Your WordPress site could be faster and more secure with a newer PHP version

If you’ve logged into WordPress recently and seen a message like the one below, don’t ignore it. This is the WordPress equivalent of the wear indicator on your tires — you could keep driving on them, but the smart move is to replace them before they cause an accident. Your site could be faster and […]

Is Your Business Ready for the GDPR?

Is your business ready for the GDPR? Does it need to be? On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect in the EU. The GDPR introduces some of the strongest protection for personal information in the world. It replaces the previous regulation (Directive 95/46/EC), introducing more stringent […]

Oakdale Precision’s New Web Site Bridges the Gap Between WordPress and FileMaker

Oakdale Precision, Inc. is a rapidly growing, full-service manufacturing job shop that supplies parts, assemblies, fixtures, and capital equipment to over 100 companies. They pride themselves in producing high quality items, with quick turnaround and short lead times. Their specialized equipment and workers can produce sheet and turned metal components specified to incredible tolerances. FileMaker […]

Prevent Cyber Attacks and Identify Theft Over the Phone – Fake Geek Support

I recently got a phone call that showed up on caller ID as from “Massachusetts”. A foreign voice answered. I recognized it immediately as a scam to steal information from my computer that could lead to identity theft or emptying out my bank account. I thought I’d play along and see what their tactics were. Attached […]

It is time to secure your web site!

If you are currently hosting a non-SSL1 website that means information exchanged between your website and your users is not secure. The standard for securing this information is to encrypt data transmitted between the website server and the browser by establishing a SSL (aka TLS) connection.  To use SSL your server is required to have […]

Concerning KRACK and Mac – the Wi-Fi security issue you need to know about

Update 2017-10-31: Apple fixes the KRACK issue with software updates Today, Apple released security updates for macOS El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra that includes a fix for the KRACK WPA2 bug, as well as updates to iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. See the App Store and Software Update for the latest updates from Apple.   […]

Conditionally Loading Scripts and Stylesheets in WordPress For Ajax Requests

In web development it’s a often a best practice to only load CSS and JavaScript files on pages where you need them. Developing an efficient website is both a matter of site performance and of professional pride. In WordPress though it’s all too often that a carefully maintained site is suddenly filled with extra files […]

Troubleshooting issues with WordPress plugins

One of the strengths of WordPress is the tens of thousands of plugins available (for free via the plugin repository and for purchase). However it can be an Achilles’ heel at times. When you start mixing 10, 20, or 30+ plugins written by different authors and never tested against each other, sometimes issues arise. […]

FileMaker as a CRM and ERP – Software Integration

Two software important industry buzzwords today are CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning). Both CRM and ERP software help you to run a business better by managing a business’s operations, customer relations, and financials. They provide access to data, analysis, and reports that can help you make smarter business decisions. FileMaker is […]

SEO Q&A: Subdomain vs. subfolder?

I often get asked if Google* prefers a subdomain or a subfolder. The issue often arises when someone is hosting their main site on a hosted solution like Shopify (or similar) versus WordPress. They love the ease of use of the hosted service, but it’s hard to beat WordPress at blogging. They want the best of […]

Trust Expert David Horsager Sets the Stage at LuminFire Grand Opening: Why Trust is So Important

The staff at LuminfFire (formerly welcomed a full house at the October Grand Opening Celebration of their new office location (5155 East River Road, Fridley, MN). They were honored with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Scott Lund, and keynotes from business growth expert Mark LeBlanc and business strategist and trust expert David Horsager, whose keynote is featured here, highlighting the importance of Trust […]

New Spam Vectors for Apple Users: Calendar and Photos Invites

Update: Response from Apple According to iMore, Apple is aware of the issue and has issued an official statement: “We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.” I’m still hoping […]

Identifying Fake LinkedIn Profiles – Be Careful

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for business. However, I’ve received several requests from people I do not know to connect to them on LinkedIn. I’m pretty open about LinkedIn connections because many potential clients do request a connection. But these particular email requests and the associated profiles raised some red flags for me. Here’s an example: First, […]

LuminFire Interview from DevCon 2016

Many thanks to Donald Clark from for this interview of LuminFire (formerly executives at the FileMaker DevCon 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. Gain insights into the FileMaker business world, highlights of sessions at DevCon including WordPress and GIS, Women of FileMaker, and many other ideas from Tim Cimbura (CEO), Dr. Brenda Cimbura (COO), […]

LuminFire Celebrates Grand Opening featuring Business Strategist Mark LeBlanc and Trust Expert David Horsager

