It’s 2019. In the web design world, this marks the evolution of one-page websites which are much preferred over the multi-page websites due to its functionality. In essence, these are websites that have a specific target, or a specific service to offer.
Post-2018, hindsight is always a great thing to lean upon and learn from. So let’s take a look back at the top 5 trends in software development so far.
There are a variety of CMSs and each of them has its benefits and drawbacks. All CMSs requires constant care, similarly, a site hosted on the Umbraco CMS also requires a constant check.
Umbraco is a popular content management system which has a lot of advantages. In total Umbraco has more than 443,500 active installs.
Some of the advantages of Umbraco are listed here–
Umbraco is a leading open source ASP.NET CMS that can be easily adapted to suit a wide range of needs.
- Umbraco is flexible and scalable. With Umbraco, you can run everything from small campaign sites to complex applications.
- Umbraco is a good choice for creating unique custom websites for enterprise-sized businesses.
- Umbraco websites look structured. They are very easy to maintain and offer an intuitive editing experience for content creators.
- The worldwide community of developers is constantly working on Umbraco to improve it and they provide great tools that you can use on your website.
To take the full advantage of Umbraco, proper site maintenance is required. There are some standard practices for maintaining any website, but Umbraco has specific features and packages that require a user’s special attention.
In this article, we have listed 5 important points which will help you run your Umbraco website at its absolute best.
- Use the latest version of Umbraco
- Up-to-date Umbraco packages
- Constantly check your website speed
- Check your forms
- Perform SEO audits on a regular basis
Use the latest version of Umbraco
Umbraco has a community of 20,000 active members and a commercial company. These members regularly update Umbraco to align with the latest development trends and best practices. Every new Umbraco release offers some new amazing features. So, in order to stay up to date on all Umbraco features, you should keep updating your website. The most recent version of Umbraco is v7.12.4, Umbraco 8 is under development, its release date is yet to be announced.
Up-to-date Umbraco packages
There are a number of packages available to help you run Umbraco website more efficiently. These packages range in categories like SEO, E-commerce, security, CRMs. Based on your business requirement you can add packages that best match your business requirements.
Before adding a package to ensure that your website is on the most recent version of Umbraco. Test the package and make sure that they are compatible with the newest version of Umbraco.
Constantly check your website speed
The speed and reliability of a website are very important. If the speed of a website is slow, it will affect the algorithm of Google and other search engine associated with your site. Also, a user landing on your website or mobile app demands a good speed as a part of their experience from your website.
Always check your Umbraco CMS website speed and take steps to ensure it runs fast to make it SEO- and user-friendly. To know how you can improve the website performance and what you can do to increase the overall speed use Google Analytics and Page Speed Insights. Our experts at TamdenNZ can help you.
Check your forms
Most websites have forms or that require a user to enter information so as to allow users to reach the page related to the products or services they are interested in. At times, like any other functionality of a website, forms can also break or stop working. These forms contain important information obtained from the users, and to avoid such incidents, it’s highly recommended to regularly test the forms on your website.
Do SEO audit on a regular basis
A regular SEO audit is essential for your business growth. To do so, you’ll need a consistent schedule of check-ins using your choice of SEO tools to watch rankings. Also, check for page errors, and overall site performance.
The list of SEO items you should check is–
- Broken pages
- Broken Internal links
- Broken media/ images
- Page titles
- Schema, and more
A regular check on these items will help you provide a great user experience. It will also enhance the website’s organic visibility.
Tandem NZ offers numerous Umbraco development and maintenance services. We can help you run your Umbraco website at its absolute best. If you’re facing issues or have any questions, feel free to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!
WordPress powers nearly one-third of the world’s website, it is a free content management system (CMS) which allows you to create anything from small beautiful blogs to complex websites. WordPress also tops the list of three most often used site building packages in the world.
Initially, the script of WordPress was more suitable for blogs, but over the last few years, it has also become the content management software of choice for non-blogging websites.
In this blog, we have listed the top 10 reasons why you might want to consider switching to a WordPress platform for your company’s website.
- Flexible and adaptable
- Theme offer multiple options
- Plugins extend functionality
- High ranking websites
- Mobile responsive websites
- Built-In Blog
- WordPress Community support
Flexible and Adaptable
WordPress is easy to use and it has an intuitive interface. It is not limited to blogging and related online publishing, rather it also powers a wide range of websites with other purposes, like, a site for large multinational corporations, or a site to manage a small business, etc. A WordPress site can be integrated with services like eCommerce stores, it can showcase a portfolio, or host a social network, group, or podcast. Whatever business requirements you have, the core WordPress package plus a combination of its numerous plugins can solve the purpose. The variety of its themes and easy access to its source files make WordPress more acceptable. With everyday advancements, WordPress is endlessly adapting to a company’s changing needs.
A WordPress site is browser-based. Login with your credentials from any internet connected computer and you will be able to manage the site with ease. It can be installed swiftly and will be up and running in a matter of minutes, you don’t need to be a technical expert for this. For a website, the biggest concern is its domain name and a hosting account, but WordPress can be installed for free through your WordPress hosting provider or uploaded directly from WordPress.org.
The intuitive and easy to manage admin dashboard at WordPress.org will show you all the features needed. You can customize the key features like a site’s heading and layout and start creating pages and posts right away.
Themes offer multiple options
WordPress offers a wide array of choices in themes which can be used for fine-tuning the appearance and functions of a new site.
Many of these themes are free of cost and are instantly available to a new site owner through the WordPress theme directory, and thousands more can be purchased through design marketplaces and third-party designers across the world. All these themes can be previewed live and installed at any time to change the look and layout of the WordPress site.
Plugins extend functionality
WordPress provides all essential elements required to create a basic site. There are hundreds of plugins available in the WordPress directory, like small pieces of specified code which are designed to perform the specific task, such as– incorporation of galleries, shopping carts, contact forms, and more to any compatible WordPress site.
WordPress has a purchase option for users to buy and install hundreds of custom plugins from third-party developers. Any plugin can be activated, deactivated or uninstalled based on the business demand.
High ranking websites
The key to ranking high on Google or any other search engine is “Searchability”. WordPress sites tend to rank high because it has simple codes.
Search engines read these easy codes quickly and index a site’s content. In addition, WordPress includes a variety of tools and plugins for optimizing content for SEO (search engine optimization). Each WordPress page, post, and image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title, which allow precise search engine optimization. Largely, WordPress sites are constantly being updated.
Mobile responsive websites
Mobile responsiveness is the other factor for Google ranking, so a website should be created in a way that it looks good on any device. There are a variety of responsive theme designs available for WordPress. Besides that, users can also make a static website that can be responsive with plugins and adjustments to the theme files.
Since WordPress is a content management system, it has multiple features that make publishing content on the site easier. The blogging capabilities in WordPress are built-in and are easy to integrate.
It is very easy to set up the RSS / email subscriptions on the home page. Adding the comment section or automatically adding the most recent blog posts to other pages of the site (your home page, for example) is also very simple to set-up. These features help to extend your company’s reach and make your site more dynamic and interactive.
WordPress Community support
WordPress is free, open source and it is also supported by WordPress-loving communities around the world. This WordPress lover community keeps updating the source files and make it secure. The WordPress community also engages in plenty of outreach to users by hosting WordPress camps around the world and together helps in supporting the growth of local WordPress user groups.
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