Using Rank Math With Divi Just Got Easier

Using Rank Math With Divi Just Got Easier

Using DIVI and Rank Math Together Just Got Easier!

I make no secret that I build websites almost exclusively in the DIVI WordPress theme. And one of the big issues in almost all SEO plugins and DIVI is it’s only possible to make changes to the SEO info in the “classic builder.”

Until yesterday. DIVI announced the ability to edit Rank Math information right in the visual builder! The time savings for one site is significant. The time savings for someone with 50 or more DIVI sites is HUGE!

Why DIVI Integration Is Important

The biggest problem with using many SEO programs with the Divi Visual Builder is there is no easy way to edit the SEO information without going back to the classic editor.

Minutes, hours even, as wasted going back and forth from visual to classic looking at meta data, keyword info, Rank Math scores and more. 

What Can You Change In the Rank Math Integration with DIVI

There are many things you can now do inside the visual builder simply by clicking on the Rank Math icon in DIVI builder.

  • Edit Meta data
  • Edit Social Media sharing data
  • Set your focus keyword
  • Check and edit SEO errors
  • Configure Scheme Markup and Rich Snippets
  • Advanced SEO features link NoIndex, NoFollow, canonical URLs and more.

As I said, it may only be minutes per page that you save with this integration, but if you produce a fair amount of content, or you are working on a new or existing website, this can turn into hours of saved time. And if you live in WordPress and DIVI like I do every day, this is a HUGE deal. 

I have heard of a few incidents of having some issues uploading and updating the plugin through the WordPress update dashboard. If you run into this fire up FileZilla and upload via FTP

Thanks for listening to this episode of the WP Wednesday Podcast.

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How to Change A WordPress Username

How to Change A WordPress Username

Need To Change a WordPress Username?

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while a client or website will need a way to handle user requests to change a username.

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t let you change a username in it’s stock version. A quick look at a user account will show the username greyed out and a note that you cannot change it is beside the field.

There are ways around this though. In today’s episode we will talk about three methods of changing a username for WordPress accounts. 

  1. Creating a new user, then deleting the old one
  2. Using a plugin
  3. Directly changing in phyMyAdmin

Back Everything Up!

Like a TV pharma commercial, here’s a disclaimer on messing with user accounts and the database.

Any changes you make doing this are permanent.

If you misspell a name, forget the “.” in an email address, or just change the wrong line in the database you will have to remember what you changed and change it back or correct it. Just a heads up!

Method 1 – Creating a new account and deleting the old one.

This is a pretty easy solution if there’s no need to keep anything assigned to this user like events, an account, page access, purchases, etc. The process is very straight forward.

  1. Create a new user
  2. Transfer authorship from the old to the new user
  3. Delete the old username.

That’s it. The new username should work and gain access to the site.

Method 2 – Using a WordPress plugin to change a username

WP plugins are a great way to managed processes that manually could mean direct editing of a database (see Method 3) or website code. To change a username in WordPress I have found the Easy Username Updater.

  1. Install Easy Username Updater
  2. Search the plugin for the username wished to be changed.
  3. Change the username 

Once again, this is making a permanent change to the database, so be careful.

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Method 3 – Direct editing of the database

The quickest, but scariest way to change a username right in the website’s database. Before we go further, BACK UP YOUR DATABASE!

  1. Log into the cPanel
  2. Open phpMyAdmin
  3. Open the wp_users table
  4. Find the username you wish to edit
  5. Click “Edit
  6. In the username field, type the new username, and click “Go

This will change the username but leave everything else assigned to the account in place. So purchases, access, posts and other info will still be tagged to the new username since it just replaced the original. 

Thanks for listening to this episode of the WP Wednesday Podcast

Do you have questions, experiences related to today’s topic? Head over to @Bebizzy on Twitter and send them there. 

Don’t forget to try out WP-Rocket and optimize YOUR WordPress website today by going to bebizzy.com/rocket.

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4 Ways To Move a WordPress Website

4 Ways To Move a WordPress Website

Why Would You Move a Website?

There are plenty of reasons to move a website from host to host, or even within a host to different plans.

  • Upgrading from shared to VPS, or VPS to Dedicated, or even beyond that to a new environment in the same host.
  • Unsatisfied with current host and have to move to a new place
  • Site won’t run on the current host’s software
  • Move from an old host to new one for a client, either way (in or out)

But the important thing to know is you have options. 

