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Diagnosing Errors On Your WordPress Site

August 8, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Diagnosing Errors On Your WordPress SiteSometimes, your WordPress site may behave in ways you don’t expect. Perhaps a widget has disappeared from its customary page, or an inscrutable string of letters and numbers are output onto the page, or instead of your WordPress site, all you can see is a blank white page. Usually, the cause of these problems is easily reversible, but before you can fix a problem, you need to know what caused it. Read more

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WooCommerce Setup: Start your First eCommerce Store

August 2, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

WooCommerce Setup- Start your First eCommerce StoreThere are over 2.3 million eCommerce stores hosted on the WooCommerce platform, and for good reason. WooCommerce makes creating your own eCommerce store quick and easy. Great functionality and an intuitive interface come together to create a powerful eCommerce platform. First you just have to complete the WooCommerce setup.

With a combination of additional plugins and options from the get go, getting through the beginning stages can seem like a daunting task. Don’t worry, with WordPress, it’s easy. This guide will take you from a clean WordPress install, through to creating your first product and customizing your storefront. Read more

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Which JavaScript Features Does Googlebot Support?

July 26, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Which JavaScript Features does Googlebot supportGoogle’s web crawlers have supported JavaScript for many years, but “support” is an ambiguous term. JavaScript is a fast-moving target and although Googlebot can process many JavaScript features, it is possible to do a lot of damage to a site’s SEO by relying on features that the crawlers can’t handle.

The issue of JavaScript-support has become increasingly important over the last few years. The release of client-side web frameworks like React, Vue, and Angular caused a move away from traditional server-side rendering. Read more

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Simple Website Optimizations to Increase Page Speed

July 24, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Simple Website Optimizations anyone can makePage speed is linked to almost every aspect of a website’s success. From SEO to conversions, to user experience and beyond. A faster site usually means better results across the board.

Yet improving site speed can be a complex process. From the hosting provider you choose to the application you decide to work with, there are a lot of areas that can be optimized.

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8 Plugins Every New WooCommerce User Should Know About

July 19, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

8 Plugins Every New WooCommerce User Should Know AboutOne of the things we admire most about WooCommerce is its rich out-of-the-box functionality. A new eCommerce retailer can start selling in next to no time. They can focus on adding products and configuring their store without needing to install an array of extensions to add essential features.

But including every possible feature would result in a messy and bloated application, which is why WooCommerce also provides a way to add extensions that bring new tools, integrations, and features. Read more

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DNS Records: Everything You Need To Know

July 17, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

What to Know about DNS Records

How does a browser load a web page? It uses a phonebook. Not an old-fashioned leatherbound book, but a service known as DNS and each page of that DNS “phonebook” are what are known as DNS Records.

In other words, when you look for nexcess.net, your computer looks in the DNS “phonebook”, finds the number for the site, and connects you to it. Of course, the whole process is much quicker, and faster, than this.

This article looks at what DNS records are, the different types you’ll find, and why they’re incredibly important for the success of any website. Read more

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Why Time To First Byte (TTFB) Isn’t as Important as You Think

July 11, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Why TTFB isn't as important as you thinkTime To First Byte (TTFB) is the time it takes for a web server to respond to a request. It’s a metric reported by several page speed testers, and is often quoted as a primary means for measuring how fast a site is. The idea being that the faster a web server responds, the quicker a site will load.

However, numerous groups have found that TTFB isn’t that important. When looked at in isolation, the figure provides an appealing way to grade your site or hosting provider, but when looked at in conjunction with other metrics, there seems to be a disconnect. This is especially true with regards to SEO rankings and improved user experience. Read more

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