Security

Keep your plugins updated!

It has been brought to our attention that the popular “All-In-One SEO” plugin for WordPress leaves your website open to what is called a cross-site scripting attack. This means both your website and your visitor’s computers could be vulnerable when visiting your website! Please be sure to login to your WordPress install and update the…

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What you need to create a website

This is an overview of how web hosting works and the services you require when operating a website. In the following outline, the first three are the required components. While search marketing is optional, if you intend to make money or bring in new business from your website, then Online Marketing is a necessary component as well. Domain…

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How to use FTP or SFTP and Select an FTP App

Choosing an FTP or SFTP application shouldn’t be a difficult process. This overview will suggest a great application that works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X called FileZilla. It will show you how to configure it to connect to your server, how to set up the appearance for the simplest usage, and then talk…

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How to Secure, or Harden, a WordPress Website

This is a question that we get asked a lot. How do I make sure my website is secure and that people won’t be able to access my information or hack my website? There are a lot of different tricks you can do to reduce the chance of having your website compromised. However, at the end…

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How to install an SSL Certificate in Plesk

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to obtain and installing a commercial SSL certificate in Plesk. If you wish to install a free Let’s Encrypt certificate with Plesk, the process is much simpler and you can learn all about it here. The Let’s Encrypt guide at that link replaces this one only…

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Choosing the right SSL Certificate

Choosing the right SSL certificate can be a difficult process mostly because the industry uses confusing language and provides too many similar options. Hopefully by the end of this article, you’ll be able to better understand the often cryptic (no pun intended) meaning behind the specifications for an SSL certificate and clearly differentiate between your…

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TimThumb exploit and knowing what to do to protect your website

Yesterday, Mark Maunder at markmaunder.com happened to run across and identify a very dangerous and clever hack on his site. The hacker had gained access through the very popular TimThumb image library, and thus the first TimThumb Exploit was found. If you are interested in the specifics of the hack, more detailed information can be…

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Custom CMS: Advantages and Disadvantages

As a web hosting provider we see many websites every day and there is without a doubt a growing number of websites that use a content management system. If you are considering building a new website the decision is no longer whether to have a content management system, but which one to choose. There are a…

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Beginners Guide to Website Security

So you have a website and are a bit concerned about its security. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business site or a personal blog, this article will tackle some of the basics you can implement today to avoid the big headaches down the road. How and why do websites get defaced, hacked, or corrupted?…

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