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Deleting bulk users on WordPress

Deleting bulk users on WordPress

First, let me say thank you to WP Beginner for their EPIC tutorials and guides to fixing/managing/improving/innovating in WordPress. Without resources like theirs, developers like me would be fumbling in the dark with trial and error solutions. 🙂

We were recently hired to clean up an old hacked WordPress website and prepare it for new development. Our normal protocol is to lock up WordPress vulnerabilities, namely that old “Leave a Reply” functionality that enables users to make comments on blog/news articles. Well, that’s almost always a no-no for about a decade now as it leads to URL injections, spam and worse, hacks.

Deleting 10,000 fake subscribers from a website is no easy task. If it’s just 50-100-200, you can manually delete using WP Beginner’s tutorial – Method 2: Manually Deleting WordPress Users with Specific Roles. {Scroll down}

The faster way is using a free plugin called Bulk WP > Bulk Delete Users. 

Method 1: Bulk Delete WordPress Users with Specific Roles Using Plugin

The default way to bulk delete users with specific roles is quite simple. However, sometimes you may need to select users based on other criteria as well.

For example, you may want to delete users that haven’t logged in for a while, or users who signed up during a specific period of time.

In such a situation, the default user management tools will not be enough. Luckily, there are plugins that allow you to efficiently perform bulk tasks.

Let’s see how to delete users with specific roles using a plugin.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Bulk Delete plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Bulk WP » Bulk Delete Users page.

Bulk delete users

Here you can select Bulk Delete options for deleting users. First, you can select the specific user roles. After that you can select the filtering options.

You can restrict bulk delete to users…

  • Who have registered in a given number of days.
  • Users who haven’t logged in the last __ of days.
  • Only if user doesn’t have any post.
  • Only delete first __ users.

You can also select users by meta data.

Scroll down a little to the ‘By User Meta’ box. In this box, you can select meta fields and use conditional operators to compare their values.

Bulk delete users by user meta data

Click on the Bulk Delete button and the users matching the specific criteria will be deleted.

 

Method 2: Manually Deleting WordPress Users with Specific Roles

This method is simpler and does not require you to install any plugin.

Simply go to the Users page on in your WordPress admin area. You will notice the list of users registered on your WordPress site.

Users page in WordPress

On top of the list, you will see the links to different user roles. When you click on a user role, it will show you the list of users with that specific user role.

This page only displays 20 users at a time. If you have more user accounts that you want to delete, then click on the Screen Options tab on the top right corner of the screen.

This will bring a fly-down menu where you can set the ‘Number of items per page’.

Show more items on the users page

For example, we want to delete users with subscriber user role, and there are 144 users with that role. We will enter 144 in the number of items per page field.

Click on the ‘Apply’ button, and the page will reload showing all user accounts with the subscriber user role.

Now you need to click on the select all checkbox next to the Username column to select all items displayed on the page.

Bulk select users you want to delete

If you don’t want to delete some users, then you can uncheck them now.

Once you are ready, click on the ‘Bulk Actions’ menu and then select ‘Delete’. After that click on the Apply button and WordPress will delete all selected user accounts.

If the user accounts you are trying to delete have created posts, then you will be asked what you want to do with those posts.

Delete or attribute content

You can select to delete all content created by those users or attribute it to an existing user account.

Click on the confirm deletion button to continue.

WordPress will now delete all selected users accounts from your site.

This method will work for a few hundred users, but if you have thousands of users, then you don’t want to adjust the screen options because it can potentially overload your server.

Instead you need to use Method #2.

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How to disable Gutenberg – How to fix Website after WordPress 5.0 Update

How to disable Gutenberg – How to fix Website after WordPress 5.0 Update

WordPress 5.0 “broke” our sites. But not really…

As part of our WordPress maintenance programs, we handle updating WordPress & plugins constantly for our clients.

Yes, after WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg was installed, we did find editing pages and posts rather challenging. The platform is amazing if you are launching a brand new website or blog. However, for those of us who have fully developed or fully cooked websites using an existing designed theme complete with plugins, widgets and more…. you found yourself Gutted. 🙂 LOL!

But have no fear.

One plugin. Fixes. It all.

We installed Disable Gutenberg.

LINK: https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-gutenberg/

Jeff Starr, thank you!! YOU ROCK!!  https://twitter.com/perishable

This plugin disables the new Gutenberg Editor (aka Block Editor) and replaces it with the Classic Editor. You can disable Gutenberg completely, or selectively disable for posts, pages, roles, post types, and theme templates. Plus you can hide the Gutenberg nag, menu item, and more!

MORE? READ BELOW!

How to install ‘Disable Gutenberg’

STEP 1: Go to Plugins and hit ADD NEW

STEP 2: Type in Disable Gutenberg in far right corner!

STEP 3: Navigate to the first choice !!! Like below! and hit INSTALL NOW!

STEP 4: Be patient and know you are so close to solution.

STEP 5: Hit ACTIVATE as soon as it appears!

STEP 6: Once you see the Plugin Activated … go back to your page or post and hit Refresh and you’ll see you are in business!

STEP 7: Get coffee, breath and know you’ve been saved by Jeff Starr and the WordPress open source community.

That’s it.

Seriously.

Feel free to read rest of page is if you are interested to know more.

MORE INFORMATION:

The all-in-one, COMPLETE solution for handling Gutenberg.
Hide ALL traces of Gutenberg and replace with the Classic Editor.
Restores the original Edit Post screen (TinyMCE, meta boxes, et al).

The Disable Gutenberg plugin restores the classic (original) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. So you can continue using plugins and theme functions that extend the Classic Editor. Supports awesome features like Meta Boxes, Quicktags, Custom Fields, and everything else the Classic Editor can do.

Does not “expire” in 2022! 🙂

Easy to Use

Just activate and done! The default plugin settings are configured to hide all traces of the Gutenberg Block Editor, and fully restore the original Classic Editor. Further options for customizing when/where Gutenberg is enabled are available in the plugin settings.

Options

  • Disable Gutenberg completely (all post types)
  • Disable Gutenberg for any post type
  • Disable Gutenberg for any user role
  • Disable Gutenberg for any theme template
  • Disable Gutenberg for any post/page IDs
  • Disable Gutenberg admin notice (nag)
  • Option to hide the plugin menu item
  • Option to hide the Gutenberg plugin menu item (settings link)
  • Adds “Classic Editor” link to each post on the Posts screen
  • Adds item to the WP sidebar menu: “Add New (Classic)”
  • NEW! Option to enable Custom Fields Meta Box for ACF
  • NEW! Choose which editor to use for each post
  • NEW! Whitelist any post title, slug, or ID

Works same way as Classic Editor plugin, but can do a LOT more!
Lightweight and super fast, built with the WP API 🙂

Fully configurable, enable or disable Gutenberg and restore the Classic Editor wherever is necessary.

Automatically replaces Gutenberg with the Classic Editor.

