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WordPress Security Needs to be a Top Priority

WordPress Security is Important

One common issue I see with my clients and when I’m setting up my Geek In Your Pocket clients is the lack of security on their websites.

Much of this is because you don’t know what you don’t know and as easy as WordPress can be to use, it’s just as easy to fall into the idea that installing a plugin will keep everything secure.

The team at WP Fixit shares this about WordPress….

WordPress is a secure content management system with strong defenses, but it needs help. And to help, you need to be aware of the risks faced by your WordPress site. Once you understand the risks, it is easier to understand the part you play in keeping your site, its users, and its data out of the hands of criminals.

Source: WP Fixit

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Happy New Year, Reflection on 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome new subscribers to my community and I look forward to sharing and getting to know you in 2019. Those of you who have been here for a while, I’m so very thankful that you’re here and I look eager to help you maintain a website that fits your goals!

This is the prime time of year that many of us are planning and thinking about how we want to see 2019 become. For many years, I just dived into planning for the year and then found myself getting distracted or even bored with what I was doing and I never met my goals I had initially set for myself.

This year feels different for me.

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A cautionary tale

Today I want to share a story, I’m calling it a cautionary tale of going viral.

Imagine if you will...

You have created some amazing content on your site, the title of the blog post is intriguing and really entices folks to click through and the graphics you created to share on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are some of the best you’ve created.

During your regular check in with Google Analytics you see a spike in your traffic, you dig a little deeper and discover that it’s gone viral – well at least for you!  You are excited and then the worst thing happens

You got to check the PIN that’s bring the traffic and you click through to your site to see something similar to…

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I almost quit my business…

In September, it will be my 10th anniversary of working online and last month I seriously considered quitting my business. I’ll get into the why in a moment, but the reality is as a business owner these thoughts happen all the time.

ALL THE TIME

and if you don’t experience self-doubt, frustration and even some anger when you’re building your business then I believe you’re doing something wrong.

My reason for thinking of quitting…

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2018 Step by Step Guide to WordPress Security

WordPress Security, you’ve likely seen updates from Google about keeping your website secure.  Maybe you’ve even had your site hacked or infected with malware.  Wordpress, makes it easy for you to blog, sell digital or tangible products, update your website, and so much more. But like every other type of software, WordPress can be vulnerable to attack if you aren’t paying attention to your website security.

Today’s article will talk about all the different things you need to consider when maintaining and securing your website.  Let’s get to it!

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How to Setup the Yoast SEO Plugin

My friend, Jennifer Snyder of WomenWinningOnline.com reached out the other day and asked if I had an article about how to setup the Yoast SEO plugin and as coincidence would have it I am working on a hefty post about SEO or Search Engine Optimization in general and it was going to include a section on Yoast.  I decided that I would write up my how to for Yoast SEO  and provide a how to now, rather than wait for my SEO post to get published.

This article will cover why you want to be using Yoast SEO on your WordPress website and I will also cover the basics of getting your Yoast SEO plugin set up as well.  I’ll even touch on those pesky red, yellow, and green circles and how important they are, if at all. This article will not be covering the basics of SEO, but will focus on how to setup and use the Yoast SEO plugin effectively.

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WordPress vs Wix? Which Is Best For Your Website.

EVERY DAY, yes every day while I’m networking online I see a question similar to this…

Why WordPress over Wix? I am a beginner blogger and find WIX easier to use than WordPress (I did fool around with WordPress at first). However, as a beginner I’m not opposed to switching over to WordPress if its as inexpensive and easy to use. So what makes it better?

I see some variation of this question asked a lot in the different blogging Facebook Groups and thought it a good time to address it here.

Why Choosing WordPress or WIX Matters

The simple answer is, if you want to create a lifestyle business that supports your choice on how you want to live then you need a platform that’s going to support that dream.  I’ll touch on the different platforms a bit later in this article.

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