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WordPress Conquers NASA and Beyond 

WordPress Conquers NASA and Beyond

An interesting article by  on torquemag.io

Not only does WordPress dominate more than 25 percent of the internet but it has now conquered space. NASA recently updated a blog post explaining the benefits they’ve received since launching the NASA GRC WordPress website, which first launched in July 2007.

The post highlights several of the benefits for using WordPress including ease of use, low cost, SEO, and more.

Search Engine Friendly

The basics of SEO are already built into the system. It encourages you to fill out title tags, categories, and meta descriptions.

“When a site curator posts a news-related item on a public-facing NASA WordPress site, the major search engines are automatically notified to catalog the new content; additionally, the system automatically builds XML sitemaps to help search engines correctly catalog and prioritize your content in their databases,” the post said.

Though this isn’t new, it is a great service for any site owner that doesn’t have a strong SEO background. NASA is able to deliver important news quickly.

Section 508

Section 508 is a government-wide accessibility program. It is essential that every government-sponsored website adheres to it. Luckily for NASA, WordPress does it automatically.

“Our NASA WordPress themes (the HTML/CSS design, structure and programming) is already Section 508 compliant, and new Section 508 issues are addressed as the overall theme is upgraded. Essentially, only the content (text, photos, videos) that a site curator adds will need to be verified for Section 508 compliance by the curator,” the post said.

Content Separate From Design

Another huge time saver is that content is separate from design. That means that when you change your theme, the old content will change with it. No more going through every old post or image, and making sure it lines up with the new design.

“There’s no need for wholesale, time-consuming revisions of your entire site if and when the design changes,” the post said.

When everything is done for you, you can focus on the content.

This blog post is one small step for WordPress and one giant leap for open-source software. I know that was a cheap joke, but it really illustrates the exciting role open source is beginning to take in the US government. NASA isn’t the final frontier.

The White House And Open Source

A few months ago, The White House not only announced Whitehouse.gov would be open source but asked for input from developers.

People added suggestions on GitHub to help create the federal source code policy and this month, the results were shared. From the analyzed data, custom open-source code was born.

The announcement post, titled “The People’s Code,” explains the uses of Code.gov.

“The policy, which incorporates feedback received during the public comment period, requires new custom-developed source code developed specifically by or for the Federal Government to be made available for sharing and re-use across all Federal agencies,” the announcement said.

This isn’t the first case of the US government using open source, but it takes the practices government-wide.

“By opening more of our code to the brightest minds inside and outside of government, we can enable them to work together to ensure that the code is reliable and effective in furthering our national objectives,” the announcement said.

In the coming months, Code.gov will be released and people from all over will able to share and access government code.

It’s a huge year for open-source projects. From the White House to NASA and beyond, code is being shared and collaborated on for a more transparent world.

For more NASA puns, check out Doc Pop’s News Drop, our weekly news video. 

Source: WordPress Conquers NASA And Beyond | @thetorquemag

Free Stock Photos for your Website or Blog

Big collection of free images for your website. These stock photos can be used absolutely for free in your online project.

Source: Free Stock Photo Websites | MotoPress

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Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update: Is your Website Mobile-Friendly?

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update: Is your Website Mobile-Friendly?

On the 21st April 2015, Google rolled-out its ‘mobile-friendly’ update. This was a global roll-out. How does this update impact on a Google search for your website? Simple answer: it boosts mobile search rankings for pages that are legible and usable on mobile devices.

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update
Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update: Is your Website Mobile-Friendly?

How does the Update Work?

This update:

  • Affects only search rankings on mobile devices
  • Affects search results in all languages globally
  • Applies to individual pages, not entire websites

Google states: “If your site’s pages aren’t mobile-friendly, there may be a significant decrease in mobile traffic from Google Search”.

Is your Website Mobile-Friendly?

To check if your site is mobile-friendly, you can:

Examine individual pages with the Mobile-Friendly Test

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update-Mobile-Friendly Test

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update-WordPress Training Johannesburg

or check the status of your entire site through the Mobile Usability report in Webmaster Tools.

Google continues: “…once your site becomes mobile-friendly, we will automatically re-process (i.e., crawl and index) your pages.  You can also expedite the process by using Fetch as Google with Submit to Index, and then your pages can be treated as mobile-friendly in ranking”.

Which Websites are Mobile-Friendly?

LatestWP ran a small test on WordPress-based websites to establish which sites were mobile friendly. They examined 25 WordPress websites including some of the largest brands in the world. The following websites not only are created on WordPress but also featured at WordPress.org Showcase section. The result was surprising!

Not Mobile-Friendly:

Mobile-Friendly Websites:

How to Set your Website to be Mobile-Friendly using Jetpack?

