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19 Sep

How To Migrate Your Website Without Hurting Your SEO
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As your business website grows and ages, it might have to undergo the migration process eventually. Unfortunately, most companies don’t prepare for migrations properly and lose not only traffic but search ranking position as well. This graph from Moz shows an example of a business that poorly migrated their website from HTTP to HTTPS. The result was a six month recovery period to get back to the average traffic they had prior to the migration. Obviously, you want to avoid this kind of recovery time at all costs. If website migration is...

12 Sep

WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release
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WordPress announced yesterday that they have released Wordpress 3.6.1, which is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions. WordPress strongly encourages all customers to update their sites immediately, as this will address the following security concerns: Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution. Prevent a user with an Author role, using a specially crafted request, from being able to create a post “written by” another user. Fix insufficient input validation that could result in redirecting or...

11 Sep

Why Your Website Needs Responsive Design
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We are all using a variety of technologies to access websites these days. Whether it’s smartphones, tablets, laptops, or desktops, web design must be able to function properly across all of these platforms. The traditional web design practices that designers are familiar with just don’t cut it anymore. Designers are now beginning to use responsive web design more and more. So what exactly is responsive web design? Well, it’s an approach that configures a website to the size of the screen a user is viewing the site on. This means that...

30 Aug

Mobile Optimized Websites: Here’s Why You Need One
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When it comes to our use of mobile devices, there’s been something of an explosion in the industry. Claire Broadly of WhoIsHostingThis.com explains: If figures from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project are true, at least 34% of Americans now own a tablet computer. That figure is up from just 3% in 2010. The Pew Research Center also says 61% of American cell phone owners class their device as a smartphone. When you factor in the number of cell phones in use across the US, that gives us...

22 Aug

5 Tutorials to Help You Use HTML5
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There has been a lot of buzz lately about HTML5, the newest hyper text markup language for websites, and the replacement of HTML4 (which was released in 1999!). Since then, the Internet has changed drastically, making the change to HTML5 necessary. HTML is the language used to describe what a web page should look like. A big advantage of HTML5 is that it’s more functional and provides users the ability to create more advanced websites including adding animation and apps. It sounds fairly straightforward but we have just skimmed the surface on...

14 Aug

Make Your WordPress Site More SEO Friendly with These Top 3 Plugins
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WordPress is a popular publishing platform used by millions of people. Not just for bloggers anymore, this tool is being used by many including small and medium-sized businesses, ecommerce companies, and even large corporations to expand their online presence. Its ease of use and affordability compared to other content management systems is what makes it so popular. It also has very good SEO value especially with the right WordPress plugins that are easily available. Some of you are probably already aware of the thousands of plugins out there while some who...