Improving Your WordPress Website Performance
Maurice Green, Webmaster
So you have built that beautiful website with all kinds of fancy images, links to Facebook and Twitter and advertisements. But nobody is visiting your site and your 'bounce' rate is high. Recent studies have shown that visitors will not wait for website pages that take more than 3 seconds to load. The problem is that all the widgets and plugins are consuming resources from the server and the off-page or off-server links take too much time to load. Maury will discuss ways to monitor and improve the performance of your website and bring the page load times down to acceptable levels.
Maps and infographics can be very useful information elements on a website page. They can be show location in an event notice, outline a path for a journey or scenic route, demonstrate new projects or provide a visual indication of density information. Maury will demonstrate the use of several techniques and plug-ins for including maps in a WordPress website in both a static and dynamic fashion.
Communications To and From Your Website
The website offers multiple possibilities for exchanging information to and between members. In addition to the blog with its associated comment system, WordPress sites can form social media type groups and host bulletin-board style forums. The website can also be the starting point for automatic notifications of new items of interest and periodic newsletters. Maury will compare the use of forums to the standard email distribution list. He will discuss the use of BuddyPress, bbPress, and several newsletter plug-ins for WordPress.
Learning Opportunities for WordPress
There is a plethora of learning opportunities ranging from individual blogs and YouTube videos to full training courses available on DVD or online. Maury will show and discuss some of his favorite sites and content for learning to be a WordPress developer. If time permits he will also demonstrate the use of photo/text sliders to enhance your website.
Now that you have designed your website, you want to link it and the content to social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Maury will discuss some of the techniques for using Facebook to promote your website and using your website to enhance your Facebook content.
Today's webmasters face a myriad of security challenges for the websites they supervise. Maury will discuss several methods for securing your website from unwanted intruders, including lock-outs and 2-part authentication.
It's time to break away from the traditional WordPress designs and try a fresh approach to develop the front page of your site. Maury will demonstrate the use of several WordPress themes, Suffusion, Weaver ii and Customizr, which allow extensive customization in page design and interactive elements.
Last month we talked about Google Sites, a simple and free method to establish your presence on the Web. We will continue this discussion, highlighting several other similar offerings like GoDaddy WebSite Builder and WIX.
Exploring Google Sites and Google Apps
Google Sites are a quick and easy way to build a website and estabiish your presence on the web. They are extensively used in the field of education by teachers to build sites for their classes. Join Maury as we explore the world of Google Sites and Google Apps for building websites