Dandelion Web Design Blog | WordPress | SEO | Social Media

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Hi, I’m Ruth Maude, a Toronto Web Designer and WordPress Developer. I blog mainly about WordPress, my favourite platform, SEO (search engine optimization) and about social media.  I also blog about WordPress over at LearnWP.

Page Speed Obsession … What I learned

I read this post about how to improve the speed of your site and quickly became obsessed with Google PageSpeed Insights. My goal was to exceed post-author Raelene Wilson’s 91 and if possible reach her goal of 95. I did manage to reach to

Before you click publish | Blogging Checklist

If you’re a new blogger, you’ve probably experience this yourself — hit the publish button on a post and then realized — “Oops! I forgot to shorten my permalink!” “The post is uncategorized!”… I created this handy Blogging Checklist for

What you need to know about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) takes effect on July 1, 2014. This legislation will help reduce unwanted emails from appearing in consumers’ inboxes by requiring companies to gain consent. If you run a home-based or small business and if you use

NAP and Local Search

If you are a website owner with a storefront, i.e. customers come to your door, then this local search tip can improve your ranking in local search results. Geographic terms are commonly searched. It makes sense, if I’m looking for

How to set Canadian Taxes for a WordPress WooCommerce website

Since writing about How to set Canadian Taxes for your Online store where I focused on osCommerce and the WordPress WP Online Store plugin I’ve had a few inquires about WooCommerce. WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress

Website Accessibility & WordPress

What is AODA legislation? Ontario is the first Canadian Province to pass legislation to develop mandatory accessibility standards. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) aims to make Ontario completely accessible by 2025. New obligations will be rolled out

Responding to the Changing Web

Every year between Christmas and New Year I seem to rework one of my own websites. This year it was Dandelion Web Design. Did you notice the new responsive WordPress theme? What is a responsive website? A responsive website is

Parallax Design and SEO

Sometimes the web designer in me is at odds with the on-page SEO expert in me. I want to make my websites beautiful but I want them to rank well. Pretty isn’t a ranking factor in the Google algorithm. When

Supercharge WordPress with Jetpack

When I first looked at Jetpack I didn’t get what all the fuss was about but now I’m a Jetpack convert. Over the years Jetpack has seen a lot of changes and now offers much more. JetPack, by Automattic, the

What to do if WordPress gets stuck in Maintenance

You’ve updated WordPress or just a plugin and uh oh the maintenance message is stuck! Don’t panic. This is something that is easily fixed. A .maintenance file is automatically generated by WordPress whenever you update WordPress to newer version or