Hasta La Vista Google+

In December 2018 Google announced that they were shutting down their social media platform Google+. Their official explanation cites “low usage” as a key factor in pulling the plug. So heads up… if you’ve been using Google+ and link to it on your website it’s time to remove any buttons or links. Google is removing all content so those buttons will shortly be only going to error screens!

Why Am I Getting All Those Privacy Emails?

Everyone is getting privacy emails in response to the EU (European Union) enacting GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for websites. It may feel like a “house on fire” when you also start hearing fearful proclamations about getting your own website in compliance. So let’s take a deep breath and address the reality Continue reading “Why Am I Getting All Those Privacy Emails?”

3 Internet Offers You Really Should Refuse

The snow has melted, the birds are singing, and all the Internet cons are active. This week I’ve heard from clients who’ve received snail-mail and email solicitations. Just so you know, I also get these offers. Without mentioning names, lets break down these “offers” and I’ll tell you why you should avoid them.

Internet Directory
This offer comes in via snail-mail. It looks like a bill, but clearly says on it that it’s not a bill, but a “solicitation”. The offer is that they’ll list your website on their directory to stimulate it getting found online. So lets ask a common sense question: when you’ve used your favorite search engine have you ever been directed to this company’s directory website? Probably not. The offer costs a few hundred dollars and it’s strongly suggested not to be worth that amount.

Domain Registration
Again, this offer is sent via snail mail. It purports that your website’s domain name is about to expire and it’s more advantageous to transfer it from your current registrar to them. This offer looks for website owners who don’t understand that their domain name is registered with a legit company like GoDaddy, Register, etc. and there is no need to move it when it’s time to renew. Moving it to a company that solicits via mail may cost you more than you can imagine– the yearly domain registration may jump 200%! If you move your domain it may not relate back to your hosting account and you’ll lose the ability to see your website online. Ouch!

Search Engine Registration
A client received this offer via email– It states you need to pay for their software to maintain the ease of customers finding your website online.  It looks pretty intimidating, even giving a warning to act before a contrived due date. All search engines send out robots, their own software, that scours the web and caches websites, so your website has already been collected and stored in the search engines and it will be again in future passes of search engine robots.

My best advice (and it’s free). Delete those emails and shred the letters.



For Security Update to WordPress 4.7.2

I’ve heard from several clients who’ve been hacked at the beginning of 2017.  These hacking attempts run the gambit — from the installation of malware to the total take down of a website. Who’s behind the hacking– who knows!

There are numerous openings for hacking but one of the top ways to protecting hacking of your WordPress website is to keep the WordPress software updated. If you have GoDaddy WordPress hosting they are doing this update for you so you can relax. If you’re hosting your WordPress site on ordinary GoDaddy hosting or another hosting service, it will need to be updated. If you aren’t sure how to do this give me a call and Design to Spec can set up your site for updates.

Still not sure if your WordPress software is up to date? Log in to your dashboard. The word DASHBOARD is at the top of the page. Find the AT A GLANCE box which by default is in the top left corner of the dashboard page. At the bottom of this box it will tell you which version of WordPress software is in use. The most current is 4.7.2.

If you’d like to know more about WordPress hacking visit Sucuri’s blog (http://bit.ly/2jYu50L)