How to Upgrade or Affordably Replace Your Old PC

If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your computer, take the same approach as a physician; that is, diagnosis then treatment. Do this:

•     Mac owners: Apple Menu > About this Mac
•     PC owners: Open Start Menu and enter “cmd” in the box.
At the command prompt, run: systeminfo.exe

If you see dates from before the Obama presidency, it’s time for a new computer. Or perhaps your computer isn’t that old but is sluggish and has frustrating freeze tendencies. Programs like PC Pitstop will identify the exact causes of your computer lag.

Whatever the case may be, it’s important to understand your options as you research upgrades and replacements.

 

What is ransomware?

The FBI estimates that ransomware cost victims $1 billion last year, up from $24 million in 2015, and warns that attacks are expected to continue escalating. Here is what you need to know about ransomware, why it’s dangerous, and what can make you vulnerable to becoming a victim of this virulent form of cybercrime.

What You Need to Know About Phishing

Social engineering scams that use email or websites into tricking users to reveal personal information or install viruses on their devices are known as phishing scams. Phishing scams can look like bank emails, or other corporate communication, and are crafted to fool the users into believing that it is a legitimate message.

The content of a phishing email is intended to cause a quick response from the user. One common scam will try to convince you that you’ve won a lottery or a prize, with a link similar to a website you already know of. This page will then ask for your personal information, which you will happily provide because you think you’ve won money.

How to Send and Receive GoDaddy Email From Gmail

Article Reblogged from: http://sparqstreet.com/

There are a few different guides on linking your GoDaddy account with Gmail already around, but I always found them lacking to one degree or another. Here is a comprehensive guide on linking your GoDaddy email account with your Gmail account, so that you can send and receive email from your GoDaddy account via your Gmail account.

“535 Authentication Failed” error – A solution

If you go through these instructions and are getting a ‘535 Error: Authentication Failed’ message, janeOc from the comments posted a solution from GoDaddy tech support that seems to be solving the problem:

  1. Log into your GoDaddy account
  2. Go to Email Control Center (Wordspace control center)
  3. Search for the email address. Look at the Relays column. It is probably blank. It needs to be reset.
  4. Click on the email account to edit it.
  5. Set the ‘SMTP Relays per day’ to 0 and then Save
  6. Set the ‘SMTP Relays per day’ back to 250 and then Save
  7. Wait 30 minutes.
  8. Go back to your Gmail > Settings > Accounts and Import section of Settings, look at the “Send Mail As” section and click “Add another email address that you own.” It should then work.

*We are not affiliated with either Google or GoDaddy, although we use both companies’ products.

Receiving Email

    1. Log into your Gmail account.
    2. Click on the gear at the top right, and then on Settings.Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 2
    3. Click on Accounts and Import.
    4. In the “Check email from other accounts” section, click “Add a POP3 account that you own.”Gmail GoDaddy Email Steps 3 and 4
    5. A window will pop up. Type the email address you want to add, then click “Next Step.” In case it is not obvious, do not enter “bobfrog@sparqstreet.com” in this step or any other step. Enter the email address you are linking to your Gmail account.  Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 5
    6. Fill in the fields on the next page as you see them here.Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 6
      1. Your username is your FULL email address, including the domain (the part after the @ symbol)
      2. The POP server is “pop.secureserver.net”
        • Important: If you’re using cPanel email, user the POP server “p3plcpnl0923.prod.phx3.secureserver.net”.
      3. Use port 995.
      4. Make sure “Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server” is UNCHECKED. If you forget to do this, you will have to manually empty your GoDaddy email account on a regular basis manually or else it will fill up.
      5. Check the “Always use SSL” box.
      6. You should check the “Label incoming message” box so you can easily identify which emails are coming from that address.
      7. Leave “Archive incoming messages” UNCHECKED, unless you have a good reason not to.
      8. Click “Add Account.”

