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What is Captain America’s Favorite WordPress Plugin?

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Captain America once said, “Without my WordPress backup plugin, my website would have been taken down by Hydra and I would have lost everything.” I was in just as much shock as you because I didn’t even know Captain America knew what WordPress was. But here he is, talking about how a plugin saved his site from being shut down. And he could not be more right. As we know, Captain America was frozen in ice for a long time and had to play some serious catch up when finally teaming up with the Avengers. Continue reading What is Captain America’s Favorite WordPress Plugin? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

What is Good Website Content?

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What keeps someone interested in your website? Is it the striking colors you chose to use in your design? Is it the fancy way your website scrolls? Probably not. Good content is what keeps your website visitors engaged and interested in your site. But, “good content” is a little vague, isn’t it? We think so, too. That’s why we’ve put together the following tips for you. Follow these tips and you’re on your way to creating good website content. It all starts with a great domain. Get yours today. What makes for good website content? Know your audience and their goals. When you create a website, you’re not creating it for yourself. Yes, you’ll reap the benefits of having a good website: increased visitors that translate into increased revenue, but that’s not quite the same. Your website exists to help your desired audience learn about you, or specifically, how your product or service helps them meet their goals or needs. If you do a good job of convincing them that you have what they need, they’re more likely to purchase from you.  If you aren’t sure who your audience is, or what they want, how can you ever market yourself and your site to them? You can’t. At least not well. Before writing content that you assume will attract people, do your homework. Take a look at your competitors and see how they’re positioning similar products. What’s your differentiator? Highlight it in your content and on your website. Clear, crisp copy. Have you ever read a sentence worded so poorly that it physically made your brain hurt? Or one that’s left you cross-eyed as you try to figure out what it’s trying to convey? Don’t be that person and don’t create that kind of content for your website. If your website content causes people to stumble and falter as they read, there’s an issue. So what can you do to make sure that your website content is legible and most importantly, easily understood? Write for the average reading level, unless your audience is more advanced (i.e., if your website provides resources for lawyers, let the legal jargon roll. If not, refrain from the difficult vocabulary and syntax.) Did you know that the National Adult Literacy Survey results suggest that the average American reads at the 7th to 8th grade level? By using a readability grading tool you can score your writing to make sure you’re writing isn’t too difficult, or easy, for your audience. For example, after Microsoft Word reviews the spelling and grammar in a document, it can provide you with your writing score on the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level and Flesch Reading Ease tests. You can then use this data to refine your writing.  Mixed media. Do you enjoy spending time on websites that have nothing to look at but text? No photos, no images, just endless text. Good website content isn’t restricted to blog posts and the written word. In addition to the text and writing on your website, consider using videos or other graphics to share your message and value proposition with your audience. Concise, understandable CTAs. What actions do you want visitors to take on your website? Is it completing a purchase, filling out a form, or donating money? Whatever you desire, make it obvious to your website visitors with a clear Call-to-Action (CTA). If they don’t know what they’re supposed to do, then chances are they may not do it. Your CTAs should focus on one action at a time — don’t ask someone to do three different things all from the same popup — they’ll never remember everything and they’ll be driven away by the volume of your requests. When writing a good CTA keep these three things in mind: make it concise, clear, and actionable. SEO optimized. Good website content is SEO optimized. In a nutshell, that means it’s written in a way that’s attractive to search engines, and of course, humans. If your content is disliked by humans (perhaps indicated by a high bounce rate on that certain page) then search engines won’t want to surface it in search results. Search engines are in the business of getting people the information they’re seeking — quickly, efficiently, and accurately. To write SEO optimized content, do some research around keywords. If you know what your desired audience is searching for, you know what words and terms to include in your website content. That should give you a little boost in search engine results. There are many free tools that can help you research your keywords, so don’t hesitate to use them. A custom domain name helps customers find you and builds your credibility. How do you know when you’ve created good content for your website? If your content is good, you should see an increase in traffic, an increase in conversions, and increased activity on your website. Good content is rewarded by search engines and website visitors alike. Search engines will rank good website content higher in search engine results, and website visitors will be more likely to follow your CTAs and complete the actions on your website that you want them to take. Go ahead and take a look at the website content you have now. Do a content audit to see what material you have that performs well and what is lackluster. Use an online readability tool to score your work to see if there’s anything you can change to better it, and then revisit it in a few months to gauge how well your content is performing. As you practice our five tips to create good website content, let us know how it goes! If you have any other suggestions, share them in the comments below. The post What is Good Website Content? appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Getting Mailchimp to Work with Shopify: Part 1 – Using Shopsync

