Keep Your Themes Up To Date or Else

This last week saw lots of news in the Managed WordPress Hosting space.  One of the services FullContact Site owners enjoy is peace of mind knowing that their sites are always up to date.

Why is this important?

Just think about what happens when you site isn’t secure, if it did get exploited what would that cost you in time, money and reputation?  Because wordpress is so popular means that anyone running a WordPress powered site IS a target.   With the latest stats I saw pointing to almost 1 in 5 web sites being powered by WordPress these days, if you are managing your WordPress site correctly its just a matter of when, not if it will be attacked by hackers.

Just to give you an example here’s last weeks update from WordFence, one of the builtin WordPress plugins included with your FullContact Managed WordPress service.

We are seeing exploits in the wild appear within the last week for the following WordPress themes and plugins . If you are running any of these themes or plugins, check if there is a recent security update and install the update, or remove the item from your system if there is no security update. If you’re unsure, contact the theme/plugin developer or vendor.

  • Cubed Themes version 1.0 to 1.2. Remote file upload vulnerability. Distributed by themeprofessor.com. Exploit released on 9 November 2013.

  • Army Knife Theme, unspecified version. CSRF File Upload vulnerability. Theme is distributed by freelancewp.com. Exploit released 9 November 2013.

  • Charcoal Theme. CSRF File upload vulnerability. Distributed by the official WordPress repository. The theme hasn’t been updated for several years, so we recommend deleting all files from your system.

  • WP Realty Plugin may contain an email sender vulnerability. Please contact vendor for clarification. We’re seeing exploits that claim to exploit this hole. Plugin is distributed by wprealty.org.

  • The following themes distributed by orange-themes.com appear to contain a remote file upload vulnerability and we’re seeing exploits appear in the wild, all published around November 12, 2013: Rockstar Theme, Reganto Theme, Ray of Light Theme, Radial Theme, Oxygen Theme, Bulteno Theme, Bordeaux Theme. Please contact the vendor to find out of your theme is applicable and what action to take.

  • Amplus Theme version 3.x.x contains a CSRF file upload vulnerability. We’re unclear who the vendor is, but it appears to be Themeforest.

  • Make a Statement Theme version 1.x.x (also known as MaS ) contains a CSRF file upload vulnerability. Exploit distributed November 17, 2013. Vendor is themes.mas.gambit.ph.

  • Dimension Theme, unspecified version, contains a CSRF file upload vulnerability. Theme is distributed by ThemeForest. Exploit appeared November 17th, 2013.

  • Euclid Version 1 Theme contains a CSRF File Upload Vulnerability. Exploit appeared today. Theme is distributed by FreelanceWP.com.

  • Project 10 Theme, Version 1.0. Remote file upload vulnerability. Distributed by ThemeForest. Exploit appeared today.

Are you running any of these WordPress Themes? Do you have any of these WordPress Themes installed?

If you take a look at this theme list that it’s not just 3rd party distributed themes only that can be affected.  More than one of theme is a theme available in the WordPress Repository!

Be careful, let FullContact Managed WordPress Hosting and Support make sure that your themes are always up to date!

 

Can Pagelines New DMS Save WordPress

First What is a DMS?

Lots of people have asked the question: “what is a design management system?” Is it a theme? Is it a framework?  What does it really mean to me as a WordPress user?

Well, here, let’s go over some of the concepts behind a DMS. What they mean, and why they matter.

The real reason all this matters is that the current options for WordPress Themes SUCK

Here’s a section from “Can Pagelines Save WordPress”

From Sad, but true.  Remember, this is from the perspective of someone who spends a lot of talking to clients and friends about these. I will often be the guy not only recommending a theme, but doing the customizing and support. Lets run over the big options fast so you can get a feel for my thought process.

  • Elegant Themes – some incredible designs, but overall too much work to customize to be worth it for me
  • ThemeForrest – some really good themes, but almost all from small vendors who I will never trust for long-term support
  • Headway – a good visual editor, but I spend too much time re-inventing the wheel to get anything done fast
  • Thesis – Slow development progress, too much upgrade pain, last generation technology
  • Genesis – Last generation technology, inefficient to customize
  • Woothemes (all but Canvas) – some great stuff, but I always seem to need to tweak something that is just too inflexible… it is baffling that all their themes are not based on Canvas.

All of which means that for the last year, the only serious contenders I had when building a new WordPress site that needed to deviate from the norm at all were PageLines 2.x and Woothemes Canvas.

Read the articles and decide for yourself if Pagelines and DMS is the way to go.  We think it is and that’s why we support and Managed WordPress sites powered by Pagelines.

 

WordPress Theme Customization Tricks

Your WordPress Theme or Framework likely includes a number of areas that can be “tweaked” by the Administrator.  These areas are usually managed via separate menus in the WordPress Dashboard.

In most cases you’ll be able to make the changes you want to your site through the standard addition of “Widgets” that add content features to your site.  But for the time that this basic editing of the WordPress theme you are using isn’t enough WordPress provide you with access to edit the core theme files.

This video covers this aspect of managing your WordPress Blog.

Duration: 15 Minute Screen Capture

Description: Learn how to edit any WordPress Theme

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Change The Look and Feel Of Your WordPress Blog With Themes

Do you have a specific idea on how your WordPress Blog is going to look?  What about the way it looks, the colors it uses and more importantly how the Blog functions with the readers?

