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Review DaisyChain WordPress Responsive Theme

daisychain responsive theme from tt themes

This is my personal review of DaisyChain Premium Responsive Theme for WordPress I started with the freeware version and was impressed right away. After a quick install via WordPress theme repository DaisyChain went live with no errors. My old widgets were saved to an inactive widgets area. Just drug them to DaisyChain’s right sidebar. Next and most important to me was to test the theme for HTML5 compatibility and it passed with flying colors. Next was to test it’s structured…
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Blackholing Spam Notifications Prevents IP Blacklisting

blackhole prevents spam email response

How to prevent your server / hosting IP being blacklisted by spammers! Your default inbox is probably full of spam without your knowledge! When a spammer sends a blind email ([email protected]) to your domain the server sends a bounce notification to the reply to address in the spam email. That’s a major problem! Here’s how to fix it. A client recently was getting bounce messages from AOL who blacklisted the sending IP address. To make a long story somewhat short….
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OVH Networks King Of SPAM Bots

ovh networks king of spam

When it comes to Spam and I’m not talking about the kind that comes in a can. In my personal opinion OVH Networks is the king of spam. I see their IPs in my logs each day. Tweet a blog post and here they come rushing over to attack your posts. OVH spam used to mostly come from France. But over the past few months a flood of their bots have been seen coming from Canada. They are using IP’s…
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WordPress HTTP & HTTPS Via This Protocol Relative Mod

wordpress https

Are you ready to go https with your WordPress blog? Here is a neat trick that will allow your blog to accept both HTTP and HTTPS using Protocol Relative with no insecure page errors. Ive been running WordPress for many years and recently made the jump to TLS Encryption by using CloudFlare Free https. CloudFlare and many others have disabled SSL because of a security vulnerability. The latest encryption protocol is “transport layer security” (TLS.) The disadvantage of this is,…
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Your Business Domain Name Shouldn’t Be Registered By Another

domain name ownership admin contact

How many of you own your domain name? Meaning are you in control of your domain another company or service registered for you? If that management company goes out of business you could be stuck like Chuck. While updating a site for a client recently we discovered the domain was registered in another companies name. A scenario like this can become a major nightmare if the person that initially registered your domain name becomes unreachable. Death of registrant, out of…
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Buttons-for-website.com Referrer Spam

buttons-for-website.com

I discovered buttons-for-website.com in this blogs referrer logs about a month ago. Since then it’s been popping up in all my sites logs a lot. Sometimes 25 times each day. However navigating to buttons-for-website.com redirects a visitor to sharebutton.net. That website is offering this code to add share buttons to your website. I’ll be damn if i would insert that code into my website. My first thought was it could be used for phishing social media login credentials when someone…
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Best WordPress SEO Plugin By Yoast

yoast wordpress seo

Just a quick plug for Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin I have tried many SEO Plugins for WordPress but Yoast WordPress SEO is without a doubt the best! It’s important if you want to rank well in search indexes. Having the proper meta tags and especially open graph meta for social sharing. Yoast SEO does a fantastic job of managing your Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter meta. It even supports twitter cards. If your using another SEO plugin simply deactivate it…
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Is Your Website HTML5 Compliant?

It’s time to update your websites HTML to HTML5 to be complaint with today’s web standards. If you are running WordPress like this blog it’s HTML5 Compliant out of the box so to speak. But often themes and plugins are not complaint and throw up errors. Best bet is to start here: W3C Markup Validation Service. Copy and paste your websites url and run the validator. Be sure to check other pages and articles besides your home page. My advice…
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CloudFlare Universal SSL Here Are Some Helpful Tips

CloudFlare Universal SSL

CloudFlare just added their Popular Universal SSL to free accounts. Earlier today, CloudFlare enabled Universal SSL: HTTPS support for all sites by default. CloudFlare SSL provides state-of-the-art encryption between browsers and CloudFlare’s edge servers keeping web traffic private and secure from tampering. “I’ve been using CloudFlare flexible SSL with the pro plan for a few months. And to be honest it was a PITA getting my pages secured showing the browser padlock since this was my 1st venture using SSL….
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Google Gives Authorship The Boot!

