Check to see if your Website is Down!

  It happens!   Sometimes your   website goes down.   WE do get   calls   sometimes from   our   Strategic   Partners worried   that   their websites   are down. Usually   this is not the case   with our sites.   We   monitor in real time   and   have   contingency plans in place   to   solve ANY issue. There are a   couple of cool links you can visit to   check for yourself.

https://www.isitdownrightnow.com/

https://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

Responsive Business Websites

If you are a serious small business owner and or entrepreneur owning a website is MANDATORY. The changes to the web  happen on a DAILY basis. The owner(s) of a plumbing company, the mom and pop cafe, the surgeon’s office are NOT EQUIPPED to handle the these rapid advancement in technology. For example; Moore’s Law is a principle identified by Intel co founder Gordon Moore. The Law states that power of the microchip doubles every 18 months.  Moore’s  Law is one of the cornerstones of the tech industry and has been cited in  numerous papers and journals.  As of the writing of this brief introduction to our services – 50% + of the traffic on the internet is now coming from smartphones.  With these simple examples, you can clearly the support the Small Business owner NEEDS to succeed on the web!

So what does this mean to you?

This means if you are getting stuck and bogged down by your website you are NOT alone.  The key to solving these important issues are to have a reliable Strategic Partner that you can count on.  Early on in the development of this company, it became apparent  to us that our Strategic Partners had these issues and more! That is when we realized we had to come up with a solution to help these suffering business owners.  The answer is for the small business owner to have a Strategic Partner to design, develop, maintain, and manage their websites for THEM.   This is a true partnership. WE work TOGETHER to implement your goals and objectives on the web in a way that can swiftly and correctly be deployed.

The cornerstone of our approach is to develop Responsive Business Websites for our partners.  In 2015 Google added mobile friendly (responsive) to it’s ranking algorithm. This change combined with 50 + traffic coming through mobile devices made us adapt EVERY site we manage to RESPONSIVE. We do our very best to stay on top of these IMPORTANT changes.

  1. Responsive WordPress Website
  2. WordPress Dashboard CEM
  3. Blog
  4. Contact Page with Secure Email Form
  5. Google Map with Secure API interface
  6. Optimized Content
  7. Appropriate Plugin Software installed
  8. User friendly custom Site Navigation
  9. All pages styled according to strategic partner’s brand
  10. Professional Consulting from the Inception of the Project to Completion.

Contact us today for more information.

WordPress Website Security – Blacklisting

I wanted to share with you a recent real life situation with one of our strategic website partners. When we decide to partner up with a new business by designing, developing, and deploying a WordPress website, one of the ongoing monthly services we provide is website security.

As professional web developers, our job is to give our clients the best possible guidance – ALL THE TIME. Website security should be a no brainer. Nonetheless, it is up to us to educate the small business owner so THEY can make an informed decision about what direction they want to take with their business. Our job is to put them in the position to win on the web. A winning strategy on the web MUST include a plan for website protection.

Recently, I received a notification from one of my partner’s website. The notification was suggesting there was Malware on the site. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the website DID NOT have malware.

Malware is when a hacker injects malicious code into your website. Then that code, if undetected, can adversely affect anyone who visits your site.

Instead of Malware, the notification was that the website was “Blacklisted”.

Read More HERE about what do if your website is Blacklisted.

So this was good news/bad news. The good     news was that there was no malware which   meant our security protocols we working   correctly. The “bad“ news was the blacklisting of   the domain name. Sometimes when these   scans occur, there can be a false-positive read. I was confident that site would be removed from the “blacklisting” status since we develop in WordPress with excellent website architecture, (read Google Crawl), provide valuable content, and have security and back up in place.

I followed their request for an email from the website administrator (West Bay Media Group) and fulfilled any requests they required. Once this was done correctly, the site was removed off the list immediately.

Blacklisting is a service provided by Google and other entities to “clean up“ the web and provide a valuable end user experience. These type of technical adjustments can be challenging for the average website/business owner. That is why West Bay Media Group exists. We are here to help the small business owner do what they do best – run their business. If you have any questions, or would like us to take a look at your website, contact us anytime.

Thank you for reading and best of luck on running a successful website!

Tom Hamilton

CEO/Founder
West Bay Media Group