If you’ve been using WordPress for any amount of time, you’re probably aware of the abundance of plugins available from both WordPress and third parties. You obviously can’t (or rather, shouldn’t) install them all, but how do you know which ones are worth your time? The very best plugins for your website will depend on your overall goals, but here is a list of WP plugins that are great for pretty much everyone. Read More
Google Drive is a convenient way to access your documents from the cloud. Google apps gives businesses and organizations a customizable way to manage several Google products, including Google Drive. Because of its affordability and ease of use, companies are increasingly using Google Apps to incorporate sensitive information to their file servers. Understanding how to take advantage of all the file sharing collaboration benefits that Google Drive has to offer will help make sure your information is safely stored away. Read More »
Here at Bluehost, we’ve been working closely with the core WordPress development team to ensure that the latest WordPress updates work correctly and efficiently on your website. With the WordPress 3.7 release coming out within the next week, we wanted to briefly cover some of the new features and changes coming. Keep in mind of course that all of the following is still in development, and is subject to change even in the final week before release.
The 3.7 release has been planned from the beginning to be what most people would call a maintenance release. Its main focus is on stability and security improvements. Read More »
A website should accommodate the average user’s desire to find information and accomplish tasks quickly. Websites that are slow or that have a confusing interface are frustrating, and the majority of internet users have no tolerance for poor user experience. Continuously improving your website is important to maintaining a steady stream of happy visitors. If you’re stuck as to how to go about this, here are some ideas to get you started. Read More »
Autumn is upon us, and it might be time for you to take cue from the trees by shedding the old to make way for the new. This year has been a big one for web design with the rise of the mobile web, an emphasis on usability, and the increasing use of multimedia on websites. Here are some web design trends to keep in mind this fall whether you’re just making a few tweaks, or doing a full overhaul of your website. Read More »
There are many factors that influence SEO, including keyword density, social signals, and even website speed. Link building is probably the most well-known and discussed factor of them all. By now you realize that link building is a powerful tool in your SEO arsenal, but that tool can be a double-edged sword. Each backlink leading from a reputable website to yours is a vote of confidence in Google’s eyes, and counts toward a higher PageRank for your website. However, not every website that links to yours is desirable. Perhaps you’ve used spammy link-building techniques in the past, but are now trying to make things right. Perhaps links to your site have mysteriously shown up on a website or forum you’ve never even seen before. Unfortunately, you usually don’t have control over whether or not a third party website takes your links down. That’s where the disavow links tool comes in. Read More »
Back in the “wild west” days of the internet, search engine results pages were in a state of disarray. Dubious webmasters came up with all kinds of clever ways to get their listings to appear at the top of the SERPs. Spammy blog comments, link farms, and other black hat methods abounded . This is the way things were done for years, so when Google finally sent in “Sheriff Penguin” with his white hat and shiny boots, confusion and calamity ensued. However, when the dust settled, everyone saw that the SERPs had become a more orderly and less chaotic place. Search users were now free to search without being beset upon by spammy, near-useless search results.
Now that the new law has been laid down, certain rules apply if you want to engage in successful link building. As they’ve successfully proven, Google has little tolerance for deceitful, black hat link building techniques. On the other hand, even if you have good intentions, you can still break one of their rules without realizing it. Even prominent companies have recently had their hands slapped for using paid links. Here are a few questions to keep in mind to avoid being penalized when you run your next backlink campaign. Read More »