WordPress Security Update: GravityForms

We are continuing to see WordPress sites being hacked through a security hole in the popular Gravity Forms plugin. The latest security update to Gravity Forms was released last Friday, March 27th.  Prior versions are vulnerable and allow attackers to upload malicious...

Your website as the digital anchor to your online marketing

Your website is more than just another element in your online marketing mix. It should be considered the digital anchor that holds all the other pieces together. Even with the phenomenal rise of social media, your website is still the one online property that you...

Search Engine Optimization – Lunch & learn – Noble, OK 3/3/15

2 hour lunch & learn format. Non-technical for business owners. Sponsored by: Noble Chamber of Commerce, Discover Church & Mid-America Technology Center This seminar will teach you what business owners need to know about search engines and the proper ways to...

Why doesn’t my website show up on search engines?

True story. Several years ago a pastor at a medium-sized suburban church called me. “We need help. If you Google “Baptist church” in our town, our church website doesn’t even come up at all. Several other churches show up on page one, some aren’t even in...

Designing Effective Websites – lunch & learn seminar

What every business owner needs to know about web sites 2 hour lunch & learn format. Non-technical for business owners Sponsored by: Noble Chamber of Commerce, Discover Church & Mid-America Technology Center The rules for good web design have changed over...

WordPress Site Automatic Updates – starting at $5/mo.

Most of the security problems and site failures we see on WordPress sites are caused by old versions of WordPress or plugins. WordPress and the major plugin developers typically stay very current with known security issues, but the updates only work if they are...

Do you still collect email addresses from your prospects?

Email marketing ceased being cool a few years ago. Spammers and overuse tarnished it’s reputation, but despite recent news reports, email marketing is not dead. It’s actually still very cost effective. Social media marketing gives us access to fans and...

Two ways to know it’s time to update your website

Like a lot of things in life, websites need to be updated every few years even if they were fabulous when launched. We don’t think you need to update every year just because, but there are some factors that will help you decide when to go for a new look. Here...

Don’t forget to update your plugins

Last week we helped restore a WordPress site that had been hacked. The WordPress version was relatively current, but one of the plugins was old, and the hacker had used a weak spot in the plugin to vandalize the site. Most plugins are simple and don’t cause...

WordPress 4.0 release

WordPress released their version 4.0 last week. You can read the details of the new release here. Usually when software vendors release a new version ending in dot zero, it signifies a major update. In this case it really should be called 3.10. The new version has...

New domain names available

Want a domain name that ends in .church, .club or .guru? Now is your chance. Over 250 new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) have been released this year, with more coming out this month. These new extensions allow you another opportunity to get better domain names....

Critical WordPress Security Update 3.9.2

WordPress released a new security update 3.9.2 on Aug 6, 2014 eliminating a recently discovered security hole affecting several content management platforms. This hole allows an attacker to flood the website with requests that can overwhelm the server and crash the...

Developing a style guide to strengthen your brand

The purpose of a style guide is consistency. Whenever you have more than one person creating communications materials for an organization, it helps to have a guide outlining the styles and design standards for the brand. Contrary to what many amateur designers...

We didn’t visit your church because of your lousy website

My wife and I recently realized one of our dreams, and moved to an acreage in the country. We are on the outskirts of the same metropolitan area, but completely on the opposite side – over 50 miles from our old house. Too far to commute, we needed to find a new...

Improving your ranking on Google

Frequently new clients come to us wanting to improve their search engine placement. They complain that their site doesn’t rank highly on the keywords they want. When reviewing their sites, we often find they don’t even have those keywords on the site, or...

WordPress 3.7 Auto-Updates: Great news or bad idea?

WordPress 3.7 was released on October 24, and the first maintenance release 3.7.1 was released yesterday (10/29). There are several new features in 3.7 – improved search results, stronger password testing, and improved global support — but the biggest is...

Do you really own your domain name?

The last step in launching a new website is updating the DNS pointers on the client’s domain name. Sometimes with churches and small businesses this leads to the realization that nobody knows who controls the domain name, or even who owns it. This is important,...

Is your website embarrassing?

Five things you can check in five minutes... It’s September. The kids are back in school, and many businesses and non-profits are ramping up for their busiest time of year. It’s also a good time to review your website and social media. Many of your...

Is your mobile website costing you customers?

I was shopping at a big box store this weekend and remembered I needed new bags/filter for my wet/dry vacuum in the garage. Of course, the filters come in a dozen sizes and don’t say which size fits which vac. No problem for me, I have a web browser on my cell...