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www.RFWebDesign.com - Serving the Moore County, Southern Pines/Pinehurst community with thoughtful, goal-based web design and development services, using custom HTML and Joomla! CMS. We can help you with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn branding. Make it easier for new clients to find you! Really Fine Web Design is owned by Vicky Thomas. Learn more about Vicky Thomas at her LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/vickythomas567

Excellent SEO series for business owners.  Basic info covered, plus helps you know if it's time to hire an SEO firm. Ser...
03/30/2019
The One-Hour Guide to SEO: SEO Strategy - Whiteboard Friday

Excellent SEO series for business owners. Basic info covered, plus helps you know if it's time to hire an SEO firm. Series of 10-minute videos, excellent information. FREE info!

We're kicking off something special: a six-part series of ten-minute-long videos designed to teach SEO fundamentals in an hour. In Part 1, we dive into SEO strategy.

One of my gmail accounts was hacked while I was in Europe last week. Based on the date, I think the hotel wifi was spoof...
10/30/2018
Why you should avoid hotel Wi-Fi like the plague

One of my gmail accounts was hacked while I was in Europe last week. Based on the date, I think the hotel wifi was spoofed/copied by a bad actor and they captured my login for my email when I checked my email on my PC, or else they were able to sniff the real wifi connection.

This can happen, I knew the risk, but was too cheap to pay $10/day for an international connection w/ Verizon. I only found out when a friend emailed me about a week later that she got spam from my account.

The very nice thing about any google email is that when I logged into my google account, I could see the 'extra' computer logged into my email and disconnect it, then changed my password. Google makes this process quite easy.

Travelers, beware of the risks of public wifi! Anywhere.

If traveling with friends overseas, consider sharing the cost of one of you paying for international mobile services then you can all use that phone as a mobile hotspot when you need to be on the internet.

https://www.techradar.com/news/networking/wi-fi/why-you-should-avoid-hotel-wi-fi-like-the-plague-1292555

Get wise to the risks of public Wi-Fi

10/13/2018

Time to review your web site pages! How long has it been since you checked out each page for accuracy and timeliness? Remove outdated pages/info. Grab a friend and check it out together, you'll be amazed at their insights!

Website owners, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and read this. Shows the importance of keeping all software (CMS an...
04/09/2018
Hacked Website Trend Report 2017 Statistics | Sucuri

Website owners, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and read this. Shows the importance of keeping all software (CMS and extensions) up to date. Out of date software was key to successful hacks.

Our yearly Hacked Website Trend Report covers current statistics of website hacks, including malware families and Content Management Systems (CMS).

I needed an email client to manage/display all my various gmail accounts in one app on my MS10 PC. Don't like Outlook, I...
03/14/2018
Don't like Outlook? Get Mailbird.

I needed an email client to manage/display all my various gmail accounts in one app on my MS10 PC. Don't like Outlook, I was using EmClient but was not happy with it either. Now ... been using Mailbird for several months ... I really recommend it! Also lets me open google docs, manage todoist, other apps right in the same interface. Very nice, very lightweight, very useful.

Mailbird is the best email client for Windows 7, 8 and 10

This article shows the importance of keeping your website's software and add-ons up to date.  Our web maintenance plan i...
01/30/2018
Keylogger found on thousands of WordPress-based sites, stealing...

This article shows the importance of keeping your website's software and add-ons up to date. Our web maintenance plan includes this service. I think too the time is coming when we'll all need to use 2-factor authentication to login to a site. https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/keylogger-found-on-thousands-of-wordpress-based-sites-stealing-every-keypress-as-you-type-19501.html

A new report from researchers at Sucuri reveals that websites are once again being found infected by cryptomining code - stealing the resources of visiting computers to mine for the Monero cryptocurrency. Many web surfers almost certainly don't... #cryptocurrency #cryptomining #digitalcurrency

Great tips in the article for best use of videos to promote your business!
04/18/2017
7 Secrets of Super-Successful Video Marketing - The Buffer Blog

Great tips in the article for best use of videos to promote your business!

By now, it’s clear that video is an essential channel for marketers. But what makes a great video? And what keeps viewers engaged? Is it a good story? Or maybe it’s all about reaching the right audience at the right time. We teamed up with Wistia and sought to find out. We looked at some …

I agree; coding doesn't need a 'college degree' per se, and the rewards are great! I have three degrees, but didn't need...
02/10/2017
The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

I agree; coding doesn't need a 'college degree' per se, and the rewards are great! I have three degrees, but didn't need one to code ... just good training and experience.

