If you use the WordPress All In One SEO Pack plugin and have not updated it recently, do it right now. Two potentially serious weaknesses have been discovered. The bad news is these are potentially very serious security holes that could allow a hacker to take control of some aspects of you site or inject cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks on users. The good news is that a … [Read more...]
Design Considerations With Responsive Design Websites
Responsive design mobile-ready websites--also known as fluid designs--can solve a range of issues and will increase the mobile usability of your website, but there are some issues to consider if you want to site to be effective with a wide range of mobile devices. Most site owners build a responsive design website primarily because of the compatibility with smaller screen … [Read more...]
More FAQs About Responsive Design
Many people have questions about responsive design WordPress sites. These are some of the most common questions. Can Any Website Be Converted to a Responsive Design? Unfortunately, not all sites are easily converted. A site that has a very complex layout or is "graphic intensive" does not always lend itself to an easy conversion. A design that is graphic intensive will … [Read more...]
About WordPress Updates
The WordPress team recently introduced version 3.8.0 or their very popular flagship product. I have used it on a few sites and it appears to be stable, but a bugfix update almost always follows the release of a major version. Expect to see that very soon. If you recently updated to version 3.7.0 or 3.7.1, these versions introduced an automatic update feature. This feature … [Read more...]
Responsive Design FAQs
Responsive design websites are a fairly new approach to Internet technology that is likely to become the standard for website design. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions along with answers. How does responsive design technology work? Responsive design uses CSS3 media queries to detect the display dimensions on a user's viewing device. A web page is then … [Read more...]
What Is Responsive Design?
Responsive design websites are the latest trend in website presentation technology. These types of web sites utilize CSS3 (cascading style sheets version 3) and a new feature called 'media queries', which is recognized by all modern browsers and almost all smart phones and mobile devices produced in the last 4 or 5 years. In a nutshell: Responsive Design = Fluid Design … [Read more...]
Brute Force Attack Attempts to Hack WordPress Admin Password
A huge worldwide brute force attack is hitting WordPress sites. The attack appears to be using a large botnet of infected PCs and servers in an attempt to break into the administration area of WordPress sites. The attacks involve a wide range of over 90,000 IP addresses from all over the planet, which points to a large numbers infected PCs and servers. The goal of the … [Read more...]
What Happened to the Links Section in WordPress?
If you have updated your WordPress sites to version 3.5.x, you probably noticed that the Links section in the admin area has been removed. Actually, it wasn't been removed for all sites because it is still there if you were using it prior to updating your web site to the new version of WordPress. In other words, if you were using that feature, it is grandfathered in. The … [Read more...]
Found a firstname.lastname@example.org User Account? You Have Been Hacked!
I just found a sysadmin administrator account set up with an e-mail address of email@example.com in a new client's WordPress site. This is happening more often recently and some people appear to think that WordPress is creating these accounts. WordPress is not creating these accounts. If you just found this account, the chances are pretty good that your site has been … [Read more...]
WordPress Message: Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check Back in a Minute.
If you are doing an automatic upgrade with WordPress and the only thing you see where your site should be is the message, "Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check Back in a Minute.", your upgrade failed. I have seen this message before and knew what to do, but it just happened during an upgrade to WordPress 3.5.1 so I thought I would let others know about the … [Read more...]