Since Google announced in 2014 that HTTPS would become a positive factor in matter of ranking, the talk about HTTPS has never stopped. Now, at the upcoming of the Chrome new update, HTTPS seems to be crucial. October 2017 looks like the month in which you should switch your blog from HTTP to HTTPS.
How does the HTTPS works?
HTTPS secures the connection between the visitor and the visited site, while HTTP offers no protection for data eventually you entered in the website, for example: username and password, when you log in.
HTTP is a plain sight connection between the browser and the IP address for the requested website. HTTPS encrypts the connection between you the visited website and makes you sure that no one can intercept the data you sent to the website. Continue reading →
How frustrating is to reach a website after a long buffering or watching the page slowly charging while you’re waiting to read the content you were looking for? To me: a lot. That’s the reason why we released a new cache system for your blog. To make your blog faster, to improve the user experience, to extend the availability of all your contents in shorts: to make your visitors happier.
Altervista cache is a cutting edge HTTP accelerator designed to reduce loading time of web pages to a minimum. Less time spent waiting while the page is loading, better user experience on your Altervista blog.
How Does Altervista Cache Works?
Web cache is a temporary storage of HTML pages, such they are your blog pages, it reduces perceived lag and bandwidth usage. Storing pages in the cache makes easier to keep all contents of the blog available, even for a huge amount of visitors trying to reach a web page at the same moment.
Internal tests have shown Altervista Cache makes response time of a web page 50% faster, cutting a half on the delay it may occurs in the charging of the page.
Hw To Activate Altervista Cache
Activate Altervista Cache on your blog it takes you a moment: choose Altervista Cache from the Settings menu on your Dashboard and click on Activate your cache and enjoy your blog, faster and smarter.
A new main WordPress release, 4.3 named “Billie” in honor of jazz singer Billie Holiday, is available for update your blog on Altervista. New tools in 4.3 make it even easier and faster to format your content and customize your WordPress site on Altervista.
Update your WordPress blog on Altervista is pretty easy, just click on the link in the WordPress dashboard and go on for a few step ahead. We do set a back up of your blog, just before the updating process, so you can synchronize your blog if a problem occur during the updating process.
Check out this video from wordpress.org blog, about the news in WordPress 4.3 Billie.
Menus in the Customizer
Create your menu, update it, and assign it, all while live-previewing in the customizer. The streamlined customizer design provides a mobile-friendly and accessible interface. Continue reading →
Increase blog hits on mobile devices is a primary goal that we face nowadays. We found out a simple way to manage at its best the tiny space on mobile screen to showcase gracefully you content and giving, in the same place, the opportunity for sharing them.
It’s a mobile navbar and it’s a powerful tool to obtain more page views and sharings. You can have the mobile toolbar exclusively on your Altervista blog.
Have Your Personal Toolbar
The mobile navbar is composed by two segments: social sharing buttons and posts index. Here it is as it appears like on your blog, pretty posh isn’t it?
In the last weeks we worked hard to find a way to improve earnings on your blog. We run tests on a huge amount of blogs and we found out a few settings that could change for the better your cash out. We both worked on desktop and mobile, so you can appreciate a growing in earnings on both sides.
The Desktop Side: Skyscraper Huge
First suggestion: use the Autopilot. Autopilot is how we call the Ads System in Altervista that fills your blog with the best ads for your WordPress theme.
It’s pretty easy to use it: Dashboard -> Earn -> click on Activate Autopilot. Advertisements that better fit in your current WordPress theme will be placed and you start to earn from them.
Second suggestion: add a skyscraper huge (300×600). That type of advertisement it works very well in the revenue system we run on Altervista. You should add a widget Altervista With Google AdSense in your blog sidebar, then select skyscraper huge (300×600), and choose colors before click on Save. To join this peculiar Adv network, that pays you both per click and per view, you first have to connect you Google AdSense account to Altervista.
