Optimization

The Latest from WordPress 4.8 and Why Publishers Should Care

The Latest from WordPress 4.8 and Why Publishers Should Care

We work with many clients who use the WordPress platform, so we like to keep tabs on what the WordPress folks are up to and whether the latest updates are taking things in the right direction for the site builds we do.

WordPress is at it again—this time releasing an update that streamlines the UX of WordPress and hammers out some longtime problems that ardent fans of the platform will be happy to see gone.

Version 4.8, styled “Evans” after the jazz performer Bill Evans, includes several key updates that streamline the publishing process:

  • New media widgets that make image, video, and audio inclusion easier than ever
  • Updates to text widgets that simplifies the process of rich text formatting
  • A news and events dashboard to keep users informed about what’s going on in the WordPress world

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3 Reasons You Haven’t Thought of Why Your MODX Site Should Be Maintenanced

3 Reasons You Haven’t Thought of Why Your MODX Site Should Be Maintenanced

At the 1997 COMDEX computer exposition, Microsoft founder and CEO remarked in a speech that if automobile prices behaved like PC prices, “the car would cost about $27.” This innocuous line became the butt of numerous jokes (some passed off as fact) that were variations on “but would you want a car that crashed twice a day?”

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Websites Are Like Classic Cars – They’re Worth Squat without Proper Maintenance

Websites Are Like Classic Cars – They’re Worth Squat without Proper Maintenance

Picture this. You’re browsing Craigslist for whatever local deals happen to catch your eye when you see this: The 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. Original Mag 500 wheels. Raw power under the hood. A big block capable of running at 9000 RPMs and churning out 600 horsepower to take you from zero to hold on to your hats in seven seconds flat. And all for a reasonable asking price of $200,000. What gearhead could possibly pass that up?

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7 Website Speed Optimizations You Can Do Yourself

7 Website Speed Optimizations You Can Do Yourself

You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Visitors hate slow-loading sites. If a page takes more than a few seconds to load, visitors tend to move on to something else. So anything you can do to speed things up will only help you retain visitors.

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Top 8 Reasons Your Site is Getting Fewer Visitors

Top 8 Reasons Your Site is Getting Fewer Visitors

Website maintenance can be a time-consuming headache. After all, if you have a social media presence, why bother with a website? Doesn’t everyone just get their information from Facebook and Twitter, anyway? Oh, you poor, misinformed soul. Let’s get an idea of how far you’ve allowed your website to deteriorate, shall we?

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Warning Signs Your Website Redesign Is Long Overdue

Warning Signs Your Website Redesign Is Long Overdue

Think about the state of your website. Does it fill you with pride? Does it regularly deliver you valuable leads and conversions? Does it appear near the top of search engine rankings? Or have screenshots of it featured prominently in scathing BuzzFeed listicles?

Sometimes, it can be extremely difficult to know precisely when a website needs a complete overhaul. Here are a few signs even the most computer illiterate among us couldn’t possibly miss:

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