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EverWeb’s New Site Shield Addon Explained

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

EverWeb's Site Shield Add-on Explained

 

Over the last few years, web search giants such as Google and Microsoft have been encouraging website developers to encrypt all data  transmitted between their website’s host server and the end user’s desktop, tablet or mobile device browser window.

 

Why The Need For Data Encryption?

Data encryption is important for you, and your website visitors, as it provides a safe, secure way of transmitting data across the internet to all the devices your website visitors may be using. It is especially important where internet based financial transactions, such as web shopping carts, or confidential data, such as medical information, is involved. A secure website also gives your visitors more confidence and trust in your website. It’s also more professional and shows that you are up to date with today’s technology.

 

EverWeb’s Site Shield Addon

EverWeb version 2.4 debuted the Site Shield Addon providing a simple, easy, way to keep your website data secure through end to end data encryption. As you would expect with EverWeb, it only takes a couple of mouse clicks – EverWeb does all the complex, hard work behind the scenes!

 

To use EverWeb Site Shield Addon you will need:

  • EverWeb version 2.4 or higher. To find the version of EverWeb you are currently running, check the Projects Window that you first see when you launch EverWeb, or go to the EverWeb menu and click on the About option;
  • An EverWeb+Hosting plan. To add the Site Shield Addon to your EverWeb account, go to your EverWeb Client Area and add the EverWeb Secure Shield Addon to your account. If you have a 10GB or higher plan, EverWeb Site Shield is absolutely free. If you have a 2GB plan the Addon costs $29.95/year.

 

Using EverWeb’s Site Shield Addon

Using EverWeb Site Shield Addon is super easy:

  1. Launch EverWeb and open your Project file
  2. Go to the Site Publishing Settings.
  3. Check the “Use HTTPS Secure URLs” box.
  4. Publish your Entire Website using the File -> Publish Entire Site menu.

That’s all you need to do!

 

Checking Your Website

When your website has published, click on the ‘View Website Now’ button. You may not notice any change to your website, but if you look at your website’s URL in the browser search bar you may notice that the website now uses HTTPS as it’s prefix instead of HTTP. note that in some instances, you may need to click in the search box itself to see the full URL, or you may need to configure your browser settings to display full URLs.

You will notice that the web address starts with ‘HTTPS’. The ‘HTTP’ part stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, and ‘S’ at the end means ‘Secure’. As such, your HTTPS website will encrypt any data communication between the EverWeb Server hosting your website and your visitors browser window. if your website is only HTTP then the end to end data communication is not encrypted and so not secure.

You may also notice that your website has a padlock symbol next to the URL. The padlock symbol acts a visual indicator that an HTTPS connection is in place and active. If you see ‘HTTPS’ displayed but no padlock symbol, check the page in the Project file. Third party widgets or third party code may be causing problems with the padlock displaying properly. Remember to check the Head/Footer Code section of your website’s ‘Site Publishing Settings’ and the Inspector Window of your web page as well to troubleshoot any issues.

 

Site Shield Addon For Better SEO

Site Shield Add-on has an addition benefit besides from being ideal for secure online end to end encrypted data transmission. It  is also great for your SEO Rankings as Google gives data encrypted websites a ranking boost over non-secure websites. If you use any analytics on your website, check them after a couple of weeks to see if you have any increase in traffic to your website. Remember that good SEO should always be part of your website design. Check out the SEO For EverWeb Video Course for more details.

 

EverWeb Site Shield’s the easy way for more secure websites and better search engine rankings all with just the click of a button!

 

Video Walkthrough

You can see EverWeb’s Site Shield Addon in action in our ‘EverWeb Site Shield‘ YouTube Video!

 

EverWeb on Social Media

You can also find EverWeb on the following social media platforms:

Facebook

Google+

Flipboard

YouTube

Twitter handle @ragesw

How to Stop Referral Spam in Google Analytics

Friday, July 10th, 2015

What is Referral Spam?

Referral spam is a technique used by spammers to make it seem like you are getting a lot of visitors from their website which entices you to visit their site. This gets more visits to the spammers website.

Although technically harmless to your website, the biggest issue is that referral spam appears in your analytics software, such as Google Analytics, and misrepresents the data in there. It will appear as if you are getting more traffic than you actually are and your conversion rates will be significantly lower.

