WordPress Security Update

February 5, 2016 | Posted in Website Design, Wordpress | By

wordpress_logoFor my clients maintaining their own site, it’s time to update WordPress.
February 2, 2016 – From WordPress.org:

WordPress 4.4.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.4.1 and earlier are affected by two security issues: a possible SSRF for certain local URIs, reported by Ronni Skansing; and an open redirection attack, reported by Shailesh Suthar.

Thank you to both reporters for practicing responsible disclosure.

In addition to the security issues above, WordPress 4.4.2 fixes 17 bugs from 4.4 and 4.4.1. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.  Read more.

Updating your version of WordPress

  1. First and foremost, create a complete site backup before updating WordPress.  There are backup plugins available to assist you with this process (I use Updraft Plus).
  2. Goto your Dashboard, click on Updates
  3. Click Update Now.

 

 

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Insights: New from WordPress

June 2, 2015 | Posted in Analytics, Website Design | By

Newspaper-wordpressJune 1, 2015. WordPress has introduced a new view of your stats.

“Insights give you instant access to your all-time numbers, including posts, views, and visitors. Dig deeper into your stats to make the most of your site.

Have you ever wondered what times of day or days of the week you have the most visitors? Insights has you covered!”

Blogger Jonathan Sadowski gives the skinny here.

PS – This is for wordpress.com sites but you can see the same insights if you install Jetpack.

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Should You Gate Content?

July 10, 2014 | Posted in Search Engine, SEO, Social Media, Website Design | By

Content Gating - Good for SEO?

Content Gating – Good for SEO?

Gating content means adding a form for users to fill in before they can view your content.  It is used to capture lead information.  But what happens when a search engine robot reaches your form?  Does it get through to your content?

If you are hoping for organic traffic to this content, you may want to reconsider gating it.  Guest author  writes about this on Search Engine Land‘s blog today in her article entitled “Should You Gate Content?  The SEO Implications“.

I love the idea Miller has of creating a summary or preview on the form page.  This will allow visitors to decide the worth of the content and the search bots to index the main focus of the content.

Image: Travis Reitter

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