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WP Engine Named a WordPress Recommended Partner for Adobe Business Catalyst Customers

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Thousands of small businesses and agencies transferring to WordPress on WP Engine AUSTIN, Texas – March 29, 2019 – WP Engine, the WordPress digital experience platform, today announced that it has been selected as a WordPress recommended partner for Adobe Business Catalyst customers transitioning to a new digital experience platform. Adobe Business Catalyst is an… The post WP Engine Named a WordPress Recommended Partner for Adobe Business Catalyst Customers appeared first on WP Engine.

An Informative Guide for Migrating to WP Engine from Adobe Business Catalyst

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WordPress now powers more than a third of the Internet, which is due in large part to the fact that WordPress is open-source and allows for customization, flexibility, and easy integration with a variety of technologies. This extensibility makes the CMS an appealing choice for everything from personal blogs to the digital requirements of large… The post An Informative Guide for Migrating to WP Engine from Adobe Business Catalyst appeared first on WP Engine.

Choosing the Best Hosting Services + Get a Free Domain

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How do you choose the best among so many hosting services? And why is it even important? Well, when business owners take the time to choose a reliable web hosting provider, they ensure that their site remains responsive, fast, and (most importantly) accessible at all times. Unfortunately for many people, choosing the right host can be confusing and even downright frustrating. There are so many options, and for those who aren’t tech-inclined, it can be difficult to determine how they all differ. Continue reading Choosing the Best Hosting Services + Get a Free Domain at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Web Design Trends 2019

