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Cleaning a WordPress Site that has been Hacked

Recently, WordFence, an internet security plug-in used on WordPress sites, created a guide on what to do if your WordPress site has been hacked! Since, we use WordPress as our primary virus and malware protection software for all of our web development projects at Hilo Web Design – here are some tips for you on how to get your website back to normal if you feel you have been hacked.

1. Back Up Your Site Now

This is the most important thing we suggest to our clients. We run back ups of our hosted websites on a regular basis in the event that something does happen. Because of this, we can easily use programs like TimeMachine and turn back the “hands of time” on a website that has been hacked to a previously backed-up version!

This step is crucial in the event of a website being hacked. The adverse would be recreating all of the website pages individually which would take a lot of time, energy, and potentially money if youʻre not able to update the website yourself.

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Has Your Facebook Been Hacked?

With over two billion active monthly users, Facebook, has become one of the biggest sources of entertainment, news, and frustration on the internet! We were recently asked by a client if her account was hacked after she received several messages from friends saying they had received another friends request. After a little research, we came across an article by CNet “How to tell if your Facebook has been hacked (and what to do).”

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New FREE WooCommerce Extension for Credit Cards

One of the many services we provide at Hilo Web Design is setting up and helping maintain an Online Shopping Cart – for that we use WooCommerce. WooCommerce uses extensions (plug-ins) to add features such as payment gateways (accepting VISA, Mastercard, etc.), adding USPS shipping information, and product add-ons.

We have told you in the past about the difference between using an SSL Certification versus using a payment method like PayPal and the costs and issues assoicated with both. A NEW exetnsion has arrived that is used with those sites wtih and SSL Certification and is FREE! STRIPE: Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club cards directly on your store with the Stripe payment gateway for WooCommerce. The only thing that this system requires is a valid SSL certificate. This ensures your customer credit card details are safe! This plugin also uses Stripe JS to tokenize credit card numbers to make payments keeping card data secure. Stripe now works with refunds in WooCommerce 2.2+.

For more information on STRIPE click here.

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Plugin-Vulnerability

Serious Vulnerability in WordPress Plugins

To build professional looking websites to meet our client’s objectives, one of the solutions we provide are custom WordPress (CMS) websites. Through this popular use of WordPress, we always make sure that our websites are safe and secure for our clients.  Just recently, we were made aware (via the security blog Sucuri) of a serious vulnerability in a few popular WordPress plugins.

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We <3 BaseCamp: 5 Reasons Why!

BasceCamp is a web-based project management software that we use every day to help us stay organized!

We use it for our projects, both old and new! The functionality allows us to not only track what we are doing, but bring in the client to see where progress is being made! We equate using the software to an email chain, with days and possibly months of back and forth, all spread out and organized for everyone without the hassle of remembering who was supposed to do what and when!

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Workshop: Intro to Social Media Marketing Video

You asked for it, and here it is…the video of the Introduction to Social Media workshop that we offered at the end of April 2013. Presented by

educator and marketer, Cymber Quinn social media expert, Taryn Fowler ASDS pooh-bah, Ian Hatch.

This video covers the entire marketing cycle and how Social Media fits into the big marketing mix. We briefly touch on the differences between Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and more.

Best of all, you’ll learn how a surfing Easter Bunny got 19,000 likes.

We welcome your questions and comments here on our Web Development BlogFacebookGoogle+ or Twitter pages, and look forward to seeing you at our next class soon.

Mahalo to all participants for making this a fun class.

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Workshop: Intro to Social Media Marketing, April 30 2013

Please join us for a 90-minute introduction to the world of social media as it relates to business and internet marketing.

We’ll introduce you to

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Instagram Yelp and more How these outlets integrate and relate to “The Big Picture”

Where AS Designs & Services offices 308 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 115  |  Map

When April 30, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Who Anyone who wants to learn the basics of social media for business and internet marketing.

Cost: Free

Your Instructors: Cymber Lily Quinn, Ian Hatch, Taryn Wong Fowler – AS Designs & Services

To register for this class, please go to our Workshop Registration Page >>

* NOTE:  We will be broadcasting this workshop LIVE to the web.  You can watch and/or participate from your computer if you are unable to come in person. Please register for more instructions. Workshop Registration >>

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Keep It Simple: Tell Your Company Story Like A Children’s Story

We really enjoyed Michael Brito’s blog post, suggesting that content strategy should be as simple to communicate as a children’s story.  This is where Internet Marketing and Design meet to tell a story…which is the first step towards properly engaging your audience.

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I used to read “Love You Forever” to both of my girls when they were little. Even thinking about it today, I still get choked up. It’s really a heartfelt story.  What I remember the most about it is that it uses imagery to tell a very significant story (as with most children’s books). The story is about a mother’s unconditional love for her son; and then chronicles her son’s life growing to an adult and starting his own family. The sad conclusion shows how he reciprocates his love to his mother who has grown to be an elderly woman. There are just a few sentences on each page but the story and illustration is powerful and you can even follow along without even reading the text.

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