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The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website. This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

Round up of WordPress News and Tips October 2, 2017

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website. This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

How to Use Domain Mapping When You’re Not Running Multisite

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/domain-mapping-without-multisite/Our Domain Mapping plugin makes mapping domains super easy in Multisite. It lets you create as many sites as you want in one WordPress installation and then make them all behave as if they’re separate sites echo on their own domain.

But sometimes you want to map a domain when you’re not running Multisite. You’ve created a site in its own WordPress installation somewhere on your server, maybe in a subdirectory, but you want to direct a domain name to it and have that show up in the browser instead of your own domain with the subfolder or subdomain showing up. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Track Post Changes by Adding a History Feature to WordPress

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-track-post-changes-by-adding-a-history-feature-to-wordpress?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=b5104ca772-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-b5104ca772-51249745If you’re running a website with multiple contributors, it can be hard to track post changes in WordPress itself. This can become a problem if you’re trying to identify the source of an error, or keep tabs on your writers’ activity.

Finding a way to track post changes in WordPress enables you to keep logs of practically all of the activity for your posts and pages. For this article, we’ll talk about why this functionality can help you and how to implement it in three simple steps. Let’s get to it! Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

How to Run a Contest with WordPress (and Plugins to Help You Do It)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/contest-plugins-wordpress/About a month ago, a woman named Mavis Wanczyk won a monster Powerball payout of $758.7 million. Wanczyk wasn’t the only winner that night either. In a store nearby, someone else bought a ticket worth $1 million. There were also other winners from this single Powerball play—9.4 million people (or, rather, tickets) to be exact.

Now, if that isn’t proof enough of how much people love entering contests in the hopes of winning something (no matter what sort of odds are stacked against them), I don’t know what is. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Handling Form Submissions in WordPress with Admin-Post and Admin-Ajax

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/handling-form-submissions/WordPress provides incredible support for you to work with form submissions in your application. Whether you add a form in the admin or public facing areas, the built-in mechanism with the admin-post and admin-ajax scripts will allow you to handle your form requests efficiently.

In this article, I’ll show you how to handle custom form submissions using the WordPress API. I’ll walk you through the process of adding a custom form in the admin area of a plugin, handle the form submission via an HTML as well as an AJAX request, and write the form handler in PHP to validate, sanitize and process the form input. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

20 of Google’s limits you may not know exist

http://searchengineland.com/20-googles-limits-may-not-know-exist-281387Google has a lot of different tools, and while they handle massive amounts of data, even Google has its limits. Here are some of the limits you may eventually run into.

Many of the data reports within Google Search Console are limited to 1,000 rows in the interface, but you can usually download more. That’s not true of all of the reports, however (like the HTML improvements section, which doesn’t seem to have that limit).

The limit for the number submitted is higher, but you will only be shown 200. Each of those could be an index file as well, which seems to have a display limit of 400 site maps in each. You could technically add each page of a website in its own site map file and bundle those into site map index files and be able to see the individual indexation of 80,000 pages in each property… not that I recommend this. Read original article here…. searchengineland.com

 

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

Malicious plugin installed backdoor on 200,000 WordPress websites

https://www.scmagazine.com/malicious-plugin-installed-backdoor-on-200000-wordpress-websites/article/688878/A very persistent malicious actor added a backdoor to a WordPress plugin called Display Widgets that installed backdoors on possibly 200,000 websites since June 21.

The hacker used the open-source Display Widgets plugin, which lets users control how their WordPress plugins appear on their sites, as the delivery mechanism for the backdoor. Although the number of potentially infected sites is large, what is almost as impressive is the hacker’s persistence. The infected plugin was repeatedly removed from the site by WordPress.org between June 22 and September 8 with the hacker dutifully replaced it.

It was finally removed for good on September 8. Read original article here…. scmagazine.com

60 Abandoned WordPress Plugins

https://pressable.com/blog/2017/09/14/60-abandoned-wordpress-plugins/WordPress security threats are on the rise. In some cases, hackers can gain control over WordPress sites. Now, the question arises, how can you secure your WordPress sites?

