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9 Feb

How to use Google Alerts to Monitor your Small Business Online
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Google Alerts is an amazing tool that detects content changes on the internet and notifies you when those changes are noticed by Google (usually immediately). Originally launched in 2003, Google Alerts allow users to pick certain keywords or search terms and will notify them when those search terms appear online and will direct them to the site that published the specified keywords. For example, if you wanted to know when someone was writing about your business and what they were saying, you would set up a Google Alert to notify...

How HostPapa's Server Health Team Protected Thousands of WordPress Users
3 Feb

How HostPapa Protected Thousands of WordPress Users
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Thanks to HostPapa’s server health monitoring and automatic vulnerability patching, almost 200,000 WordPress installations on HostPapa servers were quickly and automatically protected against a severe content injection vulnerability earlier this week, ensuring that not one single HostPapa customer fell victim to intrusions.   Background: As part of a vulnerability research project, the good folks over at Sucuri have been auditing multiple open source projects looking for various security issues. While combing through WordPress, one of the largest open source content management systems on the market, they discovered a severe content injection (privilege escalation)...

The Unfortunate Truth About Domain Squatting
19 Jan

The Unfortunate Truth About Domain Squatting
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Domain squatting is the unfortunate result of anyone, at any time, being able to lay claim to any domain name of their choosing. Essentially, it’s when somebody purchases a domain with the intent of preventing others from purchasing it and/or profiting from the domain through the eventual reselling of it to desperate buyers. Domain squatting has become quite a nuisance to businesses of all sizes. There are over 100 million .COM domains already registered, making it very difficult for small businesses to obtain the domain that they want. Domain squatters are...

8 Plugins to Optimize WordPress for Your Small Business
9 Jan

8 Plugins to Optimize WordPress for Your Small Business
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WordPress not only gives you the tools to build the perfect website for your business, but it’s also simple to manage and optimize even if you’re not a professional developer. Going into the new business year, these eight plugins will help you optimize your WordPress website for your small business. WordPress has gotten more and more intuitive over the years and has become a go to tool for small business owners and online professionals. Grab a WordPress theme, maybe watch a few videos on how to navigate the dashboard and consider...

WordPress 4.7 Vaughan Release
27 Dec

WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” Released
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WordPress recently released version 4.7 of their platform, titled Vaughan. The newest version of WordPress is named after the jazz vocalist, Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, and is available for download or can be updated through your WordPress dashboard. The 4.7 version of WordPress is full with brand new features, all of which can be seen outlined below:   A new and improved default WordPress theme: With an all new version of WordPress comes an all new default theme for your website. The new default theme comes complete with immersive images and video headers to...

The 5 Best Plugins To Improve WordPress Security
1 Dec

The 5 Best Plugins To Improve WordPress Security
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WordPress Security is an increasingly large concern due to its crazy popularity and open source nature. It is driven by one of the most robust design communities online today. It's popularity makes it super powerful. It also makes it susceptible to ongoing security issues. If you use WordPress, try one of these five plugins to keep your site locked down. If you’ve ever started a blog or have a website of any kind, you’ve probably heard of WordPress. If you haven’t, WordPress is one of the most popular open source website...