What if we regarded code not as a high-stakes, sexy affair, but the equivalent of skilled work at a Chrysler plant?

07/02/2016
Ideal Extensions for Joomla

Ideal Extensions for Joomla

URGENT: All Google Maps JavaScript API applications now require authentication (API Key).

We've just released a new Contact Enhanced and iStoreLocator versions with an option for you to add an API Key to your site.

In Contact Enhanced you can find this setting under the Maps tab in the Component Options and in iStoreLocator you can find it in the Plugin Options. If you use Contact Enhanced and iStorelocator you only need to change this setting in the Component Options.

Follow these steps to get a Google Maps API key:
1. Go to the Google API Console
2. Create or select a project.
3. Click Continue to enable the API and any related services.
4. On the Credentials page, get a Browser key (and set the API Credentials). Note: If you have an existing Browser key, you may use that key.
5. To prevent quota theft, secure your API key following these best practices.
6. (Optional) Enable billing. See Usage Limits for more information.


For more information, please contact use using the Support -> Contact Form.

Contact Enhanced Component Page: https://idealextensions.com/joomla-extensions/component-contact-enhanced.html

I helped Brenda Aloff create her business web site in 2015, but never met her in person until last week.  Great lady, gr...
05/30/2016

I helped Brenda Aloff create her business web site in 2015, but never met her in person until last week. Great lady, great client, so glad to meet her!

It's a hub of activity here at Heaven on Arf. Vicky, Brenda Young and I are working on the website and online courses.

05/19/2016
Why Us - Tranquil Hosting

Best customer support I've ever expereinced with a web hosting company, by far! Need to lease a web server? Use Tranquil Hosting. https://www.tqhosting.com/why

Tranquil Hosting provides a zealous commitment to customer service and the most efficient IT solutions.

04/19/2016
Superhero of web management. See how he protects 180 websites against hackers

Good read for Joomla and Wordpress site owners (and other platforms, too). Outlines the importance of web site security to thwart hacking attempts. At RF Web Design, each web account is separate, on a private server, with excellent infrastructure provider support.

Do you think that managing 180 websites with two hands is even possible? Well it is. This is story of Davide Masserini, the website guy, who builds, manage, and host 180+ Joomla & WordPress websites . He shares his experience and gives advice on...

After completing Phase I of ElderHeartSandhills.com (yay!!), I am almost finished with the redesign for Dabbs Brothers L...
03/29/2016
EHS - Elder Heart Sandhills

After completing Phase I of ElderHeartSandhills.com (yay!!), I am almost finished with the redesign for Dabbs Brothers LLC web site. Stay tuned!! In the meantime, check out this great organiztion --> http://elderheartsandhills.com

Elder Heart Sandhills (EHS) is a chapter Elder Heart, Inc. and aligned with Mission 22. Our goal to raise awareness about veteran suicide and become a model for community-built sculpture for this cause.

03/25/2016
About - Elder Heart Sandhills

Proud to be volunteering with this fine community project! http://elderheartsandhills.org/about

Elder Heart Sandhills (EHS) is a chapter Elder Heart, Inc. and aligned with Mission 22. Our goal to raise awareness about veteran suicide and become a model for community-built sculpture for this cause.

Jeffrey Zeldman taught me about web standards "way back when".  He is still leading the pack!  His take on web best desi...
02/07/2016
The Year in Design - Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design

Jeffrey Zeldman taught me about web standards "way back when". He is still leading the pack! His take on web best design elements in 2015.

Mobile is today’s first screen. So design responsively, focusing on content and structure first. Websites and apps alike should remove distractions and let people interact as directly as possible with content. 90 percent of design is typography. And the other 90 percent is whitespace. Boost usabilit…

It's time to update your web site!  Here are some clear tips to help you make progress this week!
10/21/2015
Writing For the Web (aka "Adding Customers") - Really Fine Web Design, LLC

It's time to update your web site! Here are some clear tips to help you make progress this week!

Writing For the Web (aka "Adding Customers") Details Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 October 2015 21:59 I know, I know. You are busy running your business and providing great services to your clients. You can't afford time to write content for your web site. Actually, you really can't afford not to. I'll…

10/19/2015
Hiring A Local Web Designer/Developer - Really Fine Web Design,LLC

I recently stumbled upon an article that provides great tips for "How To Hire A Local Web Designer". Good info, read it to help you hire the right person / firm! http://rfwebdesign.com/blog/25-hiring-a-local-web-designer-developer

Hiring A Local Web Designer/Developer Details Last Updated: Monday, 19 October 2015 12:52 I recently stumbled upon this article that does a great job covering "How To Hire A Local Web Designer". If you are visiting my site as part of your search for a local web designer/web developer, than take the…

RFWebDesign.com gets a makeover!
10/06/2015
Web Design and Development - Really Fine Web Design,LLC

RFWebDesign.com gets a makeover!

