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Five Web Design Trends for WordPress in 2020

Photo by Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash
Photo by Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash

Curious about the latest website design trends? In 2020, WordPress remains one of the top web design platforms for businesses. Here at Solar VPS, we like to stay on top of the latest web design trends, especially when it comes to highly-ranked platforms like WordPress. When our clients want their websites to include the latest design options, we help them stay relevant and search engine ready with tips and tricks, and of course we’re here to provide top-shelf hosting services so that their web designs stay up and available. 

Before we get into your hosting options, though, let’s take a closer look at some of these trends. 2020’s WordPress design trends all point in a sleek, simple direction, with an emphasis on the user experience. Here are some of the top design trends for web design in 2020. 

1. Block Editors 

In 2020, block editors have taken the place of other editing options. Overall, block editors have made editing more simple and clear than other options have done. Many users prefer this new solution over older editing formats. 

Now, having said that, others do prefer the older options because block editors don’t tend to show word counts during the editing process, and word count does impact a website’s SEO. Some users have gotten around this issue by typing text into a document that has word count capabilities and then pasting that text into their blocks once they’ve made sure they have the word count that they need. This way, they can balance the need for control with the need for simplicity. Others users have handed over the reins to web design experts who are familiar with block editors and can handle other SEO aspects. 

Other than the word count issue, though, block editors have proven extremely useful for WordPress users in 2020. The straightforward approach doesn’t leave much guesswork for users, and it provides more sleek design options. 

2. Emphasis on Simplicity 

While we’re on the subject of sleek design options, let’s move on to the next WordPress trend for 2020: an emphasis on simplicity. This trend isn’t new to 2020, but it has gained a lot of popularity this year. Part of this simplicity comes from a need for user friendliness and mobile friendliness, which we’ll explore a little later. Overall, though, simplicity is also a design-based trend for 2020. These days, designers are letting go of flashy and overly-complicated web designs in favor of clean-cut and simple options. It’s easier on the eyes and provides a more enjoyable browsing experience. 

Having said that, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy, and amateur designers have to be careful not to underestimate the design process when they create their websites. This is especially important when it comes to business websites. Even the simplest web designs require thought and careful placement of words and images. 

Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash

3. Emphasis on Uniqueness 

Now, here’s an interesting twist: Although WordPress sites are focusing on simplicity in 2020, there’s also a renewed emphasis on building unique websites. With each passing year, it gets harder and harder for business owners to make their websites stand out as more and more of the world moves online. This means that web designers have to build sites that stand out while staying sleek and simple. It’s a tough balance that the most advanced web designers can make look easy. 

Part of this balance comes from branding. Web designers and business owners often have to spend more time on brand-building before getting started on web design. Once a business owner has a strong brand to work with, the unique aspects of the site design come more easily. The extra branding work does create some extra effort upfront, but it can often save business owners some headaches overall. 

4. Bright Pops of Color 

One very visual WordPress trend is the focus on bright pops of color. This brightness provides an interesting contrast to the overall minimalism and simplicity that has taken over web design lately. Again, it’s not necessarily an easy balance to achieve. Designers aim for just the right amount of color to grab visitors’ attention without overwhelming them. The bright colors help certain businesses stand out, especially businesses that have a younger client base. 

However, some designers are also embracing dark mode, using plugins that let them offer the option to users. Newer phones allow dark mode on certain websites, and a lot of people prefer dark mode for their nighttime scrolling. Websites that come with the dark mode option while still providing excellent visuals can thrive in 2020. 

5. Increased Mobile Friendliness 

In 2018 and 2019, we saw an increased emphasis on user friendliness, especially for mobile users. WordPress users haven’t let go of that trend. As a matter of fact, it’s less of a trend these days and more of a stable growing feature. In any case, mobile friendliness matters, and it’s certainly not going to stop. 

