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Why rel=author is just as important as keywords

Author: ; Published: Mar 26, 2012; Category: SEO, WordPress; Tags: , ; No Comments

While there are commercial (i.e. paid) search engine optimization (SEO) companies that might be able (there’s never a guarantee) have your work listed higher, there is something you can do yourself by taking advantage of the latest change at Google regarding authorship.

Weak passwords and open doors

Author: ; Published: Mar 21, 2012; Category: Customer Support, Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, WordPress; Tags: , ; 9 Comments

Prior to today, my recommendation for creating secure passwords was to browse https://www.random.org/passwords/?num=20&len=12&format=html&rnd=new, and pick a random password.

The problem with this method is that it forces you to memorize something very foreign to you or to have a method to help you remember the password.

Did you know there’s an easier way to create secure passwords? Let me walk you through the thought process.

Why installing WordPress manually is more secure

Author: ; Published: Mar 19, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Security, Small Business, WordPress; Tags: , ; 2 Comments

Have you ever watched Restaurant Impossible or Kitchen Nightmares? Where you shocked to see some chefs merely reheating food in a microwave, using canned soup, and other prepackaged or precooked items rather than the chefs being chefs — cooking using fresh ingredients, and making meals from scratch?

A lot of the excuses from the owners, managers, and chefs focused around saving time, and what amounted to being penny wise and dollar foolish.

I guess after seeing those shows, I shouldn’t be surprised by how many WordPress users want a control panel or means to auto install WordPress for them in the fewest clicks possible with one click being optimal.

What’s wrong with an automated installation of WordPress?

Digging into local DNS resolution and APF

Author: ; Published: Mar 5, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, Security; Tags: , ; One Comment

APF can hang on a server rebooting with poor to no local DNS resolution. Presented here is an S.I.M. add on module to bring up APF after the server has rebooted.