So where have I been? Well, everywhere!
It’s been a month since my last post, but I assure you I have been busy doing great work. More on that in the coming days…
In the meantime, I’ve made several back-end updates to my blog which I wanted to pass on to you for your blogs. These are fixes that I believe are crucial to success if any organization or blogger wants to stay in the forefront. I will share three of them with you today.
1. Wild-Card Redirect
The first one is called the wild-card redirect. What is this? This is a great back-end tool to use if you ever want to change domain names but want to keep all of your content consistent. Here’s how it works:
- Any post I wrote at EntreCatholic.com can now be found at RyanEggenberger.com
- Example: EntreCatholic.com/this-is-an-example automatically redirects to RyanEggenberger.com/this-is-an-example.
- Same post. Same comments. Nothing lost.
You can access this feature if you have a self-hosted site. I use WordPress hosted on bluehost as my server.
Long-time readers know that I moved from RyanEggenberger.com to EntreCatholic.com eight or nine months ago. Today, I’m moving back to RyanEggenberger.com. This has more to do with personal preference than anything else.
2. Make Your Theme Mobile Friendly
The second update I”ve been working on has to do with making my site mobile friendly, or, “responsive.” This means that you can now visit my site on your mobile device or tablet, and my site will fit beautifully on the screen.
Why would I do this? Two reasons.
First, the fact is that more and more people are using their phones to browse the Internet. As such, bloggers need to keep this in mind.
I found some information from Pew Internet that you will not want to miss out on:
As of April 2012, 55% of adult cell owners use the internet on their mobile phones; nearly double what we found three years ago.
31% of current cell internet users say that they mostly go online using their cell phone, and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. That works out to 17% of all adult cell owners who are “cell-mostly internet users”—that is, who use their phone for most of their online browsing.
There is nothing worse then when you visit a website, especially a Catholic one, after reading a great headline only to find that you have to zoom and scroll for the next five minutes trying to read the post.
Is your blog content easily accessible on a mobile device?
3. Easy to Update On-The-Go
The other update I made was to ensure that I could update my blog on the go. I’ve been traveling a lot with Little Flower Strategies – Chicago, Atlanta, Boston…Australia at the end of the month.
Follow LFStrategies on Twitter to keep in touch with what we’re doing!
In order to continue to blog on-the-go, I had to make sure blogging was going to be easier.
I’ve made some tweaks on the back-end to ensure that uploading the main picture below each post was easier using the WordPress app on my phone.
On my old system, I would have to manually size the image to fit the post. Now, with the new system, I can upload any picture right from my phone or iPad, and it will automatically resize the picture to fit. That process alone free’s up at least 10 minutes for each post, which is huge!
With these three updates, I’m back in business with blogging while on the road!