On October 18, 2016, LuminFire (formerly hosted a Grand Opening Celebration of their new office location (5155 East River Road) in Fridley, MN, with Mayor Scott Lund at the ribbon cutting ceremony, keynotes from business growth expert Mark LeBlanc and business strategist and trust expert David Horsager, and many local clients in attendance. “We appreciate our clients’ contribution to the growth and […]

WordPress Core Contributions

One of the benefits of using open source software like WordPress is that (if you choose) you can lend a hand to help make it better. That may mean contributing code, reporting bugs, testing releases, documentation, making it more accessible to those with disabilities, etc. It also means that thousands of other users and developers contribute […]

Recover a Stolen Macintosh with Undercover

At our office we’re prepared for the worst to happen to our computers…and you should be as well. You never know when something bad is going to happen. If you depend on your software, hardware, and data for doing anything important you need to take note now. First, we use strong passwords to protect computers, […]

Ransomware on the Mac

Recently a ransomware attack was discovered that affects the Mac OS. The malware would encrypt your hard drive data and only allow access if you paid a fee. The Ransomware attacked the application Transmission…a BitTorrent Client. You were only vulnerable if you downloaded the full, infected installer from the developer. If you performed in-app updates, […]

Live Chat WordPress Plugin

Question: Do you have any recommendations on live chat plugins for WordPress?  I’m looking for one where a logged in visitor could view a set of people and choose one to talk to.  It would need to allow for multiple chats at once.  Ideally I could associate a WordPress user with a live chat agent account. […]

WWW: To Have or Not to Have

Question: I saw an article today advocating that the “right” way to do URLs is to use the www in front. But I had previously heard many others saying that this prefix was most deprecated and so not to use it. I’m curious to hear what other people think about this. Answer: According to most […]

Reset WordPress Password Challenge

Here’s a more technical and specific WordPress development question where a WordPress application has multiple emails stored for each login. Question I have a WordPress site that requires users to register using an email address as their username.  It also grabs an additional email address during registration that becomes the user’s email meta data.  This all works fine […]

Preventing WordPress Hacking Attempts

Question: In the last two weeks, all of my WordPress websites that are under my hostgator hosting account have been hacked. Hostgator is currently doing a scan for malware – but since that is what they did last week, I need some suggestions for better security. Thanks for any type of “best practices” or links to white papers, […]

Web Video Hosting Options

Question: I have videos I want to be made available online with my web site. I may want some of them to be secure and protected from unauthorized access. Answer: Good news: You have many options! The following five video hosting options all have strengths and weaknesses. The correct choice depends on what your specific needs are for video hosting.  Here […]

Google SEO-Removing Posts

Question: I am taking over an e-commerce site that has 50 or so bogus posts published over 3 months that have smartly crafted SEO drivel for content. The post images are nonsense but have good alt tags.  There is no duplicate content. The author wrote each post for a different keyword phrase. Interestingly,  those posts did […]

Should I Install MacKeeper?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Security

You’ve probably come across ads telling you that you can improve the performance of your computer by installing MacKeeper. While it’s possible that MacKeeper may improve your Mac’s performance, it’s unlikely. Usually, if your Mac is acting slower than normal, it’s because of one of three things: Something running in the background (i.e., a program […]

Adware on the Mac

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Security

Along with fake security alerts, a nuisance known as adware is another type of vulnerability that Macs are susceptible to. (See our post on fake security alerts.) When afflicted with adware, your computer will start presenting a slew of pop up ads when you’re browsing the web and sometimes even when you’re not on the web. Adware is […]

Fake Security Alerts on MacOS

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Security

While the Mac is still the most secure operating system known to man, several security threats are becoming more prevalent for Mac users. These threats are actually more of a nuisance than a critical security threat. You don’t have to worry about changing all your passwords or bank accounts if you fall victim to these, […]

5 Essentials Of Effective Client Communication

Being in the technology business means that we’re really in the business of solving complex issues in a reasonable amount of time, and providing outstanding service that keeps clients happy. We’ve all been there, however, in a place where it seems each client has needs that are equally important and equally imminent. How do we […]

Understanding the “IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: PayPal service upgrades” email and what it means for your website

PayPal has made everyone’s week a little crazier by sending out a very scary sounding email with the subject line “IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: PayPal service upgrades.” Relax. It’s not as scary as it sounds. If you’re a customer, simply fill out a support request and rest easy: we’ve got you covered. If you need a new web […]

Do I need to escape the output of WordPress template tags like get_the_title()?

It came up at the Minneapolis WordPress User Group that I spoke at last night and on the Genesis Slack chat this morning. It appears to be the question of the day… So should I escape it? Yes! You should (late) escape (or sanitize) all output, all the time. But… Always and forever — ignore this advice at your […]