You can see if you are getting referral spam by doing the following;

 

  1. Log into your Google Analytics account
  2. Go to your website Acquisition->All Traffic->Referrals
  3. You can usually identify referral spam because it will come from a domain that either has nothing to do with your website content, or implies it is related to seo, traffic monetization etc… Referral spam is usually 100% new users, 0% conversion and a very high bounce rate
Referral Spam Example List

Referral Spam Example List

Can Referral Spam be Stopped?

There are a couple things you can do to help slow down referral spam. However, because these spammers use many different domains and techniques, it does require some maintenance.

You also cannot remove any previous referral spam from your Google Analytics, you can only make sure that in the future you do not see them.

Also, there are so many different domains that spammers may use. In fact there are thousands of domains that may appear in your Google Analytics.

The technique suggested here requires a list of domains so that Google, or your website, know to either not count the traffic as real traffic, or completely block them from accessing your server.

 

How to Stop Referral Spam

You can stop referral spam by creating a Google Analytics filter which will make sure that when you check your stats in the future, these spam websites won’t appear in any Google Analytics reports. Unfortunately you won’t be able to remove them from previous reports with this filter. To do that, you’ll have to create a Segment which we’ll have to do another blog post for in the future.

To set up a filter to stop the referral spam, follow the steps;

  1. Log into Google Analytics
  2. Go to your Reports page for your website
  3. Click the Admin tab at the top of your browser
  4. On the next screen select ‘All Filters’All Filters
  5. Then press the ‘New Filter’ button
  6. New Filter Button
  7. On the next screen you will actually set up your filter. Here are the settings to use;
    1. Filter Name: Referral Spam
    2. Filter Type: Custom
    3. Exclude: Selected
    4. Filter Field: Campaign Source
    5. Filter Pattern: A list of domains separated by a | character. Do not include http:// or www. They are only domain names. The list will keep changing as you notice more referral spam from new domains. Here is what I have set up in this screenshot which you can copy and paste into this field;4webmasters.org|trafficmonetize.org|guardlink.org|best-seo-offer.com|howtostopreferralspam.eu|free-social-buttons.com|100dollars-seo.com|webmonetizer.net|erot.co|floating-share-buttons.com
      Google Analytics Referral Spam Filters

      Set up your referral filter as shown

       

  8. Lastly select all ‘Available Views’ and press the ‘Add’ button to add them to the ‘Selected Views’ list.
    Google Analytics Referral Spam Filters

    Apply all your filters to your views

     

  9. Now click Save

Starting in 24 hours, your new reports will stop showing the domains you have entered in the above steps.

Blocking the Domains from Accessing your Website

You can actually block the domains from even accessing your website if you have the knowledge to create a .htaccess file. If you use your own web hosting provider you can create a .htaccess file as described here,

For EverWeb + Hosting customers will be adding this feature automatically for you in an upcoming release. Stay tuned for our announcement.

 

I hope this post was useful and if you have any questions, be sure to post in the comments below.

 

Who’s visiting your EverWeb website?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

We’ve add the ability to easily check your visitor stats within your EverWeb client area (EverWeb + Hosting accounts only).

Without any configuration or installation on your end you can now see;

  1. How many visitors your website is getting
  2. Where your visitors come from (search engines, other websites, etc…)
  3. Where in the world your visitors are located
  4. Your top visited pages
  5. How your visitor count changes month over month
  6. Plus a lot more

 

To view your website stats simply follow these steps;

  1. Login to your client area
  2. Click the ‘Services’ tab and then ‘My Services’
  3. Press the ‘View Details’ button next to the domain you want to check
  4. On the next page, press the ‘Stats’ button near the bottom of the page

These stats will give you a very interesting overview of how your website is being used, who’s visiting your site and where your most popular pages.

If you’re looking for even more stats, EverWeb integrates very easily with Google Analytics. Remember, Google Analytics is very powerful with lots of features and may be overwhelming at first.

How To Set Up A Mobile Friendly iWeb Site

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

More and more users accessing the internet via their mobile devices. As a result it is important for the user experience that the webpages they browse look good on their hand-held devices. The video tutorial below will show you how you can create a mobile friendly version of your iWeb website. Users visiting your website on an iPhone or Android device will automatically be redirected to the mobile version of your website. Be sure to use the sample code for setting up the redirect:

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can create a mobile version of your iWeb website, so that users visiting your site on an iPhone or Android will be directed to your mobile friendly website.

