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What Kinds of Websites Can Be Made With Weebly?

What Kinds of Websites Can Be Made with Weebly? You can build your new website inside of pair Domains. Using Weebly, you’re able to build your new nonprofit donation center, local restaurant menu, membership site, eCommerce site, or blog. For most website types, you’re able to use the built-in Weebly features. There are two hundred and ninety-three apps available for you to use to build your website when you need special functionality for your new website. Nonprofit Website Are you building an online fundraising center for your nonprofit? Weebly’s app store includes DonorBox. DonorBox enables you to receive donations for…

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What To Do After You Build Your Website

So, you built your website. Now what? A site that simply exists on the internet isn’t enough. Hitting “publish” won’t be your last step. How will your audience find your site? Do they even know it exists? You have to let people know your site is live and make it easy for them to find. If you want your site to be successful, you have more work to do. 1. Conduct Keyword Research Search and email are the two most common internet activities. People are always searching for information online using different search engines like Google or Bing. You want…

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What Kind of SSL Certificate Do I Need?

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates are quickly becoming necessary to make Google Chrome happy. Without an SSL Cert, your site may suffer when it comes to search rankings and web traffic. And, with a new update in October 2017, Google Chrome will actively try to turn traffic away from your HTTP site. Even if you’re not collecting information from people, they may not make it to your site without first reading a warning message from Google. Without an SSL Certificate, Google Chrome will tell viewers your site isn’t secure and make them think twice before continuing to your website. You…

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National Business Women’s Week pair Crew Spotlight COO Melea Strimple

    Melea Strimple is the Chief Operating Officer of pair Networks.  She started with pair 17 years ago, after serving as the COO of a regional Internet service provider.  Her career at pair has been focused on strengthening our support services and improving the customer experience.  She enjoys problem-solving and helping others reach their goals, whether it be helping fellow staff or clients of pair Networks. Ms. Strimple has also turned a love of dogs into her own small business, running a successful dog daycare and boarding business.  If not behind her desk at pair, you will find her…

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National Business Women’s Week Feature Beth Krodel

  Beth Krodel is a founding partner of Insight Designs Web Solutions based in Boulder, Colorado. Now in their 19th year, Insight Designs has created more than 650 websites and apps for more than 500 clients on six continents. Insight Designs’ emphasis has always been on helping clients find the most effective ways to communicate with and engage their audiences. They pride themselves on developing sites, applications, and interfaces that are sophisticated and elegant, yet intuitive and easy-to-use. Insight Designers are problem solvers, idea people, and love leading the way for their clients. IN HER OWN WORDS “As the co-owner of…

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National Business Women’s Week Feature Rene Morozowich

    Rene Morozowich is a freelance WordPress developer in the Pittsburgh area. She helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits create, update and maintain engaging websites. When asked one of her favorite aspects of her work Rene said, “I love the technical details.” IN HER OWN WORDS “Something that guides me as a woman in business is remembering that it’s about people. Helping others succeed, doing great work and being someone people can count on and cultivating relationships with others — that’s what it’s all about. I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made on my journey — especially the other…

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What is a Website Builder?

You signed up for your pair Domains account after purchasing the best domain for your brand. Now you need a website. Don’t waste time being overwhelmed by the cost of hiring a designer. You can also save yourself the time required to learn coding. Access to Weebly, an easy to use drag-and-drop website builder, is Included with the purchase of your domain name. What is a Website Builder? A website builder is a user-friendly tool created to build a website using drag-and-drop technology. Drag-and-drop technology is built on a graphical interface. The interface relies on “dragging” what you need from…

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How to Find the Right Name for Your Blog

Starting a blog is often extremely beneficial for businesses, online stores, and anyone trying to share information or engage with people online. In fact, companies with regularly updated blogs receive 97% more links to their sites and marketers who prioritize blogging are 13x more likely to see a positive return on their investment into the blog. So, even if you’re not selling anything or developing a detailed marketing strategy, you and your website can still benefit from having an active blog with quality content. Before you start your blog, you have to name it. Even if you’re just creating a…

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Build Your Own Website – For Free!

After you register your domain name, you probably can’t wait to create content and engage with your audience. But how can you accomplish this on a budget and without a coding background? Fortunately, you have options! You can create an original website with effective design by using a website builder like Weebly. Weebly is easy to use and perfect for beginners who want to build a free website! Here’s how to make a website for free with Weebly:   1. Register Your Domain First, sign up for a domain with pair Domains. If you haven’t decided on your domain name…

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FileZilla for Mac

What is FileZilla? FileZilla is an FTP/SFTP client. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, while SFTP is the more secure version of FTP. FileZilla is capable of using both FTP and SFTP, so you can have that extra security if you desire it. FTP/SFTP is used to transfer files from one machine to another. It is a common way to take your local files and copy them to your server. FTP/SFTP clients, like FileZilla, make the process easy by giving you an easy-to-use interface. No complex commands needed here. Most of the time, you can drag-and-drop files and folders in…

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Securely Connecting to Your Web Server Using SSH

What is SSH? SSH (Secure Shell) is a terminal program that allows you to securely connect to another machine – in this case,  your server. This connection gives you the ability to manage your server from your local computer. SSH is a tool that gives you extra functionality that is not always included in your control center. While SSH may appear daunting at first, it is a necessity for getting the most out of your hosting account. Using SSH So you want to learn how to SSH? Great! First, we have to set you up with a way to use…

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What is Shared Hosting?

