.htaccess is short for Hypertext Access, and is a configuration file for the Apache Web Server that is used to override the main server configuration. .htaccess operates at directory level and you can even set different configuration to different directories within your website. Common uses of .htaccess including URLs redirection, error page customization, directory protection with a password, https forcing, hot link prevention, cache control, and etc. In the article below, we’ll show you how to redirect http to https by using a .htaccess file. This method is particularly useful if you’ve installed a SSL certificate on your website and would like to automatically redirect your visitors from http to the https web version.
WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world, powering over 32% of all websites on the Internet. With the right template and plugins, you can turn WordPress into almost any type of websites. WordPress is a great choice for your content management and it provides the cheapest and fastest solution to build your website online. These days, it is no longer a pain when come to installing and setting up a WordPress site to your host. Most of the web hosting providers offer an auto-installer to make the process easy. So, the next time when you are looking for a web host, make sure that they support automatic WordPress installation.
Pinterest plays a very important role in today’s digital marketing. According to the study done by Millward Brown, Pinterest has great influences in the purchase decision as more than 85% of the Pinners have used Pinterest to plan or research before they purchase something. If you’re using Pinterest to promote your business, then you need to be using Rich Pins. Rich Pins are the enhanced version of regular pins. Unlike the regular pins which would only display an image along with the description that the pinner entered, Rich Pins include extra information from your website including real time pricing, availability, title, and meta description. These extra information will help pinners to decide if they want to come to your website for further information. Generally, Rich Pins will enjoy higher visibility and clicks compared to the regular pins. In case you’re confused the difference between a Rich Pin and a Regular pin, you may refer to the example below.
If you are managing your own server, it is important to know that we should set a limit to the number of outgoing messages for each of the email accounts. Spam is a huge issue on the internet and we should take some measurements to protect our servers from being used by the spammers to send out bulk unsolicited e-mail. By limiting the number of emails that each email account can send out per hour, it would minimize the impact when hijackers succeed in hijacking your users' accounts to send out spam emails. It would give you some time to deal the compromised email account before your server IP address is blacklisted on the DNS based blacklists like DNSBL (A Domain Name System-based Blackhole List) or RBL (Real-time Blackhole List). If your server IP address is listed on the blacklists, it will impact your mail server reputation and other mail servers may reject the emails that delivered from your server.
At this point, if you still haven’t switched your website from http to https, now is the time. In 2014, Google announced that secure websites with https encryption will receive a minor ranking advantage. Since then, Google has been pushing webmasters to convert their websites to https. It’s just a matter of time before https become a standard for all the websites. If you are a Chrome user, you’ll notice that Chrome will now mark http website as Not Secure. So, just try to imagine if a visitor visiting your http website seeing this warning on their Chrome browser. It will negatively impact their confidence level and therefore affecting your site bounce rate, branding and also the sales. Switching your website to https is definitely worth the effort. Apart from ranking boost, it will also make your website more secure. This in fact is the top priority reason why you should make the change.
Windows update is a feature in the Windows operating system that is used to automatically download and install the latest updates to our computer. Keeping our computer up to date will ensure that our computer system is protected from the latest threats and minimize the risks of security breaches. But sometimes, it is better to hold off on an update until the major issues were resolved. Usually, when a new update of the Windows 10 is released, it may still contain unknown bugs or other compatibility issues. For example, Microsoft has pulled the Windows 10 October 2018 (version 1809) from Windows Update as many people were affected by the file deletion issue after updating.
By default, the major web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge will automatically save your downloads to a download folder in your user profile on your computer eg. C:\Users\Username\Download. But sometimes, it’s better to use a different download location for your downloads. For example, if you are downloading a large file and you are running out of disk space, it would be better to change the download location to an external drive that has more disk space, or to an online cloud storage service like Dropbox. Furthermore, the “C:” drive is the location where Windows OS is installed and in case of a system failure, you might lose all of the data files you’ve downloaded. Fortunately, most of the major web browsers allow you to change the default download location and it’s easy to make that change. In the article below, you’ll learn how to change the default download location for all the major browsers which are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
If you have multiple email addresses, you can make use of the Gmail’s forwarding feature to automatically forward all the incoming or just certain emails to another email address of yours. That way, it will save you time from checking emails at different places and keep everything manageable under one preferred email account. In case you are wondering, the forwarded email address can be any type of email address and does not necessarily end with “@gmail.com”. You can use the Gmail’s forwarding feature to forward emails from Gmail to other email services like Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, AOL and others. The only catch is that the incoming emails must land in the “Inbox” folder and not in the “Spam” folder. Emails that falling into the spam folder will not be forwarded. In addition, this forwarding feature is only possible to set up on the web version of Gmail. Here’s how you can automatically forward Gmail to another email address.
In a recent Windows 10 update, Microsoft has finally rolled out the long top user requests to support dark theme for File Explorer. For people who spend lots of time looking at a computer screen, using dark theme is arguably a better choice than light theme as it can help to reduce eyestrain and provide better text readability. That’s why the dark theme is gaining popularity across many sites and apps. Well, if you are like me preferred to use a dark theme over the light theme on Windows 10, you may follow our step by step guides below on how to enable the dark theme for File Explorer on Windows 10. Before you proceed, please note that the dark theme support for File Explorer is only supported on Windows 10 build 1809 and later. Here’s how to activate the dark theme.
While Google is the world most popular search engine, we should never underestimate the potential of Bing and Yahoo search engines could bring to your online business. To make your website visible on the Bing and Yahoo search pages, you’ll have to submit your website to the Bing Webmaster Tools. Bing Webmaster Tools is a free service provided by Microsoft which allows webmasters to submit their website for getting indexed and crawled by Bing and Yahoo search engines. In case you missed it: since 2010, Yahoo search has been powered by Microsoft Bing search engine and by submitting your website to Bing Webmaster Tools will automatically submit to Yahoo search as well. In addition, it will also help to speed up the crawling process and allows you to monitor the website traffic and rank changes.