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Webmasters / How To Detect A Vulnerable Wordpress Plugin by todhost(m): 6:25am On Oct 15
The power and functionality of your WordPress website lie in its plugins. Plugins can do so much for your small business website. You can use them to make your WordPress site load faster, make your content shareable, collect visitor email addresses for your marketing list, and do better in search results. The fortunate and good side is that many of the best WordPress plugins that can upgrade your website and your business blog are free.

It’s important to make sure the plugins you choose are reputable and secure. Unfortunately, people can, and do exploit plugins. Usually, this involves malicious scripts injected into plugins with security gaps. This is the focus of this post aimed at helping you identify vulnerable plugins and how to fix the security problems that could emanate from such vulnerability.



Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky says the possibilities include site takeover, spyware installation, and cryptocurrency mining.

Read full blog post: https://www.todhost.com/blog/how-to-detect-a-vulnerable-wordpress-plugin.html

Webmasters / Woocommerce Product Management Tutorial by todhost(m): 10:15pm On Oct 13
How to Add new Product on your WooCommerce Store


In building your Store, you will reach a point when you will need to add some products. Actually, this should be one of the major activities in your checklist after you perform the basic configuration of your store or after you implement some design. In this section, we will provide you with more information on how to add products to your Store.


To complete this tutorial, you will need to:

Step 1: Add a New Product
Step 2: Configure the Product Data
Step 3: Add a Product Short Description

Read full post at https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/896/WooCommerce-Product-Management-Tutorial.html

Webmasters / Best Intelligence Tools For Market And Competitive Analysis by todhost(m): 11:22am On Oct 10
Competitor intelligence gathering has become a well established business practice necessary for survival in the densely populated business environment. The internet today has over 1.5billion websites struggling for traffic and visibility on the search engines. Doing well will depend on how you react to the environment and that depends on the amount of information about competitors and the entire environment you can gather.

To many, competitive intelligence is synonymous with a strong foundation for strategic business planning. Some business analysts call it spying on the competition. Now, it is important to say this:

Unless you collect and review at least some information about your competitors, you will most likely fall their prey eventually.

Let’s face it; unless you are selling a gimmick no one has ever heard before, someone else is going after the same market. This means that even if your product is superior today, a competitor might come along that will do it better and push you to the sidelines.

So, continuous improvement is important even for star products. That improvement strongly depends on inputs from market reaserch. Well, after you have read this guide which we have put together from our research teams' brains and compiled as a list of competitive intelligence tools that will help you conduct advanced market research, it should be really a difficult task for any competitor to be abe to push you aside.

Read full blog post at https://www.todhost.com/blog/best-intelligence-tools-for-market-and-competitive-analysis.html

Webmasters / Configuring The Display Options In Woocommerce by todhost(m): 11:03am On Oct 10
The Display Options in WooCommerce are that set of option you will need in order to configure the proper display of components across the default WooCommerce pages and also the dimensions for the images of your Store. In this tutorial, we will provide you with more information on how these settings should be configured in your store.

To configure the Display Options, you need to complete the following steps:

Step 1: Access the Display Options page
Step 2: Configure the Shop & Product page Settings

Read full post at https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/894/Configuring-the-Display-Options-in-WooCommerce.html

Webmasters / A Practical Guide To Secure And Maintain Your Website by todhost(m): 1:27pm On Oct 07
Maintenance and stability are two of very important aspects of website not often talked about until there is a disaster. They are two concepts that are often get brushed aside especially by regular website owners whose websites had been designed by a third party, a freelancer or by someone who was contracted to do so. But dealing with website security and been assured that a website is secure can be exciting and comforting.

Of course, it’s thrilling to experience huge traffic spikes when your latest blog post goes viral. It’s also thrilling—and not in a good way—when your site crashes because you ignored some base-level maintenance tasks.

It’s often during those thrilling-in-a-bad-way times that we look at maintenance and stability with fresh eyes. Suddenly, these concepts look a lot more attractive.

Today’s article is all about encouraging you to give website maintenance and stability the attention it deserves—by regularly following the best practices that create a stable, secure website. When things are stable, you can enjoy the thrill of a traffic spike—without the nagging worry that your site can’t quite support it.

https://www.todhost.com/blog/a-practical-guide-to-secure-and-maintain-your-website.html

Webmasters / How To Configure Product Options In Woocommerce by todhost(m): 11:31am On Oct 05
There are few options you will need to configure for your products when you are performing the initial configuration of your Online Store and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to do that precisely.

