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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What Technology Do I Need to Manage WordPress?

What Technology Do I Need to Manage WordPress?

What Do You Need To Manage WordPress?

WordPress lives entirely online. The wp-admin portion of a WP site allows the admin to manage everything from one spot.

On the admin you can create posts and pages, add media (images, videos, audio and documents), add/manage plugins, change the menus and maintain almost everything else in WordPress.

What Technology Do You Need To Manage Your WordPress Site?

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Software and Internet

The first things you’ll need to manage WordPress is some internet and software programs.

  • Internet Connection
    Of course you can’t manage a website without being connected to the internet, right? Your home/office connection, a shared connection at a cafe or restaurant, or even a hotspot will do as long as it’s secure and consistent.
  • VPN
    Speaking of connecting to the internet. Make sure you are running a VPN if working on a public connection. You may be sending passwords, documents, and other private data from the site to your device, best to have all of that encrypted.
  • Modern Web Browser
    Most WP sites are meant to work in the big four browsers, Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari. On mobile most use Chrome, Safari and Firefox. So long in to your website on one of those browsers and you should be fine.
  • Image Program or Service
    You may run into an issue where you will need to create or edit an image for your website. Photoshop if you can afford it, GIMP is great if you want many PS features for zero dollars, but there is a learning curve, and Canva.co is a powerful online image creation platform.
  • FTP Programs
    This is easy if you’re looking for a program to work on your site files. Filezilla. Next!
  • Code Editor
    There may come a time where you have to get dirty and edit some code on the site in your wp-confg, htaccess, or robots.txt files and Notepad++, Brackets, Dreamweaver, or even the old reliable Notepad will do just the trick.

Hardware and Devices

Now you know what software you need to do the job. What do you need to run it?

  • PC
    PC is the broad definition, as in personal computer. Windows, Mac or Linux. Desktop or laptop. Expensive or cheap. It really doesn’t matter as long as you can 1) connect to the internet, and 2) do so in a modestly efficient manner.
  • Chromebooks
    Chromebooks are a great way to manage WordPress. They run a ton of programs and apps, are designed to work in an online environment, and are relatively cheap when compared to PCs.
  • Tablets/iPads
    For small jobs, tablets and iPads work well when managing WordPress. Just need to run some updates, or insert an image? Fire up the iPad. While you can type long content on a tablet, I don’t recommend it. Use something with an actual keyboard.
  • Smartphones
    I recommend using a smartphone to manage your site only in emergencies. Both Android and IOS can connect through browsers to your site, but it’s compressed, requires use of the hamburger menu, and not really friendly to editing lots of text.

Essentially you can manage WordPress with any internet connected computer. As long as it has a browser, can run the wp-admin part of the site, and has a screen with enough resolution to see what you’re doing, it should work. It’s all based on budget, what you have to do, and how comfortable you are doing it on that device.

How do you manage WordPress? Leave your thoughts below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

What Technology Do You Need To Manage Your WordPress Site?

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Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

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Why doesn’t WordPress send emails without any configuration?

  • The easy answer is, it does… sometimes.
  • Some hosts and website work without any editing to the WordPress install or even the plugins to send emails from forms. It’ uses the PHP Mail function.
  • But some hosts don’t have that running or it is very ineffecting in sending email, so a plugin needs to be installed to send those emails

What is SMTP?

  • The default method of sending any emails is SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol).
  • It’s a way to send email from your website to your visitors through your email provider.
    • If you don’t have a dedicated domain email provider, you an also use Gmail, Outlook and other free email providers with a little configuration.
  • The basic information to send email through SMTP is
    • The server address : will be something like smtp.gmail.com

    • The username. Often it will be the full email address to send FROM : ie – something@gmail.com

    • The password for the account

    • The protocol to use and it’s accompanying port

      • 25 – basic, unencrypted SMTP port. This sends email from the site/app directly to the email server with no protection. It’s often restricted by many email servers and ISPs.
      • 465 : Another port that was used up until recently, but it’s not recommended any longer. It uses SSL ports but is actually now used for other types of internet traffic, and can be blocked or filtered by many ISPs and email providers.
      • 587 : The recommended port to send SMTP traffic. It uses TLS encryption which will ensure the email is submitted security.

