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Get Ready for WP Engine’s 2019 Digital Breakthrough Summit

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WP Engine’s Digital Breakthrough Summit is just a week away, and if you haven’t registered yet, there is no time like the present. The annual event brings together tech visionaries, agency trailblazers, and brand pioneers for two days of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and break-out sessions all geared towards helping you find your next digital… The post Get Ready for WP Engine’s 2019 Digital Breakthrough Summit appeared first on WP Engine.

Why WordPress Remains The Best Choice For Your Next Website Project

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While we’re 100% behind WordPress as the platform of choice for websites, blogs, membership sites, online courses, and eCommerce stores, we pay attention to what’s going on in the world of website platforms and content management systems. If you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, business owner, or agency selling WordPress services or products, or you’re a WordPress site owner, you may have noticed that other platforms are fighting for market share and visibility through online advertising, television ads, radio ads, print ads, and podcast ads — and you might be wondering, “Is WordPress the right choice for my next website project?” As a gold-level global sponsor of WordCamps across the Americas, Liquid Web is invested in the future of WordPress and committed to helping WordPress professionals and site owners create a better experience through our Managed WordPress Hosting and Managed WooCommerce Hosting packages — and we know that WordPress is the best choice for your next website project. Why WordPress Is The Best Choice WordPress Is Open Source Software WordPress is licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2 or later) which provides four core freedoms: To run the program for any purpose To study how the program works and change it to make it do what you wish To redistribute To distribute copies of your modified versions to others This means that with WordPress, you’re not locked into an inflexible, private platform or proprietary content management system with exorbitant fees. Instead, you’re leveraging software that you can manage and modify yourself.  Subscribe to the Liquid Web weekly newsletter to get more inspiration for your next WordPress project sent to your inbox. WordPress Is Free The WordPress software is free and there are free themes and free plugins available to extend the capabilities of the WordPress core software. While WordPress is free, you do need to purchase a domain name (your address on the Internet) and website hosting (your space on the Internet). WordPress Has A Global Community Moving It Forward WordPress contributors work around the globe and have dedicated countless hours to build a tool that democratizes publishing, making the free software priceless. A global community continues to work on the WordPress project and to serve WordPress users. In 2018 there were 145 WordCamps in 48 countries, with over 45,000 tickets sold. A total of 1,300 organizers, 2,651 speakers, and 1,175 sponsors made it happen. 2018 also saw a 50% member growth in WordPress meetup attendance, with over 687 meetup groups and 5,400 meetup events. This means that there are more professionals working with WordPress than any other website platform and that means it’s easier to find help when you need it. WordPress Is SEO Friendly WordPress is built with search engine optimization (SEO) in mind. The code is written in compliance with the highest web standards and produces semantic markup that makes it easy for search bots to crawl and index your website. There are also plugins available to enhance onsite search engine optimization efforts like Yoast SEO. WordPress Is Easy To Manage To prevent security vulnerabilities, some WordPress software updates are automatic. For the rest, WordPress has a system to manage software updates built-in that: Notifies you when there is a new version of WordPress available Notifies you when a plugin has an update available Allows you to update WordPress, your themes, and plugins right from your WordPress admin dashboard. WordPress Can Scale From a tiny hobby blog to a massive enterprise-level website, WordPress can scale to any size site with any amount of traffic. New York Observer, New York Post, Walt Disney, TED, USA Today, CNN, Fortune.com, TIME.com, People, National Post, Spotify, TechCrunch, CBS Local, NBC, AMC, BBC America, Mercedes-Benz, Wired, Vogue, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and the U.S. Department of Defense are a few of the large sites powered by WordPress. WordPress Can Handle A Variety Of Media Whether you plan to publish text articles, videos, infographics, audio recordings, photos, galleries, podcasts, PDFs, or other types of media, WordPress can handle it with ease. Also, WordPress supports oEmbed enabled websites, which means you can embed YouTube videos, Instagram photos, Tweets, Facebook posts, and even Soundcloud audio by simply pasting the URL into the WordPress content editor. WordPress Powers 32% Of All Websites During the State of the Word 2018, Matt Mullenweg shared that throughout the life of the WordPress 4.9 branch, there were over 173 million downloads with 68.4% of all known WordPress installs running 4.9. The software currently powers 32% of the entire internet and it owns a 50-60% share of the global CMS market, which makes it the most popular content management system for the 7th year in a row. Bottom line: WordPress isn’t going anywhere and it’s only getting better. Check Out Managed WordPress Hosting We’d also love for you to check out our Managed WordPress Hosting packages and our and Managed WooCommerce Hosting packages — the first ever hosting designed specifically for WooCommerce stores and their unique needs. The post Why WordPress Remains The Best Choice For Your Next Website Project appeared first on Liquid Web.

Finding the Best Website Hosting Can Be a Challenge

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Trying to find the best website hosting can be a challenge. There are many different companies that offer hosting, but which one is best? More importantly, which is best for you? Not all plans are the same and believe it or not, you may be paying for a plan that has more features than you need for your website. In order to find the best plan, read over this guide for key categories to consider when deciding on a hosting company. Continue reading Finding the Best Website Hosting Can Be a Challenge at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