Google Authorship Is Dead

Google via it’s spokesperson John Mueller is saying, “we’ve made the difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results.“ The post went on to say. I’ve been involved since we first started testing authorship markup and displaying it in search results. We’ve gotten lots of useful feedback from all kinds of webmasters and users, and we’ve tweaked, updated, and honed recognition and displaying of authorship information. Unfortunately, we’ve also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users…
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Watch Out For WordFence.com Key Auto Renewal

WordFence API Premium Key Auto Renew Invoice

Just about a year ago i purchased two WordFence Security Premium Keys. WordFence is a decent WordPress Security Plugin that has a few extra perks if you purchase a premium key. I had no plans on renewing my keys. Just figured id let them expire. Well what a shock i got when i received an email from [email protected] telling me they Auto Renewed my keys. Below is that email. From: “Wordfence Billing” <[email protected]> To: <[email protected]> Subject: Your Wordfence keys have…
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Malaysia Air MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine

Malaysia Air MH-17 Wreckage

Malaysia Air MH17 shot down by a Russian made Surface To Air Missile! Should Vladimir Putin bare responsibility for this tragedy? “One radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before the plane went down Thursday, according to the official. A second system saw a heat signature at the time the airliner was hit, the official said. The United States is analyzing the trajectory of the missile to try to learn where the attack…
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Google Refines Authorship Removes Photos & Circles

Google Revises Authorship Program

If your websites search results lost it’s Google authorship profile photo and circles here’s why According to this Google Plus post by John Mueller “We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices. As a part of this, we’re simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count. (Our…
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Edward Snowden Interview With Brian Williams Full

Edward Snowden Full Interview 05/27/14

Edward Snowden Full Interview with NBC News Brian Williams Aired 05/27/2014 Edward Snowden, in an exclusive interview with Brian Williams, is fighting back against critics who dismissed him as a low-level hacker saying he was “trained as a spy” and offered technical expertise to high levels of government. The in-person conversation with Snowden was conducted over the course of several hours and was shrouded in secrecy due to Snowden’s life in exile since leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs…
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Pandora One Internet Radio Review

Pandora One Windows Client

I have been a subscriber to Pandora One for several years and it’s renewal time. And I should also say that i enjoy the service. It works well with Pandora One’s Windows client. “Got what looks like a data dump of unreadable code this morning in a renewal email from Pandora. Well i figured i would go and renew for another year. I log into my Pandora account and were hit with a screen that prompted me to renew at…
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Advanced WordPress Bad Bot Blocking Using Bad Behavior

How To Block Malicious Content Thieves

Are you running a WordPress blog and suffering from resource draining and content theft? If so here are two things you can implement that will show the abusers the door. These days there are a multitude of resource hogs that will eat up your websites hosting resources really fast. If you are social sharing your blog articles the risk of getting your website shut down (especially if on shared hosting) is high. The net is like the old wild wild…
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How To Properly Implement Google Authorship In WordPress

doing Google authorship the right way

There is a lot of well meaning but wrong information on the net regarding Google Authorship, so i decided to lay it out for fellow WordPress authors. In a nutshell – authorship should only be displayed on your WordPress posts. Lets start out with what you shouldn’t do. Then i will explain how I do it. The first no-no is adding authorship into your header manually. While this will pass the Google structured data testing tool, it puts it everywhere…
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IPv6 Is Making The Rounds Are You Ready?

IPv6 global get ready today

I have been seeing quite a bit of IPv6 entries in my stats lately Gotta admit i was not up on it, and when i noticed this entry 2a03:2880:11:1ff1:: i was saying to myself what the heck is that? (not exactly in those words.) That’s an IPv6 address. Really weird looking i must say. I did a little digging and came up with this website test-ipv6.com where you can test your ISP and browser for IPv6 compatibility. Check out the…
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It’s The Internets 25th Anniversary How Did We Live Without It?

Doc's Place BBS in late 1997 Camped out on a MSN 128k ISDN Internet Connection

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 Years since the Internet was rolled out to the general public I was a BBS SysOp (bulletin board system operator) at the time having put my 1st board online with an old IBM 286/12 clone computer and a 2400 baud modem. And i never imagined i would be able to do the things online as we do them today using the internet. While it has been 25 years that the Internet and World…
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The Cure For Adobe Flash Player Crash In Firefox Browser

Waterfox The 64 Bit Firefox Alternative

For better than a year i have experienced annoying adobe flash player crashes in Firefox web browser I kept waiting on a Firefox update that would fix it. Gawd knows how many reports i filed with Adobe when their flash player crashed. Firefox updates came and went with flash crashing as usual. Before we go any further i should point out this flash player crash fix is for 64 bit Windows Seven users with Mozilla’s Firefox web browser only. I…
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