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Doc is an old pre-windows days bulletin board system operator (SysOp) turned net guru. He specializes in CloudFlare setup. SEO. Social Media. Tweaking and Modding WordPress. General Webmaster Net Help. His advice has always been FREE and still is! Have questions? Contact Doc.

WHM cPanel Acquired By Oakley Capital Raises License Fees

cPanel license fee increase

Running WHM / cPanel hosting cloud instance? cPanel has new multi tiered pricing. It’s no doubt that cPanel is the best web server software on the net, but from what I’m reading starting on 09/01/19. Licensees will be billed by how many account’s (domains) are hosted on an instance. Looks like it will get really expensive to run under cPanel. As a hobbyist i have 5 domains hosted in my vps instance, which would put me in the Admin tier…
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Content Delivery Network Best For Worldwide Reach

content delivery network

Trying to reach a worldwide audience? A content delivery network (CDN) is he way to go. The whole idea is to push your content from a node closest to your audience. This blog is pushed out of CloudFlare which delivers it worldwide with the least amount of network hops. This world map shows this cdn’s node locations in major cities. If your audience is closest to one of these nodes, they will be better served by the cdn, rather than…
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Google Shortening Meta Description Length

Google Meta Description Reduced

Google is reverting back to it’s previous shorter meta description length. The latest meta description is said to be reduced to between 150 to 170 Characters. Though as of this post no definite meta length has been revealed. According to Yoast. Our meta descriptions need to be shorter. Just a few months ago, we told you that your meta descriptions could be longer. Now we’re saying that they should be shorter. I understand the confusion. But Google changed its mind. And…
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Hotlinking: Damaging Your Trust Factor & Stealing Resources

33arvida Hotlinking Images

Hotlinking is the shady dark-web practice of linking to resources on your server. Scammers are stealing your bandwidth. Even worse your resources are used to spread malware killing your domain’s trust factor! Google and Bing track your images and other hotlinked resources. Backlinks coming from spammy phishing domains and will earn your domain a penalty. Here’s how to stop this bad element in it’s tracks! 😉 As a rule Google Analytics and even WordPress Jetpack stats will not show your…
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Visitor Maps Who’s Online WordPress IPV6 Mod

Visitor Maps IPV6 Database Mod

Visitor Maps and Who’s Online by Mike Challis is a favorite among WordPress webmasters to display visitors IP addresses and location. Unfortunately IPV6 addresses are cut off by visitor maps 20 character IPV4 field limit. Doc shows how to mod it’s character length in this tutorial solving the problem. Visitor Maps and Who’s Online is unfortunately no longer available on the WordPress plugin repository. Mike Challis explains what happened below. From Mike Challis: I am the original author of Visitor…
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Yoast SEO Version 7 Removes Manual Sitemap Toggle

Github Yoast SEO V7 Ticket 9317 Archive Sitemap

Yoast SEO Version 7 removes manual sitemap toggle. As an advanced WordPress blogger selecting what sitemaps were generated was a big plus for me. Yoast’s WordPress Version 7 is hyped to be cleaner lightweight code with unneeded features removed. Meta keywords was an unneeded feature that many folks probably didn’t use, I agree with that removal. But in my personal opinion removing sitemap display configuration was not the proper thing to do. The change was to a simple yes /…
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WHM cPanel Latest Version Update To Current Instructions

Webhost Manager WHM Mai Menu

WHM cPanel Version 70 is in Current release as of this posting. Version 70’s biggest feature is cPhulk country blocking. This protects your server from SSH and other attacks by troublesome countries that take place constantly. Today we lay out how to update your servers preferences to upgrade to any Current WHM / cPanel release. First before attempting this procedure we highly recommend taking a snap-shot / backing up your instance if this service is provided by your hosting provider….
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SITE Command Useful To Find Search Indexed URLS

Site Command Find Indexed URLS

Simple browser tool SITE command checks if your urls are indexed, or in our example are NOT Indexed. This works with Bing and Yahoo search, Google search, and possibly others like AOL and Yandex Etc. Being a conservative blogger FidoSysop has noticed some blog posts that should be getting lots of views are not. It’s a known fact that conservatives and Donald Trump supporters have a target painted on their backs by big tech. Unfortunately even with SEO best practices…
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Yoast SEO Premium Plugin ‘View Update Details’ Problem

Yoast SEO Premium Support

As a general rule we prefer to preview what’s new in WordPress plugin updates. After plopping down $89 for Yoast SEO Premium I’m impressed. However when a new Yoast SEO premium update was available, I was not able to view the new version details because of a error. I could preview other WordPress plugin update details before actually doing the update, but not on Yoast SEO Premium. So it was time to check out Yoast’s world class Premium Support, so…
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Spammy Markup Google Webmasters Manual Action

Google Webmasters Reconsideration Approved

Observed a Google Spammy Markup Manual Action in your Webmaster Tools dashboard? If not ya might want to have a quick look. Google is cracking down on Schema Spammy Markup and AMP page violations. Doc is a regular Webmaster Tools console visitor watching how his blogs are doing in search. In early January 2018 he noticed a spammy markup manual action on his docsplace.org domain. Looking further i noticed these manual actions were also applied to several subdomains. Markup on…
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Send Your WordPress Blog Into Orbit Using KeyCDN

