If your site is being built or managed by a WordPress development company, it could be worth asking them to explore the possibility of embedding it into your website. And, if you’re still in the early stages of planning to hire a WordPress developer, we have some other information and tips to consider too.
The plugin is now available to users via the WordPress plugin directory. IndexNow uses an API that notifies various search engines of URLs of WordPress pages on which changes have been made. That gives them the prompt they need to crawl these pages. Instead of waiting for search engines to carry out an exploratory crawl of your web pages to see whether anything’s changed, website owners can now deliver a clear signal that content has been refreshed. This means search engines will prioritise crawl for these URLs, meaning search engines will always have the latest versions of updated sites as their focus.
Historically, the biggest problem for website owners is that search engines couldn’t automatically recognise when changes had been made, so it might take days or even weeks to register improved content. That, for many site owners, meant the loss of potential traffic, customers, and sales.
The new plugin also helps herald the move towards a more open internet. By notifying one search engine that you’ve made changes to your website, all other search engines will be informed at the same time. According to Microsoft, many large websites have already adopted the Bing Webmaster URL submission API and are planning to migrate to the new tool, IndexNow.
4. Ask how many projects they have worked on and with what results
You will often find examples of your developers’ work featured on their website. Don’t just read the blurb – navigate to the actual website to give you a feel for how your website could look and function.
Check for testimonials from past clients on their website or on LinkedIn, for instance. Carrying out extra research like this before making your final decision could provide you with the evidence you need that you are hiring the best WordPress development company for your website.
Additionally, ask how many projects they have completed, and particularly consider them if they have carried out projects similar to what you have in mind or for businesses of your type and size. If they have, then this means they already have a good starting point and will hopefully be able to fast-track your website.
Some web developers also specialise in certain niches, so those are also worth considering if you can find one familiar with your industry or the way you work.