Gutenberg: block based editing coming to WordPress soon

Some Trail Websites customers are now using the Elementor page builder for enhanced page layouts and widgets that make complex pages easier to create. Others use the WordPress editor and use WordPress galleries to add nicely organized groups of images. All WordPress sites will soon have another option. Gutenberg is the project name for an …

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Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and Rural Land Foundation

Screenshot of LLCT's new website

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) contacted Trail Websites after learning about our work on the Walden Woods Project website. LLCT was in need of an improved website that was mobile responsive, easier to manage and with event management and better online giving capabilities. The new LLCT website launched in November 2017 and is the foundation …

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WordPress Post Revisions: Go back in time!

WordPress saves revisions of your posts as you edit. This may not be obvious to you. With a post open for editing, click the “Screen Options” dropdown in the upper right of your screen and check the box for “Revisions”. If you don’t see it, you are probably looking at a post with no revisions. …

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New River Land Trust

New River Land Trust (NRLT) found Trail Websites via social media. They wanted to improve their website to make it easier to maintain and navigate as well as improving support for devices with small screens and touch interfaces like smartphones and tablets. As with many of Trail Websites’ customers, NRLT had great content about their …

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Tools for checking your website

Trail Websites recommends using a security plugin like Wordfence or Sucuri to protect your WordPress based website. Both companies now offer free site scanners you can use to quickly check whether your website has any glaring security risks. Before I give you the links, a few notes: No single tool can tell you if your …

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Stewardship Reporting with Google Forms

Land trusts practicing good land stewardship produce a report each year summarizing stewardship activity and land use for stewarded properties. We’ve seen many methods for gathering data from stewards and producing the final report. Some assemble physical copies of handwritten reports into a binder. Others type up reports in a word processor. Some have built …

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Funding is for the birds!

Birds and bird habitat are often key beneficiaries of conservation efforts. In some cases, they are the primary objectives. The Cornell Lab and the Land Trust Alliance put together a guide to funding sources for bird-centric land acquisition and conservation efforts: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/landtrust/bird-focused-funding-opportunities/

First, be genuine

It is tempting to get lost in the maze of Search Engine Optimization, working hard on catchy headlines and keyword filled content, trying to learn the latest in the SEO algorithm race to game the search engines into bringing you more traffic. And you should pay attention to generating traffic. With limited time and budget, …

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The Walden Woods Project

We launched The Walden Woods Project’s new website today. Their prior site had a nice historical feel and a lot of useful content. It was showing its age though with a dependency on Flash for the home page, search tools that weren’t working and no friendliness for mobile devices. The new site balances a more …

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Make your event calendar more effective

If you are like most trusts and other nonprofits, you publish some form of calendar or event listing on your website. You probably even promote it through your newsletter and social media channels. But it isn’t getting the traffic it should. It may be a case of going where your audience is being a better …

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