AMP Pages Search Engine Pro Test

I’ve successfully implemented AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) on SearchEnginePro.net you can check it out here: http://searchenginepro.net/sitemap/amp/ via AMP Supremacy for WordPress. One of the elements Google Webmaster tools test for with AMP pages is whether or not links are too close so I’ll post the URL here: “ampsupremacy.com” – There are many other tools for developing AMP pages in WordPress so I’ll continue to  post / update as I test them.

Here are some of my next test objectives with AMP:

  • Test pages and work through some of the error messages such as links being too close or a page title / URL being too long
  • Develop and test forms embedded in an AMP page
  • Test product inventory via AMP

Resources:

  • AMP Forms: https://www.ampproject.org/docs/reference/components/amp-form
  • AMP WYSIWYG – https://community.alfresco.com/docs/DOC-5319-amp-for-web-client-wysiwyg-textareas

See AMP version of this page: http://searchenginepro.net/amp-pages-search-engine-pro-test/amp/

 

 

FunnelKit Go Review | Honest Review

This is an honest and quick review of FunnelKit Go and it will be very quick.

I was introduced to FunnelKit Go in one of my marketing groups this evening..I was actually comparing with Page Monkey.

Since I like to snoop and look at HTML code, I decided to see what was under the on FunnelKit Go’s landing page. To my astonishment I discovered they are using OptimizePress!

It is possible to use their plugin with OptimizePress, but why would they not build out a complete landing page with their own software / plugin? So the next question one would have to ask is; How much of the actual landing page was built with OptimizePress vs Funnelkit Go?

While the price is right on this plugin, I’ll have to pass on the sheer fact that they did not use their own software to completely build out a landing page for their own product and they failed to show a demonstration with a video background or a video in a landing page. I’m also an OptimizePress user and can pretty much do everything that FunnelKit Go can do. While some say OptimizePress can be confusing or cumbersome, it is a time tested and well supported product.

For this product, I’ll save my money and continue to use OptimizePress.

 

funnelkit go review

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WordPress Security Issues 2015-2016

I’m a long-time WordPress developer / user and have been pleased overall with the product. But I ran into something today that caught me off guard and now has me doing some more digging on WordPress security utilizing several of the top security plugins on the market today. I typically use two:

  • Wordfence
  • Securi Security

I’m not going to write about differences or pros & cons of either security plugin.

To be conservative, I’ve done 2,000+ WordPress installs over the years, but 2015 is a completely different animal. In the past hackers might deface a website, but they’ve gotten more clever; Now they don’t deface your website, they secretly install their malware or spam software to run quietly undetected unless you are paying attention to server logs or your data center / ISP sends you some sort of complaint.

Typically, WordPress has been one of the most secure CMS / Blog platforms available although there are constant updates required. With that said, it still has been a fairly stable and secure platform.

What I have seen more recently is that even with a clean up to date WordPress install on a web server that is also up to date is that hackers are still easily gaining access and installing their spam scripts or malware. One site I found this week was running both Wordfence and Securi Security and neither one of them during a scan detected anything abnormal, but my server logs said otherwise. When I FTP’d into the site, there are all types of PHP files that did not belong there..I manually cleaned up the site and ran the scan again..Upon the 2nd scan, Wordfence picked up one file I had missed.

Now I have to question the reliability of two of the top WordPress security plugins on the market.

Another thing I’ve noticed during installs is that if you do not change / hide the way your user profile displays vs. showing your actual login username, lurkers are quickly taking note of your default UN which should never be “admin”.

If you have seen anything similar with your WordPress installs please share below. I will continue to update and share any new information I come across.

Increase WordPress Memory When In Shared Hosting Environment

I would like to thank my friends at Virtbiz, a local Data networking and web hosting company located in the Dallas Metroplex area.

We are unfortunately unable to make customization to a shared server’s php.ini file on behalf of a single account. However, the end result can be easily accomplished by using a user.ini file.

To set up a user.ini file, perform the following steps:

Log in to your cPanel account.
Navigate to the File Manager (Home >> Files >> File Manager) interface.
Click the Web Root.
Select the Show hidden files checkbox.
Click Go.
Click the target directory. (public_html)
Click New File.

In the Create a New Field text box, enter .user.ini

Note: Do not forget to include the period that precedes the file name.

Click Create New File.
Click .user.ini and click Edit.
Enter the PHP directives that you wish to adjust for the directory and click Save.

You will most likely be interested in the following directives:
upload_max_filesize
post_max_size

For instance, if you wish to make this a maximum of 8MB, you would enter:
upload_max_filesize = 8M
post_max_size = 8M

I hope that this information is helpful.

