This blog site is not meant to be any information that is distributed to the general public. It is to serve as shared documentation between the DNSTC developers; however, if you find something useful and would like to use it, go right ahead.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Come get in the Caribbean mood!


The Newton Falls Relay For Life Team – Connect 4 will be sponsoring a Cruise for a Cure benefit Saturday, March 3, 2012, 6-11 p.m. at the Newton Falls Community Center.

There will be food by Guys BBQ, music by Happymon Band and of course, Photos by

Also available will be computer gaming by The Dragon’s Lair – Ultimate Gaming Arena, Raffle Baskets, 50/50, and a cash bar.

Tickets are $20.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Button Sponsorship Available

3-3BadgeDNSTC assists with the promotion of Gaming Tournaments with The Dragon’s Lair – Ultimate Gaming Arena. These tournaments can draw hundreds of gamers to the events; however, we also provide gaming as an activity for other events to help in drawing in attendees to events. We have booked several venues throughout the area and would like to offer the opportunity to other small businesses to be sponsors for our venues. Costs relating to maintaining and purchasing the equipment needed for these gaming events are very high and there is a very limited budget for marketing materials. This is why we have several sponsorship programs where you get “Get the word out” about your business, while we provide marketing materials for our gaming events.

We have an event schedule for 3/3/2012 where you can be a button sponsor. 

Here is what you will get for your $25 sponsorship:

We will distribute buttons with the event name on them. These buttons will be attached to cards that will feature your business name and phone number. We will also have a sign on our tables stating that the event buttons are sponsored by, listing the button sponsors. We will also place the sponsor names on our membership handouts and on the webpage for the event.

Deadline for sponsorship is:  Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

The application form can be found here.

Down on Main street Event - Austintown Ohio


VENDOR TABLES STARTING AT $100.00.  This is a great opportunity to get the word out about your business or the community, and other small businesses.

The Mahoning Valley chamber of The MainStreet Chamber will be presenting the first annual “Down On Main Street” small business expo. It’s an affordable alternative for small businesses in the Valley to showcase and sell their products and services at an affordable price, while creating an opportunity for Valley citizens to buy local.

MainStreet Chamber has already secured media sponsorship, so this event will be highly publicized in the Mahoning Valley. Admission is free to the public and our market research indicates that approximately 5,000 individuals will attend this exciting event. We have vendor spaces available and would like to invite you to join us for this valuable business opportunity.

Austintown Expo Center, Austintown Plaza, 6000 Mahoning Ave. Austintown, OH
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Operating Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Set up and tear down information will be provided upon receipt of payment.)

Here is a link to the event flyer.

Here is a link to the vendor application.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Blocked Spammers and Hackers List Added to Site

deniedAttention all DNSTC clients.  I have added a new section to the DNSTC website called Blocked Spammers and Hackers.  This page will give you a listing of IP addresses that have been blocked on the server to do failed hacking attempts or reported spammers.

DNSTC reserves the right to block access from anyone who wishes to either attempt to hack our server or spam our clients. We have a zero tolerance policy for this activity, and in the case where we can obtain the IP address, it will just be completely blocked from our servers.

Here is the link to the Blocked Spammers and Hackers page.

Monday, February 20, 2012

DNSTC WSMS Version 2.7 Update Release

boxCoverForWebIt has been almost a year before a major update has been released for WSMS, and this one was a little overdue.  We made a few enhancements and a couple of bug fixes to the WSMS software to make it even better than before.  The software has been operational for almost a year and has even made a server upgrade with no issues.  We now have several clients running this software behind their website and plan on using it from now on as our official CMS system.  For more information about the WSMS system, please visit the DNSTC WSMS Webpage.

As for this update, please see the release notes below:

Testimonial Page Upgrade

Created an upgrade to the testimonials page what will allow visitors to leave testimonials.  This enhancement requires and update to the testimonials table to work correctly.  You also have to go into the configuration table in turn Upgraded Testimonials to Y.  Once this is done, there will be a form that appears on the testimonials page that allows users to submit their testimonial.  When they do, an e-mail is sent to the admin e-mail.  The admin then needs to log in and approve the testimonial in order for it to be shown on the website.

About this page information updated

Added a display for the meta descriptions and the meta keywords when you select the page for editing.  This then allows you to quickly look at the page to see what is configured for the page description and keywords and allows you to select information to be copied to other pages.  You should not have two pages with the same description; however, you can have the same keywords on multiple pages.

Sorting on page catalog listing

Added the ability to sort the main page selection either by page number or by page name which was the default.  When you have multiple pages within WSMS it is not as easy to find the pages so we needed the ability to sort the listing by the page number as well.  Also added the description (text) of the page types to the right instead of the numbers.  This way we now know the page type without looking up the numbers.