KeyCDN Data Usage Report

Looking to optimize your WordPress powered Website or Blogs speed and reach? We recently evaluated two CDN Networks, StackPath and Key CDN, and chose the later. Content Delivery Netwotks commonly referred to as CDN replace your server for feeding images, video, css and JavaScript externally. We found both StackPath and KeyCDN pretty much equal in performance. Both CDN’s offer a free trial. StackPath formerly known as MAX CDN required a credit card on file to get their free trial. The…
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Google AMP Page Errors Caused By WordPress

Webmaster Tools AMP Page Errors

If you’ve noticed your WordPress website AMP Pages are showing critical errors in Google Webmaster Tools don’t worry. The AMP errors were caused by Automattic’s Amp plugin after a recent upgrade, that’s since been fixed. Apparently after it’s previous update the amp plugin was not stripping out <script> and </script> commands in the html code. That’s a big no-no to Google. Automattic updated it’s amp plugin that cured this problem. We are posting this for reference in case some are…
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Full Encryption Done Right Using CloudFlare FREE SSL TLS

Secure SSL TLS Encrypted Website

These days the best available transport layer security (TLS) can be acquired at no cost. And purchasing a certificate is no longer necessary. Here’s how we do encryption correctly using CloudFlare Free FULL Strict SSL on this blog! Running your website forum or blog under CloudFlare provides the best available speed through caching and unbeatable firewall in the business. It’s as easy as going to cloudflare.com and registering your account. After registering your webmaster account click add website and follow…
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WordPress 4.7.4 ‘Noopener Noreferrer’ Added to target=”_blank” Links

WordPress Reverse Tabnabbing Vulnerbility

WordPress is adding both ‘noopener and noreferrer’ tags to external AND internal links opening in a new tab. Essentially anything that opens in a new window or tab (target_blank) on your WordPress site. We noticed this earlier today after updating an article then viewing it’s source. If you set a link to open in a new tab, WordPress will now, apart from adding the target=”_blank” tag. WordPress also adds the rel=”noopener noreferrer” tag automatically. Not only that if you open any old post and…
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How to Migrate WHM cPanel to Easy Apache 4 and PHP 7

WHM cPanel Easy Apache 4 Migration PHP 7

If you’re running WHM / cPanel Server chances are your PHP Version is 5.5 or older. Updating to PHP 7 has many new features that you’re sure to love and the speed increase is fantastic. PHP 5.5 is already at it’s end of it’s life-cycle. PHP 5.6 is nearing it’s life-cycle and is scheduled to expire in January 2018. Upgrading is important to ensure best server reliability and security. I’m a firm believer in keeping up with tech, and came…
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Facebook Comments Robots Block Impacts Website SEO

Facebook Comments Website Blues

Recently we added Facebook Comments to this blog thinking they would improve engagement among site visitors. But a robots.txt block spoiled the fun. Facebook users as a rule stay signed in when going to other places on the net. So having FB Comments installed makes it quick and easy to leave a blog comment on an article. Sounded like a win-win scenario. Unfortunately we discovered today that FB is putting a robots.txt block on our comments url. We found this…
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AdSense Not Worth Jumping Through Google’s Hoops

Why Google Denied Our AdSense Account

AdSense, why it’s probably not worth the aggravation of applying and jumping through Google’s approval process hoops. Personally speaking the ads look tacky on websites to me and are a distraction when reading an article. Plus it can take many months or even years to earn your 1st $100 needed to get paid. Then Google scrutinizes the clicks and there is a good chance your AdSense account will be suspended. Read many AdSense horror stories on groups and blogs. This…
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Easiest Facebook Comments Without Plugin WordPress Mod

Facebook Comments WordPress

Want to add Facebook Comments to WordPress but don’t want to use a plugin? Just add these two code snippets and it’s a done deal. This mod also works with Simple:Press the WordPress forum plugin. Plugins are a quick easy way to add Facebook comments to WordPress but some add extra bloat to your site. That added bloat eats up system resources slowing your blog down. It’s easy to save those resources by adding Facebook Comments manually by adding two…
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WP Fastest Cache Premium Plugin Best Under CloudFlare

WP Fastest Cache Premium Review

We have been running this website under WP Fastest Cache for several months with exceptional results, so we decided to opt for WP Fastest Cache Premium. WP Fastest Cache Premium speed increase is fantastic, even when testing using Google page speed insights. Google page speed insights has been described as too strict for WordPress websites, thus results in the “green are not achievable” but we proved the nay sayers wrong with this test. The best we did with WP Fastest…
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Drake Enterprises 204.79.180.49 Cyber Services Attacks

R.L. Drake Scraper Bot

Drake Holdings IP Range 204.79.180.0/24 AKA AS62540 has been attacking my blogs for months. Drake is attempting to harvest every article image etc on the two WordPress sites. Fortunately we run our DNS through CloudFlare and are able to block the attacks. CloudFlare provides the best cyber attack protection in the business, even on free accounts. Quite a bit of info about Drake Holdings comes up in a Google search, including this discussion on webmasterworld.com forum. Contacting the administrator via…
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