In order to follow this tutorial completely, you must have a RAGE Web Hosting account. You can sign up for a hosting account ragesw.com/hosting

You will also need iWeb SEO Tool, or SEIntelligence, which are two applications offered by RAGE Software that allow you to add search engine optimization features to your website.

Our first step in the process will be to setup the address for the mobile site. If you have paid attention in the past to the addresses of websites you have visited on your phone, you may have noticed that typing in facebook.com for example, will turn into m.facebook.com – In this case, M represents mobile.

Now we must set it up so that your address will turn into something similar. The first thing you need to do is login to cPanel. Your cPanel login information was sent to you in your RAGE Web Hosting: New Account Information email. When you are logged in click on the icon that reads Subdomains.

In the Subdomain text field, type in mobile just like you see here. You will notice that your mobile URL will now be the combination of this subdomain plus your domain. So in my case, it will be mobile.ragesw.net. Just a quick note, if you have multiple domains on your account, you can click this drop down menu to select the domain you want to use for the mobile site. You will notice that the Document Root field will automatically be filled with www/mobile. Take note of that because we will be using it later on in the video.

The next thing we are going to do is prepare our mobile sites in iWeb. What we will do is create a new site by going to File and selecting New Site. Since we want our mobile site to be mobile friendly, our best option is to choose the blank page. Now, I’m just going to get rid of this text box, and then disable the navigation menu. This is done by clicking on Inspector, and clicking on the Page tab, and unchecking the options to Include this page in the navigation menu, and DIsplay navigation menu. The reason we do this is because since we want to ensure mobile friendliness, we basically want a blank page and none of the page defaults from iWeb.

With the inspector window still opened to the Page tab, click on the Layout button, and change content width to 300 pixels. This is going to create a mobile size canvas for us to create our mobile sites on. Repeat this for all of the mobile pages you are going to make.

Now you can design a more mobile friendly version of your website. This can include images that are smaller in file size, and larger more compact text. It might be a good idea to visit some mobile friendly websites on your phone so you can get a better idea of how to design your mobile site. One tip is to always include a link to view your full site. A way to do this is to just create a text box that says View Full Site, highlight the text, open the Inspector window, go to the hyperlink tab, click to enable as hyperlink, and type in the non-mobile link for this respective page.

When you are done creating your Mobile friendly site, you will need to publish it. The important thing here is to publish the mobile site to that new subdomain that we just created.

So if you are using iWeb 09, you will go to the publish page by clicking on the site name, and select Publish to FTP server from the drop down menu. Customize the site name and contact email to your liking.

Input your server address, username, and password. In the Directory/Path field, type in the location of your subdomain, which if you remember from earlier, was www/mobile.

In the website URL field, make sure you type in your URL as http://mobile.yourdomain.com. In my case, I will type it in as http://mobile.ragesw.net

When you are all ready, click the Publish Site button to publish the site.

If you are using an older version of iWeb, publish this new mobile site like you would publish your regular site. The most important thing to remember is that you need to publish the site by putting www/mobile in the Directory Path field. If you forget to do this, it will not work, and you risk overwriting your original website, so do not forget about this step.

When the site has been published, you can visit it on your phone by going to mobile.yourdomain.com to make sure everything looks the way you want it to. If not, go back to iWeb and make your changes and then publish the site once again.

Once you are satisfied with the mobile version of your site, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to make the phone know to send the user to the mobile version of your site.

Go to ragesw.com/blog. In the search field, type in web hosting tutorials, and select the result that reads RAGE Web Hosting Video Tutorials. The direct link to that page is this. On this page, locate and click on the link that reads Setting Up A Mobile Friendly iWeb Site.

On this page, you will see this link that reads “Be sure to use the sample code for setting up the redirect” Click on this link and copy the code that will appear on the page that follows.

Now, before we paste this code somewhere, I want you to first publish your main website from iWeb to a local folder on your hard drive. Then load that local folder into iWeb SEO Tool, or SEIntelligence, whichever program you use. In this example, I am using iWeb SEO Tool, but the same principle applies to SEIntelligence.

With your website loaded in the tool, paste the code that we just copied in the head code section of the Site Settings tab. Replace the URL which reads mobile.ragesw.net to your mobile URL. If you are using SEIntelligence, open the Site Settings tab, and paste the code in the Header Code/Google Analytics box. Also replace the mobile.ragesw.net URL with your mobile URL.