Features

  • Super simple
  • Clean, secure code
  • Built with the WordPress API
  • Lightweight, fast and flexible
  • Regularly updated and “future proof”
  • Works great with other WordPress plugins
  • Plugin options configurable via settings screen
  • Focused on flexibility, performance, and security
  • One-click restore plugin default options
  • Translation ready

Disable Gutenberg is developed by Jeff Starr, 13-year WordPress developer, book author, and support guru.

Super light & fast plugin, super easy on server resources!

Why?

Gutenberg is a useful editor but sometimes you want to disable it for specific posts, pages, user roles, post types, or theme templates. Disable Gutenberg enables you to disable Gutenberg and replace it with the Classic Editor wherever you want. For example, lots of WordPress users already enjoy robust page-building functionality via one of the many great plugins like Composer or Elementor. So many options, no need to feel “locked in” to using Gutenberg!

The Disable Gutenberg plugin is targeted at everyone who is not ready for the major changes brought by Gutenberg. Install Disable Gutenberg NOW to be ready for when Gutenberg is finally merged into core and released to the public (likely in WP 5.0). That way, your users and clients will experience the same awesome UX as before 😉

GDPR

This plugin does not collect any user data. So it does not do anything to make your site less compliant with GDPR. I have done my best to ensure that this plugin is 100% GDPR compliant, but I’m not a lawyer so can’t guarantee anything. To determine if your site is GDPR compliant, please consult an attorney.

Great article: https://digwp.com/2018/04/how-to-disable-gutenberg/
Want to develop in Gutenberg?
https://docs.classicpress.net/installing-classicpress/#migrate-classicpress

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Get the new Google My Business app

Get the new Google My Business app

With the new Google My Business app, it’s easier than ever to manage your Business Profile and connect with your customers in new ways.

Every day, millions of people search on Google for businesses like yours. Make your Business Profile stand out and turn those searches into your customers with the Google My Business app.

– Respond to reviews, message with your customers, and see your followers in the Customers tab.
– Make edits to your Business Profile and see those changes on Google in real time.
– Upload photos, create enticing offers and share what makes your business unique.
– See in one glance how and how much your customers interact with your Business Profile right from the app’s Home tab.
– Get real-time notifications to know when a customer connects with your business on Google. Focus on what you love and rest easy knowing that Google My Business is on the clock helping you get more customers.
– Manage multiple locations from one dashboard, and invite others to manage your listing.

Click below to download the app:
Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store

 

 

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How to Write a Google, Yelp, Facebook and Linkedin Review

How to Write a Google, Yelp, Facebook and Linkedin Review

The below examples are for a recent client, but can be applied to ANY client or vendor.

Share the love. Give meaningful positive feedback. Especially when hardworking people work well for you!

Be fair, be respectful, be courteous and be friendly; treat others as you want to be treated.

Don’t use as a “teaching” opportunity when negative things happen. Handle constructive or negative feedback directly; you look more professional and so does the recipient! And when in doubt, write that negative review in a Word document as a blank email draft (without a name/email!).

FACEBOOK

The below link is a quick URL to write a Facebook Review for BROEKMAN communications.

STEP ONE: CLICK HERE to instantaneously get to our Facebook Fanpage Review section!
Note, you will need to be logged into your personal Facebook account to do so!
https://www.facebook.com/pg/broekmancomm/reviews/

STEP TWO: Click on the number of stars to activate a pop-up review box!

STEP THREE: Type in your review where it says “Tell People What you think about”
and hit the blue button marked DONE to post!

GOOGLE

The key to writing a Google Review is navigating successfully to the Google profile for our business, Restaurant Realty Company.

STEP ONE: CLICK HERE on this link to get to our Map page!

or Google “Broekman Communications” and you’ll see our profile on the sidebar.

STEP TWO: Click WRITE REVIEW

STEP THREE: Add the appropriate amount of stars based on your experience, and type in a brief note about our collaboration using the space marked “Describe your experience”.

STEP FOUR: If you want to include a picture of a property involved, we certainly appreciate that.

STEP FIVE: Then hit POST to publish it to our Google Profile.

YELP

The below link is a quick starting point to write a YELP Review for BROEKMAN communications.

STEP ONE: CLICK HERE to instantaneously get to our YELP page!
https://www.yelp.com/writeareview/biz/95aoILWBRt-K568Rnfseng?return_url=%2Fbiz%2F95aoILWBRt-K568Rnfseng

STEP TWO: You will need to have a Yelp account in order to Write a Review.
You can create one first by clicking here to Sign up or to Log In.

  

STEP THREE: Click WRITE REVIEW

STEP FOUR: Add the appropriate amount of stars based on your experience, and type in a brief note about our collaboration using the “Your Review” space.

STEP FIVE: You can vote on images other users have posted in association
(helpful vs not helpful to visually describe us).

STEP SIX: Then hit POST REVIEW to publish it!!!
Yes feel free to SHARE on Facebook – please!

LINKEDIN

The below link is a quick URL to write a LinkedIn Recommendation for Restaurant Realty Company.

STEP ONE: CLICK HERE to instantaneously get to our Linkedin Profile “Give a Recommendation” section! Note, you will need to be logged into your LinkedIn
account to do so! https://www.linkedin.com/recs/give

STEP TWO: Type in the name to search for and Choose “Steve Zimmerman” (or the name of the broker you’re collaborating with)

STEP THREE: Choose the Type of Relationship. We default to “You Worked with X but at different companies” to promote collaboration, but you can indicate “You were a client of Steve’s (or insert broker name)”

STEP FOUR: Indicate your positions. It gives you the ability to leave yours blank but to choose the broker’s title under Restaurant Realty.

STEP FIVE: Write a Recommendation.

STEP SIX: You can include a private message that will be sent directly to Steve/Broker direct privately!

STEP SEVEN: Hit SEND and it gets published on their profile.

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How to Create a Hashtag

How to Create a Hashtag

Why do you need a Hashtag?

Hashtags enable businesses to help consumers find them through social media.

Often times, people will search a hashtag on Google or on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. Using them enables folks to remember you by your brand or promote a call to action.

The goal is to help users find you through tracking a popular topic or trending “hashtag” OR to search based on your brand name, product or service offering.

Registered Hashtags and ones that are “tagged” on news items, articles, posts, social media status updates – are trackable and traceable.

Whether it’s to support a promotion or a campaign, hashtags provide companies with the ability to organize and direct conversations and engagements with consumer audiences.

I’ll make this real simple.

Go to the TWUBS website by clicking here:
https://twubs.com/p/register-hashtag

Once you enter a hashtag you are interesting in obtaining, TWUBS will do a quick search to see if anyone claimed it already.

Search for your hashtag.

If it’s taken, you’ll get a red alert “Sorry! Hashtag is already registered.” notification.

If not, you’ll get a GREEN alert letting you know that your desired hashtag is available.

Then you’ll begin describing the hashtag for type of event, organization type and topic (yes, you can type in and create your own topic if missing from the pre-approved suggested topics).

Upload your title, description and a headshot/profile badge image, and you’re set!

