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Economic Development Tools for the Budget Conscious

Cities, states, and counties who want to actively recruit and welcome new businesses now have a new tool to help with what can seem like an overwhelming task.

GIS Planning is an economic development company who spent years aggregating data sets from government and proprietary sources to support their patented site selection portal called ZoomProspector.    This tool allows a webmaster with no technical experience to integrate search and browse tools for prospective businesses to not only determine if your locale is a good match, but to find the exact property that will meet their needs.

Recently City of Huntington Beach implemented the full suite of…

3 Types of Negative SEO to Avoid in 2017

The threat of negative SEO is daunting, but very real. Any competitor of yours could utilize negative SEO to hurt your SEO rankings and improve their chances at beating you for a top slot in Google. 

What is Negative SEO?

Negative SEO is a set of activities (often performed by a site's competitors) aimed at lowering a website's rankings in search results by performing activities that Google openly frows upon or doesnt allow. Typically these activities are conducted off-page (like building unnatural links to the site or scraping and reposting its content - which Google sees as spammy); but in some cases, "they may also involve hacking the site and modifying…

Fake SEO plugin infects 4,000 Wordpress Sites

Over 4,000 Wordpress sites have been infected with dangerous malware that disguises itself as an SEO plugin to attract unsuspecting webmasters. This isn’t the first time Wordpress has has this issue, though…Wordpress is a frequent target for hackers.

Why do hackers target WordPress specifically?

Well, Because it’s so popular. If you want to hack into a ton of websites for your own nefarious purposes, are you going to spend a ton of time trying to find vulnerabilities on a more unique platform used by 500 websites, or are you going to try to break the platform that has hundreds of millions of sites? Exactly. So…

Why You Should Be Converting From HTTP to HTTPS

If you have ever typed in a URL, you may have noticed those letters that spontaneously appear in front of the www that you pounded out on cruise control. Did you ever ask yourself what they mean?  Well, those acronyms can have a major impact on the safety and performance of your website and, based on recent studies, can drastically impact your business. 

HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and it simply allows for communication between two systems, such as a browser and a server.  HTTP does not consider the kind of data being shared nor who is viewing the data; it simply…

Hiring a Professional Translator: Why Should I Bother?

Forgoing a professional translator comes at a high cost.

In this day and age of electronic capabilities, free online translation programs are readily available, and it may be tempting to forgo the expense of hiring a professional translator in favor of using these easy options. But before you opt to go it alone without professional help, you’ll want to consider how the limitations of electronic translation might affect your business.

 

• Linguistic confusion

Electronic programs often render literal translations, which means that colloquial expressions or regional usage can become very confusing. Consider the French phrase “"Se taper le cul par terre," which means to laugh uproariously.…

Responsive Design V Adaptive Design

Responsive Design V Adaptive Design

By now, most everyone knows that when building a website, you must cater it to mobile users as well.

When mobile devices first became popular, one of the most common techniques for catering to this new medium was to have completely separate URL for mobile content, effectively separating the mobile site from the desktop site.  When a page was requested, the website detected what kind of user you were, based on information in your browser, and then redirected you to the appropriate version. (You may have noticed sites like this if you were ever redirected to a sub-domain like m.yourwebsite.com on a…

Torn Between WordPress and Expression Engine? How To Choose the CMS that Works Best for You

Torn Between WordPress and Expression Engine? How To Choose the CMS that Works Best for You

WordPress and Expression Engine are the two most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) out there when it comes to building a website (or redoing an existing one). Our Xynergy team is expert at both.

A robust CMS provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation.

More people have probably heard of WordPress—it started out as a blogging CMS, so it has had time to insinuate itself into the general consciousness as such. And as it grew in popularity, and more people used it, it soon adapted itself to users’ other wants and needs,…

Why hackers want to hack your site

Why hackers want to hack your site

“Why would anyone want to hack my site?” I have heard this exact phrase or a variation of it many times. Some of our smallest sites are the one's with the most hack attempts. I have seen some of these small sites get more than one thousand failed login attempts over the course of a week, and that might be a LIGHT week. Just because your site is small, or because your site isn’t selling anything, does NOT mean that hackers won’t care about your site.There are plenty of reasons they want in.

Stealing Information This is probably the most obvious one. Hackers want to break into your…

The One Page Website: Friend or Foe

The One Page Website: Friend or Foe

For years now it has been thought that having a single dynamic looking website would not go well with your SEO and ranking amongst Search Engines. We are here to tell you that is not the case, with more and more single page sites popping up every day the popular search engines have begun to crawl through the content like a multi paged website.  But we must insist that you build or have your single page website correctly or this won't be the case for you.

Building a single page website correctly can be beneficial to you and to your business, why you…

So many reasons you don’t want to have your website hacked…now , SEO is another.

So many reasons you don’t want to have your website hacked…now , SEO is another.

Often times, we will hear from clients that they are not worried about having their site hacked because there isn’t any credit card information collected. Hacking sites is no longer a concern for online stores only. It is a concern for EVERYONE with a website. There are many reasons why having your site hacked can be a nightmare. One of these reasons is being hacked can negatively affect your SEO, most people don’t think about this or realize when it happens. But when it does...look out. When your site is hacked a search engine can pick up on it just by crawling your site.…

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