How to optimize your sitemap.xml.gz for better SEO

in Online Marketing

Search engines are watching your website, though they can run a little slow at times. If you want them to stay up to date with what you post, .XML sitemaps are the best way to do so. Since with the controversial Panda update, having an up-to-date sitemap is even more important than ever, because it helps you prove that you are the original publisher of a disputed piece of content.

In theory, these files actually make a direct communication channel, always ensuring that crawlers get notified faster and more accurately about every content change that you make.

In practice, if your .XML files are not correctly generated and easy to crawl, your SEO score can bruise easily.

How to Clean a Hacked WordPress Website

in Web Development

Is my website hacked? is not a question that starts from a hunch – when your website gets hit, it’s pretty clear. But it’s not a question exclusively for WordPress website administrators either – all websites can get hacked, no matter the platform they’re built on.

Nevertheless, since this popular open-source CMS is specifically vulnerable to certain attacks, our topic for today will be just that: how can you tell that your WordPress site was hacked and, even more important, how to clean a hacked WordPress website.

The design flaws of the hamburger menu

in Web Design

Hamburger menu – why to use/avoid this navigation solution

Once upon a time, it was a beautiful, elegant solution preserving precious space on mobile devices, smartphones, and tablets. But the good old days of the hamburger menu are long gone. Even now, when its implementation spread to desktop applications as well, the general feeling is that it tends to cause more harm rather than good.

Practical Guide For Web Developers On How To Use Headings

in Online Marketing

If you think that headings are only for embellishment, you’re… heading for a fall. Heading tags, above all, give structure to a web page, their role being visual and technical at the same time. Simply put, they allow human users to see the content structure and machines to understand it.

Aside from providing visual consistency, they also enhance accessibility and usability and, just as important, keep the search engines’ crawlers happy – but ONLY if you use them properly.

Among web developers, confusions on this chapter are common and that’s why we’ve put together a short and practical guide on how to use headings. Read on and the next time you’ll feel the impulse to ask “What heading should I use here”, perhaps the answer will come to you just as natural.