Reports and Utilities Section Added

We added a new utility called Reports and Utilities.  This section will be housing miscellaneous utilities and reports to help manage your website.  The first report that has been added is the Meta Page Information report that lists all of the titles, meta description, and meta keywords for all of the pages.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

8 Tips to Defend Against Online Financial Fraud Threats

network_securityI constantly receive and read e-mails and articles that help small business owners with Internet issues.  As I come across some important information to share, I will post it here to our blog so that others may benefit as well.

Here is an interesting article I came across the other day written by Thor Olavsrud on

The tag paragraph for the article reads as followings:

Criminals are increasingly seeking to hijack the accounts of business owners and executives to initiate fraudulent wire transfers that can cost organizations a fortune. Here are eight steps you can take to defend your organization against such attacks.

The following is a summary of the 8 Tips:

  1. Talk to your financial institution.
  2. Perform regular security audits and risk assessments.
  3. Install an anti-virus solution on your computers and network and keep it completely updated.
  4. Dedicate a computer for financial transactions and only use it for financial transactions.
  5. Segregate responsibility for initiating wires from the responsibility for authorizing them, and ensure that each party uses different computers with different authorization credentials.
  6. Keep a suspicious mind when you receive email that asks you to click on a link, open an attachment or that seeks your credentials-even if it's from a trusted source like your bank.
  7. Be careful when following links on social networking sites or when asked to give information over the phone.
  8. Review your online banking records on a daily basis.

The article goes on and explains what you can do if you think you have been compromised.

For the full article:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Code needed to make CSS/text buttons work correctly in Firefox

cssWe are supposed to develop websites to work in all browsers.  There is an issues with the IE CSS settings and the text buttons we use not showing up correctly in Firefox.  In the past, I did not care and just told people, is it what it is; however, this does not work for Smart Phones.

Therefore, the following needs to be added to the CSS block of the navigation buttons in order for them to be displayed correctly.

display: inline-block;

This will fix the display for smart cells phones as well as Firefox display.

Friday, February 17, 2012

DNSTC and will be hosting meeting


DNS Technology Consultants, Inc. and will be hosting this month’s Mahoning Valley Wedding Network meeting at Fab Limousine, on Feb. 27, 2012.

Marianne will be covering our custom products that can be used for weddings or business promotions and I will be going over 3 of our major Internet marketing services that any small business can use to help their business grow.

Todd Herron - Spaghetti Dinner Benefit - Scheduled

405422_10150561333912709_502407708_9224802_793078665_n will have the green screen photo booth available at the Todd Herron – Spaghetti Dinner Benefit – on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the American Legion in Lake Milton, Ohio.  2-6 p.m.

All 4x6 photos will be for donation only, and we will be giving all donations to the event.

Todd is diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma malignant brain tumor.  He is currently undergoing radiation and chemo at the Cleveland Clinic.  This benefit is to help with medical expenses.

Come on out, support the event, get your picture taken!

Ohio Senior Olympics Website Renovation

osoDeanna Clifford, web designer for Ohio Senior Olympics, has renovated their website using the DNSTC WSMS system and layout design by DNSTC.

The new website with updated content went live on-line this morning after several weeks of moving over and cleaning up the content.

Ohio Senior Olympics sanctions Senior Games competitions in the state and is responsible for the yearly state Senior Olympics competition.

Senior Olympics is open to men and women ages 50 and older. Regional competitions are held around the state. The state games are also held yearly. In even numbered year, the Ohio Senior Olympics State Games acts as a qualifying event for the National Senior Games, which are held in odd numbered years.

Visit the new Ohio Senior Olympics website for more information.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We are all now on the new server

I wanted to provide an update and closing of this project.  We are all now running on the new server and the old server has been off-line now for about a week.  I want to say thank you to everyone I have worked with on this project and hope that we get as many years of great operations out of the new server.  If you experience any issues with your website, please contact me to get them worked out.  I think we have identified any problems and fixed them all by now.

We are all now on the new server

Latest-hp-computers-3I wanted to provide an update and closing of this project.  We are all now running on the new server and the old server has been off-line now for about a week.  I want to say thank you to everyone I have worked with on this project and hope that we get as many years of great operations out of the new server.  If you experience any issues with your website, please contact me to get them worked out.  I think we have identified any problems and fixed them all by now.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Checking the values of a submitted form

phpOccasionally you may way to check to see what data is being submitted form a form.  I have used this simple little code in the past, and it has help solved mysteries while trying to program.  Simply put this code before any section that would save the data to the database and it will display the results of the submitted form to the screen instead of saving it to the database.  Just remember to go in and either comment out the code or remove it.

echo "<pre>";
echo "</pre>";

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blocking IP addresses from the server

deniedI really got tired of dealing with spammers so I just started blocking IP address from these people who just want to submit garbage to our forms on the websites.  Here is how I block and IP address.

1. Log into the root account.

2. Enter the code below at the command prompt:

iptables -A INPUT -s x.x.x.x -j DROP

To list what is in the iptables:

iptables -L

That is pretty much it, and they should be shut-down from the server completely!