      Sending Email

    7. Back on the Accounts and Import section of Settings, look at the “Send Mail As” section and click “Add another email address that you own.”Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 7
    8. Enter your name and email address. Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 8
      • Ticking the “Treat as an alias” box tells Gmail that this address represents You, and not, say, your boss. Although some people have suggested unchecking this box because it can result in undesired behaviour, I’ve always left it checked and never had any problems.
    9. Fill out these fields as you see here. Of course, use your own email address in place of “bobfrog@sparqstreet.” Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 9
      1. SMTP server is “smtpout.secureserver.net.”
        • Important: If you are using cPanel email, the SMTP server will be “p3plcpnl0923.prod.phx3.secureserver.net”.
        • Update: If you reside in Asia or Europe, Workspace email server names (not cPanel) will be smtpout.asia.secureserver.net and smtpout.europe.secureserver.net respectively.
      2. User name is your ENTIRE email address. That includes your domain name (the part after the @ symbol).
      3. Use port 465.
      4. Use Secured connection using SSL.
      5. Click Add Account.
    10. You should receive an email confirmation to ensure that you actually do own the email address you’re adding. It’ll go to your new (GoDaddy) email address – that’s why we made sure we can receive email from this account before we set up Sending. Follow the instructions to authenticate your account – it should be as simple as clicking a link.

BONUS

Gmail only checks your GoDaddy account every hour or so… maybe longer. For some, this is no big deal. For others, a 1-2 hour delay in being notified of new email is unacceptable. If this is the case for you, here’s a solution.

  1. Log into your GoDaddy email center (Wordspace Control Center).
    • If you’re using cPanel email, you won’t have this option. You’ll have to set up an email forwarder instead, which I won’t get into here.
  2. Click on the email account you’d like to change.Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 11-2
  3. Tick the “Send copy to” and enter your Gmail address, then click save. This will automatically forward any incoming mail to your Gmail account as it arrives. Don’t worry, when Gmail actually checks your account, you won’t wind up with duplicates. It’ll just clear your GoDaddy inbox. Gmail GoDaddy Email Step 11-3

Configuring DNS for your GoDaddy email in cPanel

If your domain isn’t registered in the same account as your hosting or it’s registered elsewhere, use the following DNS records for your cPanel shared hosting account’s Web hosting and email.

NOTE: DNS changes can take up to 48 hours to take effect across the Internet.

Mandatory

Record Type Host Points to
A (Host) @ Your hosting account’s IP address. For more information, see Finding Your Hosting Account’s IP Address.
CNAME www @
CNAME mail @
MX (Mail Exchanger) @ mail.[your domain name], for example mail.coolexample.comNOTE: Use MX Priority 0

You must delete any other MX (Mail Exchanger) entries in the DNS zone file for your email to work. The MX entry listed above should be the only MX entry.

If you have your cPanel site set up on a subdomain (e.g. cpanel.coolexample.com), replace each instance of “@” with your subdomain and use the domain name including the subdomain in the MX record.

If your domain is registered here, you can make these changes through your domain’s DNS manager. For more information, see Managing DNS for Your Domain Names.

Optional

You do not need to add all of these records to your zone file, but doing so will make certain functions work, such as Autodiscovery through Outlook.

Record Type Host Points to/Value
A (Host) admin Your hosting account’s IP address. For more information, see Finding Your Hosting Account’s IP Address.
CNAME autoconfig @
CNAME autoconfig.admin @
CNAME autodiscover @
CNAME autodiscover.admin @
CNAME cpanel @
CNAME ftp @
CNAME mail @
CNAME webdisk @
CNAME webdisk.admin @
CNAME webmail @
CNAME whm @
CNAME www.admin @
TXT @ v=spf1 a mx ptr include:secureserver.net ~all
TXT admin v=spf1 a mx ptr include:secureserver.net ~all
Record Type Service Protocol Name Priority Weight Port Target
SRV _autodiscover _tcp @ 0 0 443 cpanelemaildiscovery.cpanel.net
SRV _autodiscover _tcp admin 0 0 443 cpanelemaildiscovery.cpanel.net

You can also remove the following DNS entries:

CNAMEs — email, imap, pop, and smtp

13 Impressive WordPress Stats Worth Bookmarking for Clients

WordPress powers one in every four websites you visit online. Huge, right? It’s safe to say WordPress is no longer just a blogging tool – it’s by far the most popular content management system online and we’ve got the numbers to back it up.

