WordPress Updates and Backup Services

WordPress Updates and Backup Services

At Coffee Web Design we always encourage our clients to keep up with and do monthly WordPress updates. We know sometimes you need to concentrate on your business and may forget or aren’t sure of ability you have in doing it correctly. Thats why we provide monthly services in maintaining your WordPress web site. 

What happens if you do not update WordPress?

Security risks are the most important reason why you should update WordPress, themes and plugins. They should be done in a particular order to lessen the chance of breaking things in your site. WordPress core files usually are updated first, them your plugins (one at a time) and then your themes. 

Things are changing really fast in the technical world and sites are being attacked all the time for access to inject malware. These are VERY time consumiing if your site gets hacked. Then you have to pay for clean up of files and your site to close those vulnerable areas to prevent it from happening again. 

If you are behind or haven’t updated your site in a long time, you are more at risk for being hacked. 

If you are hacked, search engines like Google will flag your site so everyone can see that they are subject to malware. This clean up and process for being UN flagged is also very time conuming and search engines have to review over and over again till your site is successfully clean for viewers. You do not want to risk being black listed or listed as a hacked site. 

Since attacks are on the rise and we do not want to see any of our clients be vulnerable to hack attacks or have the expensive cost of cleaning up a site that has already been attacked. We offer updating and maintenance services now so you don’t have to worry about your web site any longer. 

How often should you update your WordPress site?

Usuaully we get updates at least once a month. We know cause we use WordPress as the platform for most of the sites we design and build. Its a great platform and offers so many dynamic options from just a personal WordPress page or blog to shopping carts and options for all types of business.

Plugin and Theme Vulnerabilities

Developers of all the great plugins and themes you can get by using WordPress also have to keep up with WordPress core developments and security updates. These updates too are usually done on a monthly basis, if not more! New warnings through WordPress also notifies you of plugins that are abandoned or are not longer supplying the demands of updates. These you should always be aware of and find a comproble solutoin in replacing these plugins with something else.

When we do updates at Coffee Web Design, we will notify you if this is the case.

Do we only offer updates for our design clients?

No we offer updating services in several packages for both our design clients and those who just meed the update and maintenance services.

What other optons come with maintenance of WordPress sites?

  1. Security – we always make sure that people have some type of security plan in their WordPress site. 
  2. A secure hosting plan – we want to make sure not matter what hosting you have, that it is a good and safe secured hosting. We have seen servers become infected with malware that can affect all or any on your hosting plan. We always suggest cPanel hosting since there are more options for security.
  3. Backups are available both server side and downloadable files just incase your site gets hacked. If you are on a smaller or tight budget, just the monthly maintenance updae plans are available. 

We have been doing updates for clients for many years now, because they get behind, forget, or simply are unsure of how to do maintenance properly. This takes a lot of time for us just to make sure you are secured. By subscribing to our WordPress maintenance plans, we go in and make sure every month, these are done for you. If something happens during an update, it is our responsibility to find the solution. This is included. If you do your own updates, great! If something happens we have to charge to fix it from now on. 

What is the typical costs for breaking of your site or security breaches?

Breaking of sites because of updates usually can take 1-4 hours to find out the problem and fix it. We charge and hourly fee to fix this.If it takes over 4 hours, then we notify the client of our progress and an approx time should be agreed upon. Weekends our hourly rate is double.

Fixing hacked sites – Anywhere you look if your site is hacked due to not updating or not having security installed on your site, then this can take more time. Usually finding the vulnerabilities takes 4-16 hours or MORE! This can be costly noe matter what service you need to use to clean up your site! In this case it runs between $125 the first hour and up! Then hourly fees apply depending on what we need to do to fix your site. If anyone has to work weekends, then it is double all hourly rates. This can be costly and we want to help you prevent this.

So think about our maintenance services to keep your site running in tip top shape. In the long run it is going to save hours of coslty fees to fix your WordPress site.

The Coffee Team

 

 

GDPR – Are you in compliance?

