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How You Can Leverage WordPress for SEO

WordPress SEOYou might write a very readable business blog on wordpress, stuff it with all information required, have wonderful pictures, audios and even exciting videos to accompany them, but that is not enough for your site to attract traffic on the internet. For that, you need to know how to optimise your site for SEO. If you can ensure that you optimise your site according to best practices, you not only stand to improve your rankings, but also gain customers.

Let’s now look at what you should do to optimise SEO for your site.

On-Page SEO

1. Make sure you include the keyword in your post URL. Change your permalink structure under settings->Permalinks and then select custom structure to change the value to include the category.

2. Include your keyword in your title and make sure it is attractive, explanatory but not too long (within 65 characters). Do not waste time in chasing keywords that are highly competitive. Choose one of the phrases and see if the search result number is large. If yes, avoid it.

3. Use your keyword within the post, but make sure you didn’t stuff it too much. Your post should have a keyword density of not more than 1-2%

4. Ensure your website content contains references and links to other important and relevant local businesses, places and events. It would also help if you included your city and region in important meta titles and descriptions.

5. You need to identify images that suit your keyword/phrase. Name your images prior to uploading them and ensure you fill out the title and alt descriptions when you upload.

Off-Page SEO

1. Make sure you’ve linked your post to any older/related posts. You should have also pinned your pos using my title or meta description which includes the keywords.

2. Complete and optimise your Google places for business listing and add your logo, bio and other keyword rich services and links to your website.

3. Ensure you add your business name and address to your facebook, Google+ pages adding a unique description and link them to your website.

4. Make sure that you have functional social sharing buttons available within your posts to enable others to share content your easily.

5. Encourage client reviews on local websites and make sure you reply every time as positive reviews set you apart from competitors.

Along with a linear, responsive site, if you’ve followed these 10 commandments, your site would well be on top of Google’s results next week!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in CMS, WordPress Web Development

 

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Why WordPress Scores Over The Rest

why wordpressWordPress content management system is highly sought after today with many other competitors vying for the same space. That WordPress is Open Source is an added advantage in creating blogs that are highly customizable. Creating content and feature rich websites and having full control over your blog is what WordPress gives you. Join us as we take a sneek at the features that make WordPress Development the most sought after CMS.

Being open source, WordPress is freely available for users. The only cost that it involves is on the WordPress blog development, which means one only needs to pay for hiring a reliable and reputed WordPress development company to fulfill his/her online business requirements. For those who have sufficient knowledge about WordPress or are WordPress experts can easily create advanced blogs and websites according to their WordPress CMS structure.

One easy way of getting an attractive and completely professional website from a professional WordPress CMS Development Service Provider is WordPress Theme Integration Services at affordable prices. We all know, WordPress framework supports a lot of themes , templates, etc and with WordPress Blog Integration Services you can put a powerful WordPress blog to your website as well.

Another exciting component of WordPress development are WordPress plugins, that allow you to install robust plugins to your site and adds new, innovative features to your WordPress blog or website. WordPress plugin integration also enables you to improve search engine rankings, remove spams, monitor traffic, add podcasts, galleries, permalinks, videos and a lot more.

Another benefit of opting for WordPress development is that with WordPress development you get WordPress maintenance services along with it and that too at an affordable rate. WordPress Theme Maintenance, WordPress blog Maintenance are some of the solutions that are important to make your blog or website run smoothly and without any hassle.

In this competitive world, if you seek to remain a step ahead of your competitors then you need to empower yourself with WordPress Integration Services. Apart from this, WordPress forum integration enables you to add powerful forum softwares in your website or blog such as BBPress.

If you already have a theme in your site or blog, then a trusted wordpress development company can provide you with amazing WordPress theme integration services as well. What we’ve mentioned above are just some of the key points that make people line up behind WordPress. There’s much more, for sure.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in CMS, WordPress Web Development

 

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4 Ways to Create a Good Website on a Small Budget

WebsiteHaving a good website is necessary to generate leads and sales thereof, for your business. But how do you create a website that does not exceed the budget but still delivers on performance?  As a new entrepreneur on a shoestring budget, the thought of investing in a website can be quite scary, which is why we share with you 4 top notch tips for creating a website well within your budget:

1) You could simply develop a one-page landing page instead of a full-fledged website. Once you generate leads from that landing page, you can invest again into your business to create the website you want. You could use software like Optimize Press or Lead Pages to create a landing page, cutting costs as well as making it easy for you to edit and maintain the page by yourself.