If you’ve ever had trouble convincing clients WordPress isn’t just for bloggers, here are 13 facts that proves its dominance – and are worth sharing at your next client meeting.

1. WordPress Powers 25.5% of the Web

WordPress’ remarkable growth isn’t slowing down any time soon. WordPress hit 20% usage just two years ago and if that trend is set to continue, we could see WordPress reach its next milestone, 30%, in 2017.

In October, 29.7% of all new sites used WordPress.

2. WordPress Powers 30.3% of the Top 1000 Websites

If you don’t think that figure is impressive, consider this: using a standard CMS is not very common among the top 1000 sites, and more than 90% of them are using custom solutions. That 30.3% has some weight behind it now, huh?

Drupal comes in second with 19.7% and Adobe Experience Manager this with 11.8%.

There's no questioning WordPress' dominance.
There’s no questioning WordPress’ dominance.

3. WordPress is the Most Popular CMS

Among the 300+ content management systems that web technology survey service W3Techs routinely monitors, WordPress dominates with a whopping 58.7% market share.

It’s worth noting that 57% of websites don’t use any identifiable CMS, so there’s still a lot of room for WordPress to further make its mark.

4. WordPress is the Fastest Growing CMS

Every 74 seconds a site within the top 10 million starts using WordPress. Compare this with Shopify, the second-fastest growing CMS, which gains a new site every 22 minutes.

5. WordPress Powers Some of the World’s Biggest Brands and Names

These include Sony, Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, Mashable, TechCrunch, Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, Samsung, Star Wars, PlayStation, General Motors, NFL, Bloomberg, MTV, Facebook, eBay, Google, LinkedIn, Flickr, NASA, and TED.

Then there’s Jay Z, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Kobe Bryant, The Rolling Stones, Malala Yousafzai, Sylvester Stallone, just to name a few.

WordPress.com’s VIP service hosts many of these brands and names. WordPress.org also showcases some of the Fortune 500 companies that use the CMS.

6. There Have Been 143 versions of WordPress to Date

This figure includes both major and minor (security, maintenance etc.) releases.

Volunteers all over the world contribute to the WordPress project, ensuring it is regularly and continually updated to improve both its functionality and security. WordPress 4.4 alone had 471 contributors.

The latest version, WordPress 4.4, has been downloaded more than 6.5 million times since it was released just three weeks ago.

7. WordPress is Available to Download in 57 Languages

WordPress can deliver your content to visitors worldwide in a variety of languages. If English isn’t your native tongue, you can download WordPress in Bengali, Danish, Esperanto, and Icelandic, just to name a few of the translations on offer.

If the language you prefer isn’t available, it probably will be soon – the WordPress translation team has almost finished translating the CMS into 12 other languages, with even more translations underway.

According to W3Techs, 37.3% of English language websites use WordPress, while usage numbers are between 38% and 40% for Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish sites, and they reach 51.3% for Bengali and 54.4% for Bosnian.

If the language you prefer isn’t available, it probably will be soon – the WordPress translation team has almost finished translating the CMS into 12 other languages, with even more translations underway.
If the language you prefer isn’t available, it probably will be soon – the WordPress translation team has almost finished translating the CMS into 12 other languages, with even more translations underway.

8. There Are 42,000+ Plugins for WordPress

And that’s just the plugins you can download for free. There are more than 100 premium plugins on our site, another 4000+ hosted over at CodeCanyon, any many developers release their own plugins for free on GitHub or on their personal websites.

With many thousands of plugins available, there’s no end to how you can extend and expand the functionality of WordPress.

9. Tuesday is the Most Popular Day for Downloading WordPress

According to WP Central, users are more likely to download WordPress on a Tuesday than any other day of the week. Saturday is the least popular day.

