WordPress Security Alert: uploadify.php

I woke up this morning to 37 emails from my firewall plugin that it had stopped a potential attack on my website. Hm. Clearly, someone was busy last night. I investigated, and found rather little information on the problem, but all of it from just the last several days. Whatever it is, it’s still new. …

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What is a Content Management System?

I was speaking with someone today about how using a Content Management System (CMS) can help them have more control over their small business website and was surprised to learn that she wasn’t familiar with the term. This was interesting to me as I thought it was a fairly well known term and was also …

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Random J in an email

Do you ever get emails with a random J in them? Maybe usually at the end of a sentence or something like that? Ever wonder what it is? It’s actually someone that has typed a smiley emoticon – 🙂 – into an email program that automatically converts them into a graphical smiley. Why does this …

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Plugin Roundup: Google Analytics plugins

I have this list of plugins that I install by default when I’m working on a new WordPress website. One of these plugins is for easy integration of Google Analytics, which is, without a doubt, one of the best website analytics programs out there. And it’s free – woohoo! Over the years, I’ve used a …

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5 Great Reasons to Use WordPress for your Website

SEO – WordPress provides good search engine optimization (SEO) right out of the box. There are always a few tweaks that can be made, but there are many SEO benefits that WordPress provides for free. Easy to learn & Use – Compared to other content management systems, it is so easy for someone to dive …

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Backup your files safely with Carbonite

What is Carbonite? Carbonite is an automatic, web-based file backup service. How I use Carbonite? I hate that feeling that I get when I realize that I have accidentally deleted the wrong file. Or when a file gets corrupted. Or the panic I have when I realize how long it’s been since I’ve backed up …

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Product Review: Tungle

What is Tungle? “Tungle.me is a [free] scheduling application that syncs with your existing calendar.” (from Tungle.me) How I use Tungle? I came across Tungle when I wasn’t even looking for a service to do what it does, but I loved it so much, I signed up for it right away, and I use it …

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Quest for the perfect project management app

It all began 2 years ago. I had been in business for about 2 years, and was getting frustrated trying to keep track of incoming requests by email. I wanted something to help me keep track of tasks, project status, recurring tasks, future tasks, and even standard sets of tasks (such as those associated with …

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5 Website Irritations

I applaud those that have the wherewithal and time to manage their own website. I really do. This may sound strange coming from someone who makes her living managing others’ websites but my goal is to make websites not look crappy. If you can’ t do that on your own, hire someone who can. If …

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Open letter to graphic designers

Dear Graphic Designer, Creating graceful, smart, engaging graphic design that thrills your clients is a gift! And using your talent to launch striking websites that reflect your clients’ unique character must be gratifying. But do your talents or preferences extend to website coding? While critical to every website project you undertake, you don’t have to …

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Facebook Profile vs. Fan Page

It seems that one of the biggest things that trips up people new to the social networking adventure is the difference between an individual profile and a Fan Page on Facebook. Let’s take a few minutes to try to straighten that out. When you sign up for Facebook, you create a profile. A profile should …

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Drive-by Social Networking

Are you a victim of drive-by Social Networking? Or, worse yet, are you a perpetrator of this mideed? Drive-by Social Networking is my term for those that send you connection requests on LinkedIn with the default “I’d like to add you to my network” message. With this method, you (as the recipient) have three options: …

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User-Friendly Websites

The web used to be a great land of “build it and they will come” options. However, the proliferation of websites for every business venture means that your customers have many more options than ever before. A simple search for the topic of choice will direct an interested party to hundreds of websites. If yours …

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Butcher, Baker, Candlestick maker: branding services

I was looking through the directory tonight for a professional organization, and was struck by how many people have multiple service angles that don’t seem to have anything to do with each other. The case that sticks out most in my head is the builder, remodeler, Certified Green building specialist and Quickbooks consultant – really? …

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5 pages every business website should have

Services/Products– Don’t just list them; describe them! Tell your customers how each product or service is going to help them, what they’re going to gain from purchasing it, and why they should buy it from you, specifically. What about your product or service is different, better or more effective? Solutions – Now that you’ve described …

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