A new update come up on September 28th, 2015 that includes some bug fixes, compatibility issues,  enhancements, and what is more important a security issue discovered by Sucuri.

You will be able to see all the details at the Sucuri blog, but basically what had happened was that during a routine audit for theur WAF, they discovered a critical stored XSS affecting the Jetpack WordPress plugin, one of the most popular plugins in the WordPress ecosystem.

You can see a complete detail of the plugin update at the Jetpack Changelog page.

Mobile user experience has been evolving over the course of the past decade, with a greater percentage of online searches being performed on mobile devices every year. Addressing this trend, Google has made strong efforts to accommodate mobile audiences, tailoring its search results to favor sites that are suitably optimized for mobile use. For example, a responsive-designed website will always perform better in search results than its non-mobile optimized counterpart in mobile searches, and mobile-friendly sites are marked with an appropriate “Mobile-friendly” tag in search results, increasing their click-through rate from search engine results pages.

The ranking boost you get from having your site optimized for mobile has been significant, yet not overwhelming. Millions of sites have fared just fine despite not being optimized for a mobile user experience, and yours may very well be one of them. Unfortunately, this respite will not last much longer.

As announced by Google in a recent blog post, Google is currently working on a significant structural algorithm change that will increase its emphasis on mobile-usability as a ranking factor. Once rolled out, the algorithm change is expected to have a significant impact on search results; Zineb Ait Bahajji, a member of Google’s Webmaster Trends team, was quoted at SMX Munich as saying that the new mobile-friendly algorithm change will have more of an impact on search rankings than either Panda or Penguin, two of its most impactful search algorithm updates Google has ever rolled out.

For more information go to this source http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2015/03/31/is-your-website-optimized-for-mobile-you-have-until-april-21-to-get-it-done/

Getting this error: blockUI requires jQuery v1.2.3 or later! ?

I saw that many people have been having some issues with jQuery.BlockUI versions after upgrading to a newer WordPress version.

This is NOT a WordPress problem – WordPress merely uses the latest version of jQuery. Previous versions up to 1.9 would obviously pass the buggy test in jQuery.BlockUI code.

Dirty hack without install any plugins, or changing any file, change version in jquery.js in wp-includes/js/jquery/jquery.js to 1.3.2 or any else up to 1.9.9.

The famous Contact Form 7, one of the most used plugins to create contact forms, being download more than 15.5 millions time by the day this post was created.

However tracking conversions on Analytics has been an issue lately. Since Google have changed their GA code from the classic way to the Universal code, the script that we have set up on the Additional Settings is not longer valid; therefore the user once they hit submit to the form button the ajax confirmation is not displaying and the form it doesn’t clear.

So here is the code for both type of Analytics Code.

Setting up a Goal in Google Analytics

So let’s start by setting up the goal in our Google Analytics account. Login to GA and head over to the Admin panel of your select domain profile. Select Goals from within the View (Profile) menu:

Next click on ‘Create a Goal’ to begin setting up the new goal that you’d like to track for Contact Form 7. In Step 1 click on ‘custom’ rather than ‘template’ from the initial set-up option. Now within Step 2 simply choose a name for your goal like ‘Contact Page’ and choose ‘Destination’ from the ‘Type’ options:

Finally in step 3 choose ‘Equals to’ for the destination and set a ‘fake’ URL that we can use to track the goal. I’ll explain later on why this Goal Destination is ‘fake’ but for now, simply pick a URL that doesn’t exist (and would therefore 404) that you can assign to the goal.

Complete the goal as necessary to finish the set-up of your new goal. Remember your ‘fake’ Destination URL as we’re going to ‘ping’ this imaginary path in the Contact Form 7 plugin next.

Pinging the GA Goal from Contact Form 7

As I mentioned earlier, CF7 forms work as AJAX applications – which means the data is submitted and processed within an AJAX event. When users successfully complete a CF7 form, they’re not taken to a new ‘thank you page’ URL by default, which can make tracking the event tricky.

However, both the Classic and the new Universal Google Analytics provide functions that allow you to trigger or ‘ping’ page-views whether you’re actually on that specific page or not. To take advantage of these functions, Contact Form 7 includes a really useful JavaScript Action Hook called ‘on_sent_ok’ that can trigger custom JavaScript events when the form has sent successfully. Depending on whether you’re using Classic (ga.js) or the new Universal (analytics.js) Google Analytics code, you’ll need either one of the following lines of code:

Universal Analytics Code

on_sent_ok: "ga('send', 'pageview', '/your/url');"

Classic Analytics Code

on_sent_ok: "_gaq.push(['_trackPageview', '/your/url']);"

Remember that Goal URL that we created earlier in Google Analytics? Swap /your/url in the code above for the path that you set up. If you now navigate to your individual Contact Form 7 form settings, scroll down to the bottom to to the ‘Additional Settings’ field:


Paste in the line of code like in the example above. Now, once our form is successfully completed, the on_sent_ok Action Hook will trigger our ga() or _gaq.push() functions that will ping our goal within Google Analytics.