      What plugins can be used to send emails from WordPress

      • Easy WP SMTP Plugin – my default SMTP plugin. Easy to confiure, it’s free, and comes with many preconfigured hosts like Gmail, Yahoo! and Outlook. Sends a test email to any email you wish to make sure everything work.
      • Mail SMTP Gateway Plugin – Another great SMTP plugin. This one has many options and can be tough for inexpreienced users to configure the eadvanced options.
      • WP Email SMTP Plugin – Another free plugins that has all the usual options. Some of the most popular included settings are from email, from name, mailer, return path, host, port, authentication, encryption, username and password.

What are your experiences or questions about sending emails from your website? Leave them below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

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Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

WordPress Admin Security

The most obvious security issue with WordPress is your administrator account logon information. By locking that down you can protect your website content and install information. 

But there are other security measures you should implement if you really want your site to be secure. We’ll talk about those on this episode 113 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast.

Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

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Your WordPress Admin Account

There are several ways for a hacker to gain control of your website or server. I’m going to start with the most obvious, then give you some tips on protecting the rest of your site and social engineering opportunities

  • Admin Accounts

    • Admin Passwords – choose a good password. I assigned a tough, 16-characters admin password today which was promptly changed by the user to a weak password. The client didn’t want increased security on allowing weak passwords, so now an admin has an easy password, which would allow total access to the site and the data.
    • Delete unused accounts – I recently killed a few accounts on a site that haven’t technically been active in over five years. However, if that person had really wanted to cause an issue, it would have taken no time to change that password, log in to the site and start causing all kinds of damage. And technically, it wouldn’t have to be the person who “owned” that account, it could be hacked by virtually anyone, especially if they had email access (see below)

Other Website Security Concerns

So once you have a handle on the admin accounts in WordPress, now it’s time to take a quick audit of the other weak links

  • Your email password – This is 100% the most important password you will even use. Almost every password recovery, confirmation, and communication from other systems come through your email. If someone gets your email password, they can get almost anything else including your bank, your credit cards, your mobile phone records, Office accounts, business files… everything.

    Make your email password as secure as humanly possible, set up two-factor authentication (2FA) where possible, and guard this password with your life.

  • Password Managers – Now that I’ve made it clear your email is THE weakest link, a good password manager like LastPass is essential is managing strong, unique passwords for all of your pages. And most modern browsers allow easy use to auto-fill or provide easy copy/paste of passwords into your web apps and pages.
  • Server login – Having access to a WordPress site is good, but getting direct access to a server WHM or Cpanel is even better. You could point the site at a different location, change up some of the settings, or even just delete everything. Lock that down with a good password.
  • Registrar – Hijacking domain name isn’t new, but it is relatively easy with access to the registrar. From here DNS records can be changed, contact emails can be changed, and domains can even be cancelled/deleted. Turn on 2FA and set a good password.
  • Other technical sources for the site – Make sure logins to your CDN, WooCommerce account, plugin sources and more are all protected with great passwords and 2FA.

Passwords will usually scrub off the casual hacker, but to ensure your site’s security to those with a little more skill you may have to take some additional measures. Set good passwords, utilize 2FA when possible, and change the passwords on a regular basis. 

Update on WordPress 5.4 which was released on March 31, 2020. Some issues emerging on the editor going full screen, and favicons disappearing or affecting load time. So at this time I would advise you not to update until an incremental update is released to address some of these concerns.

Have horror stories or tips on securing your WordPress or other website? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

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Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

Adding Notifications 

Sometimes you need to get specific information out to your customers like operation times, newsletter signups, new product lines, or even business sale or closing messages.

