The importance of keeping your WordPress plugins up to date.

Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A key concept in protecting your WordPress site is to make sure the WordPress core and all of your plugins are up to date. Outdated plugins can contain vulnerabilities that allow a hacker to compromise your site.

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Website Monetization – Don’t put all your eggs in one (Adsense) basket.

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

When you set up your website monetization plan, don’t put all your eggs in one (Adsense) basket. Diversify early on.¬† Otherwise you might find your revenue suddenly dropping to zero.

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Amazon ads not showing because of Cloudflare’s Rocket Launcher

Last Updated on December 6, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I am in the process of adding Amazon ads to my sites. The Native ads showed up fine. However, trying to put a product or search ad using an HTML block resulted in a situation where that ad was not showing. The resolution had to do with CloudFlare’s Rocket Launcher. 

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Using Cloudflare with Westhost WordPress sites

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Danger Will Robinson. Do NOT reply with your ‘first car’

Last Updated on October 4, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I’ve been seeing an increasing number of Facebook posts that ask something like

What was the first car you ever owned?   -or- Where did you meet the love of your live?

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Securing your WordPress site

Last Updated on September 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. WordPress sites are often under attack within the first hour of going public. There are steps that you should take to protect your site.

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Adding the ability to make links “Nofollow” in WordPress

Last Updated on September 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

UIPDATE – NOVEMBER 2019 – The Yoast SEO plugin is strongly suggesting that links are NOT nofollowed. The theory is that VALID outgoing followed links are good for SEO. 

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Buffer for Social Media postings

Last Updated on August 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I looked at the various alternatives for Social Media Management for WordPress sites. The WordPress plugins were either overly difficult to configure or expensive. Buffer offers a reasonably priced alternative to manage social media posting. 

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A basic set of WordPress Plugins, mostly free. Updated Aug 2020

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site including critical security features. For any feature that you wish to add, there are usually one or more plugins that will accomplish the task. Plugins are a matter of your needs and personal taste.

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Creepy but useful – Google Places and Timeline

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

We are carrying a spy in our pockets. If you have your location enabled on an android phone, Google Places can show EVERY move you made for the last several years as well as most of the places you’ve visited.

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