There are thousands of WordPress themes available for free and at low cost. That’s great! But how do you know if it’s going to help or hinder you in search engines? If you are shopping for a WordPress theme, chances are that you need to focus on your content, not on learning how to become a WordPress developer and WordPress SEO expert. These are all best practices for WordPress theme development too! Continue reading
Redesigning and rebuilding a website is a lot like remodeling a house. When you begin a remodel project, you don’t always know what challenges you’ll find until after you’ve ripped up the floors or torn down a wall. If staying on time and on budget is important, then planning and communication are the most important elements of your web project management toolkit.
Here are a few areas that can hide surprises when launching a web development project and some suggestions to mitigate surprise. Continue reading
I have tremendous respect for web designers – they are talented in ways that I will never be and most importantly, their designs are what makes my work look good. We are such visual creatures that if the design isn’t beautiful, it’s hard for end clients to appreciate clever code.
The below is a checklist of information that makes it easier for the person developing a website to implement the designer’s vision. When pieces are missing, it is essentially an incomplete design and that means that visual decisions are left up to the developer who may or may not get it right. The ensuing rework can be demoralizing for everyone. Continue reading
And now it’s fixed by the developer. Continue reading
While these WordPress SEO tips are applicable to any website, they are particularly easy to implement in the templating and theming structures available for WordPress SEO efforts as well as in web content management systems that follow a good MVC pattern such as Plone, Rails and Django.
I will be blogging on the Search Semaphore seo blog about semantic SEO and technical SEO in the upcoming year. Here is an overview of google SEO changes in 2012 and some tips for 2013. Continue reading
Beta testing is fun and exciting, but there isn’t a push-button rollback path if you start to develop content in the beta version, then decide you have to rollback.
A year ago, I bought an Edimax USB wireless adaptor for my workhorse Ubuntu box. After spending a day sweating over my random collection of cheap old usb adapters and not getting any of them to work, I was pleasantly surprised when my Edimax arrived and proceeded to “just work” upon being plugged in. Continue reading
I’ve been beta testing WordPress 3.5 for a little while now and am building a photo-centric website that will launch after 3.5 is released. So, I’ve been paying particular attention to the media management in 3.5 as it’s been overhauled. I won’t claim to have nailed down the best way of doing things yet, but here are some things that I’m working toward right now. Continue reading