If you have another code in this box, such as Google Analytics, just paste this code above it. Then click on the Apply To Entire Site button.

 

Using Sparrow With Your RAGE Web Hosting E-mail Address

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Sparrow is a neat e-mail client that has gained much popularity over the last few months, especially since being bought out by Google. In the video below, you will learn how to easily setup Sparrow on your Mac to use with your e-mail address hosted with RAGE Web Hosting.

Video Transcript:

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to setup Sparrow for your RAGE Web Hosting email account. This tutorial assumes you have already setup your email address in cPanel. If you have not done that yet, please do so now and continue with this tutorial when you are finished.

The first thing we need to do is download Sparrow. This can be done at sparrowmailapp.com. Look for a button the says Sparrow for Mac. If the site looks different than what you see here, don’t worry, just find a button or link that either says Sparrow for Mac, or something similar to it. Once on the Sparrow for Mac page, find a Download button and click it to download. At the time of this tutorial, it is September 2012. You can either download a free version which has some ads in it, or pay the fee to download the non-ad version, whichever you prefer. Once downloaded and installed, launch Sparrow.

Upon initial launch, you should see a window that looks similar to this. Type in your e-mail addresses and password. This is the e-mail address and password that you setup in cPanel. For Port, leave as Auto, and then remove the Secure Connection check mark. Click on the Custom button so that we can enter custom details.

For server type, the default selection is IMAP. I recommend leaving that as your server type. Your server address will be mail.yourdomain.com So for example, since my domain is ragesw.net, my server address is mail.ragesw.net. When you are done, click the Next button.

On the next window, type in mail.yourdomain.com as the SMTP server. So since my domain is ragesw.net, I will type in mail.ragesw.net

For Port, make sure to put in 26 just like I am doing. Once again, remove the Secure connection check mark.

The other fields should already be filled in for you. If not, put a check in Use Authentication, and once again type in your e-mail address in the Login field and your password in the password field. Then click Next.

Sparrow is now setup for you and you can begin sending and receiving e-mails.

How To Transfer Multiple Domains To RAGE Web Hosting

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This instructional video is going to show you how to transfer more than one domain when signing up for RAGE Web Hosting.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

If you are signing up for RAGE Web Hosting for the first time, and you have multiple domains that you want to transfer over, follow these important steps.

First, click on the Sign Up Now button to be taken to the start of the signup process.

Next, select the second option for transferring your domain. Type in your domain, and select your domain’s extension from the drop down menu. Then click the Click to Continue button.

This next page will show you that your domain is available. This is true because you selected to transfer your domain. Had you typed in a non-existent domain, it will tell you that the domain is not available for transfer.

Double check that your domain has been spelled correctly, and then click the Click to Continue button.

Now select your billing cycle, and any add-ons that you want to purchase. Since you are transferring multiple domains, you will need to select the option to Host 3 Additional domains so that you can host more than one domain on your account. If you plan on having more than 3 domains, then you will need to order two hosting accounts.

When you are done, click on the Add to Cart button.

Here is where you will need to enter the EPP or authorization code for your domain. You need this code in order for us to transfer your domain correctly. You can get this code from your account at your current registrar, or you can phone or email them and ask them for it. You will also need to unlock the domain in order for the transfer to be put through.

When you are done, click on the Update Cart button.

You will now see your total with your hosting package, your domain you are transferring, and any add-ons you have included. Now, in order to include those other domains you want to transfer, click on the Home button, and then type in your domain, and select the Transfer button. It should say that your domain is available to transfer. Double check the correct spelling of your domain and then click Add to Cart. You will then need to enter the EPP or Authorization code for this domain.

When you are done, scroll down and click Update Cart. You will notice your other domain has now been added to the order. Let’s do this process one more time. Click on the Home button, and then type in your domain. Then click the Transfer button. Double check your domain’s spelling, and click Add to Cart. Enter your domain’s EPP or Authorization code, and then click on Update Cart. All of your domains will now have been added to your cart, and you can now checkout.

iWeb Publishing Error – There was an error communicating with the FTP server. Try again later, or check with your service provider

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

A common error that users are experiencing when publishing from iWeb is the error communication with the FTP server. Typically, this error stems from a file on your site having an incorrect file name. This is a bug in iWeb that causes the error to appear and the site to not fully publish. This tutorial below will address this issue, and show you an alternative for publishing the entire site.

