Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for August 11, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
– free plugins webinar on Thursday
– a way to check all the plugins that might break with the next WordPress release
– new Yoast SEO video tutorials
– switching to VaultPress for site backups
– integrating an Etsy Shop with your WordPress site
– new Google Search Console API
– and the huge news this week, Google being restructured as Alphabet
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There was one big news story after another this week! Some of it coming in just minutes before I recorded Tips Tuesday on Monday.
Free Plugins Webinar
First, I want to tell you about a free plugins webinar happening this week.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Noon ET / 9am PT
We’ll also review 2-3 real-world plugins lists live from site owners.
And here’s why you need to attend this webinar.
Plugins that run on PHP4 will likely break with the next major release of WordPress 4.3, slated for August 18, 2015.
See the list of 4000+ plugins that may break, and bonuses while checking your plugins.
I’ve been super busy checking all of my sites and those of my clients. Cyndi and I will reveal the popular plugins we found on the list too.
I’ve been in my video tutorial making creative cave every free minute this past week. For those of you in the WordPress SEO Genesis Video Library you’ll find new and updated videos for the Yoast SEO plugin. I’m uploading them as fast as I can. I’ll be updating the rest of the videos in that course this week.
All of this is also in preparation for getting my first course launched on Udemy as well, which will be an expanded version of my membership course eventually, mainly because of the way the courses have to be laid out on Udemy. For my membership site, I’ll be doing live SEO training groups later this fall, I hope. We’ll see how my schedule looks in September.
So, they will be slightly different products that have different purposes.
New On Camera Videos
Over the past couple of months I’ve been improving my in person video recording set up. You can actually see that progression in the introductions of my MaAnna Minute Videos that I’ve published on the BlogAid YouTube Channel.
The camera wasn’t a problem, but getting good sound has been. I tried all kinds of things with my C920 webcam but finally ordered a lavalier mic so I could record directly into my iPhone. And I’m still playing with that setup. It also required me to patch paint my background wall. So, lots of extra things going into this behind the scenes. And at some point I’ll need to make time in my schedule for a haircut too!!
I’ve also been staying up super late and switching my sites and those of many of my clients over to the VaultPress backup system.
If you’ve been following me for long, you’ve heard me complain a lot about BackupBuddy this year. I reached my breaking point with it both in frustration and in lost revenue from troubleshooting it.
I’ll have a couple of new posts for you with all the details that lead up to this decisions, and a review of backup solutions in general. Plus, I’ll do a tutorial post on tips and tricks for VaultPress that you’ll want to know too, especially why I had to stay up so late and you’ll want to as well.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.
Yet another security patch was rolled out for WordPress. If you have auto updates turned on, you got it the same day. There were 3 security patches in it. And the nice hackers who found them told the WordPress team about them first and didn’t publicly release that info until after the patches had been rolled out.
That’s called ethical disclosure and there is a lot of peer pressure in the white hat hacker community to do it that way, thank goodness.
WordPress 4.3 to Release August 18
I haven’t even had a chance to see the current release candidate in action yet. I’ll be putting it on my testing site this week and peeking under the hood so I can make a What’s New video tour for you.
And I can tell you now that it will likely be at least a week, maybe two before I even consider updating my sites with it.
Are you on Etsy? If so, +Makis Mourelatos has a super post you’ll want to read about integrating your Etsy shop with your WordPress site.
And if y’all aren’t following Makis yet, you need to. He’s my favorite hacker dude.
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There are several plugins that retain logs of their activity in your database and really start clogging it up like crazy.
+Mary Iannotti posted that a change may be coming to one of my fave plugins, Login Lockdown, so that it will auto clear it’s logs. I’m thrilled to hear that.
The Redirection plugin updated a few months ago to give you the option of either retaining the logs forever or having them wiped on a regular basis. To me, this just makes good plugins even better and will help your site performance too.
A bloated database is slow, and that’s exactly what has to be queried to retrieve the content a viewer has requested from your site. So, a lean database is good for page load speed.
Plus, you’re not taking up room on your hosting account for stuff you never even look at.
I expect this will affect the Yoast SEO plugin. Yoast recently updated his SEO plugin to pull data from Search Console so you can see warnings and 404 errors right in your site’s Dashboard.
The post says that the old API will still work and be supported for a while, but bet Yoast is already a beta tester and I expect him to switch the plugin over to the new API asap.
For more on recent updates on this plugin, see my recent MaAnna Minute video on New in Yoast SEO 2.3
Holy cow!!! This is huge and probably the biggest news story this week. Google is being restructured under a new company called Alphabet. Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are leading this change as the CEO and President, respectively, of the new company.
Everybody who follows Google closely thought this was some sort of April Fool’s joke, me included. But, here are plenty other posts about it, if you want all the dope.
G is for Google – the official Google Blog
Google is Restructuring Under Alphabet – New York Times article
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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