March
31
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How to Fix Your High WordPress CPU Usage Problem

  If high WordPress CPU usage problems are driving you insane, this post will help you out. If your site is using too many resources, it’s probably making your site run slow for your visitors and could be affecting your rankings. Not to mention the fact that you may be getting warnings from your hosting provider or they may have even suddenly shut you down without warning.   Note: Here’s a guide on how Hostwinds handles continuous high resource usage (No, we won’t shut your site down all of a sudden because your site gets a surge of traffic and resource usage goes through the roof)   So here we go, here are some of the first things you should…

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March
28
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WordPress Plugins Preview: Public Post Preview

  A couple weeks ago we did a guide for allowing temporary admin access to your WordPress site, which certainly can come in handy. But what if you just want someone to be able to read your post before it’s published? Maybe they want to verify a quote of theirs you’re using. Maybe your client needs to see what you’ve written before the rest of the world sees it. Or maybe there are several people who need to see the post. You don’t have to give them admin access just to do that. Why take the chance of someone messing around in there and accidentally breaking something or creating multiple accounts just so one post can be accessed? That’s where…

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March
24
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Step up WordPress Security with These .htaccess Tips

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  There’s a single file that can give you incredible power of how your WordPress site functions and how secure it is – your .htaccess file. Understanding the different commands available to use and how to use them can help you do everything from increasing WordPress security, setting up basic redirects, restrict files or password protect specific content. This guide will show you the possibilities and .htaccess tips and tricks to get you started.     Note: Always keep backups up to date. Here’s a guide to some of the best WordPress backup plugins to help.   What is .htaccess? .htaccess stands for hypertext access. For WordPress sites, it’s automatically created when you choose to change the settings for your permalinks….

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March
20
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Should You Spend More for a Dedicated Server vs Shared Hosting?

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  There are a lot of options when it comes to hosting your website. That’s actually a good thing, as you can choose the hosting plan that perfectly suits your needs. No single hosting package would be able to fit the needs of everyone. Whether you’re starting a blog for something you’re passionate about or need to create a business site, use this information to make an informed decision and choose the best hosting solution for you. The three main types of hosting available are shared hosting, VPS (virtual private servers) and dedicated hosting. In order to choose the right one, you should understand the pros and cons of each in terms of what they offer, how they affect your…

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March
18
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Tech Tools: Increase Productivity with Ghost Browser

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  Whether you’re a social media manager, a developer who’s constantly having to log in and out of WordPress as different users or just need to be logged into the same site as different people….Ghost Browser might be just what you need. Today we’ll take a quick look at this new Ghost Browser, a browser that lets you do all this with no hassle. Sure, there’s Chrome’s People Manager, but you still end up with multiple windows scattered around. Ghost Browser is lightning fast and well… you never know if something’s better until you try it, right?     Ghost Browser is a new browser, developed by Loving Cup Productions. They call it “The Productivity Browser for Tech Pros” and…

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March
15
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How to Allow WordPress Temporary Admin Access

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  Just like keeping backups of your WordPress site, managing WordPress users and keeping people out who have no business in there is all part of running your site. This guide will show you an easy way to give WordPress temporary admin access to someone without having to create a user or give them your password. This comes in handy when you need to give a designer or developer temporary access to your site to do work. Or if you want someone to be able to view a post that’s not yet published to get their feedback or input. Sure, you could create a whole new user with a password and set permissions accordingly. But there’s really no need to…

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March
10
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Free CDN Services to Speed Up Your Site Today

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  One of the most important things about your site today is how fast it loads, or its loading speed. And one of the main things you should consider to make your site load faster is using a CDN (Content delivery network). Luckily, there are plenty of free CDN services – like Cloudflare and Coral CDN.   Why do I need to use a CDN? How fast your site loads affects not only your customers experience when visiting, but can also dramatically affect how well Google and other search engines decide to rank you. There are lots of things you can do to increase your page load speed like optimizing images, using Gzip compression and optimizing code. But even if…

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March
07
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3 New Reasons You Should be Using Pinterest for Business Marketing

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    Imagine a day when you see something you like, zoom your (smartphone) camera in on it and you’re almost instantly presented with where you can find that product and similar products… discovering the maker and companies with similar products right then and there. Or seeing how your friend’s new couch you adore would look in thousands of different settings. That day is coming. The ever-growing list of features Pinterest rolls out just got bigger with the announcement of three new, impressive features: Shop the Look, Related ideas on demand and probably the most interesting… Pinterest LensBETA. Note: We know a lot of our customers (especially the more robust sites needing dedicated servers) are more tech oriented or businesses…

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March
04
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Creating Custom 404 Error Pages (and Some Cool Examples!)

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  A customer visits your site only to be given a 404 error page… that’s not a good thing. If you’re lucky, they’ll stick around and find their way to the front page. But often times, they’ll just hit the back button and they’re gone. Maybe if you had created an interesting, custom 404 error page you could have held their attention and directed them to what they were looking for. Or at least guided them in a similar direction while still keeping them on the site. There’s also the option of redirecting any 404 pages to somewhere else on your site automatically. We have more about that, as well as more information about what they are and what causes…

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March
01
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Cloudflare Leak Security Breach: Change Your Passwords Now

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  A tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code allowed sensitive data to be leaked and cached by search engines. The data included passwords, cookies, API keys, personal messages, IP addresses and more. This Cloudflare leak is being called Cloudbleed and it’s a single character in the code that’s ultimately to blame. Google’s Tavis Ormandy, working with the Project Zero security team, discovered the vulnerability and notified Cloudflare. Cloudflare was extremely quick to react.  A fix for the leak was in place within the hour and completely patched 7 hours later. And Google went to work clearing private information that had been cached. However, the data leaks started in September of last year, so the amount of information leaked and whether the bug…

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