Tks,
Support Team
VIRTBIZ Internet Services

Honest Video Essence Review – Traffic Essence Review

Review of Video Essence and Traffic Essence

Lately I’ve been trying to cut back on the number of WordPress plugins / themes that I purchase because I get way too busy to actually implement or use them on a a day to day basis. Yesterday while in a marketing forum I frequent there was some buzz and chatter about a video curation theme and plugin. I decided to purchase along with several other people in forum and see how fast we might be able to set up…I already had an active domain and thought I would simply install the theme and be off to the races as the promotional video for “Video Essence” demonstrates.

Like others in the video forum, excitement turned quickly into disappointment.

Here are some of the issues I have / had with Video Essence and Traffic Essence:

  • The curation plugin never served any video results for anything trending (plugin default) or simple keyword phrases I entered that generate numerous results on Youtube
  • No disclosure up front on server requirements…only after you purchase will you see what server requirements are to use Video Essence theme / plugin
  • The claim of 120 channels with Traffic Essence is based on purchaser manually  creating up to 40 accounts on 3 web 2.0 sites.

After talking with several users this morning in video forum other purchasers are requesting refunds as well. This is a a product where the sizzle definitely tasted better than the steak.

Only after purchasing Video Essence will you discover that you need to run at least PHP 5.4 and Mcrypt PHP extension.

Video Essence Review - Server Requirements

When trying to curate videos with Video Essence I never got beyond this point or could get any results to display.

Video Essence Review - Video Curator Functionality

Traffic Essence relies on the purchaser creating up to 40 accounts on WordPress.com, Tumblr, and Blogger. This should be disclosed up front vs. making potential buyers think the 140 channels are built into the plugin.

Traffic Essence Screenshot

Again, myself and several other competent video marketers were not able to get Video Essence working. If you have better results and some working examples please feel free to comment and share your results here. I hope you found this Video Essence and Traffic Essence review helpful.

WordPress Plugins Warning Dangers

Do you use WordPress Plugins? Read Below

If you use WordPress plugins like I do then take a few minutes to read this article. I spend thousands of dollars each year on WordPress Plugins to add different types of functionality  to my WP sites.

The other day when I went to pull up this site, this is what I saw below:

wordpress plugin licensing

A question plugin I had installed broke my site due to a plugin licensing dependency. This is not the first time this has happened to me, and the irony is that when your WordPress plugins crash due to a licensing dependency, most of the time you won’t be able to find the developer or they hide behind so many domains and email addresses that it’s a major pain and time-waster to get the issue resolved. Continue reading “WordPress Plugins Warning Dangers”

Freelancer.com Review 2012-2013

I’ve recently started using Freelancer.com to complete small programming projects and was pleasantly surprised when I first started using the site after several years of using Scriptlance.com which they acquired. My first project went amazing! The code shop I worked with in India did a spectacular job on a clone site I had them develop…I thought I found a group of programmers that I could start to develop a long-term business relationship with, but it crashed and burned. After coming up with a second round of project for them the bid on first, they vanished for over a week. After presenting them with the new projects, they promised quotes, but never delivered and then they just stopped communicating with me.

Freelancer.com Review Continued

With six more projects to complete, I developed the project specs, diagrams, etc. to help articulate what I had in mind and put them to bid on Freelancer.com – Before selecting a programmer, I always ask if they completely understand the project requirements and if they have any additional questions before I award the project. Most say no…we completely understand your specifications…we are ready to go!

After two weeks of working with five programmers on 6 projects, it appears three are going to crash and burn…I’ll have lost some project development time, money from a few released milestones, and will have to then re-post my projects and again select another programmer. I believe their are some great programmers on Freelancer.com, but there are many dead beats as well which ruins the whole experience of working with virtual help.

Freelancer.com Review Summary

I believe I’ve found one programmer here in the US through Freelancer.com who I hope will turn out to be someone I can work with and count on long-term to help with my specific programming requirements. Here are a few of my personal recommendations for selecting and working with Freelancers. These same ideas can apply to any of the other outsourcing websites as well:

  1. Make sure you articulate specific requirements for project. Don’t leave anything vague or to the imagination….unless you are looking for someone to have creative license on your project(s)
  2. Never, Never, Never release a milestone until you have something tangible to show for. Make milestone release very specific (ex: rough draft of website template, screen shot of db design, etc.)
  3. Ask for references that you can call or  email with regard to specific projects
  4. Make sure programmer(s) portfolio has specific examples similar to what you are looking for and belong to some of the references they provide. I’ve checked many portfolios and projects that were concepts for the programmer and were deleted or had an expired domain when I went to look at them.
  5. If you find a good programmer, don’t abuse them by asking for unlimited modifications or changes….they need to make a living as well.

Freelancer.com Review Conclusion:

Freelancer.com can be a great place to find resources for project outsourcing. Put in the extra time to articulate everything to the T and use your due diligence to thoroughly review bidders before making your final decision. Don’t be afraid to to ask about project completion rates or negative comments. In the same fashion, don’t accept at face value a programmer’s rave reviews.

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