Wordfence Security for WordPress Has Opened My Eyes

May 22, 2014 by

Wordfence Security for WordPress Has Opened My Eyes

There’s a lot of noise about Web security these days and one has to wonder how much of it is inflated to sell software and services and how much of it is real. With the release of Glenn Greenwald’s book this month, No Place To Hide, about Edward J. Snowden and national security, the speculation is to be raised even more. Wordfence Alerts

Months ago we wouldn’t have believed how much goes on in trying to attack a website. That was until we began religiously employing the WordPress plugin WORDFENCE to every site we manage.

That has been an eye-opening experience. Even websites for smaller local clients constantly are bombarded by IP addresses, most often in other countries, trying to break into their Admin login and damage the site.

Alerts constantly come in from Wordfence because a bot in Europe has been targeted against a client, this site or DaddyClaxton.com. How it would strategically benefit a group in Europe, Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, the Netherlands, or wherever to gain access to these sites is unimagineable, but regardless, the battle goes on nearly 365/7 and it is constant.

We write this in hopes of two things. 1) Raising your awareness that if you’re running a WordPress site and not using Wordfence, you probably should be just so you’re aware of how hard others are trying to get into your site. 2) You’d better have some fairly strong passwords, and you might want to delete the ADMIN login all together and use another person or name as such. It appears most of the bot attacks our clients, and we get, are preprogrammed to use Admin as the user name and if it isn’t even in your WordPress system, you’re already miles ahead of them.

Wordfence can be configured so that you get an email every time someone is locked out from trying to hack into your site. Or, you can choose not to be notified. It also can be set up to send someone a notification for every time someone with admin capabilities accesses your site,  just in case someone nefarious actually does get in, you’ll know it immediately.

It’s a shame this is what has become of the Internet, but it’s also a fact of life, it’s not going to go away. Wordfence. You need it. And if bots are hammering away so hard at minor WordPress sites, think of how many are programmed to get into your Facebook, Twitter and other accounts once they know your email address….

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Oncor Blog Presentation

May 17, 2013 by

Oncor Blog Presentation

An Oncor Presentation: Blogging 101

An Oncor Presentation: Blogging 101. This photo is linked to the book for iPad version of the presentation.

Recently I was invited to speak during a panel discussion at Oncor in Dallas.  I began a blog in 2004 using the name of TheDadsCenter.org. Somewhere in 2007 I began using my fabled name, @DaddyClaxton on Twitter and then bought the domain. The original “Daddy Claxton” was mentioned in a song by the late, Roy Claxton Acuff, who apparently changed the name from Carter or something else. As we created our business to build websites and now design and produce books for iPad and books for Kindle and Nook, came the development of this site.

This is the presentation I prepared for my 15 minutes. It includes helpful tips about blogging, including must-have plugins for WordPress and a  little bit about the history of blogging in general.

To download the book for iPad, simply go to this Dropbox address and download. (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2269153/Oncor/ClaxtonCreative%20Blogger.ibooks)

To download the PDF version, here’s the link. (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2269153/Oncor/ClaxtonCreative%20Blogger.pdf)

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Using @Hypeapp from Tumult Adding An HTML5 Kickstart To WordPress Site

Apr 9, 2012 by

WOW!

Deutsch: HTML5 Logo English: HTML5 official lo...

Deutsch: HTML5 Logo English: HTML5 official logo (official since 1 April 2011, see FAQ) Français : Logo HTML5 ‪中文(简体)‬: HTML5标志 ‪中文(繁體)‬: HTML5標識 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I downloaded Tumult’s Hype about 3 p.m. and started playing with it and through a little manipulation and searching through their very generous support forums figured out that through Dropbox, adding an HTML 5 animation into a WordPress blog post is as easy as 1, 2 and 3.

Loading An Animated Logo To The Wonders Expedition Website

I’ve only begun to play with this, but it feels like Christmas Morning! The user interface for Hype is easy to use and straightforward.  The user support, FAQs and forum posts are easy to read, follow and have plenty of visual and text support.

Just playing and keeping things simple, I took the TWE logo and put it into the Hype timeline.  I then rotated Y axis of the logo back -60° and then set a second keyframe two seconds later.  At the second keyframe I set the Y Axis back to O°.  At the beginning keyframe I also set the opacity back to 0 so that as it did the build it brought the logo to 100 percent.

Then I went in and added text, having it fly in on the same Y Axis and percentages.

Then I went to Export.

I tried to use the HTML file upload and was able to do that with Fetch via FTP.  I got the page: http://thewondersexpedition.com/TWELogo2.html to work. But when I took that code as recommended and tried to embed it into an actual HTML setting on a post, I could not get it to work.

Ultimately, I tried the Export > to Dropbox public folder route and then added in the coding:

<iframe src=”http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2269153/TWELogo/TWELogo.html” frameborder=”0″ width=”600px” height=”450px”></iframe> and it works like a charm.

 

You can see an example of this very simple format working in Hanna Pethen’s post about the ancient Egyptian story, The Shipwrecked Sailor.

I’ve only begun to play, I mean, work with Hype, but it’s going to be every bit worth the $49.99 to buy it and then use it, taking all my sites and client sites into HTML5 with honor and glory and a lot of pizzaz.

This product is very much worth a go–if you have a Mac!

Other Uses For Hype

Of course the real reason for learning how to use Hype is to employ it as we continue to rapidly move forward with the development of our Interactive Books for the iPad.  More about that, soon!

 

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I need help with SmartS3 and Add To Facebook WP plugins!

May 3, 2011 by

UPDATE May 17, 2011:  SmartS3 plug in developer John Morris reached out to me and helped me get this working.  Thanks John.   I’m going to start using this on this site and others, too.

Anyone out there using SmartS3 for videos off AWS and Add to Facebook plugins on WordPress?  I’m having issues the I’ve been wrestling with for several days and I’m getting more and more frustrated with it.  Can’t get ATF to authorize.  It’s working (on another site)  but I can’t get the msg to go away.

For S3, when I enter in the information it says that the pathway can’t be found.

Error msg from S3 not loading video.

Any suggestions?

 

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Using iPad WordPress App to Update Sites

Mar 29, 2011 by

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

iPad has brought about a world of changes in how we are able to be connected to the Internet, and that’s fantastic, particularly for those of us in the world who run WordPress Websites and need to have the ability to update them on the fly.

The iPad WordPress App does a pretty good job of this, but there’s something you’re going to have to do through a browser before you can use the app on iPad.

Of course, you can try to list your blog sites in the App on iPad and see if you get in, but most likely you’re going to get an error that says you need to open a certain PHP file and change a permission.

Now before you go thinking you’ve got to jump into the FTP client of your choice and pull up the conflicting file, there’s a quicker way to over come this problem.

Simple go to SETTINGS area on the left side of your WordPress Dashboard and go to WRITING.

Pull down half the page and then click on XML-RPC setting and ENABLE it.  Save your changes, and you’ll be able to log in on the WP App on iPad.

This bets the heck out of trying to figure out how to recode it.  And by the way, once you got inside the PHP file, it’ll say it already is…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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