What IS A Content Delivery Network, Exactly?

What Is A CDN?

I’m sure you’ve heard on at least one occasion that content delivery networks are awesome. They significantly improve the speed at which your website can deliver content. Not only does that make for a better user experience, there’s also mounting evidence that faster-loading pages tend to rank higher than those that load slowly (though not, perhaps, for the reasons that you might think).

Sounds like a pretty good deal across the board, no? Read more

How Content Management Systems Are Addressing The Mobile Era

How CMS Addressing Mobile Era

What do WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, and pretty much every other market-leading content management system have in common?

Simply put, they’re having just a little bit of trouble adapting to the small screen. As smartphones and tablets become more and more ubiquitous, the need to design websites that can adapt to different screen sizes grows ever more pressing. A poorly-optimized site alienates mobile visitors – and given that as of last year, 60% of Internet access was done on mobile devices, that represents a huge chunk of your audience. Read more

Protecting Your WordPress Blog From A DDoS Attack

Protecting From DDoS

You could be forgiven for thinking Distributed Denial of Service attacks aren’t really anything to be taken seriously. After all, they’re basically the hacking equivalent of driving a truck into a storefront. Although they can wreak a bit of havoc, they don’t require any real technical skill, and as such they’re pretty easy to defend against, right?

Right? Read more

How WordPress Can Supercharge Your Lead Generation Efforts

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Hey there, folks! Today, we’re going to talk about lead generation. More specifically, we’re going to talk about one of the most powerful lead generation tools currently available.

No, I’m not referring to Hubspot, nor am I talking about Marketo.

It’s WordPress. See, there’s a reason it’s currently the world’s most popular CMS – it’s versatile enough to handle just about anything you can throw at it. Naturally, that includes lead-oriented marketing. Read more

Keeping Your Website Safe From WordPress’s XSS Vulnerability

XSS Vulnerability

Last month, a Finnish IT company by the name of Klikki Oy identified a critical vulnerability in WordPress – one which has been present in the platform for approximately four years. It allows attackers to enter comments which include malicious JavaScript. Once the script in these comments is executed, the attacker could then do anything from infecting the PCs of visitors to completely hijacking the website; locking the original administrator out of their account. Read more

Five WordPress Plugins Your Blog Needs To Have

WordPress Plugins You Need

Without a doubt, one of the most powerful elements of WordPress is its flexibility. This is thanks in large part to its thriving development community. By tapping into the diverse selection of plugins they’ve created, you can empower your WordPress-run website to do…well, just about anything, really.

It’s pretty incredible.

Unfortunately, with so many plugins to choose from, it can be somewhat difficult to figure out which ones are best-suited to your needs. That’s why this series exists – to let our clients know which add-ons are absolutely essential (and by implication, which ones they should probably stay away from). This time around, we’re going to take a look at a few plugins related to website monetization/membership services. There’s just one small difference between the plugins in this post and our regular fare – most of the plugins we’re going to go over today are premium.

Let’s get started. Read more

What’s The Difference Between Reseller And Shared Hosting?

Shared And Reseller Hosting Difference

Let’s be honest – the world of web hosting can be incredibly confusing, especially if you’re a first timer. How do you know where you should start? More importantly, how can you avoid making the wrong choice?

Don’t worry – it’s not as overwhelming as you’d think. All that’s really required is a bit of research. Once you know what’s available to you, figuring out which package you should choose is actually pretty trivial – assuming you know what your business needs.

We’ll help you along in that. Read more

Five Best Practices For Concrete5 Development

Concrete5 Best Practices

Concrete5 differs from many other content management systems on the web in that it lacks both a template engine and a theme compiler. Instead, all the core components of a site’s layouts are handled behind the scenes – meaning designers have an unprecedented degree of freedom when it comes to customizing how their site looks. As an added bonus, it also makes Concrete5 a fairly simple platform to learn from a development perspective – meaning a fledgling developer can get to work creating their own theme that much faster. Read more

Troubleshooting Some Of The Most Common Issues With Drupal

Troubleshooting Drupal

Drupal is a powerful tool in the right hands, but like any content management system, it isn’t perfect. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a green newcomer to the platform, you’re bound to eventually run into a problem or two you can’t figure out on your own. Today, we’re going to go over a few of the most common issues you’re likely encounter with a Drupal installation.

More importantly, we’re going to explain how to fix them. Read more

Setting Up A Blog With Joomla!: A Step By Step Guide

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WordPress may be one of the best blogging tools around, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a shoe-in for your website.  There are plenty of things the competition simply does better; although WordPress is efficient, intuitive, and flexible, there’s something to be said for specialization – which, outside of blogging, is something WordPress lacks.

The open-source Joomla! is widely regarded as WordPress’s most formidable competitor, is among the most popular content management systems in the world, and  it’s backed by a great development community. On top of that, it’s actually able to handle a larger volume of articles and pages than WordPress, owing to the fact that it was originally designed as an enterprise-level CMS. Read more