There are many ways to do this, and also many things to consider when you’ve decided to move forward. On today’s Episode 111 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we talk about Adding Notifications to your WordPress Website.

Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

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What To Consider Before Adding A Notification

On the surface, adding a notification to a website sounds simple. I need to tell people something, add a popup…

But given there’s so many ways to do this, and so many options, it’s important to consider a few things before you move forward.

  • How often should I present the message – most of these options have ways to limiting how often a user sees the message. The most popular are once per user session, once per day, once per week, or simply… once. How often would be managed by what the message is, the importance of the message, and the duration.
  • Should I open on all pages, or limit viewing – Does your message need to be seen by every visitor to the page, or it important only to blog viewers, or contact us visitors?
  • How intrusive should it be – Will a standard popup get the job done, or can you just have a footer notification. Or is it so important that it needs to be full-page?
  • Require User Interaction – Does the visitor need to interact with it with a Call-To-Action (CTA), or will a simple accept or close button work?
  • How long should you leave it up – In the case of the COVID outbreak, the office closures will be mostly dictated by the government, but if it’s seasonal hours, or specific instructions, make sure you have someone who knows to remove it.

Ways to Display Notifications

There are many ways to display notifications to website visitors. The most popular include : 

  • Notification Bars – These are usually stuck to the footer of a website and will stay there until acknowledged with a click to close. Uses include notification of privacy policy, a change in store/office hours, and moderately important messages. One of the more popular plugins is WPFront Notification Bar
  • Popups – You’ve seen popups for years. They are on almost every website you visit trying to get you to subscribe to newsletter, acknowledge privacy policies, and in the case of COVID-19 showing hours or other information. Use this method carefully when you determine how often it needs to be displayed, how large it is displayed, and what information is requested. There are hundreds of popup builder plugins available, find the one that fits your needs.
  • Edit Your WordPress page – If you want something a bit more permanent or embedded in your website you can just add it on your home age in a row or module. This takes a bit more work, but can be a little bit less intrusive to visitors but still be seen. 

Adding a notification to your website can be as easy as just saying you want one and picking a way to do it. But, by putting a little thought into it before you implement you can find a better, more effective way of projecting your message. 

What are your favorite ways of displaying notifications to website visitors? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

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Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

Where Do You Start On A Redesign

One of the critical parts of website research is what you do, and maybe more importantly, what you do NOT like on how a website looks and works. Often clients refer to competitors when they point out these likes and dislikes, which is OK, but can force these clients into a corner.

But I would encourage you to look outside your competitors, and even your business classification for inspiration. Find a look that is user friendly, modern and gets your business and culture across to your clients.

Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

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Sites To Inspire

Apart from just surfing the web looking for inspiration there are places dedicated to inspire design. Here we’re going to list five sites that can provide some layouts, functions and tones for your potential redesign.

Again, it’s important to look past the content and to see the design, the layout and even some of the plugins that can be implemented into your site when it’s time to discuss a redesign or initial launch. This can save DOZENS of hours of redesigning and tweaking layouts in the long run. Don’t forget to look at and discuss fonts, heading and text sizes, colors, image sizes, social media feeds, calendars and anything else you think you need.

#WPWednesday – WordPress 5.4 

WordPress 5.4 scheduled for launch 3/31/2020 with several “block editor” improvements. Not sure an update during these turbulent times is a good idea, but the updates include :  

  • Several “block editor” improvements
  • Social Icons block – allows easy insertion of social media profiles (FB, TW, IG)
  • Buttons block – allow adding more than one button per line
  • Better background color options for blocks
  • Drag & drop an image to the Featured Image section. Great for social sharing and blog images.
  • Select text in a block and change its color instead of changing the entire block
  • Fixed mobile toolbar on mobile

As always, run backups and take other precautions before you run the update. Good luck!

