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Test Your WordPress Contact Forms

Test Your WordPress Contact Forms

You better check your website contact forms. A significant change in the popular WordPress plugin Contact Form 7 (CF7) could break your contact forms if you’re using reCaptcha.

A recent update to CF7 removes support for reCaptcha version 2; now it supports version 3 only. If your site has the latest version of CF7 and was using reCaptcha version 2, your forms might not work or they’re letting more spam through. If your site is set to automatically update plugins, it could happen without you knowing it.

The Solution

Several options are available.

Auto Update – This is Why You Shouldn’t

This is why we disable automatic updates in WordPress. You never know when it will break something. In December 2018, WordPress changed its page editing software. One of my current clients lost the ability to update his site because the automatic update conflicted with the Divi theme that was installed. (Full disclaimer: He wasn’t a client at the time. I got it fixed for him.)

So if you have automatic updates turned on, check your website forms. Even if you don’t, check your forms anyway. Go to your site and submit the contact form. Make sure you get it.

Test Your Website Periodically

It’s good to test your website periodically–submit a form, make a purchase, comment on a blog post. Test whatever functions you have on your site.

And, by the way, update the content, even if it’s just the small changes in wording you’ve been meaning to do. It’s good for SEO.

Top Three On-Page SEO Tips

Top Three Tips for On-Page SEO

Site content is important to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and these three content tips will help Google and other search engines put you near the top.

Appropriate Content

When your audience searches online for something related to your business, hey enter words or phrases (key words), and search engines give them a list of sites. To be on that list, first you need content that’s relevant to the search. You need text (mostly) and pictures.

For SEO, include some of those key words in your text, and include synonyms and related words.

If that’s all you do, your content will seem robotic, so write your content for people, too. Using an appropriate tone for your business, write paragraphs and headlines that give your audience information they need and want. That is, write for people, not just search engine spiders.

The concept of “key words” is a good way to think about it. Make a list of phrases your audience will search for, and include those in the text you write for your audience. And write content appropriate to your products and services.

HTML Page Titles

Web pages include a semi-hidden title that search engines use. It should include the most important key words for that page.

The term “title” is used several different ways in web design. I’m talking about the “HTML title” specifically.

In WordPress, the WordPress page title is often the HTML title, but it depends on the theme used. All Pacesetter Media sites use the Yoast SEO plugin, and that makes the HTML title a separate entry for each page.

However your site is built, make sure the HTML page titles have important keywords.

HTML Headlines

Web pages can have a kind of headline that’s important to search engines. It’s about more than making text big and bold; headlines should be done with H1 tags (and H2, H3, H4…). These tags are mostly hidden. In WordPress, these tags are added by applying headings to a paragraph or block of text.

The Important Bit: These headlines should have some keywords relevant to that page.

In 2014, I wrote a few articles about headings and content. They’re still relevant today.

The Key to Optimized Content: Heading and Paragraph Tags

How Important is Written Content on a Website?

Other Factors

There’s lots more to on-site SEO like image alt tags, URL keywords, and on-site linking, In my experience, these three are among the most important factors.

Website Content

Content Management, A Valuable, Underused Feature of WordPress

We manage numerous sites using WordPress software, and one feature that’s underused is content management. It is a tool to handle the publishing of information on your site…text, pictures, video.

First, this gives you the ability to update the text of your site anytime. With a routine log in, you can edit text, create new pages, and collaborate with others in your organization.

Second, it has user roles. One person (contributor) can create a page draft and add text. Another person (editor) can review, edit, and publish it. You can also schedule the publication date. This makes it a collaboration tool. Multiple people can contribute content, and managers can oversee it and publish when they want.

Different departments can have access to different parts of your site. Sales staff can manage the brochure section, and support staff can manage customer support pages like product documentation.

If you have a site built with WordPress software, you can do all of that and more.

Updating Your Site Can Help SEO

I encourage you to update your website periodically, quarterly at a minimum. This can improve SEO. And you should update your site anytime you need to change prices, product descriptions, or announce news.

With WordPress installed on your site, it’s right at your finger tips.