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How to Conduct an Accessibility Audit on Your WordPress Site

torquemag.io :: It’s one thing to recognize the phrase “website accessibility” and know that it’s important. The challenge is understanding how to actually go about it. However, designing your website with accessibility in mind is imperative to ensuring a positive user experience. Conducting accessibility audits ...

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Torque Toons: Tech Like A Pirate Day

torquemag.io :: Happy TalkLikeAPirateDay! 

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Automattic Gets $3 Million at $3 Billion Valuation from Salesforce

torquemag.io :: Automattic just closed a Series D funding round of $3 million from one investor, Salesforce Ventures. According to Automattic founder, Matt Mullenweg, this investment will allow the company to stay the course and honor the current roadmap. For Automattic, the funding will allow us to accelerate our ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: #HeadToWCEU

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. In this week’s episode of News Drop we talk with Carole Olinger from WPandUp.org about mental health, WordPress, and #HeadToWCEU

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SEO vs PPC for Traffic Generation – Which One Should You Choose?

torquemag.io :: The SEO vs PPC debate revolves around one question: how to get traffic to your site. Every online business needs it. No matter how great or innovative your product or service is, if nobody sees it, it might as well not exist. One of the main traffic avenues for websites is search engines. Here, ...

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What to Do When a Client Is Refusing to Pay You

torquemag.io :: Being a freelance developer comes with many challenges, and dealing with less-than-pleasant clients is one of them. However, there’s a serious difference between putting up with someone’s annoying quirks and letting them get away with not paying you. Fortunately, in situations where your income is ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: WordPress 5.2.3 Security Release

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. In this week’s News Drop we talk with Mikey Veenstra, a threat analyst at Wordfence, about cross site scripting attacks and the release of ...

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How to Use Heatmaps for Website Improvement (Examples, Tools, Etc.)

torquemag.io :: Do you feel like your website just isn’t optimized, but you aren’t sure where to begin in fixing the problem? Do you think it would make a huge difference if you knew where your visitors are going, what they are trying to get to, and common areas where they get stuck? Luckily, there is a …

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How to Block Cookies on a WordPress Website

torquemag.io :: ‘Cookies’ are small bits of data that enable user-specific features, but they have also become a source of privacy concerns and security risks. This is why the so-called ‘Cookie Law’ was put in place. In a nutshell, this requires user consent to be collected before using them. To meet this ...

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The 6 Most Common Causes of WordPress Website Crashes (And How to Prevent Them)

torquemag.io :: Owning a self-hosted website can be fun and rewarding. And for businesses, it’s essential to have a website that looks good, works well, and that you can count on. WordPress is an excellent platform for getting this done. But no technology is perfect, and nobody is immune to making honest mistakes ...

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5 of the Best WordPress Development Environment Options

torquemag.io :: A development environment is unlike any other tool you’ll use when creating WordPress products. This is because different solutions perform various primary jobs. So unlike with your favorite text editor, you’ll probably have to be familiar with several development environments during your career. ...

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How to Avoid Hidden WordPress SEO Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Rankings

torquemag.io :: The first recorded usage of the term SEO was in 1997 on the site MMG WebStep Services, where it was listed as part of several service packages they offered.  Interestingly enough, other services included in the packages were link development, writing and distributing press releases, and online ...

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6 Ways to Create a More Eco-Friendly Website (Design, Hosting & More)

torquemag.io :: “What is an eco-friendly website? How can a website be bad for the environment!? It’s not even a real thing!” Does the above might mirror your first reaction? I don’t blame you. It’s hard to imagine something which is completely virtual to have an impact on the real world. And yet, the Internet ...

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How to Simplify and Accelerate the Web Design Client Feedback Loop with WP Feedback

torquemag.io :: Receiving, managing, and acting on client feedback in an effective way is still problematic for web design agencies and freelancers all over the world. A new WordPress plugin — WP Feedback — is taking a swing at solving the massive problem. In this post, we’re going to take a look at how WP ...

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What is ARIA Markup? – A Beginner’s Guide

torquemag.io :: Accessibility is a major issue in today’s online world. These days, having a website that many people struggle to navigate is considered unacceptable. ARIA markup is a step in the right direction. It’s an answer to the question how you can make your website more usable for those with disabilities. ...

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How to Retain Customers Online

torquemag.io :: It is essential to bring new customers to your e-commerce store, but it is more important to keep them coming back. Customer retention is better than customer acquisition. You can improve the loyalty of your regular customers, which, contrary to popular belief, is a bit more difficult for new ...

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4 Times It’s Okay to Tell Your Client “No”

torquemag.io :: Whether you work for an agency or as a freelance developer, telling a client “no” can be awkward or even risky. However, the old adage that “the customer is always right” isn’t true in every case. In fact, sometimes saying “no” is a necessity. Fortunately, if you turn clients down respectfully and ...

