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WordPress Vulnerability Scanning

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WordPress is by far the most popular content publishing platform for small businesses. That means it’s also the most popular target for predators who could disrupt your business. Sometimes a WordPress vulnerability is so well hidden, you wouldn’t know your site was compromised until after the damage is done.

WordPress’ plugin architecture enables developers to integrate functionality into your site. However, not all programmers are conscientious about securing and protecting their code. This means they can unintentionally introduce a WordPress vulnerability into your site. It’s not limited to individual programmers, either; professional companies that provide enterprise-class plugins are also susceptible to insecure coding.

For a limited time, MGCS will scan and provide the results to you at no cost and no obligation. We won’t use your email address for a single newsletter, and we won’t ever* share the results of the test. Simply fill out the form below and you will receive your report in 1-2 business days.

We believe information should be free, not a free-for-all. Keep your website safe, stay secure.

Request for WordPress Vulnerability Scan

 

*By sending this form, you confirm that you are the legal owner of the website. Any request for a scan of a website which you do not lawfully own will be denied, the lawful owners will be notified immediately, and any information regarding the request will be given to law enforcement.

Now Open: Q&A Forums

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I’ve soft-launched a forum for answering any questions asked, either by myself or by other people. This has been a long time coming, since I’ve often maintained that forums are too much work to monitor. The Q&A forums will cover a wide range of topics, from simple HTML to complex business applications.

If you have a question, ask! I’m happy to share my knowledge, point you in the direction of a solution, or even invite an expert I know to give you a better answer. If you run into trouble want to open a new topic, or want to ask anonymously, you can always use my contact form.

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60 Second Solution: Facebook URL Debugger

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Facebook has committed itself to improving the relevancy of information it provides in your News Feed so that you always receive the latest and most relevant information. While this is a good idea in theory, in practice it’s a bit more difficult. At well north of and estimated 200,000 servers (Facebook has always been tight-lipped about its infrastructure), making changes to information stored in its database isn’t always as instantaneous as you need it to be.

In order to serve information quickly, Facebook fetches information about a posted link – Title, URL, description and image – and stores it on its servers. That way, it doesn’t have to keep going out to the web site to retrieve that information, speeding up your user experience. Unless of course, you’ve gone ahead and changed any of that information.

Nothing is more frustrating than sharing a link from your web site on Facebook, only to see the outdated information staring back at you when you look at it in your News Feed on on your business’ page. Fortunately, Facebook has had a tool for developers that helps you reset Facebook’s version to your most recent content. The tool has been available for the past several years and they’ve made improvements to it, so it actually retrieves the latest version of your article, post or page. You can find the tool at:

https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/og/object/

By simply inputting the URL of your page or post, you can see what information Facebook has for your content. Then by clicking ‘Fetch New Scrape Information’, Facebook reaches out and downloads a fresh version of the content from that URL. You can use the tool to find out why images aren’t showing, meta information, Open Graph information and more.

From XLS to CRM: Understanding the Power of a Database

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I have been privy to the planning stages of many new businesses. Most businesses, when first coalescing their ideas into practical data, tend to use Microsoft Excel to organize their customers, vendors, and other charted data. While this works for the most part, invariably these same businesses find themselves quickly growing out of a simple spreadsheet. Then, when sharing the data among people becomes necessary, this same spreadsheet is either emailed back and forth, or one lucky person becomes the caretaker of the spreadsheet, having to constantly look up information for everyone.

Does this sound familiar?

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The Other Half of Keyword Advertising

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I just sat through almost three hours of a tortuous presentation by a web company who had an outdated PowerPoint presentation, inaccurate information… and the audience soaked it up like they were preaching the Gospel.

SMH.
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Marketing Land: A Marketer’s Guide To Gaining Attention On 12 Top Social Networks

Marketing Land: A Marketer’s Guide To Gaining Attention On 12 Top Social Networks

Marketing Land: A Marketer’s Guide To Gaining Attention On 12 Top Social Networks. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw-Ou55B8

Marketing Land: Twitter Launches Small Business Planner Mobile App

Marketing Land: Twitter Launches Small Business Planner Mobile App

Marketing Land: Twitter Launches Small Business Planner Mobile App. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw6o683Ro

Quartz: Brace yourself for the corporate journalism wave

Quartz: Brace yourself for the corporate journalism wave

Quartz: Brace yourself for the corporate journalism wave. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwwZ_L0xo

60 Second Solution: Facebook-Ready Featured Images

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In September 2013, graphic designers were given a terrific gift from Facebook. News feed thumbnails for links were enlarged to 400 pixels by 209 pixels. Authors can now use a comfortably large space to visually promote links to their articles.
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Website Security: Combatting Digital Miscreants

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There is a malevolent stream of traffic on the Internet that no one notices. You’re not aware of it, but it’s out there, lurking, travelling in unseen packets from website to website, hoping to come across that one domain where the website security is a little too lax, the passwords a little too simple, and then pounce on it, infecting it with alien code that can do anything from pop up ads to trashing or deleting the site, and maybe even copying and sending your user information back to the mothership.

If you’re starting to feel nervous then good, I’m getting my point across.
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