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MailChimp parted ways with Shopify a short while back. While each had their own set of reasons justifying the split, clients using these two services together are to be impacted in a major way. Mailchimp has provided a roadmap with a few different options that e-commerce store owners can opt for depending on the requirements of their ongoing and future marketing campaigns. However, before moving ahead with understanding how to get Mailchimp to work with Shopify, let us first take a look at what Mailchimp is and how it helps businesses. Mailchimp is an email automation tool used to send out marketing and transactional emails in bulk – so if you have a business that caters to consumers online, it’s very likely you’re using a service similar to Mailchimp, or better yet, Mailchimp itself for sending out notifications and offers to your customers via email. Mailchimp, now a public company, owns more than 60% of the Email automation market, it is the go-to option for both brands and SMEs equally to start sending out emails for their online businesses.  Shopify, on the other hand, has a similar level of dominance in the E-Commerce software market and is the second most commonly used E-Commerce platform after WooCommerce, with 800,000+ merchants on their platform and growing. Once Mailchimp for Shopify app was launched on Shopify apps store, it gave users ease to automate a lot of transactional and marketing emails further augmenting Mailchimp’s adoption and user base. If you happen to be a user who used these two services together it’s not the end of the world, there are many workarounds to keep Shopify and Mailchimp running together. We’ll be exploring those options in this series. To be on the safer side, Mailchimp recommends that you integrate via a third party like ShopSync, Automate.io, Zapier, etc. before, disconnecting Mailchimp from Shopify. Further, subsequent to the installation of the new integration, it is recommended that you pause all active automation to avoid sending duplicate emails to your customers once the new automations are set up. In this 3 part series, we’ll be discussing the different options Shopify store owners have to keep using Mailchimp’s platform where they’ve been collecting a lot of data over time. The focus of this article is integrating Mailchimp with Shopify using ShopSync.  ShopSync is an app on Shopify built by a group of Shopify store owners and developers and was built specifically for this use case and has been live since March 2019. This is a completely free integration with features like trigger automation, customer segmentation, pop-up forms, recommended products, etc. Following are the features you could use on ShopSync –  E-commerce tracking and Reports’ feature Product Content Block Product Recommendation Content Block Promo Code Content Block Product Retargeting Emails Pop-up Signup Form Google Remarketing Ads Merge Tags Having seen what is ShopSync let us move on to the steps taken to integrate Mailchimp with Shopify using ShopSync. Steps to Integrate Mailchimp with Shopify using ShopSync Step 1 Log in to your Shopify store and click ‘App Store.’ Locate ShopSync on the list (or you can directly visit the app page here) and click ‘Add App’. Next, click on ‘Install App’ and then on ‘Connect’ Now, a popup window will appear come up in which you have to enter your MailChimp login information and then click on ‘Log in’ (Fig 1.1) ShopSync App page Should you fail to do so, one of the issues that could be faced is the disruption of campaigns that have a product recommendation block. (Fig 1.2) ShopSync setup page (Fig 1.3) Shopify – Shopsync permissions (Fig 1.4) Mailchimp data consent page After installing ShopSync and creating a new connection to your Shopify store, the next step is to pause and then migrate(Step 3) your active automations to ShopSync. This will prevent the sending of duplicate messages. The automations that need to be paused include abandoned cart notifications, order notifications, and product retargeting campaigns.  Step 2To pause your active e-commerce automations, go to the ‘Campaigns’ page and look into the drop-down(refer Fig 2.1) menu to get to the particular automation being sent from Shopify and then click ‘edit’. Now.’ Now, click on ‘Pause all emails’ or, for some automations, ‘Pause and Edit.’ Repeat the steps from ‘Edit’ and ‘Pause…’ for each automation. (Fig 2.1) Mailchimp campaigns menu(see edit dropdown) Step 3 For the Migration, visit this link. The Migrations will automatically complete and after that, you can disconnect the Mailchimp for Shopify integration.  (Fig 3.1) Shopsync dashboard in Shopify That’s it! You’ve successfully integrated your Mailchimp with your Shopify account and no longer need to depend on the Mailchimp for Shopify App – control what the integration does for you through ShopSync’s dashboard. The next part in this series, we’ll show you how to integrate your Shopify account with Mailchimp using Zapier and discuss the additional features Zapier offers compared to ShopSync. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post Getting Mailchimp to Work with Shopify: Part 1 – Using Shopsync appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

What Are Backlinks?