How To Move a WordPress Website

There are four, well maybe more than four, ways to migrate a WordPress site. Keep in mind there are other methods, plugins, services or processes that can be substituted here, but we’re going to list what is and has worked for BeBizzy Consulting in the past.

Straight FTP and PHP MyAdmin Acess

This is the method we’ve been using to migrate sites since the beginning of time. It works on straight HTML, ASP, PHP and virtually anything else that needs to move from Site A to Site B.

  1. Set up FTP access on Server A
  2. Install an FTP client on your computer (I use Filezilla on all my computers, Chromebooks using Linux). Make sure you download the client version not the server.
  3. Download the files using Filezilla to connect to Site A
  4. Go into Server A’s cPanel and open the PHPMyAdmin portion. Export the entire database for the site.
  5. On Server B, set up a WordPress install
  6. In the cPanel, set up FTP access on Server B
  7. Upload the files to Server B
  8. Import the database to Server B
  9. Configure the wp-config.php file with Server B’s MySQL info (username, password, database name, etc)
  10. Repoint the domain to the new server.

This process can take anywhere from an hour to several depending on your proficiency with FTP, the cPanel, and the size of the site (files, database, etc).

Use a Backup Plugin

Backup plugins are an essential part of a healthy website. Running regular backups gives you a great fallback in the case of something catastrophic happening to the site. But it can also be used to easily migrate a site from Server A to Server B.

  1. Install your backup plugin on Server A. I use UpdraftPlus. These backups can be saved virtually anywhere, just make sure you can get to the easily.
  2. Install and set up WordPress on Server B and install the same backup plugin.
  3. Log into the Server B WordPress and access the plugin. Run a “restore” of the backup to the new site.
  4. You may have to clean up a few things but this should migrate everything over seamlessly.

Use A Migration Service

There are several services to migrate WordPress websites from A-B. I have been using ManageWP for many years and it’s always done a great job.

  1. Install the ManageWP Worker plugin on WordPress on Server A.
  2. Signup or login to ManageWP.
  3. Add the site on Server A to Manager WP and also add the backups (costs about $2). Run the backup
  4. Install WP on Server B and install the ManageWP Worker plugin
  5. Add the WP site on Server B to ManageWP
  6. Go back to Site A, and click the “Clone” button and select the WP site on Server B.
  7. You may have to provide your username and password here.
  8. Import to the new site, and you should be able to log in and start using it.
  9. Point the domain at the new server.

Move the Entire cPanel from Server A to Server B

This one’s a bit more involved. It requires several things that can be found at the link below like the same software (PHP, Apache, databases, etc), a similar setup on resources like RAM, HD space and others, and access the WHM. If everything matches up, this is 100% the fastest way to move a site because you’re lifting the entire cPanel account from Server A to Server B.

https://docs.cpanel.net/knowledge-base/transfers-and-restores/how-to-move-all-cpanel-accounts-from-one-server-to-another/ 

SHAMELESS PLUG – Contact BeBizzy Consulting if you are ready to get a WordPress site built and hosted, or MIGRATED!

Thanks for listening to this episode of the WP Wednesday Podcast

Do you have questions, experiences related to today’s topic? Head over to @Bebizzy on Twitter and send them there. 

Don’t forget to try out WP-Rocket and optimize YOUR WordPress website today by going to bebizzy.com/rocket.

And also I would love if you would subscribe to the WP Wednesday podcast on Apple podcasts, Stitcher radio or your favorite podcast app.

Then you can sit back, relax, and leave the technical stuff to us

What Do You Need To Know To Run A WordPress Website?

What Do You Need To Know To Run A WordPress Website?

What Do You Need To Know To Run A WordPress Website?

So you’ve found a host, downloaded and installed WordPress, and are ready to fire up your new website.

Now what?

Before you go beyond, or even get to this point, let’s talk about the other things you may need to know to run your own self-hosted WordPress website.

What is “self-hosted?”

There are essentially two types of WordPress websites; .org and .com

WordPress.com is a hosting environment that excels in hosting small, personal blogs and websites.

  • It’s FREE for a very limited version
  • Has other plans that can cost beyond basic hosting plans for the .com version
  • The free plan essentially runs updates and backups for no extra charge.
  • Ads are placed on the free websites and you don’t get the benefit. AND you can’t run your own ads
  • Custom themes aren’t allowed
  • Free sites have a wordpress.com domain name (something_something.wordpress.com)

So if you want more flexibility, you have to use a downloaded version from WordPress.org. But you’ll also need a host, some time to set everything up, and a bit of expertise in a WordPress environment.