GDPR – Are you in compliance?

By now you should be updated in your WordPress version and all your plugins. In the newest update of WordPress you will see some of the available tools to help you in GDPR compliance.

You need a privacy policy on your web site.

To help understand in a nutshell what the GDPR compliance is all about, it’s about how you store data of users on your site, information, tracking tools, etc. People should have access to the information you have on your site about them, be able to view such information on request and able to delete their personal information on request.

With the updated version of WordPress, you have tools available to create your privacy policy page, suggestions on what to include to be in compliance, and how to provide your audience and clients with the information and data from their accounts that you store on your site.

Divi Security Patch

Divi Security Patch

Divi security patch – Update your sites that use Divi or the Divi Builder!

This major security patch for Divi is crucial. The developers of Divi announced on Jan 17th that All WordPress sites using Divi or the Divi builder must update their plugin or theme. It is always important to keep up with updates on any WordPress site. If you don’t then you could be at risk.

See the announcement from Divi – Elegant Themes on Jan 17th.

Today our core product framework was updated to fix an unintended information exposure within password protected post excerpts. This includes all of our WordPress themes and the Divi Builder plugin. Updating these themes and plugins to their latest versions will patch the flaw, keeping your website content secure.

The Problem

WordPress allows posts (and Pages) to be password protected. When password protected posts are viewed or displayed within a post feed, post content is hidden pending password authentication. Our products did not treat these posts correctly when displaying excerpts. Post excerpts for password protected posts (and Pages) were mistakenly displayed on theme index pages and within post-based Divi Builder modules. Excerpts typically include the first ~40 words of a post unless otherwise defined. Full post content and individual post URLs were correctly protected.

Are You Affected?

This problem only affects customers who have published password protected posts and pages. Only the brief excerpts of these posts were potentially exposed within front-end website content. This does not affect WordPress admin authentication or any other password authentication on your website.

How To Fix It

Updating your themes and plugins will fix this problem. You can update your themes or plugins from within your WordPress dashboard, or you can download the latest versions from the member’s area and update them manually. This affects all Elegant Themes themes and the Divi Builder plugin. If you are using any of these products and you have published password protected posts, we recommend updating to the latest version.

What If You Can’t Update Right Now?

If you are unable to update your themes/plugins right away, you can use our security patcher plugin to patch the vulnerability without updating your products. This is a free download for all customers. Installing this plugin will fix the problem, and you can continue to use the security patcher plugin until you are able to update your products to their latest versions.

If you need this security patch then you need to contact us at immediately.

Has Your Account Expired?

We are making these updates available for free to all expired accounts. Even if your account has expired, you can still update your themes or plugins to their latest versions via your WordPress dashboard. Expired accounts will not be restricted from updating.

We Are Here To Help

Security is extremely important to us and we take a number of precautions to help mitigate issues like this. Unfortunately, something slipped through the cracks this time, but we will continue to work hard to prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please know that our virtual doors are always open. If there is anything we can do to help, just let us know.

Best Wishes,
Nick Roach
www.ElegantThemes.com

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Since many of our clients do not have an Elegant Themes account, then you need to contact us so that we can make sure that your site gets updated ASAP.

To date, we still feel like the Divi theme is one of the best WordPress Themes we have used in building designs for WordPress sites. If you would like to have your own account to manage your Divi theme, then you can purchase the Divi theme membership through Coffee Web Design and we will be happy to adjust your settings in your WordPress site, so you have all the latest news and great stuff coming into Divi future versions!

Creating a Facebook Page for Business

Creating a Facebook Page for Business

Simple step by step instructions and features to set up a Facebook™ business page for your business, entertainment or services. This will get you started and show you tools available that you can use for a Facebook™ page for business.

 

Creating a Facebook business page – Lets get started!