The Product Options page is the place where you can configure all you need for the products of your Online Store. In order to access that page you will need to login into the admin area of your website and then navigate to WooCommerce>Settings>Products.

On the next page called General Options you will find two relatively simple sections of settings. The first one called Measurements is used for the measuring of your products. Here you can configure the following two options:

Weight Unit - The unit which will be used for measuring the weight of a product
Dimensions Unit - The unit which will be used for measuring the dimensions of the unit


Read full post: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/892/How-to-Configure-Product-Options-in-WooCommerce.html

Webmasters / How To Configure The General Options In Woocommerce by todhost(m): 3:37pm On Oct 04
Every online Store yours will need some additional configuration before you can start selling your products. The general Options provided by WooCommerce will enable you to configure the basic options for your Store along with the Currency options and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how exactly you should handle this task.


To complete this, you will have to follow these steps:

Step 1: Configure the General Options
Step 2: Configure the Currency Options

Read full post: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/891/How-to-Configure-the-General-Options-in-WooCommerce.html

Webmasters / How To Protect Your Website From Hackers by todhost(m): 6:46am On Oct 01
One thing that is truly terrifying for any website owner, is the thought of seeing all of your work altered or entirely wiped out by a nefarious hacker. It can be truly very frustrating to be the victim of a website hack and that is why no effort should be spared to maintain the security of your website.

Quite often, we see data breaches and hacks in the news all the time. And when customers experience a breach, they wonder and ask us, why would someone come after my small business website? But hacks don’t just happen to the big guys. One report found that small businesses were the victims of 43% of all data breaches.

Source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-website-from-hackers.html

Webmasters / Re: 6 Simple SEO Steps That Will Improve Your Rankings by todhost(m): 12:54am On Sep 27
Yes we can! What specific help would you require?
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Webmasters / 6 Simple SEO Steps That Will Improve Your Rankings by todhost(m): 4:34pm On Sep 26
Improving your website ranking on search engines particularly the Google Search Engine Result Pages should be a priority for every website owner. Everyone wonders and makes efforts on how to do this and website owners have been plagued by this challenge ever since the days of Lycos and AltaVista.

The real secrets to good performance in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) remains with Google. However, based on clues available from the Google Webmaster Guidelines and experience, we can introduce you to a few SEO basics you might be overlooking, and that should be enough to provide your site’s search engine performance with a nice boost.

Source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/6-simple-seo-steps-that-will-improve-your-rankings.html

Webmasters / How To Schedule Blog Posts In Wordpress by todhost(m): 12:18pm On Sep 24
Source https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/889/-How-to-Schedule-Blog-Posts-in-WordPress.html

Many successful blogs publish posts on a regular basis. Readers often come to anticipate and expect new content on certain dates and times. However, maintaining a consistent and optimized schedule comes with a number of challenges.

Source https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/889/-How-to-Schedule-Blog-Posts-in-WordPress.html

Webmasters / 3 SEO Mistakes You Should Avoid by todhost(m): 5:41am On Sep 23
In today's internet world, it is extremely difficult to find any website owner who does not know the importance of a carefully-crafted Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. Without a good SEO, your site is unlikely to gain much traffic. However, while some techniques are actively encouraged, there are certain methods you should always avoid.

source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/3-seo-mistakes-you-should-avoid.html

Webmasters / Best Internal Linking Strategy To Boost Your SEO by todhost(m): 10:05am On Sep 21
Many SEO specialists including the very experienced will sometimes forget about the power of internal linking. As backlinks from other websites become harder and harder to obtain (because people focus on the wrong techniques), using an internal linking strategy with the right combination of anchor texts can bring great SEO results that can seriously impact on your website ranks.

But the big question is what makes a good internal linking strategy? Getting it right means you will understand the right answers to that question and implement it rightly on your website. Here, the answer varies from site to site but, generally, it’s the foundation that matters. Build it right from the start and understand the basic concepts and you’ll be set for having a good internal linking structure.

In this article, you’ll learn what you need to know about internal linking and the best way to implement it on your website. We will cover the following:



What Is Internal Linking & Why Is It Important for SEO?
How Does Google Treat Internal Links?
Page Rank
Anchor Texts
Link Location / Position
Click Depth
URL Path
Broken Links & Orphan Pages
Types of Internal Links
Contextual links
Image Links
Navigational & Footer Links
JavaScript Links
Internal Linking Strategy
Blogs & Informational Sites
eCommerce & Other
Silos & Topic Clusters

Read full blog post: https://www.todhost.com/blog/best-internal-linking-strategy-to-boost-your-seo.html

Webmasters / Re: 5 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Web Host Company by todhost(m): 8:14am On Sep 21
What's wrong with Nigerian Hosting?

