Hello Happy Site Owners!
Tips this week include:
- All the new video tutorials in the Site Success courses
- New GitHub plugin tutorials in the Webmaster Training courses
- Top Site Success News BlogAid Live show
- Testing the Thrive Leads and Testimonials plugins
- What’s up with the W3TC plugin
- Another popular host doomed due to being acquired by EIG
- Ads now being run on FireTalk
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I’ve been a video tutorial making maniac again this past week. I’ve completed all the new and updated videos in the WP Starter and WP Basics libraries of the Site Success Video Tutorials member site.
- Update Safely
- Theme Customizer
- Text Editor Starter
- Upload Image
- Link Creation Starter
- Plugin and Widget Starter
- Install a Plugin
- My Top Plugins
- 3 video series on TinyMCE Advanced plugin
There are now 25 tutorials for just $1 in the WP Starter section and that’s a bargain you can’t beat.
I’m now working on the tutorials in the WP Advanced section.
- Advanced Text Widgets
- WP Image Gallery
- Image Captions
I’ve also got a list going for Featured Plugins, including:
- Foo Gallery
- Login Lockdown
- Revision Control
The light version of some of these will also be available on BlogAid YouTube Channel.
But, the full versions will only be on the member site.
New Webmaster Tutorials
I also made two new tutorials for the Webmaster Training member site.
They are Level 5 bonus videos and they’re about GitHub plugins. And I’ll tell you why I had to make those in the Plugin Tips section of the show.
I’ve got several more Webmaster tutorials on the list too, and I’ll tell you more about them as I get closer to making them, which will probably be next week.
BlogAid Live – Top Site Success News
Wed, Sept 28 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
On the BlogAid Facebook page
Join me on Wed for the next BlogAid Live show to discuss this week’s top site success news in WordPress, plugins, SEO, site security, performance, and more. And get your questions answered too.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
Testing Thrive Leads and Testimonials
For the last few weeks I’ve been telling you how impressed I am with the improvements Shane Melaugh has been adding to several of his Thrive plugins.
And, I mentioned his new testimonials plugin, Ovation.
Well I got that and tested it over the weekend. It’s super nice and easy to use. I want to thank all of my Webmaster Level 5 peeps for helping me test it.
I went back and got all of his products because he had a discount bundle available and I know that I’ll be using several of his plugins.
And you know that I’ll be reviewing all of the ones I use for you too, so you can get a closer look. So watch for those in the next few weeks.
CloudFlare Plugin Update
In a recent Tips Tuesday I reported there was a major CloudFlare plugin update. I had a chance to check deeper into this past week.
The new version includes an interface that mimics several of the major features you could only access by logging into your CloudFlare account.
Chief among them is the ability to clear the CloudFlare cache.
You can also see your CloudFlare analytics, which gives you a bit of an idea just how hard this service is working for you to kick bad bots before they reach your site.
But, the most important new thing you’ll see in that interface is the 1-click option to use the recommended settings for WordPress.
I had a look at those settings. They are mostly okay, but not quite what I use for my sites. Nor is it everything you need, like Page Rules and such. But, they will get you by.
Other than the purge cache button, I doubt you’ll need to visit the new interface much, but it’s nice to have.
What’s Up with W3TC
Speaking of caching plugins, man was there a lot of WP Drama over the W3TC plugin the past few days.
It was found to have an XSS vulnerability, which is not nearly as big a deal as some in the WP community make it out to be. In fact, most of the popular plugins you use have had this issue, and some even twice.
The big deal was the delay in the plugin dev’s response to fixing it.
And you would think the world was going to end over it because rumors have been flying for at least a year that the plugin is abandoned. And every time someone mentions anything about the plugin, it’s like throwing gas on the fire, calling for it to die, die, die.
Earlier this week I released a PSA video announcement to say to at least just deactivate it until it could be fixed.
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Well, the dev did finally role out a fix on Monday. And it looks like the actual dev didn’t do any of the work.
There are a couple of forked versions of this plugin that the community has been working on. And it looks like the dev took one of those, threw them into his plugin, and released a massive update, not just a security patch.
It crashed several sites. But, now that the smoke has cleared a bit, it looks like those had Object and Database caching turned on, both of which I don’t recommend using.
So, looks like it may be safe to update.
I used the community version of Fix W3TC, available on GitHub to update my site.
And that’s also why I made a couple of new tutorials on GitHub plugins for my Webmaster Training peeps too.
The original plugin has been glitchy for some time and I’ll be switching me and my clients away from it in the near future. But first I need to run performance tests to see which one I’ll be switching to, and which ones I can safely recommend to you. So look for those later this fall.
Site5 Acquired by EIG
I have some sad news for you if you’re on Site5 Hosting. They’ve been acquired by EIG. This is the same company that owns over 50 other hosting companies and ruined them since the acquisitions, including hosts like BlueHost, HostGator, A Small Orange, and more.
I’ve heard that Site5 has been experiencing issues lately. I hope those get resolved for you while you plan to move to other hosting.
And no, I don’t have a general recommendation for you.
Read my post on Why I Stopped Endorsing Website Host Providers for more on that.
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FireTalk Suddenly Displays Ads
And, I’m also sorry to have to report that FireTalk has started showing ads during shows. On mobile, I’ve seen them cover up the host or guest’s faces too.
I’m fine if they want to run ads as a revenue stream. I’m ticked they didn’t warn anyone, or give folks an option to jump up to a paid service that doesn’t run ads.
So, I don’t know if I’ll be doing FireTalk shows for a while, until we learn more about this. And I’m checking into other platforms, using what we had on Blab as a criteria. But honestly, nothing else but FireTalk had those features. I’ll keep you posted on where else I land for doing interviews and where you can easily pop on camera with me to chat live.
For now, I’ll be running all shows on the BlogAid Facebook page
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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