10 Easy Tricks to Create Unhackable Passwords

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Passwords are the lifeblood of online activity. With all that is available on the Internet, it’s possible to have tens if not hundreds of sites to which you need credentials for. If you put a great deal of your business online, the risk potential is even greater.

So, how can you create strong passwords that will keep unwanted guests out of your accounts? This all depends on how creative you are.

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7+ Smart Ways to Speed Up Your Website

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The speed of your website will be one of the major factors that play into its success. Whether you’re operating an eCommerce site or you’re creating a blog, visitors want pages that are fast to load.

And when it comes to mobile devices, speed is even more of a pressing issue. In fact, about 53% of people will abandon a site if it takes longer than three seconds to load on a mobile device.

That’s more than half of your customers!
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8 Steps to creating a Personal Website

Are you still using WordPress or Blogger to showcase your recent photo captures, cooking recipe, vacation news and so on? Are you finding it difficult to get visitors to your blog? Do not worry, you are not alone. There are many like you who have reached to a stage where they say, “Enough of using WordPress, Blogger and other such blogs for posting stuffs…it is time for me to have my own site…” In this article, you will get to know eight simple ways on how you can create a personal website and also promote it.

Here are the eight simple steps for creating and promoting your website.

 

Step 1 – Look for a Web Hosting Service

A Web Hosting Service provides you the necessary infrastructure for you to create a website. It is very much necessary to look for a good web hosting service. There are lots of good web hosting service providers available in the market. There are also lots of sites that provide you good comparison on these web hosting service providers.

Now that you got your infrastructure ready, next is to look for a domain name.

Step 2 – Get a Name for Your Domain

A name says it all! It is all the more important to have a perfect domain name for your personal website. Your name must be relevant to the content that you plan to have in your personal website. Your domain name will look like www.yourdomainname.com . When the domain name is related to the content of your website, most of the search engines can easily route visitors to your website. So, the first method to promote your personal website is by having a domain name that is related to the content of your website. There are many domain name registrar’s available, GreenGeeks offers free domain registration. Once the domain name is ready, you can decide on the content next.

Step 3 – Narrow Down on the Website Content

Now, you need to decide the website content. If you are creating this website for your friends and families, well you can choose a theme for your website. Some ideas are a photo galleries, cooking, movie reviews, book reviews, travel, and so on. Keep writing down your thoughts as they flow in. Since it will be your personal website, just remember to write whatever you want to write.

Step 4 – Get Your Own Logo

A picture is worth thousand words! Design a logo for your own. There are lots of websites that helps you to design your own logo. You can use some free tools such as gimp, inkscape and so on to create your own logo. If you are proficient is creating your own logo, great! Else it will be good to use these free design logo websites and design your own logo.

Step 5 – Create Your Own Pages

So far, you have done all the background work for your personal website. Next is to start populating content for your website. Use any Web-publishing tool to create pages for your website. Make sure that you create a home page (save it as .html) and few other related pages such as Profile, Biography, Contact and so on. Try to add some good images in all the pages so that your page looks attractive and keeps your reader keep coming to your website often. Make sure to save your home page as index.html.

Step 6 – Publish Your Website

Move all your pages (ftp is the common method) to the root folder of your hosting service. Go to your browser and hit your domain name,www.yourdomainname.com and there it is. You can see your home page that you had created appearing in the browser.

Step 7 – Regularly Update Your Website

Updating your personal website and keeping it up to date is the key to maintain a good personal website. You need to remember that people would come to your personal website only when you post new information. Regular updates to your personal website will keep regular visitors coming to your website.

Step 8 – Promote Your Personal Website

So, now there is new information on your personal website, how will the visitors know? Well, that is the key reason why you need to promote your personal website. You can regularly update your new information status on most of the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so on. Only when people know that there is new information in your website, they would visit your website.

Protecting WordPress Login Page from Attacks

Protecting WordPress against Login Attacks

WordPress as we know is one of the most popular content management systems around. That’s why WordPress is generally a target for attacks. Recently we came across a very robust DDoS targeted to the login page of WordPress sites hosted on our network and also on other well known web hosting providers. 

We take security and continuity of service very seriously and we’re very pro-active at everything we do. We’ve added a few new security rules in our already existing set of rules to protect against this type of new attack that we’ve seen. Since implementing this new rule, we’ve seen an increase in protection against these types of attacks.

While we’ve done what we can to ensure maximum security for your websites, there are a few more things that you can do to help yourself from these types of attacks:

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PageRank Status – A Great SEO Tool for Chrome

PageRank Status is a really great SEO extension for Google Chrome, it’s developed by Chrome fans. This free extension supports over 35 languages and there are over 170,000 webmaster users as of February 25, 2013. Unlike most similar extensions that limit to showing the basic PageRank or Alexa Rank information, PageRank Status does that and more. It can show Google PageRank (PR), Alexa Rank, Compete Rank, Quantcast Rank, Pages indexed, Backlinks, Cached pages, Facebook likes, Tweets, Whois, DNS, Geolocation IP Information, Page Meta, Page Speed and much much more.

