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

Above the Fold Content and The Twenty-Seventeen Theme

This year’s WordPress default theme is the Twenty-Seventeen theme. This theme is an example of the current web design trend to showcase a large image full screen. My first reaction on seeing Twenty-Seventeen was, but where’s the content above the fold?  What does Above the Fold mean? In the newspaper industry, Above the fold refers to the upper half

Customize your WordPress theme the right way with Child Themes

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 you won’t be able to update the theme without losing all your customizations. The solution to this problem is to

Create SEO Friendly Images in WordPress using ALT Text

An often overlooked part of on-page SEO is image optimization. I’m not talking about optimizing the images themselves so that the images will load faster — this post is about how to create SEO friendly images in WordPress using the ALT Tag. ALT Text helps Google and other Search Engines understand what the image is about and why you chose

Customizing Jetpack’s Related Posts

Jetpack is one WordPress plugin that I install on most projects. It is packed full of great features. One of the best things about Jetpack is the Related Posts feature. Jetpack’s Related Posts, unlike other related post plugins, doesn’t eat up a lot of server resources. With Jetpack Related Posts you’ll encourage site visitors to stick around longer on your blog

Google Penguin and SEO Link Checking – What you need to know

It has been widely rumored that we should expect Google to run a Penguin update in the beginning of 2016. Let me begin by explaining what Penguin is, then we’ll talk about how you can check if you need to worry about its impact on your website’s ranking. What is Google Penguin? Google Penguin is an algorithm that detects unnatural

How to make your website accessible

You may have heard that under AODA (The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), websites should be made accessible. Web accessibility obligations came into effect under AODA on January 1, 2014. Web Accessibility makes the web usable for everyone. It removes barriers for those with limited mobility, learning disabilities, hearing disabilities, those who are colour blind, have low vision and seizure

3 things you need to do when Google suspects “This site may be hacked”

If Google ever suspects that your website has been hacked they will begin to warn potential visitors in the search results. Needless to say, if Google search results label your website as hacked — it is very bad for business. When Google thinks your website has been hacked you need to do 3 things: Determine if the site really was

8 Secrets to Reduce Bounce Rate and Improve User Experience

As a blogger or business owner you want to not only attract visitors to your website but you want to keep them there as long as possible, navigating from page to page and post to post consuming your fabulous content. When you look at Google Analytics are you concerned by a high bounce rate? Let’s take a look at

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

Is your Host providing what your WordPress site needs?

There are a number of things that you should be aware of when setting up hosting for a WordPress site including the PHP version, server environment and one-click WordPress installation settings.

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