Virtually everyone in the developed world has a smartphone now, and people tend to scroll through those phones far more often than they scroll through web pages on computers. When people look up businesses or search for specific products, they tend to do so on their phones. As new phones roll out, web designers have to make sure that their designs are compatible with the latest phone upgrades. 

WordPress Design With Solar VPS 

Of course, no matter which WordPress trends you embrace in 2020, it’s important that you have the right source for web hosting. That’s where Solar VPS comes in. We’re here to help businesses like yours thrive during 2020 and beyond. With our Solar System, you can access all the resources that your site needs. We provide reliable uptimes, excellent customer service, and a focused commitment to client satisfaction. You can get started for as little as $5 per month. 

Want to learn more? Take a look at your hosting platform options now. You can also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Let us help you provide an excellent site experience for your clients.

Solar Node Maintenance – September 9

We will be performing maintenance in both Dallas, TX & Secaucus, NJ during the following windows: 2016/09/09 23:00 Eastern Time 2016/09/10 03:00 Eastern Time 2016/09/11 23:00 Eastern Time 2016/09/12 03:00 Eastern Time During this window you may notice a brief period of where your VM will be gracefully shutdown and restarted by our technicians. We are working to keep the impact to a minimum. Further updates will be posted to if required. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.    

How the Grinch Stole the Retail Industry's Christmas… And Keeping the Grinch Out of Your Cloud Data

IT breach You have probably heard by now that the Grinch was busy this Christmas. A total of six major retailers, including Target and Neiman Marcus, were successfully infiltrated by malware, and massive amounts of user data were stolen. This trend is not just ominous for consumers. It highlights the sophistication of malware, the boldness of hackers, and the continuing threat to all businesses, especially SMB. The reason that SMB are more vulnerable to attacks is that they may not have as many goodies for cybercriminals to grab, but they often don’t have proper protections in place, and a single hack is more likely to drive them out of business. How serious is the threat for businesses? PCWorld tells the story of an executive at a Chicago manufacturing company that barely escaped a loss of hundreds of thousand dollars to controllers of malware. A virus downloaded to the CFO’s computer used standard phishing protocol to steal from the business. When the CFO browsed to the company’s bank account, she was redirected to a fake but otherwise identical site owned by the hackers. A message informed her to call customer service about a problem with the account. When the CFO called the number, she was asked a handful of “verification” questions. Moments later, $300,000 had been withdrawn by a third-party. Luckily, the company responded swiftly, and the bank was able to retain the funds. Despite the happy ending to the Chicago firm’s hack, many small-to-medium businesses do not fare as well. PCWorld cites statistics from the National Cyber Security Alliance that demonstrate how prevalent and damaging hacking is for SMB:
  • 31% of companies breached in 2012 were small businesses
  • 20% of the hacks were successful
  • 60% of the companies successfully hacked were bankrupt within half a year.
Who was behind the attack? A teenager? Web security company IntelCrawler (watch out for their super-creepy 404 error message page) investigated the incident, which according to Target impacted 70 million of its shoppers. Its findings revealed that BlackPOS, a pre-packaged and relatively unsophisticated piece of malware designed by a Russian teenager and purchased by the attackers, was used to infiltrate both Target’s and Neiman Marcus’s systems. Originally called KAPTOXA  (Russian slang for potato) and responsible for all six additional retailer attacks, the software first appeared online in 2013 and has been used for breaches of retailers based in Australia, Canada, and the United States. A report published in Slate revealed that the teenager, who used the screen name ree4, sold KAPTOXA (aka BlackPOS) to more than five dozen hackers, most of them based in Eastern Europe. It further clarifies that the attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus were launched separately: it now seems likely that the only link between them was the malware that was used. In fact, according to The New York Times, Neiman Marcus was breached in July but only became aware of the issue in December. What was taken & why it happened According to Wired, the Target hack began on Black Friday and collected information from the retailer’s point-of-sale (POS) devices. For over two weeks, it transmitted data from credit and debit cards belonging to over 40 million people to the owners of the malicious software. The hackers also received contact information for 70 million customers. All told, 11 GB of data were taken before the company was able to identify and block the intrusion. Avivah Litan, an analyst for Gartner, calls the incident “a big failure of the whole industry.” The retail giant, along with T.J. Maxx and several other retail stores and credit card processing companies, was the target of broadly destructive hacking in 2005. However, according to the analysis in Wired, the security mechanisms in place at retail stores were not substantially improved following that widescale incident, an assertion expected to be used in class-action lawsuits against the “big-box” store. Ensuring strong security In a climate in which retailers are being successfully targeted by hackers, security has become a concern of all organizations. A nonprofit called the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was created in 2008 with the specific goal of educating the public and industry professionals about proper security precautions to keep users safe. The organization both provides information on sound security practices with regards to web hosting and best practices for businesses to maintain and improve their systems. Similarly, Microsoft provides a security checklist, a list of considerations for organizations with regards to their own cloud systems, so that security is a top priority. Although the checklist is geared toward governmental agencies, its basic parameters are of use to businesses as well:
  • Privacy – Ideally a provider will encrypt your data, make it anonymous, and make your locations of remote access inaccessible.
  • Integration – In the case of a hybrid solution, you can make use of integration with security tools you have in place for your other systems.
  • Certification – If you have specific compliance concerns, check with your provider to make sure they are certified to meet your needs. Develop a system of metrics so you can analyze and track your cloud hosting environment. Consider the process required of your users to enter and leave the system.
  • Access – Your system should have protections (of course) to guard against malicious intrusion. Specifically consider safeguards in place for your databases.
  • Software – How does your platform keep your code from becoming corrupt? How are people vetted for managerial positions in which they might have greater access to your code? How do they test or model for security threats?
  • Location – The country in which your provider is headquartered will affect the laws surrounding your data.
  • Rights – Are you the owner of the data on your systems? Do you want to encrypt it, and do you have encryption keys that you want to use? Do you have a backup of the data? What is the process for purging the backup?
Today, malicious IT attacks are a concern for any organization. In the case of SMB, protection is especially critical, with 3 out of every 5 small business hacks resulting in bankruptcy. A cloud solution that use strong security parameters, as established in Microsoft’s checklist, can safeguard companies from harm.  

