OK boys and girls, by now you all know that I don’t get paid to push a product or service (not yet anyway, call me!), so if I post about one up here it’s because I use it personally, or second hand through a customer or I have checked it out and have knowledge of it. I do not recommend things I don’t know about or haven’t tried. You also know that anything I promote I do so because I like it and feel that it does some good for people, is worth the cost, and overall is a good value.
All that being said, I cannot say enough good things about WP Remote, a service for managing WordPress websites. I know there is a debate going on out there in cyber land about what service is better than whatever and I am not going to get into that. I made my choice and I stand by it, I like WP Remote and I like the way they do things. I host a bunch of WordPress blogs among many other sites (Want me to host your blog? Contact me!), and it was kind of a pain keeping up with all of the updates for WordPress itself, plus all of the plugins, themes and whatnot. So I went out and checked out all of the different management and support services for WordPress and I decided that WP Remote was the best for me. So far I love the service and I have no desire whatsoever to go anywhere else.
I say all of this because hopefully I can help someone else out there decide what to do, I recommend WP Remote whole heartedly! It’s a great service, it’s free for the basic management and updating of your sites, and you can give them money if you want to go up a notch to the premium service which includes backups and automated updates and email alerts and all sorts of cool things. If you have more than one or two WordPress sites to take care of, you really ought to check it out. It won’t hurt anything and it’s free to try it out, I bet once you see how much time you save by using WP Remote, you’ll be hooked like me! Check em out!
I couldn’t have said it much better myself, so I decided to link to this article rather than write my own version of it. Although, I might write a follow up that gets a little more in depth or something. However, that’s for another day, for now check out this post on the site “Spice Up Your Blog” where the author goes over “5 Ways Your Blog’s Design Is Making You Susceptible To A Hacker”.
Now this isn’t just for server operators, it focuses on things that also make a difference to those that run their own blog too. This is because a “Hacker”, or maybe a visitor with malicious intent, can wreak havoc on your blog even without touching the rest of the server. If they can get access to your database for example, you can kiss all of your posts, pages and pretty much everything else goodbye if they are feeling especially destructive. Even if they don’t destroy your data, they can post things on your blog that you don’t want, like advertisements; porn; we own you messages; what have you. Even worse, is when your site gets compromised and no one knows it. In these cases the hackers can do all sorts of fun things. One especially nasty trick I have seen is when they plant a virus alongside your sites files and then append a small bit of code to your pages so that your visitors get infected, talk about your reputation plummeting faster than a stone tossed out a window.
With all this in mind, take a look at the following page and see if any of the things they talk about there sound like they might be up your alley. It pays to be careful, I hope this helps!
I just ran into an interesting little ripple in WordPress when trying to create a new page using a template. The problem was that I had no option to choose a template, it just wasn’t there at all. Took some cypherin’ on Google, but I found it. It was my theme. I switched to the default theme and there it was. I picked my template and then switched my theme back. Hope this helps!
I wanted to write up something about the latest WordPress release, version 2.5. I have updated all of the WordPress powered sites that I manage which is more than ten and the upgrade went flawlessly on all sites. Each upgrade was the same, no variances. Why do I mention this part of the process? Well, because I have seen many instances (*cough*Win*cough*dows*cough*) where the same upgrade went very differently (and sometimes even failed) on different computers, even though they had been built or imaged or the application installed off of the same baseline. So, when I can install all of the WordPress upgrades and every one of them not only works, but operates as expected, that’s a big deal to me. This has been the norm in the past as well, not just in this last upgrade. Continue reading →