Magento 1 was EOL (end-of-life) in June 2020. This means that Magento no longer officially supports the platform, and they issued the very last security patch on June 22, 2020. Since then, there have been multiple Magento websites hacked, ransom-wared, and otherwise exploited by criminals who are all too aware of the vulnerability of Magento 1 sites that remain in the wild. Please read Online store hacked in largest campaign to date for evidence of this occurring already.
Microsoft Access databases, along with the Backstreet Boys, Sony Discman and Beanie Babies were everywhere in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Convenient and easy to use, Access became the data bedrock of many small businesses. Fast forward to 2021, and many small businesses and nonprofits have seen the need to leave them Backstreet Boys behind and adapt to the modern era. After all, data often becomes more useful (and easier to manage) when it can be integrated across an organization. WordPress is versatile and powerful enough to do just that, and to automate some functions that used to be manual in Access.
It can be challenging for a non-technical website owner to envision just what a WordPress maintenance plan is good for. After all, website budget is a precious resource, and isn’t the most-used website management system on the planet easy enough for anyone to manage and update? Well, yes and no. If things go well, WordPress … Read more
Get the conversation started now. Update: Magento is providing security patches and support for Magento 1 through June 2020. Magento 2 was released late in 2015, but if you are like many of the thousands of Magento 1.9 shop owners, you have not yet upgraded. This being May of 2017, we are halfway through the upgrade cycle. That … Read more
Mossack Fonseca is a law firm based in Panama and is the center of the data breach dubbed “the Panama Papers”. The Panama Papers is a truly massive breach – a reported 2.6 Terabytes. To put that in perspective, the recent Sony data breach was 230Gb, just 10% of the Panama Papers leak. We’ll leave … Read more
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is a set of standards that is required for any business (of any size) which accepts credit cards. It was created by Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover and JCB (as a group) to reduce credit card fraud and increase controls around credit card data. If your company accepts … Read more
Site load speed is one of those topics that rarely gets enough attention. In WordPress, there are about three zillion ways to improve load speed. We use some of these for our WordPress maintenance plans and have had dramatic results in some cases, so we thought we’d share the love. gZip compression gZip compression is … Read more
What the heck is a Google algorithm? Does it have fins? This was a question posed to me by one of our clients recently. It does not have fins. It may, however, make some hard-working people shriek at the approach of a potential website killer. AlgorithmA procedure or formula for solving a problem The problem … Read more
Forms. They are the worker bees of the internet. They allow your visitors to communicate with you. They turn that computer screen into a conversation with you and your company instead of just a spectator event. So knowing what makes forms tick is important. This blog post is all about some of the more interesting … Read more
Some facts about e-commerce are less obvious than others. Many newer e-commerce operators would be surprised, for instance, that how to charge for shipping is one of the most important questions for an e-commerce store. It can be the difference, in fact, between an e-commerce site that is profitable and one that is not. Conversion … Read more