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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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 heart basecamp project management

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.


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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Need a Website?

Here’s what you need to know to get started.

by Lisa Kruczynski & Ian Hatch

You’ll need to purchase a Domain Name (URL) – this is the site’s address.  There are many sites that offer this service such as www.GoDaddy.com or www.NetworkSolutions.com.  You will need to renew your domain regularly, so be sure you write down the login and password.  Be sure you own your domain, even if a web designer helps with the purchase.  (There are some circumstances where it’s okay to have your web designer register your domain name if you plan on having them manage every aspect of your web presence)

Choose a Domain Name that is easy to remember and is related to your product.  Be sure to do some research for other sites using a Domain Name similar to yours.  You may decide to register several versions of your domain, such as .com, .net or .org at once to prevent others from buying the domain name and using it to confuse your customers.  You …

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New Domain Name Extensions

Brands Set For Domain Name WAR


The Internet’s naming system is getting a glut of additions in an expansion that is by far the biggest such move by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit that manages the nomenclature. Last June, the organization formally approved the expansion and started the application process for new generic top-level domains or the .com-like part of a website’s address.

It received 1,930 proposals for new domain names, with applicants including JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) submitted applications for 76 gTLDs, including .read, .store, .music, .fire, .cloud, .news and .pay, while Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) applied for 101.

According to ICANN, the program may result in hundreds more additions, including generic terms such as .book and .love.

“This is a historic day for the Internet and the more than 2 billion people who use it,” ICANN chief executive Rod Beckstrom said during the webcast …

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