What are your favorite ways to be inspired on a website redesign? Leave them below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

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Speeding Up Your WordPress Site With WP-Rocket

Speeding Up Your WordPress Site With WP-Rocket

What is WP Rocket?

WP Rocket is a caching and optimization plugin that takes the code, content, images, videos and other pieces of your website and finds a faster way to present them to your website visitors. That can be storing them on their computers or on a CDN (content data network). It can be combining or moving CSS and javascript files to minimize the time spend processing the code. It can be reducing the number of calls made off the server to Google or other sites.

WP Rocket does all of this, with about ten minutes of setup and a few bucks. Speaking of a few bucks… if you want to purchase WP Rocket, go to bebizzy.com/rocket and get started today!

WP Rocket

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How Can WP Rocket Speed Up My Website?

There’s only so much you can do technically to increase your website speed. Load times are based on server response times, bandwidth, hard drive speeds… and then it’s down to the software. 

CDNs and optimized code definitely help but eventually you’re down to leaning on more involved 

Features

  • Basic setup was done in about 10 minutes.  Advanced setup, configuration and testing can take additional time, but all options are pretty much toggled on/off.
  • Page caching
    Really decreases page load time by serving up indexed and cached items.
  • Preloading
    Because the crawler simulates a visit to preload the cache, the indexing of your website by search engines is instantly improved.
  • Sitemap loading
  • GZIP Compression
    WP Rocket compresses HTML, CSS, javascript and other code to optimize it by decreasing the size.
  • Browser Caching
    Modern browsers can look for the same photo, video, HTML code and other pieces of a website faster locally that it can sending requests to a website. WP Rocket helps optimize that.
  • Database optimization
    WP Rocket helps clean up databases and make them run more efficiently.
  • Google fonts
    Decreases the requests for unused fonts by only grabbing what is needed to properly display on the site.
  • Remove query strings from Static Resources
    Improves load time and testing scores by removing query strings from CSS and JS files.
  • Lazyload images and videos
    Images and other content doesn’t load until it becomes evident the visitor wants or needs them.
  • Defer Javascript
    Load JS files at the bottom of the page unless necessary elsewhere. This speeds up the page by not loading code before visible items.
  • CDN
    I have mine connected to my Stackpath CDNs, but Cloudflare and other URLS are easily inserted in the settings.
  • Works with eCommerce

Pricing 

All pricing for WP Rocket is on an annual basis to keep updates and support access. You could allow the plugin to lapse, but as WordPress, PHP versions, your themes, your other plugins and more advance the plugin may not work as intended and also become a security issue.

  • $49 for one site
  • $99 for three sites (annual)
  • $249 for unlimited websites

Some other features

  • Works for multi-lingual sites
  • Works in multisite environments
  • You can turn on and off features to connected users with a simple toggle button
  • All features of the plugin can work on mobile without additional programming or configuration.

Support is email support. Only sent one ticket but got a response in about two hours, which is decent.

If you’re looking to speed up your WordPress site, I can’t recommend WP Rocket enough! Head over to https://bebizzy.com/rocket and get signed up.

Do you use WP Rocket or another caching pluging? Leave me comments @BeBizzy on Twitter!

WP Rocket

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Elegant Theme’s DIVI WordPress Theme – with Keegan Lanier

Elegant Theme’s DIVI WordPress Theme – with Keegan Lanier

Why is the Divi WordPress Theme so good?

Divi WordPress ThemeThere are thousands and thousands of WordPress themes available to you as a company or developer. But Elegant Themes has done a great job developing a very versatile theme called Divi which allows dynamic content creation and manipulation of images and other content.

Keegan Lanier of Keegan Lanier Media joins me to discuss WordPress, the history of Divi, and what’s on the horizon for our favorite way to build a website. 

Interested in trying Divi? Head over to the Elegant Themes site

Discussing Divi with Keegan Lanier

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What is Divi?


