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Load Testing: Asking the Right Questions, Part 1

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

Posted in: Webmaster

Does A WordPress Site Need A Content Distribution Network?

January 24, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

does-a-wordpress-site-need-a-content-distribution-networkA content distribution network (CDN) can reduce the amount of work your WordPress server has to do and improve the performance of your site for visitors across the world.

Most of the resources on your WordPress hosting account’s server are used to respond to requests and generate dynamic content. But most of your server’s bandwidth is consumed by the delivery of static resources: resources that don’t change between users. Static resources include images, videos, JavaScript files, and CSS files, among others. Static resources are the biggest bandwidth hog for most sites; a single high-definition image can consume as much bandwidth as hundreds of pages of text, dynamically generated or otherwise. Read more

Posted in: WooCommerce, WordPress

How To Manage WordPress Plugins For Optimal Security And Performance

January 23, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Manage WordPress Plugins For Optimal Security And PerformanceThe plugin ecosystem is one of WordPress’s greatest strengths. Thousands of developers build and maintain a bewildering array of plugins with features that range from minor graphical tweaks to full-blown eCommerce stores. But the variety of plugins can introduce problems, especially if they aren’t managed properly. Plugins are of varying quality and usefulness. Read more

Posted in: WordPress

Five Automation Tools Every Blogger Needs

January 22, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Automation Tools, Blogger ToolsEvery writer I have ever met is a procrastinator. There’s something about sitting down in front of a blank screen and creating a piece of writing from nothing that sends the best of us running for the cat videos or cleaning supplies.

I like writing, but I’m not fond of dealing with all the little tasks that come along with being a blogger, so I automate anything remotely repetitive.

Over the years, I have built up a handy collection of automation tools, some of which I use dozens of times a day. They take care of small tasks like scheduling social media posts and filling in web forms so that I can focus on the work that really matters. Read more

Posted in: Content

Why Do eCommerce Stores Need An SSL Certificate?

January 19, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

SSL, SecurityWhen you see the address bar of your browser turn green, you know it’s safe to send sensitive data over the internet to that site. All eCommerce stores need an SSL certificate to keep shoppers safe, but what exactly does an SSL certificate do?

An SSL certificate has two jobs: to prove that a web page is controlled by the people who are supposed to control it and to encrypt all of the information sent from the shopper to the store and back again. Read more

Posted in: Security

How to Be a Shark in Today’s Phishing Pond

January 18, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Would you do business with somebody you don’t trust? Neither would your customers. Phishing attacks are at an all-time high, with 1.4 million new phishing sites being created each month so they have good reason to be suspicious of any website—including yours.

When it comes to gaining your visitors’ confidence, the rules have changed. On today’s fraud-filled web—it’s no longer who you think you are, it’s who a globally trusted third-party Certificate Authority (CA) says you are. Read more

Posted in: Security

Proprietary vs Open Source Content Management Systems: Which Is Best For Your Site?

Open CMS, RoadWordPress is the most prominent example of a content management system released under an open source license by a community of collaborating developers. Craft CMS and ExpressionEngine are proprietary products developed by a single company which funds the development of the CMS by selling licenses to users.

Web hosting clients don’t often think about development methodologies and business models when they choose a content management system. They think about the capabilities of the CMS, how well its features match their needs, and what other people who use the same CMS say about their experience. But the way a project is developed can have an impact on user experience, and it’s worth taking a moment to understand the difference. Read more

Posted in: Content, General

How To Harden WordPress Sites Against Brute Force Attacks

how-to-harden-wordpress-sites-against-brute-force-attacksWhen logging in to a WordPress site, users supply a username and password that WordPress associates with their account. If an attacker can guess the right username and password, they can authenticate in the same way. The process of guessing is called a brute force attack: the attacker tries different combinations of usernames and passwords until they discover one that works.

Brute force attacks are effective when WordPress users choose usernames and passwords that are easy to guess. Criminals use automated botnets — which are usually made up of compromised WordPress sites — to make thousands of login attempts with different credentials.

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Posted in: WooCommerce, WordPress