Resources for Webmasters

We've put together guides, resources, how-tos, tutorials, tools, tips, and tricks to build you a one-stop shop repository for any and all internet questions. From our beginners guide to HTML all the way to what to do is you get penalized by Google, we've covered everything. Plus there's some free stuff, just for you. Enjoy (and don't forget to share!)

Web Hosting 101

The back-end world of hosting a website is a scary place. With dozens of companies, offering infinite combinations of products and services, cloaked in jargon like LAMP, SATA II HDD, Ghz CPU clock speed, and RAID, how do you know you're getting a good deal for you?

To help you out, we've put together a couple of guides to help you get a handle on the web hosting world. We cover the basics of hosting and give you the tools so you know what to look for when you're finding a host - what benefits are worth it, what questions you should be asking, and how to recognize companies that are all talk and no follow through.

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Ultimate Guide to Web Hosting

This is a step-by-step guide will take you through what a website is, your hosting options, and what you should be looking for when you pick a host, and how it all works.

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What is a Domain Name?

Domain names are what guide people around all the millions of computers that make up the internet. Here's how they work.

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How to Choose a Domain Name [Video]

In this a short, helpful video we explain some of the best strategies for choosing your own domain name.

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Guides & Tutorials for Webmasters

The best thing about working with super smart people is that someone always has the answer to even the trickiest of questions. So we thought we'd publish the answers to all the questions we've been asking over the last eight years. Questions like what to do if your website gets hacked, how to learn HTML, and how to get started with web analytics.

Our tutorials are your one stop shop for thorny technical problems, research, and questions. Odds are, if something's not working right online, our webmasters have encountered it, fixed it, and written you a step-by-step so you can too.

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How to Make a Website

It doesn't have to be all that scary. We take you through all your options, so you can match the process with what you or your business needs.

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Building A Kid Friendly WebSite

Do you want to build a website that kids actually want to use? Here's a guide packed with best practices, resources, and tips from the experts.

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HTML for beginners

HTML is a website markup language based on tags. Lost already? Don't worry - we've put together the best possible resources to get you going with HTML, fast.

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Does My Website Have a Google Penalty?

Noticed a drop in your web traffic? Here are 4 simple steps you can take to figure out of Google's penalizing your site, plus what you can do it they are.

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Is My Website Hacked?

Hackers work quietly in the background, installing malware and spreading viruses on victim sites. Here's how you find out if you're compromised, and what you do next if you are.

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How to Diagnose a Google Ranking Drop

It's something every website publisher dreads. You wake up one day to find your website has suffered a significant Google ranking drop.

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How to Recover Google Rankings After Getting Hacked

This is a tutorial for what to do when you're hacked to purge your site, and what you can do next to get your place back in the SERPs.

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How to Remove Hidden WordPress Theme Links

Free WordPress themes can come with a nasty surprise. Here's a quick and dirty guide to finding and removing hidden links embedded by hackers into free themes.

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How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Website

WordPress, being one of the world's most popular (and free) CMSs, is  prone to hacking. Here's what to do if your WordPress site does get hacked.

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How to Remove Hidden Joomla Template Links

Joomla is a powerful tool, but it's free templates are prone to hiding hidden links to malware, spyware, and viruses. Our guide shows you how to find and remove them.

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How to Fix a Hacked Joomla Website

Like all popular CMSs, Joomla attracts its fair share of hacking problems. It's imperative for your security and your online reputation to get your site fixed, and fast.

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Privacy Policy Generator

Free privacy policy generator for webmasters. Covers information collection, cookie policy, information storage and use, rights, and access.

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Online Marketing & Social Media

Need more Facebook likes and Twitter follows? Want to know the secrets to a killer blog post that your visitors will want to share? Check out these videos tutorials to help grow your social media presense and tips on creating viral content.

Secrets of a Killer Blog Post [Video]

This short video provides actionable advice about crafting and promoting your blog posts to increase readership.

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How To Get More Facebook Likes [Video]

In this short video full of charts and graphs, we explore suprising statistics about internet growth from 1984 to present.

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Buying Social Media Followers and Fame [Video]

This video shows how widespread "fake" social media accounts have become. Should you fake it 'till you make it?

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Also see: Creating Viral Content [Video] | Twitter Branding Tips [Video]

Online Guides and Resources

We love a good how-to guide. So we unleashed our team of web experts to help you through online problems both big and small. Don't understand what your tech guy is talking about? We've written a guide of internet jargon.

Looking for your great-great-great grandmother's birth certificate? We've got a guide for that too.

Complete Guide to Internet Terminology

Firewalls. ISP. Keywords. Phishing. The internet is full of funny terms and technical jargon. Here's your complete guide.

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The History of Web Search Engines

Search engines go back the 1990s. We show you how we got from AltaVista to Google, and all the little steps along the way.

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History of the World Wide Web

The Internet has changed the world so much that it's difficult to imagine living your life without. We look back at the origins of the World Wide Web.

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Searching for your Genealogical Records

Have a hunch that you're related a member of the royal family? Here's what to look for when you start tracing your roots.

