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Category Archives: Tips and Tricks


Website Maintenance Plans Now Available For Any Website

Website Maintenance Plans Now Available For Any Website

We’ve been offering our superb website maintenance services to our web design and development customers for about 6 months now, and now we’d like to offer it to you as well. We can handle any website, WordPress or not, and the service includes a set number of content edits per month, with security monitoring, backups, and for WordPress sites, any needed core or plugin updates included, with a minimum of 3 months of service to get started, billed monthly. We can easily add it to…

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Boost website performance, eliminate server load, using Cloudflare’s Page Rules

Boost website performance, eliminate server load, using Cloudflare’s Page Rules

Many website owners use the amazing and free Cloudflare CDN (content delivery network), which caches static files (images, javascript, CSS) in all 28 data centers around the world, while also providing a layer of security and traffic scanning/blocking. The result is faster load times for your web site, and lessened possibility of a hacked or attacked website. Most website owners also enable server-side caching, with WordPress sites usually using W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, Hyper Cache, or other popular plugins. These plugins lessen the server load…

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Benefits and warnings with using the new Universal Analytics in Google Analytics by Yoast v5.0

Benefits and warnings with using the new Universal Analytics in Google Analytics by Yoast v5.0

Google Analytics by Yoast v5 was a major rewrite, and had some issues that affected all sites, but was quickly patched throughout the day, ending with v5.0.5 being automatically pushed out to all sites that haven’t turned off automatic minor updates. Let’s review the updates in Google Analytics now that we’ve had a few days to play with it on a number of live sites that we manage for customers. Google Analytics by Yoast v5 Enhancements For Google Analytics by Yoast, the v5 update includes these new…

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WordPress 3.7 adds auto-update capability

Maintaining the WordPress core updates just became a little easier, thanks to the latest version of WordPress, v3.7, released October 24th. It adds quite a bit of functionality under the hood, most you won’t notice, but one big feature is automatic minor updates. While that makes keeping the core platform up-to-date with the latest security and bug fix updates (i.e. going from 3.7 to 3.7.1), it also adds the option for auto-updating plugins and themes, which may make maintenance tons easier, as plugins and themes can…

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Tighten Your WordPress Site's Security With These Tools

Recently there’s been more and more sites getting infected with malware via automated scripts because of weak passwords or insecure non-updated WordPress sites. Here’s a few tools and tips we recommend to secure your WordPress web site better. First, start using a strong but memorable (so you’ll actually use it) passphrase for each site login. See this kxcd comic first to understand the point: http://xkcd.com/936/ Then go here to help you choose a nice, easy to remember, yet very strong passphrase: http://passphra.se/ I add the site name to…

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3 Surprising WordPress Uses Beyond Blogging for Business

WordPress Guest Blog Series I am guest blogging for sister company Fandom Marketing on Blogging For Business, covering some unique WordPress topics. Here’s a summary of a recent post, with the link to the full article: WordPress powers lots of web sites and blogs such as CNN’s blogs, and can be extended with plugins to power more common advanced needs like e-commerce or portfolios, but here are 3 surprising uses of WordPress that aren’t typically thought of together with the WordPress platform. I hope this…

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How to Optimize RSS to Display Featured Blog Images

WordPress Guest Blog Series I am guest blogging for sister company Fandom Marketing on Blogging For Business, covering some unique WordPress topics. Here’s a summary of a recent post, with the link to the full article: Images are playing a bigger part of blogging, with themes that highlight the posts’ featured images becoming more popular, creating great visually appealing layouts. Even more so with the popularity of Pinterest and Facebook sharing, which uses an image from the page or post. Even with various methods for…

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Top 3 Tips to Being a Successful Affiliate Marketer

Top 3 Tips to Being a Successful Affiliate Marketer

Enjoy this great guest post from Maria Palma of Studio 747 on her experience as an affiliate marketer… As an internet entrepreneur for the past 10 years, I’ve researched dozens of ways to make money online, and one business model that has worked for me is affiliate marketing, which is promoting other people’s services or products and making a commission from sales. Over the years I’ve joined dozens of affiliate programs and recommended hundreds of products to my website visitors and blog readers. We’re always…

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Today's 3 fav WordPress plug-ins

I came across these three plug-ins, and thought I’d share them. First up, a great IE 6 warning plug-in. IE6 needs to die.. and this plug-in can help warn the ignorant: Shockingly Big IE6 Warning From WordPress.org: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shockingly-big-ie6-warning/ The Shockingly Big IE6 Warning is a plugin that shows a warning message alerting the user why it is bad to use IE6, the security risk and the bad compatibility of Web Standards. You can choose from 3 types of warning: TOP, a discreet top bar FULL, a fullscreen warning…

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How to set WordPress to stop prompting for FTP info

It’s pretty simple… just edit your WordPress wp-config.php file, adding the following lines: //* FTP login credentials to stop WordPress asking for FTP details * define(‘FTP_HOST’, ‘ftp.yoursite.com’); define(‘FTP_USER’, ‘Your_FTP_Username’); define(‘FTP_PASS’, ‘Your_FTP_password’); //*If you can use SFTP SSL connection set this to true* define(‘FTP_SSL’, true);



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