We will talk about three categories of knowledge you will need to set up and run a WordPress website; server, programming/languages, and “other.”

Server

To set up a hosted version of WordPress you need a place for it to live… a server host. You’ll also need a domain name pointing at that server, but for now we’re assuming you’ve gotten that far. We’ll talk about domain names at a later date. Some server terms you’ll need to be fluent in are:

  • cPanel : a graphical interface on WordPress hosts that provide a place to edit email addresses, domains, files, databases and much more. If you host a WordPress site you could spend a lot of time in your cPanel.
  • WHM : another graphical interface, but this time it’s at the server level. It manages server resources, cPanel accounts, SSLs, and a TON more tweak settings.
  • FTP : FTP is a program on your computer (I’ve used Filezilla for years) that gives you quick access to the sites file structure so it’s easy to upload files & images, and manage files on the server. Much easier than logging into the cPanel and using the File Mangaer.
  • MySQL : Your database on most WordPress sites. Life’s a lot easier if you know how to navigate and manage your databases without relying on plugins to optimize your data.

Programming/Languages

This is where the fight starts. Like all websites WordPress is built on several programming languages and other code. Programmers, like all professional positions, can get a little “catty” about what’s programming and what isn’t. HTML is largely considers to be NOT programming, but I disagree.

  • HTML : DING – DING – DING! Found on the internet, so it must be true, the definition of programming is “Programming is a way to “instruct the computer to perform various tasks.” HTML fits that… loosely. But learning some basic HTML won’t hurt your chances of working on your site.
  • CSS : Font types, colors, image placement, responsive pages, content visibility – all of this is done by CSS. If you were to ask me what is important to learn to be good at WordPress, CSS would be it.
  • PHP : The core of WordPress is all built on PHP. It’s an open source, versatile language that runs a HUGE portion of the internet once ASP and ASPX became bogged down and bloated. It helps to know a little PHP.
  • JavaScript : The little secret of WordPress. You can make a lot of cool things happen with JS, but if you don’t know what you’re doing it can break a lot of things. I am fluent enough to know how to decode and edit JS, but it’s on my list of things I need to get better at.

The “Other” Category

There are a lot of other things that can help you manage your WordPress site. The items detailed below aren’t critical to a site working, but they can help optimize a site.

  • Image Optimization : The first thing I look at when someone complains about a slow site is the images. Using a 4000×2000 image when a 2000×1000 will work can decrease load times by several seconds… PER IMAGE! Tools like GIMP, Photoshop and Canva are essential.
  • CDN : data networks are another way to speed up a site by sending media to a site from a dedicated server that caches the info being requested by visitors. They are not free, but really help. BeBizzy uses Stackpath.
  • DNS : You may have to edit your DNS to manage your email, FTP traffic, subdirectories and more.
  • Email : Speaking of email, I can’t stress enough that it’s my recommendation to get your email OFF your server. Paid hosting at Google Workspace, Office365 or others works better and will keep your non-website troubleshooting down to a minimum.
  • SSL : Security certificates are a metric used by Google and other search engines to rank sites. They also ensure your site info is encrypted to visitors. Get one, whether it’s supplied by the host, or you have to purchase.

This Sounds Like A Sales Pitch

It is.

If you have the time and the expertise to run, manage, update, backup and troubleshoot your website, by all means, do it! You can save some money and put skills you already possess to use.

But, if the $3-500 annually you would spend on hosting, plus the development costs of the site is worth it in your mind to only have to report a problem and not to fix it, hire a professional.

People hire others to lay carpet, mow lawns, build decks and other aspects of life all the time. Don’t let building a website keep you from doing what you have to do in order to grow your business.

SHAMELESS PLUG – Contact BeBizzy Consulting if you are ready to get a WordPress site built and hosted!

Thanks for listening to this episode of the WP Wednesday Podcast

Do you have questions, experiences related to today’s topic? Head over to @Bebizzy on Twitter and send them there. 

Don’t forget to check out SEM Rush for all your SEO needs. Visit bebizzy.com/semrush.

And remember to subscribe to the WP Wednesday Podcast for more great tips on managing your WordPress website.

