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If you run a business that doesn’t collect sensitive information like credit cards or emails, you might think no one would bother to hack your site. Sure, Yahoo, Equifax, and Target get hacked, but they have credit cards, social security numbers, and email accounts. Unfortunately, if your site’s coding has vulnerabilities, hackers can and will hack your site, regardless of the information they might be able to steal. It’s not...
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While the items below can sometimes be done within plugins, adding them to the .htaccess file is more secure and often easier. If you already know what you’re looking for, the cheatsheet is below. Otherwise, let’s explain briefly what a .htaccess file is. What is .htaccess? The .htaccess file is a file that controls users when they first enter your site. It looks like a simple text file, but instead...
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Ostensibly you didn’t spend a couple thousand dollars on your website to have it just sit there; you probably want it to attract some customers. After all, your website should be an investment not a money pit. So what happens when you aren’t getting any customers? How do you know what to fix? The list below is pretty long, but includes almost every aspect of your site that could be...
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If you have a website, you’ve probably heard about SSL in the last couple of months. Everybody’s talking about how you need to add it to your site and how it will hurt your Google rankings if you don’t do it NOW. But what exactly is SSL? Why do you need it? Why now? How much is it and how do you “install” it? In just a few minutes, this...
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Refreshing only a section of a page instead of reloading the entire page can be a nice touch for the user experience. Beyond reloading a Div when the user does something (say, clicks a button), you can also use this technique to automatically reload a Div based on time intervals. So if you want to refresh content in your sidebar every 40 seconds, you can combine our AJAX call with a...
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The Bounce Rate as recorded by Google is a number that comes up in most website statistics summaries. But like many statistics, this one can be misleading if you don’t know the whole story. At first glance, the Bounce Rate seems obvious. It’s when people come to your site and then bounce (as in, leave). In English colloquialism, this sounds like teenagers getting to a party, finding it “lame”, and...
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This post is a Solution Post for those who might run into the following problems: Are you trying to update URLs and there’s an error? (ie. using Velvet Blues Update URLs plugin) Are you getting errors on the site like: cannot create directory? Are you getting permission errors on files that shouldn’t have permissions errors? Solution: Check the Uploads Path in the Database Log into your WordPress site’s database in...
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When you have WordPress set up on your localhost (see link below if you don’t), you’ll want to start using SASS. There are programs you can download and use to watch your coding and make changes, but before you use one of those, it’s important to know what SASS is and how it works on a basic level. It’s also incredibly easy to use the Command Line to compile SASS,...
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  If you’ve been working in WordPress for any amount of time, you know that you can install WordPress directly onto a live server hosted at any number of hosting companies, including Godaddy or A2hosting. For smaller sites with a quicker development timeframe, this setup is ideal. But for larger sites or sites with more than one developer working on them, using a live server may not be the best...
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Ajax has become very popular because of the ease of use it incorporates into a website for the user. It isn’t a single language, but more a conglomeration of css, ajax, javascript and html. Basically, I’m going to show you how to get the iframe effect (not reloading the whole page, only part of it) but without the iframe (because really, no one should be using those anymore!). If you’re...
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The Quarterly Byte provides you with bite-size actionable items to improve your website every quarter. read more...