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I don’t normally talk about my health much, but those of you that have read my bio know I’ve got some long term big stuff to deal with. (At least I think it’s in there, every thing else is!) I really hate when it keeps me out of the game but this week it’s been getting the better of me. Doing my best to be here and supporting as many client sites as possible but if my replies are slow or I miss stuff please be forgiving. Hopefully it will mellow out and let me get back to at least my version of full force in the next week.
As I’m sure you’ve seen by now – from the blog posts and emails I sent directly to you as a subscriber – its been a security-centric kind of week.
Unfortunately, security is something we have to pay attention to constantly but because its annoying and because it requires extra steps and because it doesn’t bite our ass immediately it’s so very very easy to put off.
I stress things like secure passwords, not using an “admin” named account, using different passwords on different sites, using HTTPS on sites like Facebook, not clicking suspicious links, avoiding ancient plugins, not visiting strange websites, not responding to “scareware” fear tactics that get you to install stuff you would not if you were thinking, etc … yet for the most part people KNOW these things yet don’t do them because they take time and have no immediate penalty. Sort of like the number of folks that don’t exercise.
Make a commitment this week to look at those best practices and impliment at least ONE new one into your practice or routine. Perhaps this means visiting the repository and checking that your plugins were updated for WordPress 3.1.3. (Ask me about exceptions).
Doing these things moves the safety of your business forward and minimizes the risk that you’re putting the keys to your business kingdom.
Check Those Plugins
With very few exceptions (i.e. Comment Redirect), plugins that have not been updated for 2011 and version 3.1.3 are a time bomb sitting on your site.
Many people set up their blog using a “Top Plugins” list that is a year or more old and thus contains plugins at LEAST a year old and often older and this quickly becomes a recipe for disaster.
What you need to do – while supporting your friends in the WordPress community – is to visit the repository – HERE – sign in or get a login – and then search for each of your current plugins.
Now – check the plugin revision date and compatability version (upper right column). Then, assuming the plugin is working for you, lower in the side column, mark the plugin as working (or not) with your current version of WP. If its not working they will ask for a brief report which you need to fill out with every bit of detail you can.
Doing this will help you know which plugins to remove as well as help others know too. Win-Win.
PS: Generally speaking low-starred stuff is problematic even if not broke.
|WordPress Security Alert – WP-PhpMyAdminAn old plugin still in use by some bloggers comes back to haunt them! …read more |
The WP.org site was hacked. Read on to find out what this means for you and how to repair the damages…read more
Understanding how to take the various sides of social media, get your head around them and then make them work together can be confusing for many. Here’s a great way to sort it out….read more
Ready for some real stats? A search will turn up a lot of old, outdated, irrelevant numbers for you. here’s the real deal on my sidebar CTRs…read more
A neat chrome extension to let you boost your twitter friends social performance….read more
Some wonderful words of wisdom from Will Smith….read more
Page’s Ability to Tag Profiles Gone?
I speculated this would happen as soon as we saw the pages changes a couple months ago – and it didn’t – so when I first saw it a couple weeks ago I thought it was a bug.
Now, its apparent there is a lot of testing going on behind the scenes as Facebook moves for more strict lines between pages and profiles.
Many people can no longer tag their profile friends when writing on their page wall using their profile (that is posting as page, rather than posting as profile). For some, they can still post as profile and get tags to work – but that totally drops page visibility, hits edgerank hard, and even then does not work for all people.
It’s too early to say what the final verdit will be for certain but I think there is a good possibility that a page – and any profile posting as the page – will be (or has already) lost the ability to tag profiles (which makes sense as a page has no “friends”).
Posting as your profile on your page is not a replacement option majority of the time due to its affect on edgerank and that then only people who are BOTH friends and fans (a lot lower percentage) see the post.
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