Then, click in your podcast player to subscribe and leave us a review. Then you can sit back, relax, and leave the technical stuff to us.

How To Use a Robots.txt File

How To Use a Robots.txt File

Exactly what is a robots.txt and what does it do?

The official Google definition of robots.txt is : “A robots.txt file tells search engine crawlers which pages or files the crawler can or can’t request from your site. This is used mainly to avoid overloading your site with requests; it is not a mechanism for keeping a web page out of Google.

How To Use a Robots.txt File

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How To Use a Robots.txt file on your webiste

What is a Robots.txt file?

    • Basically, it’s just a file on the root of your website that tells search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) what pages and files to index, and what to ignore.
    • If properly coded, a robots.txt file will prevent images, videos, audio files, and even script and style files from being indexed. 
    • HTML and other website page filetypes can be excluded as traffic management. If you actually want to block a page from search results either password protect them, require authentication, or use a noindex directive on the page itself.
    • If you use a hosting service or pagebuilder you might not have a way to provide a robots.txt file. Many will have a way to discourage search engines from indexing the site.

What Are some Examples of Robots.txt Use?

    • The syntax for a robots.txt file is 
      • User-agent : Google, Bing, * (wildcard)
      • Instruction : Disallow, Crawl-delay, Sitemap
      • Rules are case sensitive, so be careful
      • The default setting is that any search engine can index the entire website, so robots.txt provides some directions to enhance or change that.
    • Any number of “Groups” can be created. 
      • Groups is an easy way to separate multiple engine instructions 
        • Group 1 – Google not allowed so index a certain directory
        • Group 2 – All other engines allows to search entire site
    • For example, this syntax would block all search engines from all content (notice the addition after Disallow)
      • User-agent: * Disallow: /
    • And this syntax would ALLOW all search engines to index all content 
      • User-agent: * Disallow:
    • Block a specific search engine from a specific page
      • User-agent: Bingbot Disallow: /example-subfolder/blocked-page.html

What is Crawl Budget?

    • Many tools and resources will mention the “crawl budget” of a website. Basically it’s a number known only to the search engine on how many pages, images, and other files the engine will index, or how long an engine will stay on a site. 
    • If you think pages aren’t being fully indexed, it may be a good idea to identify the page you absolutely need to have indexed and set them to allow (Disallow:). That way the search engines will look at them first.

Why would I use crawl-delay?

    • A directive command that can be used is crawl-delay, then a second command. 
    • Crawl delays will slow down a search engine like Bing, which tends to be a little quick to start. This can increase accuracy while decreasing the load on the site and bandwidth. 
    • Heads up, Google does not use the crawl-delay directive.
    • (crawl-delay: 10)

 

Common Robots.txt Rules

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/robots/create-robots-txt

Rule
Disallow crawling of the entire website. Keep in mind that in some situations URLs from the website may still be indexed, even if they haven’t been crawled.This does not match the various AdsBot crawlers, which must be named explicitly.

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

Disallow crawling of a directory and its contents by following the directory name with a forward slash. Remember that you shouldn’t use robots.txt to block access to private content: use proper authentication instead. URLs disallowed by the robots.txt file might still be indexed without being crawled, and the robots.txt file can be viewed by anyone, potentially disclosing the location of your private content.

User-agent: *

Disallow: /calendar/

Disallow: /junk/

Allow access to a single crawler

User-agent: Googlebot-news

Allow: /

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

Allow access to all but a single crawler

User-agent: Unnecessarybot

Disallow: /

User-agent: *

Allow: /

Disallow crawling of a single web page by listing the page after the slash:

User-agent: *

Disallow: /private_file.html

Block a specific image from Google Images:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image

Disallow: /images/dogs.jpg

Block all images on your site from Google Images:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image

Disallow: /

Disallow crawling of files of a specific file type (for example, .gif):

User-agent: Googlebot

Disallow: /*.gif$

Disallow crawling of an entire site, but show AdSense ads on those pages, and disallow all web crawlers other than Mediapartners-Google. This implementation hides your pages from search results, but the Mediapartners-Google web crawler can still analyze them to decide what ads to show visitors to your site.

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google

Allow: /

To match URLs that end with a specific string, use $. For instance, the sample code blocks any URLs that end with .xls:

User-agent: Googlebot

Disallow: /*.xls$

 

 

Viewing of mobile websites has increased from over 30% in 2015 to now over 50%, and there’s no sign of slowing down. Even if your customers are thought to be mainly on desktop and laptop computers, mobile indexing will force you to get your website designed for mobile use starting in March 2021. 

