Help: I only have SFTP/SSH access, How can I update my WordPress plugins?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

WordPressRan into this one today.  A site with only SFTP/SSH access, and the server required the “FTP” method of updating plugins/WordPress.  Remember FTPS is not SFTP.  FTPS runs over HTTPS/SSL, while SFTP runs over SSH.  Confusing?

Fortunately there’s a nice little plugin called, SSH SFTP Updater Support.

You must download it, then upload the contents of the zip into /wp-content/plugins/, then Activate the plugin in the admin.  It will add an SSH2 (which is used for SFTP) option to your “Updates” screen.

Worked for me.

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WordPress 3.3 Released

Monday, December 12th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

WordPressI just updated, and you can too!

WordPress 3.3, “Sonny” (in honor of Sonny Stitt) – is available for download, or update inside your WordPress.

You can see some of the features listed in my WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 2 post:

  • New toolbar (was the admin bar in 3.2)
  • Accordingly, there are some Admin Bar API changes ($wp_admin_bar->menu no longer returns anything), check out add_nodeadd_menuremove_node,remove_menuget_node and add_group.
  • jQuery libraries are updated (jQuery 1.7.1, and jQuery UI updated to 1.8.16)
  • wp_editor() API has changed
  • QuickTags are improved (HTML toolbar)
  • If you used wp_localize_script, you’ll want to use wp_add_script_before instead
  • File uploader (the flash one) is replaced with Plupload
  • wp_enqueue_script() works mid-page
  • New is_main_query() function (yay!)
  • Help and screen API changes


WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 2

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

WordPressYesterday, WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 2 was released.

Sounds like we’re getting close to the real deal.  My bet is next week.

If you haven’t been following it, here are some new things in WordPress 3.3:

  • New toolbar (was the admin bar in 3.2)
  • Accordingly, there are some Admin Bar API changes ($wp_admin_bar->menu no longer returns anything), check out add_node, add_menu, remove_node, remove_menu, get_node and add_group.
  • jQuery libraries are updated (jQuery 1.7.1, and jQuery UI updated to 1.8.16)
  • wp_editor() API has changed
  • QuickTags are improved (HTML toolbar)
  • If you used wp_localize_script, you’ll want to use wp_add_script_before instead
  • File uploader (the flash one) is replaced with Plupload
  • wp_enqueue_script() works mid-page
  • New is_main_query() function (yay!)
  • Help and screen API changes

I’m excited … hoping it comes out before I launch a site in the next week.

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WordPress: Story of a Hack with WSO

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

WordPress is great, but the more people that use it, the more “criminals” out there that will target it’s vulnerabilities.

Alex has a detailed write up covering his site being hacked, in My website was hacked – yours could be too!  You won’t know until it’s too late.

From the article (read the whole thing):

Yesterday I found out that my website had been hacked. Not only that, but it had been hacked months ago, and I hadn’t even noticed. How did this happen?

I only found out about it because somebody was kind enough to email me to let me know that they saw this on Google

Even the best of us get hacked when we use any “standardized” platform (Windows, OS X, WordPress, Drupal, etc.).

What is WSO?  It’s an environment hackers can upload to your server when they find a vulnerability, and use it to access everything on your site.  When you’ve been hacked, this is the payload that a hacker wants delivered.  It could site dormant for months before being activated.  Ever hear about those “Zombie Computers”?  WSO is like a bite from a zombie, it can transform your website into anything they want at any time, all they have to do is wake it up.

Did Alex make any mistakes?  Maybe … he should have been aware of the TimThumb vulnerability, as most WordPress developers were.  Is it his fault?  Not really.

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How to Hide all the WordPress in WordPress

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

WordPressI’ve been working on writing an article on Purpose Built WordPress templates.  This morning I ran across a post by Ben Word, at benword.comHow to Hide The Fact That You’re Using WordPress.

WordPress tends to add a LOT of “stuff” in both the final HTML, and all the layers that build it.  This is done to accommodate the masses.  As a developer you can write <img src=’images/image.gif’ alt=’test’> or you can ping a database, resize an image, pull the proper alt tag, construct the final img tag then output it to the screen.

All the same, WP adds code to your header to account for all the functionality it MIGHT use.  Not necessarily all the functionality it does use.

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WordPress: Marketing your Blog by Chris Penn

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

This talk at WordCamp Boston covers a handful of techniques for marketing your blog.

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WordPress: Custom Post Types with K. Adam White

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

WordPressK. Adam White does an excellent job reviewing many aspects of Custom Post Types in WordPress in his talk at WordCamp Boston last month.

Included in the review:

  • Taxonomies
  • Slugs
  • Plugins useful with Custom Post Types
  • Cost/Benefit of Custom Post Types
  • Why you would use Custom Post Types
  • How to build a Custom Post Type
  • Some general Q&A

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W3 Total Cache: Version Supports MediaTemple ProCDN

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I love Media Temple for web hosting (anyone who I’ve worked with knows they are the first hosting company I recommend).  I love W3 Total Cache for speeding up my WordPress sites.

The two are now married.  Err… maybe they’re friends?  At least … they are connected.

The new version of W3 Total Cache added API support for MediaTemple’s ProCDN offering (it’s EdgeCast but rebranded as MT).

To get the required Account #, and Token you need to log into your EdgeCast (ProCDN) account.

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Google Page Speed Service: Your site, served by Google

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google and I both appreciate site speed.  It’s important to your end users, to your hosting, and to your sanity.

Google Page Speed ServiceThere’s a euphoric feeling a web developer gets when his site loads in under 500ms (or even lower).

Google has announced, and launched, the Google Page Speed Service.

It’s new, and by invite only (it seems only to Google Apps customers).  If you don’t have the service you can:

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Google+: The +1 button, Introduction and How To

Monday, July 11th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google+ is important for all marketers and web developers to understand.

Growth in Google+ has been growing faster than anyone had intended (even Google is surprised, and ran out of disk space).

Why is Google+ Important

Like all major internet communities in the past 15 years, they all come to an end.  AOL was the king for years (remember when your AOL IM screen name was just as important as your current Facebook profile?).  After that died off, and AOL became “lame”, we all moved to MySpace.  I remember looking down upon people who still had “@aol.com” email addresses.  As a web developer I was hearing for years that clients wanted to developer their own version of MySpace.

Now, we’re ashamed of MySpace, and many of us have removed our pages (I don’t know if mine is still up, I haven’t logged in in years).  Why didn’t we like MySpace?  It wasn’t clean, it wasn’t professional, and alienated many of our family members (could you imagine putting our grandparents on MySpace?).

Facebook has been all the rage recently.  It appeals to a broader demographic.  You can get your parents on Facebook, along with your grandparents, and some people even have their pets on Facebook.  Fortunately our dog still doesn’t have her own Facebook page.  I’m fighting against it.

We have to plan for the next steps.  Historically companies have peaked, and then gone down hill.  If you are the founder of a company, when do you want to cash out?  At the peak.  Facebook is positioning for an IPO (and many feel it will kill the company).  Zuckerberg is cashing out.

Enter Google+.

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