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Load Testing: Asking the Right Questions, Part 1

January 26, 2018 1 Comment RSS Feed

In this short series, Kevin Schroeder explains how to keep your website on the rails with proper load testing. Kevin owns consulting firm 10n Software, LLC, and has written several testing frameworks for Magento, Gmail, Twitter, and other applications.

Welcome to Asking the Right Questions, my three-part series about all things load testing. Specifically, it will cover how to prepare your site to weather the eCommerce storm, covering concurrency, types of load tests, and how to build and run them. I will include code samples, real-life examples, and how to best address common pitfalls. Read more

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What Does rel=noopener Do In WordPress Posts

December 20, 2017 1 Comment RSS Feed

What Does rel=noopener Do In WordPress Posts

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With the release of WordPress 4.7.4, there was a change to the way links are created in WordPress posts and pages. If you flip over to the “text” view in the WordPress editor, you’ll see that links you’ve told to open in a new tab are now tagged with rel=“noopener”. Many WordPress users have wondered what this attribute means, why it’s being added to their links, and, in particular, whether it has an impact on search engine optimization in the way that attributes like rel=“nofollow” and rel=“noindex” can.

In fact, rel=“noopener” is added to links that open in a new tab as a security precaution. When a link opens a new tab, the page that opens in the second tab is able to exert some control over what appears in the original tab. This ability is conferred by the JavaScript window.opener object, which gives JavaScript running on the child tab access to the contents of the parent tab.

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Eight Reasons Your New WordPress Site Isn’t Ranking In Google

December 19, 2017 1 Comment RSS Feed

Eight Reasons Your New WordPress Site Isn't Ranking In Google

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You launch a new business website and write a few pages of content, publish a handful of blog articles, and share content on Facebook and Twitter. But after a few months, your site is nowhere to be seen in Google search results. What’s the problem?

There are many reasons a new site might fail to rank in Google, but, in my experience, there are a few pitfalls many new site owners fall into.

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The 5 Best Online Image Compressors for Improving Your Loading Speed

December 18, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

The 5 Best Online Image Compressors for Improving Your Loading Speed

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It’s the age-old conundrum: how to have your cake and eat it too. You want a gorgeous, rich website full of high-quality images, but you want it to load as fast as possible for the best UX. Some will say you have to choose one or the other, but the truth is you can have both — and quite easily — with online image compressors.

Image compressors reduce the file size of any image without harming image quality (at least not to the naked eye). And, what’s more, you can do it all online… and for free.

But which of these web builder’s little helpers works best? Today, we discuss the 5 best online image compressors.

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Looking for Fast WordPress Themes? Here’s Three!

December 14, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

Looking for Fast WordPress Themes? Here's Three!

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The tortoise may have beaten the hare in a foot race, but it wouldn’t last long in the world of web development. Speed is the name of the game in today’s digital industries; not only do users expect sites to load quickly (and bounce if they don’t), but loading speeds also factor into Google search rankings — including mobile.

With that in mind, we were curious about which WordPress themes performed best when it came to loading times. Drawing on Pingdom research conducted by Athemes, we picked out 3 of the fastest WordPress themes to give your WP site a head start right out of the blocks.

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Here’s Why Forgetting To Renew Domain Names Is A Bad Idea

November 15, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

Here's Why Forgetting To Renew Domain Names Is A Bad Idea

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In the web hosting world, two tasks essential to keeping a site up and running are routinely forgotten, renewing SSL certificates and renewing domain names. Every once in awhile, we’ll hear about a big corporation that has somehow neglected to renew a domain name or buy a new SSL certificate. It’s happened to Google, to Microsoft, to thousands of less prominent site owners, and recently it happened to Samsung.

In 2014, Samsung retired an app called S Suggest, which communicated with its servers at the ssuggest.com domain. Although S Suggest isn’t maintained, it’s still installed on millions of older Samsung devices. Recently, the ssuggest.com domain expired, which means it was up for grabs by anyone smart enough to realize the implications. In theory, if a hacker got control of the trusted domain, they could have done all sorts of mischief. As it turns out, the domain was registered by security researcher João Gouveia.

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Advertising Isn’t The Only Way WordPress Bloggers And Publishers Can Make Money

November 14, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

Advertising Isn't The Only Way WordPress Bloggers And Publishers Can Make Money

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Readers and viewers don’t like advertising. Few people visit a site because they want to see the ads. As loudly as the ad-tech industry argues otherwise, it hasn’t figured out how to display relevant, non-offensive, and non-exploitative advertising consistently. Malvertising attacks site visitors without the knowledge of the publisher. Advertising and its attendant tracking code inflates web pages by an order of magnitude. Advertising on WordPress blogs and web magazines in particular often offers a user-hostile experience. Users have acted to protect themselves with ad and script blockers.

Where the user goes, the big tech companies that rely on them for revenue go too. Apple introduced content blockers to iOS a couple of years ago. This year they previewed artificially intelligent tracker blocking on desktop Safari. Google Chrome will soon block “unacceptable advertising” by default.

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4 Reasons to House Clean Your Database

November 2, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

5 Reasons to House Clean Your Database

Databases are bedrooms.

When tidy, you can find your socks, shoes, cellphone, and everything else you need within minutes. But when cluttered, it takes 10 minutes to remember your left your shoes on the stairs, and 10 more minutes to remember you left your cell in your shoes because your hands were full at the time.

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How to Customize Your WooCommerce Site

October 30, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

How to Customize Your WooCommerce Site

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Earlier, we talked about how to install WooCommerce in 5 easy steps. But how do you personalize your WordPress ecommerce site and make it your own?

One of the best parts about WordPress is in how flexible and customizable it is. But if you’re a beginner to WordPress — and even sometimes if you’re an expert — the interface can seem intimidating and confusing. We wanted to write this guide to teach you how WordPress works and how to customize a WooCommerce site.

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Posted in: eCommerce, Nexcess, Webmaster, WooCommerce

Certificate Authority Authorization Records Explained: How Do CAAs Make Your Sites Safer?

October 11, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

Certificate Authority Authorization Records Explained: How Do CAAs Make Your Sites Safer?

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Certificate Authority Authorization records prevent SSL certificates being issued to hackers and online criminals for domains they don’t legitimately control.

When you ask a Certificate Authority to issue an SSL certificate for a domain, you have to prove that you control that domain. For Domain Validated certificates, that often involves uploading a special file to a server connected to the domain. If the file provided by the CA appears on the server, they know you’re in control.

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