CaptaiinG:
Don't even consider Nigeria hosting, that's the number one rule
Webmasters / Re: 5 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Web Host Company by todhost(m): 8:04am On Sep 21
Check out our web hosting at https://www.todhost.com/

EazyJ:
Anyone recommendation for a good web hosting with the above features in Nigeria?

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Webmasters / Opencart 2 Marketing And Affiliate Program by todhost(m): 4:09pm On Sep 19
OpenCart 2 has a build-in affiliate module which allows you to create, track and manage affiliates. As a typical affiliate program, your affiliates will generate commissions upon referring customers to your store. Commissions are generated based on your referees and can be paid via three different methods. In this tutorial we will guide you on how to activate and configure your OpenCart 2 affiliate program and manage your affiliates.
At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to:

Configure the Affiliate Program
Manage your Affiliates


Read full blog post at: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/888/OpenCart-2-Marketing-and-Affiliate-Program.html

Webmasters / 10 Local SEO Tools That Can Help Improve Your Google Rankings by todhost(m): 7:20pm On Sep 18
Local SEO is gaining greater prominence just as an online presence is acceptably highly valuable for every business, no matter if you are located in a single place or have lots of offices around the globe. And search engine optimization is being applied both locally and globally.

Businesses that want to optimize for local SEO should have all the necessary tools and knowledge to fulfill their goal. Now more than ever, Google is focused on offering a personalized experience for each user thus local optimization plays a crucial part in the play.

For that, you need mostly tools and all sorts of local SEO strategies to get to your clients, even if you’re on the other part of the world. All the local SEO software listed in this article have one thing in common – to help you optimize your local search rankings for your website.


cognitiveSEO
BrightLocal SEO
Yext
Whitespark
Synup
Local SEO Checklist
Reputation.com
Moz Local
Tribe Local
Advice Local

https://www.todhost.com/blog/10-local-seo-tools-that-can-help-improve-your-google-rankings.html

Webmasters / Re: How To Add Drupal Webform To Your Website by todhost(m): 9:46am On Sep 16
Joomla ranks second after WordPress Joomla has also recorded great improvements but WordPress continues to lead with great margin. Joomla 4 is expected before the end of 2019 and could be a revolution for the Joomla software. We are watching

thariodamaniac:

Wow I didn't know... Thanks..
What's the last one.... Joomla

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Webmasters / Re: How To Add Drupal Webform To Your Website by todhost(m): 8:42am On Sep 16
Yes! Drupal remains one of top 3 web development platforms. It security is superb. Websites lie the White House still run on Drupal and its actually very popular in the U.S. So we will continue to speak of Drupal in the feature.

thariodamaniac:
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Webmasters / How To Add Drupal Webform To Your Website by todhost(m): 7:26pm On Sep 15
Drupal Webform, since its inclusion in the set of Drupal modules has proved to be very useful as a solution to add contact forms. This plugin has made the whole process seamless. So, in this tutorial for beginners, I will give you an introduction to Drupal Webform and further discuss its advantages with the steps to add it.



What are Drupal Weform?
Why we need Drupal Webform?
How to add Drupal Webform?
Steps to add Drupal Webform
Step 1. Login to your account with your Drupal ID
Step 2. Select “Manage” tab
Step 3. Select “Extend” tab
Step 4. Select “Webform” and Click “Install”
Step 5. Select “Structure” tab
Step 6. Select “Webforms” from the list of installed modules
What are components of Dashboard of Drupal Webform?
How to do Customization in Drupal Webform?
Drupal Webforms: Conclusion

Read full article: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/886/How-to-Add-Drupal-Webform-to-your-Website.html

Webmasters / How To Maintain A Healthy Wordpress Website by todhost(m): 2:50pm On Sep 15
The WordPress Gutenberg has been met with strong criticism regarding its rollout, that should not be a reason not to try it. Gutenberg is the future of WordPress. If you are still skeptical about Gutenberg, this post is for you. Below, we will share with you 12 exciting Gutenberg features that should make you switch to Gutenberg right now.