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The post What Are Backlinks? appeared first on HostGator Blog. Your website is up and you’ve started the hard work of trying to increase your organic traffic. You’re learning the ropes of SEO and think you have all the on-page work down, but now you face the hardest part: building backlinks. What Are Backlinks? A backlink is any link on another website that points back to yours.  Backlinks are one of the most important components of SEO (search engine optimization). Google’s algorithm is carefully designed to try and deliver the most authoritative, valuable results in every search a person does. To do that, the search engine algorithm weighs a number of different ranking factors all meant to help determine how credible each website and webpage are. Using a link building strategy helps to boost your organic marketing efforts and is one of the influencing factors that contributes to your search engine ranking.  Each time another website includes a link to yours, it’s like telling their visitors that there’s something useful on your website. It’s an endorsement of the content on the page. When a lot of websites with authority link to the same page, Google sees that as an indicator that what’s on the page is valuable.  Generally speaking, websites gain authority in the search engine’s eyes by having more backlinks. And the more authority a website has, the more valuable backlinks on that website are for the website being linked to.  For any website owners that care about SEO, backlinks are the main currency of the web. In other words, if you want to improve your SEO, you need to know about backlinks. 9 Types of Backlinks You know what backlinks are now and you’re ready to go out and get them. As you start to work on your strategy, you may be thinking the more the better, right? Not so fast. Not all backlinks are created equal.  To build backlinks effectively, you need to understand the different types of backlinks and the relative value they have for your brand. Dofollow Backlinks When someone adds a link to a webpage, by default, it will be a dofollow link. That means the search engine algorithm will see the link and count it toward the authority it assigns the website. For a link to have any direct value in how the search engine algorithm measures the website, it must be a dofollow link. Nofollow Backlinks Many of the backlinks around the web are dofollow, but in some cases, websites opt to tweak their HTML to label a backlink nofollow. This is a simple change that involves placing rel=”nofollow” in front of href in the HTML code.  Why would a website do this? There are three main reasons websites use nofollow links: To combat comment link spam – This is the reason the nofollow attribute was created to begin with. Lots of black-hat link builders were spamming websites with comments meant purely to gain links. By giving websites the option to make all links in the comment section nofollow, websites could avoid inadvertently endorsing spammy websites because of links included in the comments.To alert Google to links they’ve paid for – The other main use of nofollow links is for signaling to Google when a link on your website is from an advertiser who paid for the placement. Since ads are legitimate, but paying for links is against Google’s guidelines, this gives websites a way to continue making money from ads, while staying in Google’s good graces. To avoid having to vet all the links included on the site – Originally, nofollow was meant for the two cases above. But several major websites have opted to make all links on the website nofollow, presumably to save them the trouble of figuring out if every link published on the site is to a high-quality website they’re OK endorsing. For website owners who publish a high quantity of content from a lot of different sources, this is a way to cover their bases when implementing a link building strategy.  Nofollow backlinks can still have value for your website by introducing your site to new visitors and sending organic traffic your way. And some SEO experts are convinced they deliver some SEO value as well. But for anyone working on building backlinks, understanding the distinction between dofollow and nofollow is important.   Directory Backlinks These are one of the easiest legitimate types of backlinks for businesses, especially local businesses, to get. Directory listings such as those for professional organizations, local Chambers of Commerce, and review sites like Yelp and Google My Business almost always offer the option of including a link to your business website.  You can easily build links by listing your website on legitimate review and directory sites, and joining relevant professional groups that include a directory.  Brand Mention Backlinks Anytime another website mentions your business, that’s an opportunity for a backlink. Often bloggers that talk about your products, business publications that cover your business news, or third-party websites that mention you in reviews or product roundups will include a link to your website when they mention your brand.  A common link building tactic is to find brand mentions around the web that don’t include a link, and reach out to the website owner to ask them to add one.  Industry Publication Backlinks These are a valuable type of link that can be earned through PR and guest posting. This includes any link to your website that comes from an online publication in your industry. An example of this would a company that sells gardening supplies earning a link on the Better Homes and Garden website. These are challenging to get, but worth a lot to your website (especially if they’re dofollow). .Gov and .Edu Backlinks Backlinks on .gov and .edu website are notable because many SEO experts are convinced they’re worth more on average than .com or .net websites. This isn’t an absolute rule—gaining a link on a .com website with a lot of authority is probably better than a small and largely unknown .edu website. But they’re valuable enough that many SEO consultants put special effort into finding legitimate ways to earn a link on these types of sites.   Blog Backlinks Between business blogs, personal blogs, media blogs, and entertainment blogs—a lot of the backlinks on the web live on blogs. Blog backlinks are often easier to build than some of the other backlink types we’ve described, but how valuable they are depends a lot on the blog. Any blog that covers topics relevant to your industry and has a high SEO authority is a worthwhile target for building backlinks. Blogs that have few readers and don’t have much of a reputation, or those in completely unrelated industries, aren’t usually worth your time.  Some common strategies for building blog backlinks are through guest posting, contacting bloggers to share valuable resources relevant to the topics they cover, or being an expert source for a blog post.  Forum Backlinks Forums are a popular type of website that allow users online to connect with each other and form a community. There are thousands of forums online that focus on a wide array of topics—from business industries, to product-focused forums, to fan forums about an entertainment property. Because forums are made up of user-generated content—any member can post—it’s easy to create forum posts that include links. If you’re strategic in how you build forum backlinks, meaning you don’t overdo it and only publish in high-quality forums when you have something useful to add to the conversation, this can be a good link-building tactic. But as with anything that’s easy to do, forum link building is easy to abuse. If you do it badly, you’ll create low-quality links that make your website look worse to the search engines.  Spammy Backlinks The different types of links described above have different levels of value when it comes to how much they’ll help your website’s SEO. But this is the category that not only won’t help you, it will actively hurt you. Google’s algorithm penalizes websites that have a lot of spammy backlinks pointing to them.  This category includes paid backlinks, links in low-quality or irrelevant directories, and spammy forum or comment links. Basically, if a link is unlikely to deliver traffic back to your website, it’s probably spammy. Google gets better everyday at recognizing which backlinks are built using SEO schemes that are only about gaming the algorithms, so if you don’t want to get penalized, avoid any tactics that feel sleazy.  How Do I Get Backlinks? Unlike the parts of SEO you can do on your own website, which you have control over, link building requires getting other people to add your link to their sites. That makes it a lot harder.  How to get backlinks in ways that are legitimate and white hat is probably the biggest question in SEO. We mentioned some link building strategies in passing in talking about the different types of backlinks, but there are a number of legitimate techniques a business can use to get relevant backlinks that are both good for SEO and for driving new traffic to your website.  eCommerce businesses can build links by offering free products to bloggers for review, sponsoring industry events, and publishing original research (bloggers love linking to statistics). Local businesses can earn links by working with local charities, hosting local events, and giving out awards.  And any website can potentially earn links by creating useful content that’s good enough that other websites want to link to it.  Building backlinks requires creativity, but there are a lot of tactics worth trying that won’t get you blacklisted by Google. Just make sure the links you aim for are actually valuable to your audience and the website you work with.  Backlink FAQs That covers most of the basics about backlinks, but you may still have questions about how backlinks work. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.  Why are backlinks so important? There are two reasons backlinks are important, even though one of them gets a disproportionate amount of attention: They signal to Google and the other search engines that your website is authoritative and should rank higher in the search results. They’re widely considered one of the most important SEO ranking factors. They help new people learn about your business and drive relevant traffic back to your website. People spend a lot of time focusing on the first benefit, which definitely matters. But the end goal of SEO is making your website easier to find for the people looking for what you sell. A good link that shows up in a relevant context can help with that part, even before you consider the extra SEO authority it provides.   What is backlink anchor text? Most of the links you see around the web show up as a few words underlined in blue. To follow the link, you click on the words. Those words are the backlink anchor text.  Google pays attention to the anchor text of your backlinks. Along with the keywords you use on the page, it uses the anchor text to better understand what your page is about. When a backlink on a high-authority website uses the anchor text you want the page to rank for, it’s an SEO jackpot. A link that uses different anchor text than the keyword you’re targeting is still valuable, especially if the wording is related to your target keyword, but it’s not worth quite as much.  What is an example of a backlink? There are examples of backlinks all across the web. In this blog post alone, you can find two examples of backlinks to other websites in the Nofollow Links section:  One to a page on SEO-Hacker.com with the anchor text “several major websites”One to a page on the SEMRush website with the anchor text “some SEO experts” We are linking to these pages from the HostGator blog, so while these are backlinks for SEO-Hacker and SEMRush, they are actually outbound links on our site. Quality content often links out to content that in some way supports or expands on the points being made in a piece. That creates opportunities for a more passive type of link building, where by simply creating content of value, you gain links from bloggers who use your content to illustrate their point (as happened in both these examples). There are also examples in this post of something that’s distinct from a backlink, but looks similar at first glance: internal links. The link with the anchor text “How to get backlinks” in the section on the same topic is a link to another blog post on this website, which makes it an internal link.  Internal links are another important part of SEO, but different from backlinks. They’re valuable because they’re an opportunity to use relevant anchor text to further signal to Google what a page is about, because they help create connections between different pages on your site, and they drive traffic to other parts of your website.   What is a bad backlink? A bad backlink is any link that comes from a low-authority website, or that signals to Google that you’re using spammy link-building practices. Google doesn’t just pay attention to individual links separately, it also notes when your backlink profile shows a pattern that suggests you’re trying to game the system. Any backlinks that suggest that kind of pattern are bad badlinks. Can backlinks hurt your site? Yep! Many websites have been penalized due to having spammy links. You could incur a Google penalty that essentially blacklists your website. Or you could drop suddenly in the rankings due to an algorithm update that catches more of your low-quality links. Either way, you lose traffic and visibility, and recovering can be difficult. It’s important to only seek out quality, relevant backlinks.  What is a good backlink? A good backlink is one that comes from a website that has SEO authority and covers topics relevant to your website. SEO tools provide information on how much authority different websites have, so you can tailor your link building efforts to those that are worth it. The best backlinks don’t just deliver SEO authority, they also deliver relevant traffic to your website.  How can I remove backlinks from my website? If you made the mistake of hiring a black-hat SEO firm in the past and realize that you now have a lot of low-quality backlinks that are hurting your website, you can take steps to disavow them. SEO tools will help you identify the low-quality links out there that are hurting you. Then you can use Google’s disavow links tool to remove them from your backlink profile so Google no longer counts them against you.  Building Backlinks is Hard If reading up on what backlinks are and how they work has you overwhelmed, don’t worry. You don’t have to do all the work of learning different backlink strategies and executing them all on your own. If you hire the skilled SEO consultants at HostGator, they can use their years of experience to identify the backlink opportunities most valuable to your brand and earn you those links.  Contact our team today to learn more. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

