Category Archives: WordPress

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Released

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”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…

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Wordfence Announces New Firewall

FirewallThis 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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The Panama Papers

The Panama PapersMossack 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 […]

Source: Mossack Fonseca Breach – WordPress Revolution Slider Plugin Possible Cause – Wordfence

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How to Ban User

How to Ban User

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: candescentpunct@hotmail.com Thanks, Lyn”

Hi 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:

Ban User

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!

Further Reading

Ban Hammer

https://wordpress.org/plugins/ban-hammer/screenshots

Trust the aforementioned is of assistance.

Cheers,

Tony

Download or Embed Any Document

Download or Embed Any Document

I have had students asking me which is the best download or embed plugins for WordPress. I have experienced some good plugins and for a while I used ‘Download Monitor’ and ‘Vanilla PDF’.

Of all the download and embed plugins for WordPress the best for me is ‘Embed Any Document’ due to the following reasons:

  • It supports Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PDF, etc…
  • so easy to install and activate
  • so easy to add a document to any post or page
  • IT WORKS!

I now only use ‘Embed Any Document’ and this plugin is the one I recommend to my students. Should you wish to install ‘Embed Any Document’ follow the easy steps below:

Go to your Admin Area > Hover over Plugins click ‘Add New’ > in the search bar enter ‘Embed Any Document’ > read Details and then click ‘Install Now’ > click ‘Activate the plugin’

Go to ‘Settings’ > click ‘Embed Any Document’

General Settings: Decide the settings you need > click ‘Save’

Hover over ‘Posts’ > click ‘Add New’

Click ‘Add Document’ button (refer image below):

Download or Embed Any Document

Click ‘Upload Document’ > Go to ‘Upload Files’ or ‘Media Library’ > click the document you want >

On the right side bar ‘Attachment Details’:

Gallery Link Target choose ‘New Window’; Gallery Link OnClick Effect choose ‘Keep’ > click ‘Insert’ button.

On the new panel that opens on ‘Viewer’ decide between ‘Google Docs Viewer’ or ‘Microsoft Office Online’ > click ‘Insert’.

Publish your post or page.

[embeddoc url=”http://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Setcom-Subscription-Form1.pdf” viewer=”google”]

Embed Any Document  is the plugin I recommend and is the plugin I use on my websites: WordPressTrainingJohannesburg.com as well as MyBusinessNetworking.com

 

 

How to Embed a YouTube Video

How to Embed a YouTube Video

It is quite straight forward to embed a YouTubne video. Let’s say you would like to embed Abba’s Dancing Queen.

Go to YouTube and type ‘Abba’s Dancing Queen’ in the search bar > click on ‘Abba – Dancing Queen’ > on the page that opens click on ‘Share’ > on the window that opens click on ’embed’ > copy the highlighted HTML code >

How to Embed a YouTube Video

Open a new page or post > click ‘Text’ and paste the HTML code > that’s it!

How to Embed a YouTube Video

Click ‘Publish’ > click ‘View post’ or ‘view page’ and enjoy the video!

To embed a YouTube as a Widget:

Go to Widgets > paste the HTML code into a ‘Text’ Widget. Even if you don’t know HTML you can easily change the ‘width’ and the ‘height’ of your video on the actual code.

That simple – have fun!

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