Securing Your WordPress Site

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in WordPress, WordPress Security

Securing Your WordPress Site

WHO WANTS TO HACK YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE? So you’re thinking, “Why would anyone want to hack my website?”.   Here’s just a few reasons: 1 – Fun & Fame:  Many amatuer hackers, including teens as young as 12 years old, just want the local notoriety.  Some have “clubs” where they try to one-up each other on local business websites they can hack. 2 – SEO:  A competitor, or hacker hired by your competitor can use your site to enhance...

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IPV6: The New Y2K Bug, Will Bite YOU!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in WordPress

IPV6: The New Y2K Bug, Will Bite YOU!

The Call: I get calls for help, from other web developers from time to time, thanks to my backend server and database experience.  But this caller was different.   He said he thought he might need a voodoo doctor or psychiatrist, but he was giving me “first shot” at the problem. While I pondered whether I would prefer being thought of as a voodoo doctor or a shrink, the caller explained that the “problem” was that his client was about to fire him...

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Free Domain Names

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blog, Small Business

Free Domain Names

Free Domain Names – What a Deal! I just noticed a web designer ad on Palm Harbor Craigslist today, offering “free domain names” when you have them build your website. Some other ads had “Our price includes your domain name..” or words to that effect. Unfortunately, many people may not realize that this is usually a trap! Domain Name Held Hostage Over the years, I’ve had dozens of people call me wanting help getting a “divorce”...

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Move 1 Site in Multisite

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in WordPress

Change a Site Folder Name in Multisite Have you ever setup a WordPress Multisite, then discovered one of the site names (i.e.: folder name) was wrong?  No?  Oh.  Well, I did.  But the good news is that I fixed it! Hey, it could happen.  Maybe you get a better idea about how those site folders should be named, but the entire multisite is already setup. All you have to do is wave a magic wand (and run the script below). Let me explain a few things you need to edit in the...

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Custom PHP Projects

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Small Business

Thinking about a custom PHP web project? Maybe an online web store? Then this post is for you! I interviewed with a small business owner and his young IT manager yesterday.  They want to build a custom PHP web application to sell their apparel products. They are currently using Shopify, and are unhappy that their site isn’t fully responsive and that they don’t have access to much of the visitor data. I asked about using a CMS solution like WooCommerce, Magento,...

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SSL, SEO & Fake News

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, SEO

I’ve read three articles in as many weeks, all claiming that SSL will not help your search ranking, even though Google has been telling us the opposite for the past two years. The latest attempt at misinformation was an article on WebSiteMagazine.com – which used to be a good resource for web developers.  The headline, “Don’t Buy Into the SEO Hype Around HTTPS & SSL” would seem to say that SSL won’t help you with Google, etc....

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