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WordPress Tips, Tricks and Solutions

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and website platforms. There are over 75 million WordPress sites. Our collection of WordPress Tips, Tricks and Solutions can help you prevent  and solve issues as well as increase the SEO and Performance of your site.

The popularity is a two edged sword. On one hand, an amazing number of plugins exist to enhance functionality and to manage your sites.

On the other hand, millions of hackers make a living trying to hack WordPress sites. A site that is not properly protected will be compromised within minutes of being published.

The constant revisions of the WordPress core, plugins and hosting tools present a challenge to maintaining a WordPress site.

This category contains WordPress tips, tricks, and solutions to problems that we have encountered along the way.

Discussions and articles about the WordPress platform including plugins, themes, SEO, performance, site security and more.

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

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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Are you losing SEO because your WordPress Site is not set to force https?

Are you sure that your WordPress site is set to force https? I was surprised to see Adsense warning me that my sites were not on https. I’ve had my four sites on https/ssl for over 2 years now. I did some simple tests and Adsense was correct My sites were NOT redirecting http to https. Fortunately there is a simple way to fix this. 

 

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Why should you prune your WordPress categories?

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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Add Faveicons to your WordPress site

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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WordPress Categories and Tags missing in Gutenberg

Missing WordPress Categories and Tags Solution – Sept 2019 – I noticed that when editing posts on my sites that the categories and tags controls were missing. The problem was a conflict with the Autoptimize plugin. The resolution was fairly simple and involved only a slight performance hit. 

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Using Google Lighthouse / PageSpeed Insights to benchmark your sites.

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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