The never-ending dump of junk mail – Mondays are the worst. One piece of legitimate mail, the rest goes directly into the bin. What a waste. Well, it keeps the USPS alive they say (and that article is from 2011 – the numbers probably haven’t improved).More
On my main photography site, I’m using a Redirection plugin to track 404 errors and create redirects within WordPress. I do that because my site went through some re-structuring over the years, and in order to keep search engines happy and to find and fix my own screw-ups and typos. 🙂
Most recently, I noticed a dramatic increase in errors that obviously come from scripts that are scanning sites for leftover backup archives, installation archives, database dumps, stuff like that. Normally, I have a single page of 404 error log entries in a day. That’s 100 log entries, which is quite easily manageable, even though there’s a lot of crap in there from similar vulnerability scans. Today though, I had 35 pages or 3500 log entries – not that manageable anymore…
So it was time to do something about it, and send the most obvious offenders away via .htaccess before they reach WordPress. That way, the 404 logs I see in the WordPress plugin are “clean enough” again for me to scan them for stuff that needs fixing.More
When you look at your own cellphone usage you probably realize: making websites as mobile-friendly as possible is quite important by now. And indeed, many WordPress themes are “responsive” – meaning that they adapt to different screen sizes and orientations nicely.More
I think I figured out how to share to social media without actually BEING too much on social media…More
When I recently tried to calibrate my wife’s new laptop running Windows 10, I stumbled upon a major problem: we had displaced the software CD for her Spyder 3 Pro calibration device, and DataColor doesn’t provide drivers for their Spyder 3 Pro anymore.
I took this problem to Twitter first, and DataColor responded: claiming that the colorimeter is outdated, modern monitors are different, etc. etc. they told me to contact their support – who would tell me to buy a new device at a discount. In other words, it’s just another case of (infuriating) forced obsolescence, making users trash a piece of hardware that works perfectly fine because they lack the will and vision to charge for software updates. How hard can it be to adapt a Windows 8 driver to Windows 10?More
The good folks from WordPress bring us a plugin to export from Lightroom directly to WordPress (it works with either wordpress.com hosted blogs, or Jetpack-enabled self-hosted blogs). Excellent for photographers! I tried it, and it’s straightforward and simple to use.More
I’ve been struggling with a problem with WordPress on my main photography website for a while. The editor would strip certain HTML, fields like
<input> for example. With an “administrator” user role, this shouldn’t happen! I needed this embedded form to let people subscribe to my blog posts via email (using FeedPress) – and I already had it in place, and it was working!
Only when I wanted to edit that form I noticed the problem: as soon as I hit “Update” in the editor, crucial parts of the HTML code would simply vanish. Interestingly, I did find some conversations online where people had the same problem – but none had a solution (hence this post). I temporarily worked my way around it with a plugin called “HTML snippets” (I consider this a “dangerous” plugin since it comes with it’s own editor, and this way circumvents WordPress’s editor security features entirely).
So I tried everything I could think of, and even went as far as manually re-installing WordPress via FTP. Nothing worked. Eventually, I remembered that I had tried a security plugin (SecuPress) months ago, but then uninstalled it.
Turns out that the plugin didn’t clean up after itself when I uninstalled it – and left some of its configuration changes to harden the site in place. There is a WordPress setting
DISALLOW_UNFILTERED_HTML and SecuPress had set that to
TRUE. This setting overrides all user roles and capabilities. No one is allowed to use “dangerous” HTML in the editor. Once I removed that line from wp_config.php everything was working again and I could edit and use my subscription form again.
Interestingly, when I re-installed SecuPress to see if there would be anything in there to explain my problem, SecuPress did not recognize its own configuration changes to wp_config.php and blocked access to these settings altogether with a message like “something else has done this already, we’re not touching it”. But it lead me to the solution.
The only question now is how I overlooked the settings block that SecuPress had added to wp_config.php when I looked at it first… 😛
The longer I’m using our Nest thermostat in the summer, the more unimpressed I become with it. The “learning” feature doesn’t seem to include finer details that have to do with perceived temperatures, like humidity, for example (ie. what you see as “feels like” in the weather forecast).More
The “EU Cookie Law” is the dumbest piece of internet legislation in existence. I understand the internet, and cookies. My browsers are configured to delete cookies as soon as I close the tab (with a few exceptions that I configured, such as banking sites). Everyone always has had that same choice – except now, I need to “acknowledge” cookie usage every time because I made my choice for better privacy, and don’t allow cookies to be stored permanently on my computer. Ridiculous.
OK – Dennis Cooper is perhaps a bit confused* about things but well, he’s an artist. 😀 Anyway, this is a perfect example to illustrate what I’m very passionate about: getting your own domain, your own web hosting, and putting your valuable content online in an open system, like WordPress.
Why WordPress? It’s described in this article, quote:
“Mortgaging your site to a closed-standards vendor gives them, not you, the economic power.”
So here, Google shut down Dennis Cooper’s Blogger site, and his Google account along with it apparently. Awesome! Not, of course. There’s probably a reason for this and Google is well within their rights, defined by their terms of service, to do what they did.
And that illustrates nicely why you should really, really have your own domain and web hosting, and use an open system like WordPress if you want to make your creations available to the public “on the interwebz.” It doesn’t matter whether it’s writings, drawings, photos, or whatever else. Own your content.
Needless to say, you’ll also help making the internet the diverse and open space it should be. Because walled & fenced gardens a la Facebook, Ello, Google(+/Blogger/Photos), Instagram, etc. etc. do not help with that…
*) making a Blogger site (or any place online for that matter) the only place where you store your creations, not even keeping local backups, is completely reckless. Unless you really don’t care about what you create.