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WordPress Maintenance Mode

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Do you ever want to make changes to your WordPress website but you don’t want site visitors to see it while it’s being updated? There’s a really great plugin for that – WP Maintenance Mode. It’s incredibly simple to setup and it displays a landing page that tells visitors when to expect you back online!…

Understand your Website Costs Upfront

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This applies to WordPress websites. If you’re looking for a different type of backend, please remember to ask your developer what your costs for the first year will be, so you don’t get any surprises. We love WordPress websites. A WordPress website is practical, versatile, and easy to use, so you’ll be able to update…

What should I put in my website footer?

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A website footer is the band of information (usually arranged into boxes) that sits at the bottom of every page on your website. It’s a great place to put information that you really want people to see and have access to constantly as they move through your website. There are so many ideas to choose…

3 Questions to Ask BEFORE Building your Online Store

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Let’s be frank – there are a LOT more questions to ask than just these three, but if you can’t answer these questions specifically, your store is doomed before you start. Question 1: How will you price your product? This is not about your profit margin. This is about whether your product is a single price…

#WordPressTip: Copy Text into NotePad First

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When writing articles in another program that isn’t WordPress (like Word, OneNote, etc.) ALWAYS copy text into NotePad first, before copying it into your WordPress post or page. This process strips out unwanted code (that you can’t see). This unwanted code can make your WordPress post or page settings act strangely and things that usually…

Why Website Structure Matters for SEO

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I’ve been researching SEO (search engine optimisation) and want to point out something that could really help your site’s rankings. Search engine optimisation is a series of techniques used to increase the number of visitors to your website by improving your page ranking on search engines like Google (i.e. ways to get higher up the…

Why Websites Get Hacked

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Following my article a few weeks ago Why bother to update WordPress?, I received several replies from people who don’t believe their sites could be targets. I tried to explain but, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon an excellent article from the Sucuri Blog, answering why all sites are vulnerable. Tony Perez (Co-Founder / CEO at Sucuri) has very kindly agreed to let me reproduce it here and he perfectly sums up why even your website could be hacked. Most attacks are not personal, which means everyone is at risk.

Why bother to update WordPress?

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So, you have a WordPress website and you’re not really sure if you’re supposed to update it all the time? After all, updates are released often. They’re supposed to be simple to do but it can take ages if they break your site or don’t work with existing plugins, so why bother… Right? WRONG.

Favourite WordPress Plugins

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Backups: UpdraftPlus. There’s no point in building a website if you risk losing it all if it’s hacked or it breaks (both very possible), so excellent backups are a must! This plugin backs up your site (I backup to Dropbox) and allows you to move it and clone it for testing. It also backs up elements (plugins, themes etc.) before you update them, in case they aren’t compatible with the rest of the site and they break everything. Security…

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