What is SSL? SSL (secure socket layer) encrypts the communication between website and the visitor's browser. When a website visitor enters details such as name, email address, username, password, or credit card number, SSL prevents them from being read by nefarious third parties who may intercept them. You can identify a website using https in two ways: -- the address will begin with https, not http. -- there will be a green lock in the address bar, to the left of the address. Why SSL? SSL keeps your visitor's information from being breached. Not only that, but seeing that little … [Read more...] about How to use SSL with WordPress (and other sites)
Has Chrome begun always being on top in Windows? Here's how to fix that when it happens. It's so simple. Press the ALT, SPACE, and C keys together. The Chrome window will close. Open it back up. (You can press CTRL, SHIFT and T together to make that happen if you like.) Voila! No more Chrome on top. You can now open, say, a Word document or another app and it will no longer be in back of your Chrome window. I found this answer buried in the Chrome support forums and hope you'll find it useful. … [Read more...] about How to fix Chrome always on top
Back in the early 2000s -- and before -- most web page addresses ended in the .html extension. That's not the case anymore, and I wanted to remove the .html extension from the URLs on a particular site. How do you do that with WordPress? Here's a case history -- and the answer. EmptyMirrorBooks.com was first built with html/css in 2000. When it was rebuilt with WordPress in 2012, the .html extension on the pages were kept in the interest of keeping the same URLs. Now it's 2017, and I wanted to get rid of those .html extensions. (It looks cleaner that way, and the ".html" serve no … [Read more...] about How to remove the .html extension from your WordPress permalinks
So -- you have a new website. What now? How will visitors find your website? "Build it and they will come" may have worked for the Field of Dreams, but unfortunately, it doesn't work that way for websites. Driving traffic to a website takes time and effort but with attention to the following areas, you will see an increase in visitors over time. Let's go over the ways to drive traffic to your website -- and to keep people coming back. 1. Google and SEO There's more than one search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etc.). But for simplicity's sake, in this post I'll just refer … [Read more...] about How to get visitors to your website — and keep them coming back
The Yoast SEO plugin offers an easy and effective way to optimize WordPress posts and pages for the search engines. Here's how. First things first. What is SEO? Search Engine Optimization sounds complex. But it's not, really. Search engines want to include pages in their search which are going to be helpful to people looking for information. SEO is the process of creating web pages which are well-organized and which convey information clearly and in a manner that people will find useful. When the search engines see such a page, they compare it to other pages on the same topic, and … [Read more...] about A beginner’s guide to Yoast SEO for your blog posts
A friend recently emailed me. He'd read a book that instructed him to include the Google Analytics tracking code into his "header.php" file. That's the right way for some themes. But he was using a Genesis child theme, and no header.php file exists. He had a good question: how do you include Google Analytics tracking in a Genesis theme? Thankfully, there are two simple ways to do it. Method 1 is just for WordPress sites which use a Genesis (StudioPress) theme; Method 2 will work for any WordPress website. Method 1: Paste your Analytics tracking code into the Genesis settings … [Read more...] about The easy way to add Google Analytics tracking to your Genesis website
So...you're using Twitter cards on your website. You published a new post and shared it to Twitter. And then -- you realize that there's a typo in the post's title or in the snippet of text in the card. Or maybe the wrong image is appearing. What do you do to fix it? Here's an example of one such mistake and how I cleared it up in just a minute or two. The webpage in question was a review of a poetry collection titled Sonosyntactics. But there was a typo in the page's title; it named the book as Sonotactics. How embarrassing! Quickly, I corrected the typo on the webpage. But, … [Read more...] about Here’s how to update a Twitter card!
Maybe you're like me and prefer to use WordPress' text (HTML) editor rather than the visual editor. But the problem is that the HTML editor text is small and -- let's face it -- kind of ugly. There are all sorts of solutions out there; some involve editing (or adding) a stylesheet just for the text editor. But there's a simpler way. Just add a few lines of text to your theme's functions.php file. The example above shows only the code to change the font family, but you can add the font size CSS as well. Another way to add the code It's not ideal to edit the functions.php file … [Read more...] about The easy way to change font size and family in the HTML text editor
So, you've been thinking about buying a second domain name to use with your website. Perhaps you'd like to use one for marketing (perhaps relating to a specialty or a book or album title), but you've already got an existing website. Whatever the reason, there are several ways to add a domain name to an existing website. But they all have different repercussions for your existing website. Here are the various ways -- and which one I usually recommend to my clients. First, a little terminology. The "primary domain name" is the one that shows in the address bar at the top of your … [Read more...] about How to use two domains with one website.
Sharing your website's pages on Facebook is a great idea. When you do that, Facebook grabs an image from your webpage to display on Facebook. But what if they're using an outdated image? Is there a way to change it? Yes, there is. And, as it turns out, it's very easy to do! An example One of my clients is an author. The cover of one of his books changed, and the book's webpage was updated with the new book cover image. The original image was removed from the site. But, when he shared the book's page, the old, outdated book cover still appeared on Facebook. This is because … [Read more...] about How to change your webpage’s Facebook share image