A major cause of security breaches in WordPress sites is outdated plugins and themes. These elements of a site can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation, and hackers are well aware of this. If a plugin hasn’t been updated during the past 2 years, it is categorized as an abandoned, or outdated plugin. Moreover, it may pose compatibility issues with WordPress. Read original article here…. pressable.com

7 Signs Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked

http://domainnamewire.com/2017/08/24/7-signs-your-wordpress-website-has-been-hacked/One of the reasons WordPress is so popular as a content management system is because of its airtight security (read: it’s rare ability to be hacked). But the truth is, 136,640 attacks are happening per minute to WordPress websites across the globe.

That’s a scary thought.

In fact, weak passwords, domain or hosting level breaches, insecure themes and plugins, and even an outdated WordPress core may cause your website to become more vulnerable than normal. Read original article here…. domainnamewire.com

 

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

How to Beat Procrastination and Get More Done on Your WordPress Site

http://www.wpexplorer.com/beat-procrastination-wordpress/Everyone procrastinates now and then, but some people suffer much more than others. If you feel that procrastination is negatively affecting your productivity, then it is time to do something about it.

In this article we will look at why people procrastinate and what you can do about it. We discuss the importance of being clear on your goals and knowing your distractions and other weaknesses. We then consider productivity tips and tricks to help you maintain motivation and keep focused. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

How to Become a WordPress Professional in Your Free Time

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/become-wordpress-professional/Getting established as a WordPress pro isn’t easy. If you want to freelance or set up a WordPress business, you’ll need to build up a list of clients and establish a reputation for yourself. And if you’re looking for a WordPress job, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve got experience with WordPress and can work with it at a professional level.

But all this takes time learning and preparing, which you won’t get paid for. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an employer who’ll pay for you to learn WordPress (and give you paid time to do it), or who’ll help you learn marketing and business skills (working for a startup can be helpful), you’ll need to do it in your own time. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

The Complete Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-theme-customizer-guide/WordPress 4.7 was released with a ton of great new features (which you can check out here), including some user experience and user interface upgrades to the theme Customizer.

In case you’re hearing about the Customizer for the first time, it’s a feature in the WordPress admin (go to Appearance > Customize) that allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface and customize a theme’s colors, fonts, text, and pretty much anything else you want to change. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

6 Steps to Building a WordPress Maintenance Business

https://www.sitepoint.com/6-steps-to-building-a-wordpress-maintenance-business/Recurring revenue is the Shangri-La for business owners. Rather than scrapping and fighting and hunting for new clients, you have the same clients coming to you again, providing you with a steady stream of income. It takes away the stress of having to dig up new streams of revenue and allows you to start planning ahead.

But if you’re a WordPress designer or developer, you may be a bit perplexed about this whole “recurring revenue” thing. You make your money when clients need something new, like a website refresh for a site that looks like it was designed when MySpace was hot. You essentially have to wait for them to decide they want to change things. The whole idea of regular income feels like a mystery. Read original article here…. sitepoint.com

Tom McFarlin to Launch Marketplace for Blogging Plugins, Finds New Maintainer for WordPress.org Plugins

https://wptavern.com/tom-mcfarlin-to-launch-marketplace-for-blogging-plugins-finds-new-maintainer-for-wordpress-org-plugins?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=dae7d0771e-The_WhiP_Lifes_Plug_It_In_Plug_It_In+_01_13_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-dae7d0771e-102893693Daily blogger and plugin author Tom McFarlin has found a new maintainer for five of his WordPress.org plugins. Within two days of putting the plugins up for adoption, McFarlin announced that Philip Arthur Moore will be taking over Category Sticky Post, Comment Tweets, Single Post Message, Tag Sticky Post, and Tipsy Social Icons. Moore, who is currently working as CTO at Professional Themes, has inherited roughly 10,000 users overnight in the transfer of maintainership.

