WordPress Article Picks 3/28/2022

weekly wordpress articles for march 28 2022

This week’s WordPress articles:

  • The Seven Best Commenting Plugins for WordPress (2021)Opens in a new tab. (Intermediate)
    Commenting is built into the core of WordPress but it can be a beacon to spambots unless locked down properly and lacks features that some site owners may be looking for. This article outlines the best commenting alternatives and ways to extend the built-in WordPress commenting.
  • What Are WordPress Tags? WordPress Tags ExplainedOpens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    The WordPress tag can be used to help organize your blog posts, and can help your SEO if done correctly. Make sure to set WordPress tag archives to “Noindex” to avoid a negative effect on your site’s search engine rankings. This article shows how to use tags correctly.
  • Meta Keywords: What Are They and Should You Use Them?Opens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    When search engines were young, they primarily used a website’s meta keywords to know what that website was about. With today’s sophisticated search algorithms, most search engines don’t use meta keywords – so you don’t either!
  • Optimize WebFont loading and renderingOpens in a new tab. (Advanced)
    This article explains in detail how web fonts are loaded, how they can slow down your page speed scores and what you can do for ensuring fast load times. At the office, we recently had a website with a CLS score of 0.551 that was caused by a webfont loading issue. Between this article and this video on fixing CLS issuesOpens in a new tab., we got our score down to 0.003!
  • 8 Best Websites For Free Stock Photography: Full ReviewsOpens in a new tab. (Any)
    This is the best list for free sources of stock photography and ranks them based on selection, image quality, and licensing. Between these 8 sites, there’s over 60 million free images that you can add to your website for free.

Let’s wrap up with a fun quote from Salvador Dali: “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”

Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next week!

Aaron Day

Professionally designing and building websites since 2002, I was an early adopter of WordPress and continue to build engaging WP solutions on a daily basis. I'm the CTO of a web development agency and we manage over 700 WordPress sites - so most of what you'll find here on this site, we've used in practice.

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