10. WordPress.com Gets More Monthly Visitors Than Apple

On average, WordPress.com receives visits from 35,910,572 people each month, compared to less than half that number, 16,837,476, at apple.com. To put it into perspective, that’s the population of Canada inundating WordPress.com monthly to start new blogs, write new posts, or visit existing sites.

11. WordPress Developers Earn $50 an Hour

In his 2012 State of the Word, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg revealed 6,800 self-employed people had built more than 170,000 sites personally, and charged a median hourly rate of $50. If each site took only 3 hours to make, that’s $29.5M of work at the average hourly rate. Combine that with data from the 2014 State of the Word, which showed a quarter of the people who filled in the annual WordPress Survey make a full-time living off the CMS.

Over at Quora, WordPress contributor Mark Jaquith puts the $50 figure into perspective, saying a “WordPress consultant” could be someone who can copy-paste some basic theme modification for $30-$60 an hour, to someone who can code a plugin from scratch ($80-$150 an hour), to high-end consulting on performance, security, scaling and deployment ($200+ an hour).

Freelancer, a popular outsourcing marketplace, lists 739,794 WordPress developers worldwide and reports 393,250 projects have been completed, worth $71,020,304.

Upwork lists “WordPress” as one of its top skills, with an average project cost of $194 and an average project duration of 5+ weeks.

According to SimplyHired, the average salary for “WordPress jobs” is $40,000.

12. 18 New WordPress Posts Every Second

In an average month, bloggers who use WordPress.com or have Jetpack installed on a self-hosted setup post 53.1 million new posts. That’s 1.7 million new posts every day, 71,000 every hour or about 1000 every minute.

All up, bloggers produce 43.5 million new comments each month.

Traffic-wise, more than 409 million people view more than 20.3 billion WordPress.com pages each month.

WordPress.com regularly publishes traffic stats.
WordPress.com regularly publishes traffic stats.

13. WordPress Takes Care of 80-90% of Google’s Crawling Issues

According to Matt Cutts, the former head of Google’s web spam team, sites built with WordPress are capable of ranking higher in search results because the CMS takes care of 80-90% of Google’s crawling issues.

That’s most of the hard work done so you don’t have to worry about the small things and you can get on with creating quality content for your site.

Do you share any other WordPress stats and facts with clients? Have we missed any of your favourite stats? Let us know in the comments below.

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What is Responsive Web Design?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsive_web_design)

Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

A site designed with RWD adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, proportion-based grids, flexible images, and CSS3 media queries, an extension of the @media rule, in the following ways:

  • The fluid grid concept calls for page element sizing to be in relative units like percentages, rather than absolute units like pixels or points.
  • Flexible images are also sized in relative units, so as to prevent them from displaying outside their containing element.
  • Media queries allow the page to use different CSS style rules based on characteristics of the device the site is being displayed on, most commonly the width of the browser.

Responsive web design is becoming more important as the amount of mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of total internet traffic. This trend is so prevalent that Google has begun to boost the ratings of sites that are mobile friendly if the search was made from a mobile device. This has the net effect of penalizing sites that are not mobile friendly.

Note

All artKenya websites are responsive! See our portfolio here: artkenya.net/what-we-do/portfolio/

Design overhaul for Laikipia Wildlife Forum

We completed LWF’s site overhaul earlier this year.  The site needed a full redesign to bring it up to contemporary standards.  It was also important to include e-commerce to facilitate the membership drive LWF is embarking on. Now, visitors can also purchase some of LWF’s coffeetable books and maps online. The site now features stunning photography in a large slider on the homepage. Design and development talents were provided by Lawrence Otieno. | Read more…

Visit the site: www.laikipia.org

Artkenya got a makeover

The task of redoing your own site generally goes to the back of the queue but now our new website is published!

We’ve rebuilt Artkenya with the same overall look and feel but we hope a little bit slicker, softer, sexier.  Full screen images are still very visible and our site is now compatible with all mobile phone sizes. We’ve also added a slick portfolio section giving much more information about the sites, in addition to images showcasing our work. Take a look.