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Cabarete Beach Condos is online!

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Launched just a few weeks ago, Cabarete Beach Condos offers 2 rental apartments in the Orillas del Mar development. Located east, or upwind of Cabarete, Cabarete Beach Condos’ Orillas del Mar apartments are both ocean front and share a great view of the pool. Check them out for your next Cabarete vacation!

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Water sports online store is taking shape!

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We are currently profiling one of our e-commerce projects. Green Water Sports is an online store for water sports equipment. At launch the product focus will be on stand up paddle boards, paddles and accessories. The website is taking shape and will launch soon. Credit card payments will be via one of the best, if not the best, gateway setups offered by Stripe. Green Water Sports will also accept payments PayPal, but Stripe streamlines credit card processing and bypasses the need for a very costly, confusing and expensive merchant account. The only catch with Stripe, is you need a USA…

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WordPress installations under attack

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As WordPress becomes ever more popular it becomes a target for hackers and malware. Just like Windows dominates the computer market and suffers from viruses due to it’s massive market share, WordPress is suffering a similar fate. To avoid problems, keeping your installation up to date is the single most important thing you can do. Update your plugins, secure WordPress folders, automate backups in the event of disaster so you have your info and data, and limit your potential spam avenues. Not sure which plugins to use or how to backup your website? Call me now on +1 (829) 726-6219!

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Water sports store to sell stand up paddle boards.

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It has been decided, the next major project for Cabarete Web Design will be an online store that sells water sports equipment, and in particular, stand up paddle boarding gear. Under the tentative name of Green Water Sports (EDIT: Now confirmed), the store will use a WordPress base and Woocommerce as the shopping cart platform. Stay tuned as we track the development of this project.

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House of Waves is now up and running!

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A new surf school/surf tour/surf package option on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is now available and open for guests. From the House of Waves website: Dominican Republic Surf School and High Performance Training House of Waves is a surf school located on the wave rich Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic. We offer guided surf trips and vacations, surf lessons and high-performance training that will take your surfing to the next level. Our coaching programs are designed for all ability levels, from the novice to the elite surfer. We invite you to enjoy great waves and a beautiful tropical paradise…

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Content is KING!

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Have you ever come across an article or page on the interwebs that sounds forced or a little off? It was probably written by a robot. These robots take human written text, slice it and dice it and publish it in all sorts of locations for search engine optimisation (SEO) purposes. These articles include links to various pages that may seem vaguely related. These back links build a site’s profile and eventually their ranking in Google. And we all know that a higher rank in Google is worth it’s weight in gold. However, Google is now cracking down on this style…

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DRREBA.com gets rental listings!

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In expanding their concierge services, DRREBA.com is now offering vacation or long term rentals in the Cabarete and Sosua areas. The listings are controlled by WordPress, as usual, and offer easy to input data fields for each property. The galleries are native with a jquery colorbox addition. Listings are organised by category and are also fully searchable by all features and content.

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Tracking website visits

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When I set up a new client’s website, the first thing I do after registering the domain name is to create a Google Analytics account. This service allows you to track your site visitor numbers, time spent on site, visitor IP location, where they came from … the list goes on and on. There are so many metrics it can make the mind boggle, however, knowing where people come from, what language they speak, what screen size they use, is all extremely important information for creating a better experience for the visitor and improving and refining your content and advertising…

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Sharing links on Facebook

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Ever wondered where the image, title and text come from when you share or like a link on Facebook? Has your site ever had a weird image, title or text show up when you’ve shared it? This information is either selected by Facebook after it “scrapes” your page for an image, title and description, or, via the Facebook open graph meta properties. If these properties aren’t set, it can pull up weird and random images and text from your site. When people share or like your link, this info is being shown to their friends or even the public so…

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Backup your website!

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As with everything in life and business, you need to be safe and have a backup plan if things go wrong. As Murphy’s Law will always dictate, if you don’t have a plan you’ll be in deep doodoo when the doodoo hits the fan. With your website though, this is easily solved. Have a backup and Murphy’s Law will mean that you’ll never need it. If you do need it, you’ll have it there ready to go. Minimal down time and hopefully, no lost revenue. I use WordPress for 99% of my clients. Not only does this make it easy…

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