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4 Reasons why you should be using CloudFlare

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Late last year we announced a partnership with CloudFlare, where we make it easy for you to enable CloudFlare on your account to take advantage of the benefits that CloudFlare offers. If you aren’t using CloudFlare on your hosting account, here’s 4 reasons why you should:

1. Increase in Site Performance

We use the best quality hardware and network available, so naturally our web hosting is already fast… but CloudFlare provides an increase in website performance through their global CDN (Content Delivery Network). When enabled, the CDN will automatically cache your static files (JavaScript, CSS, Images, etc.) on their servers located across strategic data centers around the world. When a visitor visits your website hosted with GreenGeeks, CloudFlare’s Anycast technology will load those static files from a server located nearest to the visitor and your dynamic content will load from our servers. This results in faster load times due to decreased latency between server and visitor. Through feedback from customers, we’ve seen increases of 50% or more on site performance when CloudFlare is enabled.

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5 Easy Ways to Get the Best Rate on Credit Card Processing

Online Merchant AccountChances are you are paying too much to process credit cards online.  If you feel you may be paying more than you bargained for, it’s time to take a closer look at your rates.  It’s likely that the rate you think your cards are processing at— the rate your merchant provider advertised— was the qualified rate.  You may not always be getting that qualified rate though, especially if you are continuously processing certain card types or you forget to settle your batches within 24 hours.

To make sure you are getting the lowest rate possible when accepting online payments, be sure to do the following:

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Get $75 free AdLeads Credits!

Hey everyone, how about $75 in free AdLeads credits? Exclusively for GreenGeeks customers!

As the newest GreenGeeks partner, we’re excited to take a moment here to introduce AdLeads by Pontiflex.  Since their launch in 2008, Pontiflex has been pioneering the art of performance-based advertising on both web and mobile. Rather than sell accidental clicks or meaningless impressions, they believe in something far more valuable called sign-up ads.

Hmmm…What ‘s a sign-up ad?

A sign-up ad allows a customer to sign-up, or opt-in, to hear more from an interesting business. We’ve arranged a special deal currently offering GreenGeeks customers $75 in free ad credits. Within minutes, AdLeads help you create a campaign that’ll run across top Android and iPhone apps. When users are interested in your offer, be it a coupon or a newsletter, they sign-up… allowing you to follow-up via email, whenever it’s convenient.

Email is an essential element in all marketing mixes, and AdLeads provides the most affordable and efficient way to grow your lists; companies ranging from Southwest Airlines and Ikea  to cafes and online clothing shops rely on them to generate more than 150,000 sign-ups every day, due to one big reason: emails drive sales.

Great! So how do I get my AdLeads $75 FREE ad credits?

  1. Signup for a web hosting account if you haven’t already done so 🙂
  2. Log into the account manager.
  3. Click on the promotional offers link on the navigation bar.
  4. Under Marketing and Promotions, click on AdLeads and follow on-screen instructions.

Just another perk that comes with hosting at GreenGeeks. Enjoy the credits and happy marketing!

Backup your data before it’s too late!

Security and backup for your website has always been a big deal for us here at GreenGeeks and we put a great amount of energy to ensure your website data is secure and backed up… we run on the principle of being safe than sorry — so as far as your website is concerned, you’re covered.

But what about the files on your PC? With technology being a big part of our lives, you run the risk of losing everything just by clicking the wrong link in your e-mail! Regular PC backups are important and you shouldn’t neglect it.

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with ZipCloud to offer GreenGeeks customers a FREE automated backup trial and unlimited storage space for your personal files from ZipCloud.

What are the risks of not regularly backing up your PC?

Without backing up your data regularly, you run the risk of losing valuable documents, music, videos, pictures, years of memories due to corruption by viruses, malware, hard drive failure or human error. Here are some quick facts to prove it:

  • Hard Drives fail 15 times more than manufacturers estimates.
  • 46% of users lose their data due to drive failure every year.
  • 50% of all hard drives fail within 5 years from purchase.
  • 1/3 of IT pro’s believe that data loss may lead to bankruptcy.
  • 70% of small businesses consider just 1 data loss event risky.
  • 50% of them have already experienced data loss to some degree.

Get Free Automated PC Backup in the Cloud Now!

The best way to prevent a disaster is to be pro-active, not re-active. Don’t wait until all your data is gone before you start thinking about backing up your precious data. ZipCloud is the easiest way to keep your files safe and secure. It will automatically backup all of your computer files to the cloud, your data will be safely stored and you can access it anytime from any device in the world simply by logging into the ZipCloud control panel. Sign up now and protect your data!

  • 100% Automated Backup of your files
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Encrypted & Secure Backup
  • Access Files from Anywhere in the World
  • FREE Trial for GreenGeeks customers.