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The World Wide Web is constantly evolving and growing – and as a webmaster it’s up to you to stay on top of all the latest and most important updates that may possibly affect you’re online presence. Here we do our best to offer a curated collection of webmaster news – touching base on SEO, Social Media, Online Marketing, & so much more.

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Amazon Offers Free SSL/TLS Certificates

Speaking of SSL certificates, Amazon has rolled out the Amazon Certificate Manager – a free service that lets you deploy SSL certificates which you can utilize with AWS services. Oh, did I mention –  it’s free! The downside being that ACM (Amazon Certificate Manager) is currently only available in the Northern Virginia region – however Amazon will surely roll this out ...

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A Non-Secure Icon Is Coming To Google Chrome

Talk across the Interwebs this morning is revolving around a possible upcoming decision by Google Chrome to flag non-secure websites via a red “x” icon. The feature hasn’t been officially announced, however a new hidden option is now available within Chrome which lets you “Mark non-secure origins as non-secure, or as ‘dubious’“. Want to try it out for yourself? Head ...

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Hivelocity Launches Rapid Restore to Speed Data Backup

Hivelocity has launched a new service designed to make life better when it comes to recovering you’re website. The new service, called Rapid Restore, is designed to make data restorations up to 20x faster than a typical data recovery effort. The service can restore server data from up to 200GB per hour, providing protection from hard drive failures, data corruption, accidental ...

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Facebook Has 823 Million Mobile Only Users

Facebook has announced it’s fourth quarter 2015 earnings this week – which revealed some rather interesting and important numbers that webmasters and marketers should take note of. First off, Facebook is now up to 1.59 billion monthly active users – a 14% increase from last year. Monthly active mobile users are up to 1.44 billion – a 17% increase. Some ...

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Bing Now Powers AOL Search Results

Bing and AOL announced a long term partnership back in July of 2015 and now, as of Jan 1st, 2016, Bing has taken over AOL search – successfully powering all of AOL’s search results. As of Jan. 1, Bing powers AOL’s web, mobile, and tablet search, providing paid search ads and algorithmic organic search results to AOL’s properties worldwide. All major ...

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HostGator Hits The Cloud

HostGator has launched a brand new cloud hosting platform – a move that’s frankly a few years behind the rest of their competition but hey – better late than never! The new platform offers up to 4x the resources that the current HostGator shared hosting plans offer, and claim a 2x improvement in website load times. Probably the biggest benefit, in ...

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Google Confirms: What It Really Thinks About Your Title Tag

During the last Google Webmaster Hangout session an interesting question came up. Just how important is the title tag for Google? Here’s what Google’s John Mueller had to say about the topic: We use that just as a part. I think it’s not like the primary ranking factor of a page, to put it that way. We do use it ...

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Pingdom Takes A Look At Internet Performance in 2015

Pingdom has published their year in review for 2015, which is probably my favorite yearly review. It touches base on the growth of web performance and features some amazing statistics – which if you have the time I highly recommend you browse through. However, in my usual fashion, here is a summary featuring some of my favorite statistics regarding the ...

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Bing Changes Their Logo – Chooses A Gameboy Teal Color

Bing, without much fuss, has rolled out a new logo – switching from a bright yellow to a teal color reminiscent of an old Gameboy Color. Check out the new Bing logo below: According to the original AdAge report, Microsoft states that the change from yellow is due to green being “easier to see over yellow.” The newly capitalized B however ...

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Watermark Your Photos with GFXMark

When it comes time to watermark your photos it’s rarely a one-time, single-graphic process. Chances are you have a ton of photos, and need to watermark each one without spending hours on end manually watermarking each photograph – one at a time. GFXMark Free steps in here and offers a free Windows application which will let you watermark your photos ...

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How Readable Is Your Websites Content?

Remember back in Elementary school when you used to compete with your friends about who’s paper/essay produced a higher reading level in Microsoft Word? No? Ok so maybe that was just my circle of friends – however modern day bloggers and webmasters should always be weary of the readability levels of their content. The Readability-Score.com website offers a phenomenal way ...

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How Far Away Is You’re Website?

Ever wondered just how far your websites data has to travel to get to you? Just how many miles exists between where you’re website is, and where you are? There’s a really cool tool out there from the folks behind IP-Address.com which calculates the exact distance between two different hosts. Now there’s a number of things you can do with ...

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New York City Finally Begins Converting Payphones to WiFi Hubs

New York City has finally started the process of converting 7500 pay phone locations into WiFi hotspots WITH free calling functionality. The new hubs will offer free gigabit WiFi for anyone within a 150-foot radius. Furthermore the hubs will include USB device charging ports, touchscreen web browsing, and two 55-inch advertising displays. The first hub is going up right now ...

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New HTTP Error Code 451 Launched

As legal take-down requests increase – the Internet Engineering Task Force has launched a brand new HTTP status code specifically designed to showcase that a page is unavailable for legal reasons. The new error code, named 451, is a tribute to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The official draft states: This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource ...

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Google Confirms: Don’t Use Special Characters In Your URLs

This recent confirmation from Google is a bit common sense, but just in-case: don’t use commas, semicolons, spaces, quotes, and other special characters in your URLs. John Mueller from Google stated in a Google Webmaster Help thread: I generally recommend avoiding special characters like commas, semicolons, colons, spaces, quotes etc. in URLs, to help keep things simple. URLs like that are ...

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Facebook Officially Migrates To HTML5 Video

Flash really isn’t doing well. First YouTube gave up Flash and switched to a new HTML5 video player earlier this year, and now Facebook has ditched Flash – also switching to HTML5. The move was inspired by a slew of things – performance, safety, accessibility. From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 ...

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