3 Ways to Discover Where a Shortened Link Will Send You

Danger do not enter sign posted on the trail in the woods

When I read the tweet announcing a free webinar on small business cyber safety, I wanted to learn more about it.

I’ve attended several of the organization’s webinars in the past, so I knew I would walk away with actionable security tips.

But when I selected the shortened link in their tweet, something unexpected happened. Continue reading 3 Ways to Discover Where a Shortened Link Will Send You

Quick Tip: Default WordPress Permalinks Redirect Automatically to Custom Link Structure

yellow directional signs on tree for the Five Mile Trail pointing to the right.

Chris, a former client whose WordPress website I worked on several years ago, contacted me recently about an unexpected error message on their WordPress dashboard.

The issue was due to their infrastructure, but Chris didn’t know how to resolve the issue.

It was a PHP version issue. Could I take a look at it and resolve the issue?

And could I take a look at the site’s performance?

Chris was speaking at a conference in a few months and wanted to make sure the site was in tip-top condition for performance.

Sure, I replied to Chris.

I resolved the PHP version issue quickly.

But when I looked into site performance, and what steps I could take to improve it, I met a barrier right from the start.

It had to do with the permalink structure my client had on their website. Continue reading Quick Tip: Default WordPress Permalinks Redirect Automatically to Custom Link Structure

How Can We Make URLs Readable?

Seated in chairs, Jake Archibald and Surma discuss browser URLs.

When Chrome removed the http and https from the start of URLs in their browser address bar, I wasn’t happy.

And I heard from other people that weren’t happy.

Despite a padlock before the URL in the address bar, the https in the address bar was reinforcement that the site was using SSL to encrypt HTTP requests and responses.

It added a level of trust to the site I was visiting. Continue reading How Can We Make URLs Readable?