WordPress release 3.5.1 is out

A security and maintenance update for WordPress was released last night and addresses a number of bugs and a small set of security patches. One of the security patches fixes a problem that has been in all previous versions of WordPress so it is particularly important you apply this as soon as possible. If you … Continue reading “WordPress release 3.5.1 is out”

PayPal IPN on you test site

There are many reasons to have a test site that only you can see. Unfortunately this may mean that you can’t make everything work properly if you rely on other services such as PayPal IPN (Instant Payment Notification). Make sure your customers can access or download their purchase immediately after they payment is made to … Continue reading “PayPal IPN on you test site”

Solving the WordPress internal path error

During your regular website maintenance you might come across the ‘WordPress Internal Path Error’. Don’t panic, it’s not a critical issue – but don’t ignore it either. In my series on doing your own regular maintenance and health checks I mention that it is a good idea to use a service like Sucuri.net to get … Continue reading “Solving the WordPress internal path error”

Set up Google Apps for small business

Google Apps provide Web based email, calendar and documents that let you work from anywhere and yet still use your own domain name to give you the look of a large organisation, without the cost of a large organisation IT department. Choose the Google Apps package that suits your business Google have made it super … Continue reading “Set up Google Apps for small business”

Plugin maintenance – Review and update Plugins

Plugin maintenance is part of maintaining you WordPress website. If you download your plugins from the free WordPress plugin directory then you will automatically be advised if there is an update available, but you need to manually check for plugins that are never updated. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance … Continue reading “Plugin maintenance – Review and update Plugins”

Updated guidance on change to the EU cookie law

The ICO has release some helpful updates and clarifications on how to comply with the EU cookie law, the most important being that implied consent can be valid. It’s a very important clarification as it answers the impossible question for website owners of “what if my visitor does not say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my … Continue reading “Updated guidance on change to the EU cookie law”

BT’s approach to EU cookie compliance

While checking my online bill I found that BT.com is my first site that has a nice solution to the EU cookie law.  This may not be completely compliant since it asks for permission after setting cookies but it does give all the options and information that you need to set these cookies. My issue … Continue reading “BT’s approach to EU cookie compliance”

Review Website uptime monitoring statistics regularly

Are you sure you website is available all of the time? What about when you are not looking? The only way to be sure is to have automated monitoring in place, and luckily there are a number of paid and free services that will monitor your website and let you know if there is a … Continue reading “Review Website uptime monitoring statistics regularly”

Install WordPress from the command line using SSH

Sometimes it is easier to install WordPress on your web host without downloading it to your computer and then uploading it to your website. This can be particularly important if you are on a slow connection at home as upload speeds (sending things to your website) are usually even slower! If you can connect to … Continue reading “Install WordPress from the command line using SSH”