A Conversation with Coywolf—Updating to PHP 7.3 with WP Engine

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Most WordPress users know the importance of keeping their plugins and themes up to date but, more often than not, PHP gets left behind. In fact, close to 50% of WordPress sites are running on a PHP version lower than 7.0.  PHP, or hypertext processor, is the scripting language used by WordPress, and running the… The post A Conversation with Coywolf—Updating to PHP 7.3 with WP Engine appeared first on WP Engine.

Rackspace and Tech Mahindra Partner to Lead with New Go-To-Market Strategy

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SAN ANTONIO – Rackspace today announced a strategic partnership with Tech Mahindra Ltd., a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering services and solutions, which will enable cross-selling to the Tech Mahindra customer base, joint product and services offerings, and improvements to Rackspace’s internal business applications and processes.  With this partnership, Rackspace will execute […] The post Rackspace and Tech Mahindra Partner to Lead with New Go-To-Market Strategy appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Online Backup for WordPress is Like Hugging a Giraffe

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You might have read the title of this article and asked yourself what an online backup for WordPress had to do with hugging a giraffe, and we don’t blame you. While it is a strange concept, it’s actually pretty accurate. We’ll do a little more explaining towards the end of the article, but for now let’s talk about online backups and how they benefit you and your website. Discovering Backups A website backup is a major part in owning and creating a website. Continue reading Online Backup for WordPress is Like Hugging a Giraffe at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Is Backing Up Your Website as Fun as Singing to Your Neighbors?

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Singing to your neighbor is hard to beat, but backing up your WordPress website just might be the thing to do it. What is in a backup? While browsing different web hosts or even articles of websites you may be wondering what exactly a backup is. Thankfully, it is a very simple procedure to explain. Basically, a backup is the act of saving your websites data in its current form and storing it on a secure server or some other external location. Continue reading Is Backing Up Your Website as Fun as Singing to Your Neighbors? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Why Being in Engineering Management Means You Need to Understand Finance: It’s Not All About Technology

