Category: Wordpress

GDPR tools arrive in WordPress 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 was released last Thursday (17th May). It’s a bit different from a standard minor release, as it contains new features – primarily to address some of the requirements of the GDPR. Here are the key points: Privacy Policy Page There’s a tool that allows you to designate a privacy policy page (see Settings -> Privacy). This page is then shown on your login & registration pages (really relevant…

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Surveys, text notifications, online payments… taking a look at Gravity Forms add-ons

For those that haven’t yet come across it, Gravity Forms is a WordPress plugin that let’s you easily add forms to your website.  The form on my contact page is created using Gravity Forms. It’s pretty useful in it’s own right – just as a contact form.  But I thought it might be useful to highlight some of the more exciting things that you can do with the help of…

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A free alternative to Akismet?

I recently blogged about anti-spam solutions, and mentioned that I was testing the Anti-spam plugin on my website, in place of Akismet. Just a very quick update – so far, so good! I’ve not received any spam comments through, and aside from the possibility of any false positives (genuine comments getting blocked – my test comment came through fine), it looks like this might be a viable alternative. Next step:…

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WordPress 3.6 released

It took a while coming, but WordPress 3.6 was finally released last week, on 1st August. You can see the full details here: http://wordpress.org/news/2013/08/oscar/. To highlight a few rather nice new features:

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Things you should check before installing a WordPress plugin

To quote WordPress.org, “Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.” In other words, plugins add specific bits of functionality to your website.  Some examples: A contact form plugin – easily add a contact form…

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How to stop your WordPress website from being hacked

Earlier this month, the BBC and others reported that “WordPress was targeted by a botnet [‘a network of hijacked home computers, typically controlled by a criminal gang’] of ‘tens of thousands’ of individual computers”.  Essentially, the culprits are attempting to brute force their way into WordPress websites (and other CMS-based sites, such as Joomla) by trying to guess common log-in credentials. In particular, the botnet is said to target WordPress…

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How to embed a tweet, YouTube video, slideshare, … into your WordPress post

The best part about this is that it’s soooo simple!  But not everyone even realises this functionality exists, so I thought it was worth highlighting here. Say you’ve seen a particular tweet or some slides that you want to share on your blog – perhaps to highlight a point or to comment on.  Rather than just linking to the tweet/slides/video/etc, it’s kind of nice if you embed it instead.  To…

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Tips for using the WordPress WYSIWYG editor

The WordPress WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor is incredibly useful but just on occasions it can be incredibly frustrating in equal amounts! (particularly if you don’t use it regularly).  Here are few tips to help you get the most out of it: When writing a longer blog post, make use of the ‘Read more’ tag (12th icon from left, top row).  The tag tells you main…

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