I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.
I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.
I help family focused entrepreneurs build top ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any wordpress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.
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Some information to read and freebies to download.
Blog Post Planner Template– My awesome blog post layout to follow.
Test if your website is mobile friendly here. This definitely impacts your website search rankings if your website is not optimized for mobile. The first step is to make sure your WordPress version and theme are on their current updates and then check the theme you are using is a responsive design and read your theme documentation about the mobile display.
Theme Documentation – Have you read the documentation of the theme you have installed to help you change your websites look or help with some tech issues. If you can’t find where this is, then complete this form and we will find it for you.
How fast is your website running? Another factor on how you rank in search engines depends on how fast your website runs. A website that takes more than a few seconds to load can affect your search engine rankings and your conversation rate. Test how fast your website is running. I would run a test on Pingdom and Gtmetrix. Only as they both seem to give you different speed times and different page insights. I would try to get your page running under about 3-4 seconds. Slow loading websites can make users frustrated and leave your website, plus Google can lower your search ranking if your website loads too slow.
More coming soon.
These are the essential guides and information to read for WordPress beginners.
Alot of people don’t know that wordpress.org has a lot of the tools and information to Getting Started with WordPress. So rather than me writing similar information alot of this information I direct you straight to WordPress.org. However as time goes on, I will be creating more extensive videos to make it easier for you all. I have also included some other great info, just click on their headings below.
If you should have WordPress installed onto your domain and have the login domain, username, and password. If you don’t then you may want to upgrade your membership or send me a message so I can help you out.
Once you login your back-end dashboard will look something like this. The left is the area called the dashboard menu. Remember adding premium themes and plugins you will see extra headings on your dashboard menu.
This area takes you through all the main dashboard headings, including the updates. It is essential to keep your WordPress website current, so regularly updating can help prevent your website from getting hacked or having any errors causing your website to go down. There are 4 things you need to keep updates. The 3 ones you need to worry about are WordPress, theme, and plugins. Most likely your WordPress is automatically updated itself, read more information about automatic updates here. Depending on what type of theme you are using, you can most likely just update this from your dashboard. You will see a number next to updates on your dashboard sidebar, just click on this and click on update. Now be careful, if you have made any edits to the core theme without having a child theme then all the edits will be overridden, during the update. So if this is the first time you are updating your theme then please check with anyone that has helped create the site for you that edits were made via CSS or in your child theme. Some premium themes need to be manually updated, the theme will have support information to follow to make these updates. Plugins also need to be kept updated, please be careful as some plugins can crash your website as they may not be compatible with your theme or other plugins. If your website crashes, then I would seek help straight away. You can also login to your Control Panel or via FTP and temporary disable plugins to see which one is causing the issue, however, I would seek training on this before you attempt to do this.
Remember to backup before you do any updates.
This link gives you an information about what posts, categories, and tags. You can learn to write posts here Posts are usually used for writing news or blog posts in. They can be set up on the home page or on a special blog or news page (or whatever name you want to call it) This post is a good Introduction to Blogging. When you create a post, it automatically adds the Metadata, this is the author (The user that is logged in and creates the post), the date and the post category. Your theme can also determine if allow other people to comment on your post or not. This can be removed and is controlled by the theme you have installed- this is generally under appearance customise or the theme name file (sometimes under settings). You can also backdate posts when publishing them. The featured image size is normally set by your theme. for example, if you upload an image as a featured image of say 800 by 600 pixels and your featured image size is set at say 180 by 180 pixels then it will automatically generate the image at this size. Under settings then media you set some default image sizes or use the plugin Simple Image sizes for more media control.
This is the area where all your media you have uploaded is stored. You can resize images, find the image URL, delete unused images to help save website storage and plus go through and check that all of your images have keyword titles, description and alt tags (great for SEO).
If you have been around WordPress for a while, there used to be a links menu where you could add links easily to your sidebar, this has been removed, however, if you still have links set up from back then, it may be still around. If you want to add this back on, then you can use this great links Manager plugin.
