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WordPress 4.3 Update

While the version 4.2 brought us a lot of revolutionary improvements like browsing and switching themes in the Customizer, Emoji support and an improved Press This button, version 4.3 will totally change the way you use WordPress on small-screen and touch-enabled devices.

 

WordPress 4.3 focuses on improving both Admin UI and the Editor on touch-enabled and small screen devices. The editor will be loaded with outstanding features like saving/updating content without refreshing the page and working of Cmd/Control+S in the text view, on the other side, the Admin UI will retire media-new.php and have better responsive list tables. Additionally, several guest contributors will also be reimagining and improving the Network Admin UI for mobile.

 

Security has always been a crucial concern in WordPress and once again, WordPress team is focusing a lot on making websites more secure than ever. As WordPress’ biggest chink in armor is passwords, version 4.3 is getting a major overhaul in terms of how passwords are chosen. Below are four main points that Mark Jaquith, who is leading the team working on passwords, has included in his plan for passwords:

 

 

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AQTRONiX WAF for IIS

AQTRONIX WebKnight is an application firewall for IIS and other web servers and is released under the GNU General Public License.

 

More particularly it is an ISAPI filter that secures your web server by blocking certain requests.

 

If an alert is triggered WebKnight will take over and protect the web server.
It does this by scanning all requests and processing them based on filter rules, set by the administrator.

 

These rules are not based on a database of attack signatures that require regular updates.
Instead WebKnight uses security filters as buffer overflow, SQL injection, directory traversal, character encoding and other attacks.

 

This way WebKnight can protect your server against all known and unknown attacks.
Because WebKnight is an ISAPI filter it has the advantage of working closely with the web server, this way it can do more than other firewalls and intrusion detection systems, like scanning encrypted traffic.

 

More Details:AQTRONIX WebKnight

 

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FQDN to folder in aliased FQDN using htaccess

Simple method of displaying aliased FQDN to a folder in the primary web site. You have two domain names but you do not want the second name just pointing to the primary name as a domain alias! You would rather have it pointing to a folder instead.

 

Sample.net is an alias of sample.com

 

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^sample\.net [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://sample.com/services/tech-services-solutions/$1 [R=301,L]

 

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress

 

 

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TinyMCE Advanced

TinyMCE Advanced: This is a must have plugin for any WordPress install.

 

This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.

 

Some of the features added by this plugin
◾Support for creating and editing tables.
◾More options when inserting lists.
◾Search and Replace in the editor.
◾Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.
◾And many others.

 

With this plugin you will also be able to enable the TinyMCE menu. It is a convenient way to access a lot of features that are not used frequently.

 

More info; plugin download here:

 

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All in One WP Migration Plugin

A revolutionary deployment solution for WordPress that will finally solve the problem with deployment from and to a website. This WordPress plugin takes care of your database, your plugins and your media files. The end result is a very small package that can be deployed automatically using the plugin’s one step import or manually by hand following our guide.

 

The plugin allows you to export your database, media files, plugins, and themes. You can apply unlimited find and replace operations on your database and the plugin will also fix any serialization problems that occur during find/replace operations.

All in One WP Plugin is the first plugin to offer true mobile experience on WordPress versions 3.3 and up.

◾Tested the plugin on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 with the default available IIS

◾You will need to make sure that Windows\TEMP folder has write permissions for the IIS user

 

Memory_limit requirement of only 32MB
◾The plugin handles archiving of files by using 2048 bytes of chunks
◾The plugin processes database find/replacement in chunks of 1MB

 

Plugin Source:

 

 

 

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Pydio 6.0

pydio Pydio 6.0 has been released. It is the first open source file sync & sharing solution to deliver tight control of information on the scale demanded by enterprises and service providers, and to combine this with the same intuitive ease-of-use found in modern consumer apps and cloud services.

 

Pydio is open source software that turns instantly any server (on premise, NAS, cloud IaaS or PaaS) into a file sharing platform for your company. It is an alternative to SaaS Boxes and Drives, with more control, safety and privacy, and favorable TCOs.

