WordPress 3.3.2 was just released. As this is a security release, and also contains bugfixes, it is very important to get your installs upgraded! Check out the WordPress blog post for full details. Also, Beta 3 of version 3.4 is out for those of you who are testing.
I came across a couple of posts recently which showed me how to monitor my website uptime using Google Docs. They both work great, one is for a single site. That is suffucient for many users, and you can use multiple copies, 1 to monitor each site. The next one is inspired by the first, but allows for multiple sites in a single sheet. These are fantastic tools that set up easily. Check it out:
This was an absolute quality read right here!
A.k.a. Help us to help you!
This has kind of been the philosophy behind VoodooPress. I don’t claim to be any sort of expert. I’m just here to learn, and publish what I learn, in hopes that what I type will help someone, some day!
Smashing Magazine Feed
So I was looking through Google Reader, and this post went by from Jeffro over on WP Tavern. This was all news to me, so I clicked his source link over on Securi.net. Which got me a bit interested. I had seen a lot of issues on the WP forums lately about wonky admin panels and I wondered if they were related. Turns out that, at least the ones I check, are related. I’m finding script injections in the source code of the sites I check. So if your admin panel has gone bad, please scan your site here. If you find you have issues, check out Jan’s advice here, 4 posts down. Good luck!
If your site is bad on securi, the result will look like:
Suspicious domain detected.
One of our readers suggested on twitter yesterday that we release a file of our settings for w3 Total Cache. Here’s the thing: I am NO expert on these things. I’m just beginning to experiment with caching. Up until recently I was on Godaddy, and Godaddy does not play nice with cache plugins… or a lot of things I discovered. Anyway, let’s take a look:
I’ve seen this problem around the forums quite often. Here is a quick fix for you. Keep your embedded video in it’s place, and don’t let it cover up your dropdown menus, etc. Nice solution!
WordPress for Beginners
One of our VoodooPress readers had a question recently. Seems they were using the front end posting form we started talking about here. They became concerned that allowing users to upload new images for every post using this technique would soon fill their hosting allotment. That’s a valid concern. Let’s look at one possible technique here.
Well, I’ve checked out ManageWP for about a week now, so I feel I know my way around it well enough to give a bit of a review. I’ll start off by saying that if you run multiple sites, you might want to check this service out, it’s pretty cool.
I recently came across a problem where none of my emails were getting through to anyone, even me. Registration, comments, forms, etc. They were all hosed up. I’ve got a couple of tricks for you here that fixed things for me. This helped normal WordPress emails, Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, etc. First I’ll show you how to send your email from YOU, not firstname.lastname@example.org, then I’ll tell you what else I did that may be host specific.