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How to secure WordPress websites

Security is imperative when running a website, and needs to be considered at every stage. Website security includes your web server, the CMS, your additional files, database structure, password length and staff awareness.

For example, 8% of hacks happened because of weak passwords. This is a easy and quick fix for anyone to do.

HandCoded design and build websites, but we also help with security and maintenance. In this brief blog post we'll explain a few methods of keeping WordPress CMS secure.

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02 June 2017

SEO: Learn about Meta Descriptions

A meta description is a short HTML attribute found in the header of the webpage. It's usually 150 characters - including spaces - and displays under the title tag and link in search results. Search engines have limited space and aren’t capable of displaying long meta descriptions.

If all of this seems a minefield, don't panic. Contact Hand Coded to see how we can help grow your websites and improve your rankings on search engines.

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31 May 2017

3 Web Trends for 2017

The web has changed a lot since it's inception in 1989. Outlined below are some trends that Hand Coded have spotted in 2017.

Sharing data is one of the web's strongest assets, and should be encouraged wherever possible. Google supports the open web with it's new project called Take Action.

Web developers need to think outside of the normal web browser and prepare for devices without screens.

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26 May 2017

What's so good about WordPress?

Did you know that WordPress powers more than 24% of the web (source). In this article, we have compiled a few reasons why you should use WordPress for your website.

You can use WordPress to create a simple blog, and it also allows you to create fully functional websites. It's used by top brands such as Time Magazine, Google, LinkedIn, Sony, Disney, The New York Times, CNN and more.

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24 May 2017

7 Online SEO Statistics

Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO for short, helps your website creep up the rankings on search engines. There's no exact science, but there are a series of things you and your web company can do to increase website traffic.

Read 10 interesting statistics about Search Engine Optimisation.

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23 May 2017

WannaCry ransomware: Patches save lives

WannaCry ransomware comes in 2 parts. The first part – the EternalBlue exploit kit which was created by the US National Security Agency in order to use Windows operating system vulnerabilities. The second part – an encryptor that is downloaded to a computer after it has been infected.

The WannaCry virus provides a timer countdown warning that the payment amount will be raised after 3 days and the victim will completely lose their personal files after 7 days.

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16 May 2017

What is wireframing?

Wireframing is an essential part of the web design process. Sometimes it goes on behind the scenes, but it'll have ramifications of you don't put the work in at the start. This blog posts seeks to expose why web designers, and developers, should be wireframing in the project life cycle.

During wireframing, web designers have the chance to focus on user experience. This removes any unnecessary distractions such as colour and imagery. It forces the designer to think carefully about layout and structure.

Wireframing is a way to design a website at the structural level. A wireframe is commonly used to layout content & functionality on a page which takes into account user needs and user journeys.

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15 May 2017