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Check out our tips and tutorials on web design and development! pair Networks does all the work for you so you can focus on building, designing, and developing your website. Learn about SEO, WordPress, security, email, and more!

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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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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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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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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…

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Design & Development, SEO, WordPress

SEO for WordPress

Your new WordPress blog looks dazzling. The content is intriguing. It’s lights, camera, action! Now all you need is an audience. But where to find them? How do you draw visitors in? SEO for WordPress SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization, is an important strategy used to connect your site with the right audience. A first-page result for the right search on Google will direct much more traffic to your site. The higher the ranking, the more competitive it is, with the top three search results for popular searches being the ultimate prize. So how do you start edging…

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Design & Development, Web Hosting

Shared, VPS, & Dedicated Hosting Platforms – What’s the Difference?

Web servers are the foundation for websites. However, not all servers are the same. Not only are there differences in hardware, but there are different server types that offer different amounts of security. These differences, combined with the hardware, can make up drastically different hosting packages. We’ll go over three of these popular hosting types and lay out some common characteristics of each of them. Shared Hosting Shared web hosting accounts share the resources (like memory and RAM) of a single server with other shared web hosting accounts. You can think of shared hosting like owning a single unit in…

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Design & Development, Security, WordPress

Lock it Down: How to Keep Your Site Secure

In an era where websites are compromised by malicious software all the time, one of the most common security questions is ‘How do I help protect my site from hackers?’ Although it can seem daunting, there are plenty of steps you can take to help keep your site secure. How to Keep Your Site Secure Keep it Fresh Always keep your platforms (like WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and their associated plugins up to date with the latest versions. Having outdated software is one of the easiest ways for malware to break into your site. Think of an old version of WordPress…

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Design & Development, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress

Content Management Systems: Joomla, Drupal, & WordPress

If you are looking to build a dynamic website without having to worry about the coding and technical aspects of it; WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal have established themselves as the leaders for online content management systems. Comparing Content Management Systems No one CMS is better than another. It largely depends on your situation, site goals, and skill level. WordPress, Joomla, & Drupal What is a Content Management System? Otherwise known as a CMS, it is a system used to manage the content of a website. It allows the account holder who may not be familiar with coding, to manage the…

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Design & Development

Why You Need an Event Website and How to Get Started

Whether you’re hosting a wedding or a conference, you can benefit from having a website for your event. You can increase awareness for your event and build anticipation more effectively with a website. A special event website will also give you more freedom and flexibility with messaging. You can easily change and update information as needed to let your guests and participants know what’s happening.

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Design & Development, SEO

Why You Need a Small Business Website

Every business needs a website even your small business. Whether you’re starting a new business or you’ve had a storefront for years, there is value in joining the global community online with your very own website. The internet is a powerful tool that you can use to your advantage and reach millions of people. A small business website acts as a storefront, a marketing platform, and more all in one accessible place.

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SEO, WordPress

SEO for WordPress: How to Get Started

Using WordPress to build your website has never been easier. You don’t need to take a class or learn how to code to use WordPress. While building a website is easy, getting people to visit your site is where it gets tricky. Simply having a website doesn’t mean people will find it and use it. You have to let people know your website exists first. And the key to attracting humans to your website is cooperation. Getting started with WordPress requires a little cooperation with search engines like Google and Bing. This cooperation is called search engine optimization (SEO).

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WordPress

How to Get the Most out of WordCamp Pittsburgh 2018

Pittsburgh will host its third annual WordCamp conference on September 22, 2018. Are you ready to learn, share, and absorb everything there is to know about WordPress? Conferences offer an overwhelming amount of activities, information, and free swag. Use this quick guide to help you get the most out of your WordCamp experience!

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WordPress

5 Common WordPress Problems and Solutions

WordPress is a powerful tool for creating, managing, and sharing your content. But even powerful tools need maintenance and a little help troubleshooting problems. If you want to simplify your WordPress launch, you can get a ready-out-of-the-box solution from a reliable web host.

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WordPress

Our 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins

WordPress offers over 55,000 plugins to its users. Your site would probably crash if you tried all of the WordPress plugins available and you don’t have time to waste testing Worthless Plugins. So, here are several of our favorite (and useful) WordPress plugins:

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WordPress

5 Security Tips for WordPress Beginners

Why Worry About Security? Security is an important part to consider when setting up a website. You’ve probably heard about a high profile security breach or attack in the recent past, but it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that cybercrime only happens to big companies with big assets. But any site can become a victim of cybercrime and it’s important to take steps to reduce your site’s vulnerability. We’ve compiled five security tips for all you beginners out there who want to create a site and keep it secure, too. #1 Keep Site Up-to-Date Keeping your site…

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WordPress

What Does It Mean to be WordPress Optimized?

What do web hosts mean when they say optimized WordPress hosting? You already decided you want to use WordPress to build your site. Do you really need special hosting services for WordPress? It depends on what you want your WordPress site to do and your technical abilities. Here’s what you need to know about web hosting services optimized for WordPress.

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Design & Development, Web Hosting

How to Choose a Web Host

Updated: May 16, 2018 Ideally, you’ll choose the right web host the first time around so you don’t have to move your site later. Often, people realize their first host doesn’t meet expectations and they end up paying someone to move their site. In order to help you get to your second host the first time around, here’s a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know as you choose a web host.

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Web Hosting, WordPress

Getting Started with the WordPress Gutenberg Editor

WordPress developed a new visual editor and you can finally take it for a test drive! The WordPress Gutenberg editor, named for the inventor of the printing press with movable type, is now available as a plugin. Before you install the new Gutenberg plugin, here’s what you need to know: What Is Gutenberg for WordPress? WordPress version 5.0 will include the new Gutenberg visual editor, which you can test as a plugin before the real launch. The existing visual editor that you know and love requires more shortcodes and HTML. Gutenberg employs a block interface and is designed to simplify…

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Email, How To, Tutorials

7 Tips for Writing Email Subject Lines

How many emails have you received today? With over 105 billions emails sent every day, you probably have a few unread emails in your inbox and so do your customers. Compelling email subject lines may be the difference between the emails you read and the ones you move to your trash folder. Subject lines are like first impressions; you want them to be good, memorable, and, in this case, clickable.

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Email, Web Hosting

How to Get Started with Email Marketing

Email marketing can help you maintain engagement with your website visitors. Have you ever heard of FOMO or the “fear of missing out?” Even if you’ve never heard of FOMO, you’ve probably experienced it. FOMO drives people to engage with the world so they don’t feel left out. Usually FOMO refers to a person feeling anxious after realizing they missed a cool event or a fun time with friends.

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