Did you know that Americans spend an estimated 37 billion hours per year waiting in lines, which equates to approximately 118 hours per person? This is what statistics published by Harvard Business School had to say! Having to wait for something, be it for buses, trains or at the airport, waiting in traffic jams, or waiting at the doctor’s office for your turn, the wait itself can be one of the most frustrating experiences for a human being. The reason why waiting is annoying is that you see a lot of your valuable time being wasted, which you could have otherwise used for something productive. And when I think of being frustrated while waiting, the most frustrating experience for me is waiting for a website to loan. And, I find that I am not alone in this. People don’t like to wait for websites to load, making slow loading times a major cause of losing visitors, with Google stating that a website could lose more than half its visitors if its load … [Read more...] about 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Improve Page Speed
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Google has introduced a new WordPress plugin which brings insights from Google tools to users’ dashboards.Site Kit by Google allows users to access information in Search Console, Analytics, AdSense, and PageSpeed Insights from the WordPress admin panel.“With Site Kit installed, WordPress users can access unified insights and Google product capabilities directly from the WordPress admin panel. Where it is helpful, Site Kit will also provide deep links into Google products for advanced reports and product configuration capabilities.”Google will release Site Kit to beta testers in early 2019. Those who are interested in the plugin can sign up for the beta version here.Site Kit doesn’t add any new insights that are not already available in Google’s tools, but it does make them easier to access.For example, users can navigate to a page on their website and click on the Site Kit button in the admin panel to see stats for that specific page.The plugin will also … [Read more...] about Google Introduces WordPress Plugin With Integrated Analytics, Search Console, More
Almost ten years ago, every 100ms of latency cost e-commerce giant Amazon 1% in sales. Today, it almost feels like the popular car racing game, Need for Speed, has taken over our lives, where all of us are constantly racing to do things as quickly as possible otherwise we’ll lose something. And, where else is this urgency most displayed but online? Most statistics show that a visitor will leave a mobile website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load, and they aren’t very much more patient on their laptops and desktops either. One of the fastest growing CMS software today, WordPress, is also the basis of a large percentage of websites, mobile-compatible or not. This platform is allowing bloggers and businessmen across the globe to create more innovative websites. The cherry on the top is that there an amazing number of plugins that are helping extend WordPress’s functionality. 10 Plugins for WordPress Site Speed Optimization Here are 10 plugins … [Read more...] about 10 WordPress Site Speed Optimization Plugins That Might Speed Up Your Blog
Creating and launching a fully-fledged website is not enough to get your brand noticed by itself. In order to improve your online visibility, you will need to carry out SEO (search engine optimization) practices. If you want to achieve a higher ranking on Google and other search engines, you’ll need to get serious about search engine optimization. Luckily, if you use WordPress as your Content Management System (CMS), there are a number of in-built features that make optimizing your content for search significantly easier. So what is it that makes WordPress such a strong platform for SEO? Let’s take a look. 1. Permalink Structure Permalinks are the permanent URLs for your web pages, posts, categories and tag archives. It is the web address used to link to your individual blog post and web page. By default, permalinks look something like this: http://mysite.com/p?=17 This structure makes it difficult for search engine crawlers to read and index your web … [Read more...] about The SEO benefits of using WordPress to publish your content
Remkus de Vries Remkus is Manager Partnerships at Yoast and also focusses on our Translate Yoast site. Additionally, he works on the WordPress Project organizing and mentoring WordCamps. Today’s roundup focuses on WordPress 5.0 and its upcoming release date, but we’ll also discuss some interesting and new Gutenberg related news. And, I did my best to introduce a couple of interesting bits throughout this roundup. Every single link is certainly worth checking out! Let’s dive in, shall we? When will WordPress 5.0 be released? The question I heard most in the last couple of weeks was this: When will WordPress 5.0 be released? And that is a great question! Unfortunately, not one we have a straight answer to at the moment. The first Release Candidate (RC) was released last week and we’re expecting RC 2 today. But, that still doesn’t point to a specific date. The best answer we currently have is that the date will be communicated. Basically, this means … [Read more...] about WordPress 5.0 RCs, Gutenberg related news and food for thought!