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How to Determine Credible Sources on the Internet

What's fact, and what's hearsay? When you're reading on the web, it's hard to know. Here's our guide to help you sort sources online.

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History of Internet: Then and Now [Video]

How has the internet changed in the last few decades? This video takes look at the rapid changes in internet technology and usage over the past 45 years.

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Incredible Online Growth [Video]

In this short video full of charts and graphs, we explore suprising statistics about internet growth from 1984 to present.

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Also see: Evaluating Online Resources

Internet Privacy & Safety

A growing collection of guides to help you navigate and understand important online safety issues, avoid scams and protect yourself from hackers and other malicous online activity.

Revenge Porn: From Passion to Passive Aggression

This in-depth guide for covers the legal, technical and personal side of revenge porn issues.

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The Ugly Face of Online Fraud

Surfing the web and carrying out transactions comes with its risks, one of which is online fraud (cybercrime, internet fraud, online crime, and e-crime).

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Parents Guide to Internet Safety

Technology today has created a new world that a generation ago was not available to our children. Today with the Internet, smart phones, social media...

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The World Wide Web & Internet Privacy

The Internet is an invaluable tool that provides a wealth of information on virtually any topic imaginable. Not only is it a place for...

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Dealing with Hate Crime

We take an in-depth look at hate crime in the US - what it is, what motivates it, and what makes a criminal act a hate crime.

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Also see: Digital Extortion & How to Avoid It | Email Spam [Video]

Student/Teacher Resources

The Internet has facilitated the dissemination of information on a global and unprecedented scale. It's original intention was education, and we still see that are a huge part of what makes it amazing. It's increasingly a go-to tool for students and teachers alike, but it can be hard to find top quality educational resources among the truly staggering amount of information out there.

We aim to help teachers and students use the internet in ethical and legal ways, guiding you through copyright law, educational resources for kids, and how best to encourage digital literacy in and out of the classroom.

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A+ Math Student Resource

We've gathered the best online learning resources for studious mathematic researchers.

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Web Guide to Searching for Number Sequences

We break down the complicated world of sequences with examples and easy explanations..

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Guide to Copyright & Plagiarism for Students

A student's guide to Copyright and Plagiarism, covering both legal and ethical considerations. Plus DMCA info.

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Guide to Free Stock Images for Students

Students can't afford stock images. This guide will teach you how to use pictures from the internet for free, without violating copyright laws.

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The Ultimate Section 508 Guide for Students

Not sure what 508 is? This guide explains the Workforce Rehabilitation Act, where it comes from, who needs to follow it, and what it takes to comply.

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Web Resources for Digital Literacy in the Classroom

5 easy things you can do in the class room to get kids more excited about the digital world we're all a part of.

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Educational Websites for Kids

The internet is a great educational tool - if you know where to go. Here's our favourite math, science, reading, writing, and history websites for kids.

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Copyright & DMCA

Companies regularly spend thousands to ensure that you're fully protected and in compliance with copyright law. Unfortunately, most everyday people don't have the luxury of a copyright lawyer on retainer. So we put together some resources about the DMCA and digital copyright law, so you can make sure that you both respect the law and can enforce your rights under it.

Most copyright infringement is accidental rather than malicious - but that's no protection. Make sure you understand the letter of the law so you don't end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit.

Ultimate Guide to Copyright

Everything you need to know about copyright is covered in this in-depth guide. From fair use to international law.

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DMCA: Guide, Tools and Resources

Since the turn of the century, users have uploaded thousands of hours of digital content to the Internet.

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Also see: Image Theft: What to do when your images are stolen

Design Tutorials & Assets

Every webmaster has to have at least a basic understanding of design. You want your site to look good and you want your users to have a positive experience - and to achieve either of these goals, you need a solid grounding in design.

Fortunately, the internet is moving more and more towards stunning templated solutions for the non-designers among us. We've collected some of the best free assets from around the internet, including iconography and some actually beautiful stock images, for you to use to your hearts content.

Flat Icons: 110 Icons for Webmasters

An eye-catching easy-to-use interface is a critical part of smart website design. One of the best ways to give your site a professional sheen is to use a complete set of icons.

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Flag Icons: Free Flat Icon Set

Perfect for webmasters who need a simple, comprehensive and free set of world flags for use on blogs, forums or other websites.

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Responsive Design [Video]

Making responsive design a part of your site is probably easier (and more important) than you think. Learn how in this quick video.

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Bitcoin for Webmasters

Bitcoin is the sharp end of the cryptocurrency spear, a spear that could potentially cause a fundamental shift in the global financial system by removing governments as the sole purveyor of currency. And a lot of webmasters are looking to jump on that trend, but just don't quite know how.

We've produced guides, resources, and research around Bitcoin to help webmasters get started and engage with the cryptocurrency in a safe and secure way.

How to Earn Bitcoin with Affiliate Programs

Want to earn Bitcoins without shelling out cash? Consider sending your website's traffic to an affiliate program that pays out for referrals in BTC.

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