Recommended Security Checks For Your Joomla Website

Joomla is a very popular content management system widely used by over 200million websites around the world as at April 2015. It has become the next most installed script on the Todhost web hosting platform after WordPress. Today, we will show you some of the quick checks and fixes that will keep your Joomla website running safe on the web. 1. Change the default admin username By default, Joomla admin username is "admin" and the admin url is yourdomain/administrator. It is important to change these two parameters to forestall primary attacks on your Joomla website. Advanced attackers would still have a way of detecting your administrator login url but this is a strongly recommended measure towards securing your website. Also read: How A Plugin [...]

How Not to Hurt Your Visitors When Using the WordPress Maintenance Mode

It is a common practice to set your website to maintenance mode when updating major sections of the website such as trying to fix a faulty code or running an updated version of a plugin. We often update our own website and will automatically switch to the maintenance mode once an update is running. Visitors to your website can be turned off in such cases when you will have to set your website to the maintenance. If you are updating your live and hosted website then users are more likely to return if they know what is happening. With most common content management systems like WordPress, Joomla and WHMCS, there is the option to activate the maintenance mode allowing you to make the necessary changes without being noticed by visitors and non-admin users. What is Maintenance [...]

WordPress Performance: How to Find a Slow Plugin

One common problem with Content Management Systems including WordPress is that they are usually slow. The quick fix to a slow WordPress site and any other Content Management System is to enable a cache system. But there are cases where increased traffic leads to slow site despite the existence of a functional cache system. In this article, we shall address this issue with slow WordPress plugins. One slow plugin can slow down the entire site. We shall look at the P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) and how it can be used to identify a slow performance plugin on your WordPress website. With P3, you'll be able to see each plugin performance on the site. Also read: Useful Tips and Tricks for WordPress Search Engine Optimization Installing P3 In the [...]

Search Engine Manipulation: What It Is And Why Google Frowns At It

Google's comments in response to a legal battle against a publisher threw up some controversy over its position on Search Engine Optimization. Some think Google could come against SEO. But Google condemn Search Engine Manipulation and not SEO per say. Lets look further into this scenario. Does Google now view search engine optimization as bad, as spam, as something you could get banned for? Certainly not, but that is the take away you could now get based on a legal fight between Google and a publisher that was banned from its search results. Many of us have gotten a Google penalty including an outright ban. But this legal battle throws up some interesting questions and we will be seeing a possible change in the behavior of Google following this development when a [...]

Best Practices for Managing 404 Error Pages

When a page no longer exists because it has probably been deleted or moved to another directory, viewers are presented with a 404 error page. A 404 response code is returned by the server when there is no matching URI. In other words, the server is telling the browser that the content is not found. The server has not found anything matching the Request-URI. No indication is given of whether the condition is temporary or permanent. This should occur any time the server can't find a matching page request. Often times webmasters will display a text 404 error but the response code is a 200. This tells search engine crawlers that the page has rendered correctly and many times the web page will get erroneously indexed. According to Google, 404 is normal and there are pages [...]

Beginner Tips And Tricks For Drupal Websites

Drupal is a very popular Content Management System (CMS) and currently powers about 2.5 percent of internet websites. The strength of Drupal can be found in some of the websites it has to its credit including the Whitehouse, the Economist and the University of Arizona. There are several things that go for Drupal. One of them is that it is very flexible than some of the market leaders we prefere for web development. Drupal can be used to build very powerful websites, large, complex sites and can be used by non-technical folks without any HTML or Web design knowledge. Drupal is available with more than 16000 modules which can be addressed with Drupal core and add-on modules. Also read:  SEO Tips For Optimizing Your Local Google My Business Page The choice of [...]

Web Hosting Tips and Tricks for Beginners

This post is definitely targeted at newbies. You will want to wonder why we should be concerned about beginner instructions for web hosting. Well, the fact is that we chose to answer as much as we can, some of the questions we have been inundated with, coming from new entrants to the web hosting industry. Let us begin with the basic fundamentals:: How to Identify a Good Web Host 1. Check Customer Reviews Experience, they say is the best teacher. That is true. A good starting point will be to learn from the current users of the web hosting service. Start with client reviews. Check what they are saying and do not be in a haste to quickly accept their complaints and positive comments. Take a thorough examination of the reviews and make an informed judgement based on [...]

Useful Tips and Tricks for WordPress Search Engine Optimization

Optimizing your WordPress website needs more than a simple approach. Because of the importance placed on SEO, most website owners would want to find the perfect plugin to do this. But there some common mistakes associated with most WordPress Search Engine Optimization strategy and we will be discussing this in this blog.post. 1. Optimize Page Titles & Descriptions Page titles and meta descriptions are arguably two of the most important aspects when it comes to your SEO strategy. We place page title most important in this order. Title tags are the tags that tell the Search Engine the title, or formal description of the document or page. This is the word or phrase that is seen at the top of the browser window. The most important rule about title tags is, don't put [...]

SEO Tips For Optimizing Your Local Google My Business Page

The success of every online business depends on the marketing methods adopted to win businesses to it. Business owners know that marketing online is important and invest a lot of resources to embark on marketing campaigns. The common strategy adopted by many is to set up a few social media accounts and a create website for their business. Website does a lot for every business but the website is useless if people cannot find it. To get people to find your business, you have to get your business available where people are and then they can easily find it. That is in Google. Google accounts for about 70% of online searches are conducted via Google, and one out of every five of those searches is regarding a business or place. That’s where Google My Business comes in. [...]

3 Important SEO Considerations Good for E-Commerce Websites

It’s common for online stores to think that by simply listing hundreds or even thousands of products on their e-commerce website, search engine traffic will start rolling in. It turns out that is far from reality. The sad fact is, optimizing e-commerce websites for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is much harder than it is for blogs or a simple company websites. By having lots of product pages constantly shuffling on and off the site, numerous problems arise that make SEO very difficult for e-commerce websites. In this article, we look at some of the challenges with SEO for e-commerce websites and hope that this guide will help website managers improve their SEO practices not just for e-commerce websites but generally. 1. Lack of Product Description This error [...]

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