Hello Happy Site Owners!
Tips this week include:
- Whether it’s okay to update Genesis
- Spiffying up welcome emails
- Member site testing
- New list of caching plugins I’ll be testing
- Whether it’s okay to finally update W3TC
- A new social sharing plugin I’m using
- A quick video tour of the new CloudFlare plugin
- Tests on the Thrive Ovation testimonials plugin
- What’s in the new Yoast SEO setup wizard
- Facebook Live coming to desktop soon
- Building audience on shifting sand
- New site audit client interviews on the way
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This past week I’ve been neck deep on my testing site with checking out a lot of plugins and updates, plus troubleshooting some issues on my own sites.
Genesis 2.4 Update Good
I’ve also updated several sites to the new Genesis 2.4 release and all seems to be well with them, so I’m calling that good to go at this point too.
Spiffy Up Emails
I’ve also extended my Spiffy Up Your Site Challenge to freshen up all of my email list welcome emails and autoresponders. I had links to social media platforms that I’m no longer using, like Blab and such. And, I wanted to clarify my messaging in them too.
If you’ve got a few minutes you may want to take a look at yours and let us know what you found that was outdated.
And, if you haven’t taken the challenge yet it’s broken down into 3 easy steps. You can take just one a day and get your site all spiffied up.
Fixing Member Site
What prompted that email freshening was troubleshooting one of my member sites. It’s no longer auto subscribing members to their email lists. Running that problem down has required setting up custom queries on the server logs to see what’s blocking the trigger.
And, it’s required turning off all of the plugins during some of those tests.
So, if you see the Site Success Courses membership acting goofy, that’s why. Just come back in 5 minutes and it should be okay again.
New Webmaster Video Tutorials on the way
This week I’ll be making more videos for the Webmaster Training member site including:
- CloudFlare Page Rules tutorial updates
- Caching plugin setting updates
Caching Plugins Test List
Speaking of caching plugins, I’ve got my list together of all the ones I’ll be running performance and function tests on.
Right now I’m setting up the test site and choosing the best site loader service. I expect it will take me at least a couple of weeks to get all of the tests run. I’ll be providing full documentation to my Webmaster Training folks and will have a post for everyone with the winners and top picks.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
W3TC safe to update
Looks like it’s okay to update to the latest version of W3TC now. The last major update has had several minor bug fix updates and it seems to be working on most all sites.
It also has several new features too, and I’ll be looking into those, but first glance didn’t reveal anything I wanted to try right away.
Main thing is, we can hold pat now until I get the new caching tests run.
Y’all know that I’ve been advising not to use the Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin since it was recently bought out by a company that is now cookie tracking all the folks who share your posts.
I’ll be running new performance and function tests this fall, but in the meantime, I’ve switched over to a crazy simple, light weight share button plugin that was created by a seasoned Genesis developer and designer.
It doesn’t have a lot of whistles and bells, like share count and such, but it looks nice and works just fine.
I’ve got an image of my settings below, if you want to make yours look like the ones you see around this post.
I made a quick MaAnna Minute video tour of all the new features in the recent major update to the CloudFlare plugin, including how to get to the most popular settings, and one feature that designers are going to absolutely love. So check out that post.
There have been a lot of updates to that plugin since the 3.0 release, mainly for issues with SSL and logging in. So, if you had problems with the update initially, they should be fixed now.
Thrive Ovation Plugin Trials
I’ve also been testing the new testimonials plugin from Thrive. It offers a lot of features, including the ability to ask specific questions to help trigger more in-depth answers from your peeps.
I wrote a review of the plugin while I was doing all of that testing and I’ll have it posted for you as soon as I get the final version launched on my site, so you can see what I ended up doing with it too.
Yoast SEO Setup Wizard
The latest version of the plugin has a setup wizard. I checked it out.
It will still leave you with a lot of critical settings not configured properly. And if you would like Team Yoast to help you with it, they have a handy link in there for their $149 service.
My DIY SEO course is only $45 and will take you through every setting in that plugin so that you’ll know how to tweak it yourself next time Google moves the cheese.
Video Marketing Tips
I’m pretty excited about this news from Mari Smith! It will be a great way to invite guests on the show too.
Building on Shifting Sand
As y’all may know, I use the vMix software to stream into Facebook. And that lets me do screensharing, which I love, so I can teach there.
I’ve been checking out other 3rd party services that also stream into Facebook that allow guests. But honestly, I don’t think any of them are ready for primetime yet.
Or, they’re holding us over a barrel with their delay in telling us what the price will be. I’m not interested in building my audience on a platform where I have no idea what it will cost, or be like in the future.
But, all of these platforms are startups and build on shifting sand, and that’s just going to be the nature of it for several more years.
So, if there is a way for me to do interviews directly on Facebook, that’s what I think I may hold out for.
In the meantime, I’m looking at a few 3rd party services for doing new interviews with my site audit clients.
It’s really helpful for y’all to hear how that process went, and the results folks got, directly from the site owner.
That’s especially true when you hear how much time and money they lost prior to finding me, and how much more money they’re making now. But most of all, I want you to hear how much more confident a site owner they have become, and how much peace of mind they’ve gotten since the audit.
It really makes that much difference to them.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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