If you need help getting this process done, especially in a WordPress environment, please contact BeBizzy Consulting at bebizzy.com and let’s get your site ready for mobile use.

Thanks for listening to this episode of the WP Wednesday Podcast

Do you have questions, experiences related to today’s topic? Head over to @Bebizzy on Twitter and send them there. 

Don’t forget to check out SEM Rush for all your SEO needs. Visit bebizzy.com/semrush.

And remember to subscribe to the WP Wednesday Podcast for more great tips on managing your WordPress website.

Then, click in your podcast player to subscribe and leave us a review. Then you can sit back, relax, and leave the technical stuff to us.

WordPress News

  • WordPress 5.7 Released March 9, 2021
    • Reusable Blocks
    • Easier font-size adjustments
    • Drag and drop from the inserter right into your page or post
    • Switch from HTTP to HTTPS in one click. No database edits
    • Lazy loading of iFrames

https://wordpress.org/news/2021/03/esperanza/

How To Use a Robots.txt File

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Should I Use Hero Images?

Should I Use Hero Images?

What Is A Hero Image?

Wikipedia defines hero image as “a large web banner image, prominently placed on a web page, generally in the front and center.”

It usually dominates a home page, and can be linked by the visitor to the company or organization’s image. Because of that, if you’re going to use a hero image, hero slider, or even a hero video, it’s important to select the right one, or “ones” if using a slider, so you are displaying the right image.

Should I Use A Hero Image?

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Why you SHOULD use a hero image

  • It captures an image the website should project. A corporate website will show happy workers, insurance companies will show patients or people getting help from doctors, sports teams will show fans and the team in celebration, a WordPress agency like BeBizzy will show computers, websites… things like that. These visuals are meant to draw out desired emotions from the visitors.
  • I’ve also heard it described as an opportunity to display the unique value proposition of the company. This is marketing jargon for how you plan on solving the customer’s problem.
  • Hero visuals can also simply be a visual tool that adds some color to an otherwise boring or stale topic. No one like to read about car insurance, but drawing visitors in with compelling photos will make the read easier.

Why you SHOULD NOT use a hero image

  • They take up valuable space on a website. Hero visuals are usually full width, and can be also run to the top of the website “fold.” So if your visitors aren’t drawn down the page everything below the hero can be lost.
  • Given that the hero will be viewed in so many screen resolutions and positions, hero images can be cropped or bleed over the borders of these displays, possibly missing the desired best looks, call to action copy, or even a button or link.
  • Large images, and especially videos, can take a long time to load so it can cause the page to look odd during loading, or even to jump as some elements are loaded. But even worse is when a low resolution image is tried to be used a full-width hero image and it causes pixelization, stretching, and other visual issues.

How to properly use hero images.

If you are going to use hero images, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t, there needs to be some thought put into how to properly use them.

  • Make sure the resolution is high enough to be visually appealing. Most image programs like Use JPG instead of PNG and other bulky formats. Photoshop, GIMP and others have a compression feature that can help tighten up the file size without losing too much sharpness so experiment with compression to see the breaking point. The same can be done with most video and slider formats if you have access to some tools.
  • Take a look at how the hero will display in mobile or portrait format. Adjustments can usually be made on how the image is displayed with an aimpoint (center, bottom left, etc) that will ensure the most desired portion of the image is show on different devices. In some cases it may also be decided to remove the hero image on mobile just do to load times, position of the CTA, and maybe even straight up visual appeal.
  • If a text overlay is displayed check to see it can easily be read. Sometimes an overlay filter an help by lightening/darkening, colorizing, or even using some advanced filters like polarization will help the text “pop.” Be sure to use an easy to read font that conveys the emotion you want the visitors to feel. Impact font shouldn’t be used on a yoga website.
  • Motion is good if you can execute this properly. Some sliders have a built-in “Ken Burns Effect” that pulls a photo away from the user. Others have moving dots, spider webs, or lights to keep a visitor engaged.
  • Compress and size the visual as much as possible while still keeping it’s appeal. A typical 16:9 laptop and monitor will be roughly 2000 pixels wide, so plan accordingly with your image and video.
  • And finally, strategize if you can get your message and CTA across to your visitor WITHOUT it. Just because 9 out of 10 sites in your vertical has a hero, does YOUR SITE need it? Will a big red “BUY NOW” button work better? Can you easily A/B test with and without to see what converts better? You know who DOESN’T have a large hero image? Google, Facebook, Amazon, CNN, State Farm Insurance, ESPN and many more leaders in many verticals.

