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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!


How to Get SSL Free

How to Get Free SSL As a website owner you want to achieve the best possible SERP ranking, but you’re not sure where to start. The Internet has been abuzz with the need for an encrypted browsing experience ever since Google announced changes to displaying websites without ‘https’ early 2017.  What is SSL? Do you need SSL even if you don’t sell anything on your website? How do you access free SSL? What is SSL? The simple explanation is that SSL stands for secure sockets layer. This secure socket layer creates a privacy tunnel. The tunnel or SSL is the…

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Web Hosting, WordPress

How Much Does WordPress Hosting Cost?

How Much Does WordPress Hosting Cost? The time has come for you to build your website. You’ve decided WordPress has everything you need to launch and scale in the future. All that is left on your to-do list is to learn the cost of hosting your WordPress website. Hosting Shared Hosting Shared hosting for your WordPress website is available for less with annual payment or $5.95 monthly. Shared hosting includes reliable uptime, rapid loading speed, and up to 500 custom email addresses using your .COM.  For $2.95 per month, pairSIM provides 1-Click installation, automatic software updates, and management. Top level…

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Design & Development, Security, Web Hosting

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL Certificate can be installed on your site to create an encrypted link to your visitors. This helps keep information from being stolen during transit between the browser and server. In a world with rising cyber crime, you can never be too careful with your online presence. An SSL certificate also authenticates that your company is associated with your domain, thus giving visitors peace of mind when they land on your site. Visitors will know your site is secured by the lock icon in browser URL field. It is commonly believed that you only need an SSL certificate if…

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Design & Development, How To, Security

How to Serve Your Site Over HTTPS

How to Serve Your Site Over HTTPS A site served over https is more secure. Since https uses the secure port 443, which encrypts outgoing information, it is much more difficult for people to spy on your site’s information. Regular http, on the other hand, uses port 80, which sends information via plain text. Plain text can easily be compromised during transit and by using it, you risk exposing your site and its visitors’ information to the world. However, in order to use https, you will first need an SSL certificate. For more information about SSL certificates, see our What…

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Design & Development

What is a CDN?

What is a CDN? A Content Delivery Network, commonly referred to as a CDN, offers a way to cut down on bandwidth usage and site load time. How does it do this? Well, that requires some explanation about how CDNs work. CDNs are a network of geographically dispersed servers. They have servers in many different locations, commonly called points of presence (PoP). CDNs can hold some of the content for your site so when visitors load your site, the content will load directly from the CDN. Loading directly from the CDN reduces the strain placed on your hosting server, who…

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Design & Development, SEO

Understanding Local SEO

Supporting local businesses is essential for community growth and development. As a local business, you can’t expect all the locals to know your independent store exists or its exact location. That’s where local search engine optimization (local SEO) comes into play.

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Design & Development, SEO, WordPress

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. Here’s what to do after creating a website:

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Security, Web Hosting

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.

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How To, Tutorials, WordPress

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.

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Design & Development, Security

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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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:

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Design & Development

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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SEO, Web Hosting

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.

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Email, Web Hosting

Should I Use IMAP or POP For Email?

If you’re used to free third party services, you might not have considered the question of IMAP vs. POP email before. One of the most common questions we get is which email protocol to use. Most of the time, the answer is simple: use IMAP. Why then does POP exist and when should you use it? What advantages does it have over IMAP? In-Depth Comparison IMAP, the “Internet Message Access Protocol” has its main advantage right in its name: IMAP is all about access. Email is stored on a central server, and access is granted to all of your devices….

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Security, SEO, Web Hosting

All About SSL Certificates

What is An SSL Certificate? At pair Networks, we are often asked, “what is an SSL Certificate and why do I need one?” An SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, Certificate encrypts information moving between your web server and internet browser. You can think of it like this –

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Top 5 Infamous Hackers
Geek Out, Security, Web Hosting

Top 5 Most Infamous Hackers of All Time

  Who are these Infamous Hackers? And what do they want? When you think of a hacker, most people imagine a lonesome figure aglow by a single computer screen, frantically typing some matrix-like script in an anonymous subterranean basement. But Hackers and their motives are as varied and broad as ‘hacking’ itself.

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Security, WordPress

Securing WordPress Sites

When performing a self-installation of WordPress, there are easy steps that can be taken to help protect against an attack.  Many of the cases our Abuse Department deals with on a daily basis are the result of malicious WordPress attacks. Securing WordPress will make it much harder for malware to gain access.

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