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It’s an exciting time for engineers. Innovations in cloud computing, infrastructure automation, networking, and other areas of focus ensure ever-evolving opportunities. One of today’s challenges is that engineering tasks and decision-making requirements are expanding beyond traditional responsibilities. To achieve an engineering management or corporate leadership position within your organization will require you to have a deep understanding of how your company does business in addition to knowing the underlying technology the company offers. In this post, I will focus on some of the financial and business responsibilities of engineering leaders and ways in which you can better position yourself to take on a leadership role within your organization.  Subscribe to the Liquid Web blog to receive news, tips, strategies, and inspiration you need to maintain your business. What’s Required of Engineering Management? You Might Be Surprised at What Engineering Leaders Actually Do. As you might expect, working on technology is the most common answer to the question, “What does an engineering leader do?” The primary role of many engineering leaders is, in fact, to own and drive the execution of product development, architecture, and infrastructure. This includes working with their teams to make architecture and technology decisions, design and build new products, design and build platforms and APIs, define implementation plans, create and manage delivery schedules, work with other departments to set priorities, provide work estimates, and respond to customer escalation requests. In addition, engineers often see their managers setting departmental goals, coaching members of the engineering team, organizing and assigning work, encouraging camaraderie and positive team culture, recruiting new engineers, providing performance feedback and assisting individual engineers in growing their careers.  What’s often overlooked is the amount of time engineering leaders spend on financial-related matters. This includes budget planning, ongoing management of departmental expenses, and more wide-ranging responsibilities. Let’s review a few of these non-technical engineering responsibilities required to be an effective leader.  The Budget Process It’s important to realize that the budget process is not an activity which only takes place once a year. It’s ongoing – with budgetary reviews taking place monthly, quarterly and annually. In addition to the annual plan, regular assessments are also required to ensure you meet your departmental, financial and company goals on an ongoing basis. Engineering leaders should implement a monthly review of spending with their executive manager and/or the finance team to ensure the engineering budget is on track to meet stated objectives and the team is not overspending. A budget is developed at the end of one year for implementation the following year. It is the best estimate of anticipated programs, expenses, and goals. As a result, you will need to stay on top of things by regularly evaluating whether you are over or under budget and notify your manager and other appropriate executives as necessary.A budget is also not static. It changes frequently based on a number of different factors and these changes can have a direct impact on other teams – for example, when revenue goes up or down or when costs across other departments go up or down, proposed projects are often reevaluated. It’s common for departmental leaders to regularly increase or decrease their budgets throughout the year based on the changing needs of the business.   Departmental Expenses An engineering leader’s budget typically includes: Employee Salaries This includes salaries of all full-time engineers and other team members as well as part-time employees, compensated interns, and others.  Bonuses While the types of bonuses vary from company to company, they may include a hiring bonus and additional bonuses for a share of performance, patent development and completing a design under budget. Software Licenses and Maintenance Costs Software license costs historically refer to traditional box software. While this is still the case, today it also includes the monthly user and maintenance fees for applications, platforms and other subscription-based SaaS tools such as development and deployment tools, monitoring software, communication tools, business applications, and more. Infrastructure Costs Infrastructure costs include much more than simply server hardware. You must also include costs such as storage, networking, heating and cooling, and electricity, as well as the expenses associated with the location in which you choose to store your data. This may include your own on-premise data center, a colocation provider, or a cloud provider such as Liquid Web, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, or others.   Vendor and Contractor Payments It requires a number of different partners to develop and implement a technology solution that meets the company’s sales, financial and business goals. External IT consultants, independent contractors, third-party service providers, and a community of resellers may each play a role. Initial business relationships need to be developed, financial agreements signed, and ongoing payments made to each of these business partners which necessitates continuous management.  Discretionary Funds Travel expenses, new laptops, recruiting fees, conference attendance, training courses, team outings, and employee lunches are all examples of discretionary funds. While each of these may comprise a small portion of the overall budget, when added together, discretionary spending can get out of control quickly if not kept in check. Effective Engineering Management Means Having a Leadership Position Beyond Your Individual Department While the engineering budget focuses primarily on the finances of the engineering department, the engineering leader is also responsible for costs or activities that may be related to product development initiatives which impact other departments or have significant financial implications company-wide. These include: Cost of Goods Sold An engineering leader is an active partner with product management and the company’s executive team in determining the total cost of a product, fine-tuning that cost and the margin to ensure profitability, as well as ensuring that it meets all other company goals. Expenses up for review can include the infrastructure cost to build and maintain the product, third-party software licensing fees, labor costs, and support costs. Costs vary with every new product development initiative due to changing requirements and changes in the type of product being built.  Contract Negotiations Let’s face it, negotiating contracts is complex. It can be a long, drawn-out process and takes a great deal of experience to do it well. While it may seem difficult at first, you will become a better negotiator over time by learning from previous hurdles you have had to overcome. To be a successful engineering leader, you will need to have experience negotiating a wide variety of contracts including agreements with large enterprise vendors and elaborate infrastructure deals, as well as smaller negotiations including employee salary discussions, IT consulting rates, and software licensing agreements.  Invoice Review and Approval Reviewing and approving invoices is more involved than blindly signing off on expenses from an approved vendor or contractor. It requires you to review previously signed contracts or statements of work to ensure that the work completed, and corresponding expenses match the expectations and requirements written in that document. It must fall within the guidelines to which you both agreed. Failing to effectively review and approve invoices on an ongoing basis may also impact your accounting team who are required to settle all accounts and close their books in a timely manner as well as your contractor or vendor who requires timely payment. Company Goals and Financial Objective Today’s CEOs require every department to have a positive impact on the company’s growth whether they have traditionally been tasked with that responsibility or not. Understanding both the company’s business goals and financial objectives will enable the engineering leader to make daily business and budgetary decisions which support the company’s plans. Understanding costs and revenue requirements are important but being able to educate their team on the implications of specific decisions as well as answering questions on the state of the business will ensure that all team members are aligned and working together to achieve the company’s larger growth objectives. Having a Solid Financial Foundation Will Better Position You for a Career in Engineering Management As you can see, whether you work for a small start-up or a large enterprise, managing the finances of an engineering team is complex. It requires experience and knowledge beyond traditional engineering to do it well. In order to advance in your career and take on a leadership role with broader responsibilities, it’s important that you maintain a balance between technical expertise and financial knowledge. This will enable you to be an active contributor within your company’s leadership team and the business decisions they implement.  Here are four tips to gain a deeper understanding of the finances across your organization. They will enable you to have a positive impact on the position of your engineering team as well as the competitive position of your company well into the future. 1. Reach Out to Finance It is not uncommon for an engineering manager to be so focused on completing urgent projects or solving technical challenges that they forget to regularly interact with other departments. Develop relationships with your company’s CFO, director of finance and other members of your finance team. The finance team is eager to share their knowledge and help department heads or organizational leaders understand the financial effects on their department and the company as a whole. A strong, collaborative relationship will help lay the foundation for positive future growth. 2. Review the Engineering Budget Take an active interest in your department’s budget. Ask your manager if it would be possible to review the budget and for him or her to explain what is included, how it is adjusted as finances or requirements change, and what the goals are for the next month, the next quarter and the rest of the year. 3. Understand Common Financial Terms Your company’s executive management team may hold monthly or quarterly meetings to report to employees on the past month’s financial results, sales numbers, go-to-market strategy, and future objectives. They will use terms like gross margin, net profit, EBITDA, cash flow, compound annual growth rate (CAGR), operating income, and more. These are common financial terms which are critically important for you to understand if you want to be an effective leader. They will enable you to evaluate how the information provided in the meeting affects your departmental decisions and can inform your team on shifting requirements and responsibilities. 4. Take a Course Taking financial courses online or at a local college or university can go a long way in not only exposing you to a deeper understanding of your company’s financial situation but also demonstrate to the executive management team that you are proactive and interested in being an effective leader within the organization. Does your company offer tuition reimbursement? This can be additional motivation in helping you get started. As technology plays a larger role than ever before in driving a company’s value and competitive advantage, it’s not only critical that you as an engineer understand the financial impact that it will have but, by enhancing your skill set and expertise, it’s an opportunity for you to better equip yourself to meet changing corporate and market demands and take on a leadership role within your organization. Liquid Web Drives Effective Leadership by Empowering Its Engineers In this age of technology, we know that while Liquid Web delivers the best hosting solutions to power today’s business, our clients choose us and stay with us because of our team, not our technology. Our commitment to our managed hosting and enterprise hosting customers begins with our commitment to our Liquid Web engineers.  I am proud that our engineers are integral not only to technical innovation but to Liquid Web’s direction and growth. We encourage and empower each member of our engineering team to grow beyond their perceived boundaries and take on a leadership role. The technical, financial, and business expertise of our engineering leaders forms the foundation of excellence we employ at Liquid Web and provide to our customers.  Are you an engineering leader who is passionate about technology and delivering the best business solutions for Liquid Web customers? We’d love for you to join our team. The post Why Being in Engineering Management Means You Need to Understand Finance: It’s Not All About Technology appeared first on Liquid Web.

Taking the Holiday Leap with WP Engine

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iFly has been empowering humans to experience the freedom and thrill of flight since the company was founded in 1998. Today, more than 10 million people have traveled to one of iFly’s 80 locations across the globe to fly in one of their wind tunnels. The iFly experience has also grown into a popular gift… The post Taking the Holiday Leap with WP Engine appeared first on WP Engine.

