Two Factor Authentication

Online Security – 2FA

Since we are all hearing about online security breaches on the news, it seems like more and more often I am coming across articles discussing Two Factor Authentication (2FA), so my curiosity got the best of me and I started reading about it.

Call it old-fashioned but we used to consider security to be having a username and a password.  We are being told to not use simple passwords, mix in capital letters and punctuation to make them harder to guess.  Now it’s being recommended that we go even further than that, and that’s where 2FA comes into the picture.

If that peaks your curiosity, you can read the full article HERE.

Web Hosting Woes

Having learned the hard way, we once again went on the hunt for a good web hosting company.

There are a lot of “deals” out there on domain names and hosting plans.  After two years when our hosting plan came up for renewal, and the price nearly doubled from what we signed up for when we purchased their deal, the hunt was on for a new web host.

Read our full review of what we found!

Broken Link Checker

Broken Links on your WordPress Site

How are you making sure that all the links on your WordPress site are working?  Did somebody you linked to change their site and your link to that site is now broken?  As your site grows and you have a lot of links, it can be very time consuming manually verifying each and every outbound link on your site.

I was not really looking for this plugin, however every time I read a “Top Ten” plugin list, I kept seeing Broken Link Checker, so I decided to check it out.  I installed it on this site and it immediately found one broken link.  Within a week it found another.  With all the links on this site it might have taken weeks or months for me to stumble upon those links that were no longer working.

Broken Link Checker is so simple to install and use, and it does such a good job, I don’t know why anybody would not want it on their WordPress site.

There are not too many options to configu

Google XML Sitemaps

XML Sitemaps

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin is a Must Have if you don’t already have something on your WordPress site to generate a sitemap. XML is a format that is recognized by the web crawlers of Google, Ask.com, Yahoo and Bing Search. XML Sitemaps were developed as a standard format in 2005 by Google and then later adopted by Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com. It is commonly also know as a “Google Sitemap”. If you are really curious about what an XML sitemap is and how it works, then you can read more of the details at Sitemaps.org.

Why do you need Google XML Sitemaps?

When search engines such as Google crawl your site so that they can index your pages, it makes the process simpler and more accurate if you have a sitemap for our blog or web site. This plugin automatically generates your sitemap and places it in the correct location on your web server for the search engines to find. Any time that your site changes, it makes a new sitemap and notifies the search engines that something has changed.

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WordPress Plugins

Essential WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins come in many categories such as plugins for Posts and Pages, Links, Social Media, Images, Sidebar Widgets, Editor Enhancements, Search Engine Optimization and XML Sitemaps.

To learn how to customize your WordPress site with various plugins and other enhancements to the basic WordPress installation, we welcome you to check out all of our Web Site and WordPress articles.  We are constantly updating our offering so, be sure to subscribe to the blog so you keep informed on new items by email.

Be sure to check out our new series of articles on WordPress Plugins at

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NEW! — WordPress How-To Series

WordPress How-To’s

We have started a new series of articles which will guide you through all you need to learn to get a Word Press site or blog setup and running.  You will find the Word Press Articles in the black navigation bar at the top of each screen as well as in the side navigation bar on the right side of every page.

WordPress in Navigation BarAs this series of pages evolve on this site, we will cover Installing Word Press on your Web Hosting servers, selecting a theme, Pages versus Posts, Widgets, Plugins and more.

Make sure you subscribe to our blog so you will know when we have posted a new WordPress How To article.   To Subscribe, enter your email address in the Subscribe to Blog via Email part of the Right Side Bar of this page.

NEW! Download Pages in PDF Format

Download Pages in PDF Format

To make it easier to follow our How To’s while working on your website, there is now a Download This Page in PDF Format icon at the bottom of each of our pages.

Download this page in PDF formatClick the button to get a PDF copy of the page that you can print and reference while you are working with your site or configuring settings on your web host, email account, etc…

Email Setup on your Domain

Setting up Email Accounts on your Domain

We are just about done with a new Internet How To page which covers how and why you should setup new email addresses with your domain name.  If you use your domain for personal or business purposes, we will cover reasons why you will want to set up new email addresses and explain everything you need to know to do it in just a few simple steps.

Check back in a few days and get the full scoop on why you should do this, and how to get your new email addresses live in a matter of minutes.

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Internet How To’s

Internet How To’s

Domain Names, Web Hosts, FTP, Email Accounts, what’s this stuff all about?

Maybe you are one of thousands who still have a site on Apple’s Mobile Me domain and don’t know what to do with it before Apple’s web hosting goes away in June 2012.

Or, are you in the process of making your website with iWeb, Dreamweaver or one of the many other pieces of web site software and not sure what you need to do once the site is done?

It is not that hard but does take several steps to get everything setup and ready to upload your site to a web host so it will “go live” on the internet for everybody to see.

Check out our Internet How To’s by using the Page Navigation at the top, or in the right Side Navigation Bar, to access each of the articles on the other pages.   When we are done you will have a live web site on the internet, and more.