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The post Web Design Trends 2019 appeared first on HostGator Blog. Looking at the latest web design trends will allow us to peer into the future of where the web is headed. This doesn’t mean you need to fully switch up your current design to adhere to the latest trends, but they’re good to keep an eye on nonetheless. If your website has been in need of a makeover, then maybe this will be the year you finally switch things up. If you want to learn how to create a beautiful website that follows the latest web design trends, HostGator can help. If anything this year bodes well for web experimentation. It seems that people are bored with the same old same old and want a new and exciting take on classic design. This doesn’t mean making sites so experimental that they’re hard to use, but instead more interesting, engaging, and unique. Learn about the biggest web design trends in 2019 and what they mean for the future of your website. Then, we’ll include a website builder comparison to help you decide on the best option for you and your needs. find the best website builder to bring these to life on your website. 1. A Focus on User Experience Offering your visitors a solid user experience should be at the top of your list. Today’s web users demand an enjoyable user experience above all else. If your website is confusing and hard to use you’re not only going to be annoying your visitors, but you’re going to cost your business a lot of money. This is doubly true if you’re directly selling anything through your website. The act of finding a product, adding it to the cart, and completing the purchase should be entirely seamless. In the past it seemed like web design trends and most websites would neglect the journey of the user and instead placed a focus on having a trendy design. No matter how “cool” your website looks, there’s really no point unless it’s converting your visitors and they’re actually enjoying their experience. As competition online continues to grow more fierce, expect those websites that place a focus on user experience first to have long and successful futures. 2. Clean and Clear Design Having plenty of whitespace has been an important web design trend for years. However, recently it’s grown in its importance and application. The biggest reason whitespace continues to be a dominating trend is because it makes your website much easier to use. By incorporating a lot of whitespace into your design you’re not bombarding your visitors with too much information. It also gives you the room to focus on important areas of your site. Or, direct your visitor’s attention to areas that are the most beneficial to them. Having plenty of whitespace is a central tenet of minimalist design. Minimalism will continue to be a dominating trend well into the future. By having a minimalist design you make it easier for your users to find what they’re looking for. As you’ll soon learn below other trends like increased use of video and scrolling-based websites both enhance this minimalism trend. 3. A Large Focus on Mobile Today more people access the internet from their mobile devices than they do from a laptop or standard computers. This means that your design must offer a stellar mobile experience. Offer a poor mobile experience or a site that doesn’t function properly on a mobile device, and you’re going to lose a lot of your users. If you haven’t gone responsive yet, here’s another thing to consider. Most users will start their search journey on their mobile devices. Plus, sites that aren’t mobile-friendly won’t rank as well in the search engines. So, not only will your site receive less traffic from the search engines, but any traffic that you will receive will have a difficult time actually using your site. Making your website mobile-friendly isn’t so much a “trend” as it is an essential web design best practice. The most effective way to embrace mobile devices is to upgrade your site to a responsive web design. With a responsive web layout your site will automatically adjust to the screen size it’s being viewed upon. 4. Embedded and Integrated Video Video is exploding in popularity online. All signs suggest that video is the future. Even social media networks like Facebook and Instagram are doubling down on video content. Plus, YouTube is already the second largest search engine in the world. If you haven’t embraced video, it’s not too late. In fact, one of the emerging web design trends is embedding video into your website. Video is an incredibly engaging medium. How many times have you continued to watch a video, just because it started playing on the site you’re on? And we’re not talking about annoying video pop-ups either that you can’t seem to turn off, no matter how hard you try. Instead, we’re talking about creating intentionally engaging videos that act as an actual part of the design of your site. Instead of standing out they play an integral role in keeping users on your site and informing them about your products and services. These don’t have to be incredibly long videos either. Think of them as moving design elements whose goal is to intrigue and capture the attention of your visitors. Adding videos to your website and content can also have the added effect of improving your site’s search engine rankings. Google has user engagement metrics which act as indicators of a quality site. Sites where users spend more time will be given a higher ranking, as these metrics suggests a site is very high quality. 