2) Another option you could avail is purchasing a WordPress website template and then have your web developer simply install the theme on your site (and customize it to your brand). If you go via this route, you will find that a lot of developers would lower the cost of their total packages for you. (P.S.: Don’t get a free WordPress template. Not only is that going a bit overboard in the cheap stuff department, it is also settling for mediocrity as the template there are no good!)

3) If you’ve hired somebody to develop a custom website for you, get a designer to do mock up of the home and interior pages in the first place. This way, you let the developer know precisely what you want and also have a graphic design file (editable) to use, which enables faster coding by the developer. If you fail to do a mock up first, you either end up with a design you don’t like, or you end up wasting a lot of money on having the developer alter the code to fit your revisions.

4) Sometimes, what increases your website development costs are plugins that integrate with your marketing software (email). Therefore, if you intend to capture people’s talking points on your site (which is a necessity), using LeadPages’ “LeadBoxes” feature is an easy way to set up opt-in boxes without any special coding involved.

If you take these suggestions, you will have to invest some money into your website of course, but it will cut some of the costs for you to make the investment easier on your cashflow.

 

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5 Advantages of Using CMS for Your Website

cmsYou can build a site even without a content management system. So, why then is a CMS required? And, why exactly are businesses moving towards CMS driven sites? These are some of the questions that we wish to answer in this article as we discuss the benefits of using CMS for your website.

1. Its Easy For the Novice

All users are not techies, and so the functionalities of CMS are designed in such a way that they can be understood even by those who have little introduction to programming. If you can use the word processor, then you can use a CMS too.

2. It Allows Multiple Users

A Content Management System makes it easy for you to manage roles and publishing permissions for all users so that only those who you allow can publish content and it only goes live when you are ready.

3. Streamlined Scheduling

Any CMS worth the name will provide you an at a glance view of all the content’s status, those that are live, under review or draft. CMS allows you to assign tasks and see to it that they have been done. It makes it easy to integrate the content with your marketing plan and ensures all-round transparency.

4. Easy To Make Changes

Making changes to your site’s structure and content has never been easier. CMS separates the content and design, keeping them in two different virtual boxes. So, you can make changes to the design while the content remains untouched. You can also make changes in your administrative dashboard and propagate it automatically to the entire site. This is great from the branding point of view as it gives your site a consistent appearance.

5. Improves Site Maintenance

Sorting maintenance issues in a non-CMS site can be extremely difficult as you need to make changes separately in each page. You needn’t do that in a CMS as the underlying architecture is the same and you can add functionality just as you would update content.

 

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The Ultimate CMS Race: Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPress

Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPressWhat are the Content Management Systems (CMS) of today’s trend? Obviously, even blind-folded the answer would be these 3:  Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. But which one is the best- well, that’s not so easy to answer.

These 3 CMS are actually pretty much alike. Say for instance- Open Source, functions to publish and manage content and the best part is all 3 are based on the same technique, namely PHP and MySQL.

Similarities & Difference Between the Three CMS

Drupal

Popularly known to be developer’s desire around the world and in fact Drupal is now a widely used platform in the USA, the UK and Belgium. Besides versatility, its stability and scalability allows large organizations such as NASA, Holland Casino, RTL News, The White House and Harvard to choose Drupal.

• Best used for Corporate, Magazine, Community and Intranet websites.

• Least suitable for a simple blogs and small websites as it might be a little overkill. Not recommended for beginners since learning all these features takes time to learn.

WordPress

Actually started as a blog system, the biggest advantage of this CMS over others is that you can have a WordPress blog or website online within minutes and start working with it right away.

• Best suitable for Blog websites and magazine websites

• Least suitable for Ecommerce Website, and websites in which different roles are to be linked. Say, a community website, intranet, extranet and customer portal).

Joomla

Being the oldest CMS than WordPress and Drupal, there are experienced developers and community for Joomla. The latest version CMS 3 has a lot of features like multi-language, auto-update, more options giving rights to specific users, a modern way of updating and all these features are made in small updates.

