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Ask Yoast: Meta descriptions and excerpts

7 July 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

meta descriptions and excerpts

When you’re running a large and busy website, it’s practical and time-saving if you can reuse some of your material. Both meta descriptions and excerpts use a brief passage to summarize the content of a web page. So, it could be handy to use the same text for both. But how do you do that? »

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Why there’s only one model: the open source model

21 June 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 4 Comments

open source

WordPress was built by the community. In just a few incredibly productive years, it grew to become the most popular CMS in the world, and all of us in the WordPress Community played a role in the evolution and development of WordPress. Together, we made it into the popular powerhouse it is today. If there »

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Planning your website like your holiday

29 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 8 Comments

website planning

Planning your website is much like planning your holiday. If you rush into things, your hotel might be crappy, the surroundings without anything to do, and you might even pay way too much for it. Here, I’ll explain the process of planning a (new) website from scratch. And make that process clear by highlighting similarities »

Categories: SEO basics, WordPress
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How to start a blog

How to start a blog

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, the most important thing I have to say to you is: go for it! Start your blog! Just do it! Blogging is a great SEO strategy, it’s a wonderful marketing tool and blogging is lots of fun! A new blog will allow you to make smart and strategic choices. »

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Contributing to WordPress as a designer

5 April 2017 by Tim Hengeveld » - 6 Comments

WordCamp London WordPress design

A few weeks ago, I went to my first proper WordCamp, in London. I went as a designer, and I wasn’t expecting to learn very much, but spoiler warning: I was wrong. In this post, I will explain why going to a WordCamp is worthwhile as a designer, why WordPress needs more designers, and how designers »

Categories: User eXperience (UX), WordPress
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Ask Yoast: Impact of host location on SEO?

27 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

location of my host

Do you want to set up a brand new website or move your website to a new host? Choosing a web host can be hard, because there are thousands of hosting companies out there. So it’s a tough decision to make, but a very important one too. When you’re comparing various hosting aspects, should you consider the »

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Yoast SEO 4.5: update your PHP version

21 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 33 Comments

This is a rather special release, as it’s a project that’s close to my heart. It’s not a full-featured release, however, it is just necessary as a regular release. In Yoast SEO 4.5, we are urging site owners whose sites run on servers with an outdated version of PHP to update to a more recent »

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How to find the perfect WordPress theme

10 March 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 38 Comments

The perfect WordPress theme

We’ve seen it happen so often. You have a great blog, and at some point, you decide to go for a new look and feel. There are a couple of things you’ll look at, usually in the order: layout / look and feel, usability, and optionally, room for advertising. If the theme meets your needs in »

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Ask Yoast: Redirecting your site to non-www and HTTPS

7 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

location of my host

Let’s say you own the website http://www.some-example.com. At one point, you might like visitors to go to the non-www version instead of the www version of your domain. In addition to this, if you follow security best practices, you might want to switch from HTTP to HTTPS. What should you do if you want to make both these changes? You »

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Whipping your hosting into shape

6 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 27 Comments

WordPress Host Improvement Project

In this post, I explain why Yoast SEO warns people whose website runs on an older, unsupported, version of PHP to upgrade their PHP version. We’re doing this mainly to improve the security and speed of those websites. This post is long, but I’ll explain: what the problem is; why we want to fix it; why we »

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