5. Broken Grid Layouts You might already be familiar with grid layouts. A grid is essentially a hidden series of horizontal and vertical lines that your website’s elements will adhere to. You can see the classic grid at work on most existing websites. You have the logo in the upper left-hand corner, and the navigation menu extending across the top of the screen, along with any other elements arranged below it in an orderly manner. But, with a broken grid layout, you’ll see elements that make the grid seem broken. There will be overlap of design elements, along with text and photos that don’t adhere to the traditional grid. Usually, this is done to give emphasis to certain elements of your website. However, to be effective with a broken grid layout it needs to be done intentionally. Otherwise, you run the risk of having a website that simply looks confusing or jumbled. The worst is a website that ever-so-slightly breaks the grid. Upon first glance, it might not look like something is wrong, but you and your visitors will get the feeling that there’s something off about the website. Beyond the broken grid there’s also been an increase in the use of fluid and more comfort inducing shapes. With more natural and free form shapes you can induce a different feeling in your users when they land on your site. Instead of the purely rigid and geometric designs of days past, those pushing the edge of web design are introducing more natural shapes. 6. Nostalgic Design Elements The 80s and 90s are back in full force, and we’re not just talking about shows like Stranger Things and books like Ready Player One. A previous web design trend that’s been in place for years has put an emphasis on flat and modern design, creating minimalist websites that look like they were born in the future. But, just like fashion moves in a circular fashion, so do our web design trends. This doesn’t mean you should create a 90’s site that looks like the first rendition of a Geocities page. Instead, you should take design cues from previous generations as a whole. This means embracing color schemes and taking typography cues from generation’s past. By embracing the past you can create a new and wholly unique design. Since the web didn’t really exist back then in the state it does now, you can create designs that haven’t been seen on the web before. If this web design trend speaks to you, consider implementing color schemes from times past. Or keep an eye out for a cool old-school font you can use for your headers or your logo. 7. Sites that Encourage Scrolling If you’ve had your website online for any time at all, then you’re probably aware of the term “above the fold”. This means that all of your important graphic design and branding elements should be above the fold of your site, so it’s the first thing your website visitors will see without having to scroll. It seems that web users of the past used to hate scrolling down the page with their mouse, trackpad, or thumb. But, today’s web users are much different. Most website visitors don’t mind scrolling in the slightest. This trend could be rising due to apps like Instagram, which actively encourage scrolling down the app. Combine this with the preference to access the web via mobile devices, and you’ve got a scrolling match made in heaven. As a result, this gives you more real estate to work with when designing the style and layout of your website. Instead of trying to cram everything into the space above the fold, you can utilize your entire screen. This allows you to create more logical and enticing pages that hook your visitor’s attention as they scroll further down your screen. In accordance with making sites more scrollable, you’ll also want to think about implementing thumb-friendly navigation. When people are using their mobile phones to navigate a website they take many different actions and interact with the website in a different manner. One of the easiest ways to ensure your site is in alignment with this growing trend is to include a hamburger navigation menu. This allows users to more easily select the page they want to visit. 8. Intentional Data Collection Most websites will collect some form of data. Today, with the recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the collection and storage of data have become even more important. This has led website owners to evaluate how they go about collecting data and being more intentional with the kind of data they’re collecting. For example, if you have an intake form on your website do you really need their location data or even their phone number? Or, maybe you currently integrate with Facebook as a login alternative. Although this saves you time, it might not lead to the best impression for your company. No matter if it’s a contact form, email signup form, or even having tracking cookies on your site, you’ll need to be very transparent about the data you’re collecting, why you’re collecting it, and what you’re doing with it. When thinking about any forms you have on your site think about what’s the minimum amount of necessary information you can collect. Sites that place an importance on user privacy will not only ensure their sites stay compliant with the latest privacy guidelines, but will also be the sites that create a strong and trusting visitor relationship. What These Trends Mean for Your Website By keeping up with the latest web design trends you can help predict where the online world is going. If your website is a crucial part of your business, then it’s important to stay up to date with what’s currently going on online. Today’s web users are savvier than ever, and spend more time online than ever before, with the advent of smartphones and the advancement of the mobile web. Spend some time analyzing the trends above to see how you can apply any of them to your website, or where you can enhance your existing design. The quickest way to lose your visitors’ trust is to have a website that looks old and out of date. That doesn’t mean you need to adopt every single trend above, but instead see how you can bring your website into the future and in tune with the kind of website your users expect to see. Hopefully, you have a better idea of the trends you’ll start to see across the web this year. Whether you’re going to undergo a redesign or not, these trends are important to think about now and into the future. Ready to put these trends in web design into action? Get started with Gator Website Builder. It includes over a hundred mobile-friendly design styles and templates that were built with today and tomorrow’s graphic design trends in mind. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

