Many people who install WordPress regularly make the mistake of using a standard administrator username such as ‘admin’ or ‘administrator’, the reason you should never use a commonly used username is that the username is actually an extra layer of security… By using a username that is as strong as your password makes it near impossible to guess and brute force their way into your administration panel.
The small amounts of people who know me know that I am an active poster on PRO Webmasters which is a part of the Stack Exchange Network. I started off by answering a question and before I knew it I had over 11 images and thought to myself this merits posting on my blog since well as you know Google loves fresh and it had been over 2 months since I last did an update… So here’s my update!
Within this tutorial are 2 methods for redirecting non-www requests to www. Using GoDaddys DNS management and there web hosting package (htaccess). It is normally best to do redirects at the hosting level since these redirects are instant and a lot easier as well as allow more complex redirects to be acted out. Since I believe that doing the redirects using htaccess on GoDaddy is the best redirecting method, we will kick off this tutorial using GoDaddys file manager and using a htaccess to catch all non-www to www.
Before I start I ranting on about how all website designers and businesses should be opting to use responsive designs on all their websites rather than a fixed size design, I’ll start the article off by telling you all a little bit about the history of mobiles phones and why people are increasingly starting to use their phone for more and more tasks, and in addition what to expect in the upcoming years.
Hi Folks, We at ByBe Web Design here in Bournemouth have been using various Firefox add-ons for some time to make our jobs that little bit easier. We happen to use various extensions from the online Mozilla Firefox Add-on Library that allow us to easily detect if links on the page are using the link attribute REL=”nofollow” as well as displaying links that do not use this attribute.
You may have heard that last week GoDaddy the massive online domain registrar and Webhosting Company had experienced yet another big outrage, this time this was due to a technical glitch on one or more of their domain name servers (DNS). Sadly this problem caused millions of sites to be knocked offline and left small and larger businesses out of pocket.
I recently installed the social booking marking content management system called Pligg, I quickly found myself disliking the color scheme of the default theme which is called Wistie. The layout of this template I did like, so rather than building a complete new design from start to finished I opted to modify the original styling to something I did like. I must say that I have to give the Pligg team a round of applause I have designed templates for many platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla etc and Pligg happens to be one of the easiest platforms I worked on.
You should be aware that for some time now Google has been slapping sites which they believe are selling links which can ultimately manipulate the search results of the Google Search Engine. I can understand why the Google team does not want search results being exploited, so that undeserving websites do not end up within the top 10 search results (Top 10 Serps).
The rel="nofollow" was first introduced back in 2005 by Google’s Matts Cutts and Bloggers Jason Shellen, the aim of the link value was to reduce the number of comment spam on blog sites, so that individuals and businesses would not be able to manipulate search results and this would ultimately reduce the amount of spam within the blogging community.
You are most likely to be aware that websites today offer far more content than they did 5 to 10 years ago, a huge factor why this is happening is because the way search engines are preferring sites that are not only fresh but offer lots of quality content.
Even our professional web designers here at ByBe Web Design Bournemouth occasionally fall victim of nasty malware, this practically article is about how to remove Incredibar from Google Chrome in the event you are infected with this nasty toolbar on Firefox then please visit how to Removing MyStart Incredibar Search from Firefox.
Finally Rackspace are now offering customers the option to use a SQL database cloud this is without doubt exciting news for us speed freaks! What’s more since it is an scheme still in pilot it’s absolutely FREE.
It seems we hit a busy streak here at ByBe web design hence why we have not posted any blog posts for over a month, which isn’t really a bad thing but sure doesn’t help our Google ratings. Anyway, here is a brand new bespoke design we did for the Rustic Stone Group.
With the ongoing changes at Google such as the Panda Update and more so the evil Penguin Update which has left many small businesses in a tricky situation, many believe that Google is less than desirable to use these days as they are focusing far too much on big profits and not taking into account that most small businesses do not have millions of bucks to blow on Google Adwords for little return.
It’s been a very dull week for many small businesses on Google’s Search Engine, as you may be aware Google has introduced yet another update to fight web spam though many believe they have gone too far and have wiped some really good honest small business sites of the face of the planet. Matt Cutts who happens to be one of the Top Dogs at Google for search engine index updates and SEO changes warned everyone about the update of which the majority of users favored this changed, but soon changed their vibe after they seen that GOOD honest sites had been affected.
I was sitting in my little office here today at ByBe and bored since I was on my lunch and well my lunch was a tad lite today as I’m trying to eat less and more healthier but moving on… I spent my time toying with some 3D design work and decided to touch base on Olympic Games since it’s only around the corner.
Since I’m a big fan of Pacman and love 3D Design work I decided to see what Pacman’s would look like in the form of the Olympics Rings, this only took me 30mins so it’s not very professional and in no way does it show our skills to full potential, but you should get a rough idea what we can potentially do with more given time.
As you may be aware having a social presence for any company is extremely important and with more and more companies trying to stand out from the crowd custom Facebook page designs are on the increase, since so many people don’t know exactly how to design a page nor do they even know how to add it to their page we thought that we would design our very own Facebook Page and Release it to the public for free.
A team of students from the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology made an unusual discovery on a beach near the town of Woodbridge. Several carved stones in excellent condition were found under the golden sands yesterday, when the group of students were strolling along the beach at Bawdsey Quay, 10 miles from Sutton Hoo, an important archaeological site itself.