What you will find in this article:

A Brief Introduction to the Gutenberg Block Editor
Feature 1: Copy-Pasting Google Docs to Gutenberg
Feature 2: Insert Blocks with the Slash Command
Feature 3: Drag and Drop Images from your Device Directly to Gutenberg
Feature 4: Adding Links by Pasting
Feature 5: Top Toolbar, Spotlight Mode, and Full-Screen Mode
Feature 5.1: Top Toolbar (Started as Unified Toolbar)
Feature 5.2: Spotlight Mode
Feature 5.3: Full-Screen mode
Feature 6: Reusable Blocks
Feature 7: Keyboard Shortcuts
Feature 8: HTML Anchor to Create Anchor Links
Feature 9: Content Structure and Block Navigation
Feature 10: Button blocks
Feature 11: Use Drag and Drop to rearrange the Blocks
Feature 12: Copy All Blocks
Final Thoughts


A Brief Introduction to the Gutenberg Block Editor

Gutenberg was available for testing before its official release. Since its release with WordPress 5.0, it got some mixed reviews from the community. It’s important to remember that people tend to overlook some things, especially when they don’t know much about them. Since we were all beginners at Gutenberg when it was introduced, it was a little unfair to come to any conclusions about whether it’s good or bad.

Read full post: https://www.todhost.com/blog/wordpress-gutenberg-tips-and-tricks-you-should-know.html

Webmasters / How To Manage Extensions And Themes In Opencart by todhost(m): 8:04pm On Sep 12
In this tutorial on how to manage payments and shipping in OpenCart we will cover the following:

How to Install vQmod Extension

How to Install new Language in OpenCart

How to Install vQmod Extension


This tutorial will guide you how to install the vQmod on an existing OpenCart installation. If you host your website on our OpenCart Hosting package, you can request a free vQmod installation.

Before installing additional modules, generate a full backup of your OpenCart website. This way, if something goes wrong with OpenCart, you will have a working copy of your website that can be restored.

To extend your OpenCart with vQmod, you will need to:

Step 1: Download vQmod
Step 2: Extract and Upload the Files
Step 3: Install and Activate vQmod

Read full post: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/885/How-to-manage-extensions-and-themes-in-OpenCart.html

Webmasters / How To Manage Payments And Shipping In Opencart by todhost(m): 7:49pm On Sep 10
In this tutorial on how to manage payments and shipping in OpenCart we will cover the following:

How to setup Geo Locations and Tax Rates

How to configure Shipping Methods

How to configure Payment Methods


How to setup Geo Locations and Tax Rates



In this tutorial we will show you how to create different Geo Zones and apply tax rates per geo location. This is useful when you plan to reach customers from different geo locations and would like to apply custom tax rates for each location.
When you complete this tutorial, you will know how to:

Step 1: Create Geo Zones
Step 2: Create Tax Rates

Create Geo Zones

First, let's create a geo zone. For the purpose of this tutorial we will create a Geo Zone for US. To begin, please login into your OpenCart admin dashboard and navigate to the System → Localization → Geo Zones.

On the next page you will see all existing geo zones. To add a new one click on the Insert button. Fill in the name Geo Zone name and Description on the next page and click on the Add Geo Zone button.

In the Country settings, select the desired country and the zone or leave it to all zones if you would like to create a country-wide geo location.

When you are ready with your settings save your zone by clicking on the Save button. Now you should see your new Geo Zone in the list.


Read full tutorial: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/884/How-to-manage-payments-and-shipping-in-OpenCart.html

Webmasters / Hackers Exploit Expired Domains To Steal Vital Data by todhost(m): 6:18am On Sep 09
Domain name change is something we often have to do especially when our business purpose changes and we need a new extension to reflect the changes. When businesses and blogs rename or merge, old domains sometimes get left behind. Security researchers say expired domains can put data at risk. In this post, we take a look at that in greater detail.

Scammers may set up fake shops on expired domains and use them to steal credit card data from unwary bargain hunters. Or they may target email accounts linked to the domain to scam clients, steal company secrets and break into employees’ shopping and travel accounts.

Prevention is as easy as renewing and protecting all your domains—but that’s not always simple, especially if you own a lot of domains. Here’s what you need to know about your risks when a domain expires and how to keep yours current.
register domain name.

What Happens When Domains Expire?

The first thing you need to know is that when domains expire, they’re available to anyone who wants to pay to register them. They’re also easy to find online, through sites that offer expired domain name searches and lists of recently expired domains to bid on. Some buyers buy expired domains for legitimate projects. Others are not so ethical.
Your expired domain could end up as a fake online store

Criminal gangs snap up expired domains to turn them into phishing sites. That damages the brands that lose their domains, the brands impersonated by the scammers, and shoppers who fall for the scam.

