This is my first meetup for this meetup group. Carolyn Lee of Palm Beach SEO was kind enough to share her thoughts on links.
Link Building Takeaways:
1. Title Tags are the one of the most important factor among SEO factors.
2. Meta Description tags are considered important as well. Meta Keywords tag can hurt.
3. Header Tags – Make sure you have the hierarchy intact. Do not have more than 1 H1 Tag.
H1 – Title of the Page
H2 – What’s on the page
4. Optimize images; alt tags, keywords in the title and filename.
WordCamp Miami 2014 was held during the weekend of May 9-11 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
The first day was a choice between a WordPress Beginners WorkShop vs BuddyPress Workshop. I opted for the latter, since I wanted to learn more about BuddyPress. The presenters kept the event alive with useful tidbits. They provided a good overview of BuddyPress and bbPress. The slides are informative and fun.
The next day was divided into three tracks. I was picking sessions based more on content than on the track. For example, the session on “How to Create a Killer Video” session was very nicely presented. All in just 15 minutes. I was clamoring for more info on the videos topic.
There was another presentation that stood out for me. This one was about how to change the WordPress Admin panel for small business owners. It was all done through small coding tricks, no hacks. Just clean programming to change the capabilities of users via code. This would cut down on the overwhelming number of choices in the Dashboard, if you are not familiar with WordPress.
I recently attended the South Florida WordPress Developers Meetup in Davie. I wanted to re-cap some of the very useful pieces of tidbits that Michael Schofield presented at the meetup. He has a very easy way of presenting information. Michael does not hesitate to dig into the deep details of WordPress. I left the meetup feeling very happy armed with all the useful information he presented.
- You can create your own barebones theme by visiting underscores.me. This same website is also used to generate the base TwentyEleven, TwentyTwelve and TwentyThirteen themes that come bundled with the default install of WordPress. At a minimum, a theme can function with just 2 files: index.php and style.css. Michael did a great job at explaining each of the files with the theme. He dissected the code and did easy demos to explain how these files fit into the big picture.
- the_excerpt() function is used to display a 255 word excerpt of the blog post. However, this can be problematic if the post has a lot of non-text material in the beginning. An example could be images, special HTML formatting etc. In that case, you can use “get_the_excerpt()” alternatively. This function will strip out all the HTML before printing.
- How does WordPress determine which page to show? Here is a helpful infographic that shows how WordPress determines the correct template file to invoke. You can also find a simpler Black and White version of this Template Hierarchy at https://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy
- For developers, a very useful tool that they can use for quick testing and validation: www.codepen.io. As Michael demonstrated the use of this tool live, I was fascinated with its power. Michael did a quick demo of how to create a Triangle using only CSS and also rotated the triangle. Very Cool indeed!
- Another very useful resource (one that I did not know existed) is the ability to test which CSS mechanisms are compliant with which browsers. www.caniuse.com to the rescue. THis will allow you to test which CSS clauses are compliant with each browser. A nice matrix shows you the answer easily.
- Also, dont forget the WordPress Codex.
Thanks to this meetup group, I was able to learn quite a few pieces of useful advice that we as developers find very pertinent. I will start using some of these resources in the future.
Having successfully attended my first WordCamp late last year at WordCamp Orlando, I am a fan of these events. I am now looking forward to WordCamp Miami. It is the fifth anniversary event for WordCamp Miami. So this should be an event to remember. Here is the link to the website. The official dates are May 9, 10 and 11th.
Tickets will be available starting February. For more details, sign up on their mailing list.
I had written a post on my feedback from WordCamp Orlando here, so I hope WordCamp Miami can take some cues from this and incorporate this into their speaker presentations. While I understand Social Media and Buzz is important, I think other WordPress specific issues have a broader impact, such as Security, Speed, scale-ability.
While I am comfortable with working in Apache mod_redirect, Redirects on Windows IIS are a totally different animal. On a client’s project, I needed to implement a redirect on a Windows IIS server, using the DotNetNuke platform.
Here is how I did it
1. Look for the file named “SiteUrls.config” in the main root directory of the hosting environment.
2. Edit that file as follows:
3. Save the file and reload in the browser to verify that the redirect is occurring correctly.
This is it. You will need to replace “PageThatNeedsToBeRedirected” with the actual file name of the old path/file. Similarly, “DestinationPage” will be replaced by the page being redirected to.