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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 2, 2017

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.

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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.

WordPress: block anonymous Rest API access most recent version of WordPress ships with new REST API capabilities which plugins, apps, services, or the WordPress core can utilize.

The WordPress development team pushes new features to WordPress all the time. Many of those features improve the functionality of WordPress significantly.

The new REST API functionality for instance may be used by anyone to list all user accounts of the WordPress installation.

This in itself is not enough to gain access, but once you know more about a site, you could run brute force attacks against the site, try to guess passwords, or use social engineering to get access to the site. Read original article here….

Repairing Corrupted, Broken or Missing Files and Databases in WordPress you found that your WordPress site’s on the fritz and all you can say is “I didn’t do anything, I swear!?” Yet, you see errors that say your files or database are broken, missing or corrupted.

“Warning: require_once(path/to/file.php) : failed to open stream: No such file or directory in…”

“Cannot establish database connection.”

Not to worry because today, I’ll explain how these kinds of broken, missing and corrupted errors happen, how to fix them and most importantly, I’ll share why it’s more than likely not your fault. Read original article here….

How to Hide Media Attachment Pages in WordPress WordPress core makes it’s easy to password protect posts and pages — a handy feature if you want to easily limit access to certain content. The only problem is that any images or videos you display on those pages can still be accessed by going straight to the media attachment pages.

This can be a real problem if the media files contain important information that you wish to keep behind password-protection. One solution to this problem is to drop WordPress’ support for media attachment pages. If you aren’t actively using attachment pages, then simply dropping them from your site will mean users have to access the password-protected post or page to view the content. Read original article here….

How WordPress Ate The Internet in 2016… And The World in 2017 is the most popular CMS in the world and is used by nearly 75 million websites. According to WordPress, more than 409 million people view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. It also powers more than 25% of the world’s websites.

Whether it’s personal blogs or major magazines and news organizations such as The New Yorker and the BBC, WordPress is gradually eating the internet and it’s not stopping. In 2017 its ubiquity is expected to increase further and it may even eat the world. Even more importantly it is the CMS that Forbes itself uses.

For some time now, however, it has been a little like the Wild West with hundreds of WordPress suppliers in a more-or-less unregulated industry with no widely acknowledged qualifications. In many cases, a monkey could do it, but that has changed hugely over the past three years; the numbers don’t lie. Read original article here….

15 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Keep Your Site Secure a look at the top 15 WordPress plugins that are used by bloggers around the world to beef up the security of their site.

Clean and simple, this plugin maintains a log of everything that happens on your WordPress blog or website. You can easily track any suspicious activity and determine the threat level. You receive security alerts in real-time whenever:

A combination of WP security best practices rolled into a single plugin, Security Ninja performs over 31 security tests, like brute-force attacks. Your site is checked thoroughly for holes and security vulnerabilities, and preventative measures help stop attacks. Read original article here….

How To Socratically Question New Project Leads“I have no idea what I should be saying when I meet with a new potential client.”

She’d read my case study that laid out exactly how I closed a recent client, but was a bit unsure about how she could translate my success into something she could emulate in her web design business.

With her permission, I’d like to do my best to recreate our discussion. If you’ve ever been in the dark about how you should approach talking with a new client for the first time, I think you’ll really get a lot out of what’s below.

Her: “I have some questions about what I should say and ask when talking to a new potential client.” Read original article here….

Developers: How to Bill for Ongoing WordPress Plugin Renewals receive a lot of enquiries from WordPress developers wanting to buy our premium plugins for a client with no ongoing costs. They say they want to buy the plugin for a client and then hand over the website without the client having to pay to pay any future costs. It surprises me that so many WordPress professionals have such short-term relationships with their clients, as well as so little understanding of the issues around WordPress and ongoing maintenance.

I’m writing this post for other developers, to share our experience of reselling WordPress plugins to our own clients. This will help you develop an effective process for charging clients for ongoing plugin costs. It will also help you to build more profitable, longer-term relationships with your clients.

Until a couple of years ago, most WordPress themes and plugins had a single one-off cost. A small one-time fee of perhaps $29 would get you a premium plugin plus unlimited updates and support FOREVER. Read original article here….