Security blogger Brian Krebs profiled a photographer whose old portfolio domain was turned into a fake athletic shoe store after her registration lapsed. Thieves used it to steal credit card data for resale on the dark web.
example of expired domain used to steal credit card data

For the photographer, the damage went beyond the loss of her website. She had no way to access social media accounts that were linked to her domain email address, because the scammers changed her passwords. Now the domain that used to host her portfolio redirects to the official adidas website, after adidas and Reebok sued the scammers who exploited her expired domain along with hundreds of others.

source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/hackers-exploit-expired-domains-to-steal-vital-data.html

Webmasters / Top News And Updates From Google by todhost(m): 8:20am On Sep 08
Google: sponsored content is okay as long as you use nofollow links



It’s okay to have sponsored content on your website as long as you use nofollow links in the sponsored content. Google will see the content as a part of your website then. That’s what Google’s webmaster team said on Twitter.

Hi again, Dan! That's correct. If you don't mind that this content is seen as a part of your website, then just using rel=nofollow would be suitable. If you don't want it seen as a part of your site in search, using noindex would be better than robots.txt.
— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc)

Paid links should always contain the nofollow attribute


This statement is not new. Google’s Quality Guidelines say that paid links (for example links in sponsored content) should use the nofollow attribute:

“Additionally, creating links that weren’t editorially placed or vouched for by the site’s owner on a page, otherwise known as unnatural links, can be considered a violation of our guidelines. Here are a few common examples of unnatural links that may violate our guidelines: […] Advertorials or native advertising where payment is received for articles that include links that pass PageRank.”

If there is any kind of compensation for a link, it is better to use the rel=nofollow attribute in the link to avoid Google penalties.
Sponsored content should not exceed your own content

According to Google’s content policies, sponsored content should not exceed your own content:



“Advertising and other paid promotional material on your pages should not exceed your content. We do not allow content that conceals or misrepresents sponsored content as independent, editorial content.

“Sponsorship, including, but not limited to, ownership or affiliate interest, payment, or material support, should be clearly disclosed to readers. The subject of sponsored content should not focus on the sponsor without clear disclosure.”

If you want to avoid that Google sees the sponsored content as a part of your website, use the robots noindex tag on the page with the sponsored content.

Read more: https://www.todhost.com/announcements/74/September-2019-News-Update.html

Webmasters / How To Fix Error 404 Not Found On Your Wordpress Site by todhost(m): 11:57am On Sep 06
An error 404 occurs on every website that undergoes changes in URL, and redesign.. It occurs when you click on a link, but instead of getting the site you want, an error pops up indicating that the requested page is not available. Something along the lines of '404 Not Found'. A 404 error is the standardized HTTP status code. The message is sent from the webserver of an online presence, to the web browser (usually the client) that sent the HTTP request. The browser then displays this error code.

Of all potential errors that can be found on your WordPress website, Error 404 is one of the frustrating ones for both you and your site visitors. Stumbling upon Error 404 is not something that you want your first-time visitors to experience. Also, a 404 can be an indicator that there were some changes, and you should add a 301 redirect for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) purposes.

This post is to clear some things up and help everyone get their WordPress site working correctly again. We will cover:

What is the Error 404 Not Found?
What Does the Error 404 Mean?
What can Cause the 404 Error?
Variations of Error 404 Not Found
The Impact of Error 404 on SEO
The Impact of Error 404 on Site Performance
How to Fix the 404 Error on WordPress?
Update the Permalinks of Your WordPress Website
Find the Cause via Debugging
Using FTP for Fixing the 404 Error
Set Up 301 Redirects For Renamed or Moved Content
Use cPanel for Redirects
Fix WordPress 404 Error (Internet Explorer)
How to Create Your Error 404 Not Found Page
How to Monitor 404 Errors Going Forward
Option 1 – Google Analytics
Option 2 – WordPress Plugin
Option 3 – Third-Party Audit Tool
Option 4 – Google Search Console
Last Words

Read more: https://www.todhost.com/blog/how-to-fix-error-404-not-found-on-your-wordpress-site.html

Webmasters / How To Manage Products And Categories In Opencart by todhost(m): 10:24am On Sep 05
In this tutorial on managing your products and categories in OpenCart, we will cover the following:

How to Add Product Categories in OpenCart

How to set up product attributes in OpenCart

How to add products to your store in OpenCart

In this tutorial we will show you how to add product categories in your OpenCart store. Product categories are used to organize your products to make it easier for your customers and visitors to find the exact product they are looking for. You can categorize your products as you find it suitable for your product portfolio. Furthermore, a product can be added to more than one category in case you find it suitable.

