WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) around, but some of the tools that make it so powerful can also slow its performance to a crawl. Most web-optimization experts will tell you that you may have only a few seconds (if that) to capture your site visitor’s interest, so a sluggish site is sure to cost you. But, with a few relatively simple tweaks, you can gain a sizable uptick in performance. Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your WordPress Site’s Performance”
Let’s take a short trip down memory lane, back to 2006. Action movie fans were yelling “SPARTA!!!” after seeing the hit film 300. Google just purchased YouTube. And, you were probably rocking out to Justin Timberlake informing us of how he was going to bring “SexyBack.”
With the rapid developments of the Information Age, 2006 seems like ages ago. Nowhere is that more evident than in the web design industry.
For example, have a look at InMotion Hosting’s homepage back in 2006, vs. today in 2016.
You only get one chance to make a great first impression, and nowhere is that more true than when you launch your new WordPress site for the entire world to see and enjoy. That being said, you want to make sure that you are addressing the twelve most important things that every new WordPress site should be doing prior to launch. Following these guidelines translates into the peace of mind you need knowing that your site is prepared for everything the internet and its users will have to throw at you as you begin your online WordPress endeavor. Continue reading “12 Things Every New WordPress Site Should Be Doing On Launch”
As the year 2015 winds down to a close, it’s time to start looking forward to 2016 and beyond. Digital marketers and SEO professionals are always looking to the future so they can be ready for the changes that are no doubt coming. Google is constantly pursuing a better search experience. This results in changes to how they index and rank pages, resulting in changes to SEO tactics.
It’s a cycle that has been going on for years, and 2016 will be no different. New WordPress tips and SEO best practices will start emerging, but I’m here to give you the inside scoop now instead of later. Continue reading “11 Ways SEO is Changing in 2015 and Beyond”
Internet security has always been a major concern for businesses and website owners. In today’s online world, these threats are becoming more and more widespread and diverse in nature. With so many attack vectors and vulnerabilities being discovered daily, it’s more important than ever that you keep a close eye on potential security risks. In this article, we’ll go over some of the best practices you can employ to keep yourself and your website protected. Continue reading “Cyber Security Awareness: Are You and Your Website Protected?”
Things to look out for when searching for the right WordPress theme
Are you just about to start a great online project? Maybe a tech blog, a stylish fashion magazine or a local news website? If you have opted for WordPress as your CMS, than that is a good first choice so far. Now you will have to look out for and find the right WordPress theme which fits your needs. In general, a suitable WordPress theme is one that contributes to the readability and accessibility of your content and it should make your website faultless. Continue reading “Finding the Right WordPress Theme for Your Online Project”
If you are new to the online world of websites and blogging, you may have heard of WordPress or even recognize the prominent ‘W’ logo. If you are one of these people and don’t know what WordPress is, this is your opportunity to learn about one of the most prevalent and accessible website platforms. Continue reading “Introduction to WordPress”
WordCamp Baltimore was my first traveling foray into the world of WordPress enthusiast user groups. I’ve been to many conventions and helped to host user groups, but WordCamps are in a class all their own. WordCamps are held worldwide and can vary from a small group of people to a large group numbering in the thousands. This Baltimore trip was more in the size of a smaller group but it was still a great event to attend. It was the first opportunity for the Community Support team to travel together as well. Our group of six included a member of our sales team (Danny), and most of the Community Support team from Virginia Beach – John Paul, Scott, Tim Sisson (Tim S.), Tim Elsass (Tim L.) and myself. Our manager, Tim S., was the chauffeur for the trip graciously putting up with a bunch of restless guys in the five hour trip there and back. Continue reading “WordCamp Baltimore 2015”
Now that I have caught up after missing my connector Sunday forcing travel into Monday, thank you American Airlines; I now have time to write about how my first WordCamp went in St. Louis. I chose St. Louis for two reasons; one is that it is where I grew up and I have friends and family in the area I was able to stay with, and two was that it is one of the bigger WordCamps with over 300 people in attendance this year. I was one of the more than 175 newbies or first-timers to a WordCamp. WordCamp St. Louis 2015 was hosted on the campus of Washington University. This was nice because it allowed me to relive my youth around UCity and for attendees to see more eclectic parts of St. Louis. Continue reading “WordCamp St.Louis 2015”
— Jeff Matson (@TheJeffMatson) March 1, 2015
This was my first WordCamp. I’ve been to plenty of business development conferences over the years and really expected this to be much of the same. Let me go on record… I was wrong! WordPress and WordCamp in particular is about community. Thats what makes WordPress so great! The vibe was informal and inviting. It was literally for everyone, whether you were a core contributor or a brand new user. I was lucky enough to spend my friday night hanging out at the Speaker Sponsor Dinner. Typically, its for, well, speakers and sponsors and I was neither, however my travel companion was a speaker. Continue reading “WordCamp Lancaster Just Got Real”