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Google’s Biggest Penalty Yet

Build Websites Responsively

Web design for Mobile Friendly Sites

As the owner of a business in Marin County or Sonoma County, you already know how important it is to have a strong online presence. After all, people in the local area generally check online before heading to nearby stores or businesses. In fact, 81 percent of consumers check to see if there is a website for that particular company before making any purchases. Just a few years ago, the majority of these potential customers accessed the Internet via desktop computers and laptops. According to comScore, the balance has tipped; more people now access the Internet via mobile devices. On April 21, Google drove this point home by updating the algorithms to make mobile-friendliness a strong factor in the search engine ranking structure. What does it mean for your site? Well, if it’s not mobile-friendly, it will not rank as well as another site that maybe is mobile friendly.

Test Your Site to see if its Responsive

Responsive Web Design

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You can use Bootstrap two different ways. The way I like to use it is a little more difficult to install.

The easy way…

You will want to find your main theme.php file and copy the below code to the head of this file:

<!-- Latest compiled and minified CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.2.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">

<!-- Optional theme -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.2.0/css/bootstrap-theme.min.css">

<!-- Latest compiled and minified JavaScript -->
<script src="//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.2.0/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>

CSS Media Queries for Every Device

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When building responsive websites, the below CSS can be added to your custom style sheet giving you flexibility on pretty much any type of device, it even handles landscape or portrait or both. This is an essential to understand and you can almost do anything you want with the below Media Queries when it comes to responsive design.

/* Smartphones (portrait and landscape) -- */
@media only screen
and (min-device-width : 320px)
and (max-device-width : 480px) {
/* Styles */
}

Best 301 Redirection WordPress Plugin

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Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files. Author: John Godley

This type of plugin is a great source for when you are re-building a large site and you want to preserve your old URL structure. It is also helpful if you change the destination of an article that is widely used. For example if you change your support page from support (URL:/support/) to customer service (URL:/customer-service/). This plugin will do the re-direct on the fly. Very useful and easy to use plugin.

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