Stumbled across this informative and public-spirited Stack Overflow post about the inimitable Chuck Norris. Not only is he a heck of a guy, he’s a color!
Just a quick tip that my loyal readers probably know already (hi, Mom!) but if you are attaching a .pdf file to your site for visitors to download, sometimes they don’t immediately know how to download it. Most modern browsers will support adding the download attribute to the link. Like so:
<a href="http://www.example.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GenericForm.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener" download>
Here’s a handy page showing who supports the download attribute. I don’t quite dare to steal the page as an image and put it up, but I’m tempted. It’s cool.
You can also add a script to your site to force all .pdfs to be downloaded…but that was too complicated for me this am. And I had to finish this blog post in a timely manner. So let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear how it went.
Briefly – maybe…so why risk it?
Great article trying to puzzle out if Google will put a black mark on your Permanent Record for duplicate content on multiple pages on your site. Their mouths/Twitter account say no…but their hearts say yes.
For SEO, it is not necessarily the abundance of duplicate content on a website that is the real issue. It’s the lack of positive signals that NO unique content or added value provides that will fail to help you rank faster and better in Google.
Like when your dad says, “I’m not angry…just disappointed…” and you feel even worse. I think in essence Google is saying, just try your best to have a good site with lot of quality, original content, frequently updated. And we won’t explicitly deduct points for duplicate content if you have some.
I had occasion recently to need to search a site that didn’t have a search bar. Hmmmm… How to look for particular topics or phrases, only from within this site? Maybe you already know this trick, but it was a new one for me. And if you did know it, maybe you forgot it, so here is it again. To give credit where credit is due, I found this on AskLeo.com
To use Google to search within a site, you simply limit the engine’s search to within that site. In the browser search bar, you type the word “site” and a colon, the domain of the site you are searching within, and the term you are looking for. So simple, so handy. For example, if you are searching for an article on tortoises from within a large, poorly organized site, you’d type:
And Google (or whatever engine you’re using in your browser…so, again I say, Google) will deliver you all the results from within that site that have to do with your search term or phrase. This is a handy little trick to file away in the back of your mind in case you need to quickly find something within a large site.
I’m usually too undisciplined to read these sorts of articles, and I just skip ahead to any words I see in bold. However, I forced myself to read at least the first half of this Google Guidelines article. It’s worth your time, really! Depending on the complexity of the layout of your site, you might need to enable canonical URLs, and Google explains some ways to go about it.
Since Google calls the shots in a lot of ways, if they are kind enough to spell out the rules of the road for us, it behooves us to give it a read.
Next post I’ll try to read the whole way through.
So great news, guys! Sort of! Turns out changing your password every [specific period of time] is no longer necessary. Bill Burr (not this guy) the man who first authored the new password standards and protocols for NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in 2003.
“Another recommendation is to favor long phrases, rather than short passwords with special characters. There should no longer be a requirement to have a certain mix of special characters, upper case letters and numbers for a password. It turns out that adding in these artificial password restrictions actually produced less secure passwords. Additionally (and unsurprisingly), the guidelines recommend screening passwords against commonly used passwords or ones that have been compromised.”
Basically, just think up an answer to a question only you’d know (eg, didwegetliceinneworleans) and you’re pretty much set. But probably you should read the actual NIST publication, not my quick recap of it. And no, we did not, one of us just had bad dandruff.
Loving these easy to add icons from Font Awesome! I think this is one of these times where I’m embarrassingly late to the party (like that guy at your neighbor’s barbeque who keeps asking if you’ve seen WhateverLatestMeme) but I just found these and am realizing how terrific they are.
Easy breezy, just sign up and put the script in your header (if you have Divi or Studiopress there are theme option or hooks to do this easily!)
I don’t entirely still understand how icons from FA work… It almost seemed like hotlinking at first but that didn’t seem quite right… I did some digging and by putting the script in your header, you now have a different font available to use. The icons are just “letters” in the font.
“FontAwesome icons are fonts.”
“The icons are the font’s characters. As a crude example: the letter “Z” could be designed to look like a suitcase, saved as a font and then used on a website.”
“…Icon fonts are just like any other font except that the characters are styled to look like icons. FontAwesome uses a range of characters reserved for “private use”.
So good stuff! An easy way to use icons and know they will just work, rather than fussing with your own graphics. Let me know how it works out for you if you try using FontAwesome – I love the feedback.
I found a pretty neat way for a beginner to test drive WordPress and see the admin panel. Softaculous has a neat way to experiment with using WordPress. Give it a try!
Sometimes your seeds don’t sprout.
Sometimes your dog wants out.
Sometimes the bus is late.
And sometimes your thumbnails won’t regenerate.
But rather than solve this by yourself.
Download this plugin off the shelf.
It will do all the work for you – you can have fun!
That’s why Regenerate Thumbnails is rated #1!
Whether you are a techy or not, we ALL use the internet, so I think it behooves us all to become a little more conversant with its nuts and bolts. To that end, in no particular order, I give you Some Stuff I Learned This Week:
- Asynchronous Loading – instead of loading consecutively, scripts for a page can load simultaneously. How handy! There can be some user experience drawbacks (the dreaded page “flicker) but overall it helps your site to load faster rather than each script waiting in line for the one before it to finish.
- All sites on wordpress.com are just millions and millions of sites on one giant multi-site install. Mind. Blown. If you really think about it, it makes perfect sense, with all those subdomains (yoursite.wordpress.com). But I was still the girl at the Philadelphia WordPress meetup who was astonished by this simple fact. I can’t wait to go back and see what they teach me next!
- Improve site load time by including the forward slash. (bonus – remember which is which by thinking forward slash leans forwards and backward slash leans backwards. A, um…friend of mine has to use that trick to remember. Not me. Ahem.) So sometimes I would see a url with a forward slash on the end and wonder why precisely. Turns out, by including a forward slash on the end of the site’s address, you are directing the server to go to a directory, not a specific file. When it gets to the directory, it will look for the default file (usually whatever you have designated as the home or landing page). But if you direct the web server to the file, there can be a problem if there are two files with that name (not that common, but it can happen) and it also takes a little bit longer to get to a file than to the directory. So use that forward slash!