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How to come up with a good brand

Before we can build anyone's website, we always want to get to the bottom of what our client's brand is about.  Some know their brand attributes well, but most do not.  Here is what I sent one recent client prospect on that topic. What makes you guys a great choice, for your clients? What unique…
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The 8 most important DIY things you can do for your SEO

These are the 8 main things you should do for SEO: 1) Get great backlinks. These are links from other sites, preferably sites with similar keywords to yours, that go back to yours when clicked. The sites should have something to do with yours, or at least the page where our link is should have…
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Setting up iThemes Security

Setting up iThemes Security Adding iThemes to your site is a great way to add basic security measures and reduce the risk of automated attacks crippling your website. Here we'll run through the steps to set up a basic installation. 1) Install iThemes Security Pro and navigate to Security > Settings 2) Temporarily whitelist your…
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Setting Up HTTPS

Setting up an SSL certificate and enabling HTTPS is a pretty straightforward progress and provides benefits to both security and SEO. To begin the process you'll need to request an SSL from your host (this is recommended to reduce complications, but you can order an SSL from many third party providers). Requesting an SSL Log…
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Updating WordPress

Updating Wordpress Updating Wordpress is a fairly simple process, but as with any update Austin Web & Design recommends taking the necessary steps for protecting your data. A full backup of your website files and Wordpress database is needed before attempting a Wordpress update. These backups are a needed precaution incase anything goes wrong and…
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Updating WordPress Plugins

Before updating your WordPress plugins it is recommended that you backup your database, and also backup your website files. That way if something stops working with the new version of the plugin, you can easily restore your WordPress site to the previously working configuration. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard. You can click on either…
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Backup your Website

Backing up your website is a necessary step for all users. Before making any changes to your website, it is best practice to always create a full backup of your website files and database. Creating a full backup ensures you back up everything and is the safest method to ensure all your website files are…
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Google Authorship

Google Authorship Getting found in the vast ocean that is Google can be tricky. There certainly are a lot of factors, but if you want to make it to the top of the search results, authorship is an absolute must. Without it, some other party could easily steal your words since Google won't automatically recognize…
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Jabberwocky or Spam?

Let's play Jabberwocky or Spam. Jabberocky is, of course, the awesomely nonsensical Lewis Carol poem from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Don't google it yet though.  First:   1) He took his vorpal sword in hand 2) You could unquestionably total a cup of whey in fancy to of the gingerbug 3) And the mome raths…
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WordPress Speed Optimization

One of the key concepts for optimizing a WordPress site's speed is caching. I'm talking about server-side cache, not local cache.  You can set up your site so your server has a cached version of every page to send immediately when someone navigates to it.  This is different from the client-side cache you may be…
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