Safe Domain Name Checker

Ever searched for a domain name you like, only to find it gone a few hours later when you’re ready to buy? Frustrating isn’t it?

Not with the Safe Domain Name Checker – it’s nothing fancy but it’s safe.

When your domain appears to already be registered within hours of checking,  this is known as domain name front-running or domain sniffing.  It’s a scummy practice that has been going on for years. It’s where you search for a name and the registrar then uses the signals you give to maximise the price, sometimes even selling the information to other companies that buy up the domains that people are searching for and then sell them at a premium. If you’re interested in learning more, read this article on WikiPedia which explains the phenomenon in greater detail. Continue reading “Safe Domain Name Checker”

Learn on-page SEO yourself

on-page seoLearn on-page SEO yourself – it’s not that hard once you understand how it works.

First we’ll explain what on-page SEO means.

The term ‘on-page’ refers to the optimisation of the elements contained within your page, that is, all the things that show on the page; Text, images, links, meta tags and so on.

All these things can be optimised with a chosen keyword or phrase. For those who were asleep in the last lesson, SEO means Search Engine Optimisation. See me after class.

When you’re selecting your keywords or keyphrases, head over to Google and type them in. See where the keyword(s) appear and you’ll soon be targeting your market like a dream. Continue reading “Learn on-page SEO yourself”

How to tag forename only in a Facebook post (VIDEO)

tag forename onlyHow to tag forename only in a Facebook post

There’s a quirky feature in Facebook that allows you to tag a forename only, without the full name appearing.

When making a new post or comment, you may not always want the default full name to show. Here’s an example:

Full name: Thanks, John Belsize, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Forename only: Thanks, John, I’ll see you tomorrow!

See the difference? It may appear to be a minor detail, but it looks a lot less formal when tagging someone to just show their first name as opposed to their full title. This works on desktop and mobile/tablet devices.

We’ve tested on an iPhone 6 plus, iPhone7, Android S6 and Macbook Air. Let us know if you discover any devices or browsers that this doesn’t work with. Continue reading “How to tag forename only in a Facebook post (VIDEO)”

Yoast’s guide to higher rankings for WordPress

We’ve been using Yoast for our SEO services for years. It’s no secret what we do and we don’t get all funny about people learning out techniques. Ask any of our customers – we want to help people learn how to manage and run websites. We don’t want you locked in, committed to pay and have no idea what to do without us. No, we want to empower WordPress users to get the best out of their sites.

Here’s a wonderful article by Yoast that shows just a few of the things we do to improve SEO.

https://yoast.com/wordpress-seo/#utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=post

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Setting Page and Post Visibility in WordPress

There are 2 options for this.

1. Private – only Editors or Admins can view and edit
2. Passworded – set a password for each page or post.
Most content restriction can be performed this way. However, there are plugins with complex features such as full membership and payment modules.

Here’s the instructions from http://codex.wordpress.org/File:protected_post.jpg

Setting Page and Post Visibility

Visibility for posts and Pages is set from the Edit panel. The option is available under the “Publish” option normally found at the top-right of the Edit panel. The screenshot below shows the interface, with the relevant section highlighted in the red rectangle.

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The default state for post and Page visibility is Public. Public visibility means that the content will be visible to the outside world as soon as it is published.

By clicking on the edit link next to Visibility: Public in the Publish options, you can choose from an expanded selection of visibility options.

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The options are:

  • Public: The default, viewable to all.
  • Password Protected: Clicking this radio button followed by “OK” causes a further text box to appear, into which you can enter a password.
  • Private: This option hides the content from the public completely.

Password Protected Content

Password Protected content is not immediately visible to the outside world. Instead, visitors will see a prompt similar to this:

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The title for your protected entry is shown, along with a password prompt. A visitor to your site must enter the password in the box in order to see the content of the post or Page.

Private Content

Private content is published only for your eyes, or the eyes of only those with authorization permission levels to see private content. Normal users and visitors will not be aware of private content. It will not appear in the article lists. If a visitor were to guess the URL for your private post, they would still not be able to see your content. You will only see the private content when you are logged into your WordPress blog.

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Once you change the visibility to private, the post or page status changes to “Privately Published” as shown. Private posts are automatically published but not visible to anyone but those with the appropriate permission levels (Editor or Administrator).

WARNING: If your site has multiple editors or administrators, they will be able to see your protected and private posts in the Editpanel. They do not need the password to be able to see your protected posts. They can see the private posts in the Edit posts/Pages list, and are able to modify them, or even make them public. Consider these consequences before making such posts in such a multiple-user environment.