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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Blogging University – Reading and Connecting

July 13, 2015 | Posted in Blogging, Content, Marketing, Wordpress | By

wordpress-reader-smI’m enjoying my Blogging University class but am finding it a bit tricky to ‘make time’ for homework!

Late last week, we were instructed to add some blogs to our Readers. A Reader is the tool at WordPress.com that, well, lets you read your favorite blogs. You can find and read popular blogs, blogs by category or search for something in particular. It’s a great way to organize your ‘library’ and you can even add blogs not hosted at WordPress.com. So that’s nice.

I went to our private discussion-blog (for our BU class) and found some interesting blogs to follow.  It’ll be fun to learn together and see how their blogs develop.  Reading other peoples’ blogs will also give me inspiration and is a great way to get connected with the community.  After all, blogging isn’t just about writing, it’s about communicating and that’s always a two-way street.

Michelle W., one of Blogging University’s instructors has a post about Blogging Communities.  Check it out.  And if you’re looking for a particular niche, do a quick search in Google; you’ll find it!  Search “nutrition blog” — you’ll find the Nutrition Blog Network.  Search “candy blog” and you’ll find a long list of blogs that are about, um, candy!  Try it, but make sure you have time on your hands, it’s a tangled web out there!  Happy Reading, Happy Blogging!

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Blogging 101 – What’s in a name?

July 8, 2015 | Posted in Blogging, Content, Social Media, Wordpress | By

What's in a name?

 

Today’s Blogging 101 class looks at naming your blog. From what I’ve seen so far, most of my classmates are developing personal blogs, rather than business. This allows for some fun creativity in coming up with a name; share your personality; share your viewpoints, that sort of thing. And, depending on who your audience is (or who you want it to be), the name can make a big difference in creating a following.

Certainly the same is true for business blogs. Considering the name of your business blog will be time well spent.  As with any marketing initiative, you need to start with your audience.  Who are you trying to reach?  Depending on your niche, you’ll want to develop a title and tagline that draws readers in.

Blogging 101 references a post by Cheri Lucas Rowlands who shares how the owner of the blog She’s a Maineiac came up with her blog name and offers a few tips.

I especially like the Tip at the bottom of the post about buying a domain name for your blog:

Tip from The Daily Post:

Carefully consider your name before buying the domain, and use a tool to see if the name you want is available. If you’re interested in learning more about domains, visit the All About Domains support page, as well as these handy posts:

Blogging 101 instructor Michelle W. (read her stuff) offers a lot more than I’ll share here – but if you want to dig deeper, register for Blogging 101; a new class starts July 20, 2015.  Just wanted to get the discussion started about What’s in a name?

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Blogging 101

July 6, 2015 | Posted in Blogging, Content, Marketing, Social Media, Wordpress | By

Blogging U.Hi ya’ll (learned that in Florida and brought it up to Georgia with me!)

I wanted to share a quick note with you that I’m taking a class from WordPress.com (that’s the site where you can have a blog for free!) — it’s called Blogging 101.  (The next class, Blogging 201, starts July 20th, sign up here.)   If you’re going to use the Internet to share information, sell your widgets, consult with clients, you really should start a blog.

I’ll share with you over the next few weeks what I learn and explain why “you really should start a blog”!  I hope you’ll subscribe to this blog and follow along.  It’ll be fun.  Want to know more about me?  Check this out: About Me!

 

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