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E.A.T: The Not-So-Secret Secret To SEO

SEO

A leaked internal Google manual has finally shed a little bit of light on the search engine’s SEO policies, reveals Kelly Kirkham…

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1 Million Sold

One million

This week, the world of web addresses hit a milestone. One million of the newly-released web endings, aka gTLDs, have now been sold. Here’s why…

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Understanding Domains and DNS

domain world

Hayden Smith reveals what happens behind the scenes of a web address…

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5 Reasons Why Your Website Is Slow

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According to Google, a website is deemed ‘admirable’ if the content can load in 1.5 seconds or less. This can be a struggle if your site is loaded with content, text, videos, and flash drives. A survey taken by Gomez.com says that nearly half of all web users expect a page to load in two seconds, any additional second could mean missed opportunities.

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Finding the Perfect Domain Name [Infographic]

Finding a domain can be stressful, we’ve created this flowchart to guide you through the process.

 

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May the 4th be with You [Star Wars Infographic]

Happy Star Wars Day! To celebrate, a group of our employees has carefully watched the original trilogy and calculated the often mocked accuracy of Stormtroopers. Why do you think Stormtroopers are such terrible shots?

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Securing Your Site Against Spammers

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Have you noticed your site getting bogged down or notice your hitting resource limits and not sure why? While there could be many causes, our support teams do occasionally find that a site has been compromised by spammers. Often, hackers will infect your site and use your server to send spam.

Preventing your server from being hacked by spammers will help it to run smoother and will keep your clients happier. Spam uses your server’s resources and create a higher load. If your server sends enough you may find yourself on a blacklist.

How do you know if your site has become a tool for spammers? You may get a warning from your ISP or an abuse report from your host. You may also find your bandwidth spiking and reaching usage limits.

Here are some tips we have gathered to help you prevent your server from sending spam:

  • Make sure your site is secure, always use strong passwords and avoid malware.
  • Exercise caution with your contact forms. Make sure they are not vulnerable to malware injections or abuse.
  • Keep things up-to-date. Scripts, plugins, CMS tools all should be updated regularly. Additionally, any old or unused scripts should be removed. As a bonus this will help keep the backend clean and easy to work with.
  • If spam becomes a problem investigate using a monitoring service to identify the issue.

Nearly 75% of email is spam. By taking the proper steps, you can protect your server and avoid contributing to the deluge.

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Which CMS Should I Use? [Infographic]

More and more websites are being built using content management systems (CMS), but which one is right for you? We’ve put together this infographic to give you an overview of the big 3; WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

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Why Backups Are Important [Infographic]

We all know we should backup our personal computer files, especially pictures, but what about backing-up your website?

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