The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation that is about to go into effect on May 25th. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from my Website Maintenance members about it recently, so I thought I would send out a general FAQ for GDPR (holy acronyms). FWD to any fellow Website owners. Disclaimer: I’m a Web Designer, not … Read More
How to know if your WordPress site has been hacked.
I’ve shared stories in the past about clients who came to me with Websites that were hacked and they didn’t even know it. So how does one know? First of all, you are never too small to have your WordPress site hacked. The first step is to just look at the site. Is it up and functioning? Check. Many times … Read More
How are most WordPress websites hacked?
According to WP Template, 51% of WordPress Sites that get hacked were done so via an insecure theme or vulnerable plug-in. Keeping your themes, plug-ins, and WordPress itself up-to-date is the #1 thing you can do to secure your WordPress site, by far – and it’s clear by the numbers why that is. When a plug-in updates, it is usually … Read More
Let’s Go Phishing – How a thoughtless click almost costed an event planner her Website.
I recently received a frantic text from a client who was sure she had messed up. She received an Email on her way out the door, supposedly from her Web host. It told her in rather-official looking (at first glance) language that they had received a request to cancel her Email account, and that if she didn’t want this to … Read More
Why would someone hack a “small” Website?
Take this lesson: You are never too small to be hacked. In fact, the smaller you are, the easier a target you appear to be for hackers who have various motivations. Think of a wild savannah cat, like a lion, chasing a gazelle. Who does the lion usually focus their attention on? That’s right, the scrawny little guy with a … Read More
How to EASILY write blog posts that visitors actually care about:
As promised last week when we talked about the #1 way to get the right people to visit your site , I’m going to give you a quick tip for coming up with 10-20 blog post topics that will be super easy to write: First, come up with a list of 10 “Frequently Asked” Questions. These are the questions you get … Read More
How to get the right people to visit your Website
Once you’ve identified your avatar and updated your “About” page to be more about the ideal client , it’s time to actually get them there. Google changes their algorithm quite often. There’s no telling what will be valuable and what won’t in the future or even tomorrow. One thing that will never change: Google is looking to give searchers information that is … Read More
Who your “About” page is really about.
Across the Internet, there’s one mistake I see most often on business Websites: The “About Us” page is about the wrong person! Your “About” page is NOT: An opportunity to go into the lengthy history of your organization. An opportunity to vomit meaningless (to the client) credentials and certifications. An opportunity to talk about yourself ad nauseam. So what should … Read More
Targeting: WHO you sell to is more important than WHAT you sell
February is the Month of the Avatar, and throughout the month I will be writing several posts related to identifying your ideal target client and attracting them to your Website. Keep this phrase in your mind: The WHO is more important than the WHAT. So who do you want to work with? When I ask my clients this question, I … Read More
Error: uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini
Error: uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini. Difficulty: 3/5 (If you feel comfortable modifying files via FTP or cPanel, you’ll be able to do this. If you’d prefer me to handle it for you, this is something I handle for members on my membership programs.) This is a common error that occurs when the default settings for “maximum upload … Read More