How to Choose a Web Host: A 15-Point Checklist

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Choosing a web host can be challenging — especially if you’re just starting your first website. There’s a lot of information to digest about hosting your site, and it’s easy to forget something important when you’re weighing the pros and cons of various providers. However, if you know the right questions to ask, you can navigate the waters of web hosting without fear. There are many excellent plans to pick from. Making the right choice is simply a matter of considering your needs alongside what each service provider has to offer. In this post, we’ll discuss why it’s necessary to determine your site’s hosting needs before you begin shopping. Then we’ll share a 15-point checklist to help decide which web hosting provider is right for you. Let’s get going! Why It’s Vital to Identify Your Hosting Needs Upfront There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all web hosting. Every website has different needs when it comes to storage, performance, features, and price. So before you start looking at plans, you’ll want to determine your site’s hosting requirements. By knowing what you need ahead of time, you can narrow down your choices more quickly and avoid making costly mistakes when selecting your host. Some questions you might ask include: How large is your website and what are its storage needs? On average, how much traffic do you expect each month? What’s your hosting budget? What are your current website management skills? What might you need help with? Apart from storing your site, what services will you need from your hosting provider? Your answers to these questions will eliminate some hosts right away. Then, you can use the checklist below to determine if other hosting options are a smart match for your site. Be Awesome on the InternetJoin our monthly newsletter for tips and tricks to build your dream website!Sign Me Up How to Choose a Web Host (A 15-Point Checklist) There are many aspects to consider when choosing a hosting provider, and the process can seem overwhelming at first. That’s why we’ve listed out the 15 most important questions to ask when evaluating a hosting provider: How Reliable Are the Host’s Servers? Is It Easy to Upgrade Your Plan? Can You Easily Add a Domain? Are There Significant Differences in the Sign-Up and Renewal Costs? Does the Host Have a Generous Refund Policy? Is There a One-Click Installer? Will Your Host Provide Email Addresses for Your Domain? Will You Have Easy SFTP Access? How Difficult Is It to Find and Edit .htaccess? What E-Commerce Features Are Included (If Any)? Can You Easily Navigate and Use the Control Panel? Are SSL Certificates Included? How Often Will You Have to Renew Your Subscription? Does the Web Host Offer Easy Site Backups? Can You Quickly Access Support 24/7? Now, let’s dive into each question in more detail to guide you towards the best host for your situation. 1. How Reliable Are the Host’s Servers? Performance and uptime can make or break your website. Your website’s performance influences Search Engine Optimization (SEO), bounce and conversion rates, and how trustworthy your site appears to visitors. We’re not exaggerating when we say that the reliability of your server has a direct impact on your website’s bottom line. Any provider you consider should have an uptime guarantee of at least 99%. At DreamHost, our uptime guarantee is 100%, as per our Terms of Service. It’s also wise to check out what performance-related features a given host offers. This can include built-in caching, access to a Content Delivery Service (CDN), and more. Shared Hosting That Powers Your PurposeWe make sure your website is fast, secure and always up so your visitors trust you. Plans start at $2.59/mo.Choose Your Plan 2. Is It Easy to Upgrade Your Plan? If you’ve created a website with all the elements it needs to succeed, chances are it’s going to grow. With any luck, you’ll see an increase in traffic and conversion rates. This will likely mean you’ll have to upgrade your web hosting plan. Related: When Should You Upgrade Your Hosting Plan? Most new sites start on a shared, low-cost plan. As your online presence expands, however, you’ll need more resources, bandwidth, and disk space to maintain your site for all its users. A host that offers easy upgrades to a Virtual Private Server (VPS), Managed WordPress, or Dedicated Hosting plan can make this process smoother. If you choose a host that makes it difficult to change your plan, you could find yourself migrating to a new provider just a few months after launching your site. Already Have a Website? We’ll Move It for You!Migrating to a new hosting provider is a pain. Sit back and let our experts do it! We’ll move your existing site within 48 hours without any interruption in service. Included FREE with purchase of any DreamPress plan.Move My Site 3. Can You Easily Add a Domain? As your digital brand grows, you may find that you not only want to expand your current site but start a new one as well. Alternatively, perhaps you simply like collecting domain names or you want to get into website flipping. Whatever the reason, if you’re going to purchase additional domains, you’ll need a host that makes it simple to acquire and manage them. Choosing a provider that offers unlimited domains ensures that you won’t ever run out of space. Related: The Complete Guide to New Top-Level Domains (TLDs) 4. Are There Significant Differences in the Sign-Up and Renewal Costs? It’s important to choose an affordable host. However, be careful when signing up, as you don’t want to get roped into a plan that’s more expensive than it seems on the surface. Some companies will offer attractive sign-up deals for new customers. Then, when it comes time to renew, they’ll raise the price. Make sure to look into your potential host’s renewal fees as well as the initial sign-up cost. Some difference between these two is an industry norm. However, you’ll want to keep the contrast as low as possible and avoid a higher renewal rate entirely if possible. 5. Does the Host Have a Generous Refund Policy? In an ideal world, you’ll choose the perfect host the first time around, your website will flourish, and you’ll never need to cancel your service. However, things don’t always go according to plan. If you need to cancel your hosting for any reason, you’ll want to avoid excessive fees. It’s also wise to choose a host that offers a trial period so that if things don’t work out in the first few weeks of service, you can cancel without penalty. 6. Is There a One-Click Installer? As the most popular Content Management Service (CMS) on the web, WordPress often receives additional support from hosting companies. Managed WordPress plans and WordPress-related features can be especially helpful if this is the platform you intend to use. A particularly useful feature that some hosts offer is a one-click WordPress installer. Better yet, some hosts will pre-install WordPress for you. This can save you a lot of time during the initial setup. You can also find one-click installers for other platforms, such as Joomla and Zen Cart. Related: What Is a WordPress One-Click Install? 