How to Attract Traffic by Making Your WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly

smartphone wordpress jetpack mobile friendly

Hi friends!

Today I would like to introduce a very special person to you.

This person has been my web developer and adviser for all things computer and internet related for quite some time.

I have recently asked him if he could share some of his knowledge and valuable ideas with you, my dear readers. And I am beyond happy and excited that he said yes to being a special contributor on this site.

This friend’s name is Peter and today he would like to share with us How to Attract Traffic to a WordPress Blog by Making it Mobile Friendly…

Petra

 

Guest Post by Peter.

Traffic is the blogger’s lifeblood. Not only does traffic bring in ad revenue, it also creates a community around the blog.

Many bloggers started out a few years ago when smartphones and tablets were rare. But in today’s world, these devices are present everywhere and are used intensively. So it is very important to enable easy access to your blog for these mobile users.

Since WordPress is the best and most used blogging platform, I will show you how to make your WordPress blog responsive. Responsiveness is that quality of a website which automatically changes its layout, so it is optimized for various devices. In other words, a responsive site is easily readable on a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, and a desktop computer.

The following tutorial is intended for self-hosted WordPress blogs (wordpress.org) like the one that Petra uses.

 

The whole process consists of only six easy steps. And here they are…

STEP ONE

Go to your WordPress dashboard. Click Plugins, click Add New.

wordpress dashboard plugins add new
 

STEP TWO

Search for a plugin called Jetpack by WordPress.com authored by Automattic. Install the plugin.

wordpress dashboard install plugins jetpack
 

STEP THREE

Activate the plugin.

wordpress dashboard activate plugin jetpack
 

STEP FOUR

Click Connect to WordPress.com in order to enable all the nice features of this plugin.

wordpress dashboard jetpack connect to wordpress.com
 

STEP FIVE

If you already have an account with wordpress.com, just enter your username and password, then click Authorize Jetpack.

wordpress authorize jetpack
 

If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one by clicking Need an Account?. After signing up by entering your email address and selecting a username and a password, WordPress will swiftly send you an email with an activation link. By clicking on that link in the email, a new browser window will open, where you will be able to click Authorize Jetpack.

wordpress sign up for new account authorize jetpack
 

STEP SIX

Activate the Mobile Theme feature in WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack.

wordpress dashboard jetpack plugin activate mobile theme
 

At this moment, you may check out how your blog looks like on mobile devices. If you are not completely satisfied, choose one of Jetpack’s four available mobile themes that best suits your blog. You can find Jetpack’s themes in WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes.

wordpress dashboard appearance available mobile themes
 

Easy and beautiful, isn’t it? ūüôā

Please, let me know in your comments whether your blog is already responsive or if you found this tutorial useful to make your blog responsive.

Happy blogging!
Peter

(Note: Mobile support is also available for wordpress.com users. It can be easily set up via the wordpress.com Dashboard in Appearance > Mobile.)

 

Simple Knit Infinity Scarf

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

(365/10) Hi guys!

Have you noticed how popular infinity scarves have become recently?

I am one of those people who have fallen completely head over heals in love with them. They are on my neck all the time. Almost.

Actually, my love for infinity scarves has grown so big that I used some free time during the Holidays and made my own one. And you know what? It’s really simple.
 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

This is what I did: I cast on 60 stitches and following a simple ribbing pattern (knit 1, purl 1) I created a scarf that was about 70 inches (180 cm) long.

Pure therapy!

 
 

simple knit ifinity scarf tutorial

I used this yarn. It was a last year’s Christmas present from my Mom and I finally found the right project for it.

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

The yarn looks really interesting, like a chain of crocheted stitches, actually. It was a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Mom!!

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

I then bound off all stitches, lined up the cast-on edge with the cast-off edge and sewed the ends together.

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

The scarf is now a complete circle and ready to wear.

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

So, so simple, indeed.

I think I might make a crocheted version too. Soon. Yay!!

Lots of love,
Petra

 

Happy Little Suns ~ Tutorial

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The Happy Little Suns are back… this time with a picture tutorial.

I’d say that it’s quite simple to make them, the whole process requires only basic sewing and crocheting skills.

 

happy-suns-tutorial

These are the needed supplies.

Felt: since each sun consists of two circles which measure about 4.2 inches (10.5 cm) in diameter, to make one sun you will need a piece of felt which measures about 9 x 5 inches (22 x 12 cm). Of course, you can create suns that will be larger or smaller than that.

Yarn: I have used sport weight yarn in beige color to embroider the face and worsted weight yarn in yellow color to crochet the border.

Crochet hook: G (4 mm).

Pen/marker, scissors, yarn needle.

A bowl:  I used one that measures about 4.2 inches (10.5 cm) in diameter. It is used to trace the edges of the sun.

Polyfill/toy stuffing: … pssst, I use cheap pillows from IKEA to get my polyfill. They cost only about $1 and they have tons of polyfill inside. Okay, maybe not tons, but it’s still a LOT!

 
 

1. To begin, place the bowl upside-down on the piece of felt and trace the edges of the bowl with the marker.

Repeat to mark one more circle.

Photography ~ How to Copy a Color from a Picture

How to Copy a Color from a Picture Photoshop step by step picture tutorial

Have you ever heard of Pinterest?

Many of you have, I am sure.

Pinterest is basically a very magical place. You can spend hours and hours there and you will think that something like five minutes only must have gone by.

It’s especially useful when there’s a lot of house cleaning waiting to be done. That’s for sure.

To be slightly more specific, Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site. So if you find a visually attractive picture somewhere in the deep wide web and you want to save that picture for later, you just add it to one of your boards on Pinterest. And that’s it. For me, it’s so much more effective to store pictures, sites, projects, or ideas in a visual way.

 

How to Copy a Color from a Picture Photoshop step by step picture tutorial

Pinterest offers so many creative ideas that it is useful to keep things organized. For this reason you open specific boards. I have created one with pictures of food, there is also one on travel, and there are others on crafts, photography, fun, teddy bears, and one dedicated solely to beautiful colors.

Which brings me to the point of this post…