May
13
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Product Preview: Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts Like a Pro with Shift

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    Today, chances are that you have and need to manage multiple Google accounts. You might be a student who has a personal account, as well as a school account. Or maybe you’re just a professional who makes use of a number of different Google products… they’re notorious for not allowing this or that from one product to another. Like Andy Wolber from Tech Republic says, the more you use Google, the better the odds are that you end up with multiple accounts. Or maybe you’re a marketer who needs to switch between different accounts throughout the day. It gets tedious fast, doesn’t it? Sure, you can link accounts and constantly clicky click click your avatar and switch, switch,…

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May
05
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Free WordPress Plugins to Add Animations to Your Site

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    Animations in web design can greatly enhance your user’s experience. Website animations today aren’t anything like the headache-inducing, bright jagged animations that they were in the early days of the internet. Well designed and placed animations can provide subtle but clear visual clues. They can break up the monotony or help to smoothly transition users from one section of your site to the next. But it takes time and talent to create effective animations that will help, and not hinder your site’s overall design and usability. Well, usually. You may not be able to put together an entire design all on your own (unless you’re a designer or coder of some sort of course), but you can still…

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May
04
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Starting a Real Estate Blog (It’s for More than Just Home Listings!)

  As a real estate agent, there’s a good chance you work as part of a firm and are given your own tidy little spot on the company’s website. That’s all fine and dandy, but it’s probably not doing a lot for your marketing. Most of the time, it consists of listings with your photo and contact information, which is good, but the only people who will ever look at those pages are those who are looking for that exact type of housing with that number of bedrooms in the specific locations they have in mind.   Why should you start a real estate blog? By starting a blog you can build out your personal brand attract an audience that…

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May
01
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Programmatic Marketing: Reaping the Benefits and Avoiding Click Fraud

  If you were to guess which form of advertising would see the most growth in 2017, what would your guess be? Social media? Video marketing? Both are good guesses and both will continue to important. But Media Post reports on Zenith’s Programmatic Marketing Forecasts, saying neither social media or online video will be the forerunner. Programmatic marketing will be. The report estimates that programmatic marketing will take the lead. Surpassing online video growth by 25% and social media by 25%… rising to be nearly 60% of all digital advertising expenditure this year (Adobe says more than 70%), with the U.S. holding the majority of the ad market (Over 60% of programmatic ad market). While this report is only referring…

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April
28
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WordPress Security Tips to Stay Safe from Plugin Vulnerabilities

  WordPress is among the most commonly used platform for building a website. Unfortunately, it’s got a bad rep for security. In fact, Sucuri’s Hacked Trend Report says over ¾ of the infected sites analyzed were running on WordPress. Half the time, these sites were not being kept up to date with current versions of WordPress. Many times, plugins are to blame.     Nearly 50,000 plugins are listed in the official repository alone, not to mention the many that are provided solely by 3rd parties… So carefully choosing plugins and staying up to date with plugin vulnerabilities is a big part of ensuring your site is as secure as it can be. And that’s what this guide will help…

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April
25
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9 Tips for Successful Blog Post SEO in 2017

  Don’t be intimidated by doing SEO on your blog. These tips and tools will help set the foundation for a successful blog that could become a prominent source of leads and sales for your business in 2017. Blog search engine optimization, or SEO, is simply the process of creating a blog that’s easy for search engines (like Google) to find and understand. There’s no magic button or secret trick that’s going to push you to the top of search results overnight. Optimizing your blog for SEO is a never-ending process. The way Google decides which sites deserve to rank, and ultimately receive the traffic that you want, is constantly changing. However, there are some practices that should always be…

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April
23
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Slow Mobile Page Load Speed Greatly Decreases Conversions

  How does your site measure up to others in your industry when it comes to mobile optimization and mobile page load speed? Generally speaking, over 20% of mobile pages take longer than 20 seconds to load and that’s not good. That’s not good because more than half the people surveyed in Google’s newly revealed study won’t stick around for more than three seconds for your page to load.   Tip: If you have a large, busy site on shared hosting that’s running slow, you may have outgrown your hosting plan.   People today demand instant information. Whether they’re searching for reviews on the best local pub, shopping for shoes, researching for a paper or paying their bills online… they…

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April
20
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  We are launching a new source packed with information for you, The Hostwinds Newsletter.  Stay up to date on all things company and industry related when we send you a short, 3 article, curated news feed of information once each month. Top and trending industry news What new innovations are happening at Hostwinds Monthly promotion codes and giveaways To signup click the image link above or fill out the information below and stay current. Enter details   * indicates required Email Address * First Name * Last Name * Product Type (Check all that apply) Shared       Business       Reseller       White Label       Budget Linux Windows       SSD Windows       SSD Linux  …

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April
19
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Improve Your Odds of Getting Google’s Mysterious Sitelinks and Why it Matters

  Wondering how you can get sitelinks in search results for your site? If you don’t know what sitelinks are, they’re those search results that show several different links to different parts of a site under the main site listed for the search (See image below). Sometimes there will also be a search box to search that site right in the search results. Google says: “The links shown below some of Google’s search results, called sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they’re looking for.” But not everyone is lucky enough to be…

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April
15
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The FCC, You and Your ISP: Protect Your Browsing History

  You probably know by now that the Federal Communications Commision’s guidelines to protect your internet usage history will no longer be. The regulations, put into action during the Obama administration, would have taken effect this coming December. But it was voted down, and now your ISP will have the right to sell data it knows about you to anyone, unless other restrictions get put into place. There was little hope that maybe President Trump would surprise everyone and not sign the bill, but that fell flat on April 3rd. Now more than ever that your privacy is up for grabs how do you protect it? Hostwinds can protect your information from your ISP with our VPN. This allows you…

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