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More Insecure Content Blocked By Google Chrome

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Beginning in January 2020, Google Chrome will start blocking more insecure elements on web pages. These pages have “Mixed Content”, which is a page loaded securely via HTTPS, but pulls in elements from a non-secure locations. The usual culprits are images or JavaScript files being loaded from a third-party site. Pages where all text, images, and video are loaded from a secure HTTPS location will not be affected.

ADA Lawsuits Against Website Owners Are Increasing: Mitigate Risk By Making Your Site Web Accessible

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Dunkin Donuts. Domino’s Pizza. CVS Pharmacy. Winn Dixie. These recognizable retailers, restaurants, and service providers are fan favorites for millions of Americans. But for those with permanent or temporary disabilities, these companies are accused of violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by lacking the proper digital accommodations to enable access to their coveted online offerings.

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What You Need to Do to Get CCPA Compliant?

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Cybersecurity is an issue that’s on everyone’s mind. If you visit a web site, it seems that you are forever haunted by emails, ads and other forms of artificial intelligence. For many consumers, this begs the questions, ‘what type of information are companies gathering about me?’, and ‘what is being done to protect my privacy?’. To answer the call, the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) will be going into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Angels as Assets: The Importance of Volunteer Management Software

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For many non-profits, data crunching is everything. From tracking donations and expenditures, the success or failure of fund-raising events, staff protocols and effectiveness, lists of donors large and small and so much more, the organization that shirks information management does so at their own peril. Case in point: one area of data management where many non-profits fall woefully short is in the organization of volunteer assets.

Growing Your Email List: Seven Tips for Success

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Wondering just how important it is to build and maintain an email list for your business or non-profit? Consider this statistic from Internet marketing professionals: the average email list degrades by nearly 23 percent each year due to opt-outs, changes in addresses and more. That statistic may seem insignificant until you consider how many people visit your webpage, attend an event or engage your organization on your social media pages.

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Mobile-Friendly Searching: Getting Your Non-Profit’s Website Up to Speed

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If you’ve initiated a Google search anytime recently, you may have noticed a new designation underneath the listed results: “mobile-friendly.” It seems that the search engine behemoth is rolling out a new algorithm that will now rank sites based on how they render across the wide spectrum of mobile devices, whether they be smartphones, tablets or even the new watch technologies.

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Join the Crowd(funding): Strategies for Successful Non-Profit Campaigns

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Crowdfunding—also known as crowdsourcing—has become a potent and viable means of raising money for thousands of non-profits around the globe. Indeed, if done correctly, such a campaign can see full funding for a particular effort or event.

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The Face of the Web: What’s Coming for Content Management Systems

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If you’ve ever designed, built, managed or administered a website, you’re no doubt intimately involved with a Content Management System (CMS), a specific software application or set of programs used to create and manage digital content.

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Optimizing an Email Campaign for Fundraising Effectiveness

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Today’s non-profit organizations have much at their disposal to connect and engage with supporters. Social media efforts, specialized events, crowdfunding … it’s never been easier to stay in touch with dedicated volunteers and financial donors. And yet, many non-profits aren’t leveraging one of the most tried-and-true methods of communication: an effective and well-planned email campaign.

Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems: Part 2

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In Part I of “Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems” we looked into five of the most frequently encountered hiccups that occur for both beginning users and well-versed pros. But when it comes to “common” and “problems” in regards to the WordPress platform, there are unfortunately a great deal more than just five.

Watch Your Content: Protecting Your Website Against Copyright Infringement

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Millions upon millions of websites exist and operate in today’s digital world, offering an endless forum of information, entertainment and so much more. So it’s little surprise that the massive proliferation of online resources has spawned a major problem: protecting website content from copyright infringement in the form of plagiarism or outright theft. Imagine someone using a piece of text from your website and profiting from the act of doing so.

Get Networking: Using a CDN to Speed Up Your Site

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Ever heard of a Content Delivery Network (CDN)? If you haven’t don’t fret, you’re not alone. Most people operating WordPress sites today have no idea what a CDN is or what exactly it does, but they’d no doubt find it pretty helpful. Basically, a CDN service is a group of servers that deliver cached, static content from your website (as well as millions of others) based on the geographical location of the person attempting to use your site.

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Picture This: Automatically Add Instagram Photos to Your WordPress Site

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There’s no denying the overwhelming popularity of Instagram and the impressive place it holds among social media sites. And for those owning, operating or administering a WordPress site, having a tie-in between Instagram and their pages can really boost hits and visits and add serious curb appeal that helps drive traffic to a website.

Lights, Camera, Action! How to Create a Video Gallery in WordPress

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It’s no great secret that WordPress is a pretty amazing program, and open-source jewel that allows users such great latitude of design possibilities. And among those possibilities is the opportunity to create a video library that can really increase the profile of a site and help engage visitors on different levels.

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New and Notable: What’s Coming With WordPress 4.9

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Back in May, we took a look at what was coming down the line with the WordPress update 4.8. From a shiny new Events widget to tools that allow the display of images in sidebars without the use of a plugin or code, a great text editor for formatting posts to a video tool that lets people upload their videos (also to a sidebar area) from providers such as YouTube and Vimeo, the update was much heralded.

