July 21st, 2015: Lock Down WordPress!

Increasing the default security of WordPress has become essential. Several excellent security plugin’s are available but this one appears to offer a more robust system than others. *** BEFORE ACTIVATING ANY SECURITY PLUGIN, KNOW HOW TO DEACTIVATE IT IF...

DACS Web Site Design SIG, May 19, 2015

The DACS Web Design Workshop/SIG is coming up Tuesday night, May 19th, 7 – 9 pm at the DACS Resource Center, Ives Manor (lower level), 198 Main Street, Danbury. How does one “design” a website? Regarding the front-end graphical interface – what...

April 21, Analyzing a New Website Built on Drupal

Recent meetings have focused a lot on WordPress , but this time we’ll change direction and take a look at a new Drupal website  (CMS platform) built by Andy Woodruff. It’s quite successful from the get-go, but there are always things that can be tweaked....

Backup and Restore WordPress

There are several ways to backup a WordPress installation. Plugins can do the work, and run backups automatically according to a set schedule. Backups can be saved locally, or in a cloud server. Multiple versions of backups need to be stored, just in case a site gets...

March 17, Restoring WordPress from a Backup

Disaster strikes and your WordPress website goes down. You try to fix it, but after a moment of panic your remember you have backups. (You do have backups…?) Although there’s a big emphasis on backing up, do you know how to actually restore a site from a...

From Static to Responsive

If you have a static website, can it be “converted” to a responsive website? The answer depends on several variables, but in most cases the answer is probably “No”! Only a few years ago the layout of a website was designed to fit a larger...

DACS Workshop, February 17, 2015

Google favors responsive websites… And since ever-increasing people are viewing websites on their smart phones or tablets, it’s becoming more urgent to upgrade static sites to responsive sites. If you have an existing static site, what would be the best way to...

Exploring HTTPS Security for all Websites

The trend is towards having a secure connection to a website. Google is starting to take this into  consideration in their search results. If you don’t sell anything, how important and desirable is it, and how do we install it? If you have a simple form, such as...

Essential WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins are additional “apps” that enhance the functionality of WordPress. WordPress works quite well “out of the box”, but chances are you’ll be installing several plugins before your new site is ready to go live. The best...

Images & WordPress

Before uploading images or photos to a website, they need to be checked and optimized. This is important not only to avoid long downloads – especially important when viewed on alternate media  – and can to boost SEO results. Things to consider and optimize...