Tips, WordPress

Fix AMP Plugin Not Validating Due to HTTPS Plugin

If you’re like us you’re excited to get Accelerated Mobile Pages working on your site. However, you might also be running into a validation error such as “The mandatory tag ‘amphtml engine v0.js script’ is missing or incorrect”.

After lots of troubleshooting we determined that the very outdated WordPress HTTPS (SSL) Plugin was causing issues. If you can find an alternative to the plugin that would be your easiest fix. However, if you’re in the same boat as us and need only certain pages on your site to be HTTPS then here is a code snippet to add to your themes function.php file. The only change you need to make is to change the Page ID, the one in the example is 126, to whatever the page ID is for the page you want to be secure. Read more

Tips, Tutorials, Web Development

Free Mandrill Alternatives!

If you’re like us and you have hundreds of clients that host on Godaddy.com and use WordPress then you’ve inevitably run into the issue where your form submission emails never show up in the clients inbox. You’ve called Godaddy and listened them tell you to install various plugins such as WP SMTP but still have not had any success. Then you found Mandrill. Mandrill WAS a free service offered by MailChimp that improved email deliverability. The problem is it WAS a free service.Read more

Tips, Web Design, Web Development, WordPress

How to Hide Your WordPress Theme Information

A reader recently commented on our How to Name Your WordPress Theme post asking how to hide the theme information from being seen when someone looks at your site info.

It is actually a pretty simple fix that can be done in less than two minutes.

All you need to do is open up your theme’s function.php file.

Add the line of code below and your theme information will no longer show when someone views your site information in their browser.

remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’);

If you need help feel free to leave a comment below.

Small Business, Tips, Web Design, Web Development

Three Trends in Website Design for Midsize Businesses

These three web design trends are just a few of those we’re seeing, but they are the ones that can make the biggest difference in a company’s online presence and, ultimately, their bottom line. 

Because website development and design are always changing, one of the things we hear a lot at Cat on the Couch are questions that begin with “Does my website need…”    Then comes the list: a shopping cart, a video section, a blog, a gaming component, a photo section, a calendar, more copy, less copy, more pictures, fewer pictures, mobile capability, tablet capability, social media, welcome pages, splash pages, independent sites that link to the main site—and it goes on and on.Read more