What is the Heart Bleed Bug?

heartbleedThere has been a lot of buzz on the internet this week about the “Heart Bleed” bug that has affected major websites such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and more.  Essentially MANY of the websites we visit each day have been potentially compromised by this bug.

The Heart Bleed Bug Explained

The Heart Bleed bug is a vulnerability that effect how secure websites talk to a requester that is asking for information.  Here is a great video that explains what it is:

If you want a more technical in depth explanation, Vox has a great article here

Which Websites Were affected?

Mashable, an online news magazine, put together a great list of major websites that were affected and what the companies said in response to the situation.
You can click on the image below, or go here to read that article: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

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But is YOUR Website Affected with the Heartbleed Bug?

httpsIf you run a site on an SSL, then you may be affected.  So what does that mean?  go to your website and look at the top in the browser.

If it says ‘https’  and has a little lock (like the picture on the right) then you are running on a secure server.

If it just says ‘http’, then you are not and your site should be fine.  If in doubt, call your web hosting company.  We use BlueHost and WpEngine for our web hosting and we don’t use any SSL because our shopping cart system (1ShoppingCart/MarketersChoice) handles that for us.  So for most of us, the answer is going to be NO your WordPress site is not affected.

Bottom Line: What Should We All Do Now?

Answer: Change your passwords once the affected sites have said that they have patched the bug, and keep your passwords unique across the web.  And Contact your web host IF you installed an SSL Certificate (if you do not know what I am talking about, then you probably don’t have one)

Check the Mashable List here of sites that might have been infected with the Heart Bleed Bug

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Easily Create Graphics for Your Website with Canva

If you have not heard of Canva, you are in for a big treat!  Canva is an online graphics tool that lets you create beautifully designed images for your website, without needing to hire a graphic designer!

Watch this 15 second video to get an idea on what you can do with Canva.

Here is what is cool about Canva:

  • it’s extremely user-friendly
  • there are so many design options, all with designer look
  • they provide you with tons of stock photos including a lot of free ones (and the premium ones are priced at only $1 )
  • the search feature of the stock photos works quite well
  • they even have cool interactive design tutorials for those of us who want to learn more about designing graphics
  • and it helps you to create your own graphics while using their layouts super fast

I made this graphic in 5 min with Canva!

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Ready to play around with it? Here is a quick how-to tutorial:

Have fun and let me know what you think of Canva!

What is an “Author Box” in WordPress?

One of the ways that you can get more exposure for yourself, your business, and your brand is to have an “Author Box” on your WordPress website.

What is an “Author Box” you ask?

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An “Author Box” is a box at the bottom of your posts that gives some biographical information about you, the author, of your WordPress website.  It’s like having an “About Us” on every blog post, or page you publish on your website.  It uses the information you put into your WordPress Profile for the text, and your picture you have setup with your Gravatar Account.

The way you get an “Author Box” to show up on your WordPress website is to either have a theme that incorporates and Author Box (StudioPress is a theme company that I use to run this blog.  The specific child theme we use is the Prose Theme www.TheProseTheme.com )

But if you do not have a theme that does that, there are a few plugins you can use to display an author box.  See pic below from the WP Author Box Lite Plugin for WordPRess  ( http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-author-box-lite/ ).  It also lets you add your social media links in your profile as well, pretty handy to get folks to connect with you.

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Here are some Author Box Plugins that you might also want to check out from WordPress.org:
http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-author-box-lite/  (screenshot above – easy to use)
http://wordpress.org/plugins/starbox/
http://wordpress.org/plugins/fancier-author-box/

And if you run a ‘multi-author’ website, this comes in really handy to showcase your authors on your site!

Watch this YouTube Video that Explains it all:

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about the Author Box

 

Fundamentals of Building an Online Business

If you would like a sound overview of how Online Marketing and building and online business all fits together, then watch this video (webinar replay) of the “Fundamentals of Online Marketing and Building an Online Business”.  This webinar replay video will help you be able to strategize on how YOU can create a successful business online too.  It is explained in plain English, with lots of visuals, making it easy to understand.  Go here to view the “Fundamentals of Online Marketing”, or click on the image below.

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This call shows you how all your activity on the internet leads you back to your website. Just to give you an idea, here are some of the slides you’ll see in the webinar video:

fundamentalswebinar-screen1Role of your website

fundamentalswebinar-screen2Domain name? Hosting? What are those?

fundamentalswebinar-screen3What do browsers do?

fundamentalswebinar-screen4What is a WordPress site made of? And how do I make changes?

fundamentalswebinar-screen6How to connect email marketing to your WordPress site to build your list!

fundamentalswebinar-screen9Want to sell from your website? Here is how the money flows.

 

So watch this video by following the link below
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www.WebsiteCreationWorkshop.com/diy/call/fundamentals/

 

Oh Grandmother What a Big Website You Have!

Building a website can be scary for some folks!  But it doesn’t have to be that way…

So watch how Little Web Riding Hood overcomes her fears of technology and conquers the “Big Bad Webmaster” in this fun 3 part spoof video

Meet “Little Web Riding Hood”


Go Here to View “Meet Little Web Riding Hood” Video #1

 

“The Wolfie Webmaster”


Go Here to View “The Wolfie Webmaster” Video #2

 

“Grandma’s House”


Go Here to View “The Wolfie Webmaster” Video #3

My Top 10 Favorite Easy Plugins

favplugins-3dcover-magstyleOne of the things you are going to want to have, when you build your WordPress website, is a good set of easy to use plugins!

What are plugins you ask?  Well WordPress Plugins are kinda like  apps for your iPhone or Android. They extend the functionality of the core WordPress Software.  They are used to make your website unique to you, and you can install an unlimited combination of plugins.  You can use them to boost your site in the search engine, and you can use them to enhance your presence on social media.

However, some plugins are hard to use and understand, while others are easy.  In my PDF document that you can get by clicking the link below and going to another area of my site, you will find my favorite plugins and what they do.

If you would like to get my list of My Top 10 Favorite Plugins PDF go here

Free Webinar: Easily Create Beautiful Websites without Being a Designer

Attend this FREE live 60 minute webinar on Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST (NY Time) – 12:00 PM PST (LA Time) with me, Christina Hills,  and discover how you can easily create your own attractive and professional looking website fast. This webinar is specifically for NON-designers and non-techie people who want to know the do-it yourself secrets to rapid website creation of highly successful coaches, speakers, authors and healers.

PDF Handout for the webinar

  • No Programming Skills Necessary
  • No Graphic Design Skills Necessary
  • No Photoshop skills necessary

You will see examples of the point and click method of building an attractive and professional looking website fast.

During this webinar you will discover how to create your own beautiful website with NO technical skills required…

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Just go here to get registered:
http://www.websitecreationworkshop.com/get/call/design/