How to Install WordPress on VPS Hosting

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WordPress, as we’ve seen time and again, is one of the most preferred Content Management Systems with over 33% websites across the globe and WordPress Hosting as the preferred hosting. However, depending on your website’s needs and traffic, you may or may not be using WordPress Hosting. Out of the various hosting options available let us assume, you have opted for Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting and now wish to install WordPress. Sounds complex doesn’t it? Worry not, it isn’t! In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to install WordPress on VPS Hosting in simple steps. All you need to do is follow these steps and voila your WordPress is installed! For your benefit, I have divided the post into three sub-parts: Placing the orders Installing WordPress on WHM (with a Control Panel) Installing WordPress without a Control Panel So without further ado, let us begin. Placing the orders The first step before you can install WordPress on VPS is to purchase the domain name and VPS Hosting. We will be purchasing the above from our ResellerClub Control Panel. Step 1: Login to our Control Panel, using your Reseller ID and Password. Go to the top right side of the dashboard and click on Buy to purchase orders. Step 2: To purchase a domain, go to ‘Select Product’ and select Domain Registration from the drop-down list Enter the domain you want and check if it is available. You can even add Privacy Protection at an added cost Step 3: Once you’ve purchased your domain name it is time for you to purchase your hosting. In the same ‘Select Product’ drop-down, select Linux KVM VPS Type the domain name you want to link the hosting with, as well as, all the product specification details as well Next, choose if you want any Add-ons, the control panels viz. cPanel and Plesk and, WHMCS Add-ons available with VPS Hosting. We have selected cPanel and WHMCS.Note: Should you not want any Add-ons, you can select None   Pay the amount and you have successfully purchased the order #01 Linux KVM VPS #02 Linux KVM VPS Step 4: Now that you’ve purchased your domain name and VPS Hosting, it automatically gets added to your control panel. To access the orders, go to the main dashboard and click on Products → List All Orders → Click on the order you want to access. Since we want to install WordPress on VPS Hosting, we have selected that order. After clicking on the order name, a new window opens where you can modify the order, as seen in the image below. Click on the ‘Admin Details’ tab and a new window opens. You can now access the Server Management Panel, WHMCS and cPanel. #image 07 As seen above, our orders have been purchased and we will now see how to install WordPress. Since at the time of purchase we had purchased cPanel as the preferred control panel Add-on, we will first see how to install WordPress on WHM (the backend of cPanel). However, if you have not installed a control panel, then we will even show you how to go about installing WordPress without it. Installing WordPress on WHM (with a Control Panel) Since we purchased the cPanel Add-on we can now access WHM. Softaculous is an Auto Installer that can be integrated easily into control panels like cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin etc. It is one of the easiest ways to install applications like WordPress, Drupal, phpBB, etc. with a single click. However, Softaculous is not available in WHM and needs to be installed. For installing Softaculous, we need to install it via remote access. If you are using a Linux based Operating System, then you can run the installation commands directly on your terminal. However, users who use Windows Operating System need to use an emulator. Therefore, to install WordPress you need to: Installing an emulator (Windows)/ Open terminal (Linux) Installing Softaculous on WHM via emulator/terminal Installing WordPress using Softaculous For the benefit of Windows Operating System users, we have listed the below steps to install an emulator called Putty. Putty is an open-source terminal and network file transfer application for Windows and can run the same commands you would run on a Linux based OS. 1. Installing Putty on your Windows machine Go to the official website of Putty Click on ‘Download Putty’ You will be redirected to a new page, where you need to download the package based on your Windows version (32-bit or 64-bit) After the .exe file is downloaded, click on Run and install it by clicking on ‘Next’ Once Putty is successfully installed, open the application like you would open any other  In the text box ‘Host Name or IP address’ type the IP address of your Control Panel i.e the URL in ‘#Image 07’ and click on Open The following window opens. Here enter the password and you are ready to install Softaculous on WHM 2. Install Softaculous on WHM via emulator (Putty) Now that we’ve successfully installed Putty and logged into our Control Panel remotely, let us now install Softaculous. Note: If you are using Linux, type these commands in the terminal directly after logging into cPanel. After logging into your control panel, type in the following command to fetch the installation files of Softaculous < wget -N http://files.softaculous.com/install.sh> After the files are fetched type in the command to change the access permission <chmod 755 install.sh> Now install the files by typing this command <./install.sh> and press Enter After the previous step, it will take a few minutes to install all the scripts. Wait till you get the message ‘Congratulations, Softaculous was installed successfully’ on the terminal screen To check if Softaculous is installed on the control panel: Log In to WHM Select Plugins on the Home Page (Add-Ons on older versions than 11) Softaculous – Instant Installs The following window opens if Softaculous is installed 3. Install WordPress using Softaculous Several scripts come pre-installed with Softaculous. Having successfully installed Softaculous, you can now install WordPress on VPS via cPanel. Go to the Softaculous dashboard and search ‘WordPress’. Once you find the icon (i.e the script) double click on it, this opens a new window Here, on the ‘Install’ tab enter the necessary details viz. the domain name you want to install the software on, protocol, language, etc. and click on the ‘Install’ button at the bottom of the page Once your software is installed, you would get the following message as seen in the image below on your screen. You can now customize your WordPress site as per your needs This was one way to set up WordPress on VPS, using the control panel. Let us now look at the manual way to install WordPress on VPS server if you don’t have a control panel. Installing WordPress Manually Without a Control Panel WordPress can be installed on your VPS in 4 simple steps and although this process is simple, it requires a technical background. So here we go: Create a Database and a User We would once again be using either the Putty (if Windows) or Terminal if using Linux OS to access the hosting server via SSH. After logging into your root account type in the following commands to create a databasemysql → Enter the database name create database database_name; → Replace your database name, username, and password in the command grant all privileges on database_name.* to database_user@localhost identified by ‘database_user_password’; The image below is a representation of the commands where:wp_database == database name wp_user == database user Passw0rd == password of the user Download WordPress WordPress can be downloaded in 2 ways viz: Upload the WordPress contents to your server via FTP or Directly download the files on the server via SSH We would be downloading WordPress viz the second method, using SSH. Step 1: Go to the website root directory of your domain For understanding purpose, let us consider your directory is /home/demobigo/public_html Type the following command: cd /home/demobigo/public_html Step 2: To download WordPress to your server, type in the following commands Fetch the file: wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz Extract: tar -xzf latest.tar.gz Step 3: WordPress will be extracted in a folder called WordPress inside /home/demobigo/public_html i.e /home/demobigo/public_html/ WordPress You can install WordPress on the main domain you purchased (rosetintedglasses.com) or even in a sub-directory (rosetintedglasses.com/blog). If you want to install it on the main domain then move the files by running the following commands: → cd /home/demobigo/public_html/WordPress → mv ./* /home/demobigo/public_html/ where cd == change directory and mv == move Note: If you’d like it on a sub-directory eg: blog, just create a folder named blog and move the files to it. Edit the WordPress Configuration file To edit the configuration file you can either create and edit the wp-config.php file manually, or let WordPress do the configuration itself when you run the installation script.If you wish to configure it yourself then run the following commands: Rename the file wp-config-sample.php as wp-config.phpTo do this, run this command in the directory you installed WordPress: → mv wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php Open the file wp-config.php using the editor (vi editor in Linux and vim editor in Windows)To do this, run this command in the directory where you installed WordPress: → # vi wp-config.php Edit the following fields by replacing the actual database details: DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST as shown in the example above. Run the Installation Script If you have installed WordPress on the main domain, just visit: http://rosetintedglasses.com/wp-admin/install.php If you have installed WordPress in a folder say blog, just visit: http://rosetintedglasses.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php Fill the Site Title, Username, password & other fields and click Install WordPress. Note: If WordPress is not able to identify your custom saved wp-config.php file, it will tell you to create and edit the file itself. You can just enter the database details that you’d like for the WordPress database and it will store the details in a new wp-config.php file. Conclusion With this, we come to an end of our tutorial on, ‘how to install WordPress on VPS’. Installing WordPress on VPS can seem to be complicated, however, if the steps are carried out in a simplified manner then the process is easy. Also, if you are using our Dedicated Hosting then the steps to install WordPress remain the same, as the working of VPS is similar to that of Dedicated Server. Hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you have any suggestions, queries or questions feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you. With this, I bid you adieu, until next time folks!