That’s it!

(CNN) — Twenty years ago, a team of researchers shared the Web with the world. Now they want to show a generation that grew up online what it was like in its earliest days.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the date it released, for free, the technology and software needed to run a Web server.
In honor of the anniversary, a team has been assembled to recreate a working version of the first website, a how-to guide hosted by the project’s creators.
The organization issued a statement on April 30, 1993, that announced the release of that Web to the public.
British physicist Tim Berners-Lee created and named the Web (also commonly called “W3” for short in those days) in 1989 at CERN. Originally, it was designed as a way for scientists at different universities and other institutes to share information.
“Vague, but exciting,” Berners-Lee’s supervisor wrote on the cover of a proposal while greenlighting the project.
See a 1993 copy of the first website
By 1993, there were roughly 400 known Web servers. But the World Wide Web accounted for only about 1% of Internet traffic. The rest was remote access to computer networks, e-mail and file transfers from one computer to another.
Since then it has, obviously, become a constant presence in the lives of people around the world. Today, there are somewhere around 630 million websites.
“There is no sector of society that has not been transformed by the invention, in a physics laboratory, of the Web,” said Rolf Heuer, CERN’s director-general. “From research to business and education, the Web has been reshaping the way we communicate, work, innovate and live. The Web is a powerful example of the way that basic research benefits humankind.”
The first website was, not surprisingly, devoted to the Web project itself, describing how to use it and set up a Web server. It was hosted on Berner-Lee’s NeXt computer — the product developed at a company founded by Steve Jobs before he returned to Apple.
That computer is still at CERN’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. But it no longer hosts that first website.
CERN’s team aims to change that, restoring the earliest versions of files that were on the site as well as making it a home for stories about those formative days. They’ll be combing CERN’s servers for data preserved from that time.

Source: CNN website.

Today the internet is a huge thing and it can be used to display information in many different and effective ways. Surprisingly, a lot of small businesses do not take advantage of the internet in order to promote their business. A lot of the time it’s because business owners don’t know what the web can offer them and the effectiveness it can have on their business today.

Are you still doubting promoting online? Here’s some examples on how you could benefit!

Sell your products online

A great importance in today’s economy! A website can allow you to sell your products online which is quite efficient and can also be less stressful to control. So instead of receiving phone call orders from customers, they can simply visit your website any time of the day to purchase products from you. There is no opening time and closing time on an online website!

Save time by having a FAQ page

Do customers contact you regularly by phone asking you questions? With a website you can set up a frequently answered questions (FAQ) page allowing people browsing your business website to read. You could also setup contact pages for customers to contact you rather than using the phone. Once a contact page has been filled in and submitted you will receive the query via your business email address.

Create A Blog Page

Every business website should have some kind of blog. This will keep customers up to date with the latest happenings of the business. Sometimes customers like to read company blogs as it keeps them educated and gives them the urge to check the website more often.

Offer Newsletter Subscriptions

Instead of having customers visit your store (if you have one!) regularly for product or business news updates, you could create a monthly newsletter for the business, keeping customers up to date with new product updates. Customers who visit the business website will have the ability to subscribe via email for these monthly newsletters.

Customers voices are important!

With an online website you also have the ability of setting up a feedback page which could help you improve your business by receiving customer feedback and thoughts. Remember that your customers voice matters!

Social Network Promotion

Once you have a business website setup you can promote it through Facebook and Twitter. They are two of the most effective tools of online promotion and it’s all free to use! Both of these networking sites allow people to keep updated with business news. It’s also a very good way of getting your name around. Customers can also promote your business through Facebook and Twitter.

WordPress 3.4.1 is now available for download. WordPress 3.4 has been a very smooth release, and copies are flying off the shelf — 3 million downloads in two weeks! This maintenance release addresses 18 bugs with version 3.4, including:

  • Fixes an issue where a theme’s page templates were sometimes not detected.
  • Addresses problems with some category permalink structures.
  • Better handling for plugins or themes loading JavaScript incorrectly.
  • Adds early support for uploading images on iOS 6 devices.
  • Allows for a technique commonly used by plugins to detect a network-wide activation.
  • Better compatibility with servers running certain versions of PHP (5.2.4, 5.4) or with uncommon setups (safe mode, open_basedir), which had caused warnings or in some cases prevented emails from being sent.

Version 3.4.1 also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential information disclosure as well as an bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.