Author: George Morris

New Chrome (Version 45) Breaks Formatting in the Admin Dashboard

  Many people use Google Chrome, primarily because it is an excellent browser. As you know, Chrome updates itself automatically in the background, and amid a lot of security concerns, it hasn’t created any major issues until now. For those of us that manage WordPress sites, some of us see broken formatting in the dashboard. Fortunately, there is a workaround for this until Google fixes it. There is a setting called Slimming Paint that needs to be disabled for this to start working correctly again. Navigate to┬áchrome://flags/#disable-slimming-paint Enable the “Disable Slimming Paint” option and ensure the “Enable Slimming Paint”...

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Choosing A Host 101

There are a staggering number of web hosts out there and unless you know what you need it can be very frustrating to look. While it is certainly a great idea to consult with your developer (they may offer hosting themselves suitable for your site) you may not be able to afford a dev or you might be a dev yourself looking for guidance. In choosing a host, there are a lot of things to consider: -Business needs -Traffic -Efficiency of application -Support needs There is no such thing as a one size fits all host. You may favor one host and your coworker might favor another. Ultimately, a company goes with the preferred host of the person they feel is most qualified to tell them what to do for their site, typically the hired developer. While this isn’t bad advice, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Many times a developer will place a client’s site on their own shared hosting account which means the only person with panel access or data ownership is the developer. This is never a good idea and you should always have full control panel or even server access if possible. Whether you actually use it is irrelevant, but you should always own your hosting account. Also, make sure billing is in your name, preferably the company owner’s name. Hosting...

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Website backups, your data, and your business

One of the most important things you’ll ever do as a webmaster, is maintain your own backups. Too many people out there don’t understand this concept as they are often sold on their host’s backup services. Especially for business, this is dangerous to think like this, and it is important to understand why. Hosts are not obligated to back up your data Sneaky as it seems, check your host’s terms of service, and you’ll find a clause about them not being responsible for lost data. Simply put, this means that if they lose your data, it’s not their problem. They can’t restore what they don’t have, and no backup solution is perfect. Getting mad at them won’t solve anything either. The proactive thing to do is back up your own data, via the control panel, or if you are using a CMS such as WordPress, it may offer facilities to back up as well. It makes no business sense to rely on your host’s backups Firstly, you went in business to be self-sufficient. You may have been sold on the whole idea of not relying on others for your paycheck, when you started, so let’s apply this to your hosting. Your data is your business. Especially if you don’t have a local server on your company LAN, chances are your hosting account is storing all of your business transactions....

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Welcome to my site!

Hi!!! My name is George, and welcome to my new blog, where I will be posting from time to time various tidbits of information related to being effective as a webmaster and server administrator. As this is something I do on a day to day basis, I’d like to share my insight with the world. A bit of background about myself: I started in the IT industry at the age of 16 in 2003. My first job was with a local computer repair shop, that provided me valuable experience in getting started in the crazy world of IT. Since then I’ve moved on to work at various companies, such as Caterpillar, State Farm, Hostgator, Arvixe, and many other companies I’ve performed contract work for. I enjoy what I do, and sharing my knowledge with others is something I particularly enjoy. I’m originally from Pekin, although I spent 2 years in Texas (which was fun). I returned home in October 2014 so I am excited to serve the community again. Web work is my favorite, however. Primarily because it is something I can do as a legitimate work-from-home opportunity that is as lucrative as I make it out to be. I specialize in server management, web design, and SEO services. Now that the boring introduction is over, I can start posting actual informative articles! Looking forward to...

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