Karl Elliott

If your self-hosted #wordpress website…

If your self-hosted #wordpress website is not yet on version 4.7.2, then I suggest you upgrade to it as soon as possible.
This was a very important security update after some significant worldwide attacks on WordPress sites. Without it, your site could be vulnerable.

I’d be very interested to know who is running what level of WordPress on their website.n And if you need help/support during the upgrading process your can always get in touch. WebClub Gold members will be updated by us, but others can be advised via WebClub membership or, for a fee we can do the work for you.

#security #updates

Karl Elliott

Making WordPress posts expire

A new #wordpress #plugin this week on the VANEL website is “WP Post Expires“.
It was pointed out that a search for Jobs on the VANEL site found a lot of articles for very out of date job opportunities. Normally we have a policy of leaving any posts from our Member organisations there for the long term archives, but in some cases – dated events, job opportunities etc – it makes sense to have posts ‘disappear’ when a date has passed.
WordPress doesn’t do that by default, so I experimented with the WP Post Expires plugin which works just fine. Now when writing a post we can add an expiry date at which point the post goes back to being Draft and hence not visible. You could just as easily have it delete the post or something else.
Plugin worth a look if you’re managing dates in your posts.

Karl Elliott

Web training course dates in March

VANL in Scunthorpe are scheduling a number of website development training sessions as part of their IT4communities programme. They are hosting the sessions which are delivered by Karl Elliott of VANEL as part of our VANEL Digital initiative.

Dates and sessions are as follows:

“Cooking up a website” – Wed 23rd March, 9.30am-12.30
“WordPress for Beginners” – Wed 23rd March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

“Working with WordPress” – tbc in April or May
“Running a website” – tbc in April or May

Bookings or expressions of interest are being taken now for these courses. There is a fee. Places are limited.
Further details are appearing on the VANL Training page here.
Keep an eye on our @vaneldigital Twitter feed too for more updates or contact me to book or for details.

#training #vanl #wordpress #websites

Karl Elliott

Deciding who sees what

If you have users who log into your website, then occasionally you need to show them some different content to what non-members (guests) can see. Clearly WordPress allows for private posts and there are plugins to restrict the entire website to logged in users (VANEL uses this for our private internal staff website). But sometimes you just need to show different words to different people.

The concept being:
If you’re a guest YOU SEE THIS, or if you are logged in YOU SEE THIS INSTEAD.

I’ve just sorted this out on our VANEL Digital website. The website is mostly a blog, and WebClub or IT Network members have a login to the site so that they can participate, write content or add posts.

So on the front page I wanted to show some ‘promotional’ wording, buttons and boxes to visitors (guests), but to leave all that out for our members and just give a quick ‘latest news’ sort of update to them. After all, if they’re already members they hardly want the marketing words in their face each time they visit the site.

The plugin I used in this case was a Shortcode free plugin from Themify. This not only allowed me to add in some columns, pretty boxes and effective buttons for the promotional bit, but it allows and shortcodes. Meaning that by enclosing whole parts of the content of a post within the correct tag I can instantly decide who sees what.

So that’s a very recommended plugin available from Themify here. I’ve also been experimenting with Restrict Content plugin from here. Seems even more powerful but extremely useful too.

Finally, I used the simple but effective login-logout plugin to make a clear widget in the sidebar guide visitors and members alike to know how to login or out.

Simple techniques but useful if you’re choosing what content to show you visitors.

#experiment #plugins #wordpress #users

Karl Elliott

I know many members have…

I know many members have been using the Themify Builder themes and framework for a while now and it looks like they’ve just released a new Framework, the primary purpose of which is to give a big speed boost to Builder pages in WordPress. Take a read about the new Framework before you upgrade.

If you’re no sure about any of this then WebClub Gold members we’ll sort the updates for you. WebClub members I can give a bit of advice and we can discuss more about it on these pages.

I’m yet to try an upgrade so I’ll let you know how it goes.

#aside #wordpress #themify #builder #upgrades