Here’s an interesting question I received recently: “Have I installed enough plugins on my WordPress website?” I was a bit taken aback by that, because the short answer is that you need the smallest number of plugins possible that are necessary to deliver your website’s purpose. My questioner believed that the more plugins you installed… . . . Read more
In this series of articles we focus on creating and managing the content on your WordPress website.
We look at some definitions and how to effectively set up your content so that it appears as high as possible in the search results and presents a good experience to your readers.
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With more than 40,000 plugins available in the WordPress repository alone, and many more that are not there because they are premium (paid for), you will inevitably face several options to choose from when you search for a plugin for your website. So how do you choose the best one – that is, one that… . . . Read more
For those of you who have sites built by us, but who are doing your own content updates, the recently released Thesis 2.2 makes adding or updating content easier and safer: the layout in the Visual editor now exactly replicates the front of your site, so formatting is a cinch. The process you use does… . . . Read more
Here’s a question that was put to me the other day: what are categories and tags in WordPress and how would I use them? Simply put, categories and tags are WordPress’ filing system. They enable you to group together posts (not pages) that cover the same or a closely related subject. I like to think… . . . Read more
If your website is based on WordPress you already have a good start as far as optimising your posts and pages for the search engines goes. But there are some simple things you can do to give your content an extra boost. Before we go too far let me make an important point: when you’re… . . . Read more
Back in this article I described the difference between SEO titles and page titles. Today let’s take a closer look at the relationship between the SEO title and the META description. Both of these elements perform dual functions: they tell the search engines what your page is about and they entice searchers to click through… . . . Read more
I am often asked to explain the difference between the SEO (or Custom) Title and the Page Title by those who update or add your own content. So here goes . . . Both titles are important and their job is to do the same thing – attract attention and cause people to stop what… . . . Read more
I described the difference between posts and pages in WordPress back here. Although they function differently, the process of writing a post is exactly the same as that for writing a page. For the purposes of this article, therefore, I will use the term ‘page’ throughout, but the process will be exactly the same for… . . . Read more
A good question and one that I come across often. WordPress started life in 2003 as a simple blogging platform. The word ‘blogging’ comes from ‘web log’, which was originally (way before 2003) a simple log of events that was stored online. The word ‘post’, in this context, comes from posting an entry in a… . . . Read more