In order to add a new product category in OpenCart you will need to login into your OpenCart admin panel and navigate to the Catalog dropdown from the main navigation menu.

This will redirect you to the OpenCart categories list. In case you have demo data installed on your OpenCart you should see some demo categories already created. You can easily remove these categories by selecting them via the check box row and clicking the Delete button on the top right corner of your screen.

To add a new category, please click on the Insert button located at the upper right corner of your screen.

On the next page you have a few fields to fill in with the characteristics of your product category. You are completely free to input the data that most suits your needs and best describe your products that will be added to this category later.

For this tutorial we will use some demo data to create a new category. First, we should input the Category Name as well as some data for the search engines such as the meta tags and meta keywords. You can leave the last 2 empty or fill them later.

Next, you can input some category description. This information is used to help your customers to get better idea of the products organized in this section. If you believe your category name is self-explanatory you may leave this field empty or fill it later.

When you are done on this page you should refer to the next tab from the tabs navigation called Data. Here you can specify if this is a subcategory by setting a parent category. If a parent category is set the newly created category will be set as a child category. You can select a parent category by start typing an already existing category name in the Parent field.

Additionally, you should select the store for which your category will be added. OpenCart support a multi-store configuration which makes this field mandatory. If you have a single store configuration you should check the "Default" store to make the category active for your store.

If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will be able to set an image for the category and the sort number of the category. If you would like this category to be your first one in any list on your website you should set this to zero. Make sure your category status is set to Enabled to have this category active when created.

From the last tab in the tab navigation of this page you may choose the layout of the category. Leave this unchanged if you do not have any custom category layout for this section.

When you are ready with your new category settings, please click Save at the upper right corner of your screen to create your product category.

Read more: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/883/How-to-Manage-Products-and-Categories-in-OpenCart.html

Webmasters / A Checklist For Optimizing Your Website In Google Maps by todhost(m): 2:08am On Sep 04
Google Maps is one platform for optimizing your business locally. Optimizing for local searches has been found to be very effective in gaining new inquiries and sales. In fact, according to report by Search Engine Watch, “there is a 20.1% increase in clicks to call, clicks for directions, and clicks to a business’s website” with Google My Business (GMB) interactions when comparing stats from 2017 and 2018. This is quite huge and should not be taken lightly! But in order to generate these clicks, your website’s GMB profile needs to be visible to interested searchers.


To give your business the highest probability of showing up in Google Maps for searches relevant to your business, we have provided a checklist below of GMB optimizations to help you achieve this.

1. Create or claim your Google My Business profile

The first thing you need to do is actually create your Google My Business profile.

Follow these steps to set up your Google My Business Listing

Step 1: Log into the Google Account you want associated with your business (or create a Google Account if you don’t already have one).
Step 2: Go to google.com/business and select “Start now” in the top right-hand corner.
Step 3: Enter your business name.
Step 4: Enter your business address.
Step 5: If you go to your customers’ locations, rather than having them come to you, check the box “I deliver goods and services to my customers.” And if you work out of your house or another address you don’t want publicly shown, Check “Hide my address (it's not a store) Only show region.” Finally, select your Delivery area.
Step 6: Choose your business category. Try to choose the most accurate category possible -- you’re essentially telling Google which type of customers should see your business listing.
Step 7: Add your business phone number or website.
Step 8: Choose a verification option. If you’re not ready to verify your business yet, click “Try a different method” → “Later.”


How to Verify Your Business on Google

There are several ways to verify your GMB listing:

By postcard
By phone
By email
Instant verification
Bulk verification


Postcard Verification

Step 1: If you aren't already logged into Google My Business, sign in now and choose the business you want to verify. (If you're already logged in, you'll be at the verification step.)
Step 2: Make sure your business address is correct. Optional: Add a contact name -- that's who the postcard will be addressed to.
Step 3: Click "Mail." The postcard should reach you in five days -- make sure you don't edit your business name, address, or category (or request a new code) before it comes, because this could delay the process.
Step 4: Once you've gotten the postcard, log into Google My Business. If you have more than one business location, select the location you want to verify. If you only have one, select "Verify now."
Step 5: In the Code field, enter the five-digit verification code on your postcard. Click "Submit."

If your postcard never shows up, or you lose it, you can request a new code by signing into Google My Business and clicking the "Request another code" blue banner at the top of the screen.

Source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/a-checklist-for-optimizing-your-website-in-google-maps.html

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Webmasters / How To Fight Fake Business Profiles On Google Maps by todhost(m): 4:46pm On Sep 03
This post shares Googles report on how they fight fake business profiles on Google Maps. This post originally appeared on the Google blog. Happy reading.


