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Here at LearnWP we blog about all things WordPress. These mini-tutorials will help you learn WordPress. The WordPress Coaches Corner blog is a companion to our in-person Toronto WordPress training sessions.

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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.  These 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

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 search engine results. What do we mean by keywords? Keywords are those words

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) Recently Google 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

Beginner Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analytics is a free web analytics service offered by Google for website owners so that they can get insights into visitor behaviour on their website including info such as Total number of site visits  Total page views (these two are different numbers) How many pages people visit on average  Your bounce rate (Bounce rate is the percentage of people who leave having only visited one page on your site) Average time people spend on your site 

What happens if I change my WordPress theme?

Will I lose everything if I change my WordPress theme? No, you won’t lose everything. WordPress has been designed so that themes can be changed. All functionality that is WordPress core or plugin related will remain intact when you change your theme, anything that is theme-specific will be gone. Here’s how it works — What happens to my Page & Post content? One of the beautiful things about WordPress is that your website content is stored in a

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