7. Will Your Host Provide Email Addresses for Your Domain? Whether you have a business site, a blog, an e-commerce store, or some other type of website, your visitors will probably need a way to get in touch. Having an email address that’s associated with your site’s domain (i.e., zoe@mysite.com) appears more professional and is easier for users to remember. Checking out a potential host’s email services is a must if you want to incorporate this feature into your online presence. Choosing a host that includes this service in its web hosting packages or provides it for a low cost means you won’t have to set up custom email addresses manually. 8. Will You Have Easy SFTP Access? File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) are vital tools for website maintenance. At some point, you’ll likely have to use one or the other to resolve an error, customize your site, and carry out different tasks. Your host should provide credentials so that you can use FTP or SFTP via a client such as FileZilla. This information should be easy to locate so that you can access it at any time. Additionally, some hosts will provide their own FTP clients for your use as well. This is a nice bonus and can be an easier and more secure option than third-party FTP clients. 9. How Difficult Is It to Find and Edit .htaccess? For WordPress users, the .htaccess file is a crucial part of your site. It contains a wealth of configuration information that influences permalink structure, caching, 301 redirects, file accessibility, and more. You may need to edit .htaccess at some point to resolve an error, tighten security, or carry out other tasks to improve your site. Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy, since .htaccess is a hidden file. Even if you can find the file, editing it via SFTP can be risky. It’s helpful if your web host provides a file manager for editing .htaccess, to minimize the risks to the rest of your site. 10. What E-Commerce Features Are Included (If Any)? All websites have the same basic needs. However, if you’re running an e-commerce site, you’ll need some unique features. For instance, you’ll probably want more frequent backups and a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to reach customers around the world. A specialized e-commerce website hosting plan can help you get the support your online store needs at an affordable rate. Some plans — including our own e-commerce plans — will even pre-install WooCommerce and the Storefront theme for WordPress retailers. Related: How to Start an Online Store in 1 Hour with WooCommerce 11. Can You Easily Navigate and Use the Control Panel? You’ll be spending a lot of time in your hosting control panel. Being able to navigate around your account easily can make managing your website much less challenging. Plus, you won’t have to rely on support as much when you’re figuring out tasks such as billing and upgrading. Choosing a host that offers a custom control panel can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Our control panel, for instance, offers clear navigation menus. That way, you can easily find information on your site, contact support, or edit your account information. 12. Are SSL Certificates Included? Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates are vital for keeping your site and its users safe. This is particularly true if you’re dealing with sensitive information such as credit card details, SSL certificates, and the like. Adding an SSL certificate to your site is usually an additional expense. However, some hosting providers will include one in your plan at no extra cost. Choosing one of these hosts can save you a little extra money while helping to keep your site secure. 13. How Often Will You Have to Renew Your Subscription? Many hosts require a monthly subscription from their customers. There’s nothing wrong with that model, and if your fees are low enough, you might not mind having to pay monthly. However, this option isn’t always the most cost-effective. Other hosts will offer one or even three-year plans. By paying for a longer term upfront, you can often save some money down the line. When comparing prices between hosts, make sure to consider this. Don’t forget that you’ll have to renew your domain name as well. This is usually an annual occurrence, although you can find options for two- and three-year registrations here at DreamHost. You can also sign up for an auto-renewal program to avoid forgetting to renew your domain. 14. Does the Web Host Offer Easy Site Backups? We all like to think the worst will never happen to us. However, it’s best to be prepared. Accidents and attacks happen, and if you’re in a position where your site has been destroyed, you’ll want a way to restore it. Backups ensure that you have a way to bring your site back if it’s lost. While there are many methods available for backing up a website, one of the easiest is to do it through your web host. It’s even more convenient if your host offers automated daily backups for your site, along with one-click on-demand backups. 15. Can You Quickly Access Support 24/7? Your relationship with your web host will hopefully be a long one. Reliable customer support is key if that relationship is going to be mutually beneficial. Making sure any host you’re considering has multiple contact methods and a 24/7 support team can guarantee that someone will be available whenever you need help. Additionally, specific support for WordPress, e-commerce, or other niches can come in handy. Choosing a host with a team that is knowledgeable about the tools you use will ensure that your site has the best support possible. For example, if you opt for DreamPress, our WordPress-specific managed hosting, you’ll get priority access to our elite squad of in-house WordPress experts. Finding the Right Web Hosting Service When it comes to choosing a web host, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. There are many factors to consider, and your decision could ultimately determine your website’s success or failure. However, if you go into your web hosting search with your needs clearly outlined, you’ll eventually find the best provider for you. Asking careful questions about the quality of the host’s services and equipment, the additional features it offers, and its pricing will steer you in the right direction. If you’re a WordPress user, that direction just might be DreamHost’s Starter Shared Hosting plan. This plan is a low-cost option that’s ideal for small business owners or those just starting out. With Shared Hosting, there’s no limit to the amount of disk space you can use for your site. Unlimited bandwidth means when your site goes viral, you don’t have to stress about storage space. Most importantly, with any DreamHost plan, you’ll be able to answer “Yes!” to each of the questions on this checklist. The post How to Choose a Web Host: A 15-Point Checklist appeared first on Website Guides, Tips and Knowledge.