13 iPhone Photography Tips For Stunning Website Or Blog Images

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Your Guide to Amazing iPhone Photography You’ve clicked all over the Internet, you’ve researched the legal ways to source stock photography for your website and where to find photos for your blog, and you’ve even figured out what gallery plugin you want to use on your WordPress site, but you still just can’t find that right image — the one that would be perfect for your latest blog post. You have an idea of what you want in your head but it doesn’t seem to exist and you don’t have time to search any more stock photo sites for free or cheap photos. Now, you’re considering taking your own iPhone photos for your blog and you’re not quite sure where to start. Don’t worry! If you’re wondering how to get started with iPhone photography for your website or blog that reflects your creative vision and brand, you’re in luck. Today I’m sharing 13 iPhone photography tips that will help you take better photographs and create better imagery for your website. Let’s get started. 1. Take More Photos Than You Need Ask any professional photographer and they’ll tell you to get that one perfect image, often they have to take a ton of photos. If you’ve ever taken a family vacation, you’ve experienced the same thing — if you take 100 photos, about 10 will be amazing. With this in mind, be sure to take far more images than you need so you have lots of choices. For example: Take photos at different angles and from different sides Take horizontal photos and vertical (portrait) photos — most websites use horizontal images for featured images, but you may also need vertical images for Pinterest Take photos close up showing detail Take photos farther way with lots of space around the subject Consider changing the background, adjusting the composition, and altering the lighting, taking more photos with each change  Subscribe to the Liquid Web weekly newsletter to get inspiring blogger content sent directly to your inbox. 2. Zoom Out And Include Negative Space Do yourself a favor and back up, zoom out, and include negative space in your images. Negative space is the space around and between the subject of an image. Remember that you can always zoom in and/or crop the image later, but you won’t be able to zoom out. Negative space also works in your favor if your website automatically crops images or parts of images are cropped on mobile devices because it will help prevent important parts of your images from being cut off. 3. Use The Rule Of Thirds If you’re using an iPhone for photography, there is a grid option available in the camera settings that adds a 3×3 grid on the screen. The grid divides the image into three horizontal rows and three vertical columns and the grid lines help you compose better photos by using the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds states that a photo is compositionally more interesting if the important elements of the image lie on one of the grid lines or their intersections. 4. Get a Tripod Whether you’re shooting stills of products, putting together the perfect flat-lay, or snapping a photo of yourself, a tripod is going to be a necessity. Using a tripod will keep you hands-free to create the perfect image (or fix your hair) and ensure your images are crisp and clear. 5. Get The Right Light While you can invest in a professional lighting kit, a selfie light, or a white light box for product shots, you can also get stunning photos using an iPhone without spending any money by leveraging natural light. Take photos during the day and use sunlight to light your photos. If taking photos inside, place the subject of the photo near a window. If the window is in direct sunlight and you want a softer light, cover it with a sheer curtain or tape a big piece of white tissue paper to the window. If taking photos outside, try to do it in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t directly overhead and the light is softer, or if you only have mid-day to take your photos, look for full shade to avoid harsh shadows. Skip the flash. First, the flash on iPhones isn’t very strong, sometimes it causes weird color issues, and it isn’t very flattering. Second, the flash, in general, is too strong and can often wash out the subject or cause a weird reflection. 6. Use A Selfie Stick While you wouldn’t be caught dead using a self-stick in public, using one to compose the perfect photo of yourself and your surroundings can be a lot easier than using a tripod and a remote and getting up and down a million times to check the photo — and it’s definitely better than asking someone to take your photo only have it come out terribly. Also, if you’re one of those people who prefers your photos taken from a high angle because it’s more flattering, a selfie stick will be a better choice than a tripod. 7. Leverage Video Stills Having a hard time getting the image you want with the selfie stick? Out in public or a crowded area and don’t want to use a selfie stick? Don’t trust the person you’re with to take a great photo? Skip the pressure of getting just the right image and shoot a video instead. Use a tripod or ask a friend to take the video, then walk in front of the camera, hold a few different poses, moving slowly between them, and grab a screenshot of the perfect moment from the video. 8. Keep It Simple The internet is bursting with content, websites are cluttered with ads, promotions, images, and calls to action, and social media is one big pit of distraction. Stand out from the crowd and elevate the visuals for your website by keeping your images simple and clean. Look for simple backgrounds, keep the image focused on one thing, and remove any clutter you can. 9. Be Aware Of Contrast Contrast can be a powerful tool to create striking images, but if you plan on adding text to your images, be careful to avoid taking photos with too much contrast. If parts of the image are very dark and parts are very light, you’ll have a hard time ensuring that the text on top of the image is easy to read. 10. Use Your Hands Skip the posed, smiling face looking directly at the camera. In fact, consider skipping faces altogether in your photos and instead focus on your hands or the hands of a friend. Take photos of “hands in action” — this iPhone photography approach has a human element, show the person doing something in context, and keeps the focus on the action being taken and not the person. 11. Use Your Brand Colors When choosing what you’re going to take a photo of, what you’re going to wear in a photo, or what the composition of a photo should be, think about your brand colors. Work your brand colors into your photographs so they feel like a purposeful, natural part of your website and look like your brand. For example: If you’re taking a photo of someone writing in a journal you could: Have their nails painted your brand color Have them wear a bracelet in your brand color Buy a journal in your brand color Use a pen that is your brand color Place a coffee mug that’s your brand color in the photo 12. Don’t Be So Literal When brainstorming ideas for blog photos and website photos, avoid being too literal with your images. Don’t be the person who gets a Scrabble game, spells out the topic of their blog post, and takes a photo. That’s boring, obvious, and lazy, and it won’t capture much attention online. Instead, think about the concept you’re communicating and what else communicates the same concept. 13. Buy Some Foam Core Many lighting kits come with a white reflective board and there’s a reason. A simple piece of white foam core (or two) can make a big difference when shooting flay-lay images and product shots by creating a white surface and/or white background. White foam core can also be used to reflect light onto the subject of the photo. For example: If you place a light to the right of a product and a sheet of foam core to the left of the product, the light will bounce off the foam core onto the product. This creates more even lighting and avoids ending up with a photo where one side of the photo is light and one side is dark. Make Stunning Photos Load Quickly With Managed WordPress Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress Hosting provides you a reliable hosting platform that’s lightning fast and made for bloggers. It includes image compression (so your stunning iPhone photography you took looks great and loads fast), automatic updates for plugins and the platform, automatic daily backups, automatic SSL, and no pageview/traffic limits – exactly what your blog needs to grow. The post 13 iPhone Photography Tips For Stunning Website Or Blog Images appeared first on Liquid Web.