What is Shared Hosting? Shared hosting is an inexpensive hosting option directed at beginners and modest websites. Is shared hosting right for you? How do you find a quality shared hosting package? We’ll walk you through the basics in this blog. How Does Shared Hosting Work? Our first step to assessing whether shared hosting works for you is to explain how it works. It’s called shared hosting because there are many shared accounts on one physical server. The server may be shared, but that’s the only shared thing. Only you can access and manage your account and site(s). You can…

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What is VPS Hosting?

How VPS Works A VPS (“Virtual Private Server”) is a physical server that is divided and sold as multiple virtual machines.Each virtual server has its own operating system and server software, allowing each division to operate like its own server.  Every virtual server has its own provisioned resources, meaning that it is guaranteed a certain amount of RAM and processing power. It’s important to keep in mind that a section is still part of a bigger server that holds the hardware that is used. Each virtual server is programmed to think it only has its provisioned resources, and so cannot…

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How to Put Varnish Cache on Your WordPress Site

What is Varnish Cache? Varnish Cache is a web accelerator, which is used to speed up site loading times. So, how does it work? Well, a web accelerator acts as a proxy server that reduces the time it takes to access a website. A proxy server operates as a go-between for requests to the server. When a computer wants to load a site, it will contact the server and request the site’s information and resources. A proxy server intercepts those requests and processes them according to its instructions. So, Varnish Cache is a proxy that processes requests in a way…

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An Introduction to SSL Certificates

An Introduction to Encryption Ever wonder how websites help keep hackers from stealing private information, like your credit card number or passwords? The answer: SSL. SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a security protocol that protects the connection between your site and the visitor. When a visitor logs in or makes purchases on your site, the client (such as a browser) sends information to your website’s server. This information can be vulnerable while it’s traveling, making this the opportune time for hackers to strike. However, using SSL can secure the channel between client and server, making hacking much harder to pull…

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WordPress Hosting 101

So you want to start a WordPress site? Great! Now you have to decide how you want to host your new site. Figure Out What You’ll Be Doing Do you want your site to be a blog? An e-commerce site? A combination of both? The options are endless! Sit down and think about what you want to do with your site. Once you’ve decided, consider the design you’d like for your site. Do you prefer complex themes with lots of functionality or simple ones? Are you planning on using a lot of plugins or just one or two? These are…

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How to Launch Your First Podcast with WordPress

In 2017, 42 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly. With such a large variety of engaging, hands-free audio content, it’s not surprising that podcasts are growing more and more popular. You can take advantage of this fast-growing medium by learning how to start a podcast of your own with WordPress. Reaching this large audience of podcast listeners will not only expand your influence, but will also establish you as a thought leader and an authority in your area of focus. Whether your goals involve fame, fortune, or something less cliché, we can help you launch your first podcast with WordPress….

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Web Hosting, WordPress

5 Ways to Improve Your eCommerce WordPress Site

Entrepreneurs frequently start selling their latest products or services online with a cool new business website instead of a store front. Without a physical location, you can reduce startup capital and reach a larger audience. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as creating a new WordPress site and magically becoming a bestseller overnight. Even the most experienced entrepreneurs and business-savvy people may find the world of eCommerce websites difficult to navigate. Here are a few ways to increase traffic and drive revenue with your eCommerce WordPress site: 1. Start a Blog Blogging isn’t just for bloggers. You can blog too! You’ll…

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Setting Up an .htaccess Redirect

What is a 301 Redirect? A 301 redirect reroutes site traffic from one place to another. If example1.com has a 301 redirect setup to send people to example2.net, all the visitors who type in “example1.com” will end up at example2.net, instead.   What are 301 Redirects Good For? 301 redirects are particularly useful for things like site maintenance and moving traffic to a new site.   Using a 301 Redirect for Site Maintenance Using 301 redirects for site maintenance allows you to reroute traffic from all over the site to a “Sorry, our site is down for maintenance” page. 301…

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Improving Accessibility on Your Site

