Etsy’s Reign of Terror – Discrimination and Abuse

News

Most of the press we encounter about Etsy talks about how great and innovative of a company it is and how they give small artists and artisans a chance to sell their wares in a global market. But that is only a partial truth, no one is talking about what happens behind the scenes, about the corpses scattered all over and the lives left in ruins along the way.

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Who knows if they are going to want you as a shopkeeper six months from now? I have heard far too many stories of Etsy shops being shut down literally overnight for one reason or another. Always remember that when it comes down to it, it’s still their “shop” and they have the power to close you down if they feel like you have somehow violated their “terms of service”.

This is one of the reasons that I always encourage artists to create their own online home first and then branch off into these other social media sites and online marketplaces. Use these websites like the tools they are, and not as your complete online identity. Remember to always send your visitors to your own website first and then link out from there to your Etsy shop, Twitter, or Facebook page.

Read more at: http://skinnyartist.com/is-etsy-dying/

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The Tragic Password Mistake Hackers Are Hoping You’ll Make

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You’re smart. You don’t use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right?

Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there’s a good chance your passwords will still be far easier for hackers to crack than you think.

http://www.alternet.org/tragic-password-mistake-hackers-are-hoping-youll-make

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Why should I use WordPress? Isn’t my old site good enough?

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Why do I need to switch to WordPress?

WordPress has evolved through out the years into a versatile content management system (CMS). While you can still use WordPress to create a simple blog, now it also allows you to create fully functional websites and mobile applications.

The best part about WordPress is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough for just about anything. Want a website that’s as easy to update as writing and sending an email? Look no further – WordPress powers over 75 million sites on the web, a number that grows every single day.

Creating a new post or page in WordPress and uploading some images is simplicity itself, to the point that real technophobes can use WordPress without feeling intimidated.

At the same time, however, there’s loads of functionality at your fingertips. It’s easy to ignore things you don’t understand, and then gradually learn more and more.

WordPress empowers you to make changes to your website whenever you want – including at 2 am on a Sunday morning, without necessarily requiring our intervention or a bill from us. Still want help and don’t want to learn a THING? No problem shoot me an email and i will bill you at $15 per hour.

Your website can grow with you – even if you end up building out to 1,000 pages. The big boys, like CNN, use it, as well as the landscaper down the street. Big or small, WordPress can handle it – especially if you have a well-thought out design.

your website can keep moving forward as the Web does. And since all of your content lives in a database, you can keep updating your design without having to worry about transferring every page you ever created by hand, and ending up with broken links. Just drop a new design on that existing chassis and keep creating.

WordPress is ready for the mobile web. If you assume your customers are visiting your website from a full-sized computer, think again. Mobile website usage is exploding. If your website doesn’t look great and work well on a smartphone or tablet your customers will skip your site and go somewhere else.

Many WordPress themes are designed to be responsive (aka mobile-friendly), meaning your customers won’t be challenged to use your website on their smartphones. And the WordPress dashboard is designed to work on smartphones as well as full-sized PCs — so you can easily manage your website from anywhere.

WordPress is mature. WordPress is over ten years old. During the past decade WordPress has been refined, tested, and enhanced. In the process it has evolved into a world-class web publishing system.

WordPress is open source. Unlike other website building tools WordPress is open source and free from commercial restrictions and limitations. That means you can use the software anyway you choose and host your website anywhere you choose. All without fear that changes in someone else’s business model will have an adverse impact one of your most important business assets.

When you choose WordPress you have complete control over your website. As a business owner that may be the ultimate reason to use WordPress.

h/t http://wpapprentice.com/

WordPress Security Essentials

Tips & Tricks

Almost every successful hack of a WordPress site exploits one or more of the four main points of vulnerability:

Host security breach
Out-of-date WordPress Core
Unsafe plugins and themes
Brute force attack

If you don’t manage these areas well, then any additional security measures you take will be in vain. You most valuable security tool is good management of your WordPress site.

How to Embed Social Media in your website

Tips & Tricks

If you’d like to share your posts from social networks on your website you can embed them by pasting the code from the social network. Often images on other peoples social networks are copywritten. In order to legally use photos from other social media you can embed them. See the article below for more information.


To do this on WordPress you either need to add the Facebook Script to header.php:

<div id=”fb-root”></div>
<script type=”text/javascript”>// <![CDATA[
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));
// ]]></script>

or The easiest way to embed Facebook statuses in your WordPress posts or pages is by installing and activating the official Facebook plugin for WordPress. After activating the plugin, simply go to the post and paste the URL of Facebook status you want to embed in its own line.

To do this on Drupal just paste the embed code in full html mode and publish.