WP Engine Paddles Out Support for 2019 TYLER’s Dam That Cancer Event

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WP Engine is committed to supporting the communities we live and work in. We’re all about taking action to improve the lives of those around us. That’s why this past Monday, for the third year in a row, a team of WP Engine employees took to Lake Austin to stand up against cancer as part… The post WP Engine Paddles Out Support for 2019 TYLER’s Dam That Cancer Event appeared first on WP Engine.

2 Dads With Baggage: Adventures in Family Travel with a Gay Twist

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It was 2 a.m. in Paris, and 7-year-old Ava Bailey-Klugh was wide awake. Jet lag is hard, especially when you’re too young to understand why an entire country is sleeping when your circadian clock says it’s time to play. And it’s also hard when you’re the parent of said bright-eyed 7-year-old. Ava’s exhausted dad Jon Bailey sat up with her in the hotel while the rest of the family slept. Father and daughter marked time together until just before 5 a.m. when Bailey escorted his little early bird to the bakery across the street in search of the day’s first batch of pain au chocolat. It’s these one-on-one moments that kept Bailey and his husband, Triton Klugh, braving the perils of traveling abroad with children since their daughters — Ava and Sophia, now 15 and 17 — were young. “When you travel long distances with your kids, there’s a lot of focus time,” Klugh says. “You’re on a plane with them, waiting in lines with them, and you have nothing to do but talk and interact. It’s really bonding to get to know your kid better and experience new things together. I’ve found that to be really valuable — you don’t get a lot of that during the day-to-day when you’re so distracted by everything else.” This family of four, based in San Diego, has seen the world together from Istanbul to Puerto Vallarta to London. Exposing their kids to history and culture — with plenty of adventure and beachside luxury thrown in — has been a key part of their parenting. “We wanted to be with them and not leave them at home and do all these things without them,” Bailey says. “After all, we had worked really hard to become a family.” For the past three years, Bailey and Klugh have been documenting their adventures on a travel blog, 2 Dads With Baggage. With the help of a Virtual Private Server (VPS) from DreamHost, they’ve found a reliable home for their site, where they share stories along with travel tips and tricks — with a focus on charting the course for other LGBTQ+ families. Starting a Family For Klugh, family life was always the plan. He loved growing up with his brothers and sisters, so a future with children just felt right. “I wanted a family, but being gay, I wasn’t quite sure how I would get there,” Klugh says. “I just figured that when I was financially secure, I would do it by myself if I didn’t have a partner.” On their second date, as he sat with Bailey on a beach in Coronado, Klugh casually broached a topic that most shy away from early in a relationship: children. “It didn’t scare me,” Bailey remembers. “But it was not something I ever thought I would do. He brought it up again, many times, but he didn’t pressure me; he let me warm up to the idea.” Once both were ready to become parents, they started the open adoption process and were told as a same-sex couple to expect 12 to 18 months. But just two months later, they were shocked to get a phone call about an interested birth mother, and two months after that, they brought their new baby girl home from the hospital. Soon after Sophia’s first birthday, they talked about finding her a sibling — and because adding Sophia to the family so quickly was a fluke, they started early. This time it took only five months. Having two so close in age was definitely a surprise, but a good one. “I think any parent would tell you that having two in diapers and two in a stroller is more than double the work,” Bailey says. “It makes you cross-eyed trying to keep an eye on them at the same time, but it was super fun.” Life With Two Dads Today, between 2 million and 3.7 million children are estimated to have an LGBTQ+ parent with 200,000 of them raised by a same-sex couple. But when Sophia and Ava were little, it was a novelty to see two dads parenting babies. “We would often get comments: ‘Oh nice, you guys are giving mom a break,’ like we were babysitting or something,” Bailey says. “Or women would say, with love, ‘Do you need help with that?’ assuming that a man wouldn’t know how to change a diaper or give a baby a bottle.” Instead of taking offense, Bailey and Klugh gave these people the benefit of the doubt. Most people, they reasoned, don’t mean to be insensitive — they just don’t understand. “We choose to take it as a teaching moment,” Bailey says. Bailey and Klugh never shied away from telling the girls how their unique family came to be, but soon Sophia and Ava were old enough to understand the probing questions from strangers — and to be teased by other kids. When the girls were about 8 and 10 years old, “both of them were having struggles at school with kids who didn’t understand that families can be different than the traditional,” Bailey says. “It made them feel different.” Related: How to Design an LGBTQ+-Inclusive Website A Heartfelt Letter One day, Sophia had enough. So she appealed to the highest authority she could think of — the President of the United States. Klugh and Bailey were sitting at their dinner table when Sophia presented them with a letter she had written to President Obama. “She read us this really beautiful, heartfelt letter about how kids had teased her for having two dads, and it hurt her heart, and how she was happy he was in favor of same-sex marriage,” Bailey says. The letter wished Obama luck in his reelection bid, asked him how he would handle the teasing, and ended with an empathic request: “Please respond!” In tears, Bailey snapped a photo of the letter written out in Sophia’s 10-year-old handwriting and posted it to Facebook. It went viral in a matter of hours. “It was like a tidal wave,” Bailey remembers. “We immediately started getting calls from [the] press wanting to do interviews. It was crazy!” Wanting to protect the family’s privacy, they said no to every interview request — although a reporter did pass along an address that would get Sophia’s letter directly to President Obama. They sent it, and soon “a special delivery letter that I had to sign for was delivered to the front door,” Bailey says. “It was a personal response from President Obama; beautiful that he took the time to do that.” That letter too went viral, feeding the spotlight already shining on the family. The attention was overwhelming but also “affirming and amazing,” Bailey says. After things had died down a bit, they agreed to appear on The Katie Couric show to express support for the Supreme Court case that ultimately made it legal for Bailey and Klugh to marry. That TV appearance was followed by an invitation to attend the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll. The Bailey-Klughs visit the White House. “We went to Washington, D.C. for about a week as guests of the White House; it was great because the girls were starting to understand the significance of all