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blog easier cloudsWhat do you think of when someone says "the cloud"? There are probably thousands of answers to that question. If you're a technologist, then you probably have a pretty good idea that the term is very generic. It can mean many things technically. If you're a marketing person, then you probably see the term as something useful attractive and trendy. Something you can use to help sell your web product or service. But for a website owner, the cloud is really where you want your site to be. In today's world, old fashioned web hosting is not helping you. Your website is likely sitting on an actual computer with disks that have been whirring along for years in a computer that reflects technology several years old. In essence, it's needlessly slow and under-powered. Putting your site on the cloud will not only help your user's experience by delivering your site much faster and more reliably, it will also help your SEO. Search engines love fast websites that are always there.

Unsafe websites are everywhereFor several years now, content management systems have been on a relentless march towards website dominance. Since the appearance of "free" solutions on the market, vast numbers of website operators have switched to content management systems as the preferred way to create and maintain websites. And there is little to wonder as to why that has happened. Once reserved only for those with big budgets like companies and organizations, open source solutions have brought that power to the masses. Solutions like WordPress Joomla and Drupal have taken over the web world and solutions like Magento have come to dominate small-scale e-commerce sites. But with all this amazing and ostensibly free technology comes a responsibility that most web owners are not prepared for. The responsibility to protect their users by keeping their sites secure and up to date.

iphoneIt seems like Google's upcoming Accelerated Mobile Pages technology is gaining momentum and acceptance. Due to be rolled out in February, AMP is a boon to mobile users who enjoy interacting with the web on their phones. With this new technology, Google with automatically direct users to AMP compatible pages whenever they are available from a website. With technology in place, mobile users will enjoy a much better experience with their devices, especially under poor connectivity conditions.

Joomla 3.5 release coming soonIn keeping with their published timeline for software development, the Joomla development team is abut to release the latest version of the popular content management system software. Joomla, which holds a second place market share to WordPress, is a CMS geared towards website developers and designers who have plans to take a site beyond a simple blog site. Joomla is a robust and mature software that has an ever growing user base of loyal fans. With this latest upgrade, the Joomla team continues their efforts to make the software a leading content management solution for the web.

penguin 149971 640Google has finally let it be known that the latest penguin update is on its way and should be rolled out by the end of the year. The primary focus of this update will be to create a more real-time responsiveness within the search results. This means that Google will be looking for changes on your site and to the links that point to your site, and see any changes immediately. This is good for many reasons, since it will allow us to see the results of our changes very quickly. It will also mean that webmasters will have to be very careful and considerate with any changes they make for SEO, lest they be discovered by the great Google Spam Monster!

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