Hero images are a great way to brand your site and your business with a look and feel you want to embrace. But it can cause long load times, difficulty in responsive modes like tablets and phones, and if the wrong image is selected, not what you want your customers to know you buy.

Choose wisely, get rid of them if it’s not helping, and if you choose ultimately to use them, follow the rules mentioned earlier.

Do you have questions, experiences or questions related to this topic? Head over to @Bebizzy on Twitter and send them there. I’m not a huge DM user, so just mention me in your comment. Then click in your podcast player to subscribe and leave us a review. Then you can sit back, relax, and leave the technical stuff to us.

Should I Use A Hero Image?

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WordPress News

  • Google is going to be moving to Mobile Indexing in March 2021. This has been rumored/threatened for years, and it’s finally going to happen. So get your sites ready quickly, it’s coming and it will also be a podcast here soon, so stay tuned.
  • WordPress 5.6.1 is out. I’ve installed it on several sites with no issues, but run your backups and update.
  • And finally, WhiteHouse.gov is back on WordPress! And if sounds like the government is recruiting in the source code. Line 9 of the code reveals “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better. https://usds.gov/apply ” Happy job hunting, WordPress users.
Does Google Value Hidden Content Less?

Does Google Value Hidden Content Less?

Hidden Website Content

A fairly common way to display large chunks of content on a website is to use tabs, accordions and toggles. All of these “hide” content until they are clicked or otherwise activated, revealing the content underneath.

So how does Google index this content, or even DOES it index this content?

Does Google Value Hidden Content Less?

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Why Would You Hide Content on a Website?

  • Too much content
  • Want a call to action from the visitor/reader
  • Not something everyone who visits the page needs to see

Does Google Read It If It’s Hidden?

One side says that if you have hidden content, Google doesn’t care and it indexes it just like “normal” content. The other side says if it’s not visible, Google will NOT index it, thereby not including it in searchable content.

I am in the camp of it WILL be indexed and searchable. It’s HTML, code, content on the page, so Google will index it. Search engines read popups, meta data, alt tags, etc, so why not content that is technically on the page?

Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts is a former Google employee as part of the search quality team on search engine optimization issues and also the former head of the web spam team at Google. Her’e’s what he has to say about hidden content.

The main point of Matt’s video is make sure the content being hidden is meaningful or relevant to the page’s main content. Otherwise it could be taken as keyword stuffing.

John Mueller

John Mueller is the host of Google Webmaster Central and a Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google. He backs up what Matt said earlier.

These two experts back up my contention that hidden content on the page will be indexed as long as it’s good content… just like everything else on a web page.

Tabs, toggles and other forms of displaying layered content is common now, so everyone knows how to use them. Use these tools wisely and you won’t have any trouble getting found on the search engines.

Does Google Value Hidden Content Less?

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Tech Changes in 2020

Tech Changes in 2020

2020 Forced Lots of Technical Changes

2020 was weird. There. I said it. 

The past nine to twelve months has change the way many of you work and live. Commutes, water coolers and being interrupted by a co-worker walking around have been replaced by video meetings, garbage trucks backing up and kids needing help with their schoolwork. 

Luckily I’ve been insulated from much of this, but I feel the pain. And I also had to change due to some technical issues. So as we wind down 2020 I wanted to share some of the technical changes I’ve made as we run towards 2021. 

Technical Changes at BeBizzy Consulting in 2020

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Hardware

  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook – replaced a dead old Samsung Chromebook and an ancient Samsung tablet with a shiny new, Intel-powered, Ferrari-red Chromebook to handle tasks outside the office.
  • Samsung Galaxy Book Flex – replaced a four-year-old desktop computer and a severely hard drive space challenged Microsoft Surface Book with a crazy-fast and powerful Samsung laptop.
  • Increased Bandwidth for Cable Connection – 300Mbps to better manage everything I do : file upload/downloads, video conferencing, VoIP phone calls,