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Key to Successful Communication and Collaboration

Key to Successful Communication and Collaboration

Stumbled on this Linkedin Article written back on

When I was at Universal Studios Television, I worked closely with our internal “creative” department producers, website developers and marketing agencies to develop breakout websites, flash sites, internet games, promotions sites and all the “fin-de-siècle” (turn of the century) circa ’99 / ’00 online gadgets.

I remember learning then the critical role of translating our marketing department’s campaign needs and communicating with creative types. My goal: Throw down your charm and create positive vibes with friendly communication to get people to want to work with you and encourage collaboration.

RELATIONSHIP KEYS:

Being Friendly ALWAYS to establish a really nice rapport
Not because you’re going to ask them a favor down the line, but because it’s what your mother taught you, part of being a good person.

Being Open to all players on the team.
I treated everyone as if they were someone. Yesterday’s assistant is tomorrow’s manager. This mailroom / office runner can later be a future team member to develop the next Facebook. For me, making friends IS always fun. Getting into the six degrees of people you get exposed to interesting fact (i.e. the CFO is a total rockstar with gigs at Genghis Cohen, or the quiet subdued accountant is actually a successful published author, Or that assistant is the babysitter to Bruce Springsteen’s kids (all true stories), etc.).

Being Nice in the sandbox
We’re all part of the same team with common goals; make each other look good is primary; much like in professional sports, there is no I in Team (although yes you can cross the I to get the T, but it’s a perpendicular type relationship, a crossroads for you decide – to the left of the T is you solo and the right is the “eam”!

Being Human
Being compassionate towards other people; by being kind & compassionate you know that everyone has a bad day or has hidden personal issues they’re going thru.

Being Kind (even when you are right);
Asking open ended questions like “what do you think our next steps should be?” vs “what are you going to do to fix it?”

Being Assertive
Does not mean you aren’t firm, it means less aggressive with requests,
less emotionally charged, more cool, calm & collected.

Now after running my own marketing & PR agency for the past 15 years, I can see both sides of the relationship well (the client and the vendor). While I remember feeling constantly frustrated with agencies responsible for creative development and not understanding why my changes couldn’t be done within a few hours or that day. Why 30-60 day windows for website development? This stuff seems pretty simple and easy to implement right?

And of course there is the infamous “THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT” attitude that I once had (my mantra for four years in sales at Xerox in Century City). Well folks, when you are on the other side in the creative seat, turns out, it’s not always easy and fast.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CLIENT

1. Set the agenda.

To collaborate with creative types best you have to set the agenda and request structure that works for BOTH of you. Meeting live vs Skype vs conference call vs email only vs combo deal. Take a hit for the team if you know meeting face to face will reduce miscommunication and misunderstandings. Skype is great face to face interaction for introduction meetings, but not always for production obstacles. Do what you need to do. Push on thru. Set your sights on positive vibrations, building consensus, getting agreement on good mutually-beneficial solutions, and overcoming obstacles.

2. Agree on communication styles and preferences.

Do you prefer “development” emails or just the final ONE email summarizing all issues in page form? Phone only for brief discussions and email for lengthy content approvals? Everyone has a different communication style, but there is always a BRIDGE for common ground – Find the path!

3. Define the bottom line.

In my experience, some clients say “less is more” yet they want the transparency of knowing everything. ASK for what YOU WANT! (designers, respect that!!!)

4. Everything boils down to expectations.

Make sure that things are really clear… from the deliverables in your agreement however informal they may be, to the expectations behind progress payments…. actually expectations about what constitutes FINISHED PRODUCT is important, and what is “normally” included is understood differently. WRITE IT ALL DOWN. Reiterate live meetings/conversations in the form of MINUTES from your NOTE TAKING and write it all in an email with “let me make sure we got it right” tone.

5. Mutual respect for production time.

It is mutual for both client & designer to teach the other about how to be respectful of production time and creative investment.

For Clients, not being familiar with technology, website development, creative lingo or not getting your heads around the content development is a challenge for designers. Clarify for understanding. Get second opinions on agreements. Ask questions. Don’t sit back and say you’re the expert. The process is an exploration. Getting it right, means having an open mind and that things can change along the way!

For designers, help your clients find clarity by walking them through a creative process. From Situation Assessment (collecting information about that, clarifying problems, identifying obstacles, clarifying strengths and weaknesses, defining opportunities, repositioning challenges, etc.) to Creative Brief. As the “professional” the client is looking for they rely on your expert opinion, your experienced eye, your vision. Respecting the creative process means that you are honoring the process – asserting and adhering to deadlines & timelines as GUIDE, not dictatorship. 🙂

6. Present VISUAL SOLUTIONS:

– Design production timetable graphic. When in doubt, always produce a graphic with phases, days, months, benchmarks and deadlines
– Or Design an information flow chart graphic – https://broekmancomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/bc.WCI_.web-sitemap.d1-010712.jpg
– At times, I opt to include a small budget for build a quick dummy staging website area so they choose pull down menus to understand visually what you are talking about (basic wordpress installation, basic wordpress theme, just create empty pages and launch a menu to help with the client’s need to see something live. Sometimes changes everything!)

6. The “Customer IS Always Right” if you agreed to the terms!

To Designers, think ahead based on your experience and project a budget that you think will be fair knowing the personality and the project demands. Try to find a happy medium between not undercharging and not overcharging. We all find ourselves in underbidding projects, but it’s not fair to blame the client unless they’ve significantly changed the scope of work, list of deliverables or expanded what they wanted. Be clear. Be upfront. Be NICE. Walk them through a “Change Order” discussion. Let them know if things feel like more that what was agreed!

To clients, I understand that not getting a finished product your 100% satisfaction is less than ideal. It will feel that you’ve “wasted all your money” or that you “got nothing” from this. Then the anger trickles in and you get frustrated. Before you go into “I’m not going to pay you” or “I want my money back” mode, take a step back. Review the original agreement. Review the production emails. Make sure that everything is lined up to what you agreed to or NOT, or what the designer promised, but did NOT deliver. Ask the designer to produce a timeline to meet the commitments they agreed to or to confirm their inability to complete so you can make an educated decision. Be fair, but you have to be firm. Good designers aren’t always the best communicators; they’re creative types. But don’t let them wiggle out of being PROFESSIONAL.

Designers, keep your head up. You can’t win them all and please everyone, but you can be a good communicator who acts professionally according to a code of honor & respect. Take on projects you feel are worthy of your time and that fit your abilities. Sure you want to test your limits and expand your toolbox, but do so carefully weighing good intentions and your ability (or best potential) to deliver.

More rants and thoughts coming soon!

Respectfully submitted,

Jeremy Broekman
Principal | Creative Director | Marketing Director
BROEKMAN communications
☎ (818) 212-9201
jeremy@broekmancomm.com

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Vaughan – Welcome to WordPress 4.7

Vaughan – Welcome to WordPress 4.7

Welcome to WordPress 4.7


Presenting Twenty Seventeen

A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images and video headers.

Twenty Seventeen focuses on business sites and features a customizable front page with multiple sections. Personalize it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors, and more. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.


