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We now offer unlimited long distance phone service in North America

The only requirement to qualify for this service is that you have a broadband internet connection with low latency for our unlimited long distance phone service. You can test this by going to SpeedTest.net and click “Begin test”. Under Ping you should see a number under 100ms, and under download it should be a number larger than 1Mbps. If you meet this criteria, you’re ready to start the transition!

Change your admin username in WordPress

One of the first security tips I can provide is to change your admin username in WordPress. One of the ways people break into WordPress, is by a brute force attack. Once you know the username of the administrator, you take a large dictionary file of words, and try every possible combination as the password for that user until you get it right. You don’t have to try this manually, there are programs that do automated, and very rapidly. On most computers and systems, the default administrator is either “admin” or “root”, the case of WordPress, it is admin. I recommend you take a few minutes and go into your Dashboard -> Users -> Add New and create two new accounts. Make one an editor account, this is the only you’ll typically use from now on. Also add a new account, but instead of giving it editor privileges, choose “Administrator” as the role. Once you verified you can login to both of them with the appropriate permissions, delete the “admin” account. (Bulk actions -> Delete -> Apply)

Google releases a new tool to disavow links

Today Google released a new tool to disavow links to help resolve negative search engine optimisation (SEO) results.This follows Microsoft’s Bing search engine who released a similar tool back in June. Most website owners can safely ignore this warning, unless you’re aware of bad links to your site you really would like to disassociate from. Previously Google just ignored them, but with their new “Penguin Update”, they now rank such links as negative. As such, this forced them to offer a tool to webmasters to clearly identify the unwanted links. Think about this tool as the ability to tell search engines which web sites you don’t trust that are linking to you, and that you’re aware they have a much lower page rank than yours does. If you’ve never received a warning from Google about bad links or spam links, you can probably ignore this. If you’ve received such a message in the past, go straight to the tool which is now active in Webmaster tools

Would a free website help you get off the ground?

Through my regular attendance at events like Ideas Meetings, ASC and IdeaWave, I know that a lot of people have ideas for a product or business they’d like to launch.  However, they often cite finances as a barrier to entry and of course getting a website started for a new product does entail a financial commitment.  As many of you know, I volunteer more than I work and I prioritize on giving back to the community; as such, I’m excited to announce One Day Website will begin giving away one free website per month.  Not just a One Day Website, but the Custom Tailored package, including wo hours of graphic design,and two hours of copy writing or editing of your existing content.

What is a WordPress CMS?

If you’re looking to create a website and you’re not a techy, you’re probably not yet that familiar with hypertext markup language (HTML) or cascading style sheets (CSS). Instead, you’re likely looking for a content management system or CMS. A CMS allows you to edit all of your pages from one central place. They also allow for a collaborative website, if you have other family or staff you’d like to help you edit your website. You can think of a CMS like having two websites. The first is the CMS, which you need to login to, the second is the public website that everyone sees. As soon as you save a change in the CMS, it automatically appears.