of this,” Bailey says. “We went to the Supreme Court building and stood on the steps, and I was able to tell Sophia that her letter was being read on the floor and that it was influencing their decision. It kind of made it all full circle for her to see how this mattered; that this 10-year-old wrote something that became really important.” Digital Mentorship Before unintentionally becoming a poster family for same-sex parenting, the Bailey-Klughs were already bona fide world travelers. Their first big international flight together came on a trip to the European classics — London and Paris — when Ava was 4 and Sophia was 6 years old. “They were very intrepid little travelers,” Bailey says. “We made it all in one piece, and they took everything in stride.” It all came together for Bailey when the family stood atop the Eiffel Tower, catching snowflakes — a rare sight in Paris — on their tongues. “It was beautiful and surreal,” he remembers. “Afterward, we had a snowball fight in front of Notre Dame.” Sophia and Ava on their first transatlantic trip. They kept traveling, hitting family-favorite destinations in Hawaii, Mexico, Italy, and Costa Rica. Bailey and Klugh soon got questions from friends, both gay and straight, about how to travel with kids and ideas for family-friendly activities at various destinations. Bailey, who had already started blogging about their experience with Sophia’s viral letter, gradually started shifting to writing about their family travels. Bailey and Klugh soon used their blog as a platform to encourage other families to travel, especially ones that looked a little different than the traditional. “There’s a very large interest in families like ours finding places to go where we are welcome around the world,” Bailey says. “LGBT family travel experiences really resonated with people. There’s a lot of families who have kids younger than ours and don’t quite know how to navigate everything, so we also share stories about parenting our kids. It’s been kind of like a digital mentorship.” The blog gained traction quickly, both building a wide readership and attracting sponsors. “Brands recognized that we have a voice and a connection to an audience that they want to talk to.” These interested brands opened the door to even more family travel, including a 2017 road trip to the Grand Canyon in a Kia Sorento — because, as Bailey put it, “Gays do not RV.” The blog has also been a great creative outlet outside their day jobs. Bailey works in public relations and Klugh in graphic design — specifically, in the Halloween costume industry (yes, the girls were always kept well-supplied with princess costumes). So Bailey writes the posts and plans the content, while Klugh is in charge of the visuals: design, pictures, and video. “Our blog is very visual,” Bailey says. “We are very visual people, and the stories we have to tell require a lot of photos and video so the website was designed with that in mind.” They’ve used DreamHost for their hosting since the beginning, now using VPS Hosting to keep up with the web traffic. “I think it was the most reliable resource; it came highly recommended by my most trusted advisors,” Bailey says. “It sort of happens behind the scenes, which is nice because I don’t have to worry about it.” Lately, he’s been experimenting with the WordPress plugin Mapify to create a visual archive of their photos and adventures. “We are in the process of outfitting a map of the world with all the places we’ve visited, so if people want to learn about a destination, they can just click on the map to see pictures and blog posts.” We Know You've Got Lots of VPS OptionsAt DreamHost, we’ve never been comfortable fitting in with the crowd. Here’s how our VPS stands apart: 24/7 customer support, an intuitive panel, scalable RAM, unlimited bandwidth, and SSD storage.Choose Your VPS Plan Traveling While Gay Despite their website’s success, traveling as a non-traditional family hasn’t always been easy. When Sophia was about a year old, her dads took her along to Cabo San Lucas, in the days before passports were needed to enter Mexico. After a wonderful trip, the three settled down for the return flight and waited for take-off. And waited. And waited. Suddenly, armed Mexican Federal Police officers burst onto the plane and removed them from the flight. They found their luggage strewn across the tarmac and were shepherded to an interrogation room. Both Sophia and Ava are Latina; “They thought we were trying to smuggle a child out of Mexico,” Bailey says. “It was scary and insulting.” Luckily, they had the paperwork to prove they were Sophia’s parents. The family’s No. 1 tip for LGBTQ+ families traveling abroad? Bring your papers. “I’ve heard of other families having issues where people didn’t understand that two men or two women can be the parents of children,” Bailey says. “But I don’t think an experience like ours would happen in today’s world — that was 16 years ago, and Mexico has come a long way; the world has come a long way.” You never know though, he adds, if you’ll cross a flight attendant, customs agent, or pilot who doesn’t understand. “I wish it wasn’t the case, but it still is; some people are not comfortable with families like ours,” Bailey says. “And we’ve never in all our travels had anyone overtly say something to us or do anything to us that was violent or insulting, but we can tell when people don’t approve by the look on their faces or the way they interact with us.” He also recommends that same-sex parents do their research before picking a destination for family travel — in general, avoid Middle Eastern countries, where homosexuality is often illegal — and look for a more liberal neighborhood to stay in. “Things are improving around the world,” Bailey says. He feels like they have been pioneers, increasing exposure to non-traditional families. “I feel good about being a part of that, just being visible and showing people that we are just like anybody else, just here parenting kids, doing our thing.” Raising Globetrotters Klugh and Bailey are getting ready to send their teenage daughters out into the world as they graduate from high school in the next few years. They believe traveling has brought them closer as a family and exposed their children to different ways of living. “The world is a giant place, and there’s many different kinds of people and all shapes and sizes and cultures and languages,” Bailey says. “What’s happening here in San Diego or California or the United States is just a slice of the bigger picture. We very much wanted to raise our daughters as citizens of the world.” Giving them the chance to help plan trips, get around foreign countries (both girls are bilingual and happily help their dads navigate in Mexico), and experience the logistics of travel has helped Bailey and Klugh raise a pair of confident, well-adjusted kids. “Travel gives them a sense of empowerment,” Klugh says. “I want them to be familiar with travel, to know they can do it, and not be afraid of it. The other day Sophia was talking about wanting to fly somewhere by herself, and she was confident about traveling and not afraid to go to new places. It’s inspired that wanderlust in them.” The post 2 Dads With Baggage: Adventures in Family Travel with a Gay Twist appeared first on Website Guides, Tips and Knowledge.

