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WordPress To Go

These days I find I’m writing most of my blog posts on my iPad using the WordPress mobile app. With the latest update, it’s gotten even easier to add and update content. In addition to my own blogs – currently there are four – I also manage four more. Each of them are set up…

WordPress Text Shortcuts

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WordPress 4.3 was released yesterday and one of the new features is text shortcuts in the post/page editor screens. Basically, the editor now supports some basic Markdown codes. What does this mean for you? It means that you can assign simple formatting codes for blockquotes, headings and bullets without taking your hands off the keyboard.…

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The latest update to the WordPress app for iOS has some impressive new additions. First, the Stats screen now has an Insights section that gives a much broader view of your blog’s traffic. It takes a few seconds to load, but it’s worth the wait. You can add images from your blog’s media library and even view embedded images included in your comments. If you are managing multiple sites, you can search the sites list to find the one you need quickly. 

Backup WordPress

Backup is just as important for your blog as it is for your computer. For WordPress users, there are a couple of ways you can do this. WordPress.com sites are automatically backed up and self-hosted users can take advantage of one of the many backup plugins to automatically backup their database. Then there’s the WordPress…

VideoPress Goes Mobile

VideoPress offers¬†WordPress users access to a very nice video player so you can host your own videos. You can post your video without the advertising and distractions found on other video-hosting services. WordPress.com users with Premium or Business upgrades have VideoPress included in the package. Self-hosted WordPress users can set up a subscription through the…

Posting Flickr Photos to WordPress

Summer Evening at Bings Landing

Do you know how easy it is to post a Flickr photo on your WordPress blog? All you need to do is tap the Share icon on the photo’s page in Flickr and copy the photo link then paste it on a line by itself in your post. Choose the image post format if your theme supports it and WordPress will take care of the rest. The photo is inserted without styling or caption as you can see in the example above.

Summer Evening at Bings Landing

Summer evening at Bing’s Landing

For more control, copy the HTML code from Flickr’s sharing panel and paste that into your post. Now you can click on the image to access the photo-editing tools available in WordPress to assign alignment, add captions and such. You can see the difference in this example.

Note that since this image is from an external source and not uploaded to your WordPress site, your blog’s email subscribers will not see the image in the email message they receive. They will need to follow the link to your site to view it.

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If you don’t have automatic updates turned on for your WordPress blog, you need to check and install this critical security update right away . . .

WordPress versions 4.2.2 and earlier are affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could allow users with the Contributor or Author role to compromise a site. This was reported by Jon Cave and fixed by Robert Chapin, both of the WordPress security team.

We also fixed an issue where it was possible for a user with Subscriber permissions to create a draft through Quick Draft.

Backup Your Blog

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Some blog platforms like Tumblr and Posthaven do not have a backup or export capability. For those of us using our blogs to document our family history, this can be a big problem. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use these blog platforms, just that it will require¬†a bit more effort. Here are a couple of…