Sort WordPress posts by the last updated date.

Last Updated on August 16, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I had two location sites where I wanted to have updated posts show in the list of posts based on their last updated date. I was able to accomplish that with a free plugin and a quick configuration of the plugin

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A website checker says that you don’t have gzip enabled. What about Brotli?

Last Updated on January 21, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I went down a rabbit hole trying to enable gzip compression for my sites. I found that the website checkers weren’t checking for Brotli, a newer compression tool. 

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A Simple way to see when Google indexes your images.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

If you have an image centric site, you probably wonder “How long does it take for images to get indexed”?  It would be nice to keep tabs on how long it takes for your images to show up in the Google Image index. Here is a simple way to do that. UPDATED Aug 2019

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Using the Author Feature of WordPress to Brand Your Name

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

If you have a blog or site and want to brand your name, the WordPress author feature can  help tremendously. I made a simple change to my four WordPress sites and the Google Search Results changed dramatically overnight.

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An example of why you should use the featured image feature in WordPress

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Some social media will look for the featured image if you are posting a link. Not having a featured image will result in a link that is text only in Tumblr.

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Is your site on HTTPs yet? Chrome will warn users who visit http sites.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Beginning in July 2018, user who browse with Chrome will receive a warning before visiting http sites. If your site is on http, now is the time to migrate it to https.

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Why a WordPress site that isn’t mobile friendly is killing your traffic.

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A WordPress site that isn’t mobile friendly will kill your traffic. Visitors using mobile devices will bounce. Search engines (Google especially) will notice the bounces and penalize your SEO ranking. Visitors with a bad experience will not return and they will definitely not share your content. 

 

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Using Google Lighthouse / PageSpeed Insights to benchmark your sites.

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

The Google Lighthouse PageSpeed insights tool can help you speed up your sites. Page speed is a critical ranking factor for Google. A page or site that loads slowly will be penalized. You can use some simple tools to get a benchmark of your site’s performance. 

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Add Faveicons to your WordPress site

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I fell into a bit of a rabbit hole. I previously had not bothered to create faveicons for my WordPress Sites. I was doing some work with the Redirection plugin and saw a lot of 404 entries for apple-touch faveicons. As I dove in I realized I should add them. 

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Why should you prune your WordPress categories?

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I have a site I’m trying to grow. It is this tech blog. Currently there are over 600 posts in 90 categories? I had to ask “Does it make sense to prune my WordPress Categories?” and “how many categories are too many?”

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