 

From your personal account click on the drop down arrow in the top blue menu

 

Select “Create a Page”  (see the difference between a PAGE and a GROUP)

 

Facebook business page step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then Select which best describes the category your Facebook page will go into

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Select a sub-category (if prompted) and fill in any information needed to start your page set up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow any steps that you need (each category is different) to continue to set up your page

 

 

 

How to design and use tools in your Facebook business page

 

How to find your page that you created?

 

 

Click on the down arrow in the upper right of the Facebook menu. Select which “page” you want to go to (some people are set as administrators of many pages so if you do not see your page, you would want to select “see more”)

 

You can view messages left on pages managed here too!

 

 

 

Facebook business page step 4

 

 

 

 

 

Change your page images by clicking on any of the camera icons on the page.

 

Write something so your audience and followers can see by clicking next you to icon and “write something” You can also publish URLs here to share information that will drive your audience back to your web site for sales and information!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook business page step 5

 

 

 

 

 

There are easy to use tools that you can use for your followers

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook business page step 6

 

 

 

See the weekly analytics of how your page is doing with viewers! The more you share your page and likes you get, the more you will see these numbers change.

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook business page step 7

 

 

 

 

 

See reviews that people leave for your page. Encourage your FB viewers to leave their reviews, though an ultimate guide would have them leave them on your web site for products and services you offer.

 

You can edit any information on your page by viewing icons or edit links to help provide all the best information for your business. The more complete your profile looks…the better! 

 

Use the side menu, add a call to action button for people to use, change your information and category as your business changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook business page final step

 

 

 

How to create a Facebook business URL

 

Many people would like their own URL for Facebook so to create your own, under GENERAL (see image above) > edit – will prompt you to create your own to share on other sites, friends and associates.

 

We hope this was a simple way of explaining how to set up and use your Facebook business page to get your started!

 

If you like easy instructions like this, give us a thumbs up on our Facebook page!

 

 

How to Use Google Photos

How to Use Google Photos

Google Photos is probably one of the most useful photo resources you can use. Mainly for its powerful automatic backup feature. Since you probably already have a Google account, getting set up will be easy.

Sometimes we have events or family outings where we have a multitude of photos we want to share on social media or for others to download. If you have a Google account, you can store your photos directly into your Google Drive under Google Photos.

You can access it on the web at photos.google.com or simply download one of the free Google Photos apps to automatically upload all photos you take with your devices. They’ll all be synced up across your account and accessible from anywhere. Look for the Google Photos icon in your Google Apps.

You can also use Google Photos to edit your photos, organize them according to people/places/things and share them online even with non-Google Photos users. The more you use Google Photos, the more it learns about your photo habits. It can take some of the manual work off your back by automatically organizing your photos for you.

Best for:

Automatically backing up photos that you take, uploading large quantities, uploading high-quality photos, editing them, organizing them, and finding them again later using visual search.

Max image size/storage:

Unlimited free storage for photos taken by smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras (16 megapixels or less) plus the option to alternatively use your limited storage space from your Google account for photos taken by DSLR cameras. You can also upload videos in 1080p HD.

By using Google Photos in your google account, you can share with others so they can download their favorite photos!

We found this video tutorial that shows a lot of the features that also comes in the Google Photos Feature.

Login to your Google Account and click here to go to Google Photos

We hope this helps understanding of how you can take advantage of this great tool for storing your photos!

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2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using a SSL – Time to get ready!

2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using a SSL – Time to get ready!

2017 is going to be probably the most secure year for website owners because Google released updates to force people to get site SSL ready.

In the coming year, Google’s browser (Chrome 56) will begin to show warning message as “Not Secure” to all HTTP sites to make the web safer and secure (less hackable) place.

SSL certificate is used to make the encrypted connection between browser and server. Therefore, Google has already moved their almost services over HTTPS encryption technology. Even WordPress has announced that they will no longer promote hosting partners until they provide SSL certificate by default in their accounts.

Don’t worry, we will be looking into some affordable ways to do this and making arrangements for installations.

Source: 2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using SSL certificates – Infographic

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