Is Facebook Organic Marketing Dead?

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Have recent changes to Facebook impacted your marketing? Wondering what you should and shouldn’t be doing with your organic Facebook marketing? To explore Facebook organic marketing, I interview Mari Smith. Mari is a consultant for Facebook and the leading expert on Facebook marketing. She’s also author of The New Relationship Marketing: How to Build a […] The post Is Facebook Organic Marketing Dead? appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

FREE Domain Registration + Launch Your Website

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In order to start a website, you first must have a domain name. But what exactly is a domain name? And what is domain registration? It can all be so confusing! For those who are new to website building, “domain name” may sound like a phrase in a foreign language. Often, people think that they can just log onto a service, create a website, and – presto! – they’re good to go. But that’s not exactly how it works. Continue reading FREE Domain Registration + Launch Your Website at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Create Your Own Website Today!

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Today, it’s easier than ever to learn how to create a website. Whether you want to have a fun space to play around with online or you’re serious about creating an online business, the truth is that you don’t need coding experience to build a website. If you have a basic understanding of computers and how to use the software, then you can make pages that look just as stylish as those designed by the pros. Continue reading Create Your Own Website Today! at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Why Choose a Hosting and Web Design Package?

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If you’re looking for a simple online presence to get your business into the online game, then a single page website is a good choice. What makes this an excellent choice for a small business is that you can also package it with your hosting service. By doing so, you can streamline the process and allow your hosting company to do all the heavy lifting to design your page, get it on the web, and maintain it for you. Continue reading Why Choose a Hosting and Web Design Package? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

SEO is Dead, Long Live SEO: Understanding the Hows and Whys of Google’s Visual Evolution

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In its 20 years as a company, Google has revolutionized the way we find information. The search engine giant is in the midst of rolling out even more changes – it’s moving from answers to journeys, shifting away from queries, and, now, the shift to visual searching. Strings to Things to Concepts One easy way to understand Google’s search technology evolution is through three main ideas: strings, things, and concepts. As we move into the concepts phase of internet search, it’s helpful for us to review the steps that came first. 1. Strings When Google began, it was all about keywords. Those were the “strings”—the words (and sets of words) that helped Google provide users with the most relevant, high-quality information. We can’t overstate how revolutionary keyword technology was, but keyword-based search placed most of the responsibility on the user to find the right information. If you didn’t enter the right keywords, you wouldn’t see the search results you wanted to see. 2. Things After a while, Google’s algorithms got smarter. With the launch of the Knowledge Graph in 2012, Google began to understand what people meant when they used fuzzy search criteria, and began to steer them toward the stronger searchable terms and relevant information. Put simply, it was a progression from basic keywords to semantically related keywords and ideas. The Knowledge Graph enabled Google to aggregate millions of search queries to understand what users were actually interested in when they used certain search terms. This 2012 blog post laid out Google’s hopes for the future: “We’ve always believed that the perfect search engine should understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want. And we can now sometimes help answer your next question before you’ve asked it, because the facts we show are informed by what other people have searched for.” 3. Concepts In 2018, Google announced it would be focusing not just on words, but also on images and other visual content. With this shift, Google hopes to move from answering users’ questions to being their personal assistant. Instead of just responding to your searches, Google will pick up where you leave off, taking users on an information journey. One of the biggest changes since 2012 is that more than half of all Google searches are coming from mobile devices. The visual shift we’re seeing specifically targets those mobile users. In 2018 we also saw Google’s understanding of content and query intent reach a whole new level. Good Content vs. Great Content We know now that Google is moving in a more visual direction, focusing on the mobile experience and integrating images, videos, and other visual content. But what does this mean for SEO? The good news is that the fundamentals remain the same: High-quality content Relevancy Authoritative perspective Answering users’ questions useful Google’s algorithms will only continue to sharpen their accuracy in finding the best, most relevant visual content. This is still about finding content that addresses user needs the best. This visual shift means that SEO experts will need to help content creators create and maintain relevancy. It will also be critical that content creators put out fresh content on a regular basis, as the algorithms will prefer sites that are frequently updated with highly query relevant text and visual information. Google’s understanding of content appears to be exponential in nature, not linear. In other words, their algorithmic abilities tend to leap rather than crawl, and the next few years will see dramatic improvements in those abilities. This advanced understanding means good quality content won’t cut it anymore. Rather, sites that want to perform well in search rankings will need truly outstanding content written by experts. In some industries, this expert-level content is already necessary. Next Steps for SEO As Google paves the way for a drastically different search experience, here are a few concrete steps SEOs can take to stay relevant in search. 1. Understand the basics This means having a thorough understanding of how to create high quality and relevant titles, H1 tags, and body content. For visual content, context is key. Stock photos likely will not cut it anymore; you’ll need images that are highly related to your specific content and unique on the web. 2. Consider the user’s journey Create Content that includes visuals that are optimized for search. Include captions for your visual content that show how those images are a core component of your content. This will help your images/photos perform better in image searches and help users find the information they want quickly and easily. 3. Build visually For higher visibility and accessibility, optimize your product images for Google Lens. Don’t rely on a user’s ability to type in specific search terms to find your product online. Google Lens shows users relevant images automatically, especially ones with direct links back to product pages. Google is also building its own AMP stories—AI-constructed visual experiences that immerse the user in text, video, and photos. With highly optimized visuals and text, Google may pull your authoritative content into one of these stories. Differentiating between good and truly world class content used to be a person’s job. Now it’s the purview of intelligent and powerful algorithms. As we move into the future of search, SEO experts need to stay rooted in the basics of high-quality content, all while remembering that “content” is much more than just words on a page.