Video Transcript

If you publish your site from iWeb, and receive an error message that says “There was an error communicating with the FTP server. Try again later, or check with your service provider”, you most likely have a file on your site that does not contain a proper file name, and is giving iWeb a hard time with publishing. This is a bug in iWeb, and because of this, you will not be able to publish your site through iWeb and many other FTP clients.

Unfortunately, we are not told which file or files are causing this, so locating the issue to remove it can be difficult.

Luckily, iWeb SEO Tool is able to handle this issue and can publish the site as is. I will show this by publishing this exact same website that gave me this error.

First, I will publish the site to a local folder.

Now I will launch iWeb SEO Tool, and load the folder that I just published from iWeb.

Next, I will click on the Publish button and enter my FTP details. I keep my FTP details bookmarked in iWeb SEO Tool, so all I need to do is click on the FTP account and all my information will appear. You can do this also by first filling out your FTP information and then clicking this plus sign down here.

So now I will click on the Upload button and publish my site. I will fast forward through the publish so that you can see at the end, my site has been published successfully, and I received no error message like I received in iWeb.

I just want to remind everyone that iWeb SEO Tool is free for any RAGE Web Hosting user who is signed up for at least one year, so if you are looking to use iWeb SEO Tool to help publish your site, I highly encourage taking advantage of the free iWeb SEO Tool promotion as well.

iWeb SEO Tool Update Fixes iWeb Publishing Errors

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

As MobileMe is being discontinued in less than 2 weeks, many users are discovering that publishing their website to an FTP server sometimes produces cryptic errors that prevent your website from being published.

This is actually a bug in iWeb, and in most FTP publishing tools. Fortunately we have fixed this publishing bug and included it in our newest release of iWeb SEO Tool.

Now you can make sure your website lives on once MobileMe goes away on June 30th.

Plus, iWeb SEO Tool is free for users who have signed up to our iWeb Web Hosting for a year or more. Make sure your iWeb sites work perfectly with our iWeb Web Hosting and iWeb SEO Tool.

MobileMe to RAGE Web Hosting Sign Up Wizard

Friday, April 13th, 2012

 

Please select the option that best fits your situation:

1. I currently do not have my own domain name.

2. I already have my own domain name.

How to remove your web.me.com (MobileMe) address from Google

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

After switching from MobileMe to a real web hosting service many users are finding that their web.me.com website is still appearing in Google, and often higher than their new website.

This happens because your web.me.com website has been around longer and your new website has the exact same content. Google is not likely to show two websites with the exact same content so you need to make sure you do this as quickly as possible once you move to a real web hosting service.

1) The first thing you are going to want to do is create an XML Sitemap for your new website. You can do this very easily with Sitemap Automator. Follow the instructions for publishing and verifying your website with Google Webmaster Tools (Hint: We have video tutorials on the above page that explains how to do this step by step.)

2) Delete the content from your web.me.com website. You can do this by mounting your iDisk in the Finder (or longing in to your iDisk at http://www.me.com) and going to the Web/Sites/ directory. Delete the contents in this directory.

2a) Advanced: Instead of deleting your content in step 2, you can also use a meta refresh with a refresh rate of 0 to redirect traffic from your web.me.com website to your new website. If you have set up your new website with our Web Hosting services we can help you with this. Otherwise you will need to contact your web hosting company.

3) The changes will not be reflected immediately. If you did step 2 above and you do a search for your website the web.me.com address will still appear in search results for about a week but will go to a non-existing page. If you did step 2a above your web.me.com page will still appear in search engines but will redirect to your new website. Eventually your new site will start to rank higher than your web.me.com page and your web.me.com page will be removed from Google’s search results.

4) Bonus: If you want to completely remove your web.me.com website from Google and other search engines as quickly as possible you need to create a robots.txt files that disallows search engines from indexing your website. To do this create a plain text file called robots.txt and enter the following code exactly as shown below in it;


User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Then put this robots.txt file on your iDisk in the Web/Sites/ directory. Again, if you are using our web hosting services we can do this for you. Otherwise you will need to contact your current web hosting provider.

That’s it for moving your iWeb website from MobileMe to a real web hosting service. Don’t worry, even though Apple has discontinued MobileMe, iWeb will continue to work for a long time as long as you have it installed on your computer. If you are looking to optimize your iWeb site for Google and other search engines, take a look at our iWeb search engine optimization training courses.