Lorna Walker

"I've been building websites in WordPress for myself and for clients for many years now as well as training people on how to get started and get the best from WordPress. I love how WordPress enables anyone to build a great looking website with a huge range of functionality, regardless of what previous experience they have with building sites. You can start from scratch and have a good looking website up and running by the end of the day, as this course demonstrates."

How to upgrade your WordPress site from Universal Analytics to Google Analytics 4

If you’re using Google Analytics on your WordPress site you will no doubt be aware that the old Universal Analytics product is being removed in July 2023 and replaced with Google Analytics 4. Thus you need to ensure that you are running the Google Analytics 4 tracking tag on your WordPress site before that date. In this article we show you how to update …

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How to find out what version of WordPress your site is running

Why is it important to know which version of WordPress you are running? It is important to make sure that your WordPress site is up to date and running the latest version of the WordPress code. This is because older versions of WordPress are more likely to have security issues that can enable someone to hack into your site. Updates to WordPress often add …

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Who can I email? A quick guide to GDPR for email marketing

As we’ve written about before, we’re big fans of email marketing. An opted in email list of people who have said that they want to hear from you is one of your organisation’s most valuable marketing resources. However, what if you don’t have such a list but you want to try email marketing? Who can you mail? When GDPR was introduced in 2018 there …

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Website checklist

If you’re taking over a website that you didn’t build, or it’s been a while since you’ve done a review of your own website, then it can be helpful to work through a checklist of things from time to time to make sure that the website is still working as it should and performing as a good marketing tool for your business. We do these kinds of website audits for clients fairly regularly but it’s something you can easily do yourself. We’ve put together this checklist of the most common issues that we come across when auditing clients’ sites.

How can you tell which version of Google Analytics you are using?

As you may know, there are currently two versions of Google Analytics that it is possible for you to have running on your website – Universal Analytics and Google Analytics 4. Universal Analytics is the older version that most people are more familiar with. Google Analytics 4 is the new version that Google launched in October 2020. In March 2022 Google announced that from …

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What factors influence the effectiveness of your marketing emails?

We’re strong believers in email as one of the most effective forms of digital marketing. We’ve written before about why that is and why a good database of opted in email contacts can be one of your company’s most valuable marketing resources. That said, sometimes email marketing can feel like a bit of a thankless task, particularly when you’re starting out and you only …

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How to do a quick healthcheck for your website

The pandemic has meant that the importance of the website to most organisations has continued to grow. Consumers are moving to shopping and interacting with organisations online more than ever before. Many organisations have found themselves with a website that was previously perhaps a bit of an afterthought but is now central to their operation. If you have a website that you’ve been running …

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Does your website support the professional image of your organisation or damage it?

Your website is one of the most publicly visible parts of your organisation. It’s a visual representation of your brand. Many of your potential customers will look at your website before they do anything else – it’s literally the first chance they have to assess you and decide whether they like the look of what they see. Indeed, research suggests that over 80% of …

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What is a favicon and how can you add one to your website?

A favicon is a small 16x16px icon that appears in the browser tab, making it easier for a visitor to find your site if they have multiple tabs open. In the example below you can see the Awesome Tech Training favicon along with those for the BBC Sounds website, Facebook and the Guardian newspaper. If you build your site in WordPress and do not …

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Setting up a new Google Analytics 4 account with a Universal Analytics property within it

Google has launched a new version – Google Analytics 4. If you’re setting up a new Google Analytics account or property it will now default to Google Analytics 4 but it is possible to set up a Universal Analytics property in a Google Analytics 4 account. This video shows you how, starting with the process of setting up a new Google Analytics account. If …

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Which social network should I use to promote my business?

We’re often asked where businesses should focus their efforts when it comes to social media. It’s tempting to try and be everywhere and do everything but, particularly for small businesses and one person operations, that’s not practical and nor is it really the best marketing strategy. It’s better to focus on one or two networks and use them well than to ‘scattergun’ across numerous …

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Google core web vitals update – how Google is changing the way it ranks pages in May and what this means for your website

The way in which google ranks individual pages in its search will be changing in May. In this blog post we’ll outline what the main changes are and talk about what this might mean for your website. The algorithm that Google uses to rank pages changes and updates all the time so the fact that Google has announced this change in advance tells us …

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What is Google Search Console and how can it help you?

I’ve blogged before about the importance of having Google Analytics up and running on your website but Google Analytics is not the only free tool that Google offers to help you improve the performance of your website. Google Search Console is perhaps less known than Google Analytics but can be just as useful. In this blog post I’ll explain what Google Search Console is …

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Where to start with digital marketing – key questions to help determine your marketing strategy

We work with a lot of small businesses who often have very limited marketing budgets and resources. Often the ‘marketing team’ consists of just one person (indeed, often the whole company consists of just one person!) and the budget for marketing is small to non-existent. If this sounds familiar and resources (both time and money) are limited then you need to focus your efforts …

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What are Google UTM tracking tags and when should you use them?

UTM tracking tags are little snippets of text that you can add to the end of a URL in order to help you track where the traffic to your website is coming from and see this information in Google Analytics. If you’re publishing links to your site in email newsletters, for example, then it’s useful to be able to separate out all the traffic …

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Optimising your images and adding alt text in WordPress

In this video we will show you how to optimise your images in WordPress, making it easier for Google to understand what your page is about as well as making your website more accessible to visually impaired people who may be using screen readers to navigate your site. We will look at the importance of:- The image file name The alt text The image …

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Using Google Trends to research search terms and keywords used in your market

Google Trends is a free service that enables you to research how often particular search terms in which you’re interested are entered into Google’s search engine over a given period of time. You can use it to identify trends and changes in the use of particular keywords over time or to explore geographic differences in keyword use to gain a better understanding of the words …

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