Category: My sites

New Responsive Design for Leland.me

25th of August, 2013

So, I decided if I’m going to be talking about responsive web design related topics, my own personal site probably shouldn’t be using a three-year old, unresponsive design. I just finished coding it last night.

I also have a brand spanking new newsletter where I’ll pretty much just update you on new blog posts. See the subscription form to the right or below (depending on your device width).

Like any redesign project, this is very much a work in progress, and I’d love to hear any of your feedback. Especially bug reports, if you notice any.

Category: Internet

How To Move WordPress To A New Domain

17th of August, 2013

So late last night, I moved leland.info over to leland.me. I bought the leland.me name a while ago with the intention of “rebranding” leland.info with it, and haven’t gotten around to it until now.

This will be a quick post on how to properly migrate a WordPress site to a new URL, including the crucial task of redirecting old URLs to the new domain.

Step-By-Step WordPress Migration Process

I have a pretty simple process for moving WordPress sites. It’s not 100% ideal compared to a service like ManageWP or plugin like BackupBuddy, but it’s free and it works in most cases.

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Category: Internet

The SEO Strategy Spectrum, Finding a Middle Ground

8th of August, 2012

I see a lot of misinformation out there about SEO, and it’s never going to end. When ignorant SEO-clueless people see an ad for “get #1 for any keyword!” they’re going to pay attention, and they’ll probably pay up for some fraudulent ranking service. (Hint: the only people who can actually “guarantee” you a top spot in a search engine would be the search engine, not some random dude advertising on Google Ads).

The SEO Strategy Spectrum

There seem to be two sides of the spectrum when it comes to SEO strategy. On one side are the “content purists” and the “over-optimizers.” I just thought of these two terms off the top of my head, so I’ll explain what I mean.

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Category: Rants

Hourly rates, legal threats, and how not to hire a freelancer

6th of August, 2012

A few days ago, I received an email from a potential client for what would have been a pretty small, straightforward coding project. He informed me he found me through a tutorial I wrote about adding a widgetized footer to your WordPress theme. (Yes, I know it’s over three years old, but it’s still a very popular practice to include content in the footer of your site.) He wanted me to code something similar for his own site.

I responded saying that I could do it (I wrote a tutorial about it after all), told him about my hourly rate, and that it probably wouldn’t take more than a couple hours. A pretty reasonable estimate.

What he responded with

He came back saying that he doesn’t use a per hour fee for any graphic work. Okay, whatever, I’ll just multiply my hourly rate by the number of hours I estimate it will take and use that as a fixed rate. Simple.

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Category: Internet

Why Google Doesn’t Care About Validation

3rd of August, 2010

One time I got an email from a “SEO expert” telling me that my site was doing so poorly in search engines because one of my pages had a few validation errors and that I needed to hire an “expert” like him to “optimize” my site so it would rank better. Here are the facts:

  • The site ranked in the top 10 for phrases like “free wordpress themes” and “wordpress themes” which are pretty sought after keywords in that niche.
  • The site averaged about 30,000 total visits per month from search engines (mostly Google) for other various long tail keywords.
  • The site had about 400,000 incoming links from various websites, quality content, and a good reputation within its niche.
  • The XHTML validation errors were because of a YouTube video I embedded. The default code YouTube provided caused a few errors in validation.

Anyone with half a brain when it comes to SEO will know that a strong link profile, quality content, and a solid reputation will trump a few validation errors on a page (with the exception of a few edge cases).

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Hey, my name is Leland Fiegel. I'm a web developer. I love WordPress. I write stuff on my blog that you might find useful. That's about it.