Recently a client of mine called in a panic. His website had been hacked, AND he had a malware infection on his website, AND he had been blacklisted. Not a good situation! Not only was it an extremely disturbing situation for him personally and professionally, but all of the web clientele he had carefully built up over the years were also in jeopardy should they manage somehow to get in contact with his infected site.
Web security is a huge issue. Forbes magazine recently ran an article listing huge cyber-security breaches in 5 well know firms. This website repels at least 500 attempted user logins every day. Your website should be well protected against this kind of attack. Because the havoc that can ensue, should such an attack be successful, is not something you want to deal with.
There are many excellent articles on WordPress Website Security. Here is one at copyblogger and another one at WordPress codex itself. Here at Penner Web Design, I have just implemented a new Website Security Service, which will severely cut the chances that a hacker can get into your website. I hope you will take advantage of this extremely valuable service!
(Oh, and in case your wondering, my friend had not subscribed to my Website Security Service.)
Here is a very basic SEO guide for beginners who want to use their blog to improve their search engine ranking. In it, I assume you’re using the plugin “All in One SEO”.
1. Choose a keyword that people would search for (you can do multiple keywords if it makes sense). If you want some help or recommendations, Google’s Keyword Planner might be of some help to you: https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner
2. Use said keyword in the title of the page once.
3. Use the keyword in the body of the page at least once, but not more than three times
4. If you have any images in the post, set the alt tag of the image to the keyword. You can click on the image to edit it. Then look for “Alternative Text” and put your keyword in there.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the page under “All in One SEO Pack” and fill out the Title, Description and Keywords using your keyword in each of them. The title is the link that shows when people find your page with google. The description is the short paragraph under the link, and the keywords just tell google what you’d like to rank for. Do not put any keywords in that are not in the body of the article.
6. Select the appropriate category for your post (look on the right side of the page). If there is no appropriate category, create a new one right there on the page preferably using your keyword.
7. Add your keyword as a “tag” (again, look on the right side).
Toban, this whole country is a scam!
I met one of my clients in Switzerland to discuss some business, and this was his summation of the country. There certainly is some truth to that. Twenty Swiss Franks for a Burger King meal. Are you kidding me? It is by far the most expensive country I have ever been to. Never the less, it is very beautiful.
What really surprised us though, was when we went to Eastern France. I’d never even heard of Strasbourg France, but I was thoroughly impressed. My wife was speaking a conference there, and I tagged along. I mostly strolled the streets which gave me a nice opportunity to improve my photography skills.
Yesterday, my son Zachary turned 3 months old. Since his birth, my life has been completely turned upside down. My wife and I are tremendously lucky in that we both essentially work from home. Of course, as most parents know, this is both a blessing and a curse. It has been a challenge to figure out how to manage our schedules, spend time with Zach, spend time with each other, all while getting some work done. But I think we’re finally starting to figure it out.
Also, last week, I spent a few days away from him and the family for the first time. It was surprising to me how much I missed them all. But the scenery helped a bit. Whistler, British Columbia. It’s the best ski resort I’ve ever been to, bar none.
At the end of 2012, on Christmas holidays in Winnipeg with the family, I had the delusional idea that I could finish a new website for myself by the end of that year. Of course, the holidays got in the way and once 2013 started my workload kind of got out of hand, and I ran out of any motivation to do it. So when Christmas 2013 came around, I was simultaneously embarrassed and motivated.
So now I have a website that is 95% done, but sometimes, that’s just how it has to be. Sometimes, it’s better to be done, than perfect. My old site served me well, but I had to move on. Now, I’m concentrating more on responsive wordpress website design. So I felt that my site had to reflect the shift. Go ahead, change the size of your browser and you’ll see what I mean.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t take me a year and a half to do my next update. Happy 2014