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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… Read more Above the Fold Content and The Twenty-Seventeen Theme

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… Read more Customizing Jetpack’s Related Posts

How to make your website accessible | AODA Compliance

AODA Compliance You may have heard that you need to make your website accessible for AODA compliance (The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). 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… Read more How to make your website accessible | AODA Compliance

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

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… Read more Optimize your WordPress Media library – Load Images Faster

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… Read more Page Speed Obsession … What I learned

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… Read more Before you click publish | Blogging Checklist

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. Follow these 6 steps to Configure Canadian taxes for your WooCommerce store Begin… Read more How to set Canadian Taxes for a WordPress WooCommerce website

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… Read more Website Accessibility & WordPress