Our client, Anita Campbell from SMBTrendWire wrote in with a valuable resource that I want to share with you. It’s an article written by Aaron Wall at SEOBook.com called WordPress Blog Hacking Checklist. Aaron’s article points out some great pointers and tips on how to find out if your WordPress blog was hacked, and what to do about it if you find out that it was.
This is also a perfect time for me to emphasize how important it is to keep your WordPress software upgraded to the most recent version. Old versions of WordPress are vulnerable for exploitation, simply due to the fact that the older versions have an old code base that is no longer being developed. This means that bugs and/or vulnerabilities that existed in old versions were fixed in the new versions – – so, if you’re using old versions… you’re also using the bugs and vulnerabilities, too!
Take control of your WordPress blog and don’t let his happen to you by upgrading as soon you can after you hear about a new WordPress version release. For those of you keeping up – WordPress 2.6.3 is the most recent version available right now. WordPress 2.7 is due for release on 11/10/08.
I use this handy plugin that allows me to easily, and quickly, upgrade my WordPress blogs from within my WordPress administration panel – – no uploading, no configuring, no messing with the file structure at all: WordPress Automatic Upgrade. Give it a shot – it will make your WordPress experience much more pleasant!
This alert is for clients on our Jingles server – IP: 184.108.40.206
( The IP of the server you are on is listed in your account CPanel, in the left menu – if it matches the one listed above, your site is on Jingles)
We are upgrading the RAM on this machine today. The server is functioning fine right now – although we did experience a minor 5 minute outage earlier this morning. The RAM upgrade will occur overnight – during times of lower traffic and readership. The integrity of all backup files will be maintained in our system, but you may experience some maintenance downtime in the very late hours of the night tonight, if you’re like me and are still awake at that hour!
Grab a book. Catch up on the news. Relax – have a good night of sleep, you probably won’t even notice. Will provide updates here when it’s done and dusted!
UPDATE: 11:15 PM (CST/GMT -6) -> We’ve confirmed the time of the hardware maintenance on this server to be between 12:00AM (Midnight) – 4:00AM (CST/GMT -6). That’s not to say the server will be down for the entire 4 hours – – but that is the window of time that the maintenance is scheduled for. Will update here again with progress as it happens! Hang tight – we’re getting there!
UPDATE #2: 10/21 – All is well and good in the land of Jingles! Our Jingles got herself some brand new, shiney RAM – as well as a new chassis because we suspected the box had some I/O issues, as well. Pretty much everything was replaced except for the hard drives and she is running smooth and we expect to hear ZERO whining out of her! If you even noticed the downtime last night between 12:00AM (Midnight) and 4:00AM CST – we thank you very very much for your patience. If you didn’t notice – all the better! The intermittant problems we’ve had with Jingles are resolved and we expect smooth sailing out of her from here on out. Yay!
Update 10/21 – We have worked with the fine folks at CPanel about a licensing issue for the CPanel software. During/after the repairs to Jingles, our authorized license did not get transferred and access to CPanel was limited for a small amount of time. The license has since been transferred over and we’ve not experienced any CPanel access issues since then. If you have, or continue to experience problems accessing your CPanel – <a href=”http://tickets.blogs-about.com”>please file a ticket in our Help Desk</a> and let us know so we can get it resolved for you. Thanks!
Here it is in all its glory Ain’t it pretty??
For those of us who *just* got used to the new dashboard that came with version 2.5 – prepare yourselves for yet another dashboard change for 2.7. It’s refined. It’s friendly. It’s really beautiful, I have to say!
Here’s a screenshot so you can see what I mean:
For those of you following my book, WordPress For Dummies – We are releasing the 2nd edition of the book that will shortly follow the release of WordPress 2.7. We (Wiley Publishing, my publishing company) are making every single attempt at closely following the actual WordPress development schedule as much as possible. It’s more than a job. . . it’s an adventure!
I did something on our site that I should have done a long, long, long time ago! I added a site uptime monitoring tool that will allow our clients (and potential clients!) to check up on the progress of our servers! The service is provided by SiteUptime and you can view server stats here.
We currently have 5 of our shared servers we are currently monitoring and good question might be… “How do I know which server my account is on?” – which would be an excellent question! The servers on the Site Uptime monitoring page are listed by name and IP address:
- KIWI – 220.127.116.11
- JINGLES – 18.104.22.168
- BUBBA – 22.214.171.124
- TALIS – 126.96.36.199
- OZ – 188.8.131.52
It is the string of numbers to the right of the Server Name that you need to worry about. The IP of the server you are on is listed in your account CPanel, in the left menu. Find that IP – compare it to one of the 5 listed above and BINGO! You know which one you are on! Feel free to bookmark our uptime monitoring page so you can visit it and check up on our regular progress of uptime! Those uptime stats are refreshed every 5 minutes!
Small triva that most of you don’t know: The names of our servers: Kiwi, Oz, Bubba, Talis, Jingles – those are all names of our pets. Yes, we’re pet people! We have three birds and three cats – so far!
Kiwi – our conure parrot; she recently died after choking on a seed 🙁
Oz – our Military Mackaw
Jingles – our Chattering Lorikeet
Bubba – our adopted kitten from Alabama
Talis – our Abysynnian cat
But there are only 5 servers, you ask?? Yes – we recently adopted a Pionus Parrot named Pinki who doesn’t have a server named after her yet! All in good time, Pinksters! 😀
Today, we’ve launched the new layout and design of our site – we hope you like it! We’ve always had a blog on this site – – but only used it for updates and news. Now, we intend on using it a great deal and blogging about topics that we think our clients may find useful – – especially in the areas of web hosting, WordPress and other blogging platform information, blogging technologies, social media and anything else we can think of to make managing and maintaining your site more fun and easy! We’re open to recommendations from YOU, our clients, on what information you would like to see here. We’re all ears!
In addition to the new design and layout – we’ve launched our CPanel Video Tutorial Section where you will find very helpful video guides on how to do all sorts of things with your hosting account, via your CPanel. Video guides include information on:
- Email Creation and Management
- FTP Account Management
- MySQL database creation and management
- Using the File Manager
- Password Protect Directories
- IP Deny Manager
- …and more!
We realize that not everyone is a ‘guru’ when it comes to managing and maintaining a website and/or blog – so we hope that these videos teach you how to do some of the back end administration stuff that needs doing, saves you some time and helps you along your way!
As we announced in an earlier post, you can follow BlogsAbout on Twitter – our Twitter will always update when there are new posts made here, but more than just post announcements – we just like to Twitter..and we’d like to see you Twitter, too – – so, add us and we’ll add you!
We hope you like some of the new changes around here! We’re working behind the scenes to bring additional features to this site, and to your accounts – – things like an affiliate program, more video tutorials and we are currently at work at an integrated billing system that will allow our clients to manage their billing and add/edit features to your account all through your own CPanel! We’re busy bees – but we like it that way!
Hoping you all had a GREAT weekend!