Juan Olvera

Front-end Web Developer at adWhite, CSS junkie, JavaScript hipster and Python wannabe
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Awesome WordPress Plugins

Since I joined adWhite, we have built around 30 sites using WordPress. We have dealt with all kinds of disasters — and successes as well. That’s why we keep choosing it as our preferred CMS.

The Benefits of Switching from Chrome to Firefox

Since I fully switched to Firefox, it’s been hard to use Chrome again. I use it sometimes to test cross-browser compatibility in websites and to load some pages that don’t work with Firefox (yes, they exist), but that's it.

How to Use “Source” Meta Tags to Syndicate Content to Other Domains

With the need to diversify the mediums where we publish content, sometimes it’s a good idea to reuse content we already have, especially if that content has proven that it’s getting traction.

What Are Alt Tags?

Rule number one for alt tags: they are not alt tags, they are alt attributes, also called alt text. A tag is an HTML element, for example, `<img src=“logo.jpg”>` and along with the alt attribute it looks like this: `<img src=“logo.jpg” alt=“adWhite’s logo”>`. 

The alt attribute helps to explain what the image is about to people who can’t see it. For example, when a visually impaired person is using a website, a screen reader can read out loud the alt attribute, giving the user context about the image.

Search engines use the alt attribute for the same purpose. That’s why some people recommend including keywords in the alt attribute. But be aware: the use of keywords that convey no context in the image in alt attributes can hurt the SEO instead of improving it. This is called keyword stuffing.

Life Without Google & Chrome

It’s been almost three years since I switched entirely to Firefox and two years since I made DuckDuckGo my default search engine in all my browsers. 

It wasn’t easy and the change happened in phases. 

I started using Google Chrome the day the beta version was released to test it. I soon became an advocate of its use. It wasn’t an easy change. My bank website didn’t work and required me to use Internet Explorer. Similar useful websites didn't work well with the new browser either. However, people started using it because it was the best out there, even better than Firefox … at the time.

However, in recent years with the increase of privacy awareness, and knowing how Google interconnects all products and shares personal data, I decided to look for an alternative. I didn't think I needed a complete replacement but something that could let me switch over if I wanted to.

Even though I know people find it a fair trade to give their data in exchange for the benefits that Google provides with their services (Gmail, Google Maps, Google Analytics), I prefer to keep my private life private.

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