Your Site, Your Way

WordPress 4.7 adds new features to the customizer to help take you through the initial setup of a theme, with non-destructive live previews of all your changes in one uninterrupted workflow.

Theme Starter Content

To help give you a solid base to build from, individual themes can provide starter content that appears when you go to customize your brand new site. This can range from placing a business information widget in the best location to providing a sample menu with social icon links to a static front page complete with beautiful images. Don’t worry – nothing new will appear on the live site until you’re ready to save and publish your initial theme setup.

Video Player

Edit Shortcuts

Video Player

Visible icons appear to show you which parts of your site can be customized while live previewing. Click on a shortcut and get straight to editing. Paired with starter content, getting started with customizing your site is faster than ever.

Video Headers

Video Player

Sometimes a big atmospheric video as a moving header image is just what you need to showcase your wares; go ahead and try it out with Twenty Seventeen. Need some video inspiration? Try searching for sites with video headers available for download and use.

Smoother Menu Building

Many menus for sites contain links to the pages of your site, but what happens when you don’t have any pages yet? Now you can add new pages while building menus instead of leaving the customizer and abandoning your changes. Once you’ve published your customizations, you’ll have new pages ready for you to fill with content.

Custom CSS

Sometimes you just need a few visual tweaks to make your site perfect. WordPress 4.7 allows you to add custom CSS and instantly see how your changes affect your site. The live preview allows you to work quickly without page refreshes slowing you down.


PDF Thumbnail Previews

Managing your document collection is easier with WordPress 4.7. Uploading PDFs will generate thumbnail images so you can more easily distinguish between all your documents.

Dashboard in your language

Just because your site is in one language doesn’t mean that everybody helping manage it prefers that language for their admin. Add more languages to your site and a user language option will show up in your user’s profiles.


Introducing REST API Content Endpoints

WordPress 4.7 comes with REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings.

Content endpoints provide machine-readable external access to your WordPress site with a clear, standards-driven interface, paving the way for new and innovative methods of interacting with sites through plugins, themes, apps, and beyond. Ready to get started with development? Check out the REST API reference.


Even More Developer Happiness 😊

Post Type Templates

By opening up the page template functionality to all post types, theme developers have even more flexibility with the WordPress template hierarchy.

More Theme API Goodies

WordPress 4.7 includes new functions, hooks, and behavior for theme developers.

Custom Bulk Actions

List tables, now with more than bulk edit and delete.

WP_Hook

The code that lies beneath actions and filters has been overhauled and modernized, fixing bugs along the way.

Settings Registration API

register_setting() has been enhanced to include type, description, and REST API visibility.

Customize Changesets

Customize changesets make changes in the customizer persistent, like autosave drafts. They also make exciting new features like starter content possible.

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9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

Discovered amazing article written by Tom Ewer of wpmudev! Solid resources & tips here. READ BELOW!

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-media-library-hidden-features/
Published on September 12, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Can use as FREE image compression tool
  • Create central repository of all images for project
  • Quick editing tools for work on the road (vs using Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Using FREE downML – Download Media Library plugin and you’ll be able
    to download a zip file of your entire library!

9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

The WordPress media library can do a lot more than just store your media files. It is a powerful tool that covers all of your media management needs and more, and I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about it.

In this article, I’ll explain how you can leverage your library to its full potential – discussing everything from image uploading to image compression and uploading limits to the effects of cropping.

I’ll also cover media management in WordPress and image editing using the library. Finally, I’ll present you with techniques on how you can organize and download your entire library without having to use an FTP client.

Let’s get cracking!

The WordPress Media Library.
The WordPress Media Library.

An Introduction to the Media Library

The WordPress Media Library is essentially a directory of every single media file that has been uploaded to your site (whether it is ultimately published or not).

Media files include images, videos, audio and even documents. Regardless of where you upload the media to your site, it will show up in the library from where you can view, edit and manage it.

You can also integrate various plugins with your library to kick it up a notch. It’s flexible, portable and customizable. Its advances in recent versions of WordPress have made it one of the most polished features in the world’s most popular content management system.

How to View and Search Your Media Library

You can access the library by clicking Media in the sidebar. You have two viewing options: grid (shown above) and list:

The media library list view.
The media library list view.

WordPress also enables you to filter and search for images by file type, date uploaded and keyword:

Media Library search and filter functionality

How to Change the Media Library Upload Limit

If you’ve ever attempted to upload large media files, you may have come across an error message along the following lines:

The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

Fortunately, this problem can be solved relatively easily.

But before we proceed, it’s sensible to note that upload limits are there for a reason. Unless you’re uploading a video or audio file (most people will tend to host these on specialized external services), there should be no reason for your media files to exceed your upload limit. Files that take a long time to upload will take a long time to download (which will of course negatively affect the user experience), not to mention the strain put on your server.

Disclaimer aside, Jenni McKinnon wrote a comprehensive piece on increasing the media file upload limit. Check it out if you’re technically minded, but if not, a decent alternative is the free Increase Max Upload Filesize plugin.

How to Enable Image Compression for Uploaded Media Files

Image file size is important for a number of reasons, and fortunately, it is possible to compress images with little to no noticeable difference.

You can read my complete guide to image optimization, but for the purposes of this post, the key step you should take is to install WP Smush. (Oh, and don’t forget to check out the even better premium version, which leaves the competition in the dirt!)

Once installed, this plugin will simply do the job for you – no further work necessary.

How to Disable WordPress’ Default JPEG Compression

Awesome penguins

By default, WordPress compresses JPEG images to 90% of their original compression level. In case you’re wondering, the photo on the left shows the difference.

You’ll struggle to spot it, which is probably why the core developers saw fit to include this feature.

However, you can encounter problems when integrating additional compression solutions (such as WP Smush); your double-compressed photos can start looking pretty messy.

Fortunately, there is a way around the enforced compression. Just follow Raelene Wilson’s simple guide, or download the super simple Disable JPEG Compression plugin.

How to Prevent Duplicate Image Files

Whenever you upload an image file to WordPress, is likely to duplicate it into multiple sizes. This can be highly useful if you, for example, would like to display image thumbnails and link to larger versions. However, for most people, those extra image files represent nothing other than a waste of space.

And if you’re anything like me (read: anal-retentive), all of those redundant files will bug the hell out of you.

Let’s start by checking out the different image size that WordPress wants to create by navigating to Settings > Media:

Media settings

The solution to this issue is simple and as old as time itself. Well, actually Timothy Bowers handled it back in 2011. Seems like a long time ago, right?

Just change the width and high numbers to 0 and WordPress will stop producing those pesky extra image files.

While you’re at it, if you’ve got a huge archive of redundant images, use the free Image Cleanup plugin to eradicate them in just a few clicks:

Image Cleanup
2222 images! I’ve got some cleaning up to do…

How to Edit Images Within WordPress

My general advice would be that you edit your images before you upload them, but if you’re here I’m going to assume that you’re interested in editing image files within WordPress.

