It should be no mystery that optimized websites rank better than ones that perform poorly. It may not be a huge factor, but every positive ranking signal does add up. After each website I build, I test it through Google’s PageSpeed Insights (as well as other benchmarking websites). I’ve always assumed that it was Googlebot measuring the speed of a website. However, Googlebot doesn’t accurately represent the experience of an actual visitor. There is something to be said for balancing user experience and loading speed. Now that actual user data is used to gauge performance, developers don’t have to worry about catering to both Google and visitors.
With a significant new milestone and some great improvements to WordPress as a platform, this month has been an important one for the project. Read on to find out more about what happened during the month of March.
WordPress Now Powers 30% of the Internet
Over the last 15 years, the popularity and usage of WordPress has been steadily growing. That growth hit a significant milestone this month when W3Techs reported that WordPress now powers over 30% of sites on the web.
The percentage is deter..
Over the last several decades there have been anywhere between 400,000 to 600,000 new businesses formed each year. Most new business owners are rightfully concerned about providing their service or product to customers. Marketing and advertising may not be high on their radar, but it should be. Unless your business is in a niche market, it will be difficult to get any exposure without a concerted effort towards advertising. In today's age, if your business doesn't have a website, you'll be at a huge disadvantage. There are many free and cheap solutions for having a website built. However, as the...
When WordPress administrators are searching for a security plugin, usually Wordfence Security comes out on top. And for good reason. With over 2 million active installations across the community, it is by far the most popular security plugin. Does that mean it is the best? I think that is a matter of opinion. There is certainly no shortage of features. The support is great and regular plugin updates occur frequently. Still, I prefer a less popular but widely used plugin - All In One WP Security & Firewall. I briefly went over one of my favorite features of the plugin...
We think you'll be pretty impressed with our website design and SEO package features. We've worked hard to incorporate the latest trends in website and SEO optimization from Google. Optimizations like adhering to guidelines set forth by PageSpeed Insights and treating mobile devices like they matter instead of just an afterthought. Building a website can be tricky, but online marketing is an even more daunting task. Especially if your business has never had any online presence before. Our basic website packages offer things that should be the new standard such as a free SSL certificate and a responsive design. What...
I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! After months of periodic troubleshooting, I finally solved my gzip compression mystery. The strange part is that it worked fine on all my websites for the root domain/homepage. However, any other page besides the homepage would result in no compression. It was a painstakingly tedious process of elimination. Usually, I can find an answer to a technical problem by scouring Google. And while I did come across a few other folks who described the same issue I was having, there were no solutions. Before I dive into my own solution, I'll explain what GZIP...
In Part 1 of Eliminating Contact Form Failures I showed you how to set up and configure Contact Form 7. I also detailed how you can drastically reduce spam by using Google's ReCaptcha service. In this concluding post, I'll go over how you can save your contact form messages and have those messages sent through SMTP instead of PHP. Saving contact form responses Even if you have properly configured your server or hosting environment, it is impossible to guarantee a 100% success rate of contact form submissions. The one thing that can be done is to have submissions saved to...
You finally have your business website up and running and have made sure your contact information is easily accessible. Typically, you would have your phone number, email address, and perhaps physical address listed so that visitors can connect with you directly. You probably had a contact form set up and tested too. Everything seems great until one of those visitors calls or emails you and says they sent a message through the form but did not receive a reply. Or they filled out the form and immediately after had an error message pop up indicating a failure in sending the...
One of the most nerve-wracking issues a web host provider can face is dealing with websites that go down. Usually, a rather irate customer will contact their hosting provider or web developer and inform them of the problem. With this notice, questions such as "How long has my site been down?" follow. Not only does the web host have to deal with an upset customer but they also must troubleshoot and rectify the problem as quickly as possible. That's why having a website monitoring service is a must! When I was working for another web design & hosting company, part...
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