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Bikeshedding and functional website

Bikeshedding is a term that was coined as a metaphor. Focusing on minutiae while neglecting the bigger picture sums it up quite well. Below is a discussion of how bikeshedding can be utilized in an effort to maintain perspective while still creating a compelling, relevant, and functional website.

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Anatomy of a Website - How it Works and Why it Might Not

A Little Background

Today we are going to focus on how a website works, share an overview of a hosting environment, and explore some other aspects of how a website functions.

Back in the old days, a website was a simple text document located in the server’s files. HTML let webmasters define the formatting on a website with the flexibility comparable to an advanced text editor, such as MS Word and allowed them to display images, and eventually other media.

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How sites get hacked and how to prevent it?

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Introduction

Every day thousands of websites get hacked and about one-third of those sites are based on popular CMS (Content Management System) applications like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal or Magento. The most popular CMS is, of course, WordPress, which is used on over 60% of all CMS based websites. Since CloudAccess.net specializes in the hosting of CMS applications (Joomla! and WordPress) we are dealing with hacked sites on daily basis.

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GDPR - what does it mean?

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The European Union has implemented a new law called the General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR for short - to help protect personal data of EU citizens. As a company that has many clients in the European Union, we have taken this very seriously and took steps to make sure that our service is GDPR compliant, which means many good things for our clients, not only from the EU but from all around the world.

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An Exciting Glimpse at the New launch.joomla.org

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We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of launch.joomla.org, a new system that merges Joomla.com and demo.joomla.org into one area where you can spin up free, fully functional Joomla websites (including FTP and PHPMyAdmin). The only limitations imposed will be subdomain usage and 500MB disk space, which can be overcome by upgrading to a paid plan starting from just $5/mo.

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What is the best Web analytic tool (Free and Paid)

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It is important for you to keep track of your site and your traffic. If you plan on turning your website into a business, you should be treating it as one. Understanding your traffic is key.

It’s important to understand how the content you publish on your site, reaches its intended audience.
A good analytics tool can provide a key of information on real-time visitor stats, new and returning visitors, bounce rates and referrals.

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Smart Updater - Keep Your Sites Safe and Secure!

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When activated, the Smart Updater automatically helps keep your website, plugins and themes up-to-date, which is crucial to ensuring your sites remains safe and secure.

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Custom code and its' upkeep

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Joomla! and Wordpress are great content management systems and offer a wide variety of features that should cover most of the usage scenarios when you employ a CMS to build a website. If that’s not enough for your needs, you can choose from thousands of free and paid extensions (or plugins) that will, depending on type, either add that one small feature you need (that “Share” button for your audience to share some useful information from your website on their social media accounts), or completely transform your website’s CMS into a full-fledged social network, or news portal.

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Salvation Army Gets Some Love!

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We all know that things can get a little tough during the holiday season so last month we decided to do a food drive to benefit our local branch of the Salvation Army. This organization has been around for a long time and they are always willing to offer a helping hand to those in need.

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Why a Facebook page just isn’t enough!

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The very fact that you have an interest in this article may suggest that you already have your company’s page on Facebook. Such a page has its advantages. However, you may have also realized that it is not very efficient when it comes to getting new customers; it is not capable of all the things a professional website can give you. Nowadays, 50% of the entries on Facebook come from the mobile channel, while 74% of mobile users use regular search engines to find information about your business via their mobile devices. 

It was several years ago now that Google announced that we had passed the tipping point whereby the number of Mobile searches had taken over that of Desktop searches, stating…

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