Well, if you’re a blogger, hacks can be a BIG help. We discovered this recently when our site crashed and our wonderful tech guy worked hard to get us up and running. One of the things he pointed out to us was that we had “a large amount” of plug-ins on our site. Of course, we had beautiful visions of what we wanted, and having become more familiar with the extensive array of plug-ins (think: “there’s an app for that!”), I do have to admit we went through a season that could only be described as a plug-fest.
Until our site went down 🙁
Then we learned some valuable lessons.
You might know this already, but it was news to me! I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version of our schoolin’:
- Plug-ins add code to your site.
- Code creates baggage.
- Baggage slows you down.
- Too much baggage stops you cold.
So we deleted our inactive plug-ins, and thought long and hard about those we had left.
One of the things we enjoy creating on our site is/are series posts: a bunch of related posts that are concretely related to each other. We’re in the middle of one right now: 30 Days of Praying for Your Husband. In order to bundle them in a way that is easy for our readers to access and follow, we came up with our own “Series Hack”. It’s really so easy – and I was kicking myself that I hadn’t figured this out sooner.
Like before our site crashed…
Here’s what you do
Create a specific tag for your series. You can use the title or something shorter and sweeter 😉 At the end of each post, add something like: You can read the whole series here. Or Access All 30 Days (of 6 parts or 8 steps…) here. The link that you will use is this: YourSite.com/tag/Your-Specific-Tag-Word-or-Phrase-Here/
Copy and paste this link on a notepad or sticky on your desktop, and at the end of each post add that sucker in and you’re good to go!!
Can you believe it?!
Bonus tip: Create a smaller graphic, paste it on your sidebar and link it to the same URL. That will keep it evergreen, keep your current readers coming back for more, and introduce new visitors to that content long after the series is over!
One less plug-in…one more site-hack!
What hacks do YOU use?
Share in the comments below.
Pat Fenner is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Celebrating 30 years of marriage this year, and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. As a coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena. Today, Mom’s Morning Coffee and Help4YourHomeschool