Preparing Magento for the Holidays

The holiday season is a crucial time for every e-commerce site.  Almost everyone will do a sizable chunk of their annual business in November, December, and January.  Heading into a season like that, site preparedness is of the utmost importance, and touches on several different aspects of your site’s front-end and back-end to ensure a … Read more

Adding Extensions to Your Magento Store

Magento is a powerful e-commerce platform, and like any other type of site, it requires using multiple extensions and modules to provide the full online shopping experience.  These products cover fundamental aspects, such as adding shipping restrictions, to more sophisticated offerings, such as building and managing a customer loyalty program.  If you want your site … Read more

Building Internal Links for SEO

Building Internal Links for SEO

Generally speaking, SEO improvements fall into two categories: on-site and off-site. On-site SEO is all of the stuff that you have control over. Optimizing your content, choosing the right keywords, and making sure your site is fast and mobile-friendly all fall into the on-site category. All of these factors are dependent on your website. Off-site SEO relates to the ways that other websites which you don’t control interact with your website. There are lots of things that go into off-site SEO, like social media shares and reviews, but the one off-site SEO factor that most everyone focuses on is backlinks.

WordPress Permalinks Basics

Each website page has a specific address, just like a home or business. In website jargon this is called the “url” or uniform resource locator. The technical details of how typing the url into the address bar (or clicking a link) actually brings up the specific webpage can get a bit complicated. On a simple level it involves back and forth communication between the web browser (Chrome, Edge, etc.) and the server, which is where the website is “hosted” which basically just means where all the files, images, and data for the website live. Along the way there is an “address lookup” which involves things like ip addresses, domain names, and DNS records.

Here’s Why Small Businesses Need a Website

Why small businesses need a website

If you are a small business owner, you probably know in some sense that you need a website, but you may not be able to say exactly why you need a website. Sure, almost everyone is online these days, and with each passing year the world seems to get more and more digital. But there are also lots of different ways to “be” online. Why does your business need a website when it has a perfectly good Facebook page? Is an entire standalone website really necessary?

Managing links on your WordPress site

Web links were probably the first feature of the internet that made is stand out from other media. The ability to click on a word and be referred to another document with more information about the topic remains a very powerful concept. Search engines still use links as one of the primary tools to understand and rank your website. Here are some thoughts on how to make the links on your site work to your advantage.

How to Set Up Google Analytics for WordPress The Right Way

How To Set Up Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the default choice for tracking traffic on your website. If you want your site to rank on Google’s search results, you really can’t go without it. It’s free, easy to use, and easy to install. It’s so easy to install, in fact, that there are countless WordPress plugins designed just for that. But with so many choices, it’s not always clear how to set up Google Analytics the right way.