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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 22:10

Website security

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Website security is possibly today’s most underestimated aspect of website creation and should be a priority for each company, entrepreneur or individual.

Shared hosting or VPS (Virtual Private Hosting) today are the two most common ways of hosting. This means that your site share hosting space on the same server with many other websites. Hacker attacks across hosting are the most common and most dangerous forms of hacking. One hacked site can infect all other websites on the same server.

Web applications, as shopping carts, forms, login pages, dynamic content, etc, are the second target of hackers attacks. Web applications are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, therefore they are constantly vulnerable.

There are many studies that indicate the increasing number of attacks. These are excerpts from a few of them.

“90% of companies say they’ve been hacked

If it sometimes appears that just about every company is getting hacked these days, that’s because they are.

In a recent survey of 583 U.S. companies conducted by Ponemon Research on behalf of Juniper Networks, 90% of the respondents said their organizations’ computers had been breached at least once by hackers over the past 12 months.

Nearly 60% reported two or more breaches over the past year. More than 50% said they had little confidence of being able to stave off further attacks over the next 12 months.” - Jaikumar Vijayan, www.Computerworld.com

"30,000 Web Sites Hacked A Day. How Do You Host Yours?"

Are you helping the cyber criminals distribute malicious code to your customers, friends and family? In the old days cyber criminals distributed malicious code via e-mail. Today the cyber criminals mostly use websites to distribute their nasty code. On average 30,000 new websites are identified every day (source Sophos Labs) distributing malicious code to any users passing by. Many hold on to the idea that viruses are distributed from adult sites, gambling and other forms of vice but in reality the majority of these 30,000 sites are legitimate small businesses that are unwittingly distributing malicious code for the cyber criminals. You might be one of them.

Cyber criminals have automated scanning tools scouring the web looking for websites to infect to deploy their malicious code. Their target could be a personal blog, a small business website or a massive news site. Wherever there is a vulnerability they will happily capitalise on it to spread their wares.” - James Lyne, www.forbes.com

“Hacking a big danger for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to attacks because many owners believe they don’t have the time and money to invest in software programs or consulting services to make systems more secure. Many businesses are ignorant of risks they face or possible solutions, says Jeff Foresman, a consultant with Rook Security, an Indianapolis-based computer security company.” - Joyce M. Rosenberg, www.usatoday.com

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Onepage or Single Page Websites

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Keep on scrolling and you quickly and easily get all content you need, spiced up with thrilling illustrations, artistic graphics and various dynamic stuff. There is no unnecessary surfing through inner structure, iterative clicking or jumping from link to link.

Approach of compactly arranging and providing only essential data brings a number of benefits, making your website look modern and up-to-date. Mainly thanks to elaborate parallax effect, the ability to have everything in one page becomes real and convenient. Depending on particular area or topic, you can stumble upon long one page designs that generally shed a light on various social problems, showcase infographic or statistical data; short single page designs that are usually used to promote mobile applications; and, of course, standard one page websites (that as a rule include 3-5 tiny sections) dedicated to online portfolios or creative agencies.

Not every website needs to be complex or include multiple pages of content and information. Sometimes one page is enough.

But just because you are creating a website with only one page, does not mean that it will be easy.

Developing a single-page layout can require just as much thought and planning as some more complex sites. It needs to have all the same basic parts as a bigger site and should look visually stunning, work as expected and have a clear purpose.

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A single-page website is built in a single window. The single-page concept is based more on scrolling rather than clicking (although clicking is not outlawed either) to see and move through the site and its contents. A single-page website can be as simple as a “page” that fits neatly in a browser frame and is contained above the scroll. But that is not always the case. Single-page websites can scroll (although it is important not to create too deep of a page that can be overwhelming for users). 

Simply, a single-page website is one that does not include links to other pages within the domain and all of the content is located in a central frame.

Now that you know what you want to happen with your website, use this set of simple tips to get on the road toward publication.

Create a first impression. You only get one chance to bring in new users. Your site needs to have visual appeal and tell users why they are there quickly.

Stay focused. Remember your goal and eliminate any tricks, design elements or copy that could get in the way.

Play up strong visuals. Whether it is color or images or beautiful typography, pick a great visual and use it in a big way.

Develop clear navigation. Even though you may be wondering what you need navigation for – it is only one page after all – any site that contains multiple scrolls, forms or links of any sort needs clear navigation. Tell users what different buttons will do (especially if they take you away from the site). Even sites with a small amount of content need to include clear and understandable directions or calls to action.

Stay organized. You will never be able to say everything you think of in the format (or space) of a single-page design. Stick to what’s important and order everything based on hierarchy. Write clean, clear copy and edit until the words are sharp and concise.

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