WordPress has rapidly become one of the most popular content management systems on the web. This has a number of advantages for users – the main one being rapid development of both the core platform and additional themes and plugins – but also means many sites end up looking the same. Customizing a WordPress theme can be an easy way to make your site stand out. There are a number of methods for theme customization, with some requiring little or no knowledge of programming. Here are four of the most popular methods. Read More
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Building a Twitter following doesn’t have to be a complicated process. When you build a following by being yourself, you’ll find you have a much more quality audience for your tweets. The people who choose to follow you will be more likely to be interested in your tweets, and to retweet and interact with you. Although it may take time to gain a substantial audience at first, the higher quality of your followers will make it more than worth the effort and time. Read More
When looking to boost the appeal of your website, it can be difficult to decide whether you should focus on updating old posts that have had a lot of hits, or whether you should be generating new content. Ultimately, the decision comes down to the kind of site you run, and if you can successfully combine older posts that still have relevance with topical, optimised content that’s going to stimulate attention on social networks. Read More
Link building is definitely one of the most popular activities in search engine optimization, and as is usually the case, it didn’t take Google long to catch on to tactics that it considered unworthy. While link building in itself is not “bad”, there are some aspects that raise eyebrows – at the very least. In 2012, the landscape was pretty much changed, thanks to Google’s actions against questionable link building. It has even been said that 2012 was the year when the world of link building changed forever. Read More
You’ve done the hard bit, your blog is set up and you’ve even managed to reach a decent number of regular visitors, but who’s happy with decent these days? If you want your blog to achieve more, you need to make sure you’re reaching as big of an audience as possible, and today that means one thing: mobile.
Microsoft has predicted that by 2014, mobile internet usage should take over desktop internet usage. It is therefore essential that you roll with the changes.
Making your blog mobile friendly isn’t as difficult as you may think, whether it’s self-hosted or not. By following a few simple tips, your killer content can be seen and appreciated on devices big and small. Read More
On the 31st of March every year, the world observes Backup Day. And yet, we can see that not enough people know about it. Have you heard of the catastrophic loss of data faced by different organizations? There are many hidden in the archives of technology news. Ma.gnolia, Couchsurfing, KDE, Pixar, StackOverflow, the list goes on. Some have folded after the loss, others have resurrected themselves, painstakingly writing every line of code all over again. I’ll recap one instance of each to show how important it is to not just get backup, but the right kind of backup, and the right process for backup. Read More
So far we have already looked at the other two key aspects in promoting a website in great detail. These are firstly, creating the right content and secondly promoting that content. Promotion includes things like using the right keyword phrases to optimize content so as to attract traffic from search engines as well as using social media amongst other techniques.
Now we will examine the last key pillar in the successful promotion of a website which is measuring results. Read More
When I was first studying design, there wasn’t much of a Web to use. So, I received most of my education and professional experience in that field learning print design.
In my closet I have several binders filled with things I made both professionally, personally and for school. This includes, flyers, brochures, buttons, newsletters, newspapers, booklets and more. However, as I was trying to pick up Web design, I brought a lot of what I learned in print design to the Web.
A lot of it was right, but a lot of it was very wrong and the Web, founded largely by people like me who grew up in the print design world, is just now waking up to some of those mistakes.
The truth is people don’t use the Web like they do a newspaper or a magazine. For an example, consider how far your nose is from your screen right now. Then, open up a book, hold it comfortably and take the same measurement, you’ll likely see a big difference.
So, if you want to create a good blog layout, you have to stop thinking like a print designer and break some of the rules you may have come to know and love, even without realizing it.
Here are five examples of rules that no blog design should break. Read More
Content is King, we all know that. How many times have you heard the phrase “quality content”? Do you even know what “quality content” means? This article will explain what “quality” content is and a few ways to help you create it!
Before we start consider these points:
- Substance – Fill your content with juicy information. Awesome links and great tips.
- Actionable value – Using the above, you can provide value to the reader. They walk away from reading your content, knowing much more than they did when they started. They can go and do something better than they did before, thanks to your advice.
- Layout – Do not underestimate the value of a quick bit of formatting. Keep paragraphs short, add bullet points and numbered lists and add images where appropriate. Content with lots of white spaces like this, are much easier to read that blocks of text. Read More
If you visit the top “blogging tips” blogs today you’ll notice a lot of talk about what it takes to build a successful blog; from writing great content to coming up with a plan to monetizing your blog. Essentially, all it takes to build your blog is often talked about except what really matters; your web host.
If you choose the right web host for your blog, you’ll continue to benefit from your choice for years to come. If, however, you chose the wrong web host your blog will suffer from it for a very long time.
Slow loading speed is one of the reasons most people stop visiting a website and a whopping 78% of online shoppers will happily abandon a website if it’s slow. Also, slow websites cost the US economy at least $500 billion every year. And that’s just what we can name. There are countless other problems you will experience with a bad hosting company, some of the most common ones being: Read More