Well, you’re in luck, because for a content management system, WordPress offers pretty damn sophisticated image editing functionality. Just click the Edit button within the Media Library and you’ll be presented with a screen something like this:

Image editing screen

You’re able to rotate, flip, scale and crop any image in your Media Library, as well as add a caption, alt text, description, and change the filename. You can apply the changes to all sizes of the same image if you’d like by clicking the “All image sizes” radio button under Thumbnail Settings.

The rotate, flip and undo/redo tools are all self-explanatory, so let’s focus on cropping and resizing.

Cropping an Image

Using WordPress you can crop images in multiple ways. The simplest way is exactly how you do it on any other image editing tool: Drag the selection box to choose how you’d like the image to be cropped.

The other way involves one extra step but ensures that the aspect ratio of the image stays intact. Enter the values for your preferred aspect ratio, press the shift key and adjust the selection box.

The third way to crop an image using WordPress’ inbuilt tool is by manually entering the dimensions of the selection box. The dimensions must be entered in pixels. If your pixel estimation game is strong, you can use this last method to crop images.

Does all of the above leave you a little confused? Don’t worry – WordPress has really handy tooltips to help you along the way. Whenever you’re at a loss, just hit one of the blue question marks for more information:

Editing tool tips

Scaling an Image

Scaling images in WordPress is a lot simpler than cropping and resizing them manually. All you have to do is enter either a new width or height (the other will adjust to keep the ratio correct) and click Scale. Yes, it really is that simple.

The only downside of scaling is that you can only scale down. Scaling up would ruin the pixel density. If you accidently scale your image down to a miniscule size then instead of re-uploading it, press the Undo button and have a go at it again.

How to Download Your WordPress Media Library

Have you ever felt the need to download your entire media library? It may be because you have an excellent collection that you want to have backed up on your system or simply because you need the media files for distribution.

With a bit of googling you’ll find some techniques involving FTP clients. But for WordPress development dummies (don’t worry – I’m one of them) we have an easier way to download the entire Media Library. Just download the free downML – Download Media Library plugin and you’ll be able to download a zip file of your entire library!

Note that, depending upon the size of your Media Library, using this plugin could lead to a timeout. You may need to discuss how to best utilize this plugin with your hosting provider.

Do you use the Media Library on a regular basis? In your opinion, what are some other must-knows about media management? Let us know in the comments below.

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Happy name – domains, social media handles & more!

Happy name – domains, social media handles & more!

I’m always looking for tools to help my start-up clients and entrepreneurs. I’m certainly not new to doing domain searches and looking up social media handles (i.e. going to Facebook to see if the new desired company name already exists as a Company Facebook fanpage or if someone grabbed the custom URL – facebook.com/companyname).I recently was introduced to HappyName.com, and am QUITE HAPPY about.
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HappyName.com makes searching easy. It checks for

  • Domain availability (versus GoDaddy.com)
  • Toll Free number matching name
  • Facebook “social handle” / name availability
  • Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest “handle” availability
  • One can even do a free US Trademark search

Very impressive Jamison Hill. Very impressive indeed.
Questions? Contact Jamison at jamison@happyname.com

 

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Guide to Backing up Google Apps, Mail, Drive, Calendars and Contact

Guide to Backing up Google Apps, Mail, Drive, Calendars and Contact

Prevent loss of data after a hacker or purely to calm your only paranoid nerves.

While the Google Drive desktop app does do some backup, Google Drive itself is vulnerable to data loss just like the next organization.

If you are a Google Apps user like me, you also probably wondered (or not) – how do I back that up every once in a while? Surely I’m protected right? RIGHT?!?!?

Well, there are some awesome tools.

Google Drive backup tools and software

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Google Takeout

Google’s in-house tool for creating one-off exports of your data in different Google services, Google takeout is a serviceable means of creating a manual, one-time Gmail backup. Google takeout creates a .zip file of all your Gmail messages in the MBOX data format, which you can then manually re-import to your Gmail account if any data is lost.

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Backupify for Google Apps

Whereas Google Takeout, Backupify Snapshot and Backupify Migrator are all viable choices for one-time Gmail backup or Gmail migration tasks, enterprise-grade Gmail business continuity and Gmail disaster recovery plans require automatic, recurring Gmail backup and restore solutions. That’s where Backupify for Google Apps comes in.

Backupify for Google Apps backs up all your Gmail accounts (along with Google Drives, Google Calendar, Google Contacts and Google Sites) up to three times per day, and allows one-click recovery of Gmail messages. These Gmail backups occur automatically, without oversight, every day — freeing administrators from the tasks of creating regular manual Gmail backups, and ensuring that all Gmail data is backed up and available for recovery at all times.

Backupify for Google Apps is the best Gmail backup solution money can buy.

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How to Update your DNS on WP Engine via cname or A Record

UPDATE YOUR DNS VIA CNAME OR A RECORD

The final step of the migration process is to direct traffic to the WP Engine website. In other words, when people go to your domain name, we want them to see the website hosted on WP Engine. This will require updating your domain’s DNS zone file record with your WP Engine IP address. By the end of this step, when people to go your website using the domain name, they will be directed to your newly migrated website.

Before continuing we’d like to make you aware that there are two methods in configuring your DNS:

  • CNAME
  • A Record

We highly recommend all of our customers utilize a CNAME when configuring DNS as this provides flexibility in the event that your site needs to be migrated. Unlike an A Record that utilizes an IP Address, a CNAME will never change even if your site moves to a different server.

WEBSITE PREPARATION:

If you’ve used the hosts file trick to view your website on WP Engine, you can proceed to the next step. If you’re still using the temporary URL (ex: [sitename].wpengine.com) then you will need to update the URL to your live domain.

  • Update WordPress URL

LOCATE WHERE YOUR DNS IS HOSTED:

If you already know where your DNS is hosted, you may skip this part and proceed to the next step. If you’re not sure who hosts your DNS record, you may do a WHOIS record lookup. Go to pureWhois, type in your domain name, and click on ‘Search.’ On the next page you will see a long record. Towards the bottom of a page, locate a section called “Name Servers.” The Name Servers are usually named after the company where you have the DNS record hosted. So for example, if one of the Name Servers is called ‘COCO.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM’ then that means the DNS record is hosted with CloudFlare.

Please note that there are host providers that own the nameservers, such as BlueHost, and because of this you will need to setup your nameservers elsewhere. Your current host can help you determine how to move your nameservers.

LOG INTO YOUR DOMAIN MANAGER:

Once you’ve identified where you domain’s DNS record is hosted, the next step is to log into your Domain Manager to change the DNS zone file record. Below are the links to the common DNS hosting companies with their instructions on how to access the Domain Manager:

UPDATING THE RIGHT RECORD

You will only need to perform one of these. WP Engine recommends only utilizing the CNAME as described at the top of this article, as this makes your site more flexible in the event it needs to be migrated.

Update The CNAME

Once logged into your Domain Manager, select CNAME for your Record Type (also called Zone Function) instead of A Record. Once changed, input your WP Engine CNAME, which is going to be yourinstall.wpengine.com. You can learn more about finding your CNAME here. Save the record and allow a few hours for the DNS propagation period to take place.

