How To

  • How to test the Gutenberg editor on your site with Local by Flywheel

    December 7, 2018 by Will Morris

    WordPress 5.0 is now here, which means the new Gutenberg editor is now a part of our daily lives. This update to WordPress’ editing interface will forever change the platform and the way we create content. As such, it’s a big transition to make, particularly if you’re not well prepared. As with many other new…

  • The benefits of creating a one-page site (and how to do it)

    December 4, 2018 by Will Morris

    Some websites require expansive and elaborate structures, multiple pages, and comprehensive navigation. However, this is far from universal. In fact, some of the most successful sites when it comes to generating conversions only consist of a single page. A one-page website works similarly to a landing page, in that it contains everything relevant to your…

  • How to improve a WordPress site’s performance with minification

    November 19, 2018 by Will Morris

    Site speed remains a perennial concern for pretty much all site owners. While there are several ways you can improve your site’s speed, there’s one often-overlooked (yet highly effective) technique to consider – minification. In simple terms, minification optimizes your site’s code to make it smaller in size and more efficient to run. While this…

  • How to get started with Local by Flywheel for your WordPress development environment

    November 7, 2018 by Will Morris

    While most websites are (naturally) hosted online, there are plenty of situations in which you may want to create a local WordPress site. For example, you might need to set up a staging environment to develop your site before it goes live, require a safe place to experiment with designs, or perform troubleshooting. In any…

  • How to prepare your eCommerce website for Black Friday (and beyond!)

    October 31, 2018 by Britt Pollock

    The holidays are right around the corner, and as an eCommerce site owner, there are a million things to do. You’ve already been planning your holiday sale and prepping your stock. Especially if you’re running a big holiday sale, you want to make sure your site can handle the traffic as everyone does their holiday…

  • How to make a custom 404 page in a WordPress child theme

    October 23, 2018 by Abbey Fitzgerald

    No matter how well designed and architected your website is, users will encounter a 404 page at some point. It can be something as simple as typing in a URL with a spelling error. For example, if you have a contact page found at www.website.com/contact and someone tries to land on www.website.com/contacts, there’s a good…

  • How to add a sticky back-to-top button on your website

    October 18, 2018 by Abbey Fitzgerald

    In the last few years or so, back-to-top buttons (or scroll-to-top buttons) have increased in popularity. When a user scrolls past a certain point on the website, this helpful button appears, enabling users to easily return to the top of a page. It’s an especially useful feature given how much content is shared on a…

  • How to set up Facebook Instant Articles with WordPress

    October 16, 2018 by Alexa Ward

    Launched in 2015, Facebook Instant Articles offers users a new way of viewing mobile articles. The articles are hosted on Facebook’s servers, so instead of sending the user to an external site when they click on an Instant Article, it loads a lighter version within Facebook that doesn’t contain JavaScript or slow-loading media files. Instant…

  • 7 tips to make your website load in two seconds or less

    October 12, 2018 by Will Ellis

    More than a decade ago, Amazon noticed an intriguing trend. For every 100 milliseconds that they speeded up the load time on their website, their revenue increased by one percent. Then, Google let it be known that website load time was a key metric for ranking higher in search engine results pages. How important is…

  • Why (and how) you should send your newsletter using WordPress

    October 9, 2018 by Will Morris

    It’s important to communicate with your online audience, and a fantastic way of doing so is with an email newsletter. It can be challenging to figure out the best method for creating and sending that newsletter, however, with so many possible options. As is so often the case, the answer is WordPress. While it might…

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