Over the past couple of weeks we have released 2 handy webmaster add-ons for both Joomla and Prestashop, basically these bang tidy modules and plugins allow website administrators to easily verify their sites with various verification sites such as Google Apps and Bing Webmaster using the Meta tag method. Using these add-ons saves the administrators needing to edit template files or upload any files to verify their sites.
We recently finished a job for a client of which involved us making a new Prestashop template design for their online shop as well as a few modules. Seeing as last week we released a Webmaster Site Verification Plugin for Joomla we thought we would release one for our favorite open source ecommerce content management system.
Webmaster Site Verification Module for Prestashop is a simple module which allows site owners and administrators to easily verify their online shops with popular webmaster related sites such as Google Webmaster.
Extensions Menu > Click Extension Manager
Upload Package File > Click Browse > Select plg_webmastersiteverification_v0.2-J25 > Click Upload & Install
You should then see a notification from Joomla 2.5 that the plugin has successfully been installed.
If you’re constantly looking for ways of making your videos and content go viral here is a prime example how regularly watching X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent can help your campaigns, Many people will take advantage of annoying or catchy clips and edit them to reach many audiences.
Seeing as we install Joomla to a lot of new sites it only made sense that we start to develop plugins and other extensions, this is one of many we plan to release to the public domain.
Webmaster Site Verification is a very simple plugin to help aid people verify with webmaster tools such as Google and Bing without the need of having to change the template code or having the hassle of uploading a file.
Code7 Responsive Accordion Module
Well as you would expect this is an Accordion module for Joomla, you first notice that the look of the design is very sleek and clean as well as really responsive. Not many bad things can be said about this little extension apart from the fact we wished it had UI styles and the ability to use in more ways than just article linking! But it’s free and beggars can’t be choosers hey?
Rackspace for quite some time have failed to add the option that allows users to change the caching expire rates (TTL / Level Browser Caching) within the control panel despite other vendors offering this feature and constant requests by their users. The normal response from the Rackspace team is normally “you can setup a TTL expire of up to via 72 hours (3days) or if you require more you can use the API and change it up to 50 years”.
The interesting thing is that containers set a default TTL of 72 hours within the Rackspace control panel, however when doing speed checks on sites like webpagetest.org it displays our site having a leverage browsing caching of 15mins, upon further investigates we found that the main site of Rackspace.co.uk also had a 15mins expire rate on their file cloud which makes us believe that the default leverage browsing caching is actually 15mins.
Here at ByBe we are always looking at ways to give us the edge over our competitors, since Google and many other major search engines are now taking into consideration the speed of a site we are trying to optimise ours us well.
During testing we noticed the biggest factor to affect our site is the ‘First Byte’, while some of our actions have improved the first byte on our cloud server, we feel that there might be more to this than our configuration. We decided that we would test our host “Rackspace.co.uk” we are surprised to find that Rackspace was also suffering from the same issue.
I recently discovered that our server was taking between 2-3 minutes to load, and for a Cloud VPS that is extremely slow, upon investigating this issue I discovered that sendmail-mta was running as a system service, so you may be thinking well whys that a problem exactly, well a couple of weekends ago we removed both sendmail and postfix from our setup or least we thought we had, it would seem that using:
I am convinced that Akismet is falsely claiming their system as unique and intelligent; after various simple tests I have concluded, they are banning destination IP’s and website domain names.
This is not a normal blog post for us here at ByBe, since we are a web design company we normally stick to web-related topics such as news and guides. However… we can't resist.
It’s really easy to use sub domains with your file cloud (Also know to many as Content Delivery Network), in this example we will use Go Daddy since well that’s who I prefer to use when registering domains. Simply login to your domain registrar and view your domain in the DNS administration mode, it should look similar to this:
I see many people using far too many containers within their File Cloud Hosting account, my only guess why so many people are doing this is because due to the limitations of the control panels within their file cloud hosting accounts such as Rackspace.
Currently Rackspace and many others do not have the option to make folders within a container, unless you use 3rd party applications such as Cyberduck. <---- You can download Cyberduck here.
Here at ByBe we find unexpected installs of extensions and settings very annoying, these vary from a installing a toolbar, new home page or even changing your default search engine. A lot of the times people will find themselves with these bars and other undesired settings without actually being asked or being fooled somehow by an installer by not making it very clear what system changes will occur, upon install.
Lucky enough Browsers really have come a long way since they were first introduced; nowadays browsers come with configuration pages which allow users to remove extensions and settings very easily with just a few clicks of the mouse, no more need for applications like hijackthis for simple de-installing of bars and other miscellaneous settings.
Hey you! In this blog post, I’ll inform you how you can take further security measures to prevent spam on your website, please notice I said ‘PREVENT’ while this extra method will dramatically reduce the amount of spam your site receives there is no current way at present to stop spam 100%. You could always slam on moderation but that requires you to be at your PC a lot of the time and people want to see their messages once posted, in fact, they are more likely to return to your site on a regular basis looking for replys.
There are many ways to prevent spammers such as captcha, Akismet, IP Banning, Moderation and so on, while these may have some effect they do not dramatically reduce your spam as much as you would hope.