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Here at LearnWP we blog about all things WordPress. The WordPress training posts you’ll find here are free tips and tutorials as a companion to our in-person Toronto Workshops. We’re here to help you learn WordPress.

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301 Redirect: Don’t just delete a page or post → redirect

This post was originally published on July 3, 2012. Updated June 11, 2017 Restructuring your website doesn’t need to cause errors. In this post we’ll show you how to create what is known as a 301 redirect. What happens when you delete a page? Last week a client who wants to restructure some content on her site asked me “What happens when a page is deleted?” The answer is that if you delete a page or

WordPress Accelerated Mobile Pages | What is AMP?

If you keep up on the latest SEO trends, you may have heard about AMP. In this post you’ll learn how AMP works to deliver your blog content faster in mobile search and which plugins you need for WordPress Accelerated Mobile Pages. What is AMP? Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a Google initiative to get web pages to load much faster on mobile devices. With AMP, Google serves up a stripped-down, cached-version of your content from their own

Fix 404 errors to improve user experience and SEO

Do you need to fix 404 errors on your WordPress site? It has happen to all of us at some point—you click a link and end up on a page with the message “404  – Page not found“. What do you do next? You click away right?  As a website owner you’ll want to track down and fix broken links that are triggering 404 errors to improve user experience and to help your website’s SEO ranking.  What

Why You Want HTTPS & An Easy Way to Get It

In the past, websites that primarily sold products had SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates.  SSL certificates gave online visitors peace of mind that their credit card and personal information could not be intercepted by third parties. With a growing emphasis on improved security on the web, SSL Certificates are becoming standard practice. HTTP vs. HTTPS HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the method used to (protocol) transfer information (data) from a web server to your

SEO Basics for Bloggers | Using Keywords for Better Search Engine Results

Keywords are the building blocks of on-page SEO Bloggers use many tactics to draw people to their blog or website. One method is using keywords within your website. Using keywords effectively in your website or blog will increase your visibility in search engine results. And by raising your visibility, you increase your opportunities for bringing readers to your blog or website through SEO. What do we mean by keywords? Keywords are those words and phrases

DIY Website | Customize WordPress yourself with these 5 steps

There are a number of DIY website builders available today. We aren’t going to compare different platforms. Instead  we will help you learn how to make your WordPress website your own. With a bit of knowledge, you can customize your WordPress theme and fearlessly manage WordPress updates. If you’re like a lot of our WordPress Intensive workshop students, you’ve come to WordPress from the non-geeky side of the web. In other words, you really don’t

Customize your WordPress theme the right way with Child Themes

WordPress theme customization You’ve searched hour upon hour for the perfect WordPress theme. You find one that is very close if you could only change this or that. The problem is if you make changes directly to the theme files you won’t be able to update the theme without losing all your customizations. The solution to this problem is to create a child theme. “With a child theme, you can update the parent theme (which

How to Set Up Google Search Console with Yoast SEO

(formerly Webmaster Tools) Google has rebranded Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console. Although rebranded, it is still a free Google service. According to Google, Search Console “helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results.”  And through the console, you can submit a sitemap to notify Google to crawl your website content. In this post, you will Learn how to set up Search Console Connect your WordPress website and the console Verify that you are the

Your Website Needs to be Mobile-friendly NOW

Google first adapted its search algorithm to reflect web users’ move to mobile devices by adding “mobile-friendly” as a ranking signal on April 21, 2015. Now [October 2016] Google has announced that it will move to a “mobile-first” index for search results in the coming months. Update – A Google rep recently announced that Google will separate mobile and desktop search indexes. How this will roll out is unclear but we will make sure to update you

How to choose a WordPress Theme

What is a WordPress Theme? A WordPress theme is a collection of files that controls the styling of a website or blog. If you change themes, the overall design your site will display differently in a browser. Every new WordPress installation comes with a default theme installed and activated. WordPress “ships” a new annual default theme every year, the current default theme is Twenty Sixteen. How to Change your WordPress Theme Follow these 3 steps to change your Theme in

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