Before I tell you why multiple web hosts is a good idea I would like to remind everybody that today is the deadline for ensuring that your blog / website is mobile friendly. I’ve written two posts about this the first showed how I believed FlexSqueeze2 was better than other mobile friendly blogs. The second post showed how I easily made my websites mobile friendly using FlexSqueeze2. Both posts had videos showing how I performed these tasks.
Having Multiple Web Hosts Good For SEO
Some of you may not know this but I use more than one web host to host my blogs and websites. I do this for the following reasons.
Multiple Domains can put too much stress on your server. Although most web hosts advertise that you can have as many domains as you want with your hosting package this is not entirely true. Especially if those domains host blogs. Have you ever had your host take your blog offline because you were using too much of their resources? Imagine if you had several blogs all with the one host?
Multiple domains on multiple web hosts is better for your SEO. I originally thought linking between my blogs while hosting with one web host was a good thing. Apparently not because Google knows you own all those blogs and so does not give those links as much value as links coming from external hosting accounts.
Having multiple web hosts is also a sound investment. It’s so much better than having all your eggs in one basket. This is because having your host go down takes all your sites with it.
I’ve got two websites which I designed from the ground up. They took me bloody ages to get up and running. Needless to say both websites are not mobile friendly. I converted one the other day from the old website to the new one which is using the WordPress platform. And of course, FlexSqueeze2. That website was my first ever website, The Elusive Pot Of Gold.
While those old websites took ages to create, and never really looked truly professional, the new one took next to no time and looks pretty bloody good. Best thing was I didn’t have to use any HTML! Because it was too hard to modify the old website I rarely bothered. The new one is so easy to modify I will be able to add new content or update the old content with ease.
To show everyone, especially those not familiar with WordPress, I made a video as I updated my second website, BlogSire. You can see from the video exactly how ‘plug and play’ the FlexSqueeze theme is. I say that because there are some out there who have disputed that fact. Something that I’ve found to be absurd as I have used this theme for ages and have watched it develop into the brilliant theme that it is.
Created with the help of the Logo Creator
The image above shows you what Blogsire.com used to look like. The inserts shows how it looks to Google as well as the fact it was far from mobile friendly.
FlexSqueeze2 Has Many Features
It’s true that FlexSqueeze2 has many features, way too many to cover in this post. Some of the features covered in the video below include;
The ability to have a full width header. You can select from one of the many headers included in the theme or upload one of your own.
The ability to have a unique background of your choice. Usually the background scrolls up as you read the post. You will notice in the video how FlexSqueeze allows the background to remain static. This is great if your background has a company logo or something because it stays in view while they’re reading the post.
You can change not only the colour and size of the text but the actual font itself! You can even use Google Fonts.
You can have a transparent background which makes your blog look more like a website if that is the look you’re looking for.
As you’ve seen from past posts you can have a different header for pages as well as categories.
Creating A Mobile Friendly Website With FlexSqueeze2
The only problem with this option is that you can’t incorporate your html pages into your new mobile friendly website. You could link to them but why would you want to considering they’re not mobile friendly. I’m going to edit the html pages letting readers know they’re a better and more functional website whilst linking to the new websites.
It’s of the utmost importance that Google sees your site as being ‘Mobile Friendly’ before April 21st. Here is what Google has to say.
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.
Knowing how important it is was the main reason for finally converting my Load Of Bullshit blog to FlexSqueeze2, as I wrote about in this post. I’ve produced a video that shows exactly how FlexSqueeze2 makes my blogs so mobile friendly. But before I do that I thought I would compare my BS blog with three other blogs. You can test your site using Google’s Mobile Friendly Test.
How Mobile Friendly Is Problogger
According to Google Darren Rowse’s blog is mobile friendly. The image on the left is how Google sees it using their test site. the one on the right is how I saw it using my iPhone, They say you’ve only got a limited amount of time to catch your readers attention. That’s why your heading and the first paragraph is so important. Darren’s blog theme (Genesis) only shows the post heading. Being who he is people will probably click on the heading to read further but I’m not sure that is the same for the rest of us.
Also I found the pop-up, which you can see at the bottom of the image, most annoying.
Mobile Friendly Adrienne Smith
Adrienne’s blog shows up well in both images. Once again though all we see is the posts headings. Adrienne who uses Thesis has a plugin that makes her blog mobile friendly. It was Adrienne’s post on 3 ways to learn what WordPress Theme is being used that divulged the info on what theme was being used.
Mobile Friendly John Chow
While in the process of researching this post I got the inspiration for one of my Load Of Bullshit post. The post is called MOBE, Scam or Not. MOBE is something that Chow is promoting but as far as my research on it goes it has the stink of scam all over it.
As for Chows blog it is mobile friendly but all you see is a whole lot of adverts. You need to scroll down before you get any content. Don’t know how many people will scroll down to see what he has to offer.
Mobile Friendly Load Of BS
Finally we have my Load of Bullshit blog. As you can see using FlexSqueeze2 the mobile friendly version is actually a scaled down version of the actual blog. The theme strips the sidebars and puts them below the post. The headers look different because they were taken on different days, as you can probably tell by the blog posts.
That video will show you how easy it is to make my blogs not only mobile friendly, but to look just like the original. All I had to do was to make a header with the Logo Creator, upload it to my site and fill in the required field. For those of you who are interested I went for a header that was 460 pixels wide.
You may have noticed that I didn’t link to Darren Rowse or John Chow. The reason for that is because I don’t link to A Listers.
If you have any questions just leave a comment. I’ll try my best to answer it for you. How friendly is your blog?
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