramifications of what they are asking for.
I have been conflicted about this slider issue so I did some research on the topic to help sort out what is what. [Read more...]
On the Internet these days people expect authenticity from the sites they visit. Even Google rewards authenticity by giving better search engine ranking to those who make it clear that they are an author on a website and have a completed profile on Google+. If your site and blog posts are shared on other social media sites, so much the better. The search engines can see these things as [Read more...]
There are times when you want to have a place on your website for an announcement such as an upcoming workshop up or a nice spot to to remind people to sign up for your newsletter. There is a easy way to do this using the WordPress plugin, Notification Bar.
It is very easy to install and configure all by yourself. Simply go to your Dashboard and find “Plugins” and select “Add New”.
We have all done it. Stayed up for hours searching for the perfect theme. And there are many sites where you can browse and browse. I am not saying not to use a free theme. There are currently 2,043 perfectly good free themes in the [Read more...]
If you are blogging on your WordPress website (which you should be doing for oh so many reasons) you want to keep people on your site as long as possible. No you don’t have to resort to tying them up, but the next best thing to keep them reading is by using a related posts plugin to display a list of related posts with thumbnail images under each of your posts. [Read more...]
We all know it is good to have your site load fast for two big reasons: we don’t want people to leave our sites before they get there and Google incorporates page-load time into our site’s search rankings. I recently wrote a post about the effect that image size on your site loading times since learning to resize and optimize images is one of the first steps to improving site loading performance. Now we will go on to more technical methods, Caching and Content Delivery Networks that can improve speed of loading as much as 350%.
When you first visit a website, all of the content on that website (images, text, etc.) have to be loaded onto your computer from a web server in order to display that content. What caching does, is after you visit a website for the first time and all of the content is loaded from a web server, the static content is then saved on your hard drive in your cache, so when you visit the website for a 2nd or 3rd time your browser is able load the static content from your computer’s hard drive which is much faster than loading it again from a distant web server.
The whole concept of caching can be rather mysterious to us non-geeks. It is difficult to understand and even more so to explain. I found a pretty good metaphor by Zack Tollman from a talk on this subject at a WordCamp. Zach describes the process of caching by asking us to think about the process of gathering the ingredients (images, text, etc.) we need to prepare a meal (load a website).
If we aren’t using any caching, we would make a separate trip to the store for each ingredient we need for each meal we prepare, but that would be such a slow and tedious process we probably would not cook very often. The better alternative is to go to the store and buy all of the ingredients we will need for the week and store them in a place where we can easily grab them off the shelf or the refrigerator when needed.
The process of buying groceries and storing them in our kitchen is similar to caching objects in web development in that you are moving items necessary to have a webpage display from a place of difficult access (a web server) to a place where it can be accessed faster (the computer that is accessing the website’s hard drive).
The W3TC plugin works to cache your site’s static pages and database queries so they are easily and quickly uploaded to your site’s visitors. Caching reduces the load time of your site so your visitors don’t have to wait for each of these things to load from scratch.
The W3TC is a very powerful plugin with many configuration options. If you are a beginner you will need to take your time and get some thorough advice on how to set it up. A fellow who goes by the name of Zemalf has a very thorough, free 45 page step by step tutorial which will show you what settings to choose on every screen. Be aware that if you set it up wrong you could risk getting your site suspended.
When considering a redesign of a company website, a large scale organization must choose a stable and secure platform that will deliver the functionality and performance that it needs to meet its goals. It is also important that it be extensible so that it can grow with the organization over time. WordPress, now ten years old, has become a major contender for use for enterprise business websites.
Although WordPress started ten years ago as a blogging platform, the core team, with strong open source developer support, puts out a version updates every 1-3 months, and major version updates once or twice a year. Since the release of version 3.0 in 2010, WordPress has become the most used CMS, while the use of the other CMS platforms continues to plummet. In addition, there are now 60 million WordPress web sites and 22% of all new websites use WordPress as their platform.
Major Concerns Addressed
There are several main concerns for those tasked with making a choice of an enterprise business web platform. The solution must: [Read more...]
Do you find waiting for a webpage to load annoying? Most people who come to a slow website will just move on down the road; and page loading time is taken into account by Google to determine your search engine ranking.
There are many factors contributing to website lag, but one of the big culprits is humongous image syndrome. Just because you can take an image that could be printed out to fit on the side of your house, does not mean you should upload an image that size to your website. The problem is that to you the image will look like it is a tidy little picture that fits right into your post, when really your web browser is having to work overtime to downsize it to fit on your site.
It is a little like having heart disease; most people don’t know they have clogged arteries until they start having chest pain or keel over. Image bloat is the same idea. Most people have no idea until their site starts gasping for breath.
If you or any of your loved ones are having these symptoms, I’d like you to share this post with them![Read more...]