NEWS: Brute Force Attack on WordPress Sites

No, this isn’t a false alarm. Please pay close attention. At least 90,000 IP addresses have been affected to date. I know that one of the accounts that IWD maintains was hit yesterday. I was able to shut them out and protect the site from further harm. Symptoms of the attack: Slow back-end admin area…

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Infographic: WordPress.com versus WordPress.org

WordPress.com versus WordPress.org

WMPU has a great article comparing the two ways to use WordPress: hosted on WordPress.com or self-hosted using WordPress downloaded from WordPress.org on your own server. They have given permission to display the following infographic that condenses all the information into one easy-to-read and understand image. If you currently have a business website on WordPress.com,…

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Then Sings My Soul

Do you like music? What kind? My favorite genre is contemporary Christian music from the likes of Chris Tomlin, Mark Schultz, TobyMac, and the Newsboys. I am quite eclectic within the genre but it is pretty much the only type of music I listen to consistently. I also enjoy classical, especially those that feature flute…

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Is Your Bounce Rate Greater than 60%?

Bounce Rate Percentage

While many people are concerned with the number of inbound links from external websites in their quest for page one of Google’s search results, they often overlook their bounce rate. Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors that enter your site and then leave your website without viewing other pages on your site. Search engines…

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How important is page load time to SEO?

Path Fast and Slow

If you have a website, you are probably concerned with where you end up in search engine results, particularly Google. You may have heard that how quickly your page loads plays a part in that determination but how important is it actually? When Google first announced that they were going to included page speed in…

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Are you using a cartoon logo for your website?

Can you image going to a financial site and seeing this faceless man greet you? Would you trust this site with your hard-earned money? Going further, would you “connect” with this site if this was the only thing you saw and it was also used on Facebook and Twitter? Cartoon logos have been in use…

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WordPress 3.5 Released

Today, WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” was made available. If you are a WordPress website user, you may have noticed the link at the top of the admin area of your site. There are lots of new features but the biggest change is to the Media Gallery and how you work with it within posts and pages.…

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Posts and Pages in WordPress

WordPress has two general types of ways to display content: posts and pages. Do you know the difference between posts and pages in WordPress? Similarities between Posts and Pages in WordPress Whether you click “Add New” under Posts or Pages, you will get a similar screen showing a place for a title, the editor (the…

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My Favorite WordPress Plugins

With over 20,000 WordPress plugins available on WordPress.org — and who knows how many there are available scattered throughout the Internet — how do you decide which ones deserve your attention? One thing I look at is the ratings and people have given it. I also pay attention to the reputation of the developer. If…

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Top 5 Reasons Your Typography Is Turning Away Visitors

typography

Business owners often think that the most important aspect of their website is the content. They focus their efforts on the products, the descriptions of services, or the photographs. They hire professionals to write blogs and to post comments. But what many of these business owners fail to realize is that something much simpler might…

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What’s Next?

From time to time we all struggle with the question, “What’s next?” We get so lost in the busy-ness of life that we look back at recent days, weeks, even months and wonder what we have really accomplished. One thing I have re-learned recently is that you must have goals, even in day-to-day living. Where…

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Types of Web Hosting

If you are going to publish a business website, then you need a place from which it is served. Many large companies host their websites on their own internal servers. You need a strong, reliable connection to the Internet, an experienced staff capable of managing all of the technical aspects and reliable telecommunication services. For…

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