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Version 4.5 of WordPress, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.5 include inline linking, formatting shortcuts, live responsive previews and more…
Source: WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”
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This morning at 9am Pacific time we rolled out a new kind of firewall to over 1 Million active WordPress websites. It comes with a Threat Defense Feed that updates our firewall as new threats emerge. It also continuously updates our malware scan as we discover new malware patterns through our forensic research.
If you have auto-update enabled in Wordfence, you will automatically be upgraded to 6.1.1 today which will include the new features. You can manually update by signing into your WordPress site and upgrading to Wordfence to 6.1.1 or you can download Wordfence from the official WordPress plugin repository…
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Mossack Fonseca (MF), the Panamanian law firm at the center of the so called Panama Papers Breach may have been breached via a vulnerable version of Revolution Slider. The data breach has so far brought down the Prime Minister of Iceland and surrounded Russian President Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron with controversy, among […]
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Lyn wrote: “Hi Tony, I got this email below about a new “User Registration” but I haven’t loaded anyone or given anyone access to upload new details? Do you have any clue for me on how this may have been created without the relevant passwords? Below New user registration details: Username: ChristieOster23 E-mail: email@example.com Thanks, Lyn”
Just by looking at the Username and E-Mail you can “see” this is spam!
I have divided the answer into two sections viz. “User Roles- How to Control WordPress User Permissions Effectively” (as per a previous Q & A) as well as “How to Ban a User” (below).
Please read the article: “User Roles- How to Control WordPress User Permissions Effectively”. Assuming you read it, let’s continue…
There are various plugins that will enable you to block IPs and even block entire countries. However sometimes you will not be able get the relevant IP address so this article is about how to go about blocking email addresses. Ban Hammer does that for you by preventing unwanted users from registering.
Go to the admin area of your website > click ‘Plugins’ > ‘Add New’ > in the search bar type ‘Ban Hammer’ > click ‘Install Now’ > click ‘Activate Plugin’.
After installation go to ‘Tools’ > click ‘Ban Hammer’. In the ‘Blacklisted emails’ box enter all the emails you want to ban one below the other as per the screenshot below:
In a case where the User already registered, delete the User and then add the User’s email address to ‘Blacklisted emails’
And that is it!
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Load Shedding is bad for everything: your productivity, the bottom line and in extreme cases a situation of life and death… a “world class” African city with load shedding?
On Wednesday, 10th June we had un-announced load shedding that started at 6pm. I visit ewn (Eye Witness News) daily to check load shedding schedules.
I visited the aforementioned page on Wednesday, 10th June. There was no load shedding planned for that afternoon and evening.
The power went off at 6pm. The power was again restored at about 10.30pm. Later that night I walked into the study and noticed a burning smell. I looked out the window to see whether there was a veld fire. All seemed to be in order.
The next morning I sat at my desk and my P.C. did not work. I took it to a nearby Matrix Warehouse and I was told that both the Motherboard and the CPU had burnt.
I had to replace the entire computer because besides the a.m. the DDR2 Ram was not compatible with current gen components.
Are ESKOM/ City Power not competent to schedule load shedding correctly?
I got the computer working again at a cost of R5697.00!
I also purchased a Multiplug ‘Surge Protector’ that protects electrical appliances from lightning surges. I purchased the WP5 (Wonder Plug 5×5 Multiplug). It costs around R300 at Matrix Warehouse. The Multiplug has a R20 000 warranty.
How to prevent load shedding from damaging your desktop, laptop and other devices?
According to Google on an average week, 54% of the people who saw ads for my Google AdWords Campaign were on smartphones. Google advises that in order to help turn more of these viewers into customers, one should create ads specifically for the small screen.
People spend 15 hours per week researching goods and services on their smartphones. Traffic from mobile devices will continue to grow, so start targeting that traffic now.
Create an Ad: Go to Campaigns > select your Campaign > click ‘+Ad’ > on the drop-down menu click ‘Text Ad’ > follow the prompts. On ‘Device preference’ click ‘Mobile’.
Don’t forget to ‘select an ad group’ by clicking on the ‘Choose’ button.
Google will review your Ad.
Below a preview of how your Ad will look like.
Don’t use excessive capitalization. Type ‘Free’ rather than ‘FREE’.
Once you signup for AdWords and create a Campaign, Google will from time to time send you “tune-up” emails with easy to follows steps on how you can improve your Ads.
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On the 21st April 2015, Google rolled-out its ‘mobile-friendly’ update. This was a global roll-out. How does this update impact on a Google search for your website? Simple answer: it boosts mobile search rankings for pages that are legible and usable on mobile devices.
Google states: “If your site’s pages aren’t mobile-friendly, there may be a significant decrease in mobile traffic from Google Search”.
To check if your site is mobile-friendly, you can:
Examine individual pages with the Mobile-Friendly Test
or check the status of your entire site through the Mobile Usability report in Webmaster Tools.
Google continues: “…once your site becomes mobile-friendly, we will automatically re-process (i.e., crawl and index) your pages. You can also expedite the process by using Fetch as Google with Submit to Index, and then your pages can be treated as mobile-friendly in ranking”.
LatestWP ran a small test on WordPress-based websites to establish which sites were mobile friendly. They examined 25 WordPress websites including some of the largest brands in the world. The following websites not only are created on WordPress but also featured at WordPress.org Showcase section. The result was surprising!
Jetpack extends the functionality of WordPress websites by adding powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Features include customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.
To download Jetpack:
Hover over ‘plugins’ in your site’s admin area > click ‘Add New’ > search for ‘Jetpack’ > click ‘Install’ > click ‘Activate’.
Once the plugin is activated hover over ‘Jetpack’ (towards the top of your left sidebar in your admin area) > on the drop-down menu click ‘Jetpack Settings’ > scroll down the page and activate ‘Mobile Theme’. Once the mobile theme has been activated scroll down the page to ‘Mobile Theme’ once again and click ‘Configure’.
Wishing you success with your mobile-friendly website!
On behalf of the Bing Content Quality Team, Michael Basilyan, Senior Program Manager, wrote an interesting Blog entitled “The Role of Content Quality in Bing Ranking”.
Michael wrote: “Content Quality is one of the primary dimensions along which we optimize our ranking models. This is good news for web masters because the three pillars of Content Quality are largely in their control. And the great news for users? Content Quality means we are serving more authoritative, useful, and better designed content.
According to the article ‘Content Quality’ is a Primary Factor in Ranking
Ranking = f(Topical Relevance, Context, Content Quality)
In Bing, the relevance of a result is a function of:
The Three Pillars of Content Quality
When Bing evaluates the page with regard toauthority, they try to answer the question, “Can we trust this content, its author, or the website? If you are the author of the Blog, ensure that your name is shown rather than the word “admin”.
When considering the utility of the page, Bing models try to predict whether the content is sufficiently useful for the topic it is trying to address. Does the page provide ample supporting information, etc…
A well-presented page will have an easy-to-read, accessible design, and will make its primary content easy to find.
I enjoyed reading this blog, learning the importance of the various pillars of content quality, particularly authorship.
A valuable plugin for WordPress Bloggers is WordPress SEO, an all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress by Yoast.