WordPress 5.2 Beta 1

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WordPress 5.2 Beta 1 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test the WordPress 5.2 Beta two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option)Or download the beta here (zip). WordPress 5.2 is slated for release on April 30, and we need your help to get there. Here are some of the big items to test so we can find as many bugs as possible in the coming weeks. Block Editor The block editor has received significant performance improvements since WordPress 5.1, shaving 35% off the load time for massive posts, and cutting the keypress time (how responsive it feels when you’re typing) in half! Accessibility continues to improve, too. The block editor now supports your browser’s reduced motion settings. The post URL slug has better labelling and help text. The focus styling for keyboard navigating through landmarks is clearer and more consistent. There are a variety of new speak messages, and existing messages have been tweaked for more useful screen-reader behaviour. We’ve added several new blocks: An RSS blockAn Amazon Kindle embed blockA Search blockA Calendar blockA Tag Cloud block To help you keep track of these blocks, and only show the ones you need, there’s a new block management tool to switch blocks on and off. Block Management Modal We’re constantly working on existing blocks, too. There are hundreds of bug fixes and improvements in the block editor, you can read more about them in the Gutenberg plugin releases: 4.9, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3. The WordPress Mobile Apps The block editor isn’t just for websites, either. The WordPress mobile apps now include an experimental version of a built-in block editor. This is still under development, but you can try it out now! The block editor is coming to the mobile apps Site Health Check Site Health Check is an ongoing project aimed at improving the stability and performance of the entire WordPress ecosystem. The first phase of this project (originally scoped for WordPress 5.1) is now included in WordPress 5.2. For the first time, WordPress will catch and pause the problem code, so you can log in to your Dashboard and see what the problem is (#44458). Before, you’d have to FTP in to your files or get in touch with your host. The Improved Fatal Error Protection In addition, we’re adding a new Health Check tool to your Dashboard. Visit the Tools menu and click on Health Check to get information that can help improve the speed and security of your site. PHP Version Bump With this release, WordPress will increase its minimum supported PHP version to 5.6. To help you check if you’re prepared for this change, WordPress 5.2 will show you a warning and help you upgrade your version of PHP, if necessary. For Developers Plugins can now specify the minimum version of PHP that they support, so you can safely modernise your development practices without risking breaking your users’ sites. (#40934)We’ve added the sodium_compat library, which provides backwards compatibility for the Sodium-based cryptography library added in PHP 7.2. (#45806)There’s a new release of Dashicons, the WordPress Dashboard icon font. There are 25 new icons for you to use! (#41074)You can now pass a label to get_search_form(), improving accessibility. (#42057) There have been 130 tickets closed in WordPress 5.2 so far, with numerous small bug fixes and improvements to help smooth your WordPress experience. Keep your eyes on the Make WordPress Core blog for developer notes (which are assigned the dev-notes tag) in the coming weeks detailing other changes in 5.2 that you should be aware of. How to Help Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages! If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs. With each new release,bearing multiple betas; We fix, then we fly.

New – Advanced Request Routing for AWS Application Load Balancers

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AWS Application Load Balancers have been around since the summer of 2016! They support content-based routing, work well for serverless & container-based applications, and are highly scalable. Many AWS customers are using the existing host and path-based routing to power their HTTP and HTTPS applications, while also taking advantage of other ALB features such as port forwarding (great for container-based applications), health checks, service discovery, redirects, fixed responses, and built-in authentication. Advanced Request Routing The host-based routing feature allows you to write rules that use the Host header to route traffic to the desired target group. Today we are extending and generalizing this feature, giving you the ability to write rules (and route traffic) based on standard and custom HTTP headers and methods, the query string, and the source IP address. We are also making the rules and conditions more powerful; rules can have multiple conditions (AND’ed together), and each condition can specify a match on multiple values (OR’ed). You can use this new feature to simplify your application architecture, eliminate the need for a proxy fleet for routing, and to block unwanted traffic at the load balancer. Here are some use cases: Separate bot/crawler traffic from human traffic. Assign customers or groups of customers to cells (distinct target groups) and route traffic accordingly. Implement A/B testing. Perform canary or blue/green deployments. Route traffic to microservice handlers based on method (PUTs to one target group and GETs to another, for example). Implement access restrictions based on IP address or CDN. Selectively route traffic to on-premises or in-cloud target groups. Deliver different pages or user experiences to various types and categories of devices. Using Advanced Request Routing You can use this feature with your existing Application Load Balancers by simply editing your existing rules. I will start with a simple rule that returns a fixed, plain-text response (the examples in this post are for testing and illustrative purposes; I am sure that yours will be more practical and more interesting): I can use curl to test it: $ curl http://TestALB-156468799.elb.amazonaws.com Default rule reached! I click Insert Rule to set up some advanced request routing: Then I click Add condition and examine the options that are available to me: I select Http header, and create a condition that looks for a cookie named user with value jeff. Then I create an action that returns a fixed response: I click Save, wait a few seconds for the change to take effect, and then issue a pair of requests: $ curl http://TestALB-156468799.elb.amazonaws.com Default rule reached! $ curl --cookie "user=jeff" http://TestALB-156468799.elb.amazonaws.com Hello Jeff I can also create a rule that matches one or more CIDR blocks of IP addresses: $ curl http://TestALB-156468799.elb.amazonaws.com Hello EC2 Instance I can match on the query string (this is very useful for A/B testing): $ curl http://TestALB-156468799.elb.amazonaws.com?ABTest=A A/B test, option A selected I can also use a wildcard if all I care about is the presence of a particular field name: I can match a standard or custom HTTP method. Here, I will invent one called READ: $ curl --request READ http://TestALB-156468799.elb.amazonaws.com Custom READ method invoked I have a lot of flexibility (not new, but definitely worth reviewing) when it comes to the actions: Forward to routes the request to a target group (a set of EC2 instances, a Lambda function, or a list of IP addresses). Redirect to generates a 301 (permanent) or 302 (found) response, and can also be used to switch between HTTP and HTTPS. Return fixed response generates a static response with any desired response code, as I showed you earlier. Authenticate uses Amazon Cognito or an OIDC provider to authenticate the request (applicable to HTTPS listeners only). Things to Know Here are a couple of other things that you should know about this cool and powerful new feature: Metrics – You can look at the Rule Evaluations and HTTP fixed response count CloudWatch metrics to learn more about activity related to your rules (learn more): Programmatic Access – You can also create, modify, examine, and delete rules using the ALB API and CLI (CloudFormation support will be ready soon). Rule Matching – The rules are powered by string matching, so test well and double-check that your rules are functioning as intended. The matched_rule_priority and actions_executed fields in the ALB access logs can be helpful when debugging and testing (learn more). Limits – Each ALB can have up to 100 rules, not including the defaults. Each rule can reference up to 5 values and can use up to 5 wildcards. The number of conditions is limited only by the number of unique values that are referenced. Available Now Advanced request routing is available now in all AWS regions at no extra charge (you pay the usual prices for the Application Load Balancer). — Jeff;  

