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Category Archives: Featured Articles


Celebrating 20 Years In Business 1997-2017

Celebrating 20 Years In Business 1997-2017

We’re happy to announce that we’re celebrating 20 years in business this year! We still have a few customers that have been with us since the beginning, too. We started out building websites when the Internet was barely born under the name Web Wizards, and grew from hosting a handful of sites to hosting hundreds of sites across a cluster of servers. We’re building and redesigning more websites than ever before, now specializing in WordPress, and renamed ourselves a few years ago to Press Wizards®….

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Cloudflare data leak Cloudbleed and what it means to you

Cloudflare data leak Cloudbleed and what it means to you

Your website is most likely not affected We learned of the Cloudflare data leak (dubbed “Cloudbleed”) late last night, and have dug into the issue – long story short, I think it’s a non-issue for almost all sites at this point. Only every 1 in 3 million requests were affected, across a few thousand sites that run through Cloudflare, with network data being output on a few dozen sites that were indexed and cached by search engines. “With the help of Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others, we…

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Boost website performance, eliminate server load, using Cloudflare’s Page Rules

Boost website performance, eliminate server load, using Cloudflare’s Page Rules

Many website owners use the amazing and free Cloudflare CDN (content delivery network), which caches static files (images, javascript, CSS) in all 28 data centers around the world, while also providing a layer of security and traffic scanning/blocking. The result is faster load times for your web site, and lessened possibility of a hacked or attacked website. Most website owners also enable server-side caching, with WordPress sites usually using W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, Hyper Cache, or other popular plugins. These plugins lessen the server load…

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Benefits and warnings with using the new Universal Analytics in Google Analytics by Yoast v5.0

Benefits and warnings with using the new Universal Analytics in Google Analytics by Yoast v5.0

Google Analytics by Yoast v5 was a major rewrite, and had some issues that affected all sites, but was quickly patched throughout the day, ending with v5.0.5 being automatically pushed out to all sites that haven’t turned off automatic minor updates. Let’s review the updates in Google Analytics now that we’ve had a few days to play with it on a number of live sites that we manage for customers. Google Analytics by Yoast v5 Enhancements For Google Analytics by Yoast, the v5 update includes these new…

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Improved Outgoing Email Delivery

We’re happy to announce we’ve improved outgoing email delivery from all our servers for everyone. Prior to this weekend, our email servers would accept external email for your domains, or from your web site contact forms, and based on your email address settings, would do basic scans for spam and virus, then store it in your mailbox, or forward it to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other outside email address you specified. The spam filtering is simple keyword scanning and score based (more spammy…

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Announcing the WordPress Featured Images in RSS plugin

I’m excited to announce the new WordPress Featured Images In RSS plugin. It adds a site’s blog post featured images to the RSS feed of the site, with options for image size and positioning. I’ve seen lots of blog posts cover how to add this functionality to a theme by editing the theme’s functions file and manually adding the code (including one I wrote for Fandom Marketing), but 99% of the folks I talk to don’t understand how to do that. So, this plugin was born….

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WordPress 3.6 Coming Soon

The team at WordPress talk about the new 3.6 release in their Beta 1 post: “We’ve been working for nearly three months and have completed all the features that are slated for this release. This is a bit of a change from the betas of previous release cycles. I felt very strongly that we shouldn’t release a beta if we were still working on completing the main features. This beta is actually a beta, not an alpha that we’re calling a beta. If you are a WordPress…

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Tighten Your WordPress Site's Security With These Tools

Recently there’s been more and more sites getting infected with malware via automated scripts because of weak passwords or insecure non-updated WordPress sites. Here’s a few tools and tips we recommend to secure your WordPress web site better. First, start using a strong but memorable (so you’ll actually use it) passphrase for each site login. See this kxcd comic first to understand the point: http://xkcd.com/936/ Then go here to help you choose a nice, easy to remember, yet very strong passphrase: http://passphra.se/ I add the site name to…

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Update to WordPress v3.5.1 Highly Recommended

WordPress version 3.5.1 is the first maintenance release of 3.5, and it fixes 37 bugs! It also includes three security updates that affect all previous WordPress versions. The major fixes include: Editor: Prevent certain HTML elements from being unexpectedly removed or modified in rare cases. Media: Fix a collection of minor workflow and compatibility issues in the new media manager. Networks: Suggest proper rewrite rules when creating a new network. Prevent scheduled posts from being stripped of certain HTML, such as video embeds, when they…

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WordPress 3.4 Is Available

Yes, we’ve already updated our site! 😉 The release of WordPress v3.4, dubbed “Green”, includes a few fun new features, and more importantly, some great performance improvements. View the short highlight video from WordPress.org, and read through the list of features and improvements shown after the upgrade, below. Live Theme Previews Try on New Themes Gone are the days of rushing to update your header, background, and the like as soon as you activate a new theme. You can now customize these options before activating a new…

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