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Here you’ll find all sorts of super useful information for making the most out of your web hosting experience
as well as countless tips and tricks for small business owners, freelancers, digital professionals and online entrepreneurs.

15 Mar

Why SSL Certificates are Important for your Website
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An SSL certificate is something that every business should have on their website, especially after Google prioritized websites with SSL certificates for better search engine rankings. SSL, which stands for Secure Socket Layer, is an encryption technology used to create a secure connection between a web server and a user’s web browser. When a website has an SSL certificate properly installed on the server, a small green padlock icon  will be displayed to the left of a website URL in the browser and https will appear in green as well. SSL certificates...

28 Feb

What To Do If You Think Your Website Was Hacked
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If you find out that your website has been hacked it can send you into a panic. How did they breach your security? Why did they do it? What did they steal? What will your customers think? Despite all of the thoughts that might be rolling through your head, it is important to try and remain calm. Hacking actually occurs a lot more often than you might think. A Sophos Security Threat Report says that about 30,000 websites are hacked every day, which is why it is so crucial to have...

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...

10 Significant Influencer Marketing Statistics From Last Year
6 Feb

10 Significant Influencer Marketing Statistics From Last Year
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Influencer marketing has been an effective and oft-talked about technique for the past few years and it shows no signs up letting up. In fact, Forbes recently predicted a massive boom in influence marketing in 2017. This infographic from Mediakix does a great job of detailing some of the more appealing figures surrounding influencer marketing potential from last year. Influencer marketing involves marketing products and services to those who have a sway over the things other people buy. This market influence typically stems from an individual's expertise, popularity, or reputation. Influence...

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...