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SEO 101: Back to the Basics and Why You Should Care

SEO 101: Back to the Basics and Why You Should Care

Why you need to know the basics of SEO, and how to improve your website’s search engine ranking.

Quick: who’s your SEO expert?

If your answer is “me,” “nobody,” or “what’s SEO?”, then it’s probably time for a refresher.

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Stopping Website Hacks in Their Tracks

Stopping Website Hacks in Their Tracks

Need to beef up your website security? Try these tips for hacker prevention.

When it comes to website security, a little paranoia is a good thing. At the risk of stating the obvious, hackers are a devious and tenacious bunch, always seeking new vulnerabilities in networks, software and systems to cause trouble, steal data, and generally annoy you.

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Beyond “.com”: The New Era of Top-Level Domains

Beyond “.com”: The New Era of Top-Level Domains

Were Shakespeare (or whoever really wrote Shakespeare’s stuff) alive today, he might ask, through the voice of Romeo, “What’s in a domain name?” To which Juliet would reply, “Verily! Lookest it up, fathead!” Suitably mollified, he would do a search and find that an important part of a domain name is the top-level domain, the “.com,” “.gov,” “.edu,” and so on at the end of the domain name.

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Why Your Developer Cares about Technology Stacks, and Why You Should, Too

Why Your Developer Cares about Technology Stacks, and Why You Should, Too

In many cases, web site owners need not know or care what technology stack their web hosting provider is using, any more than you should care about the underlying protocols that make your cell phone work. We web developers may need to know, so that they can tailor their development, if needed, to the stack that is being used. Web site owners need to be concerned about technology stacks when they are planning an expansion in scope or functionality of their web sites; then, it’s important to measure the capabilities and costs of each stack to determine the right one for the anticipated application.

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Testing Your Site — What could possibly go wrong?

Testing Your Site — What could possibly go wrong?

In the world of writing, there is some variant of Murphy’s law that says that no matter how many times and how thoroughly you check your copy, you won’t see the obvious misspelling or glaring grammatical error until after you’ve published it, at which point it will jump out at you like a giant flashing neon sign. This is why we have editors: to catch the mistakes that you won’t see even if you look at them a thousand times.

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