Add and Verify a Website in Google Search Console

Adding and verifying a website in Google Search Console is the best first step in getting it to appear high in search results. Adding a Website to Google Search Console Assuming you have a Google account, go to Google Search Console and log in. Once you are logged in, you will see a box next to a red button which says, “Add Property.” Enter the URL of the website you would like ot add in the box and click the button. Congratulations, you just added a website to Google Search Console! Verifying a Website in Google Search Console It is … Keep Reading >

Direct Link to Blog Signup Form

There are lots of scenarios where someone might ask you how they can sign up for your blog. Maybe you’re at a networking event and you’re telling them about an interesting article you wrote that might be of interest to them. Perhaps you’re teaching a class and want to give the students a way of connecting afterward to get more detailed information in the articles you’ve written. Or your neighbor wonders why you never leave your house and you mention that you’re a blogger. Your first instinct is to send them to your website but there are risks involved in that … Keep Reading >

Website Loading Time

How fast your website loads on someone’s smartphone, tablet or laptop often times will be the deciding factor in that person’s impression of you and your website. If it takes ‘forever’ (meaning more than ONE second!*), it’s very likely that the person will move on. If, however, they are blown away by how fast it loads, even with a weak signal, you’ve at least got a chance to connect with them and provide what they were looking for. Research has shown that any delay longer than a second will cause the user to interrupt their flow of thought, creating a … Keep Reading >

Delete WordPress Plugins

When I have a fresh, new WordPress install, the first thing I go about doing is deleting auto-installed WordPress plugins like Akismet, JetPack and Mojo Marketplace. The majority of them are very bulky and not necessary for most websites. They tend to cause problems too since they make assumptions about what you need and how you want to show things on your website. Plus, I want to install exactly what I need when I need it so I can find and resolve any issues that may come up along the way. It’s much easier to do that if I intentionally added … Keep Reading >

Upload WordPress Plugin

If you purchase a plugin or a premium upgrade of a free plugin you will likely need to install it using a zip file instead of using the Plugin Directory. Have no fear! It’s very easy. Upload WordPress Plugin ► Login to WordPress if you aren’t already. ► Click on Plugins > Add New. This will take you to the Add Plugins page. ► Click on the ‘Upload Plugin’ button to the right of the page title. This will take you to the Add Plugins page. ► Click on the ‘Choose File’ button. This will open an Open window where you can select … Keep Reading >

Delete a WordPress Theme

I recommend keeping only your active theme and an extra theme installed on your WordPress site at a time. This keeps the files to a minimum but gives you the flexibility to quickly switch themes if you need to test something. If you’re not sure which ‘extra’ theme to keep around, I recommend Twenty Sixteen or any other simple theme made by wordpressdotorg. So, let’s get deleting! Delete a WordPress Theme ► Login to WordPress, if you aren’t already. ► Click on Appearance > Themes. This will take you to the Themes page. Your active theme will be the first listed and … Keep Reading >

Safely Update Plugins

Plugins can be huge time savers but they may also seem like a pain in the butt when you have to constantly update them. But… The updates are usually warranted – there was a security vulnerability the authors are fixing or an upgrade of some kind that will make the plugin even better. So it’s best to keep up with the updates as best you can. When you see that circle next to the Plugins menu or in your Dashboard under Updates, it’s time to take a few minutes and safely update your plugins. Here’s how I safely update plugins: … Keep Reading >

Safely Update Theme

Occasionally, you will need to update the theme you are using for your WordPress website. Here are 3 options to safely update a theme. Step #1 Create a Backup of Your Website → Log in to your WordPress website as an Administrator. → Go to the All-in-One WP Migration plugin. If you don’t have this installed yet, install it. This plugin has saved me countless times. → Click on Export, Export to and File (or one of the cloud storage options). This will start the process of backing up your entire site. The box content will change from Preparing to Export, Retrieving List of All … Keep Reading >

Safely Update WordPress

Occasionally, WordPress will be changed and they will notify you that you need to install the updated version. Here is how I safely update WordPress. Step #1 Create a Backup of Your Website → Log in to your WordPress website as an Administrator. → Go to the All-in-One WP Migration plugin. If you don’t have this installed yet, install it. This plugin has saved me countless times. → Click on Export, Export to and File (or one of the cloud storage options). This will start the process of backing up your entire site. The box content will change from Preparing to Export, Retrieving List of … Keep Reading >