• Best suitable for Government websites, corporate website and magazine websites for more stability

• Least suitable for Personal websites and blogs that doesn’t need all the advanced features and complicated interface of Joomla.

Summing up, Drupal CMS is strictly for those entrepreneurs expecting a well-off site with the most advanced security.  If you want to have a blog in no-time, wordpress would be enough. Everything else, say a stable blog or website with zero errors for a long run without advanced themes and plugins then Joomla is the best choice.

 

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9 FoolProof SEO Tips for Your WordPress Website

wp-seo-tipsWordPress is one of the oldest and most popular content management systems that are available for easy downloading and installation. But this isn’t enough to make the site successful for SEO, security and performance.

Here are some basic tips will improve your WordPress site for SEO and the user experience.

Optimize The Content: To bring up an effective optimization, it is needful to have high quality and unique content that contains keywords that highlights the overall theme of the post.

Use Search Engine Optimized Themes: Instead of using a lot of code to create the layout and design, fast performing themes are good for your Google ranking as this one criterion determines your ranking. More the code, less the content and keyword density!

Alt Text for Images: Make sure you have the alt text entered for all your images as this is the text that appears in case the image is not found.

Share Your Post On Social Networking: Don’t mistake. This isn’t about promoting yourself but other posts and websites you like. This shall encourage others link back to you.

Get Rid Of Black Hat Techniques: Don’t try to trick Google. Recently, some pretty high-profile portfolio sites were penalized which means they are watching you.

Avoid Flash: You might have heard this many saying and yes, flash is virtually invisible to search engines.

Use Google Analytics: Google Analytics is free and so easy to implement. This plug-in makes it easy for you to connect your profile to WordPress without having to worry about copy and paste.

Add Some Update Services: While creating new pages and posts, it might take some time for that new URL to be indexed by search engines. At that time, take chance to add update services within the General Settings page. Else you might miss some big organic search opportunities.

Name Your Image File: Google draws images in the calculation of the ranking so naming your image (e.g. john.jpg) provide better usability and optimization for your search ranking.

These are only a few samples to optimize your WordPress Website. If you are really serious about online visibility and beating the competitive edge, hiring a web development company along with Search Engine Optimization analyst would be the best thought ever.

 

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Adaptability Comparison for CMS: Joomla vs. WordPress vs. Drupal

There are literally thousands of CMS’s out there but the most common ones in today’s market are Drupal, Joomla and WordPress.

This article will focus on these popular systems to help you decide which one would best suit your needs?

Keep Hand-Coding Under the Hood

A successful web design and development project inclines to write clean code and to identify the interactions between languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript. These approaches enhance comprehension of what code standards mean and how to implement them effectively.

Keep hand-coding and thoroughly enjoy it.

Joomla Content Management System

Joomla

Forked from Mambo, Joomla is open-source content management software and boasts over 30m downloads to date. Originally designed as an enterprise-grade CMS, this makes it far more capable at handling a large volume of articles than WordPress.  It powers such noteworthy sites as Cloud.com, Linux.com, etc.

However, it falls back in one factor: The learning curve isn’t steep and if you’re not familiar with the software you can’t jump right into a Joomla installation and start hammering.

WordPress Content Management System

wordpress

WordPress is the world’s favourite blogging software making way for more than 68 million websites. It is flexible enough to power fortune 500 company blogs as well as sporadically updated personal journals.

But honestly, the trick is to find that CMS that would fulfil as many goals as possible because looking towards the future- well, WordPress simply was not designed for that.

Drupal Content Management System

Drupal

Drupal is open-source and based on PHP-MySQL which is why it seems extremely powerful and developer-friendly. It is why feature rich, data-intensive websites like Whitehouse.gov and Data.gov.uk are based on this solid platform. Its strong versions are designed from the ground-up to be search engine friendly.

Bt then, unless you have strong coding capabilities moving to Drupal is extremely a high risk.

As a bottom line, it’s essential to have the ability to create a site appropriate for a client’s needs, say creativity and responsiveness. If you could find the best professional developers, then Drupal may be the best overall solution for a website framework that assures security and online visibility.

 

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