Category Archives: Do It Yourself

Log-in Security Options for s2Member

Brute Force IP/Login Restrictions If your website uses s2Member for membership functionality then you have additional options for adjusting log-in security. To reach these extra security settings you'll click "Restriction Options" under the s2Member menu item in the admin panel. Once you're here click on the "Brute Force IP/Login Restrictions" accordion and you'll be able…
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iThemes Security Lockouts and How to Prevent Your Users From Getting Blocked

iThemes Security is an extremely effective security plugin for WordPress, but sometimes it can block the users you want accessing your site from logging in. In this post I'll show you how to make take steps towards preventing this frustrating scenario from happening. Local Brute Force Settings One of the main methods hackers use to…
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What About Your Brand?

Here is what we ask when we conduct the brand discovery exercise that inspires our from-scratch design work:1) Elevator Pitch - just a broad overview so we can get to know you.2) Who is your target audience? What do we know about them? What do they know about you? What problem are they trying to…
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Getting Your Google Maps API Key

Some plugins and site integrations generate a Google map through their API system instead of using a map embed. In this article we'll walk you through the requirements of using the Google Maps API. Let's get started! Log into the Google Maps Platform Create an account or use an existing gmail account and log in…
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Steps to Creating & Sharing New Cloudflare Accounts

Creating & Sharing New Cloudflare Accounts with AWD At Austin Web & Design we recommend to our new, and our maintenance, clients to sign up for a free Cloudflare account. This way the can enjoy better performance, security, and managed DNS. [hr] Step 1: Sign Up Go to the Cloudflare sign up page and enter…
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Adding Users to Google Search Console (Webmasters)

How To: Add Users to Google Search Console (Webmasters) We often get asked, here at AWD, to add our websites to Google Analytics (GA) and to the Google Search Console (GSC), which was formerly called Google Webmasters. You can always send us your login information, but that is not recommended. A much safer way is…
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Adding Users to Google Analytics

We often get asked, here at AWD, to add our websites to Google Analytics (GA) and to the Google Search Console (GSC), which was formerly called Google Webmasters.

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SEO in 3 easy steps

AKA: How we Got to be # 1! SEO really takes some effort, but it can be done. There's no real secret to it - just consistent, diligent activity. [spacer] Step 1: Determine your target terms. These are the keyword groups you most want to come up in search for. For us, it's "Austin web…
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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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