 

As easy to use as great consumer software, Pydio is designed to provide enterprise grade security and control. Unbelievably easy to install for System Administrators, Pydio connects instantly to your existing employee directories.

 

We have made this available as a standalone product or to a website as an install script available with our Linux shared hosting.  See the Pydio You tube channel here.

 

 

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

 

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.

 

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when I wrote my original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further!
This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

 

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

 

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Contact Form 7

 

Contact Form 7 is the best WordPress contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

 

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

 

https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

 

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Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security

 

Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. We do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.

 

Wordfence Security is 100% free. We also offer a Premium API key that gives you access to our premium support ticketing system at support.wordfence.com along with two factor authentication via SMS, country blocking and the ability to schedule scans for specific times

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

 

 

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Why You Don’t Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail

We will explain why we stand by this and why many experts stand by this as well.

 

First, email is a just a file. A file like any other files. Email whether you read it or not, is stored on your hard drive. Malicious files attached to an email are located on your hard drive. To an anti-virus scanner it does not matter whether the offending file arrived by email, arrived by file-sharing,, or arrived by download. It is all the same to it. Any good up-to-date anti-virus will prevent you from opening a malicious worm or virus no matter how it arrived. Until and unless you click the attachment the virus or worm will not execute. And if you’re using Outlook Express, and you have kept it updated with the latest patches from windowsupdate it will not execute merely by looking at your email.

 

Our advice is sound. Email scanning might have been useful years ago, but not anymore. We’re not sure it ever was. Six or seven years ago one could wander the Internet and open emails rather freely. Viruses were rare and the number of people using anti-virus programs was small. With the Internet Boom of 1999 came an influx of millions of new people using the Internet and millions of new potential targets for those who have nothing better to do than to ruin other people’s fun. So worms, Trojans, and viruses became numerous, but still few used good anti-virus protection.

 

Email Scanning by any anti-virus is not recommended because the harm and delay that scanning can cause don’t justify the minimal (if any) benefits to be derived. One of the biggest problem caused by email virus scanners is corrupted Outlook Express DBX (data) files. If these files become corrupted, whatever mail you have stored in them will be unreadable. Email virus scanning is the number one cause of corrupted DBX files; and hence the biggest cause of unrecoverable email. Other problems are minor but they’re a nuisance: Aggravating delays in sending or receiving email being among the top nuisances.

 

Many others do agree with us on shutting off email scanning in your anti-virus program. The following article by Tom Koch, a Microsoft MVP explains it best. Mr. Koch details not only why you should turn off your email scanner but how Outlook Express works, as well as other interesting and little known Outlook Express facts. Here is an excerpt from his excellent article by Tom Koch:

 

“…When encountering the symptoms of DBX corruption, many people immediately fear that their computer is infected with a virus. As surprising and ironic as it may seem though, the most common cause of DBX corruption is not a virus, but rather anti-virus programs that are configured to scan incoming or outgoing e-mail. Even the most well-known anti-virus programs have exhibited this problem from time to time. To lessen the risk of such corruption you should disable the e-mail scanning module in your anti-virus program. This is usually easy to do by looking at the user-configurable options in the anti-virus program. It is not at all necessary to scan e-mail for viruses to protect your computer.

 

Now before you dismiss me as mad, let me explain why e-mail scanning is unnecessary. Almost every anti-virus program for Windows installs by default a system scan that runs in the background every time Windows starts. This scan is necessary to protect your computer. If you receive a virus in an e-mail attachment, the virus cannot do anything at all until you actually open the attachment. …”

 

The most important thing, and we cannot emphasize this strongly enough, is to use a good, reputable anti-virus program (AVAST and AVG are two good free ones) and keep it updated daily! An anti-virus program which is not updated is worse than none at all. It will return false-positives and ignore real threats. So, above all, keep your anti-virus program up-to-date. And NEVER open an attachment directly from your email. ALWAYS save it to your desktop (or another easily accessible folder) and scan it with your anti-virus program before opening it. Another thing we cannot emphasize enough: Keep your Microsoft Windows current.

 

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