Free v. Paid: What’s the Best Choice for an SSL Certificate?

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It’s an age-old question: just what is something really worth if you can get it for free? For WordPress users—or indeed for anyone running or owning a website—this question comes up a lot. Should you use free plugins or paid versions? Do free themes have the same impact as paid ones? What about web hosting? The list goes on and on, but answers usually come easily once you arm yourself with a little information and research. Case in point: an SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer Certificate.

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A Wake Up Call: What the Equifax Breach Means for Website Owners

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If there’s anything the recent Equifax data compromise calamity has taught us, it’s that all of us—143 million and counting, in fact—need to be more acutely aware of the dangers and consequences of hacks that expose personal information to the virtual world.

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Fact versus Fiction: A Q & A on WordPress Plugins

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When it comes to WordPress sites, designers and admins—when asked what is one of the most confusing aspects of the platform—will most likely put “plugins” somewhere on their list. Indeed, plugins are fantastic and, in many cases, a must-have when working on a WordPress site. But too often users grab certain programs because they’re fun to play with or because they believe they need them to get their site to full functionality.

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Paired Up: Must Have Smartphone Apps for WordPress Bloggers

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The best and most noticed bloggers working on the WordPress platform no doubt attribute much of their success to being able to post, update and edit on the go. And that means utilizing smartphone apps that help them stay on top of their site and its content. And even for those WordPress users who aren’t bloggers but rather do online marketing, manage a cause-related site or administer an e-commerce concern, having the ability to remotely work on their pages is of vital importance.

Off to Market: The What and Why of WordPress Landing Page Plugins

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Too often, those WordPress website users who are out to sell a product or service or promote a message underestimate the importance of a good dedicated landing page. And what exactly is a landing page? In the simplest terms it’s a dedicated, standalone page designed for a specific marketing campaign or used to covert visitors to buyers and, hopefully, dedicated repeat customers.

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Staying in Check: Keeping Up With Important Regular Maintenance Tasks (Part 2)

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In last week’s post we looked at the importance of keeping your WordPress site in top-notch working order with a few simple maintenance tasks that you should be performing on a regular basis. From backing up your files to keeping on a schedule of updates to your theme, plugins and other programs to remembering to always change your passwords, there are lots of ways to keep your site purring along and, more importantly, to make it safe from hackers, malware and the like.

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Keeping Up With Regular Maintenance Tasks (Part 1)

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Whether it’s a car or a computer, a bike or a bass guitar, staying on top of regular maintenance issues—cleaning, backing up, staying in perfect tune—is the best way to ensure that those things which you love and rely on stay in perfect shape. So why wouldn’t you do the same for your WordPress website? After all, WordPress sites are made up of many different component parts, including the core program, hosting, software, plugins and even themes.

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The Buddy System: Going Social with Your WordPress Site

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The best WordPress bloggers, site owners and administrators know that one of the keys to having a fantastic and wildly successful web page is to integrate everything you post and promote with some sort of social media component. Of course, the problem many people run into when looking at a social media program or plugin is, which one to pick? Indeed, there are dozens available that have all sorts of different capabilities. Some automatically duplicate your blog posts on your Facebook page.

On Alert: Signs that Your WordPress Site Has Been Hacked

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Many WordPress site owners and administrators have no doubt experienced an unease or wariness at one point or another when it seems that something just isn’t right with their site. Perhaps loyal visitors have dropped out in droves or it takes a long time to edit or post new content to your page.

Four Resources to Help Get You Get a Handle on Social Media

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For smaller non-profits with limited operating capital and a small staff, social media can present both tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges. How much of your staff’s valuable time to you devote to managing all your accounts, from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn and all the rest? What’s the return on investment for that time? Should you be putting more emphasis on some social media channels over others?

Being Human: Google’s New API Solves an Internet Annoyance

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As long as there have been websites, there have been tools in place to keep those sites safe from spam and hacker abuse. And undoubtedly one of the most common of these tools has been the “CAPTCHA,” that box that requires users to type in a series of distorted and misshapen letters, numbers and symbols to prove they aren’t a “robot” but rather a real, live human being capable of comprehending the CAPTCHA symbols, entering them accordingly and gaining access to said website.

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Please Stand By: Ideas for Making a More Creative Maintenance Page

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The dreaded maintenance page: it is, as they say, a necessary evil. After all, nobody likes having to put one up, as it sends a signal to both loyal and new visitors that something may be wrong with your site, which can discourage returning users and give the impression of untrustworthiness that you’ve spent lots of time trying to avoid. But alas, there are times when it’s, well, just absolutely necessary.

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What’s Your Type? Adding Custom Fonts to Your WordPress Site

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Ask yourself this question: what’s one consistent element of every outstanding and beautifully designed WordPress site you’ve ever seen? Most likely it’s—in a word—typography. Indeed, having the perfect fonts can mean so much to the readability of a site, and using typefaces that meld perfectly with other design elements can really make a huge impact on the user experience.

