WordPress is a complex beast and occasionally an update (automatic or otherwise) will fail to take the site out of maintenance mode after it completes. Most people never actually see their site in maintenance mode. It’ll look something like this below though you may not have the fancy image – just a battleship grey background.Continue reading
Google Webmasters (and it’s Google Search Console ) provides you with a Domain property verification string to allows you to get the full search data going to your site. The Domain Property shows all the search data for your site in one place rather than (say) separate data for https and http access. It is worth using.Continue reading
I had a little trouble getting Yoast breadcrumbs to work properly. Most of the Yoast plugin needs no other modification to your theme. It works right out of the tin and is an excellent product. But to get Yoast breadcrumbs to work you need to do a code mod. The question is where should this code modification be done.Continue reading
A soft 404 error is one where the website shows a 404 Not Found error page BUT then completes with a HTTP status code 200 (OK). Here’s how to fix the issue.Continue reading
There are many Google Analytics plugins for WordPress. Most also give you some form of display of this data in the wp-admin area. But you also get the endless plugin promotions trying to get you buy the enhanced version. While I don’t mind (that much) people trying to sell their wares (especially when I’m using a free version) sometimes it just grates.
So if rather than using a plugin you would like to just code and forget it, you can simply add a function into a file in the site child theme. Then you can check it works and forget about it. That’s what I do.Continue reading
It is a good idea to always keep a recent local WordPress back up copy of your one.com hosted website. One.com is one of the more reliable hosting companies and they offer a backup facility for customers. But even so, if you have a recent local copy of your website safely stored on your hard drive there is no question about your ability to restore your site should the worst happen.Continue reading
Here’s my personal notes (with an intro) on creating a local backup of a Hostpapa wordpress site. Maybe they’ll be useful to you too.
It is a good idea to always keep a recent local back up copy of your Hostpapa website. You can use Hostpapa’s remote backup facility for convenience as well, but if you have a recent local copy sitting there on your hard drive you know exactly where you stand.Continue reading
If you have just set up (say) a local Apache2 server and have a local wordpress install so you can debug your website locally you may find (like I did) that while the main webpage comes up fine, when you click through to anywhere else on the site it returns a 404 Not Found error. Even though you know the page/post is there and it shows up OK in the wp-admin section.
For me it turned out that I had not enabled an important plugin on Apache2 to allow permalinks to work. The missing module is called mod_rewrite. It is simple to fix.Continue reading