Daily website maintenance is a key part of website management
by Lori Bratz
Now that you have your website, you must take care of it. Proper website management includes a simple daily check of your files and file structure by simply opening your site directories and taking a look inside.
Specifically, you’re looking for script files (primarily php files) that hackers can install easily once they get access to your main hosting server. Those sneaky little buggers redirect traffic to their web servers and to their client’s sites. Nasty. Nasty. The occasion of hackers just breaking your site for fun is rare. It’s all about stealing your traffic.
So, go ahead and open your files and take a look. I like to use a file management tool because it gives me a nice visual way to check my files each day. My personal favorite is FileZilla. What is FileZilla? To quote Wikipedia: “FileZilla is free, open source, cross-platformFTP software, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). As of 18 April 2011, FileZilla Client was the 7th most popular download of all time from SourceForge.net.FileZilla is free and you can download it here.
Launch your FileZilla software
Log into your site. You will need your site name (or your site IP address if Godaddy is your host), your FTP username & password. Set the port to 21, or just leave it blank.
Physically view each directory for any new files.
The date on the files will likely flag suspicious activity. If you check each day then you should be able to see with your eyes if there is a new file in one of your directories by simply noticing that there is a lone file with a date that is different from all the other dates.
Most likely, it will have a very silly name, as well, like johnfranklin dot php.
Be sure to check your image directories.
Check your htaccess file! The nastiest of hijacking files are hiding in your htaccess files. Unhide those and peek inside. If you are not the administrator on your server you’ll need to contact the sys admin to get help with this. You don’t go into your htaccess file often, possibly ever unless you have password protected one or more directories.
So there you have it. You can use a script to check your files, but if you’re a small business with one site and you aren’t a techspert, taking a look with your eyes is a simple way to check your site. And if you do it often, it’s not much of a chore at all.
WordPress Wednesday is an excellent opportunity for small businesses to get an affordable, scalable website
By Lori Bratz
Welcome to the first ever WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY at WebProHelp! This is an excellent opportunity for small businesses to get a WordPress website set up for just $250. We set up the infrastructure, the basic content, and we give you an easy-to-follow How-To guide so you can update your site and add content and photos whenever you want.
We’ll walk you thru these easy steps, but since it’s the next best thing to DIY, you have to do some stuff:
Call our lead account manager, Lori Bratz, who will ask you a few simple questions about your business.
Go buy a domain name from Godaddy. Set the nameservers to ns1.dreamhost.com, ns2.dreamhost.com, ns3.dreamhost.com.*
Choose a WordPress theme from a library of thousands of themes for us to set up for you.
Enjoy working on your website content at your leisure.
We will fill in the basic template for you, so that you have a functioning web presence and we will provide you with a simple-to-follow one-page guide on how to add articles and posts to your page.
What do you end up with? You get what we like to refer to as a “Business Card” site. It’s simple, straight-forward and easy to use. You can add content, articles, photos, etc. whenever you feel like it. You can make a huge, giant, information-rich site in your own time! But remember, you can’t customize TOO much because then it’s not The Next Best Thing to DIY. Then it’s us doing it. (Which we’re happy to do.) But not for the WordPress Wednesday deal.
That’s it! Couldn’t be easier to get your website up and running! Give Lori a call to schedule your WordPress Wednesday DIY Site!
*Our account manager will help you set your nameservers.
Time to upgrade your Frontpage website!
By Lori Bratz
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s millions of websites were created in a program called FrontPage, which was discontinued by Microsoft in 2006.
If you were one of those people then the main worry about your website is that your hosting provider will eventually NOT support Front Page extensions (the code and configuration necessary on the web server to run a front page website) and your site will be dead.
In the fullness of time, as your hosting provider upgrades its servers and technology, they will move forward and will not support old technology.
It would be better to take care of this before it’s an emergency.
I came across this business website today and it broke my heart. Why on earth would a business owner allow their live website to be stuck in wordpress limbo? The only time 404 is ok on the web is if you are 9 years old and “404” is your hacker identity (ie: my kid).
I’m posting this page, but I have shrouded the “face” with appropriate emboldened X’s to respect the privacy of this business. I WILL however say that I came across this website as I was searching a respected online journal.
There is weeping and gnashing of teeth today at WebProHelp.
CMS site built for easy client editing
By Lori Bratz
About this site: This client wanted a cute, minialistic site that is keyword-rich and ready for editing. With a simple 30 minute lesson, this client is now completely able to edit her content whenever she likes, with only general monthly site maintenance and wrapper/template/platform updates by a professional developer.
R.E.A.C.H. Behavioral Consulting
Development tool: Concrete5.
Result: Site is cute, editable by non-technical staff members, and is a completely scalable website that is SEO-effective.
About this client: REACH Behavioral Consulting provides behavior analytic services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities and other learning challenges. Owner/Director Elizabeth Stoughton, M.S.Ed., BCBA.
Tips for asucceeding in small business: Give more than your competition
By Lori Bratz
If you have a small business, you know that consumers are guarding their spending now more than ever. In order to compete, and sometimes even to stay in business, small businesses need to offer more than their competition. Consumers are forgoing personal services such as haircare, massage, even extracurricular activities for their children because they simply have less dollars to spend on non-essentials. Consider making a space in your business to accomodate and entertain smaller children, enabling families to skip the cost of childcare when they visit your place of business. Clear out a corner, put down some washable carpet squares and a safety gate. Add some safe toys, a dvd player, some video games and you have instantly added value to your business.
Businesses for mothers
By Lori Bratz
Everyone excels at something that could be turned into a business offering; especially mothers. Mothers have to be hard-working, organized, patient, adept at settling disputes, and able to multi task, sometimes under a good deal of pressure. Perfect qualifications for a CEO! If you’re like most people, you have dreamed of owning your own business. The good news is that your dream is certainly within reach.
The main rule of thumb? Do everything legally. If you’re seriously planning to start a business, get online and find your state state department of licensing web site. www.sba.gov/hotlist/license.html.
Get a license to do business. It only costs a few dollars to get licensed.
Pay your taxes. If your business is doing so well that you have huge income tax, then congratulations! You’re a success!
Here’s a list of several business ideas that you can do from home. You can probably add more great ideas to the list if you’re willing to put in some time and creative thinking!
Adult Day Care Provider
Aquarium Cleaning Service
Baking (cookies, muffins, etc)
Bed & Breakfast
Cook (preparing meals for families or businesses)
Flower Designing (silk)
Gift Basket Service
Home Health Care
Knitting and Knitting Instruction
Personal Fitness Trainer
Vending Machine Route
About this site: LivingLiteNow.com is an established website that I have been working on for several years that has achieved top organic search engine placement. The clients wanted a more modern look and feel.
Development tool: Custom site built with CSS and HTML
Result: Site is aesthetically pleasing, modern, is a completely scalable website that is SEO-effective and is still at the top of the search engines.