Managed WordPress Hosting vs WordPress Hosting

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It’s easy to see why managed WordPress hosting has become a major trend in website hosting. With almost a 30% market share of the websites currently running, WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) around. But if you’re wondering if you should choose a WordPress hosting plan or a managed hosting plan, then you may need some clarification on the difference between the two. Depending on which one you choose, it can help your website be as successful as possible. Continue reading Managed WordPress Hosting vs WordPress Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Women in Technology: Nicky Bulmer-Jones

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Liquid Web’s Technical Hiring Coordinator on tenacity, technology, and being unafraid to be yourself. “Never be embarrassed to like the things you like and never apologize for who you are.” Nicky Bulmer-Jones is unapologetically herself. A self-proclaimed nerd and avid lover of video games, she is on a mission to show young women and men that the tech field isn’t just a boys’ club. Though she has lived all over the country (in Hawaii, Nebraska, and Georgia) she always finds herself returning to the place she was born and raised— Lansing, Michigan— where she joined the Liquid Web team with just one month of self-taught server administration. That was 10 years ago. Since then, her accomplishments speak for themselves. During her decade at Liquid Web, she has become a Red Hat Certified System Administrator, earned her cPanel admin certification, become a supervisor, and helps others learn Linux. Though she has held several positions during her decade with the company, she currently serves as Technical Hiring Coordinator, interviewing candidates for employment, assessing their fit with the company and their technical abilities. Liquid Web was Bulmer-Jones’ first venture into the world of tech. Before joining Liquid Web, she worked in television, first as a Production Assistant. She ran camera, floor directed, rolled teleprompter, and did audio for newscasts. Eventually, she moved into Master Control, ensuring commercials ran at the correct times and that things were properly recorded. She attributes her success to tenacity, determination, her eagerness to try new things as well as, she says, stubbornness. As a child, she loved science and mathematics and looked up to her aunt, a successful electrical engineer. She also had a deep love for video games— a love which continues— that sparked her interested in technology. Without many role models, she is proud of all that she has accomplished. “I set goals for myself. I accomplish them. I set the next one,” she says. “There have been people that have influenced me on the way, for better or for worse, but at the end of the day I set my own path and forge it.” She takes pride in her work ethic and expects a lot from the people who work with her. “As a supervisor, I have learned that people will give you exactly what you expect of them. If you set the bar too low, you will forever handicap their potential.” One of her favorite aspects of her current role at Liquid Web is that she is able to work within the community, meeting high school students and sharing her love of technology with them, showing young women especially that they can go into STEM fields and find success. “There are women in STEM— we just aren’t as visible,” says Bulmer-Jones. “Which is sad considering that women were well represented in the field at its inception. Ada Lovelace was the first person to publish an algorithm for a modern computer to execute. The creation of COBOL, a language still used pretty heavily in the insurance and finance industries, was led to by the efforts of a woman— Grace Hopper.” Bulmer-Jones cites media stereotypes as part of the reason so many women found themselves pushed out of the tech field. “When video games came into play and were aggressively marketed to the male audience, it sort of sealed the deal,” she says. “As visibility improves, it is my hope that so will acceptance and things will balance out more.” There are women working in technology and they are successful. Nicky Bulmer-Jones wants young people to know this. “I love getting out to schools and talking to young people,” she said. “I think it is just as important for men to see women succeeding in the field because it normalizes it for them before they can get set into a bias.” She encourages young people interested in STEM to be themselves and to do their job well. “Never be embarrassed to like the things you like and never apologize for who you are,” she says. Her biggest advice to women interested in tech? “Try everything. You never know unless you give it a shot.” The post Women in Technology: Nicky Bulmer-Jones appeared first on Liquid Web.

New gTLD Report – May 2019

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The Summer Savings Promo on the ResellerClub website, the registration numbers recorded by .ONLINE, .XYZ and .TOP and the 285% climb in the registration of the new entrant .WORLD –  all contributed to a 17% spike in the total registrations of the new gTLDs in the month of May. Let’s dive in to find out which new gTLDs, along with .SITE and .FUN  made it to the top 15 in the month of May. The new gTLDs that made it to the top 15 list are as follows: New gTLD Report – May 2019Infogram *Registration Numbers Facilitated by ResellerClub .ONLINE:  With a 19% climb in its registration numbers during the month of May, this new gTLD was able to fight its way back to the top spot. Being sold at the promo price of $3.99 has helped .ONLINE record the highest registration for the month and thus has been able to grab a 20% share of the total new gTLDs registered. .XYZ: The new gTLD that witnessed a 112% spike in its registrations during the month of May was .XYZ. The popularity of this new gTLD coupled with the promo price of $0.99 has assisted in boosting its registration in the global markets. .XYZ, that moved up a rank was able to capture a 19% share of the total new gTLDs registered in May. .TOP: Following the lead of .ONLINE and .XYZ, was .TOP that secured the third spot in the trending list and grabbed a 16% share of the total new gTLDs registered in May. The promo price of $2.99 has been sending registrations of this new gTLD soaring in the global markets. .SITE: This new gTLD was able to hold onto its fourth spot with a 9% spike in its registration numbers during the month of May. The drop in the price of .SITE to $1.99 has helped boost its registrations in the global markets. This new gTLD was able to capture an 8% share of the total registrations. .FUN: The new entrant to the top 5 list was .FUN, which saw a sharp rise of 72% in its  registration numbers during May. The promo price of $0.99 helped surge the registration of this new gTLD and was thus able to grab the fifth spot with a 4% share of the total new gTLDs registered. While registrations of .CLUB rocketed to a 346% in the month of May, the new entrant .WORLD stumped us with a 285% spike in its registrations..GLOBAL, that represented the TLD of the fortnight  in May also witnessed a 282% climb in its registrations owing to its promo price of $11.49..LIVE was able to secure the sixth spot with 2% jump in its registrations during the month of May. Here’s a peek into the exciting domain promos we’ve got lined up for the month of June: Resell .LIVE,  the TLD of the Fortnight for June at just $1.99, Help your customer’s build a website for their business with a .SITE domain at just $1.99 Get the all time trending domain extension .XYZ at just $0.99 for your customers! And that’s it folks! Check out all our trending domain promos here and get the right one for your customer’s business You can also head to our Facebook or Twitter pages to get all the updates about our trending domain promos. Just look out for the posts with #domainpromos. See you there! .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post New gTLD Report – May 2019 appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

