Category: Quick Guides

How to Transfer Your Site to SiteGround: Setting Up and Forwarding a New Email

Transferring your site to a new host can be a bit scary if you haven’t done it before. We thought this would be a good time to teach you how to tackle that site transfer yourself! This post is the third in our series about how to transfer to our favorite host, SiteGround (check out parts 1 and part 2 – and our review of them, if you haven’t already). Today, we’ll cover how to set up a new email address though your cPanel and transfer incoming emails to your existing email client.


Using the Chrome Inspect Element Tool to examine HTML and CSS for a page

A screenshot of using the chrome inspect element tool

Once you have your development environment set up, and a child theme ready to be filled in, there’s one more handy tool you’ll want to understand before you start making changes to your site. Google’s Chrome Inspect Element feature has become a beloved tool by developers because it allows you to see the code behind any given feature of your site from the front end. If you’re using a theme you didn’t hand code yourself, you’ll need to figure out what classes and ids correspond to which parts of your site before you can start making changes. Here’s how to use  Chrome Inspect Element to quickly get the information you need to start designing your site.


How to Clear the Cache of WP Super Cache

Seeing an invalid (old, expired) cached pages is one of the most common and frustrating stumbling blocks for people getting to WordPress development for the first time. Different caching systems have different (or non-existent) options to clear that cache. In this video and guide we explain how the clear the cache if you’re using the WP Super Cache plugin.


Making Your Site Faster with the WP Super Cache Plugin

As developers, one of the first things we always do on a shared host is install a full-page-caching plugin called WP Super Cache. Some shared hosts now offer caching outside of WordPress; SiteGround does. If they do, use that instead of WP Super Cache. It’ll be faster. But if they don’t have a caching layer from the host, using WP Super Cache made by Automattic (makers of WordPress.com) is the way to go.


Why We Love WPBruiser and How to Reduce Spam Submissions on Your Site

One of the most annoying parts of maintaining a WordPress site effectively is dealing with spam submissions. CAPTCHA, a type of challenge-response test that’s used to tell if a user is human, is one of the most common ways of protecting against spam. It’s also one of the most obnoxious for users. We’ve all had experiences on sites where we had to decode unreadable, broken numbers in an image multiple times before we could sign up for a mailing list or submit a question over a contact form. The WPBruiser plugin (formerly  Goodbye CAPTCHA) is one of our favorite plugins for dealing spam and boosting the security of your site (this isn’t a sponsored post, so you know we must really love it!).


Why and How to Change Your Meta Title and Meta Description in WordPress using Yoast

If you’re trying to increase traffic to your website and improve your SEO, Yoast SEO for WordPress has quickly become the go-to SEO solution for most WordPress developers. It’s a multifaceted SEO plugin that’s full of features that make optimization easier to keep up with! One of our favorite features is the snippet editor, which gives you the ability to edit your meta title and meta description in WordPress which we’ll cover in this post.


Why and How to Install the Yoast SEO for WordPress Plugin

While WordPress itself is already one of the best tools you could be using to improve your site’s SEO, optimization is a large, ongoing task that should be fully integrated into your marketing and PR strategy. Without thoughtful consideration, your site could easily become invisible to the people who need your content the most. Luckily, Yoast makes a great plugin to help you stay on top of SEO.