The long awaited WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” also known as the Gutenberg update is finally here! No, we are not taking about the German guy who invented the printing press in the 1400s. Unlike all the previous WordPress updates where there were security patches and minor feature updates applied, this update provides users with a block-based editor and the introduction of the Twenty Nineteen theme tailored for Gutenberg for a more intuitive site building experience. With this huge WordPress update breaking every single website we have updated, we decided to write a post and create a video about our experience. First off, why is it important to update your WordPress website?
In this fast-moving industry and in San Francisco and San Jose no less, it is crucial to keep abreast of the latest and greatest web design and development trends. The newest features, functionalities, layouts and styles convert more users and routinely keep our clients coming back for more. One year can be a lifetime in the web design world and what was popular last year very likely could be obsolete or faux pas this year.
Big news from here in San Francisco. We have been ranked on two different review sites for being a top web design agency in San Francisco!
A plugin extends the features and functionality of a WordPress website without you knowing any code. There are over 55,000 plugins so there’s a plugin for anything you need. That’s a whole lot of plugins and you may be wondering which plugins are compatible with the latest WordPress version, play well with other plugins, are customizable and work the best. It is important to note that installing too many plugins will dramatically slow down or even crash your site. Research shows that websites that take longer than 3 seconds to load will lose over 40% of their visitors so it is crucial to install only what is absolutely necessary.
The contact page on a website is usually an afterthought and most often overlooked. Yet, it is the most important page on your website because allows your leads to contact you so that you can ultimately close sales. A well designed contact page guides visitors to the answers they need and helps them ask their questions more effectively, significantly improving their user experience. It also informs visitors where you are located and how they can follow you on social media. If your website is not generating enough leads, you should consider optimizing your contact page with the following best practices.
Your homepage is the most visited page on your website, typically receiving the majority of all website traffic. Your homepage must make a good impression in less than three seconds to convince your visitors to continue browsing. This means that your website design is under tremendous pressure immediately grab your target market’s attention. According to AddRoll, 98% of first time visitors won’t convert on your homepage so here are some ways to drive more conversions so you don’t flush that hard-earned organic traffic down the toilet.