What an incredible run for the WordPress team. My first introduction to the platform was back in 2011. After much research, I decided it offered the most advantages over rival platforms for building sites. Prior to that, I always assumed that WordPress was just another blogging tool such as LiveJournal or Blogspot. It never dawned on me that it would bridge the gap between designers and bloggers.
I’m a huge fan of both cPanel and WHM for web hosting and server management. While there is a learning curve for both, it reminds me of how Windows took a command line interface to the next level with a GUI. Sure, there are other alternatives to WHM but none that I’ve found that are so feature-rich and user-friendly.
In total, MOZ listed 14 predictions, each from a different user. I’m not going to chime in on each of them, but there are a few which I find particularly interesting. It’s absolutely worth it to read the article with details on each prediction. These users, much like the MOZ team, offer some great insights and rationale as to what to expect next from Google. Here are a few of these insights listed below.
If you consider that Google’s search algorithm is believed to have over 200 ranking factors, then you’d understand just how difficult anyone other than Google can calculate the influence of a domain. No one but Google knows how much weight each factor holds. Therefore, it’s safe to say that any 3rd party domain metric is relying on the average correlation between said metric and the SERPs.
Since I started blogging over a year ago, I wanted to have a commenting system that was user-friendly and feature-rich. I thought I’d find a permanent solution in Disqus. After all, it’s used by major websites including some of the top news organizations. The fact that you only needed one account to comment across the platform on other websites made it extremely appealing. So why did I decide to migrate to a new system? jQuery errors and my lack of faith in getting timely support.
In another excellent post by Search Engine Journal, they list 5 crucial factors for following the best on-site SEO practices. If you haven’t already, you should click on the source link to get all the details. Each of these factors includes multiple subsections which further explain their importance.
Below I’ve listed my thoughts on each topic as well as rehashing what the folks at SEJ think. Of course, on-site SEO should be your first concern before you plan on any external link building or promotional strategies.
This particular exploit really hits close to home. WP Cost Estimation & Payment Forms Builder is a premium plugin that I’ve been using on this site for over a year. It’s a fantastic plugin that has allowed me to customize packages for web design and SEO clients. Before you check, yes, I’m already updated to a secure version.
Using the storytelling method of producing content is actually something I’ve recently decided to implement on my niche website. It wasn’t my plan when first building the site. However, since I frequently use the products advertised, it made sense to incorporate my experiences into the brand. It’s certainly not easy putting my face out there for everyone to judge, but I do believe it will help me succeed in my ultimate goal. That goal is to earn a decent side income in addition to my web design job.
Call me old fashioned, but I thought searching by entering text would always be the dominant method of looking up things. That rationale was backed up by over two decades of users typing in their queries. Of course, in hindsight, I realize a lack of alternatives is most likely the primary reason why.
In 2019, speed will be more important than ever. That’s why we’ll talk about how speed influences websites and what you can do to make your site faster.