75 ways to improve blog reading experience and engagement Part 3/3

This is the third part of the series; follow the links to check the first and second parts.

52. Author Images

By default, WordPress pulls user profile images from Gravatar profile. There is no direct way to add custom images. However, with the custom author image option, user can add their own image to the user profile.

52. Author Follow Button

Industry thought leaders share their analysis, view, guide over the blog. In addition, a social media platform follow option is given in the author box so that readers can follow the author for upcoming content.

53. Recent Items and blog count for Author

Instead of a complete author archive index link, a list of few blog items can be added to the author box.

54. Image Zoom

Image zooming is absolutely needed on WooCommerce product images, but it can also be used on blog images. For example, if you add big and complex infographics or inline images to the blog, those may not show all the default views. In this case, image zoom comes handy.

55. Lazy Load Image

Images below viewport are loaded after the first-page load. This improves page load time and gives a better user experience.

Here is the list of smaller yet creative ways to make blog reading enjoyable for readers.

56. Summary / Conclusion Section

Depend on clients’ blogging requirements and audiences, we build custom templates or blocks. For example, for technology industry clients, the conclusion or summary section needs to be styled differently from the content’s body.

57. Custom Separators

We create custom separators based on client requirements and their industry. We add custom and creative separators like dots, a combination of text, lines, icons, and more with a typical separator. The same block can also be used as a separator.

58. Heading Styles

Custom heading styles gives added aesthetics and visual structure to blog content.

59. Steps Styling

Content creators who write recipes or how-to articles need to focus more on the steps section. In such cases, we style steps, lists accordingly.

60. Next and Previous Articles

To increase page views/session or, in other terms, reader engagement next and previous articles section is a good option. It is generally placed at the end of the content.

61. Links in Heading / Title

You can add internal or external links in headings; this functionality is available in the default Gutenberg editor.

62. Hosting a blog on Subdomain

As per clients’ content strategy, a blog can be hosted on a subdomain for various reasons. Therefore, we can migrate the blog from the main to the subdomain and set up redirect accordingly to ensure that this change does not impact SEO.

63. Custom Blocks

We create custom Gutenberg blocks that can be used for various purposes inside blog posts or pages. Here are few examples

  • CTA
  • Services
  • Form

64. RSS Feeds

RSS feed publishes content in XML format; users can subscribe to these feeds in RSS feed readers like Feedly, Feedburner, etc. By default, WordPress publishes RSS feeds for your blog, categories, and authors. RSS feeds can also be used to display content from one website to another.

DIfferent feeds from different blogs, social media can be pulled individually and/or collectively and displayed after curation with plugins like WP RSS Aggregator.

65. Podcast Promotion

Podcasts from popular service providers like SoundCloud, BuzzSprout, PodBean, Spotify, etc., are embedded in blog posts. A complete podcast player can also be added to the page or sidebar with a selected playlist etc. We integrate these famous platforms and tweak the styling to make it in sync with website styling.

Users can play embedded podcasts on the website itself; if they prefer to listen to it over a particular service provider platform, a link is added at the bottom of the embed.

Must Listen Moments – If the client wants to feature must listen moments from the embedded podcast, we can style this section differently.

66. Distraction Free View / Reading mode

Reading mode removes clutter from the screen and allows users to focus on the core content. It removes sidebars, advertisements, and extra template and content styling. Readers can use full-screen mode to enhance the reading experience further.

67. Print CSS

print.css styles the content for PDFs or print screen option. It needs to write differently than style.css

68. Dark and Light Mode

Dark mode improves readability, especially in the nighttime.

69. Translate

You have a global blog audience, but it is impossible to run a blog or website in multiple international languages. However, you can use Google Translate on your website that translates the content in a given language. Google’s translations are machine-based; those are good but not perfect, this can be used as an intermediary solution.

70. Multilingual

To run a blog in a real multilingual sense, plugins like Polylang, WPML are used. It sets the base language for your blog and gives a ready way to add manually written/translated content.

Polylang

71. Read out Loud (Text to Speech)

Amazon Polly used the Amazon TTS engine to convert a blog text into one of its 30 AI-based Voices. TTS is helpful for people with vision disabilities.

72. Responsive Tables

Tables responsiveness is a known problem in the content world. We integrate an advanced table maker plugin that makes you a visual way to build a table that makes it adapt to the different screens automatically.

73. Gallery

An image gallery is one of the best to showcase your work, especially for clients who deal with visual elements like photography, calligraphy, Tatoo, Food bogging, etc.

Gallery plugins have the following galleries.

  • Thumbnail
  • Grid
  • Masonry
  • Slideshow
  • Tiles
  • Filmstrip

74. Google Integration

We integrate website/blog with Google Search Console and Google Analytics. It gives the following facilities.

  • view stats in WordPress admin
  • stats from search console and Analytics together
  • easy to manage webmaster tasks
Google sitekit

75. Yoast SEO

Last but not least, a foundational plugin for blog and website SEO. It offers

  • Keyword targeting
  • SEO Analysis
  • Title checks
  • Sitemap.xml creation
  • internal / external link checks
  • Meta description, Image ALT tags
  • Keyphrase distribution, density, and length check

Along with it, add OpenGraph schema; it supports local, video, and news schemas.

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