Problems with Auto-Updates

Woman_updating_wordpressThank you, Wordfence for giving everyone one the heads up about a serious problem with WordPress Auto Update.

If I understand it correctly, if you have WordPress 4.9.3 and update to 4.9.4, it will work, but any future update will have to be done manually.

“WordPress has included the capability to auto-update since WP version 3.7, which was released four years ago. The WordPress auto-update function only updates minor versions by default. That means that only releases that change the number to the far right of your WP version will auto-update. In other words, if you were on 4.9.3 and 4.9.4 is released, your site will auto-update. But If WordPress 5.0.0 is released, your site will not auto-update by default.”

This will not affect everyone, happily; only those sites which have been manually upgraded in the last three months. Unmaintained sites may not be affected. The problem being, though, that they MIGHT. You could be stuck on 4.9.3 for years before you think to check and then you will have to manually update at that time.

What to do? Check your WordPress version now. Bring it up to 4.9.4. And then check it again next month and the month after that. You should (or someone should) be checking for updates a minimum of every month anyway. Thanks again to Wordfence for the heads up. You can read the whole article here.

Get Rid of

I have just learned this today.

Wordfence has published the following:

“If you have a plugin called “Display Widgets” on your WordPress website, remove it immediately. The last three releases of the plugin have contained code that allows the author to publish any content on your site. It is a backdoor.

The authors of this plugin have been using the backdoor to publish spam content to sites running their plugin. During the past three months the plugin has been removed and readmitted to the plugin repository a total of four times. The plugin is used by approximately 200,000 WordPress websites, according to WordPress repository. (See below)

Wordfence warns you if you are using a plugin that has been removed from the repository. During the past months you would have been warned several times that this plugin has been removed with a ‘critical’ level warning.

Read the full article here.

World wide Ransomware attack on Windows users

Please read this article and if your website does not have this plugin, get it right away.

Massive Global Ransomware Attack Underway, Patch Available

Wordpress 4.7.2 Critical Upgrade

Make sure your WordPress website is updated to 4.7.2, as WordPress websites with the earlier versions are being hacked and defaced by Peshmurga hackers. Institutional and community websites all over the world are normal one day, and appearing the next day with The Kurdistani flag and inflammatory text.

Read the full article here. But before you do, UPDATE

Five Gifts From Google to Promote Your Business

For Small Business Week, Google is offering 5 ways to promote your business:

National Small Business Week is a chance to celebrate your clients: the businesses that give our communities character and clout. This May 4th–8th, instead of giving them three cheers, we’re giving them five, with five simple ways to get any small business online and growing.

With a free business listing on Google Search and Maps, support from a community of peers, and more, we’re helping you take that next step toward making small businesses web-friendly.

I encourage you to check out all the perks now and have a happy and productive Small Business Week. If you are too busy and need help, give me a call and I will be happy to work with you.

Writin' the Blues

Brought to you by Limpin’ Sadie Jicama Jackson*

*That’s Jicama Jackson, not Hicama Hackson (see Rule #20 for explanation)

Rules for writin’ the blues

1 – Most Blues begin, “Woke up this morning…”

2 – “I got a good woman” is a bad way to begin the Blues, ‘less you stick something nasty in the next line like,
“I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town.”

3 – The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes…sort of:
“Got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher,
And she weigh 500 pound.”

4 – The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch– ain’t no way out.

5 – Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don’t travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles.
Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft an’ state-sponsored motor pools ain’t even in the runnin’.
Walkin’ plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin’ to die.

6 – Teenagers can’t sing the Blues. They ain’t fixin’ to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, “adulthood” means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7 – Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada.
Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression.
Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues.
You cannot have the blues in any place that don’t get rain.

8 – A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the blues.  A woman with male pattern baldness is.
Breaking your leg cause you skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg ’cause a alligator be chompin’ on it is.

9 – You can’t have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lightin’ is wrong.
Go outside to the parking lot or sit by  the dumpster.

10 – Good places for the Blues:

a. Highway,
b. jailhouse,
c. empty bed,
d. bottom of a whiskey glass.

Bad places:

a.  Dillard’s,
b. gallery openings,
c. Ivy League institutions,
d. golf courses

11 – No one will believe it’s the Blues if you wear a suit, ‘less you happen to be a old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

12 – Do you have the right to sing the Blues?

Yes, if:

a. you older than dirt,
b. you blind,
c. you shot a man in Memphis,
d. you can’t be satisfied.

No, if:

a. you have all your teeth,
b. you were once blind but now can see,
c. the man in Memphis lived,
d. you have a 401K or trust fund

13 – Blues is not a matter of color. It’s a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues.
Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

14 – If you ask for water and your darlin’ give you gasoline, it’s the Blues.
Other acceptable Blues beverages are:

a. cheap wine,
b. whiskey or bourbon,
c. muddy water,
d. nasty black coffee

The following are NOT Blues beverages:

a. Perrier,
b. Chardonnay,
c. Snapple,
d. Slim Fast

15 – If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it’s a Blues death.
Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die.
So is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a broken down cot.
You can’t have a Blues death if you die  during a tennis match or
getting liposuction.

16 – Some Blues names for women:

a. Sadie,
b. Big Mama,
c. Bessie,
d. Fat River Dumpling

17 – Some Blues names for men:

a. Joe,
b. Willie,
c. Little Willie,
d. Big Willie

18 – Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can’t sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

19 – Make your own Blues name Starter Kit:

a.  name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.)
c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson,Fillmore, etc.)

For example:

Blind Lime Jefferson, Jakeleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Willie Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not Kiwi.”)

20 – I don’t care how tragic your life: if you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues.

How Often Should You Blog?

In the beginning, a few times a month should suffice.

But you need to get exposure by getting your name on other, similar or related blogs. How do you do that?

1. Write guest posts

You write the excellent content, the other blog gives you exposure.

2. Invite people to interview you

Interviews are a great way to get exposure.

3. You can land major press mentions

Learn “the drafting technique,” by this guy on Social Triggers.

Derek Halpern has some great ideas!

Monthly Website Maintenance and Update Service

Do you have a WordPress website? Are you too busy to check in fairly frequently to stay on top of your maintenance, updates and backups?

I will do that for you, for $150 a year. Rest easier knowing that:

  • You don’t have to take the time out of your busy life to stay on top of upgrades and updates
  • You don’t have to worry about on-going site maintenance
  • You can focus on your business while your site is maintained to the most up to date standard
  • You have less of a chance of being hacked if your themes and plugins are up to date

Interested? Give me a call or fire me off an email.

Let’s get going!

Google Fonts Plug-in Frees you to be Creative

In the past, if you wanted to have anything other than the most basic fonts for your website, you had to upload all versions of the font to the server to comply with all browsers. It was not difficult, using a web font generator like Font Squirrel. Then you had to assign what tags you wanted to show in what font in your CSS.

\"googleIt has now been simplified for WordPress users with a Plugin called Google Fonts. Install the Plugin. Choose the fonts you want, assign to the tags with a click of the button and you are on your way.

With 632 Font families, you have a lot to choose from!

Graphic Design and Editing

As part of my work over the past 25 years, my graphic design skills have been used for:

  • websites
  • business cards
  • rack cards
  • magazine advertising
  • fundraising fliers
  • book illustration

I can edit your copy, or write your copy for your ad or website if that is what you need. Why not call now for a quote.