What hackers do with compromised websites

The security provider Wordfence has published a Blog article answering this question. It is based on research they have carried out. It’s a useful and informative read and may surprise you if you think that hackers wouldn’t be interested in your site because you’re not a giant Internet business.

You can read it by clicking here

Why an outdated website brought down Iceland’s prime minister

We have all heard about the so called “Panama Papers” described as “the largest data breach to journalists in history”.

Here’s a Blog report by the security company Wordfence describing how Mossack Fonseca’s Panamanian website may have been hacked.

It comes back to the old chestnut of not keeping your website up to date.

One of the items distributed by the hackers was a report describing the Icelandic prime minister’s financial activities in Panama which led to PM Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigning over his tax avoidance.

Link to the Wordfence Blog

Adding Facebook to your website

If you started your business with a Facebook page, not least because it was free and easy to use, and you now want to switch to a proper website but not lose that Facebook content, what do you do?

You can now incorporate your timeline into your WordPress website using a dedicated plugin. This is what it looks like. All the content is clickable taking the viewer to your Facebook page:

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

This message is only visible to admins:
Problem displaying Facebook posts.

Error: An access token is required to request this resource.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 104
Click here to Troubleshoot.


Make your phone number clickable

As more than 50% of websites are viewed on phones these days why not make your phone number clickable.

Here’s the link format in html:-

<a href=”tel:07966355054″>Call me</a>

Consigned to history

I recently noticed a forgotten box in the loft as I retrieved the projector screen. It was my old 35m slide projector lying there forlorn and unused, having been overtaken by the technology which brought us Powerpoint.

I had forgotten how I used to prepare a slideshow in the 80s.

35mm_slide_projectorIn a touch of nostalgia let me just run through the process. First of all the slides were all photographed using a 35mm SLR camera and slide film such as Kodachrome, Fujichrome or Agfachrome. Slides were duplicated using (not surprisingly) a slide duplicator which was fitted in place of the lens and using daylight or a flash gun as a light source. Composite pictures were taken by over-exposing the component images and creating a montage within the duplicator. Graphs were hand drawn and then photographed. Text was created using Letraset rub-on lettering on coloured board. All the slides were then mounted and had to be “spotted” and numbered so that you could insert them into the carousel correctly, upside down and reverse side towards the projector bulb. You might use glass protection to stop the slides “popping” with the heat from the bulb and going out of focus.

The worst thing that could then happen was that you dropped the slide carousel, the (supposedly) locking lid came off, scattering the slides everywhere and you were due to perform in two minutes time.

Oh, happy days!

What old technology do you remember that has (thankfully) been overtaken by new technology and pensioned off to the darker recesses of your loft?

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Other beerbuses are available

I wrote in praise of the 770 #beerbus but let’s not forget that other buses and beer festivals are available, such as the 14th May’s Tockwith Festival, back after a year off. You can catch the X70 or 412 service from Wetherby

You can visit Tockwith’s website here

Bardsey’s Beer Festival takes place on 19th March. Here’s a link to their Facebook page You can get there on the X98 and X99 buses.

Need a website? Have a look at the Beer Festival portal which offers a complete website and social media package wthout the need to pay for hosting or a domain name.

Click on the image below:-


Click on the image below to go to a legacy beer festival website:-


Instant Everywhere

For many, reading on the mobile web is a slow, clunky and frustrating experience – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that embodies the vision that publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere.

This is the introduction to the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project, an open source initiative to speed up access to the Internet on mobile phones by providing stripped-down content that will load faster over a slower mobile phone signal. Not surpisingly Google is involved and it seems to be a natural progression from last April’s campaign to ensure that websites are mobile-friendly, even penalising non-compliant websites by downgrading their SERPs ranking.

Want to ensure that your website meets this standard? Speak to your website designer (or your ISP if you use a drag-and-drop design service such as Wix).

If you want your WordPress site to be compliant get in touch and I’ll explain how you can do it and ensure that your site’s SEO doesn’t suffer either.


In praise of the 770 #beerbus

Transdev operate the 770 bus service between Harrogate and Leeds on a daily basis, nicknamed the beerbus because you can travel on it to numerous beer festivals in the course of a year.

These include:-

Harrogate Round Table

Harrogate Town AFC


Wetherby Lions

Boston Spa





You can view and download a timetable here (but do bear in mind to check any changes since this article was written on 23rd February, 2016)

Are you planning a beer festival in the area? Tell us the dates.

Need a website? Have a look at the Beer Festival portal which offers a complete website and social media package wthout the need to pay for hosting or a domain name.

Click on the image below:-


Click on the image below to go to a legacy beer festival website:-


Live-Code sites with Chrome dev tools

Edit HTML and CSS with Chrome Dev Tools.

Following on from my two previous blogs about Child Themes for WordPress here’s news about an article published in .Net magazine’s November 2015 issue. Written by Caner Uguz, its shows you how to use Chrome Developer Tools’ CSS and HTML features to try out different layouts.

In principle it’s similar to the techniques I described in my Child Theme articles but Caner suggests that it is a useful techniques to give immedite previews, especially when sitting before a customer. He even describes how you can save these changes to your actual development files.

Caner has created a video to go with the magazine article. You can view it here:


You can also visit his website



Child themes part two

One of the points that I didn’t mention in my Child Themes blog article was the fact that, if you create a child theme any alterations you make aren’t overwritten if the parent theme is updated by the author or by WordPress.

This is a danger if you make any alterations solely to the parent theme.

TalkTalk hack was a SQL injection

The latest news from the BBC and their technical editor Rory Cellan-Jones:-

Analysis: Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology editor

The company first indicated that the “sustained” attack was a DDoS, a distributed denial of service attack where a website is bombarded with waves of traffic.

That did not seem to explain the loss of data, and later TalkTalk indicated that there had also been what is known as an SQL injection.

This is a technique where hackers gain access to a database by entering instructions in a web form. It is a well known type of attack and there are relatively simple ways of defending against it.

Many security analysts were stunned by the idea that any major company could still be vulnerable to SQL injection. (My highlight)

Read the whole article here