Update The A Record

First, you’ll need to find the IP address that is associated with your WP Engine account. To locate the WP Engine IP, you can follow the steps in this document: “How to Find Your IP Address?” Additionally, you can simply ping [yourinstall].wpengine.com. If you don’t know how to ping a domain, you can use this website to find your IP: Site24x7. Just type in the [yourinstall].wpengine.com address, enter the access code, and click on the button ‘Find IP.’Lastly, you can find the IP address associated with an account by logging in to your User Portal, clicking on the account that you need the IP for, and looking at the Overview Page:User Portal IP

The ‘A’ record controls what IP address your website traffic goes to. All other records will stay the same. Locate the ‘A’ record instances of your current IP address and replace it with your WP Engine IP. Save the changes, and now we have to wait. On average, it takes 2-4 hours for the DNS record change to take into effect, but technically speaking it may take as long as 24 hours total. This is a result of the IP change having to propagate to servers across the world, and unfortunately cannot be expedited.

Once you’ve configured your DNS, you may use the Launch Phase within the Migration Checklist to verify that your DNS has been pointed to us; which you may find in your User Portal.

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Creating an ADA-compliant website

Creating an ADA-compliant website

"Special thanks to Nicole Nash, Web Designer at TechRepublic for a putting together a SOLID good summary and checklist!!! Reposting this amazing content as a resource for clients who are interested and are prioritizing. "

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that businesses and nonprofit services providers make accessibility accommodations to enable the disabled public to access the same services as clients who are not disabled. This includes electronic media and web sites. While the ADA applies to businesses with 15 or more employees, even smaller businesses can benefit from ensuring that their websites are ADA compliant. Doing so opens your company up to more potential clients and limits liability. Web developers should include ADA compliant features in the original site and application plans.

This is particularly important when working for a government agency or government contractor, as these organizations must follow web accessibility guidelines under Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Although ADA and Section 508 compliance are different, the published checklist for Section 508 compliance offers insight into ways to make websites accessible for people with disabilities, and thereby work toward ADA compliance.

To check your website for accessibility, use the accessibility checklist published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications):

  • Every image, video file, audio file, plug-in, etc. has an alt tag
  • Complex graphics are accompanied by detailed text descriptions
  • The alt descriptions describe the purpose of the objects
  • If an image is also used as a link, make sure the alt tag describes the graphic and the link destination
  • Decorative graphics with no other function have empty alt descriptions (alt= “”)
  • Add captions to videos
  • Add audio descriptions
  • Create text transcript
  • Create a link to the video rather than embedding it into web pages
  • Add a link to the media player download
  • Add an additional link to the text transcript
  • The page should provide alternative links to the Image Map
  • The <area> tags must contain an alt attribute
  • Data tables have the column and row headers appropriately identified (using the <th> tag)
  • Tables used strictly for layout purposes do NOT have header rows or columns
  • Table cells are associated with the appropriate headers (e.g. with the id, headers, scope and/or axis HTML attributes)
  • Make sure the page does not contain repeatedly flashing images
  • Check to make sure the page does not contain a strobe effect
  • A link is provided to a disability-accessible page where the plug-in can be downloaded
  • All Java applets, scripts and plug-ins (including Acrobat PDF files and PowerPoint files, etc.) and the content within them are accessible to assistive technologies, or else an alternative means of accessing equivalent content is provided
  • When form controls are text input fields use the LABEL element
  • When text is not available use the title attribute
  • Include any special instructions within field labels
  • Make sure that form fields are in a logical tab order
  • Include a ‘Skip Navigation’ button to help those using text readers

(Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

If the site meets all these criteria, it is likely accessible to people with disabilities. The best test is to obtain feedback on the site’s ease of use from people who are blind, deaf, and have mobility disabilities, then address their feedback with site improvements.

When collecting feedback, ask users what type of adaptive technologies they use. This will allow you to cater your website to your particular clientele, and will help you appoint resources toward the best compliance options. Navigating the Internet is particularly challenging for people with limited or no vision. Many blind people use specialized web browsers and software that works with standard web browsers, like Internet Explorer, that have features that enable users to maximize their Internet use and experience. This screen reading software reads the HTML code for websites, and gives the user a verbal translation of what is on screen.

Web developers need to keep this in mind when creating websites. The best screen readers use naturalized voices and alter tone and inflection based on HTML tags, so choose layout elements carefully. It is also important to keep in mind that navigation is significantly slower when using a screen reader than it is for sighted people. Sighted people don’t have to wait for the reader to get to the link we want- we spot links quickly and are able to navigate to our sought items, often without having to do any reading at all. Minimizing graphics also helps shorten reading times and speed navigation for disabled users.

Don’t wait for user feedback to discover the gaps in your website’s accessibility. Conducting your own trial run will tell you where the site has too many graphics, and where HTML tags don’t convey information accurately. It’s wise to do trial runs with as many of the most popular screen readers available:

Development tools and tutorials exist to help web designers meet compliance standards and go beyond to offer disabled users an enjoyable experience (and keep them coming back). Check out the following for more information:

Then make your job easier with these web accessibility development tools:

You probably won’t have to check your site with all of the available evaluation tools out there, but it is a good idea to do so for the most common web browsers. Just as accessibility software makes it easier for people with disabilities to navigate the Internet, these tools make it easier for developers to ensure accessibility from the start. When you think you’ve mastered it, go back through the Section 508 compliance checklist to ensure you’ve met every goal.

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ThinkStockPhotos.com and iStockPhotos.com – Getty Images

ThinkStockPhotos.com and iStockPhotos.com – Getty Images

We use both ThinkStockPhotos.com AND iSTOCKPHOTO.COM for your Stock Photo needs

ThinkStockPhotos.com is $299 for a one-month subscription.
StockPhoto is $399 for a one-month subscription.
You definitely have access to a “greater variety” on iStockPhoto, but BOTH usually meet average needs.
Some of our clients have to move to a per image license basis as more and more libraries are managed OUTSIDE programs.

istockPhotos.com – Been using them since March 2006!

We’ve had a great experience with ThinkStockPhotos.com for the past 2-3 years.

Click below to our Affiliate Program. All our commissions roll back to providing awesome amazing websites and graphics for customers like you!





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How to transfer domain from Register.com to GoDaddy.com

How to transfer domain from Register.com to GoDaddy.com

TRANSFER AWAY FROM REGISTER.COM

For those that need help with transferring their website domain from Register.com to GoDaddy, here’s the link to a how-to page on GoDaddy.com…. conveniently copied here for your convenience.
https://www.godaddy.com/help/transfer-away-from-registercom-8033

Before you can transfer your domain name registered with Register.com to us, you need to prepare your domain name so it will successfully complete the transfer process. You must make sure of the following before you begin:

  • The domain name has been registered at Register.com for at least 60 days.
  • The domain name contact information has not been changed within 60 days.

