2013 was a great year

It’s probably something that most people say at this time of year, but 2013 really has been one of, if not the, best years for me. So many good things happened and it has set a great stage for an even better 2014.

In 2013, I:

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Password protect a site directory using .htaccess and htpasswd

You can password protect specific directories on your website very easily in just a few minutes. You might want to password protect a directory to:

  • Restrict access to certain directories so that only you can access them
  • Allow certain users to view content specifically for them
  • Prevent bots and search engine spiders from indexing the content

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Setting up a robots.txt file to control search engine spiders

Every day, hundreds of web crawlers (also known as spiders, bots or robots) will search the web and will most like crawl your website as well. It could be Google trying to index your website to show in their search results, or a spam bot trying to find email addresses to send junk mail to.

For most webmasters, it is a very good idea to control which parts of your site they are allowed to crawl and visit – and which they are not. To do this, we use a simple text file called robots.txt.

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How I use Feedly & Buffer to engage more on Twitter

I’ve been using Buffer, a great bit of software to schedule posts on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and LinkedIn, since early 2012 and just recently I’ve honed the way I use it to get more engagement on Twitter (my most active channel) in a way to combines both automation with actual interactions with people online.

The result is, I think, a varied Twitter feed that combines really interesting and entertaining shares with a personal touch that draws content creators to me and what I’m up to online.

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Pretty Link Pro review



Pretty Link Pro is the easiest affiliate link tracking plugin and link cloaking tool for WordPress. I use it on every site to make links look, pretty, and to monitor how successful they are. With options for automatic link replacement and a cloaking bar, it’s highly customisable!

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What is MySQL?

If you’re looking to start a website you might see references online to databases, MySQL or other types of database like PostgreSQL. For the layman, it can be a bit confusing.

The quick definition of MySQL, in case you were wondering, is:

A relational database that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases.

Don’t worry if that sounds confusing, this article should simplify it for you.

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Accepting credit cards on your website

Are you looking to sell products or services online? You’ll probably want to know how to accept credit cards. Luckily, it’s quite easy to get started with credit card payments and you don’t need to have a merchant account if you don’t want to.

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How to point a domain name to your website

One of the most common questions I get asked after somebody has bought a domain name is “What do I do now?”.

You have the web hosting package and you’ve bought the domain name and now you need to put the two together so that you can display a website.

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Dreamweaver CS6 tutorial 1: Setup and FTP

If you’ve never heard of Adobe Dreamweaver before, it’s a fully featured web editor that allows you to build web pages in HTML, CSS, PHP and a host of other web languages to boot.

Fancy, but how the heck do you use it?

Well in this aptly named Dreamweaver tutorial I’ll show how to build a website from scratch using the CS6 version of Dreamweaver. Adobe have actually launched a new version of Dreamweaver (and their entire package of software) which is based online.

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