8 Creative Ways to Use Embeddable Tweets

What if your Twitter conversations could expand to include more people from your online community?

Now you can thanks to embedded tweets, a new feature from Twitter.

Embedded tweets allow you to take a tweet or a conversation and post it on your website or in a blog post. You can use this feature to share your Twitter conversation with a larger audience.

But more than that, the embedded tweets have interactive features. Charlene Kingston shows what a visitor to your website or a blog post reader can do from an embedded tweet, walks you through embedding a tweet to the web page, and gives examples of creative use of embedded tweets.

Defying Brute Force Attacks on WordPress Logins

There is a technique known as brute-force attack. Like the name implies, access is gained to your environment through brute force. Often conducted by bots, these attacks will run through a compiled list of common passwords and their variations. Using this method the attackers are gaining access to your admin to send spam from your web site, deface your pages, or inject malicious code into your WordPress installation.

Your first line of defence against these attacks is changing the admin username to something other than the default “admin” and creating a strong password that is hard to guess even for a bot.

Lorelle VanFossen explains how to create a strong password that is not terribly long and is easy to remember. Her technique is a little unconventional, but stick with her through the article and you will end up with multiple passwords based on the same word

26 Tips for Using Pinterest for Business

Debbie Hemley recently posted a fun A-Z guide for creating a business presence on Pinterest. Besides showing What Pinterest can do for your business, the article also includes numerous links to more information on tips, several infographics, and statistics that shows benefits of using Pinterest. Lots of good, useful information there.

Understanding Copyright And Licenses

The new article at Smashing Magazine, though aimed at designers, is very helpful for business owners who find copyright issues confusing:

Understanding Copyright And Licenses, by David Bushell

If you are involved in buying images or fonts for the project handled by a professional graphic or web designer, or take on a do-it-yourself project, this article is a must read.

It covers the basic principles that govern copyright and licenses and explores common licenses, with examples. Here is what you will learn: copyright and licensing, what is “fair use,” what is “public domain,” legal jurisdiction, license terminology, Creative Commons, software licenses, where licenses are used, which work need a license.

The PA-DSS Deadline has Passed…Now What?

So, July 1, 2010 passed. Any company that accepts gift, debit, or credit cards on their web site now must use PA-DSS compliant payment applications (a shopping cart is one such application) or face non-compliance fines, warnings from their merchant account provider, and even a possibility to lose the ability to process card payments if the card data is compromised.

See what’s the cost of becoming compliant is now and what options you have to achieve compliance even if your budget is limited.

Trust thy Designer

It is not always easy to trust your designer. Most of the design process is hidden from you even when you know the steps and are actively involved in discussing them. How can you tell if the designer is giving you their best work if you don’t understand design? Yet trust is mandatory if you want to achieve great results. The process will go more smoothly for both you and the designer when trust is a part of it.

Overcome the Google Analytics Learning Curve in 20 Minutes

You know about the importance of analytics, have Google Analytics added to your site, but have a hard time making sense of all those graphs and numbers. Sounds familiar? Danny Dover to the rescue! Just as promised, in 20 minutes or less you will know which features are most important and how often you need to check on them.

How to (and not to) work with a designer

This is a wonderfully thoughtful article about working with a web designer in a way that ensures best results for the client. Although it focuses on design aspects of the web site, all points in this article fully apply to the entire process of building a web site. A lot of people hire designers because they want their site to “look good.” But that’s just scratching the surface of what a designer can and should do. They don’t know what’s possible, so they don’t get the most bang for their buck. Daniel Will-Harris explains why.