|Taking The Headaches Out
of Internet Marketing
Week of 08-15-11
In this issue:
• Latest News
[Don’t miss my blog post about the website security vulnerability.]
Had a great time yesterday at the St. Louis WordCamp (WordPress event). #WCSTL If you have not had a chance to get involved with a local WordCamp you can check them out here. Also look for a local Meetup!
Doing all the right things right with content and care but your FB page but your fans not engaging? Working on an ebook covering how to cure the new page invisibility problem! Info soon!
TimThumb.php affects a bunch of themes and plugins and is a BAD security problem…
An image resizing utility called timthumb.php is widely used by many WordPress themes and plugins that generate thumbnail images either for the blog itself or for social sites.
This utility is used not only by WP but also by many static sites online today and this exploit is very dangerous to your sites “unhacked status”.
Details of the security issue are here: http://just-ask-kim.com/timthumb-security-vulnerability-wordpress/ (recently updated)
Contact me if you wish to open as support ticket for assistance.
Goodbye WP-Stats hello JetPack?
I’ve never recommended WP-Stats because I tend to be the one getting hired to fix sites that have huge ugly database messes after its been used… but a lot of folks enjoy it (used in addition to Google Analytics).
While at #WCSTL this weekend, Matt Mullenweg (WP co-founder) was there and mentioned that WP-Stats is being “depreciated”.
That means it’s going away and may soon be “broke”.
If want similar functionality (with a little less trouble) you may chose to switch to the Jetpack plugin offered by WP.com for WP.org blogs.
Jetpack is a bundle of plugins and can (because of that) contribute to site performance issues (like adding any plugin) but is fortunately highly supported and optimized so this really comes down to whether you can afford another plugin.
Also remember that API keys for wp.com products (Akismet, Jetpack etc) are no longer free for businesses.
For now, I don’t run Jetpack but the choice is certainly yours. Many of its feature are nice but many are unneeded.
Twitter expands it’s toolset minimizing the need for the non-power-user to expand into a twitter management client, but tool has its downsides… read more
[TUTORIAL] Here’s how to put one of my favorite plugins to work for your blog!… read more
Learn what you need to know about this recent vulnerability… read more
One of my fav plugins seems to keep going missing, here’s where to find a copy if it’s not in the repository for you… read more
My top recommendation for recovering a website from a hacking or malware infection… read more
The most complete (and rather massive) free G+ cheat sheet available at the moment… read more
[Confusions] Explaining why the G+ button doesn’t work the way it would seem… read more
What does the Big G have to say about this marketing approach?… read more
Connecting your public feed from Google+ to twitter just got easy!… read more
This one little bug mimics the same trouble both FB and Twitter have seen…
So your friend circles you, you circle them, you’re all nice and cozy… and suddenly you see them in the “suggested to circle” list… wtf?
The same as we occasionally see with both FB and twitter losing track of connections, the platform update (for games) Friday brought about a return of this bug on Google+
This means that you may want to either re-check your circles or at least have a look at the suggested to circle list so ensure no familiar faces are turning up.
Unfortunately this situation can make us look like we either don’t care or were add-remove-adding to build numbers.
Just something to keep an eye on (besides the debates over the amount of data and particularly the TOS on that data) with the new G+ Games.
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