Divi WordPress Theme

WordPress themes are an easy way to change the look and function of a website. Laying new themes and layouts over the top of existing content can drastically improve how a site looks and feels, reacts to mobile devices and works on certain servers.

The Divi theme has been available for about five years now, and we are right on the verge of version 4.0 being released on October 17th. Over the last few years it has made great strides in how site content is created, edited and displayed with it’s classic back end builder and now the visual builder, which essentially lets the user drag and drop content where it needs to be seen.

The Visual Builder

At the core of Divi 3.0 is the visual builder. It’s a way to build and edit the website “live,” as you see it in the browser. Images can be resized, text can be edited/added, column sizes can be increased and decreased with changes in padding. Just about anything you would like to do to a website can be done visually.

What’s Coming In 4.0?

  • Better header/footer creation
  • Woocommerce and other major plugin layouts and implementation across the platform
  • Theme Builder, which in addition to the Woocommerce info above, can be used across the site to quickly change how multiple pages look and work, making redesigns much easier and faster.
  • Global defaults to change how a button and other modules look on many, or even EVERY page.
  • Dynamic content. Have great content and data in a database or another site? Put it in your Divi site with just a few clicks. This has been available for nearly a year, but 4.0 will make it extremely useful. 

Both Keegan and I, along with thousands of other Divi fans, are patiently awaiting the new Divi launch. Keep in touch by listening to the BeBizzy Break Podcast, and also the Divi Addicts podcast hosted by Keegan. I’m sure we will post the good, and probably a little bad, when it launches and as it progresses. 

Have any questions or suggestions on using the Divi WordPress theme? Leave them below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Discussing Divi with Keegan Lanier

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Comments or No Comments on WordPress?

Comments or No Comments on WordPress?

ShouId I allow comments on my WordPress website?

It’s an ageless question. Leave comments turned on in every page of my website, only leave them on the blog posts, or turn them off everywhere?

There are pluses and minuses to all varieties of answers, but on today’s episode of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we talk about should you leave them on, how you can protect yourself if you do, and how to remove them if you don’t.

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Some Things To Consider About Comments

In short, WP comments is feedback, positive or negative, left by visitors to your website. Usually they are at the bottom of the page and while they can many time require some data provided by the commentor, it doesn’t always provide a way to communicate with the person making the comments outside the page.

On the plus side, comments are a great way for your visitors, customers and readers to leave a message about the content. That usually involves something positive or negative, a response back to a current comment, or a general comment about the site or author. These comments can serve as a “social proof” to other visitors that you have an engaged community and might prompt a newsletter signup, frequent visits, or even a sale.

However, the negative side of comments are distracting at best, and damaging at worst. Un-monitored  commenters can be aggressive, even threatening, at times. Comments can be very negative about the content, the author or the company hosting the page. SPAM commenters can come in and offer their services or products in the comment thread to supplement or replace the products offered on the page. Images and language can be used in the comments that could potentially be abusive, even illegal, if not monitored or combated.

So, you can see while comments can be a valuable way to increase reader engagement, sometimes they really should be turned off for the protection of the website owner, and the consumers of the content.

How Can I Protect My Comment Stream?

There are several things you can do to protect your website from malicious comments. 

  • Require an account with verifiable email addresses before commenting : This will sort out the low hanging fruit of people who do not want to be found after making negative comments. These folks don’t have “burner” email accounts and fake names, so supplying actual names and contact info can sometimes be enough deterrent.
  • Put a comment filter in place like Akismet : Akismet will look for obvious signs of spamming and put these comments in a held state waiting for approval. Then the admin (or you) can go in and either approve or reject. If rejected, you will have the option to block all from this user/IP.
    Version:4.1.7
    Requires:4.6 or higher
    Compatible up to:5.5.3
    Released:20 October 2005
    Downloads:180373127
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  • Use a comment system like Disqus : Moving away from the standard WordPress commenting system and use a system like Disqus will allow users to use the same information across several websites. So just logging into the Disqus system and making comments speeds up the process.