The Mobile Side Of Adv
The increasing importance of mobile traffic made us wondering about how to place ads for the best revenue. We’ve been monitoring a dozen of blogs and we discovered that in posts with more than 250 words ads placed in the middle of the post get more click that ads placed right under the post title. So, we did place it down to get more click.
If you activate the Autopilot to manage adv on your blog and the mobile system on Altervista your ads banner will be placed in order to obtain more clicks at the middle of the post or right under the title.
We have introduced a new banner sized 320×50 placed at the bottom of the page. Also, this banner is available by using the Autopilot and it’s part of the Altervista With Google AdSense advertisement program. It’s easy to join in, and start to earn with your blog.
Blogs on Altervista don’t have to worry about #Mobilegeddon, the switch in Google algorithm announced for April 21:
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. (Official Webmaster Central Google Blog)
You can test your blog here, it’s really easy: just fill the form with you blog URL and find out if your blog it fits rightly on smartphones. If you are using Altervista Mobile Blog System it surely does: your blog is awesome on mobile devices.
If you haven’t already activate Mobile on your Altervista blog, just do it. Choose the design settings, pick up your favorite theme and press save.
Don’t worry about your Google ranking on mobile searches, use Altervista Blog.
Since from the very beginning we were used, here at Altervista, to read all the messages from users.
At the very beginning there was no business plan, no investors but there was a crystal clear vision.
At that time, early 2000, lot of opinions were spreading around about what was going to be the web. Altervista vision was plain and simple: people would love to share their ideas, to stake their claim on the web.
Even people who weren’t able to write code would love to publish on the internet, that’s what we thought at that time. People would love to do it free of charge, easily and maybe they would love it even more if they could earn something form their web traffic.
So we start the free hosting with revenue sharing (and no mandatory ads) system. That system just worked out, actually it’s still working. The plain and simple idea we had at the time it’s still here, two Millions and a half websites created on Altervista later.
Since from the 2005 Altervista is part of Banzai, the e-commerce and digital editor company leading in Italy; on February Banzai stocks are placed in the Milan Stock Exchange.
At the very beginning Altervista was a student project, now it’s part of a group in the Stock Exchange Market. We still run the same system, we still like to offer web space for free, with the freedom to use it and the opportunity to earn money from your web content.
The other day we received a message from Arthur:
Dear friends at Altervista,
My experience with Altervista has been an eye-opener. I had tried several other hosting services and registrars, and Altervista comes on top.
Thank you for a wonderful service. May you go on to greater success.
Arthur, Sydney, Australia
We’re happy that we still do read all the messages we receive.
Here you can find the technological resources you need to manage a successful website: now, forever, free of charge. Here you can build the website you were looking for.
Thanks to the consolidation of its system Altervista can now provide, since form the starting hour and totally free of charge, the resources necessary to create a website or a blog of considerable size, and that can withstand a lot of traffic.
You can open a blog with unlimited space and traffic; you can open a website with 3 GB of space for your content, and 30 GB of bandwidth to sustain its traffic; as usual you can even expand your resources if it’s needed.
The number of bloggers who cash out is constantly increasing, and due to the success of our business model we can now offer more web resources from the day one.
The vision of Altervista is: growing together. If the websites we host are successful than we can invest in technical development and offer it to the websites we host. That’s how it goes and that’s what we did. Continue reading →
Improved in size, pretty skilled for social relations, in a catch-eyes mood, the new Altervista Toolbar it can really fits your website. Because it can fits any kind of websites. No fixed rules, advanced design tools, new gadgets, take a glance on it: it works good.
Take Control On The Look And Feel
The way it looks it does it count, we knew it when we decided to improve design tools on the Altervista Toolbar. You can set everything at you will, now. You can start using a pre selected couple of matching colors, then give a chance to a straight one, pick up your favorite nuance and so on until you find the right equilibrium.
The starting point is at the dashboard of your website, click on Manage Toolbar, and begin to customize the toolbar by adding widgets and editing the look and feel. Continue reading →