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7 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Website Secure

Increasingly websites belonging to all types of business are targetted by hackers. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that only big corporate websites attract visitors with malicious intent.

Whilst attacks on big companies (such as the DoS  attack on the BBC and the Irish National Lottery in September this year) make the news, anyone who owns a website with a content management system (CMS) that allows online login, could be a target for hackers.

If you are a website owner, here are 7 things you can easily do to protect your site:

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Super-quick way to generate a Wordcloud

Word clouds are useful for presentations and are great to emphasise important words in a graphical manner, making them more memorable. They are also particularly effective for drawing attention to social media posts.

The simplest way to create them is to use a word cloud generator. Here’s our favourite, easy to use word generator:

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Avoid YouTube Suggested Videos on your Website

Creating videos can be very effective way to promote your business. Repeated studies have shown that websites and blogs with videos are likely to get more hits. Videos are also highly linkable and so visitors are more likely to share them. Uploading your videos to YouTube is a great idea since YouTube is also used as a very popular search engine.

It’s really simple to then embed the video onto your own website so it plays from within your page. But BEWARE! If you are not careful, when your video ends, visitors may be offered totally unrelated videos to watch next.

Are your visitors watching funny cat videos on your website?

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How to add Alt-tags to Hikashop Products for Joomla 3

A client had an update to Hikashop for use with Joomla 3 and the new layout caused him a bit of head-scratching.  The earlier version of Hikashop had the option for an alt-tag or title for the product image as you uploaded it. The latest version has a lovely new, clear layout for product information and image upload, but where, oh where had the option for the alt-tag gone?

As I’m sure you are aware, alt-tags on images are important for accessibility and also for search-engine optimisation. It is important to make sure all your images have them. So, if you are struggling to find this option, read on for the simple explanation of where it is!

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How to create language overrides in Virtuemart 2

Out of the box, the Virtuemart ecommerce component for Joomla is rather Americanised in the language it uses. If you wish to change the terms to British standards you’ll need to create overrides for the language files. So if you, for example, want to change “Your Cart” to “Your Basket” or  “Shipping” to ” Delivery”, how do you go about it?

It is actually really simple.

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What makes for great website content in 2014?

hummingbird updateDuring 2012, changes to Google’s algorithm (Panda and Penguin) concentrated on working out the authority of web page content. They really got better at identifying genuine, original high-quality content .This meant that those who were paying for backlinks or were simply concentrating on keyword stuffing, could have found themselves being penalised.

During 2013 with the “Hummingbird” update, Google became better at understanding searches in the form of questions or conversational searches. Now, instead of simply looking to match individual keywords or phrases, they can interpret complete sentences and their context.

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