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  • Employ monitors or admins : No one has time to monitor website comments if the site is large and doing well. For smaller, less visited sites you can see every comment, respond and remove as necessary. But if the site grows, you will have to employ or recruit some people to help out. Often these are frequent commenters who volunteer or can be trusted, but occasionally you will have to pay for professional help. 

How Can I Turn Comments Off?

I’m a fan of turning comments off. I simply don’t have the time, or the desire, to look through every post, comment, article and page to look for valuable or damaging content. So I turn them off with a plugin for my website, and my client’s websites.

  • WordPress settings has a toggle to turn off “future” comments : This works great if you’re building a new site and don’t have any comments. But if you do, the old comments will remain
  • Disable Comments Plugin : simply my go-to comment killer plugin. This be installed and activated, then configured to turn off all, none, or some of the comments on the site. Want comments only on blog posts, not pages? Easy. Want to kill all of them? Even easier.
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    Requires:5.0 or higher
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    Released:27 May 2011
    Downloads:9388363
    Last Updated:01 December 2020
    Ratings:
    4.8
    (4.8 star out of 5)
  • Disable Comments and Delete Comments Plugin : A fairly new plugin that does the same thing more or less as the earlier disable comments plugin. Quite simply, it just deletes and disables all comments.
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    (0 star out of 5)

Comments can be a great way to measure engagement, have visitors promote or provide critical analysis of your content, and even allow pingbacks and other shares of the content. But they can also be a drain on resources, especially time, and even be distracting or abusive to your other readers. Use them with caution, put failsafes in place, and if it gets unmanageable, turn them off before they become damaging to your and your website. 

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Best WordPress SEO Plugins

Best WordPress SEO Plugins

If you have a WordPress website and are not using SEO, or search engine optimization, you are missing out on valuable traffic. 

Whether your visitors are looking for a place to eat, a place to shop, or someone to perform a valuable service, just about all of them start with a Google or Bing search. According to an article on SEO Tribunal

So getting your SEO in order is a valuable way to increase your website’s traffic and possible sales/conversions. 

The tools detailed below and on the podcast are great if you’d like to do it yourself, but if you’re looking for something a bit more detailed, BeBizzy Consulting offers SEO technical and content solutions. Please give us a call if you are looking to take your website to a new level. 

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WordPress Plugins Focused on SEO

WordPress has nearly 55,000 plugins in its repository. Finding quality plugins can be tough, but we talked about how to use and find plugins in a previous BeBizzy Break Podcast episode.

Luckily, we’ve gathered a list of the best and most popular SEO plugins in the list below.

Yoast SEO

Yoast is easily the most popular all-in-one SEO plugin for WordPress. It does a great job making sure your keywords, title and description fit within Google’s display guidelines. There’s also some intelligence baked into the plugin to check your page content to see if there’s duplicate content or if the content needs to be broken up into paragraphs or bulleted lists. A premium version is available that has free support, more insights into the content, and an automatic redirect system.

One word of caution. I have moved away from Yoast on several websites simply due to it occasionally conflicts with my Divi WordPress theme or some of the plugins I use. Yoast updates very often, as does Divi, so it’s tough to identify which one causes the issue, but on sites I update often, I no longer use Yoast.

Version:15.4
Requires:5.4 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6
Released:11 October 2010
Downloads:287559575
Last Updated:02 December 2020
Ratings:
4.9
(4.9 star out of 5)


SEO Framework

BeBizzy Consulting’s choice for an SEO plugin where I choose not to use Yoast is The SEO Framework. One of the primary reasons I use it is an easy-to-use scale on the pages and posts dashboard which tell you with green/yellow/red whether or not your title and description are good, whether the page is indexed, and also deeper info like if the links on the post are follow/no-follow, if the page is redirected, or if bots are allowed to search the page.

