Breaking into WordPress from the outside

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Have you ever needed to access information within your WordPress database from a page that exists outside of WordPress? It might seem unlikely you would ever see this scenario at first glance, but I will give you a real world scenario below where we needed to do just that as well as provide the solution. […]

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Prevent WordPress Login Brute Force Attacks in 2 Steps

Following directions from your ISP

WordPress Login – Brute Force Attack Recently, there was a highly-distributed WordPress attack that affected sites worldwide. These attacks seem to be happening more often and not just to major websites. For some time now I’ve using security solutions that can automatically add IP addresses to a blacklist when they exceed a certain number of […]

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What Can 1-800-Pet-Meds Teach Us About Email Marketing?

Customized marketing messages necessary to break through cluttered inboxes.

It's not very often that I admire an Email marketing campaign, or even read them for that matter, but that's not the case this morning with 1-800-Pet-Meds. Today when I received their Email newsletter I couldn't help but be impressed by how well they used what they know about me and what I love, Greyhounds, to personalize their newsletter just for me.

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Big Changes in WordPress 3.5 Coming Dec. 5th

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It's only been a few months since the last major upgrade and now we're just a few short weeks until the next major release of WordPress, version 3.5. If you are a plugin or theme developer you should be testing your products now rather than after the release. Like most major releases of WordPress, this one is packed with hundreds of smaller updates and several big changes that may effect you so at least take a few minutes to review the list of major changes here. (Also, look for the bonus link at the bottom of this post.)

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Four Content Tips For Website Publishers

Ideas For Website Content

While it's not exactly a new concept, the idea that "Content is King" is firmly entrenched in the online marketing world and the most best sites in our field have been generating traffic and making money from their content for quite a while now. One thing for sure, timely, quality, original content that people are actually interested is never going to be easy. Especially since what generates the most public interest is always evolving. Here are four short tips for improving on your website's content.

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Update Catalyst Theme Framework for WordPress Advisable

Catalyst theme framework for WordPress update

How to update? Very simple. Log into your WordPress dashboard and click the link to update in the yellow banner across the top of your admin pages. Follow the instructions and all will be fine. Of course, don't be that guy who lost everything because 99.99% of the time all goes well so this time he didn't backup... backup your website before updating. There are plenty of free plugins to help with this. My current favorite free update plugin is BackUpWordPress. If you don't see a link to update in your dashboard, you can manually check for updates by clicking the "Check Now" button in the lower left of the page at Catalyst > Core Options > Info.

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