All your main pages of your website are found here, you can add or edit page information. Different pages on your website can be named Homepage, About Us, Services, Products, Shop, Contact Us or anything you want. You can add content (text and images) onto your page. There are some themes and plugins such as Divi, Visual composer, Page Builder by SiteOrigin, Beaver Builder, Elementor, Themify Builder, to name a few are Drop and drag page builders, these give you more control over your page rather than the standard WordPress page area. If you have made some edits and can’t see the changes then this could be caused by 2 things. The first is make sure your page saved properly. Sometimes if your internet flicks on and off or your website hosting is slow then your pages and posts can autosave. Just go back to the page or post and re-save your work. The 2nd thing is sometimes your computer stores your browsing history so you may need to clear your cookies. On the far right-hand side just above where you save/ update your page information it says Revisions, if you make a mess of your page and accidentally save it, you can go back to the revision of yesterday or last week.
Is the main area where you can create your website or blog design. The first step is to choose a theme. The WordPress theme Library has heaps of free themes available here however you can purchase premium themes from many places including Theme Forest, Elegant Themes, just google premium WordPress themes. In this area, you can change which pages/ posts/ products/ categories etc are shown on the menu. Divi is my favourite theme and normally when I’m revamping a website for a client, I install Divi onto their website. When you first install al theme or its installed for you, you are best to read the theme documentation. Widgets is the area you control your sidebar, some more advanced themes control your homepage from within the widgets area as well.
This page tells you what plugins are. To get more familiar with your website you should have a real good look at what plugins are installed and what their function is, why are they needed and what they control. Having too many plugins can slow down your website speed, so any unused plugins should be deleted. Remember to keep your plugins up to date. Say you want to add a calendar that you can add events to, then go to plugins and search calendars, what about a contact form, or a classified function, there are millions of free plugins, plus loads of paid plugins. If you think of something you want on your website there is most likely a plugin to add it on.
Depending on what functions and featured are installed on your website will depend on how many users you have. You should check that all administrator uses are correct, including name, email address etc, I often find clients have their administrator user has the incorrect email, Some directories, classifieds, bookings, e-commerce shops, jobs websites may have other users including subscribers, shop managers, vendors etc, they are all your users of your website.
As outlined on this link.
If you are wanting to start selling products or services online then the best tool to use is Woocommerce. Woocommerce is a FREE plugin you can find and install. Check out my blog post here to take you through the steps.
This is your overall look and feel of your website. What a person thinks and feels when they first visit your website. A brand is not just the colours, images, font, style, and logo. It’s also your own unique talents, experience, and skills.
This is your URL. It can be your name, your business name, the main keyword etc. You can have as many domain names for a business you like, and forward them all to your one website.
There are many hosting providers around, at all costs. Some charge $100 per year, others charge $400 plus per year. It all comes down to deciding what’s right for your business. Things to question and monitor. How often do they back up? Do they update your themes and plugins? How fast is the website server? I only offer managed hosting which includes all plugin and theme updates on a monthly basis, why? Because I believe your website should stay safe and secure without errors all the times.
I would first recommend installing the plugin Yoast SEO if it’s not on your website and aim to make all pages and posts green, or at least one green and one orange, also signing up for Google search console and connecting it through your Yoast SEO, making sure your website is mobile friendly and running under at least 5 seconds and getting yourself an SSL certificate.
Facebook I believe is essential for all businesses and promoting on there at least 5 times a week, you can set up your social media posts on say a Monday and schedule them for the week. I have a social media planner and some cool info on posting I will get to you all soon.
So many names, what is the difference between them all? Here is my basic overview, the meaning as from the http://www.dictionary.com.
If it’s completely different then it was then yes, however, make you also add redirects if the page is getting loads of visitors and you have good SEO. This means if someone clicks on your old link, then its redirected from the old page to the new page. If this doesn’t happen then your visitor will be taken to a 404 page. You can use a basic redirections plugin to set up redirects. I also recommend setting up a catchy 404 error page. The 404page plugin is good for this, just make sure you create a page called 404 or similar, don’t just redirect to another page. Check out my 404 error page here. You can add any opt-in you want on this page.
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