WordPress.org plugin adoption stories are few and far between. The most common scenario for an orphaned plugin is to languish in the directory until it disappears from search results (with the exception of exact matches) after two years of no updates. In McFarlin’s case, he was looking to tie up some loose ends before shifting Pressware’s focus to launching Blogging Plugins, a marketplace for extensions that streamline WordPress for regular bloggers. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

 

Gah what a day time to kick back

Time based content, Ticket Sales, Malware, Press Rooms, Download Managers –WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 70

http://www.johnoverall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Episode70-WPPlugins-A-to-Z.mp3

A simple matchIt’s episode #70, and we’ve got plugins to help with Time based content, ticket sales, Malware, press rooms, download managers, and a plugin that allows multiple domain mapping to a single wordpress installation. All that and more coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

Intro Music Here

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

 

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


Great resource for those running a small business is http://smallbizdaily.com/ which runs on WordPress and is developed by Rieva Lesonsky who was the Executive Editor of Entrepreneur Magazine for over 20 years. Well put together site developed in WordPress that provides a lot of great tips for maximizing your business both online and offline.

Gah what a day time to kick backWorld of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


Google Penguin Update Punishes WordPress Theme Creators?

Should You Upgrade WordPress?
Marcus is looking for a WordPress assistant to help set up client sites, tweak themes, etc. If you want to work as an unpaid intern and work directly with Marcus on WordPress projects together and gain valuable experience using wordpress, then contact Marcus at I am
marcuscouch@gmail.com with the subject line “WP Intern” with a brief description of your experience so far and what you are capable of (php, css, graphics, etc).

Unreal**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

Instant PressRoom:
By Jane Tabachnick
http://www.InstantPressroom.com
Premium Plugin $49

The Lowdown:
If you have you been looking for an easy way to create a pressroom on your website. You know a spot where you can combine together articles, images, videos and downloadables in one section of your site.
This plugin would seem to be a solution to this issue and it does do a pretty nice job of it. You can provide your recent & past press releases in one easy to find area. Combined with any videos and images you might be distributing and you can create a complete press area in one location for your visitor or the press.
This plugin is worth the $49 is easily installed and configured up the only thing that will take time is working the css to match your site. You can use their built in theme for the plugin but that is pretty bland and you would be better off to properly incorporate it into your site.
Rating 4 Dragons

WP-MalWatch 2.1.2


The Lowdown:
So I had a site that was ignored and was compromised bit thing about this one was that it did not nat any content it was just a WordPress install i had done about 7 months ago and was waiting for me to get around to completing the site. Well when I did I discovered that it had been hacked and the htaccess file replaced so that the site was promoting spam.
I needed to make some security check and instead of simply wiping and reinstalling I thought I would fix just for the experience.
This plugin provides several ways of double checking your site for anything malicious and makes the scanning a simple process.
Rating 3 Dragons

Diy Runes Widget 1.0


The Lowdown:
While i thought this would be pretty cool to play with on some of my other sites since I have in interest in Druidic things. I found it to be a bit disappointing, first off since it is totaly flash based it is useless in many ways. Second since the files are all held off site on their server I am not that comfortable in letting them have that much control on what I am displaying I like to have the ability even if I never use it to goto into the plugin and make whatever changes I feel are necessary for my own site. All in all a pretty simple plugin but has many limitations on it so well I have to give it a

Rating 2 Dragons

Drain Hole 2.2.8


The Lowdown:
This plugin has been in the cue for me to check out for sometime now. I am glad i have finally checked it out as I can now delete it from my list of plugins to use. while it is pretty easy to use as a download monitor it is dependant on having an htaccess file for the directory you create. It only monitors one massive directory and allows access to the files. While it does provide some tracking it is still basic and well as you can see this plugin is way out of date not that is always a bad thing but it usually is. So I say the this one drain right down the hole.
Rating 2 Dragons

 

Don't let it fall**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Tickee Widget Plugin
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tickee-widget/

tickee (http://tick.ee) is a free ticketing sales platform built to manage all your events and user data, in a way never done before. It has great features, powerful apps and is easy to set up. This plugin implements Tick.ee into your WordPress site.

