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How & Why to Use CDN Services for WordPress: A Complete Guide via @sejournal, @seocounseling

How & Why to Use CDN Services for WordPress: A Complete Guide via @sejournal, @seocounseling

Development, SEO, WordPress
Whether you’re new to WordPress SEO or have been doing it for years, you’ve probably heard of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).CDNs can be a powerful tool for WordPress sites; in fact, some SEO professionals consider them a must-have.In this column, you’ll find everything you need to know about choosing, setting up, and configuring a CDN for your WordPress website.Recap: What’s a CDN?A CDN is a series of edge servers typically located in multiple places throughout the world. They cache files from your website to improve load speeds for users and most offer security benefits, as well.You can learn more about the basics of content delivery networks in these guides:Before you explore integrating a content delivery network with your WordPress site, I highly recommend reading the two articles ...
How to Choose WordPress Plugins via @sejournal, @martinibuster

How to Choose WordPress Plugins via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Development, WordPress
WordPress plugins are helpful. But they can also slow a site down, invite hackers and even cause a Google penalty.These are my top five considerations when choosing a WordPress plugin.5 WordPress Plugin ConsiderationsThe plugin is vetted by WordPress.It is popular.Changelog indicates plugin is not abandoned.Support participation and feedback indicate a healthy plugin.It doesn’t overlap with a currently installed plugin.1. The Plugin Is Vetted by WordPressSome paid plugins don’t have a free version. But many of the most respected plugins have a paid premium version and a free version that is vetted and included in the official WordPress plugin repository.AdvertisementContinue Reading BelowThe fact that a free version has been vetted by WordPress provides assurance (to me) that there is som...
7 Local SEO Best Practices for WordPress Websites via @sejournal, @ab80

7 Local SEO Best Practices for WordPress Websites via @sejournal, @ab80

Development, WordPress
WordPress is one of the most flexible open source Content Management Systems (CMS) in the world.Its rich functionality, low barrier to entry, and unbeatable price tag (it doesn’t get better than free, does it?) have all led to its meteoric rise as the web’s most popular CMS.So it’s no surprise that WordPress has been downloaded more than 32.6 million times or that it powers 40% of all websites.WordPress is also SEO-friendly, to the point where even non-techies can easily implement some simple optimization techniques. This is great news for small local businesses which may not have the budget for sweeping SEO improvements, but still want to rank better in local search.In this article, I’ll show you seven simple SEO improvements you can make to boost the local search ranking of your WordPre...
WordPress 5.7.2 Patches a Critical Vulnerability via @sejournal, @martinibuster

WordPress 5.7.2 Patches a Critical Vulnerability via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Development, WordPress
A WordPress vulnerability rated as critical has been patched. The patch is applied to WordPress version 5.7.2. Sites opted into automatic download should be receiving this update without any additional action by publishers.Publishers are encouraged to check what WordPress version they are using to make sure they are updated to version 5.7.2.Object Injection VulnerabilityThe vulnerability that is affecting WordPress is called an Object Injection vulnerability. Specifically, it is an object injection in PHPMailer vulnerability.According to the Owasp.org security website, this is the definition of a PHP Object Injection vulnerability:“PHP Object Injection is an application level vulnerability that could allow an attacker to perform different kinds of malicious attacks, such as Code Injection...
5 Common WordPress Duplicate Content Issues & How to Fix Them via @sejournal, @rollerblader

5 Common WordPress Duplicate Content Issues & How to Fix Them via @sejournal, @rollerblader

Development, WordPress
WordPress makes life easy for small businesses, bloggers, and large news sites. You have best practices automatically applied in many cases like canonical links and there are plugins for practically everything else you need.With the ease of publishing content and designs, you also have a new issue:Duplicate content.Content duplication is a common reason why a WordPress website won’t rank.Although it’s different from what we traditionally know in SEO as duplicate content (an exact replication of content from wording to code), it is similar and needs to be addressed.Here are the five most common types of duplicate content issues in WordPress and how to fix them.1. TagsTags are a huge problem for many WordPress websites. When you tag an article it creates a unique page that is full of other ...
7 Ways to Improve SEO on Your WordPress Site via @sejournal, @annaleacrowe