When we’re creating for the web, it’s easy to forget about making our content accessible for all audience types. With more than 36 million adults in the United States being unable to read past a third-grade reading level and the growing usage of screen readers for the visually impaired, making your website accessible is more important than ever. Making Your Site Accessible When it comes to website structure, we often consider the website finished when the front-end is visually pleasing. However, screen readers use the website’s code to navigate. So if your code is messy, your website would appear to…

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A Naturally Grown Awesome Charity

You bite into a sweet, juicy peach. For you food is preventative medicine. Paying the additional fifteen to twenty-five percent added to organic produce isn’t a problem, when you know the processes and systems are certified organic by an entity you trust. You read about the certification available through independent industry trusted charitable organizations like Certified Naturally Grown. Fraud by companies who sell organic fruits and vegetables almost gave you hesitation but because of companies like CNG, you’re not afraid anymore. Local farming communities rely on the integrity, trust and commitment to healthy growing practice organizations like Certified Naturally Grown….

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Urban Innovation 21 is Effecting Innovative Change in Pittsburgh

We’re known in Pittsburgh for saying y’inz and unparalleled support for our teams. (Way to PENGUINS!) We’re also the home of Urban Innovation 21, one of the first US based charitable organizations to implement an “inclusive innovation” program. Previously known as the “Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone” we’re excited to spotlight Urban Innovation 21 as local trailblazers in the nonprofit sector. Collaborative initiatives launch with the support of several Pittsburgh private sector stalwarts, injected with 21st century ingenuity, creativity, talent from a diverse board of directors and life changing funders. Entrepreneurs in underserved Pittsburgh areas have received an injection of…

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8 Tips for Building Your Nonprofit Website

You don’t need a huge budget to have an engaging website for your nonprofit organization. Having an online presence will help your organization achieve success whether you define success as awareness, donations, or something else entirely. With a well-designed and thoughtfully-created website, you can accomplish more than you thought possible. Are you ready to get started on your nonprofit website? 1. Choose a Website Builder First, as the official web builder for your nonprofit, find an easy-to-use website builder tool. With so many different content creation services, you don’t need to learn to code to create a decent website. Just…

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MySQL Basics: How to Create a MySQL Database

What is SQL? SQL, or Structured Query Language, is a language that helps you interact with databases. Using SQL, you can set up databases, tear them down, fill them up with data, create inter-database relationships, and much, much more.   What are Databases? Databases are virtual structures that hold data. They are very efficient for data storage and retrieval. When a computer needs certain information, it will send a question to the database. This question is called a query. The database will search internally and give the computer the data that fits the query’s conditions. Ever wonder how a website…

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How to Choose the Perfect Name for Your Domain

Have you ever considered getting a tattoo? It’s a pretty big decision. You have to live with it for a long time and it becomes a part of your identity. You can think of your domain name in a similar way. It’s your website’s virtual ink attracting attention and informing everyone about the identity of your site. Just as a good tattoo that represents you well requires some forethought, so does your domain name. Before you decide, here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect name for your domain: 1. Keep It Simple Keep your domain simple…

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Is Your Web Host Hurting Your Search Ranking?

Search engine optimization or SEO plays a huge role in how search engines like Google and Bing rank your website. Adding elements like page titles, meta descriptions, alt text, and keywords helps search engines find your site and display it to people who search relevant terms. Search engines also grant higher ranking to high-performing websites with fast page load times and little or no downtime. So, what does your web host have to do with search rankings? The quality of your web host can affect SEO by hurting your page load times, server quality, database connection, and general accessibility of…

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Get the Most out of Your Business Website

After you’ve selected and registered your domain name, the real work begins for your new business website. There are several components to a good website including design, web copy, images, and more. Here’s a quick, six-step guide to help you get the most out of your site: Step 1: Define your website goals Why are you creating a website for your business? To increase online sales? Improve your reach and influence? Get more email subscribers? Whatever your goals, make sure you keep them in mind as you go. Use your goals to shape the content and design of your site….

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Password Protect Your Site: Two Different Methods with Examples

Password Protect Your Site   Whether the reason is to restrict access to your team, protect sensitive content, keep your in-progress content hidden, or all of the above, a password can go a long way to ease the process (and your mind).   The nifty thing about password protecting your website is that it gives you control of the users. You can control who accesses what pages, what their passwords are, and, if the need arises, you can delete users completely so that they no longer have access to anything related to your site.   .htaccess: What is it? .htaccess…

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Getting Started with WordPress

What is WordPress?   WordPress is the World’s most popular blogging software. WordPress software is free and open-source, features lots of themes, plugins, a visual editor, and an active and supportive user and developer community.   CMS vs. Blog   WordPress is best known as a blogging tool, but technically it’s a CMS, or content management system. A CMS is more than just a blog, and in fact, it doesn’t have to be used for blogging at all. A CMS is primarily a tool for managing the files, media, and code that make up a website. As such, it offers…

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