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How to Test New WordPress Releases to Avoid Problems

torquemag.io :: There’s something exciting about new WordPress releases. The updates help to keep your site’s security in check, they come with cool new features and some of them promise to not only improve the back end of your site but your visitors’ experiences as well. Just click on the “update” button and wait ...

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Torque Toons: Keep Calm Tumblr

torquemag.io :: Yahoo shared a Keep Calm And Carry On gif six years ago when they acquired Tumblr. With Automattic recently announcing they’ve purchased Tumblr, we thought it would be fun to give the gif an update.

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Building a Business on WordPress: Weglot Case Study

torquemag.io :: Late nights, early calls and non-stop developments. Just a few of the highlights for Rémy and Augustin, co-founders of SaaS tech startup Weglot.   Back in 2015, they had one simple idea: help businesses translate their website without the need of developers.  With many WordPress translation plugins ...

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Must-Read Blogs by WordPress Professionals

torquemag.io :: Keeping up with the WordPress community is no small task. After all, the platform powers nearly a third of the internet. Developers, designers, and other professionals from all over the world are constantly making discoveries and launching new ideas. One of the best ways to stay on top of what’s ...

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10 Excellent Google Analytics Alternatives You Should Check Out (2019)

torquemag.io :: Ask any SEO expert to recommend an analytics tool and chances are their go-to solution is Google’s. Many aren’t even aware of Google Analytics alternatives. It makes a lot of sense. SEOs judge their success by Google SERP rankings, so why not go with the official tool? However, there are good ...

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Torque Toons: 30 – 50 Feral Wapuus

torquemag.io :: Legit question for WordPressers – how do I cuddle the 30-50 wild Wapuus that just appeared on my yard? The post Torque Toons: 30 – 50 Feral Wapuus appeared first on Torque.

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The 4 Best Custom Post Type WordPress Plugins

torquemag.io :: Custom post types are the first step to turning your basic WordPress website into something professional which will stand out. You can use custom post types to create a unique website in your own style. Not only that, but it will make it even easier for your users to navigate your site and find ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: WordCamp US, Asia, and Central America

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. In this week’s News Drop, we talk about a few of the workshops at WordCamp US plus details of the first ever KidsCamp at WCUS. … The post Doc ...

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Automattic Acquires Tumblr

torquemag.io :: In its biggest acquisition to date, Automattic Inc. has purchased Tumblr along with its 200 employees. Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg told the Wall Street Journal that executives will try to find ways to merge Tumblr’s functionality with WordPress.com’s. According to Post Status, Mullenweg’s ...

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5 Common Web Design Portfolio Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

torquemag.io :: History logs and ‘rollbacks’ are useful developments in the history of computing. While there’s something to be said for their contributions to decision paralysis, you’re also afforded a sandbox for making constant improvements to your site and portfolio. For example, you can iterate over and ...

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WordPress for Startups – 10 Amazing Features That Make It an Ideal Solution (2019)

torquemag.io :: Is WordPress the right platform for your startup site? In the process of searching for the perfect CMS for your startup company, you might have asked yourself that very same question. The decision what system to base the website of your fledgling business on can be intimidating and confusing. After ...

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6 Key Features to Include on Every Client Site You Create

torquemag.io :: As a developer, you probably create dozens of sites every year – maybe even more. Starting from scratch with each one can make the development process long and tedious. Plus, you run the risk of forgetting to include important functionality. By creating a standardized list of client site features, ...

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3 Benefits of Cloud-Based Web Hosting

torquemag.io :: When it comes to hosting, you have plenty of options to pick from. There are hundreds of web hosts you can use, and they often provide various types of plans. Some of the options are fairly self-explanatory, such as ‘shared’ plans or ‘dedicated’ servers, but that isn’t necessarily the case with ...

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Search Intent: How to Effectively Use it for Your Business

torquemag.io :: Search intent is the key to creating content your audience absolutely loves. You may think you’ve already got this covered by targeting certain key phrases, but keyword research alone doesn’t reveal one important aspect – the “why”. Why is your audience interested in that particular keyword or ...

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How to Add Gated Content to Your WordPress Site

torquemag.io :: There’s a lot of content online that isn’t accessible to just anyone. In order to get to it, someone needs to give you permission, which often comes in the form of a membership. That’s called ‘gated’ content, and it can be a great way to drive signups on your website. For gated content to fulfill … ...

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How to Recognize Scams Targeting Your Website

torquemag.io :: One of the downsides to owning your own website or domain is that you have to register, mostly using personal information, in a public directory of sorts. Anyone can look up a URL or site and immediately see the owner, as well as their related contact information. It’s not a big deal until ...

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Torque Toons: Is this a bug?

torquemag.io :: Feature or a bug? That is the question.  The post Torque Toons: Is this a bug? appeared first on Torque.