Once you ensure that the domain is eligible for transfer, you must follow the basic steps for preparing a domain for transfer before you can begin the process with us:

Step in the Process Reason
Disable privacy settings
  • If your domain has Private Registration, a service that hides your personal information from the public, you will not be able to confirm your admin email address in the Whois database. Contact your current registrar to disable the private registration.
Confirm administrative contact info
  • As part of the transfer process, GoDaddy emails the Administrative Contact at the address listed in the Whois database. This email contains the Transaction ID, Security Code, and instructions that are used to approve the transfer.
Unlock domain
  • By default, most domains are locked to prevent unauthorized transfers. Before a transfer is requested, the lock must be removed and the status verified as “Off.”
Obtain authorization code
  • Get an authorization code (also known as an EPP code or transfer key) from your current registrar.

Disable privacy settings

  1. As with most registries, you will need to contact Register.com directly for assistance removing privacy.

Confirm administrative contact information

  1. Log on to your account at Register.com.
  2. Click the domain you want to transfer.
  3. Under the My Account section, click Contact Information.
  4. Under the Administrative Contact section, click Edit.
  5. Update the contact information, click Continue, and then click Continue again to confirm Whois changes.

NOTE: Changes to contact information may take up to 24 hours to take effect.

Unlock domain

NOTE: If your domain is already unlocked, skip ahead to the Obtain Authorization Code section.

  1. Click the domain you want to unlock.
  2. From the Enable/Disable Domain Lock section, click Disable Domain Lock.
  3. Click Continue, then click Continue again on the confirmation page.

Obtain Authorization Code

NOTE: Some domain name extensions, primarily country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs), do not require an authorization code.

  1. Click the domain you need an authorization code for.
  2. Click Obtain Auth Info Code at the bottom of the page and click Continue Transfer.
  3. You will receive a warning message. Select the acknowledge box and click Continue Transfer again.
  4. Fill out the mandatory fields, then click Request Authorization Code. Your authorization code request will be verified.

NOTE: Your code will be sent to your email address within 4 – 5 days.

Once you’ve completed these basic steps at Register.com, you’ll need to shift your attention over to GoDaddy to complete the process by purchasing a domain name transfer and authorizing the transfer to us.

Purchase Domain Name Transfer

You must purchase a domain name transfer from our website. We send an email message to the domain name’s administrative contact after you purchase the transfer. The email contains the transfer IDs (transaction ID and security code) you’ll need to authorize the transfer in to your account with us.

NOTE: If the extension you want to transfer is not listed, you cannot transfer the domain name to us.

When you purchase the transfer, select one of the following nameserver options:

  • Keep the existing nameservers — If you have a hosted website for your domain name (with us or another company), select this option to ensure that your site does not go down during the transfer.
  • Change … to park nameservers — If you have an email account with us for the domain name, are using our Off-site DNS, or if you’ve created a Premium DNS transfer template prior to the transfer, select this option. For more information, see Managing Domain Names with Off-site DNS and
    .

Authorize Domain Name Transfer to Us

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.
  3. From the Domains menu, select Transfers.
  4. Click Authorize transfer.
  5. Click Add now.
  6. In the Transaction ID and Security Code fields, enter the transfer IDs we sent to the administrative contact’s (admin) email address, and then click Add.

    NOTE: If you did not receive transfer IDs, click Resend Transfer IDs.

  7. Do one of the following:
    • Select the Basic tab, and then enter the Authorization Code from the current registrar (if applicable) in the field next to your domain name.
    • Select the Bulk tab, and then enter one domain name and its authorization code per line. Separate each domain name from its authorization code with a comma, space, or tab.
  8. Select I authorize the transfer…, and then click Finish.
  9. Click OK.

NOTE: For most domain name extensions, a transfer between registrars takes five to seven days from the time you authorize it. The process and time required for transfer completion can vary for certain extensions, such as country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs). For more information, see About ccTLDs (Country-Code Domain Names), and then click the Help article for your extension.

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Paypal – DPRP is Disabled.

Paypal – DPRP is Disabled.

Let’s start from the beginning.
DPRP stands for DirectPayment Recurring Payments. It’s a module that enables you to have multiple payments, subscriptions and recurring payments with your shopping cart forms when using PayPal API integrated. For instance, we use PayPal with our favorite 3rd party form company, JotForm (www.jotform.com). Been using them for YEARS, if not just about a decade soon!

Despite the fact that it’s a feature that should be enabled automatically when you signed up for PayPal’s legacy “Website Payments Pro” (PayPal 3.0) OR when you signed up for a new “Payments Pro” account (PayPal 2.0)
(why is the newer one 2.0 and the older one 3.0 is BEYOND me)…. 

You MUST enable this feature. Calling into customer support was a crazy amount of loops with some very informed amazingly helpful sales and customer support reps and OTHERS were trying to read the internal information/FAQs board and couldn’t find the answer. Was a frustrating experience to say the least.

RESOLUTION. READ HERE. 🙂

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Big shout out to Paid Memberships Pro for their 2012 post!

STEP ONE:
Log into your PayPal account

STEP TWO:
Follow this link to a legacy page you’ll never find in search or posted online or on PayPal.
It’s an old link from 2012 or so to add the Recurring Payments feature onto your account.
https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_dp-recurring-payment-signup

This page will have you go through a checkout form to add Recurring payments to your account.

Screenshot of the SIGN UP page – what you’ll see when you click the above link!!!!!

SCREENSHOT of what you’ll see AFTER you agree. This will effectively remove the DPRP is Disabled
message and enable you to get started in accepting RECURRING PAYMENTS. Worked within minutes.

 

 

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You’ll have a chance to download the full write-up of PayPal Policies by clicking here

 

 

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Google Apps for Work – yes, we love!

Google Apps for Work – yes, we love!

We’ve had solid good experience with Google Apps.

We’ve been using Google Apps for BROEKMAN communications since they launched, and it’s really helped
our team work faster and more efficiently. We think you’ll also benefit from trying it out for your business.
* Fast email. Searchable. Archivable. Uses Gmail interface but is customizable.
* Fast on all devices (iphones, ipads, etc.) if you set-up email as IMAP not POP mail!
* Integrates with all their products

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that includes Gmail for professional email,
Drive for online storage, Hangouts for video meetings, Calendar for scheduling and Docs
for editing files. We get things done using any device we choose.

If you’re interested, check out this link:
https://www.google.com/work/apps/business/landing/partners/referral/trial.html?utm_source=sign-up&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=apps-referral-program&utm_content=XHQARJB.
I can also send you a coupon that saves you $10 per user for the first year, so just let me know and I’ll provide details.

With Google Apps, I focus less on IT and more on what I love to do. I hope you can benefit as well.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

What is Google Apps?

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It’s simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can focus on what really matters.

Millions of organizations around the world count on Google Apps for professional email, file storage, video meetings, online calendars, document editing and more.

Watch a video or find out more here.

Here are some highlights:

Business email for your domain

Looking professional matters, and that means communicating as you@yourcompany.com. Gmail’s simple, powerful features help you build your brand while getting more done.

Access from any location or device

Check email, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more whether you’re at work, at home or in transit. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone.

Enterprise-level management tools

Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more. Your data always belongs to you, and it goes with you if you switch solutions.