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Mirror Makes It Easier For Consumers To Download Urgent Fedora Updates

(The Hosting News) – On July 1, Solar VPS was named an official mirror for the Linux Operating System, Fedora. With the addition of Fedora to the Solar VPS auto populating mirror, anyone can now access the Solar VPS mirror website to download urgent and critical Fedora OS updates.

With the addition of Fedora to the Solar VPS mirror, the brands mirror page now contains mirrors for Fedora, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu and the Linux kernel. In the future, Solar VPS will continue to add mirrors for more open source projects. The new Fedora mirror will allow Solar VPS clients and non-clients to visit the established site experience priority download speeds of all updates and scroll through a bevy of previous updates which might be critical to their OS operations.


Cloud Expo Thoughts

So for the week, Solar VPS is at Cloud Expo. While we are here, our COO and President Ross Brouse is giving two speeches on Cloud Adoption through consumerism and how the Cloud is making data more secure – not less (one of them is a KEYNOTE address). While we are here we are demoing the SolarSystem. While we are here, we are giving out killer CosmoCredits to win up to a year of free hosting on us. While we are here we are playing SolarSystem A.I. – a game designed to show how simple the SolarSystem is to use. And oh yeah, while we are here, we are giving away Nerf Guns.

Cloud Expo Nerf Winners

Cloud Expo Nerf Winners

So it’s real simple, come on by the booth (#218), hang out and learn about Solar VPS. We are creating buzz. We are creating fun. We are creating Cloud consumers. We are hosting beyond the Cloud.

SolarVPS Booth in Action

SolarVPS Booth in Action