Google Maps helps people explore, navigate and get things done—and increasingly people are using Google Maps to find local businesses. Over the years, Google has added more than 200 million places to Google Maps and every month connect people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.

To help people find the places and businesses they're looking for—both big and small—Local Guides, business owners and people using Maps every day can contribute to business information. Google gets millions of contributions each day (like new business profiles, reviews, star ratings, and more) and the vast majority of these contributions are helpful and accurate. But occasionally, business scammers take advantage of local listings to make a profit. They do things like charge business owners for services that are actually free, defraud customers by posing as real businesses, and impersonate real businesses to secure leads and then sell them. Even though fake business profiles are a small percentage of the overall business profiles on Google, local business scammers have been a thorn in the internet’s side for over a decade. They even existed back when business listings were printed, bound and delivered to your doorstep. Google take these issues very seriously and have been using a wide array of techniques and approaches to limit abuse on their platforms.



These scammers use a wide range of deceptive techniques to try to game our system—as Google shuts them down, they change their techniques, and the cycle continues. Although it’s important to note that Google makes it easy for legitimate businesses to get their business profiles on Google, they’ve also implemented strict policies and created tools that enable people to flag these issues so they can take action. It’s a constant balancing act and Google is continually working on new and better ways to fight these scams using a variety of ever-evolving manual and automated systems. But Google can’t share too many details about these efforts without running the risk of actually helping scammers find new ways to beat their systems—which defeats the purpose of all the work they do.

Google understands the concerns of those people and businesses impacted by local business scammers and back in 2017 announced the progress they have made. There was still work to be done then and there’s still work to be done now. Google has an entire team dedicated to addressing these issues and taking constant action to remove profiles that violate their policies. Here’s more information about the progress Googgle has made against this type of abuse last year:


Source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/how-to-fight-fake-business-profiles-on-google-maps.html

Webmasters / Opencart Maintenance Tutorial by todhost(m): 7:35pm On Aug 14
OpenCart provides you with the ability to set your store under maintenance. While having this mode activated, visitors will not be able to browser your product catalog or submit new orders. Only you as logged administrator will be able to access the full version of your website. This is a perfect solution if you plan to perform updates, perform changes on your website or update your catalog.


Further Reading

How to install OpenCart on a live server
How to install an Opencart template
Important Steps After an OpenCart Installation
OpenCart Configuration Tutorial


How to Activate the OpenCart Maintenance Mode

To activate the OpenCart Maintenance mode, please login your OpenCat admin panel and refer to the System>Settings section via the menu on the left.

OpenCart Settings Menu

From the store list page click on the edit icon for your store and proceed to the Server tab from the tab navigation.

OpenCart Server Settings

On the server tab page scroll down and locate the Maintenance Mode radio button.

OpenCart Maintenance Mode

Set the Maintenance Mode to On and save your settings to enable it. Your store should be under maintenance now.

OpenCart Maintenance message

Please note that if you are logged as admin in your OpenCart store you will be able to access the store frontend. To see the maintenance message, please logout and refresh your store home page.


Further Reading

How to install OpenCart on a live server
How to install an Opencart template
Important Steps After an OpenCart Installation
OpenCart Configuration Tutorial

OpenCart Error Reporting

If you experience any technical difficulties with your OpenCart store it might be a good idea to enable the OpenCart error reporting. These options will help you debug the issue by providing you with additional information on what exactly went wrong with your script.

OpenCart supports two different options for error reporting. On the one hand, you may enable the general error reporting which will display the errors directly into your browser or you can activate the error logging which will write all errors into a file located in your OpenCart installation directory.

The inconvenience of the first method is that all of your visitors will be able to see the errors displayed on your website but see the errors directly via your browser may help you narrow down the problem.

To activate the error reporting, please login your OpenCart Admin dashboard and navigate to the Settings menu.

OpenCart Settings Menu

From the Store list click on the edit icon next to your store name and proceed to the Server settings tab.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the Error reporting options.

OpenCart Error Reporting Options

If you enable the Display Error option, your site errors will be directly visible on your website. In case you would like to have all errors logged, enable the Log Errors option and make sure you have a valid error log name.

If you enable the Log Errors option you will be able to read your error log either by directly downloading it from your OpenCart root directory or via the Admin Dashboard. To access the Error log via the admin area of your OpenCart, please refer to the Error Logs section via the main navigation menu.

OpenCart Error Logs

Be advised that your OpenCart error log might get quite large in case your OpenCart generates a lot of warnings or errors.

