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WordPress 5.2 "Jaco" (Update): Debugging and Fixing Tools

With the latest version of WordPress comes with some pretty awesome sounding tools . The number of community and third-party plugins have continued to grow over the years and with that growth and WordPress core continues to change dramatically (*harum* Gutenberg *cough*). To keep up with changes, the WP Core devs have introduced a few new features that you may find helpful. Site Health Check PHP Error Protection Additional Developer Updates Site Health Check Site Health Check Site Health Check (improved) The Site Health Check tool was first introduced in Wordpress core in the last release version (5.1 "Betty") and is seeing a couple of updates with this version. You may find it interesting to know this feature originated as the community plugin, Site

tekSolution: Protect & Defend against attacks on Wordpress

Recently, we published a support article on our knowledge base regarding how we have implemented security measures on Wordpress websites.  Because we think this information is valuable to everyone, we are elaborating here on the topic. Security is an increasing concern for Wordpress websites, especially since the rise of bad bots on the internet last year.  These automated bad actors may be doing anything from scanning your website for security holes up to an including performing brute force attacks on your login page.  So, don't let all your marketing efforts to drive traffic to your website by halted by these potential issues and follow some simple steps to improve security on your WordPress website today. NOTE : This guide is meant for shared hosting accounts.  If you have a VPS (Virtual Private Server), consider other/additional measures that work on the server or network level, specifically related to blocking malicious traffic, so that you can stop it BEFORE it

4 Things I Learned About Direct Message Marketing

Direct Message Marketing is all the rage , these days. Everyone has a phone in their pocket. So, naturally, the guaranteed delivery of your campaign through DMM means you spend less money on mass marketing efforts and have the opportunity of immediately opening a dialog. The Path to Success is Paved with Naysayers Anyone that owns a business has experienced resistance to DMM at one time or another.  Now, I'm not talking about the attempts that are simply ignored, I'm talking about the nasty, rude responders that cuss and block you.  A common immediate reaction to these tantrums is to consider it an exercise in scrubbing your friends list of negativity.  However, it can be easily turned into an opportunity.  Consider your target market.  Did the "friend" fall into yours?  Could you have changed the messaging in any way to appeal to this individual?  Even if the answer is a resounding "NO!", you can still discover some areas of improvement that may

Achievement Unlocked! - INBOX ZERO

As a software developer, program manager, small business owner and digital viking with shade-tree mechanical inclination on the side, it is often a daunting, if not impossible, feat to clear out my Inbox.  In fact, this hasn't happened in so long that I don't rightly recall when was the last time.  So, I thought I would take a few moments, now that I don't have this cloud hanging over my head and tell you a little bit about how I have been able to accomplish this heroic moment. Use Your Tools As with anything in life, if you don't get the right tools, or even worse, use the tools ones you have them, it is just a big fat waste of your time.  As you can see in the screenshot above, I use Google's Inbox platform for emails.  I used to use Gmail, but switched to Inbox a while ago, not because it was more capable, but because it had less clutter and I am happy to see that Gmail is slowly being redesigned to fit this demand.  And don't worry, it still h

To Help or Not To Help: That IS the question

Today, I wrote this response to a recent article on Medium : Yes! Setting boundaries is very important This got me thinking about how most of my opportunities started by helping someone else. For instance, yesterday, near the end of a codementor session , my mentee said: "I know your time is valuable, but..." The story of Beauty and the Beast comes to mind here. Btw, has anyone seen the remake? I wish all remakes honored the original with the same passion. What a cast! But, really, there is a huge lesson in there: The Road to True Wealth is Littered with Obfuscated Golden Opportunities "OK, but, where is this invisible Gold you speak and how do I sniff it out, my sweet Norah?" "Why, it is right under your nose, my good friend!" Here is the secret: Go-to the places where people are looking for your help. Seems too simple, right? Well, it really is! In marketing terms: find out where your target market hangs out. Here is an example: