I deleted a blog post accidentally – how do I get it back? - One of the things I like best about WordPress is that it’s actually quite hard to make a total mess of things. Every change you do to a post or page is stored so you can easily go back to previous revisions, but did you know that it also uses a recycle bin? If you… Read more about I deleted a blog post accidentally – how do I get it back?
What’s Alt text? - You can put Alt text on both hyperlinks and media items like images. To put it on images, go to your media library, edit the image you’re looking for and add your alt text. But what’s the point of the Alt text box? It’s there for use by screen readers, which are used by people… Read more about What’s Alt text?
Do I really need professional photos for my website? - Not necessarily – it really depends on your site. For example, if you have a business training dogs or running workshops, fly-on-the-wall shots taken with your mobile often give more authenticity that professionally posed shots. But by and large, if you’re selling a product or a business-to-business service, they can make or break your site.… Read more about Do I really need professional photos for my website?
Are blog post titles important for SEO? - Yes, they are, which is why when you’re writing a new blog post you need to choose the title carefully. If you’re blogging to improve your SEO then the title of the post is possibly the most important bit of text in the whole post. Try to incorporate one of your target keyword phrases, but… Read more about Are blog post titles important for SEO?
Does duplicate content affect my site’s SEO? - You may have heard that copying content either within your own site, or from someone else’s site, can cause your site to lose Google points. Is that true? Well, yes and no. If it’s done maliciously (like you copy a whole site because you can’t be bothered to create your own and want to steal… Read more about Does duplicate content affect my site’s SEO?
Is there a quick way to speed my site up? - Site speed ups can be very complicated and involve a lot of tweaking, but if your site is loading really slowly have a look at the filesizes of the images on your pages. A large filesize will slow your site down considerably, particularly on mobiles which have restricted bandwidth. You should be aiming for images… Read more about Is there a quick way to speed my site up?
Can I change the way a single image looks on my site without affecting all the others? - Yes you can. The ‘Additional CSS’ functionality in the customizer is great if you want to change how an element, like an image, looks on the whole site. But what if you only want to change the look of a single occurrence of that element? To do this you need to know a little bit… Read more about Can I change the way a single image looks on my site without affecting all the others?
Do I really need a firewall and anti-virus on my WordPress website? - Yes, you do, particularly if you’re using cloud hosting (which most of us do) rather than your own servers or virtual private servers (VPS). Most hosts provide some sort of firewall protection, but on cloud hosting the firewall runs around the cloud space, rather than around your individual website. That means that if any one… Read more about Do I really need a firewall and anti-virus on my WordPress website?
If you put a post on your website as a blog page can you alter it at a later date to turn it into an actual page? - Yes, you can. You can either copy all of the content from the Post and paste it into a new Page, or you can use a plugin. Try something like ‘Convert post types’, though I have to admit to never having used that myself so do let me know if it works.
What is a meta description? - Page meta descriptions are the little snippets you see underneath your site name in Google search results, and are invaluable for improving your Google ranking. You only get about 160 characters but if you can keep them informative and imaginative whilst getting your main keyword phrase in there it’ll do your search engine ranking no… Read more about What is a meta description?