Speed Up Your Website – In 5 Minutes

Website performance (or speed) is becoming increasingly important. Optimising a website for performance is normally a relatively technical task – although having said that, there are plugins out there that make the job a lot easier – Autoptimize for example. But if you’re in a hurry or don’t fancy diving deep into WordPress performance optimisation, there’s an alternative: Cloudflare’s Automatic Platform Optimisation (APO). Launched in October 2020, and featuring pretty…

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WordPress Classic Editor – EOL December 2021?

TL;DR – WordPress committed to supporting the now superseded classic editor until December 2021. If you’re still running the classic editor, it’s probably sensible to start planning for your migration to the new block editor soon. Back in 2018, WordPress 5.0 was released. It featured a shiny new editor, codenamed Gutenberg, also known as the block editor. The old ‘classic’ editor continued to be bundled with WordPress, activated with the…

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Creating blog categories that convert

I came across an interesting post recently by David Risley, of Blog Marketing Academy. It was about blog categories. Hear me out here. I realise the subject of blog categories is not one that many people get excited about. After all, blog categories are just a kind of filing system right? A way of putting your blog posts into a virtual filing cabinet so that there is some semblance of…

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Page Experience will be a Ranking Signal from May 2021

Have you ever been browsing a website on your mobile, only to find you’ve clicked on the wrong link because the page has suddenly shifted down as everything loads? Ever hit the back button because a website has taken sooooo long to load? Ever clicked on a button… and then clicked again… and then clicked again… because nothing was happening? These things are pretty annoying as an end user. They…

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what3words

Have you heard of what3words? It’s been around for a while now, but I wanted to highlight it here as it’s a clever concept. It encodes geographic coordinates into three dictionary words – so every three metre square across the globe can be identified with three words. Here’s where I am: ///beauty.latches.highs The encoding is fixed, so if you don’t like the three words that have been assigned to a…

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Making more of online

There’s no doubt about it that the ongoing pandemic has contributed to a huge shift in buyer behaviour. I suppose it’s obvious, but speaking to a prospective client yesterday, I was reminded of just how marked this is. As a small country estate, in the pre-Covid world, they relied heavily on traditional markets to sell their native breed cattle. That’s now all gone out of the window, and what was…

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Gutenberg, one year on (almost)

WordPress 5.3 was released last week, expanding and refining the block editor (aka Gutenberg) and bringing improved accessibility. Almost a year on from the initial release of the block editor in WordPress 5.0, now is a good time to reflect on where we are with building Gutenberg-enabled sites. Initial thoughts Overall, it’s been a very positive experience. Despite the initial barrage of negative feedback (who does like change?) and the…

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Hello Gutenberg!

WordPress 5.0 finally saw daylight yesterday, which means the new content editing experience in WordPress is now live. Update: I just discovered that Morten Rand-Hendriksen has released a new LinkedIn Learning course on using the new editor. For the next three weeks it’s available to view for free┬áhere. Section 2 and onwards will be useful if you’re new to using Gutenberg. I’ve gone ahead and updated this site – so…

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Try Gutenberg

WordPress 4.9.8 is scheduled to be released tomorrow, and it contains a prompt to ‘Try Gutenberg’. The aim is to get as many people to test Gutenberg – the new content editing experience for WordPress – and provide their feedback, before it becomes part of the core WordPress system. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a video explaining a bit more about Gutenberg.   Should I try…

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