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Chrome & Google Announcement about new HTTPS requirements
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A SSL certificate is a security program you purchase normally from your hosting provider. It enables the HTTPS to work on your site and ensures that all communications from your pages to your server are encrypted and protected. If you are unsure if your site has one, type in your domain name in your browser using https://YourDomainNameHere.com. Until recently, the HTTPS was required for all websites accepting online payments. The big changes is that,

Vacation Rental Website
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Real estate was one of the first industries to fully embrace the Internet and harness its possibilities. A new industry related to real estate has risen in the past two years: Rental. You can now rent anything from car, movies to vacation rental. The vacation rental market has indeed increased recently as people's holiday habits have changed. In the "old days" (really not that long ago), taking a vacation meant staying at the in-laws, in a hotel or camping. Now you may rent a condo, an apartment...

What to do if your website was hacked?
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We have written many articles and posts on website hacking, what they are, how to restore your site, what to do to prevent an attack, and so forth. Today we are going to be succinct and right to the point.

  1. If your site has been hacked, contact your webmaster immediately. If you do not have one or cannot get a hold of them, contact us at 707-794-9999 (Pacific Standard Time). Do not wait! You do not want Google or other search engines to notice the hack. That would be...

How do you know it is time for a new website?
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Your site is  just a few years old but you are wondering if it is time to upgrade it or even get a brand new one. You know technology and especially the Internet has changed dramatically these last two years. If you answer YES to one of the following questions, it is time to have a conversation with an experienced web designer.

  1. Your competition has a better website. They may have a better design, better content, better "feel", etc.
  2. Your website is not responsive to m...

FAQ
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The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page is a very important page. It is a page on which you may answer commonly asked questions from your clients, vendors, members, site visitors, and more. It has great value and two distinct purposes: Answer questions online quickly that your visitors may have and provide great content for search engine bots. If the FAQ page is quite long, it may be organized using categories. A visitor in such case can select a category of choice and filter the questions tha...

2017 PCI compliance
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PCI DSS compliance (or PCS DSS) has become quite complicated and demanding in 2017. You may have received a notification from your merchant account, your payment gateway, your hosting provider, your webmaster, or other party about. Today, we will review what it all means and the steps you need to take to stay in compliance and be legally protected. Understand that this post will focus on website compliance only and there is much more to it. What is PCI compliance? PCI DSS ...

One website – Two target audiences
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There is a solution if you are targeting different types of clientele on the same website. This can be the case if you are both a wholesaler and a retailer and wish your website to be used by both. It is also the case if your site is for both your vendors and customers. Understand that, in most cases, a company has one target audience. Yes, a company may sell to various types of individuals (different ages,  ethnicities, professional levels, etc.) but there is one singular type of client tha...

Web Design Tip #4 – Amount of textual content
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To write or not to write... Textual content is one of the most important part of a website. Too little content and you take the chance of your visitors guessing what you do and what you want and give no help to search engines to rank your site in searches. Too much content and the website becomes overwhelming, boring, and perhaps even worst confusing. The amount of appropriate content depends on the following elements:

  • Industry: Some industries are very visual. F...

Web Design Tip #3 – Fonts
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Just like colors, font styles render different emotions. Curvy or hand script fonts can mean you (or company) are casual, friendly, and approachable while straight line or sans serif fonts can give a sense of accuracy, precision, and professionalism. It all goes back to your target audience: Who are you trying to sell your services, products, or message to? You also need to consider your primary message. And by this, we do not mean your latest promotions but what feeling you would want to evoke ...

Web Design Tip #2 – Colors
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Selecting the perfect colors for your website can be a lengthy or a neglected process but it is absolutely worth taking your time in this phase of development. Indeed, when redesigning your website, you should spend time picking colors that support your company's message, your brand, and what you do. These colors also need to "please" your customers. Remember that, first and foremost, the website is there for your audience not for your own personal use. So you may love hot pink but, if your audi...

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