Making WordPress Migrations Easy

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Van Rechem Lab at Stanford University is a research-oriented lab focused on understanding the impact chromatin modifiers have on disease development and progression so that more optimal therapeutic opportunities can be achieved. Their website, which was originally built with Adobe Business Catalyst, serves as a hub for current research as well as an important recruitment… The post Making WordPress Migrations Easy appeared first on WP Engine.

9 Free Stock Photography and Image Resources for Your Website

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Your website is the heart of your digital presence — and as such, don’t you think it should look good? That’s what we at Domain.com believe, so we’ve put together this list of free image resources to help you create a beautiful website. You can also use these images for your marketing and social media needs. Get the perfect domain name for your website today at Domain.com. 9 Free image and photo resources for your website Unsplash Unsplash’s tagline is “Photos for everyone,” and they mean it. Over 100,000 photographers contribute high-resolution photos to Unsplash, and those photos are reviewed daily for the best, hand-picked selection. With more than 850,000 photos on their site you’re sure to find what you need and be able to use it as you’d like. Foodiesfeed Do you have a blog or website devoted to food, recipes, or cooking? Foodiesfeed might just become your new best friend. All of the photos on Foodiesfeed (1300+) fall under the Creative Commons Zero license (CC0), so you can modify and use them for free, both personally and commercially. Doesn’t this image make your mouth water and inspire you to plan your next blog post? Styled Stock Ladies (and anyone who may identify as such) this one’s for you. Styled Stock offers feminine stock photography for your commercial and non-commercial needs, and doesn’t require attribution. If your website could benefit from a feminine look-and-feel, check out their images. If you’re looking for diverse photos of women, and not just feminine photography, check out our next resource. Createherstock Ok, we’ll admit, we love their name! Createherstock describes themselves as “… a lifestyle-esque, stock photography resource where [they] curate modern and authentic imagery for female bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color.” Is your website lacking diverse representation? Createherstock can help. Their photos may be used either personally or for business needs, but not commercial marketing or advertising. You can read their full Terms of Use here. Take a look at the sharp, beautiful, and inclusive image below, and then go check out the rest of their free images. Nappy “Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people. For free.” Nappy challenges what many traditional stock photography sites offer — “unrealistic representations of real people doing real things.” Their site focuses on filling a gap many other stock photography sites miss, and that’s highlighting diversity in their photos. All of the photos they offer fall under the CC0 license, so they’re fair game to use as you see fit. Stocksnap.io Why does Stocksnap.io exist? To provide “… sharp, arresting visual images” so your work on the web can succeed. All of their images are free to use, no matter your needs or purpose. Their large selection of free stock photography is curated and easily searchable with their tag-based category system. Burst Powered by Shopify, Burst is a “free stock photo platform.” One of the things we like most about Burst is their “Business Ideas” collections. Here, you’ll find 20 popular online business ideas — replete with marketing tips, business model information, and neither last nor least, free stock photography. Their photos are available for personal and commercial use. These collections were created for entrepreneurs and for those thinking of taking the leap into entrepreneurship. And don’t worry if you don’t use Shopify, they believe in giving everyone access to the photos on Burst, which we can all appreciate. Gratisography What’s life without a little quirkiness? Gratisography provides “quirky, creative, always free photos” that you can download and use without copyright restrictions. If you’re tired of the more traditional, staid, stock photography sites then give Gratisography a round of applause for providing beautiful, interesting, and engaging alternatives. Old Book Illustrations Is photography not your thing? Is the look-and-feel of your website more illustrative? There’s a free resource for you, too! It’s called Old Book Illustrations, and they offer “…a wide range of public domain, royalty-free images scanned from old books.” You can review their Terms of Use here. It’s time to make a beautiful website Now that you know where to find arresting, engaging images for your website, what’s stopping you from getting it up and running? Or updating your current website for a refreshed look and feel? If you don’t have a website, we can help! With every domain name purchase we offer a free 6-page website builder, or you can choose to purchase other website packages. We’re here to help, so don’t be a stranger if you have any questions. Best of luck with your website! The post 9 Free Stock Photography and Image Resources for Your Website appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

WP Engine “Represents” at Diversity and Inclusion Happy Hour

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At WP Engine, we believe in creating a workplace that fosters diversity and inclusion. We know this belief is intrinsically tied to progress and performance, it traces back to our Core Values, and it’s been a guiding light for our company since our founding in 2010. In an effort to enshrine this belief across our… The post WP Engine “Represents” at Diversity and Inclusion Happy Hour appeared first on WP Engine.