Software

  • 17Hats – I’ve finally jumped to the powerful 17Hats business management system.
  • Microsoft Office – I’ve danced around using various apps instead of MS Office for years, but I came back.
  • Brackets – For many years I’ve used Dreamweaver to edit PHP, HTML, CSS and other files. But I didn’t want to pay for Adobe Cloud, and the old version I’ve been using was probably a decade old, so it was time to update. Brackets is a modern interface and intuitive program to edit these code files.
  • Notion – Want an amazing way to manage meeting notes, easy database tasks, projects, files, time tracking, and much, much more? Notion does this across virtually any device and platform.
  • GIMP – Like Brackets, I started using G.I.M.P because I was tired of paying for an Adobe Cloud Photoshop account. It’s the right price, FREE, and does nearly anything you had to do with PS.
  • Google Meet – Everyone is using a video conferincing app in 2020

Website Apps

  • WP Rocket – I’m a DIVI theme user, and unfortunately that means I had to sacrifice a bit of site speed for ease-of-development and functionality. WP-Rocket recovered that speed easily.
  • Google Drive Backup Space – Earlier in 2020 I ran into a server space issue that was the result of years of backups, unused files and dead sites. So I moved my UpdraftPlus backups to Amazon S3. I quickly encountered unplanned costs for bandwidth and space so I started looking for a better alternative. Google Drive was an easy to use, powerful alternative for $100 a year.
  • Dedicated File/Web Server – I started using Sync as a Dropbox alternative a year or so ago. It’s been great, but to have a complete backup of my Sync storage took up 1.5TB of hard drive space. So, I took my old desktop computer and turned it into a file server including my Sync backup. Accessible from anywhere inside my network, I can get to files without working on something direct inside the online Sync network.The goal is also to get this box set up as a development area for website in early 2021 to eliminate developing on my production server with password-protected sites.

Planned Changes for 2021

  • Moving my desk/office back into the BeBizzy Dungeon – We are shrinking down and going back into our cell where it all began. The windowless, soundless, 12×12′ office off the utility room I lovingly refer to as the BeBizzy Dungeon.
  • Video Podcasts – Going to launch the WP Wednesday Podcast on a YouTube channel. Stay tuned!
  • Two more planned podcasts – we are tentatively planning to launch two more podcasts in 2021. One featuring interviews on a variety of subjects, and one dealing with outdoors. Keep listening!

Today’s News Links

  • WP Rocket  3.8.1
    • Update to 3.8.1 removed the option “Remove jQuery Migrate” option that was causing an issue with many WordPress 5.6 websites.

Technical Changes at BeBizzy Consulting in 2020

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WordPress 5.6 Is Available

WordPress 5.6 Is Available

WordPress 5.6 is Available to Download

WordPress 5.6 was released for download and installation on December 8, 2020. On today’s episode of the WP Wednesday Podcast we’ll talk about what’s in the release, and why you should, or should not install it.

WordPress 5.6 is Available

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WordPress 5.6 Features

  • New Blocks
    Layout more complex pages easier with more flexible layouts of images, content, color and more.
  • Auto-Updates for WordPress
    In previous releases plugins and themes were available to auto-update, but in 5.6 you can now set the full WordPress core to update automatically. To be totally honest, I’m not a fan of this feature, especially if you run multiple websites. I like to know what updated when, so if something breaks I know what was changed. So tread lightly on auto-updates and MAKE YOUR BACKUPS!
  • New Base Theme – Twenty Twenty One
    All new major WordPress releases feature a new base theme, and every new base is usually significantly better than the last. So I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in this new one.
  • Beta Support for PHP8
    New versions of WP run well on supported versions of PHP including 7.x. But 5.6 features more support for the newly released PHP 8. But many hosts don’t have PHP 8 available yet, and finding themes and plugins that work with the new code may be problematic, so be careful with live sites.
  • jQuery Updates
    Some Javascript updates were made in WordPress 5.6 that can cause some breakage in site features. I use WP Rocket to optimize my site, and had to disable an optimization feature “Remove jQuery Migrate” which was said to increase site speed. But my theme, DIVI by Elegant Themes had some modules that no longer worked.

There are more features and bug fixes that can found on the WordPress.org websites on version 5.6. While I do support upgrading, do it while you have time to research, backup your site, and be ready to either restore that backup or troubleshoot possible issues that may emerge.

Good luck and happy WordPressing!

