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WordPress hosting – do you blog?

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Having a blog for your business or personal website is all about keeping online viagra pharmacy your visitors up-to-date with what’s going on with you or your business. But there’s more than just that.

Having a blog is also great for search engine optimisation (SEO). Software like WordPress is brilliant at getting your blog posts into the search engines such as Google and Yahoo which is great for attracting new visitors.

It’s easy to get a blog up and running with simplewebhosting.co.uk – in fact, it can take just a couple of minutes using our fast, one-click install. Customers using our Advanced Plan have the popular WordPress blogging software available to them FREE in their cPanel. Just login, look for ‘site software’ and click WordPress!

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Change your password!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Passwords are in the news these days, and the news is not good. A great example was the result of some recent hacking that included the Twitter accounts of people like US President Barack Obama and Britney Spears. It turned out that the password protecting the administrative area for Twitter was ‘happiness’ – not very smart.

Another recent story making the rounds has to do with what’s been referred to as the ‘Worst passwords of all time’ – the list included:

  • 123456
  • password
  • qwerty
  • 696969
  • computer
  • letmein
  • football
  • abc123
  • test
  • ncc1701

A hacker has a good chance of breaking into an account by simply running this list of common passwords against the login system. Needless to say if your password is any of these, you should probably change it right away!

So what should you do now? Change your password. Especially if you see yours on that list. But either way, it’s a good practice to change your passwords on a regular basis and also to make sure you choose strong passwords. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to educate your users about passwords.

Here are some suggestions for choosing passwords. Any password you use should at the very least:

  • have at least 6 characters
  • should never contain the words that can be found in the dictionary
  • should contain characters from three of the following categories:
    • uppercase letters
    • lowercase letters
    • numbers
    • non-alphanumeric characters (eg %, $, @)

You should also change your passwords often and avoid reusing passwords across different sites. For example, don’t use the same password for your web hosting control panel that you use for your e-mail account. Don’t use the same e-mail account for registrations as it becomes the single point to access all the keys of your kingdom via the ‘forgot password’ function if that email account is compromised.

While a super-strong password is ideal, it’s sometimes hard to remember. Printing out passwords is okay as long as you keep that printout safe (keep it in your wallet but don’t stick it to your monitor!) And don’t do something foolish link storing them in a simple text file on your computer desktop with usernames and passwords plus the URL for each site.

Whatever you do, changing passwords often is a great habit to have but also think about security on your other systems. How many of you use the same password for everything you do online? Hackers know this is common and once they get one of your passwords, they’ll try different services to see if you reuse passwords like many people viagra purchase online do.

How to keep visitors coming back to your website

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Getting visitors to your website in the first place is often a difficult enough task but how hard do you try to get them to come back again? Here’s a few tips to encourage visitors to return.

1. Make sure you update all of the pages on your site frequently. Unchanged sites buying online viagra can be dropped by some sites and nobody wants to go onto a site and see something last updated in 2005 do they? It could be a good idea also to put a last updated counter so it shows to people you update it a lot so they will check back.

2. Allow customers and visitors to your site to be able to sign up for discounts and special offers. Put a form on your site to allow them to be able to sign up for a weekly, fortnightly or even monthly newsletter which they may be interested in.

3. Add a link to allow people to add your site to their favourites or send this to a friend, it will remind people about your site when they take a look in their bookmarks and think ‘Oh look, I wonder if this site has any updates’.

4. Make your site stand out. Use a great brand with a great logo design so it sticks in peoples heads. Some of the best companies in the world have the simplest logos but everybody can remember them.

5. Make sure that your site is easy to find if people forget the address. I have wanted to visit a website but could never find it. The best thing to do is put links so users can add your site to social bookmarking sites so even if their computer dies they will be able to find their way back.

6. Never spam anybody who has signed up for a newsletter. If people no longer wish to receive these then make sure you do take them off the mailing list. This makes you look respectful and that you are not a cowboy who will just spam peoples’ inboxes to try and sell their product or get the odd page view.

7. Make a ‘Whats New?’ section. People will instantly go to this to take a look at what has recently been updating and following on from earlier they will like a site that is always updated and will probably come back to take a look at what is new and what has been updated.

8. Set up and use an RSS Feed as they are amazing for repeat traffic. They will let people know what has been updated and when and if people have subscribed to them they are 99% likely to come back to your site when they see an update pop up on their RSS Reader.

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