Irma came and went but we stayed!

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Hope you and yours are safe and recouping from the Hurricanes. We were lucky here in Sarasota, Erma could have been much worse. We have power and internet.

Please remember that if you are on our Managed VPS hosting your site is always backed up, updated and secure. If you are on our Shared Server Hosting than it is up to you to make sure your site is backed up and updated.  You should do maintenance on your site at least quarterly. Please contact me for more info.

 

Google is moving to Mobile-first Indexing

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This is big news. Read more on Google Webmaster Central Blog.

As we move towards a more mobile-focused index our customers are in good shape because Paintscape Designs uses Responsive Design! Since the Content and Markup is equivalent across mobile and desktop in responsive WordPress websites, you shouldn’t have to change anything! However if you have a older site that has configuration where the primary content and markup is different across mobile and desktop, you should consider making some changes to your site. Make sure your site is current and working properly and contact me today!

WordPress 4.5.2 Security Release

It is important to keep your website, backed up and up-to-date. If you are uncomfortable with doing your own maintenance, use my  updating service for a nominal fee.

WordPress 4.5.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.5.1 and earlier are affected by a SOME vulnerability through Plupload, the third-party library WordPress uses for uploading files. WordPress versions 4.2 through 4.5.1 are vulnerable to reflected XSS using specially crafted URIs through MediaElement.js, the third-party library used for media players. MediaElement.js and Plupload have also released updates fixing these issues.

 

High-profile domain registrars are being targeted by a massive phishing attack

This important bulletin  comes from OpenSRS (tucows.com) . We are resellers for Tucows and all our customers should heed this warning.

You may have heard that many high-profile domain registrars are being targeted by a massive phishing attack against domain owners.

We have received reports that some of those attacks are using Tucows branded emails to target some of our resellers and possibly end users all over the world. The fraudulent emails claim that a particular domain name has been suspended and ask users to click a link. domainabuse@tucows.com.org is being used as “From” and “Reply-to” addresses.

We are asking all OpenSRS resellers to be extra vigilant of these fraudulent suspension notices. In case you or your end users receive an email from tucows.com.org:

  • Do not click any links
  • Do not reply to the email
  • Do not call any phone numbers listed within the email

Managed Hosting means your site is always secure and up-to-date

cloud-server-XSmallI have added Managed VPS Hosting because I find that many people do not keep up with updates and only get in touch when a problem surfaces. Also security on Websites has become more important and updates are more frequent in today’s climate as hackers are finding new security holes and exploiting them. A managed hosting plan adds additional peace of mind that the site is always up to date and secure. Being on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) also means that you are not negatively effected by other websites being compromised as can be the case on a shared server hosting plan. Please get in touch today for more information.

On-Page SEO

On-Page SEOUse On-Page SEO: Using your keywords when editing your content.

What is a Keyword and how do you use it in On-Page SEO? A keyword is generally a word or phrase that relates to the topic of your website, page or post. When some one searches for more information on a topic or product in a search engine they use keywords as a way to identify and verbalize what they’re looking for. Using On-Page SEO, website owners create content around relevant topics to their business or interests which helps them rank well and be found.

When editing a page or post for On-Page SEO follow these rules:

  1. Your keyword must appear in the title.
  2. It must appear in the URL.
  3. Use your Keyword in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page.
  4. To optimize your keyword, make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing).
  5. Spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article using Keywords where it makes sense.
  6. Use your Keyword in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page.
  7. Also have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.
  8. There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword.

So when you are in edit mode or creating a new page, remember to keep your On-Page SEO in mind!