Simple Page Ordering: Drag and Drop Your WordPress Pages

Simple Page Ordering: Drag and Drop Your WordPress Pages

WordPress pages in all kind of crazy order? I know. Here’s some help.

Order your pages, hierarchical custom post types, or custom post types with "page-attributes" with simple drag and drop right from the built in page list.

Order your pages, hierarchical custom post types, or custom post types with “page-attributes” with simple drag and drop right from the built in page list.

If you know how to do it, you can change this hard-to-find number of the page while editing it and then manually give each page a sequential number so they show up the way you’d like in your admin screen and on your site.

Or you could just use the Simple Page Ordering plugin and drag and drop and be done with it.

Is your Home page somehow on page 2 of your WordPress admin? How’d it get there? Tame your page management with Simple Page Ordering.

Editing Efficiency

If there are pages you edit often, it’s handy (and time saving) if you don’t have to scroll down or go to a deeper page in your admin to edit it.

Manual Page Order

Get your menus and sitemaps in the order you'd like.

Get your menus and sitemaps in the order you’d like.

WordPress does some weird stuff when you create page (and then more and more pages). Things aren’t really in the order you’d like them to be. If you have an automated sitemap plugin, for example, it will use the order that the WordPress backend has them in. Which may or may not be the order you’d like them to be in. With the Simple Page Ordering plugin, you’re covered here, too.

What I don’t know is that if you deactivate it, will they revert to their original order? Guess I’ll find out …

Don’t be the easiest target for WordPress hackers.

Don’t be the easiest target for WordPress hackers.

What’s the best way to keep the WordPress hackers out?

Don't want to get hacked? Don't make it easy on them.

Don’t want to get hacked? Don’t make it easy on them.

WordPress hackers are usually bots (robots). They don’t really have personalities, they don’t really care what your site looks like or how much traffic they have. They just want the quick Smash & Grab.

If you leave your iPad on your front seat, you’re just tempting the thief.

I witnessed a guy looking through car windows with a flash light in the middle of the night (yes, I called the police). Most cars was just a quick glance. He knows exactly what he’s looking for, what it looks like, maybe even where in the car it usually is.

There was a pickup truck on the street with all kinds of stuff in it. He spent a bit of time on that one, looking through casually to see if there was something worth breaking the window for. I would venture to say that this is already more effort and thought than a WordPress hacker does when he’s going to break into your site.

The WordPress hackers is looking for the iPad on the front seat. He might not even need the flashlight for that one. Boom, smash, grab and run.

What’s the WordPress security breach equivalent of the iPad on the front seat?

Easy passwords are one. I’m no hacker, I don’t actually know how they do all this stuff. But I know they have bots that sniff and look for the easy way in. If they find it, boom, they’re in, do their business and move on. It’s nothing personal, just business (albeit shady, illegal and really annoying).

The latest version of WordPress has a built-in stronger password tool. So here’s a tip: use it.

Switching from BackupBuddy to Updraft Plus

Switching from BackupBuddy to Updraft Plus

Here’s the big secret: it worked.

Even on shared hosting.

Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).

Errors with BackupBuddy. Yes, this site is on cheap-o hosting. But hey, Updraft worked …

I’ve been a paying fan of BackupBuddy for years. I’ve promoted it, used it for dozens of client sites, suggested to clients to buy it, etc. It works, it does restores (pretty well) and it’s been a reliable and important tool. Hey, it doesn’t get too much more important than backup, right?

You can get hacked, be infected with a virus of maybe just the host loses your site. It’s always a good idea to have a backup.

Here’s another secret: it’s free.

BackupBuddy is not expensive. I think it’s $99 per year to backup unlimited sites. That’s not my problem. My problem is that it hasn’t been working. On cheap hosting packages, the plugin often times out or gives some other error suggesting that you tweak this line in some PHP file or increase the memory or ask the host to fix something or other. Hey, it’s cheap hosting, right? People should do better hosting, right?

 

If you’re in a shared hosting environment, you need a backup solution even more.