How to Use a Domain Name Checker to Check Domain Availability

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The post How to Use a Domain Name Checker to Check Domain Availability appeared first on HostGator Blog. Finding the perfect domain name for your new website can be a little tricky. Not only do you need a domain that perfectly represents your website, but you need to ensure it’s short, catchy, memorable, and actually available. Luckily, there’s a number of tools that’ll help you not only uncover the perfect domain name, but also ensure it’s available. Below you’ll learn how to find the right domain name for your website, and how to use a domain name checker to help speed up the process of locking down your dream domain. Finding the Right Domain Name There’s a lot that goes into a domain name. Your domain needs to succinctly sum up what your site is about while being catchy and easy to remember. Your domain will define your brand and be the first thing that visitors see. As a result, your domain will create either a good or bad impression of your website. Here are some tips for finding the best possible domain name for your new website: 1. Connect Your Brand to Your Domain Name You want your domain name to be a differentiator. Having a unique domain name will always be better than a generic domain that sounds all-too-similar to competing sites. When you’re launching a brand, chances are you’re doing something different than the competition. Make sure that your domain name reflects this. For example, think of sites like Google, DropBox, Zillow, Facebook. All of these sites have unique and memorable names. Whether you’re creating new words from scratch or combining two unrelated words, one thing is for sure: they stick in your mind. 2. Keep the Character Count Low As a general rule, the shorter the domain name, the better. It might be very difficult to find a shorter domain name as most of these were purchased a long time ago. But, you still might be able to find a unique word or combination of words that are still available. When in doubt, go for something memorable over something long. Think about when you’re telling your friend about a website. For example, they’re more likely to remember catgram.com over picturesthatiloveaboutcats.com. 3. Make Your Domain Easy to Pronounce Your domain name needs to be easy to remember, and part of that is making it easy to pronounce. When someone thinks about your domain name, they shouldn’t have to look it up in a dictionary to get the spelling right. You want to make it easy for other people to pass on your domain name, whether that’s written or spoken. 4. Avoid Numbers, Hyphens, and Other Characters A memorable site name can go a long way towards helping your site gain traction. One quick way to make things more difficult is by adding hyphens or numbers to your domain name. Hyphens not only make it more difficult to pass on your domain, but it’ll probably lead to a lot of misspellings and people not being able to find your site. For example, what’s easier to remember and type into your browser? C-N-N.com or CNN.com. Or how about Face-book.com, or Facebook.com? The same goes for numbers. Adding numbers to your domain can come across as spammy and much more difficult to pass on. What’s a Domain Name Checker? Domain name checkers are tools that help you to determine if a domain name is still available. Often, these tools can also suggest other related domain names, along with presenting other domain name extensions that might be available under your chosen domain name. There are also other related domain finder tools that are more focused on helping you generate unique domain names, while at the same time searching for availability. Domain Name Checker Overview There are a myriad of different domain name checkers you can use to see if a given domain is available for purchase. Most domain name registrars will have these tools built into their domain search tools. After all, it’ll be impossible to buy a domain if it isn’t actually available. However, you might also come across domains that have been previously purchased or are currently owned by another party. Still, you can purchase these domains, but expect to pay a great deal more than a fresh domain. Here’s a breakdown of a few different domain name checkers you can use: 1. HostGator Domains HostGator Domains is not only a domain name registrar, but it’ll tell you which domains are available, and even offer suggestions for similar domains. With this domain name checker you can quickly see if your domain of choice is available and get it registered right away. Plus, you can pick up quality web hosting at the same time and start building your new site right away. 2. LeanDomainSearch LeanDomainSearch is another pretty helpful domain lookup tool. All you have to do is enter a keyword that you want to build your domain around, and this tool will do the rest. If you’re stumped for ideas then this tool will help you get started. For example, here’s a sample search for the word ‘house’. From that simple word, we’ve got over 400 different domains to look at and draw inspiration from. 3. DomainHole DomainHole is a search tool that allows you to find a very specific type of domain. Whether you’re looking for a new domain or an aged domain for SEO or other purposes, this tool is worth exploring. You’ll be able to search for expired, expiring, or dropped domains, plus with the extensive search filters you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. 