7 Ways to Improve SEO on Your WordPress Site via @sejournal, @annaleacrowe

Development, WordPress
Chances are that right now, you’re reading this while attempting to improve SEO on your WordPress website. Am I right?Are you looking for other ways to improve your WordPress SEO outside of Yoast?I’m not a psychic. I’ve just been in the same situation before.I’d say it’s a pretty good bet that there are tons of us WordPress users out there trying to clean up our page speed or choose an SEO-friendly theme.I mean, WordPress is used by 64% of all websites whose CMS is known. That’s 40.6% of all websites.If you flip a coin, you have a 40.6% chance of a website being built on WordPress. That’s a lot.Maybe that’s why websites like TechCrunch, Star Wars blog, Beyonce 👑,, Playstation, Facebook’s Newsroom, eBay, etc. use it.Even Search Engine Journal is built on WordPress. And we get over 2 millio...
How to Build a WordPress Site in 24 Hours via @sejournal, @BrianHarnish

How to Build a WordPress Site in 24 Hours via @sejournal, @BrianHarnish

Development, SEO, WordPress
WordPress is a fantastic platform for building websites on the fly with little to no development time required to get up and running.In addition, WordPress has fantastic customizability ranging from being able to fully customize your theme, to finding plug-ins that have the functionality to do just about anything you want.The list of what you can do to customize WordPress is endless and is generally limited only to your imagination.You can install a newsletter plug-in to manage your newsletter subscriptions. You can install analytics plug-ins that seamlessly integrate with WordPress and Google Analytics.Other WordPress plugins allow you to customize your SEO such as your title tags, meta descriptions, and meta keywords.Still, some plug-ins will also let you add noodp and noydir tags, and ...
WordPress Saves Creative Commons Search Engine From Shutting Down via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

WordPress Saves Creative Commons Search Engine From Shutting Down via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Development, WordPress
Creative Commons Search is joining WordPress.org, which will help keep the search engine of free-to-use images running for the foreseeable future.Matt Mullenweg, CEO of WordPress parent company Automattic, says he decided to bring CC Search on board after hearing it was in danger of shutting down:“I am a long-time supporter of Creative Commons and their influential work on open content licenses, and when we heard they were considering shutting down their CC Search engine we immediately started exploring ways we could keep it going.”One of the ways Mullenweg is going to keep CC Search going is by giving it a new home on WordPress.org.AdvertisementContinue Reading BelowThis will remove significant overhead expenses for CC Search, as WordPress will be covering the costs of hosting its reposi...
Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Updated With Embedding Capabilities via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Updated With Embedding Capabilities via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Development, WordPress
Google has updated its official Web Stories plugin for WordPress with the ability to embed content on webpages.Since the launch of the Web Stories plugin it has offered robust creation tools, but users were on their own when it came to embedding the content they created.WordPress site owners can now create Web Stories and embed them using the same tool. The update also offers the ability to embed Web Stories from other sites.In addition to easier embedding, the plugin update makes it possible to integrate Web Stories into the theme customization process, and they can now be used with the Classic Editor.Here’s more about how to embed Web Stories using the plugin.Web Stories Gutenberg BlockTo embed Web Stories into WordPress webpages start by inserting a Web Stories block.The block will giv...
WordPress SEO Guide: Everything You Need to Know [Ebook] via @sejournal, @MrDannyGoodwin

WordPress SEO Guide: Everything You Need to Know [Ebook] via @sejournal, @MrDannyGoodwin

Development, WordPress
Want to get more traffic and higher rankings for your WordPress website?WordPress makes it easy to structure, manage, and publish your content in a way that is friendly for search engine optimization. That’s why it’s considered the best content management system (CMS) for SEO.But simply creating a WordPress site won’t magically get you on Page 1 of Google’s search results.Relying on WordPress features, themes, and plugins won’t help boost your organic traffic if you don’t have a strategy.Need guidance on how to get WordPress SEO right?Search Engine’s Journal’s new ebook, WordPress SEO Guide: Everything You Need to Know, covers the best practices for optimizing your WordPress website for search and users today.Download it here.EXPERT AUTHORS INCLUDE: Aleh Barysevich, Jon Clark, A...
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