You’ve probably noticed all the SEO geeks running around tweeting about the emails Google has been sending out to Search Console users, warning them about what’s coming up in October of 2017. Whether you’ve run across these tweets or not, you should know that if you haven’t yet migrated from HTTP to HTTPS, now is definitely the time to seriously consider it. (Side Note: A while back, I wrote the WordPress HTTP:// to HTTPS:// Quick Start Guide to help you do the migration yourself, but many people find it’s just too difficult to manage without some experience in HTTP migrations.
A video portfolio showcasing a dozen WordPress websites I’ve recently designed for myself and for clients. Get in touch to discuss hiring me to create a site for you.
Have you played around with the beta Gutenberg plugin yet? If you haven’t heard of Gutenberg yet, it’s the new WordPress editor that will replace the current one. I won’t spend a ton of time describing it because there are lots of places you can find that information, like here, here, and pretty much everywhere that might be related to WordPress. But the gist of it is that WordPress is running a little scared (in my opinion) of becoming irrelevant and old-school, so maybe 6 months or so ago, Matt Mullenweg basically said to update the editor to something modern
I’m working on a project where I’ll need to add a simple custom post type. I could hand code it, but it’s just such a chore to do, that I decided to use one of the various plugins designed to make the chore much less annoying. For this project, I chose Easy Content Types. It was really pretty simple. There was only a couple of things that threw me for a momentary loop, but both were resolved quickly. I’ll mention them as I get to them in the process below. So here’s how I quickly created a custom post type
I have multiple websites, and I also manage a few sites for clients. “Managing” entails making sure plugin, theme, and core WordPress updates are implemented safely and quickly, that security scans are routinely run, that backups are routinely created, and various other tasks that ensures the sites are up and running smoothly. No Need To Pay Forever And Ever And Ever Site maintenance for more than a handful of sites is nearly impossible without some sort of site management tool. There are several tools in the space, but my choice is MainWP. There is both a free version as well
The most reliable WordPress website backup I can find is one I’ve known about for years, but forgot about! I remember again, and am back on track.
A review of my time testing the MediaTemple Studio WordPress managed hosting plan. Who this hosting is for, and who it is not for. Hint: It was not for me.
Putting Caldera Forms, Formworks, and Ingot To The Test Having come from a background of web marketing, it’s important to me to be able to engage users on a website, and ultimately, to convert them. So when I’m helping a client decide on web page copy or a Call To Action element, I always stress the need to test, test, test. Clients usually balk at that suggestion because: They think they know what their users want. (Hint: no one ever gets that right). They think it will either be too expensive or too technical to implement or too time-consuming to