SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is certainly the elephant in the room these days. And there is much conflicting information as to what you should do to have your website to be highly ranked in search engines like Google, etc. You know how the Real Estate mantra is “Location, Location, Location“? Well, when it comes to coming up in search engine results, it’s “Content, Content, Content“. If you have well written content about what ever your subject is, you have done 80-90% of your SEO basics. [Read more…] about Basic SEO with Categories, Tags and Keywords in WordPress
So what the heck is a Permalink and why do I care?
Until fairly recently, when you looked at the top of your browser, where you can type in the URLs of sites you want to visit, what you saw up there likely made sense. If you were on the site’s “About” page, at the end of the URL you probably saw … /about.html. If you were on the “Contact” page it said /contact.html. Made sense, didn’t it?
Ok… You have decided to use WordPress for your website/blog, now what the heck do you do?
The Web Mechanic’s WordPress 101 will be a series of articles on setting up and using WordPress. I plan to write these articles on individual topics and will try to make them as “user-friendly” as I can. If something seems confusing or not explained clearly enough for you, please submit a comment and I’ll try to clarify things.
When WordPress is installed, it has a number of items that are set up generically. In this lesson I’ll go through some of the items you should take care of. Basic Housekeeping, as it were.
When your WordPress was installed you may or may not (depends on your webhost) have been prompted to supply a user name and password. WP will automatically give you a username of “admin” and a complex password if you are not asked to supply them. You should enter your own easy to remember username and password if requested.
Computers and the web have certainly progressed visually over the years.
Times have changed!
When the web began, most users had a monitor that had maybe a 13″ diagonal and showed a screen resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. (What’s a pixel? It’s basically how many dots go across your screen from left to right and top to bottom) [Read more…] about What size should your website be?