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.

 

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.

WordPress Instructor

Are you thinking of building your own WordPress website? Not sure where to start?

Would you like someone to show you how to create a page, set up a navigation menu, make contact form or photo gallery? I can help. Schedule a screen sharing session and learn from the comfort of your own home or office. Follow along and watch over a shared screen connection as I demonstrate how to perform specific tasks and answer any questions you may have. If you prefer, I can also arrange a on-site lesson. (Minimum charges apply.)

Need help with setup, hosting and Theme selection?

  • I can set you up with a domain name and a hosting account (or use your existing web hosting account), and then install WordPress for you.
  • I can set up WordPress and configure it to your specifications, install and configure plugins, and get you started on your way to building your own website.
  •  I will give you the benefit of my experience and help you make sense of WordPress themes, so that you can choose the perfect theme for your website.

Contact me today for WordPress Consulting…

Keep your website fast and furious

In the past when websites were static HTML, updating was confined to adding content.  Most websites these days are on a web platform such as WordPress. Updates to core files and plug-ins are required to keep your site running smoothly and secure. Just like your computer needs security updates, websites need to be updated too! WordPress makes these really easy and you can do most updates automatically. So keep your website fast and furious, tune up with updates!

If you are a Paintscape.Net customer and on one of the platforms we support and/or you are hosting your site with us and are not comfortable with maintaining your website and doing updates, we would be happy to update your website for as little as $35.00. Contact me if you have questions.

Contact Privacy for Domain Name Owners

What is it and why should I enable it on my domain?

Most people wouldn’t dream of setting up a website that lists their personal email address, home phone number and street address. But this is exactly what happens on a daily basis when a new domain name is registered.

The WHOIS Record is an informational record tied to every domain name that tells the entire Internet about the owner of the domain. You can see an example of a WHOIS record at http://www.tucowsdomains.com.

For large corporations, having their street address, email, and phone number on the Internet might not be a big deal, but what happens when individuals, or home office register a domain name?

Suddenly there’s a connection between the work you do, family photos you share, the opinions you express, emails you send and your physical location and your phone number.

If you’re a domain owner already, or if you’re thinking about registering one, you should consider enabling the Contact Privacy feature on your domain’s WHOIS record. Doing so will hide your personal contact information and tell others your personal information is off limits.

Besides personal security, another reason to enable Contact Privacy is to avoid unwanted spam in your inbox.

WHOIS records contain email addresses that spammers routinely ‘scrape’ so the addresses can be used to send unsolicited email and phishing attacks.

If you are a business, of course you want to be as accessible as possible. But a WHOIS record really isn’t a valuable promotion vehicle. Credible prospects will easily find your contact information on your web site, in your local yellow pages and in other directories that you choose. A WHOIS listing mostly services these spammers and unwanted
solicitors.

Securing your contact information online isn’t complicated and Contact Privacy offers important privacy controls for both businesses and individual domain holders.

Find your perfect web address!