How to setup G Suite

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If you haven’t setup 3rd party email before, it can be a bit intimidating setting up G Suite the first time. I’m going to walk you through the info you need to gather in advance and then the setup process.

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New GDPR law and what it means for website owners

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The European Union has a new privacy law, the GDPR, which goes into effect in May 2018, and unlike previous laws, these are extra-territorial. That means the new privacy law applies to countries outside of the EU. We’ve put together a breakdown of what it means for you as a website owner.

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5 Ways to Tell if Your Domain is Ready for the Holidays

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Did you know that most website owners have never actually checked a blacklist for their domain? And many people only find out that they have a problem when a helpful customer points it out to them. Wouldn’t you rather find out before your customers tell you? Here are 5 steps to check your domain and website for health.

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How to Securely Send Logins, Passwords & Files

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We all know that we shouldn’t just send our logins, passwords and sensitive or large files in regular email. But while we know we shouldn’t, most people don’t know how to send these types of things safely & securely.

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Email Types & How to Actually Get Your Email Delivered

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Maybe it’s happened to you, one day your email is working fine and the next it’s not. You didn’t do anything, so how did your website suddenly go from reliably sending email to not. I’m regularly asked this question. Trust me, I’d love to wave a magic wand and get rid of all your email woes. Unfortunately, I can’t. The issue is that for your emails to get delivered they have to interact with literally hundreds of servers and thousands of filters. And to add more complexity, these filters change literally every day. This is why things can suddenly stop working. They suddenly stop working because the filters changed. Prefer to watch this article as a video? I’ve got you covered: Why is it so hard to get email past filters? Because of spammers. Every year spammers get better at getting through spam filters, so the spam filters, in turn, get tougher for everyone to get through. This is why approaches that worked in the past to deliver email suddenly stop working. The top spam filters are updated constantly and are personalized to each account based on that account’s behaviors. This is why you may reach some people at a domain but not others. Personal email providers like @gmail, @yahoo, @aol, etc all make it much harder to get past their filters. Additionally, the owners of these personal accounts are usually clueless about how filters work. How does email get from sender to recipient? Let’s talk about the journey of a typical email (simplified some): An email is created and sent (by a person, by an app, by a website, etc). The email looks on the internet look for the recipient’s server. It hopefully finds the recipient server and delivers the email to there. The recipient server is a lot

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What are registrars, hosts, nameservers, and DNS records?

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This is a question that I get asked about all the time. What are registrars, hosts, nameservers, and DNS records? And more importantly, how do they actually affect me and my website?

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How to Select a Business Email Provider

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You’ve selected and purchased a domain for your business, now it’s time to decide how your email will be powered. If you go out and search for “email provider” you’ll see tons of possibilities out there, but honestly very few of them are relevant to your business.

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WordPress vs Squarespace: Is Open or Closed Source Better for You?

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There are a lot of WordPress vs Squarespace articles out there, but they strongly leaning towards one or the other. While I am a WordPress developer and love WordPress, it’s not right for everyone. And I’d rather not take on a client than have a client have a bad match for their needs. So I’ve written up this comparison which goes into a lot of detail showing the two platforms side by side. This chart is broken down into sections because there are a LOT of things to compare.

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How to Remove URLs from Google & Bing Search Results

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You’ve got content that you want to remove from Google & Bing search results, but you’ve got no idea how to do that? Here’s a step by step guide to removing your content and URLs from search results.

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4 Plugins to Make Building Pages Easier

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I get this question a lot. What is the best visual page builder plugin? A lot of small businesses and entrepreneurs want to be able to get a beautiful looking website without swimming in the mess of all that code. Definition: A visual page building plugin is a tool installed on WordPress that allows you to build complex layouts by manipulating blocks on your screen instead of writing code. There are a ton of web page builders out there. It seems like every week a new one is coming out. Some promise to be simple, others promise to be more robust than my car.

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