Start free trial

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Custom book printing

Custom book printing

Have a client in need of publishing a book? Choosing the self-publishing route? Or are you more in need of printing a hardcover high-end quality yearbook like catalog book? Either way, we can help.

Let us help you design and manage the layout of your deliverable. We’ve handled dozens of the following types of jobs:

  • Client Portfolio
  • Real Estate portfolio
  • Annual Report
  • Project Report
  • Investor Relations Presentation
  • Listing Presentation
  • Corporate Presentation
  • Powerpoint
  • Lifestyle/Concierge presentation
  • Timeshare presentation
  • Donor Relations presentation
  • Building Fund presentation
  • Angel Investor Presentation for Start-up
  • Start-up Presentation
  • Internship project
  • Film funding presentation
  • Franchise presentation
  • City Planning presentation
  • Entitlement presentation
  • City Council Town Hall presentation
  • Elected Candidate presentation
  • End of Year Report

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Dropbox adds commenting feature – a better way to get feedback!

Dropbox adds commenting feature – a better way to get feedback!

We know working with multiple people can be difficult. With conversations scattered across email threads and chat windows, feedback can get lost and it can take forever to get everyone on the same page.

That process just got much simpler. Now you can post comments to files on the Dropbox website — so conversations stay organized in one place, and you can gather feedback in just one step.

 

To bring someone into the loop, just type “@” followed by their name or email address. They’ll get an email notification with both your comment and a link to go right to the file.

To try it out, go to Dropbox.com, click on one of your files, and add a comment on the right. To learn more about this feature, visit our help center.

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WordPress Site Hacked – What do I Do?

WordPress Site Hacked – What do I Do?

Yes, it happens.

For starters, you don’t cry and you certainly don’t ignore it. Don’t get angry (well, it’s actually a source to channel some great Spartan workouts, but that’s another discussion). You can do this. We’re either going to RECOVER ourselves or we’re going to hire someone to do it. The more you know what’s involved the less overwhelming it will be (on the other side of FEAR is knowledge). 🙂

If you are here for PREVENTION, click HERE:
https://broekmancomm.com/services/website-development/wordpress-maintenance-checklist/

STEP 1: ASSESS & DETERMINE NEXT STEPS

Go here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/webmasters/hacked/ to see a video Google created that explains everything!

  • How and why sites are hacked
  • Process to recover a site and remove the user-facing warning label
  • Time-to-recovery depends on extent of damage and technical skill of administrator
  • Two options:
    • Do it yourself
    • Get help from specialists

STEP 2: BUILD TEAM OR DO YOURSELF

Do you have skills and are doing yourself? Follow the below. Otherwise, do get yourself a good professional recommendation from your network. We’re happy to help walk you through the steps for a nominal fee.

STEP 3: THE PRODUCTION LIST

1. Contact Hosting Company to determine shared server is secure with infection or if its just you who is toast. If yes, request change server. If you have money, go to shared virtual server which attracts more serious clients. If you have even more money, get a dedicated server!

2. Log into Google Webmaster Tools launched (specialists know how to do) – will be using tools to review and fix search

3. Assess the Damage and Identify the Vulnerability.

  • Compare WordPress code to the original source (hidden malware pops out as a big ugly difference)
  • Compare theme code to the original source
  • Remove any malware found

4. Clean and Maintain your site

  • Update WordPress to the latest version. Doing this ensures that there are no security loopholes, which I’m sure there was!
  • Remove unused themes from WP
  • Update WP Theme, create child theme to protect existing customization
  • Update all plugins and remove any unused ones
  • Install Sucuri Malware protection plugin which monitors that no files are changed, prevents hackers from accessing certain files & hides them, etc.
  • Remove any open contact forms where URL injections could have taken place and use 3rd party secure tools like JotForm
  • Review MySQL database and determine what cleansing needs to take place.
  • Determine if we can safely add .htaccess code to disable PHP execution in subdirectories

5. Request a Review at Google Webmaster Tools!

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WordPress Maintenance and Security

WORDPRESS MAINTENANCE & UPGRADES

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For over 10 years, we’ve been developing, managing, updating and moderating WordPress-based websites. One thing we’ve learned along the way, similar to ANY website and ANY content management system, keeping the foundation integrity solid requires minimal, but constant digital TLC = aka love, care and maintenance (like any relationship!).

In today’s digital age where security and data integrity are critical to ALL (from the one wo(man) show to the Fortune 100), we all desire to NOT be hacked, to NOT have downtime, to MAINTAIN our website integrity, to ENSURE security… to give you and your staff peace of mind!!!

Here’s a quick and dirty list of things we do as part of our one-off or monthly retainers!

WORDPRESS MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  1. Website Backups
    • Back-up core files using BackUpBuddy or BackUpWPPro that make your website work!
      (can also backup WordPress natively via FTP as well as backup the MySQL database via your
      hosting account’s cPanel or PhpMyAdmin)
    • File/database backups – auto performed once per weekly (min)
    • Backups stored offsite (Amazon S3)
    • Restore from backup once every 3-4 months to ensure backups valid;
      this ensures that if/WHEN the site gets hacked, we’ll get up and running FAST!
  2. Software Updates
    • Apply available security patches / updates
    • Update & Maintain content management system updates
      i.e. Upgrade WordPress to the latest version
    • Upgrade all plugins to their latest version to maintain stability
    • Backup existing custom WP theme
    • Ensure that the site is not vulnerable
    • Remove any unneeded website extensions
    • Remove any inactive website administrators
  3. Check for Broken Links
    • Run link checker to crawl site and look for broker links that frustrate users
      and reduce search engine rankings
    • Check for 404 (Page not found) errors and fix link or set up redirect
    • Update broken links, broken images, etc.
  4. Site Speed
  5. Search Engine Optimization
    • Check Google Webmaster Tools for any crawl errors.
    • Identify structural issues with site that may affect how search engines view our site (i.e. missing titles, duplicate content – (PAID service – Moz.com – Search > Crawl Diagnostics report)
    • Identify new referrers that are sending traffic to your site.
      (In Google Analytics go to Acquisition > All Referrals)
    • Make recommendations to freshen content on website
  6. Analytics

    • Create a Google Analytics dashboard to highlight the most important metrics for your site.
    • Look for trends (good or bad) in your key metrics.
  7. Spam
    • Incorporation of DISABLE comments ensures that we’ve closed up ANY loop holes in the site by preventing comments or other potentially spam-like content!
  8. Functionality
    • Test any important functionality (i.e. working contact/signup forms, donation forms, etc.) to make sure everything is secure and working properly 🙂
    • Test website across all internet browsers and multiple devices and provide feedback
  9. Administrative / Operation Management IT Tools
    • Domain, Hosting and Dedicated IP address management – remind you when things are due to expire to ensure smooth operation . Want to learn more about DNS, CLICK HERE
    • Update your copyright date in your footer and update other date references
    • Ensure any dated content is up-to-date

For TIPS ON UPDATING YOUR SITE, CLICK HERE

 
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