Another reason I use SEO Framework is speed. It’s had some of the bloat that causes Yoast to slow down a site stripped out while still keeping the functionality. Extensions can enhance SEO by managing redirects, helping with Local SEO, article information, and een monitoring uptime. 

Version:4.1.2
Requires:5.1.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6
Released:29 May 2015
Downloads:1573381
Last Updated:02 December 2020
Ratings:
4.9
(4.9 star out of 5)

FYI, The SEO Framework just passed the 100,000 installation milestone


All in One SEO Pack

I had used All In One SEO Pack in the past and it did an acceptable job. It’s the original WordPress SEO Plugin and the dashboard is easy to use and follow, especially for new users.

Most of the features are available in the free version but there is a premium version with additional configuration options. It has most of the pieces available in the more popular Yoast and SEO Framework, but lacks a little on the deeper options, but a for a smaller blog or website it works great.

Version:3.7.1
Requires:4.9 or higher
Compatible up to:5.5.3
Released:30 March 2007
Downloads:71697371
Last Updated:24 September 2020
Ratings:
4.7
(4.7 star out of 5)


SEO Pressor

SEO Pressor is an SEO audit and settings tool that helps identify and fix technical SEO issues. Use it to analyze Word Counts, Readability, broken links, schema building, and much more. 

Download Link : https://seopressor.com/


SEO Squirrly

SEO Squirrly is rapidly becoming a player in the WordPress SEO arena. It provides great information on your pages, posts, WooCommerce products and more. There are some Assisted SEO features that help you find hidden keywords that generate traffic and has little competition. And the SEO Live Assitant analyzes while you create content and gives you real-time SEO tips. I’m considering using this on a new site I’m building to see a bit more live-action information.

UPDATE : 8/8/19 – I was contacted recently by SEO Squirrly with some information and articles on recent improvements to the plugin. You can find out more about these upgrades by clicking the links below

Version:10.2.04
Requires:4.3 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6
Released:08 January 2013
Downloads:3323919
Last Updated:02 December 2020
Ratings:
4.6
(4.6 star out of 5)


Broken Link Checker

Quite simply, this plugin analyzes the content of your website and looks for broken internal and external links. It provides an easy-to-use dashboard to fix the links or even remove them from your content. 

Version:1.11.15
Requires:4.6 or higher
Compatible up to:5.5.3
Released:08 October 2007
Downloads:9963790
Last Updated:02 November 2020
Ratings:
4.1
(4.1 star out of 5)


Rank Math

Another up and coming SEO plugin that claims it “… beats the competition with hands tied behind its back.” Bold statement, but reviews and information are heading that direction. Easy setup, integration of Google schema/rich snippets, multiple keywords, search console integration and more. 

And you can import from some of the other big SEO plugins to make the transition easy. 

Version:1.0.53.1
Requires:5.2 or higher
Compatible up to:5.5.3
Released:19 November 2018
Downloads:8730579
Last Updated:29 November 2020
Ratings:
4.9
(4.9 star out of 5)


There are literally hundreds of other SEO plugins, either a full-SEO suite or to do specific SEO tasks and analysis. It’s important that you do SOMETHING with your site’s SEO, either by yourself, or a professional. 

If you are ready to start with your SEO strategy but don’t know where to start, give BeBizzy Consulting a call and we’ll start you on your way to getting found on the internet.

SEMRUSH

A system that is NOT a plugin, nor is it free, is SEMRush. SEMRush is a monitoring service that looks at your technical SEO, content, keywords, social media accounts and much more. It will also check your backlinks, broken links, search console info and a whole bunch of other items that are helpful if you know what you’re looking at. If you’ve already started your SEO journey, SEMRush can take it to the next level. If you have not started and want BeBizzy Consulting to monitor and use this information to manage your SEO, please contact us and we can add it to our stable of managed SEO clients

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