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Get Serious About Password Security

I see the crazy-weak passwords every day. Otherwise perfectly smart photographers will pick the weakest passwords for their website admin logins. It baffles me every time. Please do it right. It is easy, I promise.

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Photographers: Protect Your Archive Images With A Watermark

Remember when a photographer’s archives used to be their retirement plan? Those days are long gone but you should nonetheless protect your work from theft. And there is only one truly effective way to do that: embedding a watermark.

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Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly (Or What Is Responsiveness?)

In 2015 all websites should be responsive. But what does responsive mean? Why is it so important? Will it affect my Google ranking? How do I go about making my photography site responsive? Here are some answers.

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The Correct Copyright Notice on a Photographer’s Website

Under US law a copyright notice is no longer required to protect copyright. Yet it makes sense to include one. A copyright notice indicates that a work is protected by copyright, identifies the copyright owner and shows the year of first publication. And it’s pretty simple to add one.

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Recommendation: Switch Your Website to HTTPS Now

So what does HTTPS mean? HTTPS (or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is the secure version of HTTP, a protocol used by 2 computers communicating over the Internet. With HTTPS the communication is encrypted which prevents third-party eavesdropping and tampering, so-called man-in-the-middle attacks and attempts to spoof a trusted website. The TLS (or Transport Layer Security) […]

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How Does a Photographer Find Her Blogging Voice?

Photographers often ask me if they should blog. Blogging is hard. It takes time. People will judge the result. And what will you write about anyway? Well there are several reasons for a photographer to have a blog and ways for her to find her voice.

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Tools I Use: Managed WordPress Hosting by WPEngine

Choosing a hosting provider isn’t easy. They all claim you won’t find better. Here is my hosting recommendation for a WordPress-powered photography site based on personal experience and minimum requirements for a business setup.

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Writing Your About Page On Your Photographer’s Website

Most photographers dread having to put their About page together. Not only do you have to go all metaphysical (Who are you? Really) but you have to do it in writing. Short or long text? Funny, factual or inspirational? First or third person voice? Modest or self-confident? Headshot or not? It makes editing your own […]

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Use WordPress And PhotoShelter To Build Your Photographer Website

There are many ways to skin a cat. When it comes to websites for photographers my favorite setup is WordPress + PhotoShelter. That combo provides excellent design flexibility, more SEO options, good admin interfaces and e-commerce-enabled photo archive management.

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Malware Hidden in the EXIF of a JPG Image

Have you ever thought of your images as potential vehicles to spread malware? Two months ago a security expert found malware hiding in the EXIF header of a JPG image. Using images to infect computers with malware isn’t new but the novelty here is the way the malicious code was hidden. Peter Gramantik, of Sucuri, […]

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