You’re Ruining Your Site on Mobile

I’ve written previously about my love of reading my RSS feed on my phone before I go to sleep every night. It’s the perfect way for me to end my day.

However, there is one bad trend I notice on mobile sites and it really interferes with what I want to do on the site – READ IT. Shocking, right?

So many of the sites that I click through to read I’m greeted with a giant and obnoxious email subscription box. Is that any way to greet a reader going to your site for the first time?

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Don’t Be Foolish With Your Domain Name

Over my 5 years at LyntonWeb I’ve helped launch hundreds of new website, and that’s not an exaggeration.

When launching a new site, you need to update the DNS to point the domain name to the new server (if there is one; there usually is for us).

Wait, “what is DNS?”, you’re probably asking. DNS, or domain name system, is a naming system for computers, servers, or anything connected to a network. Think of it as a phone book. You have a name (hopefully), but you can’t tell your phone to call Steve Guttenberg and expect to be connected to him, the phone system doesn’t work that way. You need to have Steve Guttenberg’s actual phone number to reach him. By the way, if any of you do, please let me know. I’ve got a great movie idea for him.

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How to Maintain Your New Inbound Website [Maintenance Checklist]

Look at you with that fancy new website!

Now you can sit back and relax until it’s time to redo your website in a few years, right?

Wrong.

So wrong.

Websites are like cars, they need regular maintenance. Like, what would you do if your website kept making a cuuur-CHUNK noise every time you turned left? What would you do?

What WOULD you do?

Never fear, your trusted LyntonWeb Mechanics are here to help! Here’s a maintenance checklist to help keep your website running smoothly:

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5 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Site From Hackers

You may have heard that it’s been a busy week for WordPress hackers this past week.

If you haven’t heard, it’s been a busy week for WordPress hackers this past week.

ArsTechnica has reported that over 100,000 sites have been infected by these attacks.

In under four days, three of my personal sites have had over 800 malicious login attempts. That’s over 8 attempts every hour.

Being hacked isn’t something that happens to non-technical people. It can happen to anyone. I was hacked earlier this year!

So, what can you do to protect yourself?

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4 Website Lies You Should Stop Believing

When you’ve been building websites for as long as we have you hear a lot of lies, falsehoods, misconceptions, and other stuff that makes you do that confused dog look.

Don’t fear, though. We’re here to clear some of these things up for you. Here are 4 website lies that you really should stop listening to:

1. My website needs to be above the fold.

The “fold” is a concept that comes from the newspaper industry. The most important story in the day’s paper should be on the top half of the page.  That way when the paper is sitting at the newsstand it faces up and will compel people to buy a copy. Anything “below the fold” is hidden from view because the paper is sitting on it. It’s the paper’s butt. Sorry, I can’t help myself sometimes.

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How to Connect With Your Audience

We’re long past the days where you could run a business without a website. You need one. That’s not even debated any more. But now that you do have a website (if not, call us) are you talking to your audience? Like, are you truly speaking to them?

First off, are you using language that is way above, or way below your target audience’s understanding? If your target audience is lawyers, you can use very specific language to talk to lawyers. But if you are a lawyer and you’re using your website to attract clients you can’t use the same terminology and methods to attract non-lawyers. People need to understand what you’re saying.

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You’ve Launched A New Website! Now What?

Congratulations. Launching a website is a big deal. We should know, we launch a lot of websites. But now that design, development, and quality assurance testing are done and you’ve launched your site, that doesn’t mean that you can kick up your feet and relax.

No, your work is just beginning.

Your website is a living, breathing part of your sales team. You need to make sure you keep it going. Here are some tips to do that:

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What is Quality Assurance? [Why It’s Important To Your New Website]

QA. Quality Assurance. If you’ve worked on any type of project before you’ve probably heard this term before.

If you haven’t, QA is the process during a project where you put the thing you’re working on, in our case, websites, under a series of tests and user scenarios.

QA is an important process in any project to ensure that your product is 100% ready for launch. You don’t want to find out afterwards that everything is a mess and broken like Apple did this week with their iOS 8 update. We don’t need any crying Dawsons.

Testing and QA is something that we at LyntonWeb think about a lot.

While starting our QA process for a website we ask ourselves a few questions:

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The Facebookification of Twitter [Whatever you’re doing Twitter, STOP]

I love Twitter. I first signed up in June of 2007 and never looked away. I was instantly hooked, and I’m very vocal about my love for Twitter, as well as helping new users learn how to use the service.

Things on Twitter moved a bit slower back then. It was easy to follow a couple hundred people and still read your entire feed easily. It’s a little trickier now that Twitter is a lot more popular and that on average there are 6,000 tweets posted every second.

Twitter has hinted at implementing a Facebook style filtered news feed for a while, and Anthony Noto, Twitter’s CFO, confirmed this a few weeks ago at a financial conference.

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You’re Writing Blogs, But Are You Reading Them? [3 Reasons You Should]

I never was a big reader. My mother fought and fought with me to get me to read as a child. As an adult I try to read, but I get bored with books halfway through and abandon them and never look back.

But one thing I do read consistently (besides comic books that is) is my RSS feed. I love reading blogs.

I end every day by opening my RSS reader on my phone and going through the day’s news. I subscribe to many blogs spanning multiple subjects. From comics, movies and TV, marketing, web trends, general interest blogs (like the great kottke.org for example), photography, and a ton more.

Why is reading blogs important?

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