It’s easy to overlook one of the basic building blocks of your online presence: your domain name. You register it somewhere for a nominal fee and maybe set up email or website and then forget about it. Besides keeping up with annual registration renewals, what’s to worry about? Actually, lots.
I’m often asked about the new DIY (do-it-yourself) website platforms currently available, among them Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, and some other web builder tools that may be offered by registrar companies like GoDaddy. The question is, what’s the difference between these services and WordPress? There are actually a lot of differences, not only in how they work, but what […]
You may have heard that Google is starting to pressure website owners to transition to serving their sites with SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You know you’re on a secured site when you see a padlock in your browser’s address bar. While most are aware you need this to safely shop online, many are slow to adopt it, thinking it’s not necessary for a non- e-commerce site. This is changing fast. In the very near future, the Chrome browser (and most likely Firefox and Safari, too) will display a security warning for any site that is not secured with SSL. If you have a form (even a simple contact form) without SSL, your browser may display a nasty warning message.
Whenever I build or update a client’s WordPress site, a question often arises about the blog comment form. Although WordPress is used mostly as a content management system for business websites, its roots are in blogging. All WP sites have a blog built-in – and with that blog comes with the capacity for visitors to post comments to your blog posts.
So, are blog comments necessary? The short answer is no. There are some WP users that are blogging for traffic and visibility and for them, visitor comments can help build community and serve as a SEO and traffic booster. But for most website owners, they’re unnecessary and can create messaging confusion. Here’s my three top reasons to simply disable comments:
Are you currently enjoying a holiday lull and have some extra time to plan some overdue updates to your website? Maybe you’re thinking about ways to improve your online security? Or, maybe you’re like me and just binge-watching Netflix and eating too many cookies. Either way, here’s my top 5 New Year’s resolutions you should consider for 2017…
Working online presents a constant barrage of new services and tools that’s challenging to keep up with, let alone understand. While it’s fun to try new services and tools and see how they can solve problems that my clients face, it still can be overwhelming at times. I try to devote a bit of time each day to keeping up with tech blogs, and this helps keep me in the loop. As much as I read blogs and sign up for free trials, I still have a case of FOMO – afraid I’m missing out on the perfect tool…the one awesome service that I hadn’t heard about just yet. Over time, I developed a short list of sites that I go to when I’m scouting out a new service. Next time you’re looking for a new online business resource, start with these sites. They’ll save you tons of time and you’ll be better informed when it’s time to make a decision.
Just like cars (and everything else), websites age, and if you don’t tend to them, they will begin to show it. The good news is that many WordPress website problems are easily averted with some common-sense, regularly-administered technical maintenance. If your site has been sitting online unchanged for a few years, lookout for the following:
SSL security (and how to add it to your website) can be mystifying for even the most tech-savvy website owner. My last post about website security and SSL really hit a nerve! I received so many questions about it, I thought I’d put together a SSL “shopper’s guide”. With the increased awareness and demand for securing websites, I began gathering sources and specifications so that I can guide clients to the right SSL product for the job, at the best price.