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 … Read more about What is a meta description?
Yes, you can. This can be very handy if you want to postpone the announcement of a new product, or if you want to spend a couple of hours writing all your blog posts for the next month. Simply go the post or page, click on the Edit button next to Publish on the right hand side, and choose the … Read more about Can I schedule a WordPress post for publication at a later date?
Yes, you can. One of the things you get SEO points for is for having your keyword phrase in the page's (or post's) URL. That URL (or 'slug' or 'permalink') is created by WordPress from the page's title - so if you have a page called 'About' the url will be something like … Read more about Can I change the URL of my page to make it more SEO-friendly?
Publishing the same post twice could lose you Google points as you would have duplicate content within your site, but if you have a post that's worked really well for you in the past, go back to it, maybe edit it if it needs updating and publish it again. That way you avoid the duplicate content but … Read more about Is it a good idea to publish the same blog post twice?
The 'Discourage search engines from indexing this site' box can be found in your WordPress dashboard under Settings>Reading. If it's ticked it means that the search engines won't list your site. Why is it there? Typically, you would tick it while you're building your site so that the search … Read more about What does the ‘discourage search engines’ box mean?
The importance of testing your WordPress website If you've updated your WP version recently you'll be familiar with the success screen - "Welcome to WordPress vx.x.x". Of course, that only means that the new version has been installed correctly on your site - it doesn't actually mean that your site … Read more about How do I know which bits of my WordPress site to test after an update?
Excerpts can be really handy in allowing you to craft a short summary of your post. The WordPress codex has this to say about them: "The WordPress Excerpt is an optional summary or description of a post; in short, a post summary. The Excerpt has two main uses: It replaces the full content in … Read more about What is an ‘excerpt’ in WordPress?
Have you ever seen this message when you've been updating your plugins or themes? Did you panic? I certainly did! Don't worry about it. It's a default message that WP puts out while it's doing your updates, but occasionally the message can get stuck even though your updates have completed. How … Read more about How do I get rid of the ‘briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance message’?