Useful Hacks, Tricks & Tips for WordPress Users: Part 2

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In Part 1 of this column we learned that, thanks to the vast and incredibly helpful community of WordPress users, there are countless hacks, tricks and tips to make designing, building, editing and administering a WordPress site a lot easier and, often, a lot more fun. Here’s Part 2, with another seven highly effective tools, shortcuts and work-arounds that can you save you time and aggravation as you welcome new and repeat visitors and users.

Useful Hacks, Tricks & Tips for WordPress Users: Part 1

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It’s no great secret that one of the elements that makes WordPress so incredibly popular is the fact that it thrives on a sense of community. Indeed, message boards teem with useful information that WordPress users, designers and administrators at every level of knowledge and skill share and disseminate.

Don’t Panic: Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them (Part One)

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The vast majority of WordPress users managing and administering their own sites have most likely, at one time or another, received an error message or code that got their hearts racing and induced a bit of panic.

Cleaning Up: One-Click WordPress Site Optimization

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Whereas seasoned WordPress pros know all about database optimization, newbies to the platform may be a little in the dark as to the why, when and how of the process. Essentially, optimizing your WordPress database gets rid of unwanted data and greatly improves efficiency and, therefore, performance. As to the “why should I optimize my database,” consider this.

The Write Words: Great Themes for Authors and Bloggers

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As much as is said about the sheer versatility of the WordPress platform—available for everyone from simple e-commerce sites to mega-corporations, media outlets, design firms etc.—it it may be hard to remember that the entire endeavor was begun specifically as a place where bloggers and writers could craft and share their words with a simple out-of-the-box and easy to customize site.

WordPress 4.8: What’s New and Notable in the Latest Release

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Back in May we gave readers a sneak peek, thanks to WP Beginner editorial staff, of what was coming down the line with WordPress 4.8. The first major release of the year definitely promised some tantalizing changes and additions, features and enhancements, but the company was, of course, remaining tight-lipped about everything the update had in store for users. Well now version 4.8

Feel the Heat: The Best Firewall Plugins for Your WordPress Site

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No matter whether you’re a newbie to the WordPress platform or a seasoned professional, one thing that should never be forgotten is the important role security takes in regards to your site. Sure, the core WordPress program comes with fair security features, and if you’re on a hosted server there’s likely a few more safeguards in place.

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Screen Play: Creating A Full-Width Page in WordPress

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When it comes to many WordPress sites, visual page appearance is extremely important for the user experience. And of course WordPress themes come with tons of options to customize and create exactly the look you want for your blog, e-commerce store, company website etc. However, depending on the theme you’re using you may not have access to all the options for creating the unique feel that you want or need.

Why WordPress is the Best Choice for your Website CMS

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When it comes to choosing a Content Management System to build and manage your website, the choices available might seem a little daunting, especially to a novice just trying to get their feet wet. Indeed, there are hundreds if not thousands to choose from, many geared solely towards professional designers who have the ability to code and who most likely have a strong background in website building and administration.

Working Together: Great Social Media Plugins for Your WordPress Site

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If there’s one thing that can be said for certain about our virtual world, it’s that everything can somehow be integrated into something else. Basically, it’s becoming easier and more seamless to simply make every computer, every piece of software, every app and program get along with each other in a cooperative environment. When it comes to WordPress sites, many of the themes also work around the idea of assimilation and integration with other online resources.

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Plugging In: Must-Have WordPress Extras for Business Websites

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As a business owner operating via a WordPress-based website, it’s important to leverage all the tools the amazing platform has to offer in order to maintain a competitive edge and keep your products and services relevant and noticed in the burgeoning world of online commerce. Indeed, the business that fails to stay on top of the latest website plug-ins and tools can find itself quickly left behind in the virtual arena.

Making a Connection: Tips and Tricks for Designing a Contact Page

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How many times have you browsed a website with content you really liked and, wishing to stay abreast of new developments or additions, you searched in vain for a contact page only to find there wasn’t one? It’s a unfortunate reality that too many site owners and administrators don’t put enough stock in the importance of having a method with which new and loyal users can be kept in the loop.

Flying High: Some Truly Creative Ways that Drone Technology is Being Utilized

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There was a time—not too long ago—that drone technology, while in its infancy, was being dismissed by many experts in product development fields as a passing fancy, a mere hobby or pastime that few people ever thought would have important real-world applications. Fast forward to today, and we realize just how wrong those experts—and indeed many of us—truly were.

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The Latest and Greatest: What to Expect With WordPress 4.8

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There’s little doubt that one thing dedicated WordPress users look forward to year after year are those always-exciting updates. And with WordPress 4.8 set to be released in less than a month, the online community is already abuzz with facts and speculations as to what the newest version will bring. Thankfully, the good folks on the editorial staff at WPBeginner.com have done the research and offered a few tantalizing details about the first major WordPress update of 2017.

Making the Sale: Great Business-Centric Themes for Your WordPress Site

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No matter the business you engage in, there are winners and losers, those that thrive and those that falter. And today, with so much business being conducted online, the line between success and failure can have a lot to do with how you present yourself and your company to the world. Fortunately for WordPress users, there are some absolutely fantastic business-based themes that can really bring attention to your good and services.