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5 Ways WordPress Plugins Can Improve Your Website

Just when you thought that WordPress couldn’t get any better, we’re here to tell you that it can. If there were not already enough benefits to help separate this exceptional CMS from the pack, the constant ability of its community to keep coming up with ways to improve its experience really does elevate it to another level.

The user friendliness of the platform alone should be enough to help persuade you that WordPress is the way forward for your website but if that is not enough on its WP Logoown, there are literally tens of thousands of WordPress plug-in, themes and widgets out there, just waiting to take your website to a higher level.

To help narrow down your choices, we have worked together to come up with our current top 5 favourites.

So, in no particular order, welcome to the top 5 Footprint WordPress plug-in recommendations.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

“Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.”

There are many pretenders to the crown but the truth is that there is only one king when it comes to credible and successful SEO plug-ins.

Amazingly simple to install and use, this plug-inis as comprehensive as it gets and even better – its free!!

Akismet

“Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen”

One of the very few drawbacks of WordPress is the spam that can be pointed in its direction. Fortunately with the creation of Akismet, you can say goodbye to this problem as well!

Akismet is a free plug-in which offers the ability to block almost every spam comment directed to your website. Installation of this plug-inwill ensure that you never again have to waste countless hours sorting though 100s of pointless spammy comments.

Better WP Security

“The easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress. Improve the security of any WordPress site in seconds.”

Online security should be of the utmost importance for all webmaster and with the creation of the Better WP Security plug-in, you will have access to a plug-inwhich is not only easy to install and set up, it is also incredibly effective.

Offering an effective solution against all manner of attacks, this needs to be right at the top of your list.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

“Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!”

Bounce rate can be the scourge of many online businesses but the addition of this plug-in will give you the best possible chance of keeping your visitors on your website by displaying the perfect articles to the perfect user at the perfect time!

The ‘Yet Another Related Posts’ plug-in does a truly excellent job of doing exactly what it says on the tin and its customisation options ensure that it is very easy to fit the related posts in with the design of your site.

Digg Digg

“Your all in one share buttons plug-in. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!”

Unless you have been living in outer space, the importance of social networking simply cannot have passed you by. As such it is essential that you offer you web visitors to the easiest possible way to share your content and Digg Digg is one of the best sharing button plug-ins around.

Digg Digg is a social sharing bar that slides gracefully down your posts providing your web visitor with the chance to share whatever they like, wherever they like!

Have We Missed Anything?

These are just a tiny percentage of the free plugins that are currently available and which represent some of our current favourites. Do you have any favourites of your own or do you feel as though something should have forced its way into our top 10? Get in touch to let us know what you think.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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Good with social media? If so, we want you!

Social Media Manager

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We are always on the look-out for top class people to join our growing team.

We are now looking for another Social Media Manager to create social media content on our key client’s social media channels.
At the heart of the role is social media content writing, creating and implementing social copy-writing for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc.
You will be collaborating with editors, SEO Managers and the clients directly to deliver interesting editorial content on social media that resonates with their audience, and represents the client’s tone of voice. This is a good time to join as you will play a crucial part in the success of the social media content strategy for our clients. To be considered for this position, please demonstrate your relevant skills including:

*Social media content writing/copy-writing for various industries
*Understanding of agency dynamics
*Knowledge of social media campaigns for high profile clients

This position is likely freelance but possibly an employed basis.  You will have the option to work remotely too.

If you are interested and can demonstrate the above please contact ant@footprint.co.uk 

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WordPress – Introducing a Modern New Design

Just when we thought that WordPress could not become any more impressive…..

As we all know, WordPress is a constantly evolving entity and with the recently introduced WordPress 3.8 update, offers a bright and fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard with a greater emphasis on user friendliness.

Say goodbye to a subdued appearance and a dreary shades of grey colour scheme and say hello to a bigger, bolder, more colourful design to help keep your company’s website at the cutting edge of design technology!

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Modern Appearance

The newly designed WordPress dashboard offers users a fresh, uncluttered design which embraces exceptional levels of clarify whilst remaining an air of simplicity.

Updated Typography

To complement the new design a new typeface has been utilised. The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is absolutely ideal for both desktop and mobile viewing alike.

Improved Contrast

No liberties have been taken in regards to legibility to create the new WordPress design. With enhanced contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.


WordPress on every device

The days of only being able to use a desktop computer to access the internet are now long gone. Fortunately, the WordPress interface has evolved and regardless of responsivewhether you are access the internet via your smartphone, laptop, phone, tablet, notebook or desktop, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

Not only is WordPress now sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen, a change in design now ensures that the pages load significantly faster than in the past.

 

 

 


Admin colour schemes to match your personality

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The powerful new WordPress update also includes the ability to tailor the colour scheme with 8 new colours available.

Colour schemes can be easily previewed and changed through the profile page.


Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

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Turn your blog into a magazine

You now have the ability to create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Simply choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage and then customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is WordPress’ most potent default them yet.

For more information regarding the new WordPress update please click here.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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