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Weebly Site Builder

Use Weebly to Start an E-Commerce Site with Zero Coding

What You’ll Need to Get Started To get started building an e-commerce site with Weebly, you’ll first need:  Pair Shared Hosting Account with Weebly Custom Domain Name What is Weebly If you’ve been shopping around for the best e-commerce, you may have come across Weebly. It’s a drag-and-drop builder, often touted for its ease of use and clean design. But does Weebly have what it takes to build an e-commerce store?  It does, in fact! Weebly has a built-in e-commerce option designed to seamlessly integrate with their website builder. You can build a fully functional website around your e-commerce site…

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Web Hosting

Use Popup Maker™ to Add a Banner to the Top of Your WordPress Site

What You’ll Need: A Pair WordPress Hosting Account The Free Popup Maker Plugin (Learn How to Install Popups Here) Optional: Pair Site Staging Enabled to Test Site Changes (Learn How Here) Procedure Overview: We’ll use Popup Maker, a free, easy-to-use WordPress plugin, to add a banner without needing to code. We’ll simply edit the text, choose a few settings, and deploy the new banner. Why a Banner? A banner is less intrusive than an overlay popup or a slide-in style popup. It can be used to display time-sensitive information like: Sales or promotions Important site changes Direct people to specific…

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Web Hosting

ICYMI: Pair Webinars — The Pair Malware Scanning Tool

Want to learn more about the free Malware Scanning Tool offered by Pair? Check out a replay of our recent webinar hosted by Pair security experts Charlie and Jaime! You’ll learn about:-How to find and activate the free scanning tool in the ACC-How the malware scanning tool searches all of your sites for suspicious files-What to do if suspicious files are found Check it out here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/malware-scanning-tool

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Web Hosting

How to Start a Blog

Why Blog? Blogs can be used to express yourself, market your brand, establish yourself as an expert, and so much more. It’s little wonder that the internet has over 152 million blogs on the internet, according to these statistics by 99 Firms.  Creating a blog has never been easier. With the popularity of blogs growing exponentially, a variety of tools were designed to make the creation process quick and painless. We’ll be covering some of these tools, as well as some steps in the creation process, so that you can get your blog up and running with minimal effort.  What…

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Web Hosting

How to Give Freelancers/ Employees Access to Your Pair Site

Websites are very nuanced. Setting one up and maintaining it can require knowledge on a variety of subjects, from server operating systems to web design. It can be daunting, especially if you’re new to the web hosting scene.  For many, the solution is to hire freelancers or employees who are well-versed in these disciplines. But this adds a new problem: how do you give your new hire the access they need?  Here at Pair Networks, we want to give you everything you need to succeed. So we put together this blog to help you choose the best access option for…

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Web Hosting

Out of the Office? Make Sure Your Contact Details Are Up-To-Date

In our digital age, being in touch is important. We make contact through social media, emailing, video chatting, and a vast number of other virtual ways. That’s why it’s important to keep your business contact information up-to-date.  Even more so when you’re about to leave the office for a while. Whether moving to work from home or taking some time off, having your contact details in order makes for smooth sailing. Having out-of-date contact details could set you up for an overflowing mailbox, answer machine, or angry customers.  Do yourself a favor and make sure everything is in order before…

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How To

Tips for Maximizing Your Remote Work Performance

Remote work can be extremely rewarding – you can work from anywhere without the normal office distractions. However, for the new remote worker, it can also be overwhelming. The comfort of home might prove to be too comfortable, or you may have trouble ever truly disconnecting.  Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all setup for working remotely. What works for some may not work for others. However, we’ve put together a list of performance boosting tips that have been used successfully in the past. We can’t promise all of these tips will work for you, but there’s a good chance you will…

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Web Hosting

COVID-19 and Pair Networks FAQ

Since its founding, Pair has prided itself on using local, never-outsourced staff, most of whom work in the same facilities as our datacenters. To continue to honor this commitment while also doing our part in helping keep our staff and community safe, we have had to make some changes in order to continue to provide the same excellent support and service our customers are used to. We’ve created an FAQ to help answer your questions concerning the COVID-19 and Pair Networks.

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Web Hosting

8 Top WordPress Plugins We Love

Stand-alone WordPress sites are pretty distinct. So how do you get away from the mold? By using plugins! Plugins are modules that you can add to your WordPress site. These plugins add functionality, from new design elements to new actions. There are over fifty thousand WordPress plugins available to date, meaning that there are thousands of ways for you to customize your website.  With so many plugins out there, how do you know which ones to use? There is no right answer, really, except to exercise caution and make sure the plugins are secure before installing.  If you’re looking for…

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Design & Development

Which Open-Source CMS is Best for You?

CMS, or Content Management Systems, can help maximize the amount of time you spend creating content. It simplifies pushing content out so you can spend more time with your content and less fiddling with the back end. Whether that’s by supplying a beginner-friendly interface with low to no code or just giving you a simple process for publishing your content. If you would prefer to use a CMS to manage your website content, then you’re in luck! There are loads of CMSs out there for you to use. On the downside, there are loads of CMS out there. So how…

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do I need my own server?
Web Hosting

Do I Need My Own Server?

When you first launched your website, you probably didn’t start out with your own server. So, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? After experiencing significant growth and increasing web traffic, are you ready for your own server?

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Security, WordPress

Wordfence for Beginners

Keeping your WordPress website secure should be a top priority. After putting in all that work to design, promote, and launch your WordPress site, you don’t want to lose all of your content in an attack. A simple way to protect your WP site is with the Wordfence security plugin. 