We Provide Web Solutions: Personalized, thoughtful analysis of your industry and your customers Attention to detail! Accessible, professional, friendly, qualified designer and project manager Custom designed web services

Growing businesses evolve and your web site(s) need to reflect this.  I just finished a redesign of dressagenaturally.ne...
09/25/2015

Growing businesses evolve and your web site(s) need to reflect this. I just finished a redesign of dressagenaturally.net. Since the 2013 design, Karen had created online courses. She wanted to show more clearly all the current learning options available with Dressage Naturally. Note: Only about half of the new page is shown in this graphic - check it out - it reflects a clean, clear design, some fun interactive pieces, and the whimsical creativity that Karen is known for her in effective teaching style: http://dressagenaturally.net

09/19/2015

Facebook offers a tool to help you see 'what Facebook sees' when someone shares your web site on FB. If you've made a bunch of updates to your site, you can tell FB to scan/scrape your site again. Nice tool: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

Mobile Phone Evolution ...
06/18/2015

Mobile Phone Evolution ...

This is a very easy tool to generate CSS for text shadows!
04/14/2015
CSS3 Text Shadow Generator - CSS3gen

This is a very easy tool to generate CSS for text shadows!

Use this CSS3 Text Shadow Generator to create snippets of CSS for the text-shadow property. Simple and clean CSS code in a mintue.

Google announced that starting April 21, they will expand use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This is a huge...
04/03/2015
Finding more mobile-friendly search results

Google announced that starting April 21, they will expand use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This is a huge change. Not only will your mobile-friendly web site rank higher than non-mobile-friendly competitors, but you have to make sure the google bot sees your site as mobile-friendly. Sometimes that means some adjustments to your web site robots.txt file. Use the Mobile-Friendly Test to see how google bot sees your site: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

When it comes to search on mobile devices, users should get the most relevant and timely results, no matter if the information lives on mobile-friendly web pages or apps. As more people use mobile devices to access the internet, our algorithms have to adapt to these usage patterns. In the past, we’v…

Humor is so fun!  Love Brenda Aloff's approach to communicating with her students in her Dog Training Virtual Academy. h...
02/19/2015

Humor is so fun! Love Brenda Aloff's approach to communicating with her students in her Dog Training Virtual Academy. http://brendaaloff.com/virtual-academy I'm a student in her course (which is very good) and her web designer.

Congratulations to Chesley and Justin on their revised, upgraded web site! http://aaffordablehomerestoration.com/ Their ...
02/10/2015

Congratulations to Chesley and Justin on their revised, upgraded web site! http://aaffordablehomerestoration.com/
Their business focus had changed quite a bit since 2011, so this redesign reflects the custom, beautiful craftsmanship that goes into their new home construction and home renovation projects! Their 2011 site focused on their home restoration services. They do still provide these, but have expanded to home construction and renovation. They and their staff are true craftsmen!!

Perhaps you have a great idea and are considering how to get paid for your knowledge and skills? Thinking about a websit...
10/27/2014
Simple Renew

Perhaps you have a great idea and are considering how to get paid for your knowledge and skills? Thinking about a website to provide this? Maybe one that uses recurring subscriptions ... such as monthy or semi-annual memberships for access? Then READ this: "Why You Shouldn't Use a Payment Gateway" to start off on the RIGHT foot ... Recurring subscriptions are actually not that simple...

During the first seven years of running our memberships sites, we added tens of thousands of members. We also endured thousands of unnecessary headaches as we learned about subscriptions the hard way. The most significant lesson? Selling...

05/12/2014

Do you have a Joomla! web site? What version is it running on?

In 2012, Jooma! version 2.5 was released, and this year (within a couple of months) version 3.5 will be released. Each release provides not only more functionality, but improved security.

If you are running on Joomla! version 1.5 ... until now, there was no real need for you to upgrade your site unless you needed this additional functionality.

Now, Joomla! version 1.5 is considered "end of life", and is no longer being supported with security updates. Furthermore, the version of PHP it uses will no longer be supported towards the end of this year - which makes any web site running on this version of PHP - and your web site - more vulnerable to security attacks.

So ... if you are running on J! 1.5, is time to update your web site to Joomla version 2.5 or higher.

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