Changes for Rainworks

It certainly has been quiet around here. The past year and a half have been very busy for me (and Rainworks!) as I've gone through some significant changes in my personal life, as well as some shifts in my professional life. Blogging was one of the first things to...

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WordPress Posts vs. Pages

What is the difference between a Post and Page? It's one of the most common questions I get while building a WordPress site for a business owner. Let's explore the differences (and similarities), and when you might use one or the other. What are Posts? A Post is often...

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Is email from your website getting marked as spam?

Transactional emails typically refer to the emails that your website send out that are administrative in nature and are sent after a certain event has occurred: new user registration, password resets, order confirmations, shipping notifications, and on and on. They...

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What is PCI Compliance?

You're likely aware of the upswing in security breaches and hacker activity in the news lately. Many of these breaches result in a loss of customers' personal or credit card information. In 2006, the five major credit card companies — American Express, Discover,...

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Google is reranking mobile websites. Are you ready?

By now, you have probably heard that Google will be shifting their indexing algorithm to take mobile-friendliness into account when ranking a website. Mobile-friendly sites will see an increase in ranking, while unfriendly sites will see a decrease. This is a pretty...

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Changes to Rainworks Hosting

Right this moment, you are reading this from our new home at DigitalOcean. As of this posting, all new hosting customers will be placed onto a DigitalOcean server, and all existing customers are in various stages of migration. I'm very excited about this move, and I...

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Your Domain on WWW: Is There a Right Answer?

The web has taken on a fondness for non-www (aka "naked") domains. They're cleaner, shorter, and more to the point. Besides, the www in front seems redundant. Is there any reason you might want to have www in front of your domain? You might think that the answer is...

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Free SSL Starting Summer 2015

It's the first day of 2015, and so I thought we'd kick it off with some good news. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) plans to launch a new, apparently open source Certificate Authority that will issue free SSL certificates. Called Let's Encrypt, this is a joint...

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Consider Version Control For Your Next Project

Most of my clients have relatively small needs. Many of them just need a basic website; or that's how the conversation starts, anyway. I've found that a particular client's needs are about as varied as you could imagine. Often, developers end up writing custom code...

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