4. Knowem Knowem should be used in conjunction with another domain checker tool, but it’s still just as valuable. If you’re going to be creating social media profiles for your new website, then this tool will check to see what social media profiles are available. Even if you aren’t going to be using social media right away, it can be helpful to still grab any existing social media handles for future use. What to Do if a Domain Isn’t Available? Let’s say you’ve found the perfect domain name, but when you run it through a domain name checker, it comes up as unavailable. This doesn’t mean that your search should end there. In some cases, you might be able to place a bid on the domain or even pick up a different domain name extension. Here are these two options in a little more depth: 1. Placing a Domain Name Bid Sometimes the domain you want will already be owned by someone else. If the domain isn’t being used for an existing website or application, then you can usually get in touch with the owner and place a bid on the domain. For example, here’s the website of a domain name that someone else owns. You have the option to reach out and purchase the domain. Keep in mind that the owner might not always respond, or they might want more than you’re willing to spend. Generally, when you place a bid you’ll be spending a couple of hundred bucks at the very minimum. Sometimes these domains will run up into multiple thousands of dollars. For example, take a look at some of these domains offered on Sedo. Overall, the price of domains will go up the simpler they are. You’d be hard pressed to find a single word domain of a dictionary word for less than a few grand. If you’re placing a bid on a domain name, expect a little negotiation back and forth until you land on the selling price. 2. Choosing a Different Domain Name Extension The most common domain name extensions are .com, .org, and .net. But, that doesn’t mean your search should end, just because these extensions aren’t available. In some cases, a different domain extension might even work better, but overall it depends on the type of site you’re running. When considering a different domain name extension, keep the following questions in mind: Does the extension I want belong to an existing website? If I choose another extension will it work with my brand?Can I get a different extension that doesn’t feel like spam?Is the new extension memorable? Overall, if the domain is taken by a website that’s currently live on the internet, then you’ll want to choose a new domain name. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of copyright infringement and run into all kinds of legal issues. This headache isn’t worth it, and your time is better spent coming up with a new domain. However, if your first choice domain name extension is taken, but isn’t being used for a website you could get away with using another extension. For example, I really wanted a domain name, but the .com was already taken but wasn’t being used for anything at all, so I went with the .net version. This allows you to start building your site if you’re absolutely attached to a given domain name, while in time you can acquire any other extensions with the profits from your new site. How to Register a Domain Name Once you’ve found the perfect domain name that’s actually available, then it’s time for the easy part. Registering your domain. If you were using the HostGator Domains tool to search for the availability of a domain, then you’re already halfway there. Just, add your domain to your cart, and complete the checkout steps. Here’s a brief walkthrough just in case: 1. Navigate to HostGator Domains Here you can enter your domain name that you want to purchase. You can enter your domain with or without your desired extension. 2. Input Your Domain First, input your domain name and click ‘Search’. If the domain name is available, then you’ll get the message ‘Congratulations, Your Domain is Available!” This will automatically add your domain to your cart, and all you have to do is click ‘Continue to Cart’ and complete your purchase. 3. Select Your Terms When you register a domain name you’re going to have a lot of different options to choose from. For example, you can add things like domain privacy. You’ll also select the term for which you want to register your domain. Overall, the cheapest option will always be to register your domain for the longest term offered. You’ll be spending more up front, but the monthly rate will typically be much lower than paying a yearly fee and having to renew every single year. Plus, then you don’t have to worry about accidentally letting your domain lapse. Get Started with Domain Name Checkers Hopefully, you have a better idea of what to look for in new domain name for your site, plus how to use a domain name checker to actually see if your dream domain is available. Getting a domain name isn’t a process you’ll want to rush. Spend some time with the domain name checkers above until you find a great domain that speaks to the core of what your site’s about, while remaining memorable and catchy. Then, when you’re ready, you can register your domain right here at HostGator. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Getting a Lot of Traffic on Your Website? Dedicated Hosting Can Increase Speed

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Have you ever wondered if dedicated hosting is really worth it? Like many business owners, you’re likely on a budget, and dedicated hosting can be a significant expense. So, why not just use a shared hosting plan or a VPS instead? We’re going to tell you why dedicated hosting is the absolute best option for any business . . . and how the ROI totally makes it worth it. Let’s jump right in! What is Dedicated Hosting? Continue reading Getting a Lot of Traffic on Your Website? Dedicated Hosting Can Increase Speed at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

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