Marcus’ Take: Ideal for anyone selling event tickets, churches, fundraisers, bands, seminars, gatherings, courses etc. There are other paid options wiuth Tick.ee that include QR scanning and advanced functionality. Tick.ee includes mobile tickets, tickets by text, etc. So if you have a client that has this need, try tick.ee and see if it is a good solution for you.

This plugin, easy and simple does what it’s supposed to with ease.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Schedule Your Content

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/schedule-your-content/

This plugin lets you decide when to show what within your POST or PAGE or TEXT Widget content. Easy to use shortcode.

Schedule your content plugin can help you in showing content within your wordpress blog for a specific period. You can decide when to start showing content and when to stop showing content. This plugin uses shortcodes which can be written within the post content or page content or in text widget also. This plugin uses 4 parameters to schedule your content. shortcode: [scheduler] Here is your content[/scheduler] Parameters: start_date, start_time, end_date, end_time. Date must be in YYYY-MM-DD format and time must be in 24-hour format.

Here is the simple example where you schedule your content for specific period:
[scheduler start_date=’2012-05-13′ start_time=’06:30′ end_date=’2012-06-13′ end_time=’09:30′] This is scheduled Content. [/scheduler]

Here is the example where you want to schedule your content daily within 9am to 10am.
[scheduler start_date=” start_time=’09:00′ end_date=” end_time=’10:00′] This is scheduled Content. [/scheduler]

Marcus’ Take: I’ve been looking for a plugin that has this functionality for months. This would enable you to turn a “live help” or “Call Now” sidebar callout, or even change the content within the page or post based on what you want people to see during a specific time of the day.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Domain Mapping System
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/domain-mapping-system/

Domain Mapping System allows to map domains to WP pages.

Imagine you’ve got a company website based on wordpress with the domain http://www.mycompany.com, all good so far. Furthermore, you’ve got two products with own domains, e.g. http://www.myregularproduct.com and http://www.myspecialproduct.com.

Let’s assume your product pages are micro-sites. One way to handle this, is by using WordPress Networks.

One important note from WordPress is: If you plan on creating sites that are strongly interconnected, that share data, or share users, then this multisite network might not be the best solution. With DMS you may point all multiple domains to the same Apache vhost where you’re wordpress instance is running on. You then create a WordPress Page (My Regular Product), perhaps with a custom template. In the DMS options you can now configure the domain http://www.myregularproduct.com to your WordPress page My Regular Product.
As easy as pie!

Marcus’ Take: While my testing of this was rather limited, I’m really impressed with how this works as a plugin. It did work as expected and ran 3 different domain mini-sites in the same wordpress installation.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

MDR Webmaster Tools

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mdr-webmaster-tools/

Provides Webmaster site verification scripts for Google, Yahoo, & Bing. Plugin also provides Google Analytics Tracking Script and sitemap support.

MDR Webmaster Tools provides many small necessary functions to WordPress when for managing your site with Google, Yahoo, & Bing’s webmaster tools sites.

The plugin adds the following functions:

  • Dynamic Sitemap
  • Ability to modify your robots.txt file.
  • Site verification scripts for Google, Yahoo, & Bing.
  • Google Analytics Tracking Script for registered sites.


This plugin will create a sitemap for your WordPress site (http://example.com/sitemap.xml). No files are stored on your disk, the sitemap.xml file is generate as needed, like your feeds. No UI to speak of, just drop in place and your good to go.

Marcus’ Take: Setting up and uploading verification files with Google, Yahoo and Bing are an essential step that every one of us have to do when we start a new site. This plugin is the lazy way to get it all done with one click. Just one more thing you can get done easily and include the task in your list of provided services when billing your client or creating a design proposal.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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