WordPress 4.7.1 Security and Maintenance Release

The first security and maintenance release for WordPress 4.7 was released today to fix 8 security issues affecting 4.7 and earlier versions. This means that if you are on one of the lower 4.x versions (such as 4.6.2), those should have an update release as well. Be sure to update your sites if they are not auto updated.

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New Photos Added

10 new photos have been uploaded for Frugal Web Guy customers to access. This is part of my weekly commitment to provide new content on a regular basis. Nothing is worse, to me at least, then to have a stale web site with zero new content being added. These photos are available in the usual 1920x1080 pixel size and are all original photos taken by me on my ventures around United States. The areas currently covered by photos uploaded include the following states: Continue reading "New Photos Added"

My Simple Sections Overhaul

The My Simple Sections plugin is using a dated, but still usable core, thanks to Custom Meta Boxes by HumanMade. While this still works, I am overhauling the plugin to remove this from the core and instead create tailored code for creating custom fields, for data entry. This should remove a bit of items from the core, and allow for more items to be added easier in the future. The total size of the plugin should also shrink a bit. More information about this change coming soon!

Restricting View Access in WordPress

Out of the box, all of your content is visible, unless your site (or parts of it) are being a paywall (think members only), set to private or protected from public viewing in some other manner. With these two amazing free plugins from the WordPress Plugin Repository, you can selectively show or hide some of the content on your site. This week, I am putting together training for these plugins. Continue reading "Restricting View Access in WordPress"

Widgetized Menu Area

This is for the "My Simple Theme", which is currently available only to lifetime members of Frugal Web Guy.

For the upcoming 1.0.5, I was looking for a way to allow for widgets to be added to the same area of the top menu. The idea was provided by a Web design client, wanting to have social icons to the right of the top menu. I did not want to rely on a plugin, as the few I could find were outdated, last updated 2 years ago. So, after several tailored Google searches, I stumbled upon a tutorial by Justin Tadlock, which provided the answer I was looking for, even though the post is from 2009 it still works great. Continue reading "Widgetized Menu Area"

SendGrid vs Mandrill: Free vs Paid Add-on to MailChimp

MailChimp does away with the free Mandrill email service. Elevates to MailChimp paid add-on for paid MailChimp accounts, starting March 16th.

You heard that correctly folks! Starting today, Marc 16th, Mandrill (previously a free service offering to send up to 12,000 of your precious emails to newsletter subscribers) has become a paid add-on for paying members of MailChimp. That means, in addition to shelling out at least 10 bucks a month for 500 subscribers (more per month if you have more subscribers), mandrill will no longer be a free service. You have until April 27th to merge it with a paying MailChimp Account or export out your data. Continue reading "SendGrid vs Mandrill: Free vs Paid Add-on to MailChimp"