What are your thoughts on upgrading your WordPress site? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Today’s News Links

WordPress 5.6 is Available

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Fonts In WordPress

Fonts In WordPress

Using Fonts in WordPress

Most websites have images. Some have videos. Others have database connections, feeds from other sites, shopping carts, and others item.

But it’s fair to say that EVERY websites has fonts. From the classic Times New Roman, to newly launched fonts like Shapiro, fonts are text stylings used to display written text on sites.

There are many ways to edit font types but today we’re going to talk about how you can add or change the fonts on your site.

Fonts in WordPress

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Fonts in WordPress are a great way to stylize your website. Changing the font can make a site look very corporate or newsy, or fun and light. Therefore fonts can make a site hard to read or amateurish, so choose wisely.

Most sites use primarily two fonts, one for headings, and one for body text. There are often other fonts used for beneath images, advertisements, and other special cases, but two is the base number needed.

Need some suggestions on font pairings for your site? Check out Font Pair to see fonts paired together and how they will look in WordPress.

Finding Fonts

There are hundreds of fonts in WordPress available online for free or at a very low cost.

Make Your Own Font!

A site called Font Squirrel will take a font you own, upload it to the application, and edit to your needs. Add tails to letters, increase the boldness,

Use the Fonts in WordPress

Once you’ve decided on which fonts will work on your site, it’s time to implement them. There are many ways including CSS, themes and plugins.

  • Themes Some themes already have a customizer in their options to set default heading and paragraph fonts. This makes selecting and changing them extremely easy, as you only have to edit in one place and it should universally change the pages.Of course if any changes were made inside a page they may still hold the values. I use the DIVI theme and changing fonts sitewide is very simple, and using a visual builder it’s quick to see a change in both font style and size will affect the site.
  • Plugins Like setting a font in WordPress in the theme customizer, plugins offer an easy way to change fonts sitewide. Most will interface directly with Google Fonts and other depositories to bring in the fonts and other styles.
  • CSS The most powerful, the fasted loading time, and maybe the most difficult way to adjust your fonts is through CSS. CSS is some instructions on how your WordPress and other site display text, images, page width, navigation and many other options on the site.

To set the fonts and other properties in CSS you will need the following
1- Downloaded font files, or in some cases have code from a depository (like Google Fonts) which can provide an “@import” instruction to pull the files needed in your CSS page/site.
2 – Access to edit the WordPress files to bring in the fonts through CSS. Sometimes this will be a custom CSS file. Other times it will be a specific file in the WP theme. Find out where to change on your page.
3- Sometimes changes to fonts can be made in the header.php file. Place the font import in the <HEAD></HEAD> portion of the HTML.
4- If you host the font files locally, the “@font-face” CSS command can be used.

See more ways and even get specific CSS and HTML code to add fonts in WordPress by visiting this article on WebsiteSetup.org


WORDPRESS NEWS FOR EPISODE 120

  • WP Beginner – How to Change MX Records For Your WordPress Site

MX Records are where your email is directed. Often times it is the same server as the web host, but more advanced sites use an ARecord host (website), and MX Record host (mail) at different locations. This article gives some great instructions on why, and how, you would change the server records.

bit.ly/33gzObT

  • WP Lift – How to Optimize Cumulative Layout Shift on WordPress

This one might be slightly advanced. If you’ve been using page scoring sites like GTMetrix or Page Insights lately, you’ve probably noticed one of the big items listed as a negative is Cumulative Layout Shift.

It’s when the code is loading and the site layout flashes as images, videos and other content fall into place on the site. It can be distracting, but there are ways around it. If the site loads quickly it may not be an issue, but if you’re concerned about this the page gives some great ideas on how to minimize the shift.

bit.ly/372ixV3

UPDATE : You can use legacy reporting from GTMetrix ( https://gtmetrix.com/blog/how-to-test-with-legacy-gtmetrix-reports/ )F

  • Search Engine Journal – WordPress 5.6 Guidance on PHP 8 Compatibility

The most recent version of PHP (7.4) doesn’t reach it’s projected EOL (end of life) until Dec 2022, so if you’re running near the most recent version everything should be fine… for now. But if you like to live on the technical edge, PHP 8 is starting to roll out and WordPress 5.6 will be compatible in beta form, meaning running it on a production website is risky at best.

There are bound to be issues with the core, and almost certainly will be with themes, plugins and even custom code. So implement at your own risk.

bit.ly/360IFQC

 

Fonts in WordPress

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