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Exploring the new WordPress Editor Gutenberg

WordpressWhat is Gutenberg?

Gutenberg is the new visual WordPress editor. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the first printing press with moveable type. As of writing this, the new visual editor is currently in its beta testing phase; it is therefore not ready to run on production sites just yet.

How is it different?

For those just starting with WordPress, the new editors goal is to make things ‘easier’. When compared to the current visual editor, Gutenberg requires minimal shortcodes and HTML to make things work.

So, unlike the current WordPress editor, you don’t have to:

Create featured images to be added at the top of a post or page; Write shortcodes for specialized assets of different plugins; Import images, multimedia and approved files from the media library or add HTML shortcodes; Add widgets for content on the side of a page; Copy and paste links for embeds;… [Read More]

How should I make my website mobile friendly?

Take a look around you now. Who has a mobile within a metre of them? The answer is probably everyone.

Research from GSMA’s real-time tracker puts the number of mobile devices at 7.22 billion whilst the US Census Bureau says the number of people is still somewhere between 7.19 and 7.2 billion. No other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It’s the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever.

Believe it or not, 37% of websites are not compatible for smartphones.

Making your website mobile friendly can be done in two ways.

Option 1: Mobile Site

This essentially means creating a duplicate version of your website on a different domain to make it mobile friendly.

For example, www.mobile.websitename.co.uk as well as www.websitename.co.uk

Although having a mobile version of your website isn’t the easiest way to make it mobile friendly there are a few advantages.

You could make the mobile version… [Read More]

SEO begins at the website development stage

The foundation of a successful website starts with a great design, user-friendly interface and a well developed user experience.

But unknown to most, these have become very important ranking factors and a big part of modern search engine optimisation (SEO). This includes things like page speed, site usability and a responsive mobile design.

Although SEO starts with considering the website content as the predominant ranking factor, there are other contributing factors that help bring information to the forefront. This includes outlining the title and description of the page with your most relevant keyword. The title should be the most relevant searchable term for that particular page.

By thinking of areas such as the page title, description and keywords in relation to SEO at development stage will ensure that your website is setup with the right structure to become Google friendly.

Search engine’s primary goal is to give you the most … [Read More]