Well, the fine folks that develop WordPress have finally offered, what might be considered, one of the most controversial features they have ever introduced. While some might think this is a blessing others will think it to be the end of their site running smoothly. The updates will be enabled by default for Minor Releases only. These tend to be the security releases. You need to manually add other parameters for more (or less) functionality.
The biggest issue this will introduce is the need to make sure that what you are developing is based on good practices and follows the WordPress Codex. For example…
- Make sure to put functionality into plugins. This can have two impacts on dealing with issues from an automatic update: 1) The plugin could get automatically disabled should a fatal error arise or 2) An issue could get temporarily dealt with by disabling the plugin in the Administration Panel.
- Prefer child themes to custom themes and minimize functionality changes to the theme. This will allow you to keep the upgrades going and not suffer from changes in the theme. Make functional overrides into plugins.
- Choose plugins and themes wisely. Pick plugins and themes to utilize or base you work off of that have a solid track record of keeping up to date. You don’t want to constantly have to go seek out new plugins for functionality because of issues
If all else fails, you can disable the update mechanisms or filter out ones that you can’t work around.
To disable all automatic updates add this to the wp-config.php file:
define( 'AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED', true );
And for good measure put this into the theme’s functions.php file:
add_filter( 'automatic_updater_disabled', '__return_true' );
For a full list of filters consult Configuring Automatic Background Updates in the WordPress Codex.
Keep in mind that the WordPress developers plan to increase the rate at which the release new versions and this will mean that using automatic updates will be come more and more necessary. So make sure to plan and develop carefully.
While small business owners often focus much of their attention on staying active in social media, they tend to end up ignoring a valuable asset: their website. As many web designers will tell their clients, a company’s website should always include search engine-friendly content as well as useful information that is readily accessible. More often than not, getting one’s online properties to the top of the Google and Bing SERPs is one of the most important goals in any SEO campaign.
Achieving that goal can be quite difficult depending on how popular a company’s relevant keywords are. Although the path to page ranking success can be a long one with plenty of ups and downs, implementing the right qualities and designs into an official company site can bolster any efforts spent towards improving domain authority. The following are just a handful of excellent SEO behaviors that should be found on any website that is looking for better SERP performance.
Make your Company Easy to Contact
As ridiculous as it may sound, few websites actually list much of their contact information out in the open. According to a report from Search Engine Watch, nearly 60% of small business websites surveyed lack a phone number with which interested site visitors can contact them. The same study also claims that less than 20% of websites display links to their Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn profiles. Simply put, there is never a reason not to have this information readily available to visitor. If anything, link clicks to other company properties only serve to strengthen those pages.
Create a Great Landing Page that is Both Concise and Informative
Keep your Website’s Traffic Flowing through Smart Link Distribution
When businesses try to get their pages higher up in the SERPs, they often do so by focusing on page rankings and domain authority. These statistics are always improved through consistent traffic and link hits. In order to get one’s website to climb the search engine ranks, a web designer should always place links to other sections of the site. Of course, these links need to be smartly designed – one should never haphazardly stuff links all over a page. Always set links to other pieces of content which are relevant to the current page or body of text.
With these SEO-focused behaviors in place, a website has a much better chance of seeing improved SERP placement in far less time. For further tips on SEO-friendly website design, I highly recommend that readers contact me directly. I can be reached at email@example.com.