Tips and Tricks on Using WordPress

The more WordPress develops and grows the less I understand why anyone would want to build websites ‘by hand’ any more!

It’s an amazingly flexible and powerful platform, that can be used for any type of website.

This series of articles offers different tips and tricks on using WordPress and answers some of the more common questions I hear.

Click the headline to read the full article and if you need me to clarify anything leave a comment. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Google Search Console

Every now and then I get an error message from Google Search Console that tells me a ‘submitted URL is marked noindex’. This is an easy error to attract because it’s caused by marking a new page on your site as ‘noindex’, but then forgetting to exclude it from your XML sitemap. Basically, the rule… Read more

WordPress Plugins page Screenshot

There are currently more than 55,000 plugins available in the WordPress repository and many thousands more that are ‘Premium’ (paid for) and don’t appear in the repository. With such a huge number available it is inevitable that there will be big variations in the quality of their coding. And badly coded plugins will slow down… Read more

Tourbleshooting WordPress with a Stethoscope

Errors that arise after updating something You updated a plugin, or a theme, or WordPress itself and suddenly something goes wrong – sound familiar? “…Why can’t I update my posts anymore..?” “…Why am I getting these warning messages..?” “…Why has the layout on the front of my site changed..?” The WordPress eco-system WordPress is often… Read more

HTTPS indicator in the address bar

All websites I build have been set up on HTTPS, by default, for some years now. HTTPS is an absolute necessity if you’re running a shop on your site but, even without a shop, you will benefit from greater security, better performance and higher search engine rankings – Google has been giving better rankings to… Read more

WordPress 5.0 Screnshot

WordPress 5.0, along with the Gutenberg editor (now officially called the Block Editor), was released in early December 2018. The block editor on its own represents a major change for WordPress (it’s the first change to the editor for 10 years, and it’s a big one) but its implications are much wider: The block editor… Read more

If you’ve been running a website for any length of time you’ve probably had occasion to become dissatisfied with your hosting provider and thought about moving to another. That’s happened to me 3 times in the past 10 years. In the first case it was because the hosting provider I used did not support SFTP… Read more

I saw an interesting question today while browsing the queries for which this site has been returned in the search results: What is the difference between WordPress pages, WordPress posts and WordPress categories? Being able to use these three elements in the way they are intended can make a big difference to how your site… Read more

Things to consider when changing your theme

The short answer is ‘Yes, it can do’, but not necessarily always for the worse. It could improve your SEO or it could make it worse, and the effect it has depends on a few things: How you set up your META tags (SEO title, SEO description, index/noindex tags, etc) How good the coding of… Read more

With the ever increasing emphasis on quality-of-content in the search engines’ algorithms, making sure you update or clear out articles which are either out of date or of little value is important. So I spent a lot of time recently reviewing and either updating or trashing old articles on this site. I wrote back here… Read more