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Keeping Your Site Safe with SSL Certificates

You may have noticed websites marked as “not secure” over the last few months. With an increased focus on safety and security, Google announced that they will mark sites without an SSL certificate as not secure. Now it is more important than ever to be sure you obtain an SSL certificate for your website – even if you are not directly selling anything on your site. Let’s talk about what SSL certificates do for you as a website owner. (more…)

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You Don’t Need to Pay for WordPress Maintenance IF…

Revisiting one of my blog posts from three years ago, I had talked about how some companies in San Diego charge a monthly WordPress maintenance fee and it really isn’t worth it if you take care of your site yourself. For the most part I hold true to that post, you don’t need to pay for maintenance, but I’m adding an addendum with the word ‘IF’…a BIG IF (more on that later). (more…)

Victimized by a web services company?

Stop Being a Victim!

How to Overcome Being Victimized by a Web Services Company & Come Out Better for it…

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” ~Rafiki

You are approached by a company who has gotten word you’ve purchased a domain name or maybe they’ve found you from various business listings. They sound amazing! Making extensive promises of what they can do for your business, whether it’s building a powerfully large website with tons of functionality or getting you on the 1st page of Google in a month. They often offer guarantees; either about getting you to page one of Google within a short amount of time or creating the Millennium Falcon of websites. In your mind your thinking…it’s too good to be true, but you ignore it ‘cause you want to believe they can do miracles for you! (more…)

Small Business Start-up Web Design

Small Business Startup: 3 Reasons to Start With Your Website

Starting a Small Business in San Diego?

If you're on the verge of opening a small business in San Diego, or you already own one; there is one important question you must first answer before taking another step. Do you have a website? It may seem shocking, in this day and age of Internet driven business, but according to multiple website surveys (including one by Internet search company Google and research company Ipsos), 55% of small businesses don’t have a website. (more…)

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Why You Should Update Your WordPress Website

Backup first then update WordPress

For goodness sake...

As I encounter more and more of my client’s sites getting hacked, I feel the urgency to write an article about why you should be updating the WordPress platform as all updates are released. Actually this goes for plugins as well. The onslaught of ill-willed hackers disrupting the businesses of others is mind boggling, but rather than belabor their sinfulness, I will focus on being proactive in building up an armory against them. (more…)

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Web Design Monthly Fees…Are They Worth It?

Monthly fees for maintenance of WordPress Websites seem to be quite popular among web design companies, BUT are they worth it? In the OLD days, which weren't so long ago (we're talking pre 2008), most websites were hand-coded via HTML.  Most website owners didn't know HTML, thus the need for a web developer to update photos and information.  The alternative was building a backend that was database driven.  For big companies with a large Internet budget, this wasn't a problem, however for the mom and pop shop that needed to get online this would incur quite an expense. (more…)