Don’t tell my LyntonWeb coworkers in the Marketing Department, but I don’t like marketing emails. They’re fine people (mostly), and create great content for LyntonWeb and our customers. But it’s some of our colleagues in the marketing world that give marketers a bad name.

Do you remember when you first got an email address? For me it was back in 1995, and any new email back then was exciting. New jokes from a comedy newsletter, an African prince who needed help to free his inheritance, a chain letter that I had to forward on to 12 people. Whatever. It was new and exciting.

Now 145 billion emails are sent every day. We have computers, smartphones, tablets, and wearable tech like Google Glass. And soon smart watches that all ding, boop, beep, buzz, and yo at us letting us know we have a new message. Is it from your wife? Your parents? Maybe it’s pictures of your niece and nephews? Nope, it’s an email for 20% off all orders over $50 from that store you bought one thing off of as a gift 5 years ago but they still email you every week.

20 years later email is something we all begrudgingly deal with.

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I love WordPress. I’ve been using it for about 7 years on over a dozen personal sites. Not to mention the countless number of client sites we’ve built on WordPress over the years here at LyntonWeb.

It’s a great (and free!) CMS for beginners all the way up to advanced developers. However, out of the box it’s missing some basic features, which is where plugins come in. Here are some of our favorites that we include on almost every WordPress site we build:

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We’ve been banging the responsive website drum for some time now. We relaunched our website last summer with a responsive design built on top of HubSpot’s powerful COS. And we’ve been launching responsive websites for our clients on both HubSpot and WordPress since.

Do you need a responsive website?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Hell yes.

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Back in February I received a very troubling email.

I use a security plugin called Wordfence for my personal WordPress sites. They notified me that I was likely hacked, moments after malicious code was inserted into my site. I jumped in to investigate without really know what I was doing.

I logged onto my FTP and saw some folders and files that I did not upload. I ran through every folder on my server and deleted anything that looked malicious. After about 20 minutes of work I was pretty confident that I had my server pretty clean.

Wrong wrong wrong wrong.

About 2 weeks later the hackers were back with a vengeance.

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How’s your blog looking these days? Is your inbound marketing blog set up for success? Make sure you aren’t making these mistakes on your blog so that readers to your blog stay on your website and enter your sales funnel.

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Yesterday the FCC announced a major change in their stance on net neutrality which could have dramatic effects on the Internet, and the future.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea or belief that all Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all internet data and traffic equally, and not discriminate against specific users, content, platforms, etc.

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I’ve made it no secret that I’m a big comic book nerd. I love super heroes and I don’t care who knows it. When I have to explain something technical or complex to people, I’ll almost always relate it to super heroes because that’s what is on my mind 86% of the time (when I’m not at work thinking of websites and inbound marketing).

I was recently trying to explain HubSpot’s COS to a not so technical friend who has a tiny bit of experience with WordPress. I kept saying a feature was like so and so, but on steroids. Like this and that, but on crack. More power! More craziness!

That conversation led me to connect the HubSpot COS with none other than –  The Avengers!

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Our Friday Fails posts have been a lot of fun for our team to produce, and our readers really love them. We’ve decided to take our experience and turn it into lessons learned for those of you out there who may be planning on launching your own video series.

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You may have heard the term “Heartbleed” over the past few days relating to online security. If you didn’t, buckle up, it’s about to get real scary because it could affect anyone. Everyone. Even you.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) is a security vulnerability found in OpenSSL which is an open source library that is used by numerous developers and companies to protect your username, passwords, and other sensitive information online.

So what does this really mean?

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With online shopping increasing rapidly every year, e-commerce is all the rage. People enjoy the convenience and efficiency of shopping online, especially around Christmas. Who in their right mind wants to fight a crowd at Christmas time, right? Luckily, there are plenty of e-commerce stores and shopping carts available for online merchants. Be wary. Not all e-commerce stores are created equally.

We recently migrated a store away from an older shopping cart platform to Shopify. From the moment we flipped the switch on Shopify, the client was thrilled. The difference between the two platforms was like night and day.

Why was the client so happy? Let’s discuss the benefits of using Shopify e-commerce with your inbound marketing website:

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