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 at LearnWP.ca

Optimize your WordPress Media library – Load Images Faster

We all know that when a website crawls…. we aren’t going to wait around. All too quickly we give up and click away. My last post was about how to test your page speed and improve your WordPress site’s page speed. I was pleased with the results I achieved but since then I’ve learned that when running WordPress website

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 95 but doing so was at the expense of plugins I wanted to keep.  So my homepage

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 our LearnWP WordPress students. I’m sharing it with you to help you be a better blogger. WordPress

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 the Internet, mobile devices or social media to promote your products, services or business you need to

NAP and Local Search

If you are a website owner with a storefront, i.e. customers come to your door, then using NAP can improve your ranking in local search results. Geographic terms are commonly searched. It makes sense, if I’m looking for a florist I will in all likelihood search Toronto Florist. BUT even if I don’t add a location, Google will use

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 an osCommerce Store I’ve had a few inquires about WooCommerce. WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress that turns WordPress into an online store. Configure Canadian taxes for your WooCommerce store in 5 minutes! Begin by installing and activating

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 the Province of Ontario completely accessible by 2025. New obligations will be rolled out on January 1 every year. As of January 1, 2014 designated public sector organizations

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 one that adjusts or “responds” to the size of the device screen displaying it and to the

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 looking at new trends in web design I know that it is very important to consider the

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 company behind WordPress, is a suite of plugins that brings  wordpress.com features to your self-hosted WordPress site.

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