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Reprocessing Stock Photos

With the 600 images currently onsite, I have begun the process of reprocessing them to improve the finished product. This will take a little time, but at the end of the process I will be adding in some new photos. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

WordPress 5.4 “Adderly” Released

The latest core update to WordPress, version 5.4 code named "Adderly" in honor of Nat Adderley, was released yesterday. Each major core update will continue to add polish to WordPress and the Gutenberg Editor. This release pushes the editor into full screen mode by default, hiding the admin sidebar and top bars to provide more work space. This of course can be toggle off through the 3 stacked dots in the top right corner. Additionally, we have some new Gutenberg block elements, with the buttons item being one I see rather useful, as it allows for buttons to be placed side by side, without needing to use something like columns to do so. You can find out more information about this release on the WordPress.org's blog post for this release.

Training Issues: In Progress

Apologies for what seems like an abandonment of this site and training items. Last night I decided to check on the site and discovered that training materials were not working as I designed. The template system appears to have gone rogue, showing only the training thumbnail instead of the actual training material. I have remedied this and still have work to do in order to get things working as I would like for them to work. I am now back on the site full time and will get all of the bugs worked out.

Michael Mann, Owner

WordPress 4.8.3 Released

From the release of 4.8.3:

"WordPress versions 4.8.2 and earlier are affected by an issue where $wpdb->prepare() can create unexpected and unsafe queries leading to potential SQL injection (SQLi). WordPress core is not directly vulnerable to this issue, but we’ve added hardening to prevent plugins and themes from accidentally causing a vulnerability."

Yikes, SQL injections are a bad thing. SQL injections can allow for nefarious SQL statements to be inserted into an entry field for execution. One example of this is to allow an attacker to dump your database contents. It is always advised that security releases are applied as soon as possible.

The official release notes: WordPress 4.8.3 Released

Photos Added June 14th

The following photos were added to the list of photos available to members of Frugal Web Guy. With the addition of these 25 photos, the total available photos was brought up to 375. This is on top of all of the other available resources and training items available to members.

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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.

Read more information about this update over on WordPress.org at https://wordpress.org/news/2017/01/wordpress-4-7-1-security-and-maintenance-release/.

WordPress 4.7.3 Maintenance Release

As part of WordPress's commitment to maintain the WordPress core, 4.7.3 (the third maintenance release for WordPress 4.7), has been released and includes the following security corrections:

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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:

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My Simple Theme 1.0.7 Coming Soon!

After much consideration, work is underway on My Simple Theme 1.0.7. One of the biggest changes is in the Fonts & Colors Theme Options tab, as things are more structured now.

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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!