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Add Custom Backgrounds to any WordPress Theme

First, my apologies for not writing for so long. There has been so much happening and so many cool things out there now. We especially enjoy finding new features that anyone can implement. Even someone without any coding knowledge what-so-ever. With the new releases of WordPress, it is now extremely easy to customize the background of your WordPress theme, for self hosted installations. From your Admin Dashboard, click on the Appearance button on the left and then click Editor. Locate the file called functions.php in the list on the right and click the file name. In the editor window, scroll […]

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5 Easy to use FTP Clients

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An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Client is an application, or web tool, that allows you to send and receive files between your computer and a web server. One of the most common uses for these types of tools is to upload (send) files to a web server. For instance, if you are going to install WordPress or another type of content management system to your web server, you can use an FTP client.

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How Usable is Your Website?

I had the pleasure of meeting with a user experience expert yesterday, Carl Heaton from Web Courses Bangkok. Carl showed me a great tool for website owners called UserFly (affiliate link). Userfly allows you to test the usability of your website as each visitor goes to your site. You start by adding a small JavaScript to the web pages you want to track. It’s that easy.

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Search Engine Ranking and Domain Names

I see many questions in forums and social networks about the effect a domain name has on the search engine ranking of a website. The most common questions I have seen relate to: Using hyphens between words of a domain name Including primary keywords in a domain name The TLD of a domain name(i.e. – .com, .net, .us, etc.) Based on feedback from the experts, and reference materials from Google, we will summarize the answers to these issues.

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Website Planning –
Site Structure and Navigation

There have been many debates in past years about how links and the overall structure of a website affects the search engine ranking. Using Google as an example, we will explain how authority of a page is affected and provide some practical suggestions for the structure of a site. A good website structure is important for several reasons: It allows a web page to focus it’s message – keyword usage and terms Control the flow of navigation when a Visitors come to the site Dictates how a search engine will crawl and index the pages of the site

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Slow Websites and SEO

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We have discussed how writing bad code can damage a website’s ranking in the search engines. But can a website that loads slowly hurt rankings as well? I spent a Sunday afternoon examining this question, which led me on an Internet voyage that discussed such geeky subjects as web page headers, HTTP 1.1 specifications, and the various types of caches that a typical user may encounter everyday in the travels online. This article will examine ways to speed up your website and why it is beneficial to the traffic flowing to your website.

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