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On November 28th, 2017 by Terry Caliendo

"Error establishing a database connection" - WordPress XML-RPC Denial of Service Attack Error

Wordpress XML-RPC DoS Attack
Often times after taking over management of a client's website, we'll put the client's website on a sever managed by us, Dedicated Managers, Inc  Last week a client's server started having database issues  When the website was accessed from a public computer, the message "Error establishing a database connection" was returned by the server  It turned out the server was experiencing a DoS (Denial of Service) attack Database Server Down Upon the the first notification of the database failing, which in turn caused the web server to return the failing "Error establishing a database connection" response, a simple restart of the database was successful   In this... Read Full Article »

On November 7th, 2017 by Terry Caliendo

Does Your WordPress Theme Waste Storage Space When You Upload Images?

wordpress-theme-wasting-storage
Whether uploading images directly in the Wordpress Media Library or by uploading and inserting an image while writing a blog post, Wordpress allows the theme you install to change the way Wordpress handles images when you upload them to the Medial Library  If you happen to pick a theme where the theme designer/programmer decided to create many different image sizes when images are uploaded, you may be wasting a lot of storage space Why Does Storage Space Matter These days, storage space isn't nearly as expensive as it used to be, so this excessive use of space isn't a huge deal for small websites that don't have a lot of pictures being uploaded (ie a Wordpress... Read Full Article »

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On October 18th, 2017 by Terry Caliendo

Oxygen Review - A Responsive Drag & Drop WordPress Website Theme Designer

Oxygen Review - Wordpress Responsive Theme Designer Plugin
Responsive Drag & Drop Wordpress Website Theme Designer Finding the best responsive Wordpress theme for a client is always a challenge Most of the time a theme can be found that fulfills most of the aesthetic and functional requirements for which the client's website needs Unfortunately fully customizing most themes to make them work just right for the client, always takes a lot of time Many themes are very configurable, but there's always a few areas that need to be tweaked beyond what the programmer gave as configurable options within the theme  So time is often inefficiently spent searching through the theme's code to make modifications  Simple changes... Read Full Article »

On September 26th, 2017 by Terry Caliendo

How To Transfer A Website To A New Host With Zero Downtime

Transfer website to new host with zero downtime
Whether we are transferring a client's website from another host onto one of Dedicated Manager's hosting servers or moving websites between our own servers, we always want, from the public's perspective, to keep the client's website up and running with zero downtime  The following is a basic framework on how Dedicated Managers implements the transition of a client's website between (Linux) hosting servers safely and securely with zero downtime The following is a basic framework of the steps required to transfer a website from its current host to a new host: Understand hosting requirements of the website Export databases to backup files Search for and... Read Full Article »

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On September 5th, 2017 by Terry Caliendo

Optimize Your Remarketing List By Excluding Unlikely Potential Customers

I'm often asked to run Google Adwords campaigns for a client  In these Adwords campaigns, we drive traffic to a landing page for a specific product or service we are trying to sell  In tandem, we also implement a remarketing list to then follow those visitors that don't purchase the service right away  So our ads then follow these potential customers around the internet, reminding them of our service Problem This seems great, but there is one issue with our simple remarketing list   We are following anyone that clicked on our ad and landed on our landing page  Some of those visitors are not potential customers  They clicked on the ad, came to our site and... Read Full Article »

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