Three Steps to Setup an Already Built Roots Bedrock/Sage Site

Three Steps to Setup an Already Built Roots Bedrock/Sage Site

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We love Roots. All of our WordPress sites are built using their three tools, Trellis, Bedrock, and Sage. For a lot of WordPress guys, all of these items are Greek. So if you’ve received a WordPress site and wondered what to do with it, hopefully this guide will help you set it up on your … Continued

Developing WordPress with Roots Bedrock/Sage

Developing WordPress with Roots Bedrock/Sage

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This is a running document that I’m maintaining as an ongoing learning process for my junior developers. Please feel free to comment and leave feedback if I can do anything better. from iTerm, navigate to your “code” folder composer create-project roots/bedrock {sitename} *{sitename} should be replaced with the folder name for the client project cd … Continued

How to add Slack to Genesis Simple Social Icons Plugin

How to add Slack to Genesis Simple Social Icons Plugin

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Recently needed to add a new icon to the Genesis Simple Social Icons plugin and hadn’t ever done it before. Specifically, I was trying to add the Slack icon to the list of icons. Here’s what I figured out: Adding a New Field to the Widget – Step 1 The first step in adding a … Continued

The Confusing Parts of Owning a Domain

The Confusing Parts of Owning a Domain

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Your website is broken up into many different pieces: Registration Domain Name Servers (DNS) Subdomains Hosting Emails Registration Registration is where you essentially license the use of your domain from ICANN. Domains are registered for a certain amount of time (usually in 1-year increments). Registering a domain is similar to signing a lease on an office … Continued

How to Install an SSL Certificate on WordPress in 8 Steps

How to Install an SSL Certificate on WordPress in 8 Steps

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With the recent announcement from Google that they will be requiring security certificates on websites (or face the consequences of being deemed “insecure), we have found ourselves installing certificates on many websites even in the past few days. Since we’ve gotten the process pretty dialed in, we thought that others might find our process valuable as … Continued

Local SEO for WordPress plugin

Local SEO for WordPress plugin

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This is a paid plugin offered by Yoast, but if you have a brick-and-mortar store this plugin is a must! The Local SEO for WordPress plugin generates your address and opening hours information for you using shortcodes. More importantly the output HTML is all properly wrapped in Schema tags. It’s a great thing.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO

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This one is a no-brainer, the Yoast SEO plugin is my top recommended plugin for SEO optimization. There are a million posts online as to why it’s the best… Just go give one of those a read if you need more information. Yoast offers a premium version of his SEO plugin which does have some … Continued

WP Optimize By xTraffic

WP Optimize By xTraffic

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Among the three main features offered by WP Optimize, our favorite is the link optimization option. Amongst the abilities found in that piece of the plugin are the following: Auto-create internal links based on keywords or category names in post content Auto-create external links based on keywords in post content (hello affiliate links?) Auto-add no-follow attribute … Continued

SEOPressor

SEOPressor

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SEOPressor is a bit of a secret weapon. We use this alongside our Yoast SEO plugin, but use the features separately. This plugin gives the ability to do multiple keywords along with tying right into recommended content. It also auto-decorates text in your content based on the keywords you choose. It will suggest keywords to … Continued

Redirection

Redirection

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The Redirection plugin provides an easy way to monitor any 404 errors on your site as well as creating 301 redirects while you’re at it.

Media File Renamer

Media File Renamer

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One greatly underutilized search engine optimization tactic is image optimization, specifically regarding file names. The culprit is when we buy that super awesome photo from iStock and when it saves to your computer the file name is iStock8183952730-50872937.jpg. That is the most uninformative name an image could have. Then without thinking, we upload that image … Continued