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. I blog mainly about WordPress, my favourite platform, SEO (search engine optimization) and about social media. I appreciate your feedback, please add comments.

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

Customize your WordPress theme the right way with Child Themes

WordPress theme customization You’ve searched hour upon hour for the perfect WordPress theme. You find one that is very close if you could only change this or that. The problem is if you make changes directly to the theme files

Automagically Email your posts with MailChimp

You are putting a lot of effort into writing good quality blog content.  You probably don’t have the time to also write a separate newsletter to send to your mailing list.  The good news is that you don’t have to.

How do I turn off comments in WordPress?

I enjoy teaching WordPress and I’m happy to answer your WordPress questions. I recently received this from a client, “My friend is muddling through setting up a wp site and is asking how to take the ‘leave a reply box’

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Toronto Web DesignerHi, I'm Ruth Maude. I design and build custom WordPress websites.

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