An Introduction To Email Marketing For New eCommerce Retailers

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Online retailers can bet on two facts. First, every customer has an email account. Second, they receive hundreds of marketing emails every week, most of which go unread. The first fact makes email a perfect marketing channel for eCommerce. The second fact means retailers have to work hard to get their customers to open marketing… Continue reading →

Best Practices for Changing Servers

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There are many different reasons to change a website hosting server. Some people want a new, better host or just a plan upgrade from a shared server to a dedicated server. Whatever your choice is to switch servers, it’s imperative that you plan out the switch. A switch in website hosting servers can cause a massive drop in visitors, bugs on your website that you didn’t have before, or even a website that is broken beyond repair. Continue reading Best Practices for Changing Servers at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

How to Intelligently Invest in High Availability

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What is High Availability (HA)? In the simplest of terms, high availability is the reduction of downtime in favor of overall uptime. You want your infrastructure—whether that’s web apps, an eCommerce store, end-user systems, inter-company communications, or archiving, among a lot of other things—to be up and running (without interruption) as much as possible. A more complex definition of high availability involves various systems that comprise an IT infrastructure (hardware, software, and personnel) that are put in place to maximize uptime by minimizing, mitigating, and recovering from failures. This includes physical redundancies, virtual redundancies, data replication, automatic failovers, load balancing, disaster prevention, disaster recovery, data security, and an IT department (or a third-party host) with the expertise to implement and run it all. Why Is It Important? Any time you have downtime, it’s going to be a bad time. Whether it’s an interruption in the workflow, an impediment to your data, a degradation of the end-user experience, or a total stoppage of productivity, downtime is going to eat into your enterprise’s mission. Seriously. How Do You Measure It? Have you heard of the 9s? It’s a relatively common way of measuring availability. Simply put, the more 9s you have—from 90% uptime (one 9) to 99.9999999% (nine 9s)—the less downtime you’re experiencing. Obviously. “The gold standard is five 9s, or 99.999% uptime, which adds up to 5.26 minutes of downtime a year, 25.9 seconds of downtime per month, and 6.05 seconds of downtime a week.” While five 9s are incredibly efficient, a more reasonable goal is three 9s, or 99.9% uptime, which adds up to 8.76 hours of downtime per year, 43.8 minutes of downtime per month or 10.1 minutes of downtime per week—this falls right in line with the amount of downtime 81% of business said they could tolerate, according to Information Technology and Intelligence Corp. Subscribe to the Liquid Web weekly newsletter to get the latest on high availability technology sent straight to your inbox. How High Availability Will Save You Time and Money Ok, so, you’re on board for high availability (HA). It’s a no-brainer, right? I mean, we’ve covered the topic more than once—here, here, and here. So, you know that less downtime equals more money. It sounds great in theory, but there’s more to it. You have to ultimately consider the price of high availability against the revenue safeguarded from its implementation. The good news is component parts in a high availability system are steadily declining, making the investment in high availability increasingly worth it. But, if you are hosting your website or database on your own servers and they are your only point of contact with your clients, downtime will be disastrous. In this case, you absolutely need to invest in HA. It’s imperative that you understand your needs, your tolerances, your pain points, and your IT infrastructure. Once you do, you’ll be able to make smarter (more economical) decisions about the implementation of HA. What High Availability Options are Available Even the simplest of infrastructures have a lot of working parts and points of failure. The goal of an HA infrastructure is to eliminate single points of failure and create subsystems, routines, and procedures that reduce downtime in the inevitable (no system is ever 100% available) event of a failure. To that end, there are a vast array of components (hardware, software, and human) that make up a high availability system. “These include physical redundancies, virtual redundancies, automatic data replication, automatic failover systems, load balancing, disaster prevention, disaster recovery, data security, and personnel.” Physical & Virtual Redundancies Sure, everyone knows you need redundant hardware, software, and storage (servers, firewalls, switches, routers, etc.), but what about redundant power? Without the proper power backups—including separate paths for separate feeds; battery backups; uninterruptible power supplies (UPS); and in some cases, generators—you’re creating a single point of failure. You may even consider creating redundant systems in separate geographical locations in the event of a disaster of some kind. This is especially true for natural disaster-prone regions such as the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii (hurricanes); the Great Plains and the Midwest (tornados); and the Pacific Coast (earthquakes, mudslides, and fires). Having redundant physical locations hosting your redundant systems might just keep your enterprise from experiencing significant downtime when mother nature knocks down your door. Automatic Data Replication At the very heart of high availability is data replication—the same data stored on multiple devices. An HA structure with data replication will write to multiple instances in real time and will protect databases, websites, cPanel configurations, etc., ensuring consistency between each device in the infrastructure. A typical configuration will have two, identical primary volumes that are backed up by two more physical volumes, which will be backed up by two more virtual volumes. Each volume will (again, typically) be Distributed Replicated Block Device (DR:BD) volumes that will perform selective, synchronous data replication. DR:BD volumes rewrite and backup blocks of changed data, as opposed to rewriting and backing up entire volumes. This saves a tremendous amount of time and money. Automatic Failover An automatic failover is a system procedure that monitors the health of your infrastructure and will, in the event of a system failure (network, hardware, software, power, etc.), perform an automated role reversal of the primary and secondary node. Any time a piece of equipment stops operating—or even begins to perform below its expected values—a failover will be triggered. An automatic failover system is ultimately where the rubber meets the road. Once you’ve set up your redundancies, crossed your T’s, dotted your I’s, and prepared for the worst, the only thing left to do is wait. If you’ve done everything right and failure does occur, your automatic failover procedure will kick in, and there will be a seamless, no-downtime transition to a redundant system. Load Balancing A load balancer is a device (hardware, software, or a combination of the two) that evenly distributes website traffic, stabilizing performance and preventing crashes. A load balancer can also act as an automatic failover device, making it an essential component in a high availability system. Typically, load balancing works by way of an algorithm that distributes users between servers. “There are 9 common algorithms/methods—the round robin method; the least connections method; weighted least connections; source IP hash; URL hash; the least response time method; the bandwidth and packets method; custom load; and least pending requests (LPR).” This is not a complete