Archive for the ‘Wordpress’ Category

Wordpress Virus Attack, Upgrade Wordpress

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

This might be a good time to upgrade your wordpress setup since Lorelle.Wordpress.Com reported that this attack impacts ALL versions of WordPress up to 2.8.4.

It is reported that if your permalinks have been changed to something that looks like example.com/category/post-title/%&(%7B$%7Beval(base64_decode($_SERVER%5BHTTP_REFERER%5D))%7D%7D|.+)&%/. The keywords are “eval” and “base64_decode.” Then you probably have been hacked and should upgrade immediately.

Usually upgrading Wordpress is fairly simple. You will get a notice for upgrade, just click that link, upgrade your files and nothing major should be affected within your blog.

Anti Spam Plugin for Wordpress, Reasons to Use

Friday, May 29th, 2009

After I reuploaded my entire site to remove some viruses, I forgot to turn on my anti spam plugin.  The result? I get 90 spam comments set for moderation.  The effect of an anti spam plugin is seen best when it is turned off.  If I continue to leave my anti spam plugins off for a couple days more, who knows, I might have 1000 comments to moderate.  This is honestly a huge waste of time.

My choice for Anti Spam Plugins?
I prefer any plugin that requires a captcha key to be entered in order to comment.  Most spammers won’t be able to comment and if they do, it’s easier to delete 10 comments than to sift through 1000 comments. Often I’ll just say forget it and delete all my pending comments.

I’ve been using Peter’s Anti Spam image plugin for wordpress. This lets you define a set of words for your  captcha which Peter’s plugin will change to an image.

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts Wordpress Plugin

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A new plugin for wordpress lets you exchange traffic with other wordpress blogs.  What happens is, once you are approved, the Related Posts Plugin will list posts related to your blog among those using this plugin.  What also happens is that your blog posts will also be displayed on other blogs. 

So far this Wordpress Plugin coded from Blog Traffic Exchange seems like a great way to bring new traffic to your blog, especially if your blog is fairly new.  I’m considered using this plugin myself, but my only worry is  that it will detract from the related posts I list at the bottom of each post on this blog.  It could also send more users away from this blog then to this blog.

I’ll try the Related Posts Plugion on some other lesser trafficked Wordpress blogs I have and let you know the results.

You can download this wordpress plugin over at http://www.blogtrafficexchange.com/related-websites/

Create A Blogging Magazine? Blogger, Wordpress Magazine Theme

Monday, November 17th, 2008

You know blogging in the traditional sense, but what about the magazine style some blogs are turning towards?  A magazine style blog looks a lot like a normal magazine, but on the internet.  You can turn the pages, there is cover art, page numbers, and graphic art.

Blogging Magazine Example
Frai Magazine for example releases it’s content in a side scrolling magazine style.  It’s just like reading a magazine but on your desktop, saving paper and making it easier to disperse their magazine.

Magazine Publications Online
In fact, many major magazine titles have gone online including: Playboy, Cosmopolitan and even ESPN are now available to purchase in online digital formats.  Zinio currently is the leading provider of internet magazines.

Wordpress Magazine Themes
One of the easiest ways to start your own blogging magazine is by implementing one of the many wordpress magazine themes out there.

Soothbrush recently listed the top ten magazine themes out there for Wordpress. However blogger users not need to feel left out…

Blogger Magazine Themes
The Daily Inspired theme for blogger was created so blogger users too can make their own magazine style blog.  The theme is featured below.  Download this blogger theme via this link