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Grand Rapids Web Solutions list of banned ip’s

We keep a site security plugin installed on all of our websites. This can automatically ban ip addresses that try to login using specific usernames or exceed a certain number of failed logins. This can indicate that these are bots trying to execute a brute force attack to gain access to the site. Additionally we […]

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No Surprise Bills

One of the things that I think is very important to running a business is no surprise billings or charges. Clients don’t ever want to be surprised by a bill. I would dare say that the average client would rather pay a large bill that they had advance notice for then a bill 50% smaller […]

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Custom Widget Areas

Widgets are one if the great features of WordPress. They allow people to easily drag and drop to add different elements to their websites. Any web developer that knows what they are doing can accomplish these same functions without using widgets. It’s a simply a matter of adding the necessary elements to the theme files […]

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Importance of Child Themes

I do quite a bit of advanced customization on my WordPress websites. This often includes creating plugins or editing the site template files in order to take the site to the next level. I recently did work on a website for one of the public relations and communications agencies in Chicago. The owner wanted a […]

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How to design a good contact page

One of the most important parts of almost any website is the contact page. I will cover a few tips that will help you get the most out of this key aspect of your website. The first key to having a good contact page is not relying on the contact page in the first place. […]

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Craigslist Marketing For Small Business

If you have your own small business then you may be considering using Craigslist (CL) to reach new customers. Craigslist is used all over the world. It covers every region in the United States. It is well known, even my 70+ year old grandparents use Craigslist on a regular basis. According to their website Craigslist […]

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Good looking websites are bad websites

I’ve recently started picking up a lot more design work. I was working mostly as a developer. But my partners who give me development work weren’t keeping me busy enough so I started picking up projects and doing design and development work myself. I’ve done design in the past but I really wanted to take […]

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YouTube For Car Sales

I have really gotten into YouTube as a way to promote a business. With more and more people using higher speed internet connections and cell phones and other mobile devices offering more video playback capabilities online videos are increasingly becoming a great way to reach people. Many people prefer to watch a video on something […]

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