Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Is your blog truly mobile-friendly? Find out for sure in just 30 seconds

As I mentioned here and here, both Google and Bing now give mobile-friendly websites an extra boost in their search engine rankings. That’s why I strongly recommend that you add a mobile-friendly theme to your blog if you haven’t done so already.
If you think your blog might already be optimized for mobile, you can find out for sure by typing your blog’s URL into Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test tool. The tool will make a very quick scan of your blog and tell you in seconds whether it’s truly mobile-friendly in Google’s opinion. 
If the test results state that your blog is indeed mobile-friendly, you’re in great shape. If not, I recommend that you get it optimized for mobile ASAP so your pages can get a boost in the search results.
There are basically two ways you can make your blog mobile-friendly if it runs on the WordPress platform:
1 – Install something like WordPress Mobile Edition, a free WordPress plugin that works extremely well and instantly converts most any WordPress blog into a mobile-friendly website.
Once installed and activated, the WordPress Mobile Edition plugin will display your blog using its own mobile-friendly theme every time someone visits your blog with a mobile device. Those who visit your blog with a desktop or laptop computer will continue to see your blog the same way they always have.
2 – Another great approach is to replace your current theme with a responsive theme. In a nutshell, a responsive theme is a single theme that will detect whether a visitor is using a traditional PC or a mobile device and automatically format your blog accordingly. There is no need for a plugin.
If you decide to go this route, I recommend paying a few bucks for a quality theme framework such as Genesis from the folks at StudioPress or Thesis from DIYthemes.
In my opinion this is money well spent, especially if you use your blog to earn affiliate commissions or advertising revenue. Sure, there are free responsive themes out there, but there are several reasons why I don’t really recommend them.
Bottom line: Google and Bing have both made it very clear that you MUST have a mobile-friendly website if you want to maximize your search engine traffic. Whether you decide to go the free route by installing a plugin or spend a few bucks on a quality responsive theme, I recommend that you get it done ASAP.

How to sign out of all active Facebook sessions from a single device

It’s easy to forget to sign out of Facebook every time you move on to doing something else.
For example, perhaps you’re driving home from a party and you suddenly realize that you forgot to log out of Facebook after borrowing the host’s PC.
It’s extremely important that you always log out of a Facebook session if there’s a possibility of someone else using that computer or mobile device after you’re finished using it.
As luck would have it, it’s very easy to log out of all active Facebook sessions from any device that you happen to have at your disposal by following the instructions below. 
Close active Facebook sessions using a computer:
1 – Log in to Facebook and click the “arrow” shaped settings icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
2 – Click Settings.
3 – Click the Security link on the left side of the screen.
4 – Click the Edit link on the right-hand side  of the “Where You’re Logged In” line.
5 – You’ll see a “Current Session” listed. That’s the session you’re currently logged into on the device you’re using right now. Any other sessions listed are active sessions on other devices. Close those other sessions one by one by clicking the End Activity link(s) located on the right.
Close active Facebook sessions using a mobile device:
1 – Log in to Facebook and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen.
2 – Tap the Settings and Privacy link.
3 – Tap Security.
4 – Tap Active Sessions.
5 – Scroll to the bottom of the screen an look for any active sessions. They’ll be listed below the current session and begin with Last Accessed:. Tap the small box to the right of each active session and then tap the Remove Selected button.

Great news: Firefox is now available for iPhone and iPad

Mozilla’s Firefox has long been one of the most popular web browsers out there for desktop and laptop users, and Android users have been able to download a fantastic Firefox app from the Google Play Store for some time now. Many Apple iOS users have been clamoring for a Firefox app for their iPhones and iPads, but for whatever reason Mozilla never got around to placing one in the iTunes store.
Well, that has finally changed. Mozilla released Firefox for iOS a few days ago, and I really like it. 
The new Firefox for iOS app is fast, it’s easy to use, and it has most of the full-blown Firefox browser’s best-loved features such as Private Browsing, Intelligent Search, Intuitive Visual Tabs and Automatic Syncing.
Like its Android cousin, the Firefox iOS app is free to download and use, and I recommend that you download it today and give it a try.
iOS users can download the free Firefox app from iTunes. Android users who haven’t tried it yet can get it from the Google Play Store.