How to Fix the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error in Chrome (9 Tips)

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In a digital world hooked on instant gratification, one of the last things you want to experience when browsing is an error message. This can be incredibly frustrating, and may even be a sign that something serious has gone wrong. For average users, the really confusing errors are the ones where it can sometimes hard to distinguish between a problem with your WordPress site and something else.
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WordPress Security – 19 Steps to Lock Down Your Site (2019)

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Via Kinsta, the one-stop website for what you need to know about WordPress:

“Is WordPress Secure? The first question you’re probably wondering, is WordPress secure? For the most part, yes. However, WordPress usually gets a bad rap for being prone to security vulnerabilities and inherently not being a safe platform to use for a business. More often than not this is due to the fact that users keep following industry-proven security worst-practices. Did you know that 83% of WordPress sites are vulnerable to hacker attacks?

WordPress sites hosted by Kinsta are automatically secured.”

Source: WordPress Security – 19 Steps to Lock Down Your Site (2019)

Best WordPress Q&A Plugins to Stir Up Conversations in 2019

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Kinsta does it again.  Check out this great article on how to build a Q&A website!

“Q&A sites like Yahoo! Answers, Quora, Reddit, and Stack Exchange are great for asking questions or browsing for answers that people around the world come up with. From hypotheticals on who really won WWII to industry-specific questions like “What’s the most cost-effective website builder?” these question and answer sites are goldmines for knowledge and community.”

Source: Best WordPress Q&A Plugins to Stir Up Conversations in 2019

Google Dropping Pages Out Of The Search Index

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Apr 5, 2019 Google Search Engine Optimization
Source: Google Dropping Pages Out Of The Search Index

“Something weird is going on with the Google search index. I am seeing wide spread reports of SEOs and webmasters complaining that their URLs and web pages are being removed from the Google Index. Lots of folks are noticing that a nice percentage of their web sites are no longer coming up for a site command or showing in Search Console as being indexed.

You can use the fetch feature and once you do that, the page should return back in the index almost immediately but if 50% of your pages have been dropped, that might take a while to do.

A WebmasterWorld thread has a ton of complaints and I am seeing tons of threads in the official Google Search Console forums as well. And yes, folks on Twitter are noticing issues and posting as well.”

 

Stay tuned.  Even thought John Mu mentioned on Twitter that it would be fixed by now, thousands of websites are still not back.  Mine included.

How long does it take to build a website?

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Excerpts from Bill Erickson:

“The short answer is: longer than you would expect, but don’t rush it. There are three main factors in a project’s timeline:

  1. How soon can they start?
    High quality WordPress developers are usually booked, so can’t start on your website immediately. There could be some delay from when you first hire the developer to when they actually get started.
  2. How long before a website is ready for review?
    Most designers and developers have a clear process for building a website, and can describe roughly how long it will take to get a website in your hands.
  3. How long before you can launch?
    This final factor is the biggest variable and depends largely on you, the client. It involves reviewing the website, making change requests, and finalizing content.

This information applies to the creation of a custom WordPress website. If you don’t need a custom website, there are faster and more affordable options. Here’s how to setup a WordPress website yourself. With a few hours of work you could have a basic website up and running.”

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27 Reasons Why WordPress Crushes Squarespace Every Time

Pamela DeanBusiness Website Design, Design Review, Responsive Designs, Squarespace, Top Web Design Tips, Web Design, Web Development, Website Design, Wix, WordPress

Having developed websites on WordPress, Wix and Squarespace, I have to agree.  WordPress crushes everytime.

Here’s an insightful article with 27 reasons why WordPress beats SquareSpace.  You can assume WordPress is superlative over Wix for the same reasons.  Trust me.

Source: 27 Reasons Why WordPress Crushes Squarespace Every Time – WPMU DEV

WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release – Immediate Update Recommended

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WordPress 5.0.1 was released Wednesday night, less than a week after the much anticipated release of WordPress 5.0. This security release fixes seven security vulnerabilities, a few of which are quite serious.Sites running versions in the 4.x branch of WordPress core are also impacted by some of the issues. WordPress 4.9.9 was released along with 5.0.1 to address the issues for those users.We have not seen attempts to exploit these vulnerabilities in the wild yet, but given the number of sites impac

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Why You Can’t Scrimp on Your Web Designer

Pamela DeanBusiness Website Design, Marketing, NYC Website Design, NYC Website Designer, Small Business, UX Design, Web Design, Website Design, Website Estimates, Website Proposals, Westside Virtual, WordPress

Excellent article on why spending $10,000 on a Website Design is equivalent to a $30,000 investment in your company.

A must-read for those who are hesitant to invest in something that others say – erroneously – can be done for free.

Source: Why You Can’t Afford That Cheap Web Designer

Color Information

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When working with colors on your website palette, do you know the difference between shade, tint and tone?

A shade is obtained by adding black to the original color, which reduces its lightness.

A tint is obtained by adding white to the original color, which increases its lightness.

A tone is obtained by adding gray to the original color.