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6 Tips From Experts on Optimizing Websites for Google’s Lighthouse 3.0 Speed Tests

torquemag.io :: So much SEO advice focuses on aspects of optimization around content strategy, outreach, and competitor tracking. But even the best backlinks can’t replace a fast and easy-to-use website. Even though site speed has been considered a ranking factor for nearly a decade, the technical side of SEO ...

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9 Ways to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment in WordPress

torquemag.io :: Finding ways to reduce shopping cart abandonment is one of the main challenges in running an e-commerce site. Research suggests that up to 75 percent of all online shopping carts are abandoned before making a purchase. Of course, this phenomenon has serious consequences for your bottom line. ...

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How to Convince Your Clients to Upgrade Their Hosting

torquemag.io :: Sometimes, part of working as a developer is advising clients on the more technical aspects of running their websites. This can get tricky when you have to convince clients to spend more money on aspects of their sites that they may not fully understand, such as hosting. However, by carefully ...

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How to Build a Real Estate Website on WordPress

torquemag.io :: Buying or renting a property is stressful. One of the hardest parts is finding the best one for you. A real estate website which makes it easy for you to discover your dream home will make things a lot easier. The good news is that building a real estate website which not only looks good … The post ...

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Torque Toons: The Crop Circle Block

torquemag.io :: With all the recent talk about Area 51, we thought it would be fun to see a new Gutenberg block just for aliens. The post Torque Toons: The Crop Circle Block appeared first on Torque.

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Code Formatting and Code Comments – A Beginner’s Guide to Do It Right

torquemag.io :: Code formatting and comments are one of those things that you only notice once they are absent. If used to properly display and document code, you only notice their existence the first time you are confronted with a block of code where they are missing. Most people who run or own a website sooner ...

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4 Reasons to Offer Maintenance Services to Your Clients

torquemag.io :: There are many challenges that come with working as a professional developer. Navigating a variable income, fielding support requests from current clients, and sourcing new work can all take up a lot of time and energy. Offering more services than you do now may just sound like piling extra work ...

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How to Effectively Customize Your WooCommerce-Powered Website

torquemag.io :: By default, WooCommerce’s design probably won’t integrate with the rest of your site as much as you’d like. This means you may want to tweak its appearance to better suit your needs, or explore other ways of making it fit seamlessly alongside your other content. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult to ...

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The Complete Guide to Google My Business for Website Owners

torquemag.io :: When trying to do local SEO and increase the visibility of your local business, learning how to use Google My Business (GMB) is a good step. The service helps you stand out in (local) searches, is a great inbound marketing measure and can bring in more business. After all, 50 percent of consumers ...

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Should You Use WordPress to Build Your Web App?

torquemag.io :: Providing an amazing experience for mobile users is becoming more and more vital. Ideally, every WordPress website you build should be mobile-friendly from the start. However, you can also go a step further, and use WordPress to create web apps that provide a more native mobile experience. When you ...

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Torque Toons: noindex

torquemag.io :: Earlier this week, Google announced they will no longer be supporting noindex directives found in robots.txt files. They listed several alternative methods to keep your site unlisted, but we’ve heard that robots.txt isn’t taking the news well. The post Torque Toons: noindex appeared first on Torque.

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A Report from WordCamp Europe 2019 – Making History in Berlin

torquemag.io :: WordCamp Europe 2019 just ended and like in 2016 and 2017, I was there. Additionally, as in those times, I decided to write a report for those who couldn’t make it. This year, WCEU took place in Berlin in the Estrel Hotel from June 20 to June 22. I live in Berlin, so it was … The post A Report from ...

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Videos from WordCamp Europe 2019

torquemag.io :: This year’s WordCamp Europe was the largest WordCamp ever. The event was hosted in Berlin and featured speakers and attendees from all over the world. We had the chance to talk to several WordPressers in these short videos. The post Videos from WordCamp Europe 2019 appeared first on Torque.

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Understanding robots.txt: Why It Matters and How to Use It

torquemag.io :: Gaining visibility for your site by ranking well on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) is a goal worth pursuing. However, there are probably a few pages on your site that you would rather not direct traffic towards, such as your staging area or duplicate posts. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to ...

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How WordPress Websites Get Hacked

torquemag.io :: Your website is like a home – secure if you take the appropriate precautions, but vulnerable to burglars if you don’t. In the website world, however, sites don’t get burgled, they get hacked. The number of sites that get hacked every year continues to increase. How do WordPress sites get hacked? ...

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How to Optimize JavaScript and CSS and Improve Website Performance

torquemag.io :: No one likes a slow website. In fact, many users would rather leave your site rather than wait more than two seconds for its pages to load. That’s why it’s crucial that your site is optimized for performance. Fortunately, there are many ways you can start tackling slow loading times and get your ...

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