There’s a lot to think about when you’re presenting your information from your WordPress Blog, luckily making changes is now super easy when you get a good handle on using WordPress Themes.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • Where to find WordPress Themes
  • How To Install WordPress Themes
  • How To Activate WordPress Themes
  • How To Customize The WordPress Theme You’ve Selected

Resources: Themes

Free WordPress Themeshttp://wordpress.org/themes/

Recommended 3rd Party Commercial Themes: http://elegantthemes.com | http://optimizepress.com | http://themeforest.net

Professional Drag and Drop Framework: http://Pagelines.com

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Create A Download Page

How To Get Started Online – Download Pages

Description: Make sure your customers get what they ordered…

and you can continue with your sales funnel!

Try our “Setup A Blog Service” for an instant Blog

This video includes some additional web site building tools and tips.   You’ll learn about html editors like “Kompozer”, FTP clients like “FileZillar” and the mechanics of selling information products online.

Understanding the process your customers go through when they purchase from you can have a deep impact in YOUR bottom line.

Setting up your downloads and order pages to the psychology of the purchase is a the difference between tiny and huge profits.  Take the time to learn from this module and apply what you learn to your online business.

Again if you haven’t taken the time to get started with a wordpress blog at least get get your hosting account setup.  Additional resources mentioned include:

Duration: 71 Minutes

MySmallBiz Resources:

Get Hosting | Build Your List | Register A Domain | Take Payments | Track Your Visitors | Broadcast Radio

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Start Blogging

How To Get Started Online – WordPress Basics

Description: It used to be really hard building web sites….

No it can be don in a matter of minutes!

Try our “Setup A Blog Service” for an instant Blog

If you have time and want to learn about how to use the basic WordPress software found with any hosting account you’ll love this video.  When you’re just getting started and want to avoid that overwhelming feeling new technology can bring, WordPress  and this video tutorial will put you to ease.

It’s a full 1 hour and 10 minutes covering all the WordPress basics from installation, plugins and themes to pages and posts.  Step by step you’ll be taken through every aspect of setting you your own WordPress blog and starting to post on a regular basis.

A properly configured WordPress Blog is the hub to any successful online business and this is where to start.

Duration: 71 Minutes

Resources: Here are links to the resources mentioned in the videos.

Get Hosting | Build Your List | Register A Domain | Take Payments | Track Your Visitors | Broadcast Radio

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WAJ-00: How To Use The SmallBiz Map

Map Overview!

While this video gives you a visual overview of the map.  Make sure to download all the PDF files I’ve prepared.

http://www.mysmallbizu.com/downloads/ is where you’ll find it.  Click on the Beginners Checklist.

Description: Watch this video and learn how to navigate around the Map.

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MySmallBiz Map Basics

Map Overview!

While this video gives you a visual overview of the map there is70 minute audio file that goes into great deal on applying the map to your business.

http://www.mysmallbizu.com/beginners-quick-start/ is where you’ll find it.  Click on the Beginners Checklist.

http://www.mysmallbizu.com/beginners-checklist.html for details.

Description: Watch this video and learn how to navigate around the Map.

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Get Setup

Web hosting, shopping accounts, payment gateways, autoresponders, tracking software, affiliate tools… you could go on and fill 10 pages of things you have to get “setup” for your online business.

Worse yet once you get them setup you’ll need to manage and maintain all that technical stuff.

The getting setup part of Internet Marketing can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be, when it’s done at the right time by the right person.  That’s what I’ll be covering in this quick video.

How to setup your internet marketing business with the least fuss and least cost.

If you’re watching this video and have not yet completed the tasks in the first two videos – go back and finish them now.   There’s no need to get setup if you don’t know what business your in and you don’t already know if there is a market ready to buy and ready to pay for what you want to sell.

If you are ready, pay attention, I’ll be saving you a bundle of time and money in this series of courses.

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15 Minute Online Business

15 Minute Business Startup!

Description: Many small business owners still struggle with what should be the easiest part of starting an online business.

How Do I Get Started Online?

If you’ve asked this question your going to love this video. Follow along as we register a domain name for a web site, setup the hosting account and email addresses, setup a blog, and start posting… in about 20 minutes start to finish.  These steps are the exact same steps beginners are directed to taken when they follow the MySmallBiz 7 day start up manual.

At this point you don’t need a product… you don’t have to have picked a niche…. you just want to get things going.

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Get Started

How To Get Started Online – Getting Started

Description: New to Internet Marketing and Online Selling?

Maybe you’re just new to selling online or even selling.  If you’re just getting started and want to get a solid foundation for your online business you’ll enjoy this 10 video series of courses that will guide you through the basic internet marketing and online selling steps.

You’ll find out what it is you’ll be doing and more importantly how to get started doing it.

This is the one time that our age and experience is going to pay big dividends online!  Don’t delay this is a “Must Do” action item.  The How To Get Started Online Course shows you the exact steps you need to take to make things happen….

so you don’t have to work anymore.

All you need is some experience and a little determination and you’ll be on your way to a steady stream of income and more free time.

Duration: 42 Minutes

Resources: Here are links to the resources mentioned in the videos.

Get Hosting | Build Your List | Register A Domain | Take Payments | Track Your Visitors | Broadcast Radio

Read moreGet Started