And now for something older in the past article collections.

How To Find a Post, Page or Category ID in WordPress you ever installed a theme, plugin or widget that asks for a post, page or category ID? Over the years I have come across this tons of times. It might be a setting to exclude a category from your blog archive. Or to choose a specific page or post. In most cases, I have found that people who have started using WordPress, and even some who have used it for quite sometime, don’t know of any easy way to find that little bugger.

Now there are some plugins that will actually add a column with post and page ID’s where they are listed in your admin. But really, do you want to add a plugin for something you may only need, rarely?

It’s not as hard as you might think to find it. Simply scroll over the post or page name you want the number of and you will see at the bottom of your browser window a URL. Read original article here….

The Top Three Most Common WordPress Errors – and How to Fix Them, WordPress (WP) is a great content publishing system, but it’s not perfect. In my humble opinion, WP’s worst flaw is its error handling. Perhaps it’s because WP is built using PHP, which is an interpreted language. In any event, even the tiniest of errors can result in a white screen – perhaps with a cryptic error message, perhaps not – commonly known by those in the know as the “WordPress White Screen of Death” (WSOD). On high volume sites, this drives both users and the site owner completely batty! As the developer of such sites, it keeps me on edge, as I never know when I’ll be getting panicked calls and/or emails.

And that’s just the worst of the offenders. There are plenty more common WP errors to worry about. In today’s article, I’ll describe a few of these and offer tips on how to combat these unwanted annoyances. Read original article here….

What Happens To Your Content When You Change Your WordPress Theme? is a question I get asked a lot. There are many things that can happen when changing your theme and you can learn more about that in this video post. But in reality, we are mostly concerned with content. If you have 25 pages and 999 blog posts on your site, the thought of them evaporating is downright horrifying.

So let me give you a bit of reassurance.

When you click on All Pages and you see everything you created there. That isn’t going anywhere.

When you click on All Posts, same thing.

That content will remain there when you switch out themes. Read original article here….

WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling a Product (E-Commerce and SaaS) are two main ways to monetize WordPress: you can use it to set up an online store and sell products, either physical or virtual. Or you can use it to power a Software as a Service (SaaS) business, like our own Edublogs.

Both of these sound like a great way to earn a living: you don’t have to deal with clients, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, and you don’t have to go out looking for freelance work. But before you picture yourself as the next Matt Mullenweg or Jeff Bezos, stop and think about the reality.

Setting up a successful product based business is hard. There’s a lot of upfront work that you’ll earn nothing for, which could prove to be wasted time if things don’t work out. Read original article here….

Top 7 Reasons Why WordPress Is the Best for Small Business Website Design

If you plan to start a business and to make an online presence, no matter whether it is online or offline, WordPress is the most recommended solution for you. Abundant business owners around the world use WordPress to create a website for their business.

Here are some basic reasons why WordPress is the best solution for small and medium business owners if they want to make an online presence.

1. High Search Engine Friendliness: One of the biggest benefits of WordPress is that it is highly search engine friendly. This quality helps the websites and blogs to be top in ranking. SEO helps for enhanced visibility and WordPress makes in possible with some useful in-built features. It adds value to the used applications by remaining SEO friendly. Moreover, plenty of fabulous additional ‘plugins’ are available in WordPress that make the SEO even better. Read original article here….


Moving a WordPress Site Into a Multisite Network you move your site using plugins, you’ll be able to move two things: your content (posts, pages, custom post types, menus – all of your content) and widgets. But what it doesn’t let you move is the settings for your site. If you’ve got some heavy plugins installed (like an e-commerce plugin) or you’ve made lots of tweaks to your site’s settings, you;’ll then have to go into the admin screens for your new site and set those up manually, copying what you did for your old site.

This can be a pain. It takes time and it’s not entirely reliable. What if you miss something important? If your site has a lot of settings, it’s not easy to make sure you’ve caught everything.

So in this post, I’m going to show you a more thorough and reliable way to move your site into your Multisite network. Read original article here….




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





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