Dandelion Web Design Blog

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

Hosting Concerns for your WordPress site

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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how to speed up your WordPress site

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
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WordPress Blogging Checklist

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!" or "The post is uncategorized!"... Follow this checklist before you click publish or schedule on a post. This will help you optimize posts for usability and
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CASL Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

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
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Google My Business How to show up in local serach

Local Search | Google My Business

What are local search results? Local results display prominently at the top of search results right below paid ads and depending on your search term often before any organic search results! Local results show a number of local business on a map and include additional information about those businesses. Google will display business listings to users
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Configure Canadian Taxes for WooCommerce in 5 minutes!

How to set Canadian Taxes for a WordPress WooCommerce website

WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress that turns WordPress into an online store. Follow these 6 steps to Configure Canadian taxes for your WooCommerce store Begin by installing and activating the WooCommerce plugin. Then go to WooCommerce → Settings and from the General tab set the Base location to your Canadian Province.
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Website Accessibility & 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 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
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An Introduction to Responsive Web Design for WordPress

An Introduction to Responsive Web Design for WordPress

Responding to the Changing Web 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 orientation of the device. Images, videos, text, etc., will automatically re-size or reposition as necessary. The goal of responsive web design is "to provide an
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