Clear OpenCart error log

In case you have the Log Errors option enable you should regularly check the error log and clear it via the Clear Log option.


Further Reading

How to install OpenCart on a live server
How to install an Opencart template
Important Steps After an OpenCart Installation
OpenCart Configuration Tutorial

Backup OpenCart Database

OpenCart provides an easy to use interface to backup and export tables or your entire OpenCart database. If you would like to create a backup of your OpenCart database, please login your OpenCart admin dashboard and navigate to the Backup/Restore section via the main navigation menu.

From the 'Backup & Restore' click on the Select All option to mark all of your OpenCart tables and use the export button at the top right corner of your screen.

Be advised that exporting your OpenCart database might take some time depending on the size of your database. In case you need to have only a specific table exported, click on the Unselect All option and mark only the desired table(s) you would like to download.

As soon as your database is exported your browser will automatically begin the download process. You can store the database backup on your computer and use it to restore your database or tables any time via the import feature.


Further Reading

How to install OpenCart on a live server
How to install an Opencart template
Important Steps After an OpenCart Installation
OpenCart Configuration Tutorial

Restore OpenCart Database

OpenCart provides a user-friendly interface to restore your store database backup by uploading it via the Admin Dashboard. Depending on your backup, you can restore a single table or the entire OpenCart database via the Backup/Restore section.

To access the Backup/Restore section, please login your OpenCart Admin Dashboard and click on the link via the main navigation menu.

To import your database backup, click on the Browse button and select the database dump from your local computer. When you are sure that the correct SQL file is selected, click on the Import button at the top right corner of your screen.

Be advised that importing and restoring your OpenCart database might take some time depending on the size of your database.

When the process is complete you will see the Success notification.

Source: https://www.todhost.com/knowledgebase/882/OpenCart-Maintenance-Tutorial.html

Webmasters / Best Joomla Extensions Recommended For Every Website by todhost(m): 1:34am On Aug 12
Joomla extensions do significantly improve the functionality of your Joomla website. From security, SEO, site speed and other functionalties, extensions are of great importance. They can enhance your Joomla site front end and improve the experience of your visitors. They can enhance your Joomla administrator panel and help you administer your site more efficiently. It's hard to imagine a website without Joomla extensions.

In this blog post, you will find our list of best Joomla extensions that we would recommend for almost any Joomla site.

Here is our list. Please note that the order does not mean any preference.

1. JCE (Joomla Content Editor)

Extension Price. The basic Core version is free. The enhanced Professional version costs 26 Euros.

Extension Description. JCE is the best WYSIWYG extension in Joomla. It's reliable, hassle free, and packed with easy-to-use editing features. It gives you the power to create the kind of content you want, without limitations, and without needing to know or learn HTML, XHTML, or CSS.

Key Features

Includes advanced Image, File and Link handling, plugin support, and an Administration interface for editor configuration.

Office-like functions and familiar buttons make formatting simple
Upload, rename, delete, cut/copy/paste images and insert them into your articles using an intuitive and familiar interface
Create Links to Categories, Articles, Weblinks and Contacts in your site using a unique and practical Link Browser
Easily tab between WYSIWYG, Code and Preview modes.
Create Tables, edit Styles, format text and more...
Integrated Spellchecking using your browser's Spellchecker
Fine-grained control over the editor layout and features with Editor Profiles assigned by area, component, usergroup and user


2. Akeeba Backup

Extension Price. The basic Core version is free. The enhanced Professional version costs 40 Euros for one year.

Extension Description. This is a one-click backup and recovery solution with multiple backup formats. It's the best extension in Joomla for backing up your site. Akeeba Backup has a great documentation, excellent support, and many reviews from happy customers.

Key Features:

The Configuration Wizard configures itself for optimal operation with your site, automatically.
The fastest and most reliable native PHP backup engine.
One click backup.
Integrated restoration for same server restoration.
Site transfer wizard. Transfer your site between servers fast and easily.
Restore with Akeeba Kickstart (free of charge script): restore extracting the backup directly on the server; no need to upload thousands of files by FTP!
Choose between standard ZIP or highly efficient JPA archive format.
Exclude specific files, folders.
Exclude specific database tables or their contents.
Unattended backup mode (CRON job scheduling), fully compatible with Webcron.org
Archives can be restored on any host. Useful for transferring your site between subdomains/hosts or even to/from your local testing server (e.g. XAMPP, WAMPServer, MAMP, etc).

Read full post at https://www.todhost.com/blog/best-joomla-extensions-recommended-for-every-website.html

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