Of all tech topics, security is possibly the most complex, and certainly the most important. This is because security is always evolving. It is a forced evolution, as we must adapt to constantly emerging threats.
There are various levels of security that we'll have responsibility for. The first level is ourselves or the organization we work for. The second level is our clients. And the third level is the users of the websites or applications we develop for our clients.
Despite our best efforts, clients will always find ways to undermine the protections we provide for them. They rely on us as IT professionals to help them stay safe, but paradoxically also rarely follow the safety advice we provide them with. Most users really are their own worst enemies.
What we need to do, then, is make it as difficult as possible for clients to compromise their own security, while also making it as easy as we can for them to do the tasks they need to do. Achieving both goals to perfection may be impossible, but in this article we'll cover some things you can do to cut down the risks of a security breach occurring.
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Score a hat trick with this trio of free World Cup football/soccer templates designed by BrandPacks. This collection features a free soccer flyer template, a rack card template (in two styles) and a poster template (in two styles). Each template boasts a sporty theme with vibrant colors and exciting photography, perfect for promoting football and soccer tournaments and related events!
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Admit it. It’s not surprising that 65% of businesses feel that traffic and lead generation is, by far, their biggest challenge when it comes to marketing. It’s not a walk in the park.
What makes it worse is the fact that even when you invest heavily in traffic generation, your visitors don’t automatically translate to leads. In essence, 96% of your site’s traffic is not ready to buy yet. That’s why we’ve grown fond of taking them through the corresponding lead generation systems.
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While general WordPress sites should be fine with typical WordPress hosting solutions, the bare minimum for online stores is managed WordPress hosting.
But, here’s the thing about it. Compared to other types of services, managed WordPress hosting doesn’t come cheap at all. It would cost you anywhere between tens of dollars to thousands of dollars a month.
Now, going by this cost range, it certainly wouldn’t make sense settling for any random hosting provider. Let’s leave that to novice merchants for now.
A serious WordPress-based ecommerce website, on the other hand, should go for nothing but the best managed WordPress hosting services. The type of hosting that’s truly optimized for WordPress, offering specialized capabilities that are indeed worth every single penny.
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So you want to make your business go live?
Here’s the deal.
It all starts with an action-packed website builder. Apparently, both Weebly and WordPress have remarkably shown their proficiency in the market. While trying to make intense steps to run your site, using the most engaging tool ultimately goes a long way. Having a website alone isn't good enough anymore. There's acute competition in the market which gives you a reason to worry a bit.
As the two run against each other, you need to figure out what your needs are.
Practically speaking, it could be that you need a customizable e-commerce website, or probably want to run a powerful blog with actionable content on whichever niche you have in mind. The fact is, both Weebly and WordPress have much to get everything off the right foot.
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In 2018, ecommerce sales increased by 18%, which amounted to a whopping $2.86 trillion in online sales. In light of that, it's no wonder more, and more entrepreneurs are launching online stores. But, there are hundreds of ecommerce platforms out there. With so much choice, it's not easy to decide on the best one for you and your business.
It all comes down to where you're at in your entrepreneurial journey and the goals you have for your brand. That being said, WooCommerce is definitely one of the most reliable options on the table. So, in this article, we're talking a little bit about WooCommerce, as well as our 12 favorite WooCommerce alternatives.
Are you ready to get stuck in? Great! Let's get to it.
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Behind every successful project, there is at least one human being with powerful attributes. The attributes vary. It can be determination, vision, energy, patience…. Or it can be mindfulness – hard to miss it in those who managed to take the practice of meditation to a level where it starts leaving traces. The good kind. And that’s Andy Puddicombe’s mojo: an aura of serenity that surrounds him. His presence relaxes even the most tense interlocutor, and a smile is constantly blooming on his face. A former ordained Buddhist monk who wrote books on meditation and mindfulness, loves surfing, and snowboarding, Andy is also the co-founder and the more visible part of Headspace – the online project designed to demystify meditation.
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What happens on projects once the wrong path is started on is that we're usually reluctant to turn back even if we don't feel quite right about the direction we're heading in. The problem gathers momentum the more time or money that has been invested into following the wrong path.
It is essential to overcome that hesitation. If a poor navigation structure is going to introduce usability issues (such as the case in the example site for this article), we need to fix that wrong structure instead of continuing to develop the site.
If we don't, it will be more difficult to repair the damage later. When designing or redesigning navigation, we need to remember the needs of the user come first.
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