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Update WordPress Now: Reuters Hacked

It is an old song. I’ve sung it for years. UPDATE WORDPRESS NOW! Reuters was hacked recently and many blame WordPress, though most honest reporters are quick to state that it is the webmaster/site owners fault for not updating. Seems they were running a version from over a year ago. According to PC Magazine’s Security […]

Firewalling and Hack Proofing Your WordPress Blog

Blog Security is one of the top security blogs out there keeping an eye on all things blog security and WordPress. They’ve just released two great articles WordPress fans need to check out. First is news of a video and blog post by Guvnr called “10 Tips to Make WordPress Hack Proof. The effort involved […]

Web Hacks, Worms, Infections, and Viruses: Is Your Blog Prepared?

I just released “Downadup Worm Infection: Cyber Attacks on the Rise in 2009” on the Blog Herald, the first in a short series on security issues facing bloggers and web users in 2009. The Downadup Work has infected more than 3 million sites worldwide and is spreading. Most of these sites are in Asia, but […]

Lifehack’s Writing Tips

Every once in a while, Lifehack tackles writing tips and tricks. Recently, two great articles caught my eye. Just Keep Writing! motivates you to just keep writing, inspired with quotes from famous writers on what they believed kept them writing. If you feel the writing spirit waning with your blog, these are some great motivational […]

WordPress Blogs and More Hacked by Google Redirects

Hackers are just determined. There are no new security flaws reported recently in WordPress, but that hasn’t stopped imaginative and determined hackers. The recent security issues concern hackers who work with Google and other search engine results and redirects traffic from your blog or website. The searchers clicks on the link and is redirected to […]

WordPress Thumbnail Size Limit Hack

WordPress 2.1 Thumbnail Hack from Nick Smit offers a way to get around the WordPress limit of not creating a thumbnail for an image over 3 megapixels. Since blog images are smaller than this, a 3 megapixel image is huge and unusual for publishing on the web. Most reduce the size, and along with it […]

Web Page Design and Styles: Let The One Who Has Never Hacked A Stylesheet Throw The First Stone At Me

I will have graphic details on the new design of this blog, as well as tips and tricks for working with the new CSS Editor on WordPress.com and Sandbox Theme shortly as life has gotten in the way. Until then, take a look at this brilliantly written, and perfectly descriptive, essay by Mandarin on “Stylesheet […]

The Holy Grail of Web Page Layout – Without Hacks

NOTE: After extensive public testing, it has been found that the hunt for the Holy Grail of Web Page Layouts Without Hacks is still on. The layout described below from A List Part fell apart in the latest version of Internet Explorer. It suffered a bit with a few other browsers, too. This is another […]

Fixing Browsers: Bugs and Hacks

While the CSS and HTML web standards are in place, they are still a growing and evolving entity. As Internet browsers get more advanced, the codes change with them. Before standards became the norm, a designer would have to design their web pages to accommodate all the different browsers out there and the different ways […]

Research on the WordPress, Web Development, and Web Design Job Market

In 2012 and 2013, I did extensive research for the grant program to develop and rewrite the Web Developer degree program at Clark College. This research included an analysis of current and future job opportunities for students graduating with that degree with a solid understanding of WordPress. Now that the program has completed its first […]

What Does WordPress, iThemes, Goodwill, Home Depot, and Target Have in Common? Your Identity and Security.

We received a new credit card in the mail today to replace our old one AGAIN. An “unsuccessful attempt” to access our secure security data happened and this is a precaution the bank is taking to protect us. I have no other information so I’m left wondering. Yesterday I received an email supposedly from Home […]

The Web is All About The Writing

Reading “7 Things You Need to Know about SEO in 2014” from Compete Pulse, I was fascinating to read that “size matters:” Most blog posts range between 400 and 600 words, but the ideal length for highest ranking is actually around 1,500. Many still believe that a successful website is one that offers the information […]

Find, Search, Replace, and Delete in the WordPress Database

The following was originally published on WordCast and authored by Lorelle VanFossen. It is reprinted here as a reference guide. You’ve moved your WordPress installation from one server to another. You’ve changed domain names. You’ve moved images around on your server and now they don’t load. You’ve changed your WordPress installation and now images show […]

Blog Exercises: Where You Came From

Inspired by these blog exercises, Janet Williams of Janet’s Notebook has been taking her readers on a journey back through time and space, exploring her family’s Chinese heritage from her little corner of the south of England. Her “Letters from China” have evolved from a few posts to an entire series, and eventually, I hope, […]

Blog Exercises: How to Create a Blogger Identity

A rebroadcast of “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” from Freakonomics Radio looked at the impact of a name on society, perception, prejudice, and ability to succeed. Indeed, there is some evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. There’s also the fact that different groups […]

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