list. It’s possible that you could work with your IT or hosting service to come up with another method that best suits your enterprise. Disaster Prevention Way back in 2003, IT Pro Today (specifically Kalen Delaney) took an interesting—and somewhat unique—approach to considering disaster prevention: Delaney wrote, “…while I was planning for this article and trying to determine which activities constitute disaster prevention and which constitute disaster recovery, I found that the line between the two isn’t a neat one. I also realized that to distinguish between disaster prevention and disaster recovery, you need a clear definition of “disaster” for your organization.” Despite the fact that Y2K was nipping at the heels of this article, the reasoning is still sound today. As such, this blog (since it’s all about HA) is considering a disaster anything that creates downtime. “Downtime, after all, is to high availability as Thanos is to the Avengers.” This means anything that helps facilitate uptime is a key component to disaster recovery in an HA infrastructure. This includes everything covered up to this point—redundancies, data replication, failover systems, and load balancing. Disaster Recovery Disaster Recovery is not just about technology and data, but people too. A very real, very human plan needs to be put in place in the event of a catastrophic failure. So, what’s your plan? While it has its own set of problems, the very biggest companies run redundant, parallel, geographically separate data centers so that if one goes down the other can come up with little to no interruption in service. However, that’s an ideal situation and hardly a sound strategy for the majority of businesses. What’s reasonable is having a conception of what your business can shoulder in terms of downtime amongst your various IT systems, understanding the various scenarios that could compromise those systems, and having a plan in place to reinitialize those systems in a reasonable time frame. “Your IT infrastructure is comprised of 5 points of vulnerability—housing (server/computer room, climate control, and electrical supply), hardware (networks, servers, computers, and peripherals), ISP (fiber, cable, wireless), software (productivity, communication, website, etc.), and data. You, as a company, have to decide what you are going to do in case one of these five pain points goes down. Do you have another space for your equipment if the first space is compromised? What about your servers? Do you have unused backups or have a plan in place to order emergency equipment? Who is your ISP? Do they have a plan in place in case your service goes out? Disaster recovery is about working with everyone (personnel, vendors, technicians, etc.) to formulate a plan of action, one that makes priorities crystal clear—if your website is down, you want to prioritize getting it back up, not restoring your tertiary power supply. That can wait. Oh, and you want to make sure this disaster plan is organized, disseminated, and stored in multiple locations; some of which should be offsite. Data Security HA can be completely compromised by external (sometimes internal) attacks on your infrastructure—malware, viruses, DDoS attacks, etc. The best, and maybe most obvious, safeguard against these kinds of breaches is a well designed, well managed, redundant high availability system that can be switched over quickly. However, there are preventive security measures that can be put in place to defend against attack; anti-DDoS routers, for example. Working with your vendors, personnel, ISP, and engineers to make sure your data is adequately encrypted and your systems are protected can go a long way toward maintaining HA. What’s High Availability Options are Right for Your Enterprise What’s right for your company ultimately comes down to the cost of more 9s versus the losses taken as a result of downtime. If getting another 9 is going to cost you $90,000 annually, but will only prevent $30,000 is losses annually, the cost is probably not worth the savings—it’s better to simply write off the loss. You also have to consider whether or not your workflow actually has any systems that truly impact your productivity. For example, if your workflow is entirely third-party (Facebook, G Suite, Slack, etc.) you have no need for high availability implementation because it’s their responsibility. Or, maybe you use your own email server for inter-office communication, but everyone is also on Slack. If the email server goes down it will be inconvenient, but not crippling—everyone in the office will just have to talk to each other on Slack until the email server is fixed. All of this gets particularly complicated if you’re designing, buying, and implementing your own infrastructure. With complex tax codes, unanticipated hardware and systems failures, and your changing needs, pinning down high availability expense versus high availability revenue benefits becomes a moving target. What’s right for you is a company question, one that is going to require staff-wide input and consideration—technicians, engineers, management, accounting, and other personnel are all going to have to weigh in if you want a complete picture of your operation’s needs and tolerances. However, using a vendor to manage your infrastructure—a vendor that specializes in high availability systems—takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding whether or not HA systems implementations are worth the investment. While your operating costs may increase, a managed hosting provider that has its eye toward high availability will ultimately lower your capital expenses while offloading much of the legwork it takes to keep an HA infrastructure at peak performance. A quality managed host will have a number of options that will weigh your company’s unique needs against cost, will perform consistent maintenance and upgrades on all hardware and software, and will ensure your company against revenue losses as a result of downtime. “For small to midsize companies that need to make high availability a priority, a managed host is an excellent option.” Take Action, Win the Day In today’s always-on, 24/7/365 economy you can’t afford downtime. Your company can’t afford it. You need those 9s. So, while high availability infrastructure may sound complex—with all that talk about pain points, tolerances, 9s, algorithms, 5515-X firewalls, and Y2K, it’s bound to drive one simple ethos: create a system that stays on, and if it can’t, make sure there’s a backup to take over. The best way to make sure you’ve got an almost-always-on system and an infrastructure with plenty of redundancies is to know your configuration. Know where your power, connectivity, and data is coming from and know where it’s going. The better picture you have of your infrastructure, the better equipped you are to make sure it’s operating optimally, to make sure it’s HA. The post How to Intelligently Invest in High Availability appeared first on Liquid Web.

Get Ready for WordCamp Europe 2019

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WP Engine is excited to attend WordCamp Europe in Berlin, Germany next week (June 20-22). The event will take place at the Estrel Hotel and Congress Center and includes two full days of sessions (June 21-22) as well as  a Contributor Day (June 20) .WordCamp organizers have also teased a possible guest performance during the… The post Get Ready for WordCamp Europe 2019 appeared first on WP Engine.

The state of cyber security in 2019: A half-year retrospective

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By Sam Bocetta For most of North America, approaching the middle of the year means going on summer vacation, preparing for the Atlantic hurricane season and enjoying warmer weather. For many information security specialists, the half-year mark involves looking at how cyber threats have unfolded since January and detecting patterns that may suggest the direction that […] The post The state of cyber security in 2019: A half-year retrospective appeared first on Name.com Blog.

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