I agree that people should use “better hosting.” But if you’re on cheap hosting, you actually need a backup plugin even more desperately than on better hosting. Managed WordPress hosting even has automatic and regular backups, so you don’t even need a backup plugin. But if you need one, Updraft does the job.

Here’s a bit more from the Updraft Plus page at WordPress.org.

  • Supports WordPress backups to Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud Files, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost DreamObjects, FTP, OpenStack (Swift) and email. Also (via a paid add-on) backup to Microsoft OneDrive, Copy.Com, FTP over SSL, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV (and compatible services, e.g. Yandex, Cubby). Examples of S3-compatible providers: Cloudian, Connectria, Constant, Eucalyptus, Nifty, Nimbula, Cloudn.
  • Quick restore (both file and database backups)
  • Backup automatically on a repeating schedule
  • Site duplicator/migrator: can copy sites, and (with add-on) move them to new locations
  • Restores and migrates backup sets from other backup plugins (Premium) (currently supported: BackWPUp, BackupWordPress, Simple Backup, WordPress Backup To Dropbox)
  • Files and database backups can have separate schedules
  • Failed uploads are automatically resumed/retried
  • Large sites can be split into multiple archives
  • Select which files to backup (plugins, themes, content, other)
  • Select which components of a backup to restore
  • Download backup archives direct from your WordPress dashboard
  • Database backups can be encrypted for security (Premium)
  • Debug mode – full logging of the backup
  • Internationalised (translations welcome – see below)
  • Premium version and support available – https://updraftplus.com
  • Supported on all current PHP versions (5.2 – 5.6)

Hey, it’s worth a try? Right? I’ll post back here with updates on how it goes with clients .

Tech Tip: Sleep On It

Tech Tip: Sleep On It

There’s a chance the problem just goes away. There’s another chance you’ll come at it from a new angle.

No, not all tech problems will just go away if you ignore them for a while. But quite a few of them will!

If you didn’t:

  1. Change anything.
  2. Break anything.
  3. Do anything different.

chances are good that the problem “isn’t your fault” and will resolve itself. It’s a bit like asking the doctor what you should do when you bend your arm and it hurts. He might say, “Hmm. Have you tried not bending your arm? It’ll probably go away on its own.”

I’m not talking about tech problems such as:

  1. My site has been taken over by a Turkish hacker group.
  2. My iPhone screen was run over by a Lamborghini.
  3. My friends are all calling to see if I really need money after I got robbed in Costa Rica.

More along the lines of:

  1. I can’t log into my website.
  2. My password isn’t working, but I know it’s right and I know I’m typing it in correctly.
  3. My website was loading fine 2 minutes ago, but now it’s not. It’s been down for minutes!

I’m a big fan of the technology methodology of “Turn it off. Wait. Turn it back on.” I believe it also applies to humans. But we need to go to sleep to get the full effect. Like a reboot. Maybe it’s something like your router: you’re supposed to wait 10 minutes before you turn it back on. Something about cache or memory or … but it doesn’t make sense, the thing is unplugged?

Anyway, unplug your mind for the night and come back at it in the morning. Chances are, things will be working again. If they’re not, then you can start unplugging things and making phone calls … if your phone works.

Should you auto-update plugins and themes?

Should you auto-update plugins and themes?

Using a new hosting service, there was an option to allow automatic updates of WordPress core, plugins and themes. I said yes, please.

Update WordPress plugins, themes, and core as new versions become available.

Update WordPress plugins, themes, and core as new versions become available.

Ideally, your WordPress site should be ready for auto updates of any shape or form. Updates to WordPress core, themes and plugins should just be applied and your site should run smoothly. Right? Right.

Is your site ready for automatic updates of everything? If not, why not?

But maybe your site isn’t ready for that level of automation. I have to ask: why not?

It’s one of the bigger reasons sites get hacked, crash and just plain don’t work. Things are out of date, not patched, not updated or upgraded and hackers get in, software gets old and things just don’t work as well as they’re supposed to.