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8 tips and quotes on combining social media and seo
SEO

8 Quotes on the Power of Combining Social Media and SEO

Your website has to compete with millions of other websites for web traffic. How can you use SEO and social media to increase your traffic and stand out from the rest? We asked the experts for you! Check out these tips on how a combination of SEO and social media can help you promote your website effectively.

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Geek Out

6 Infamous Hacking Scenes from 90s Movies

There are so many truly terrible hacking scenes in TV and movies it’s impossible to rank them. Whether it’s two people using one keyboard or 3D graphics to represent code, the inaccuracies are everywhere. Hollywood hacking has been the topic of many explainer videos and articles. Determining which scenes are accurate and making fun of the ones that aren’t is a good reason to learn more about basic hacking. For anyone who wants in on the joke, here are several of our favorite hacking scenes from ‘90s movies:

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WordPress

WP Hosting vs. Shared Hosting for Your WordPress Website

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) available, which is one of the reasons pair offers separate hosting services specifically designed for WordPress websites. WP hosting plans don’t exist to make you pay more for having a WordPress website. There are real advantages to using WP hosting for your WordPress website. It doesn’t work for every budget though, which is why pair also offers Shared hosting with pairSIM for WordPress. Which type of hosting will work best for you and your WordPress website?

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SEO

How Social Media Influencers Can Benefit from Having a Website

A website can help micro- and macro-influencers expand their brand and monetize their reach more effectively. With a website, influencers have a one-stop shop to showcase their brand and share it with potential collaborators. Websites allow for more flexibility with the messaging and format while also establishing credibility for you as an influencer. Are you a social media influencer? Influencer marketing means businesses focus on influential people on social media instead of trying to reach their target market as a whole on a particular platform. Instead of investing money in sponsored tweets or boosted Facebook posts, businesses will have an…

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SEO, Web Hosting

More Lanes, More Traffic: 5 Ways to Grow Your Website Audience

In the real world, adding more lanes for cars always equals more traffic. You can apply the same idea to your website. Adding more lanes or more ways people can find your site, the more traffic you’ll see. You can create lanes using a variety of different tools and methods. Here are five quick strategies to help you get started: 1. Paid Acquisition As with most things, money talks. The quickest way to get more web traffic is through paid acquisition or online advertising. If you have the budget for it, start with pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns on Google. Google processes…

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Online Business, pair Domains

Do I Need a Website for My YouTube Channel?

  Do I Need a Website for My YouTube Channel? Yes, You Need a Website to Grow Your YouTuber Brand YouTube is the most lucrative platform for content creators according to an article by Business Insider.  Over 180 million hours of YouTube content is viewed on connected television devices daily. Entrepreneurs, celebrities, and brands interested in reaching cord cutters and young audiences produce content for the platform. Creatives, budding entertainers, and aspiring influencers launch YouTube channels to connect with audiences. Whether you’re a B2B service provider, self-employed, creative, or entertainer, you want to build your channel and brand with a…

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Do Freelancers on LinkedIn Still Need a Website
Web Hosting

Do Freelancers on LinkedIn Still Need a Website?

  Yes. Freelancers using LinkedIn and other online networking services need a website. Why do Freelancers on LinkedIn Need a Website? You look more professional. Having your own website helps you establish your E-A-T – expertise, authority, and trustworthiness – rating with Google and other search engines. Your website should be the first search engine result when someone looks up your name. Owning your domain gives you more control of your online reputation. Your website can also provide a secure space to receive payment and create a distraction-free experience for your current and future clients. Having Your Own Website as…

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SEO

Landing Page vs. Website: What’s the Difference?

Many businesses use a combination of landing pages in addition to their website to generate awareness and attract new customers. Other businesses rely solely on their website to reach and satisfy the needs of their audience online. What’s the difference between a landing page and a website? Which one should you use for your business?

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Design & Development, Email, How To, Tutorials

All About SPF Records

If you have email, you’re familiar with spam. It seems that no matter how many protocols, filters, and walls we implement, spam always seems to be finding a way through. Not only that, but sometimes spam uses our emails to seemingly send spam. This is called spoofing. Spoofing is when a spammer changes the from address to a different, legitimate email. So while we’re not actually sending the email, it will look like the email has been sent from our email. To help combat spoofing, you can use an SPF record. What is an SPF record? SPF stands for “sender…

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Design & Development, Security, SEO

How Dedicated, Shared, and Parked Domains Relate to IP Addresses

What are IP Addresses? IP (Internet Protocol) Addresses are used to identify different computers and devices on the internet. It’s like an home address – the internet uses IP addresses to locate and transfer data to and from places. IP addresses are usually a bunch of letters and periods, like 216.83.241.113. While this is easy for a computer to understand and compute, we humans have a much harder time remembering a jumble of numbers. That’s why we’ve tied domain names to IP addresses. It’s much easier to remember website.com than it is to remember 216.83.241.113. That’s one of the reasons…

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Design & Development, Security, Tutorials

Back that Site Up: A Backup Guide through the ACC

It’s important to ensure that you always have copies of your files and to understand how to generate your own backups to avoid losing potentially valuable information. Backups can be useful to recover files in the case of accidental deletion, to revert a site to a previous version if changes don’t work out as planned, or to restore a site after data loss. A Backup Guide for Your Site While pair Networks does keep backups of each server’s hard drive, they are only for restoration of an entire server after a drive failure. They cannot be used to restore individual…

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