Streamline Your Online Donation Process with These 9 Steps

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The post Streamline Your Online Donation Process with These 9 Steps appeared first on HostGator Blog. Fundraising for your nonprofit group, school, or personal cause is usually more productive when it’s super-easy for people to donate. But online fundraising faces some of the same challenges as online retail. People often start a transaction, then quit because they get frustrated or distracted. As many as 60% of the people who go to a donation page abandon the process before they complete their online donation. That’s not great, but the best practices that reduce retail cart abandonment can cut donor abandonment, too. Here’s how to make your online donation process easier to complete. 9 Steps to Hassle-Free Online Donations Google’s Retail UX Playbook makes recommendations for eCommerce checkout that you can adapt to streamline your online donation process, too. 1. Make it easy for visitors to stay on the donation page. “Limit exit points” in the payment process, like links to social media accounts and related content, so you don’t lose potential donors to distractions. 2. Show donors how far along they are in the donation process. Have you ever started an online donation, then immediately wondered how long it’s going to take you to get it done, and maybe bailed out because you’re not sure you have time to complete it before your Uber arrives/baby wakes up/boss starts the meeting? It’s not just you (or me). People like to know what they’re getting into, even when what they’re getting into is a relatively short online payment process. Google recommends using a progress bar on the page if the conversion flow has more than 2 steps. 3. Remind your potential donors of why they’re entering their data. Your donation checkout pages should include your fundraising goal, so people are more likely to see the process through to the end. The example above, from the ASPCA, includes three clear reminders of why this person is donating: in the header, in the touching puppy photo, and in the paragraph on the side. By donating, they can be a lifesaver to animals. 4. Interruptions happen, but you can make it easy for donors to finish later. Your checkout page should let people complete their donation on another device, either by emailing themselves a link or saving their data for to come back to on your site. These first four steps focus on what should and should not be part of your online donation process. The next four steps focus on how your online donation form can move  people through the process to complete their donation. 5. Make sure that your online donation form only includes required fields. We’re talking about the fields that are required to verify donors’ identity and payment information. The longer your form is, and the more information prospective donors must enter, the more likely they are to abandon it. 6. Give users instant feedback as they fill out the donation form. Inline validation prevents the frustrating experience of filling out a form completely and then seeing it rejected because of a data entry error.  Set up your form to show a check mark when fields like email addresses, credit card numbers, billing zip codes are entered properly, and your visitors won’t have to scroll back up the page to fix errors. In the example below, from the Red Cross, correctly completed fields receive a green checkmark, while incomplete fields get highlighted in red with a X. 7. Enable autofill for your form fields. The less information people must enter by hand, the more likely they are to complete your donation form. That’s especially true if they’re visiting your site on a mobile phone. 8. Make your donation form mobile-friendly. Your donation form’s fields for card numbers, phone numbers, CVVs, and zip codes should use a numeric keypad. Is there anything more frustrating than trying to enter a credit card number on a typewriter-style keyboard? Especially on your phone? After you set up your form, preview it on several different browsers and devices—especially mobile browsers. When your form is live, it’s a good idea to run A/B tests to see which format delivers the highest conversion rate. 9. Say thank you! Finally, there’s one more thing your donation process should do. Always thank your donors immediately after they contribute. It’s a good idea to follow up again later via email with a progress report or results on your fundraiser. Hold On to Your Donor Data Even if you’re only fundraising for one project right now, hold on to your list of donors (and keep that data secure). Besides sending thank-you notes and project updates, you may want to reach out to those contributors if you have other fundraising projects in the future. And if you’re raising money for a nonprofit organization or political campaign, you’ll need good donor records to comply with reporting rules. Just make sure you abide by GDPR and request their permission to be contacted in the future. A donation plugin like the ones we’ll look at next can help you store and manage your donor information. Donation Plugins for Your WordPress Website The fastest and easiest way to start taking donations is to install a donation plugin on your WordPress site. Here are a few of the most popular WordPress plugins for nonprofits. 1. Give Give lets you customize your donation forms, accept one-time and recurring donations, and accept donations in honor of or in memory of someone. Give’s dashboard helps manage your donor information for receipts, tax reporting, and more. The basic plugin is free. Add-ons for upgraded features, credit-card processing, and branded payment gateways like Stripe and PayPal are available as monthly bundle subscriptions or individually. 2. Seamless Donations Seamless Donations offers a quick setup to link donations to your PayPal account. Seamless also lets donors choose between one-time and recurring contributions. You can buy premium extensions to add functions like custom donation levels, enhanced thank-you notices for donors, and a widget pack that lets you display recent donations, total donations, and other data on your site. 3. Charitable Charitable integrates with WordPress and has a free theme of its own that you can apply to your site. The free basic plugin lets you direct contributions to your PayPal account, and it allows you to set up multiple fundraising campaigns. Premium packages add more payment gateways, email marketing integrations, and more. Ready to Set Up Your Fundraising Website? Get started today with HostGator’s shared hosting plan that keeps your costs low and includes a free SSL certificate to protect your donors’ personal information. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

How To Respond To Negative Blog Comments

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Blog comments provide direct feedback on the content you’re publishing and for many bloggers, they provide proof that someone is listening, reading, and paying attention—that the content you work so hard to create matters. For many bloggers and brands, comments are a sign of a successful community and interactive conversations between the blogger and commenters show the audience is engaged. This reinforces the value of the blogger’s brand. But what happens when comments are posted that aren’t nice? What can do you when an internet troll who finds confidence behind a keyboard posts comments that belittle, shame, or attack you? That’s exactly what we’re addressing in this post… Subscribe to the Liquid Web weekly newsletter to receive news, tips, strategies, and inspiration for your WordPress website. Six Tips To Help You Respond To Negative Blog Comments Don’t Respond Right Away Unlike positive comments, which should be responded to right away, negative comment responses need to be handled more carefully. When a negative comment is left on your post, take a deep breath and let it sit for a little while—if you need to, vent to a friend or family member to get your emotions out. If you don’t have someone to vent to, write out your emotional response (not on your website) and then delete it. Look For Common Ground Read the negative blog comment again and evaluate it objectively. Sometimes, a negative comment comes from a lack of information, a misunderstanding, or an assumption. Is there any part of the comment that has merit? Is there any truth to what is being said? Can you understand their perspective if you put yourself in their shoes? If so, respond with objective empathy. First, acknowledge their point of view, then explain your perspective. Be Careful With Your Words When comments have already taken a negative turn, be very careful about the words you use in your response. Keep emotions out of it, stick to the facts, and avoid getting defensive or attacking the other person—this will only incite another negative response. Move The Conversation Off The Blog The last thing you want is to have a public argument in the blog comments with a nasty person—those situations never turn out well and usually end up making both people look bad. In your response, don’t leave the conversation open for a public response. Instead, share that if they have more to say, you are open to continuing the conversation through email or speaking with them through Zoom. Remember That You Are In Control You control which comments get published and which get deleted. You also get to decide if comments are moderated and how heavy you want the moderation to be.  If someone takes the time to leave a comment on your blog, it means they are paying attention and they are part of your community—and there are going to be times that people in your community disagree with you. Don’t stifle their voice and delete their comment just because it isn’t praising you. A good mix of comment types shows a healthy engaged community.  With that said, there is a difference between a disagreement and someone being mean. Welcome spirited debates but do not tolerate mean, hateful, or borderline abusive posts. Publish A Comment Policy If you have a website or blog with comments turned on, it’s a good idea to publish an official comment policy that explains the rules and guidelines for commenting on your site and the reasons a comment may get rejected or deleted. You Are The Boss Of Your Blog Remember, you are the boss of your boss and website. You drive the brand, lead the community, demonstrate the behavior you want to see, and make the technology choices, which is why Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress is a no brainer. It makes it easy for you to focus on building your community while we take care of backups, performance, and updates—and if a Negative Nelly does show up, always remember that you can privately rally your friends to respond in the comments and support you too! The post How To Respond To Negative Blog Comments appeared first on Liquid Web.

4 Smart Ways to Make Remote Work, Work for You

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The future of remote work has never looked brighter. More and more people are working remotely and there are opportunities of all kinds for them. You aren’t just limited to telecommuting, but you can keep your job and work from home, start freelancing and travel the world, or change locations frequently and have a remote The post 4 Smart Ways to Make Remote Work, Work for You appeared first on Pickaweb.

The Best and the Worst Website Hosting

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Choosing a host for your website can be a tricky decision. With a large variety of hosts to navigate through it’s hard to cut out the bad from the good. Here’s the lowdown on selecting the best website hosting for your current project. There are three categories you should look at when determining a host, and what the best hosts would do compared to what the worst hosting providers are guilty of doing. Continue reading The Best and the Worst Website Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

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