You might not be ready for auto-update-everything because you probably:

  • Have some custom code somewhere in the files of your theme. Yeah, you can’t update your site. You could use a child theme, though.
  • Use a really old theme and updates to anything (core, plugins, theme) might break something. Maybe it’s time to update that theme.
  • Have complex plugins that do something that might just break. Everything. So you have to wonder, what is this plugin doing and why is it so complex?
  • Are just scared your site will break and you won’t know about it until some friendly visitor to your site tells you it’s down or broken. This is probably the main reason to not do too many automated upgrades.

I checked everything that would update anything. The site I was working on was a fresh site with no content yet and would probably remain simple. So why not? We’ll see how it goes.

If you’d like to try some hosting that uses cPanel and has some pretty nice features for a fair price, check out the Ultimate package over at Likoma’s hosting.

How to Learn Online Marketing in San Francisco? Introducing: Timelapse.

How to Learn Online Marketing in San Francisco? Introducing: Timelapse.

Never. Stop. Learning.

This statement is more and more true in today’s knowledge economy, and we think it particularly applies to online marketing! That is definitely a very fast-changing field.

How do you do that? Conferences are expensive. The quality of free online resources varies a lot. Online trainings are usually quite basic, and it’s difficult to make the time to follow them. We’d like to introduce you to a company and partner of Likoma called Timelapse, who came up with a new concept and launched 1-day hands-on marketing workshops. It’s in-person, in San Francisco, in small groups, it’s interactive and fun. The best way to learn if you ask us.

“Timelapse was launched to give marketers and entrepreneurs in San Francisco a new way to learn and master online marketing. We strongly believe marketers need to acquire advanced strategic and technical skills to develop their companies and thrive in their roles” says Olivier Roth, Founder at Timelapse.

Timelapse’s courses are designed for marketers or entrepreneurs wanting to expand their online marketing skill set. They are 1-day workshops, focused on different skills such as SEO, copywriting, social media, online advertising, Google Adwords, and more.

They offer in-person classes to maximize learning and interaction. This is a very hands-on format where you’ll learn from the trainer, but also apply the learnings directly in the class, which is useful as you can interact with the trainer at any time for help and questions.

Trainers have more than 10 years experience in their field, serving organizations like Microsoft, HackReaktor, Google, Stanford, and large digital marketing agencies.

Here are a few of their workshops that we strongly invite you to check out!

  • Content | Leverage Copywriting to Maximize Your Impact: Kevin Lynch, Senior Copywriter at Swirl / Microsoft, hosts a full-day content marketing training. He presents professional copywriting techniques and best practices. Attendees can strengthen the impact of headlines, ads, blogs and marketing materials, and ensure that their brand is speaking in a distinct and unified voice.
  • Enterprise SEO | Scale Up Your SEO Strategy: Andreas Ramos, Former Manager of Global SEO at Cisco, hosts an Enterprise SEO Training with Timelapse. Andreas Ramos is Former Manager of Global SEO at Cisco where he was leading SEO for 43 languages and 84 countries. He evangelized SEO methods for Cisco teams around the globe. This class will help high-level marketers implement enterprise-level SEO processes, and leverage SEO throughout branding, public relations, and content marketing.
  • Social | Successful & Time-Saving Social Media Management: Brand Creative & Social Media Expert Anna Colibri hosts a social media workshop with Timelapse. Attendees will learn how to use social media time efficiently and effectively on the Big Seven social media platforms, and how to analyze the results of their work so you feel confident their efforts are paying off.
  • PPC | Build and Optimize Profitable Adwords Campaigns: Google Adwords Expert John Fawkes hosts a Google Adwords workshop with Timelapse. Students learn to build and manage effective Google Adwords campaigns utilizing both the search and display networks.
  • SEO | Outrank Your Competition With Advanced SEO: Cort Tafoya, SEO, SEM & Content Marketing Expert, hosts a full-day SEO workshop. Cort Tafoya presents the latest and most successful SEO techniques, review insightful SEO case studies, and facilitate interactive workshops.
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