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At White Fir Design we are focused on assisting you in making sure that you make the most of your online presence. Whether you are a new business, an established business, or a non-profit organization, we provide services that will assist you in creating or improving online presence. We provide an assortment of web design, security, and marketing services. We provide the technical expertise needed to quickly and easily create or improve your online presence, so that you can spend your time on what you do best. We work hard to provide you value for your investment in your online presence and we make sure that you are fully satisfied with the work we do.

Latest Blog Posts

Cloudways Isn't a Great Option For Hosting a Magento Website if You Want to Be Able to Upgrade It
We were recently hired to do a Magento upgrade of a website hosted with a web host named Cloudways. Our experience with what they were providing and their support when what they provide doesn't work was bad. That is despite claiming to provide the best managed Magento hosting platform: Experience faster than ever Magento cloud hosting designed with a fully optimized stack for the best performance... Read More

Book Review: Web Security for Developers
The need for better security for websites isn't debatable and No Starch Press, the publisher of the book Web Security for Developers, sums up the book in a way that suggests it can help developers to improve that: Web Security for Developers will teach you how your websites are vulnerable to attack and how to protect them. Each chapter breaks down a major security vulnerability and explores a rea... Read More

Review of Wordfence Response Shows It Is a Terrible Option For Getting a Hacked WordPress Website Cleaned Up
The popular WordPress security plugin Wordfence Security is marketed with the claim that it will protect websites from being hacked: Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, Wordfence Firewall stops you from getting hacked. Despite that, the developer sells two very expensive services for dealing with websites that have been hacked while using that plugin. That seems like it should... Read More

Sucuri Security's Website Firewall (WAF) Caused Ecommerce Website to Lose Out on Sales
Security services like GoDaddy's Sucuri Security not only often do a bad job at providing security, but they can also introduce other problems for those using them. One reoccurring issue we have run into is that these services have attached caching to cloud based website application firewalls (WAFs) that aren't compatible with some of the websites using them. That recently came up while we were... Read More

Fresh Installs of WordPress Apparently Being Hacked Based on Public Disclosure From Let's Encrypt
It's long been a known issue that if you place a copy of WordPress on a publicly accessible website, but don't configure it, hackers will eventually configure it, which gives them access to the website. This works because WordPress has no restrictions on configuring it once the files are loaded on the website and you can configure it with a database on another server, so you don't need to have acc... Read More