Jetpack extends the functionality of WordPress websites by adding powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Features include customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.

To download Jetpack:

Hover over ‘plugins’ in your site’s admin area > click ‘Add New’ > search for ‘Jetpack’ > click ‘Install’ > click ‘Activate’.

Once the plugin is activated hover over ‘Jetpack’ (towards the top of your left sidebar in your admin area) > on the drop-down menu click ‘Jetpack Settings’ > scroll down the page and activate ‘Mobile Theme’. Once the mobile theme has been activated scroll down the page to ‘Mobile Theme’ once again and click ‘Configure’.

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update-Jetpack-Mobile Theme
Hover over ‘Jetpack’ and click ‘Settings’ on the drop down menu > on the settings page scroll down to ‘Mobile Theme’ and click ‘Configure’

 

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update-Jetpack's Mobile Theme

Wishing you success with your mobile-friendly website!

Additional reading:

Rolling out the mobile-friendly update >

28% of WordPress Websites Could Be Affected By Google’s Mobile Search Update and What to Do About It >

How to Create Tiled Galleries

How to Create Tiled Galleries

Charlene’s Question: Hi Tony, will you please refresh my mind. How do I create a tiled gallery?

Hi Charlene,

Should you have a free version of WordPress (I recall you do have a free version of WordPress):

Make sure you have the correct settings in the Admin Area.

Go to Admin > Settings > Media:

Check (tick) the boxes as per the screenshot below:

Tiled Galleries

For all those who do not have a free version of WordPress:

Go to your Admin Area > plugin > download and activate ‘Jetpack’

Go to Jetpack > Settings > activate ‘Tiled Galleries’ > go back to ‘ Jetpack Settings’ > click ‘configure’  (Tiled Galleries)

Tiled Galleries-Configure

Configure:

Tiled Galleries-Configure 2

You are almost done:

Go to the Page or Post where you would like to add your Gallery, say for example that you want to add your Gallery to a new page:

Hover over ‘Pages’ > click ‘Add New’: new page opens > click ‘Add Media’ button: new window opens: click ‘Create Gallery’ > click ‘Select Files’ > choose your images and click ‘Open’ > click the ‘Create a New Gallery’ button.

On the Edit Gallery window go to ‘Gallery Settings’ towards the top right hand corner of that window > and go to ‘Type’. On the drop-down menu click on ‘Tiled Mosaic’> click ‘Insert Gallery’.

Edit Gallery-Tiled Mosaic

And that’s it! Trust the aforementioned is of assistance to you.

Tony

Upload a PDF File into WordPress

Upload a PDF File into WordPress

You can choose one of 3 available options:

Method 1 – Link from your Post or Page

Uploading and downloading a PDF into WordPress is an almost identical process to uploading any other type of media such as an image. You can very easily upload a PDF File, Microsoft Word Document, Excel Spreadsheet or a PowerPoint Presentation.

Go to Dashboard > Post > Add New (or you could go to Pages > Add New) > click ‘Add Media’.

Best Practice when uploading Files: make sure the file is all lower case and use hyphens if it has multiple names.

Once the ‘Insert Media’ window opens:

Click ‘Upload Files’ > click ‘Select Files’ > click on the PDF file you want to upload >

Once the file has been uploaded look on the right column ‘Attachment Details’:

Title: enter the text you want to link to the download (for example ‘Download Setcom Subscription Form’)

Caption: no need to enter a Caption for PDF files

Description: Setcom Subscription Form

Link to: Media File

> click ‘Insert into Post’

Click ‘Save Draft’ > click ‘Preview’ >

Once the preview page opens:

Click on ‘Download Setcom Subscription Form’.  And that’s it! Well done!! To view the PDF file I have uploaded to this Post click the link below:

Download Setcom Subscription Form >

Method 2 – Embed into your Post or Page

For this you need to download and activate the ‘vanilla-pdf-embed’ plugin.

Then to  embed a PDF you’ve uploaded to your WordPress site’s media library, simply put the URL for the attachment page in your post on its own line. The PDF will be embedded with the default settings at that location, as if it were using oEmbed.

If you hover the bottom part of the PDF document (in the example below ‘Setcom’s Subscription Agreement’ a window pops-up enabling you to get the document’s full width, decrease/ increase in size, save and print (this window pops-up when I view this page using a Chrome browser but not on Firefox).

http://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Setcom-Subscription-Form1.pdf

Method 3

You need to Add the plugin ‘Download Monitor’ by Mike Jolley.  Some of the features include:

1. you can make the PDF only available to Members of your website.

2. it provides you with Stats: you can easily track download counts as well as users download attempts.

Below what the button looks like:

[download id=”1186″]

I trust the above mentioned is of assistance.