Featured Image on Posts

This is only of interest to Divi template based websites. If you use this facility in your template and it is not Divi based, take care to check what it does before you accept using it. Different templates work in different ways.

Many of the latest Divi based designs I have been building for both Home-Starts and other groups have at least one news page, often more than one. For example a summary on the home page of the latest six news items is useful, and a fully featured news page as well for everything. 

Filtering News

You can do this on other sites, but within the Divi environment it is very easy to use:  you can have a fundraising page, and at the bottom of the page have a Fundraising blog. This is an automatic feature where any new posts which you categorise as Fundraising will appear there. They will also change over time as you add more content.

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Adobe CS6

Buyer beware

Back in 2012 I started to use Photoshop from Adobe, the full version. It was very expensive but a very powerful tool. I did a major project as a volunteer and received a gratuity of £1000 for my services at the end of the project.  I used that money to acquire Adobe CS6 Creative suite. It contained several applications commonly used by web developers. I did not use most of them, but did continue to use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and for a while Dreamweaver for projects. 

Adobe revokes the license

On Friday the 31st of August 2018, some 5 years and 7 months after I acquired the software package it was turned off by Adobe. Now when I try to use it I get a pop up telling me I have an illegal copy or invalid licence and I should contact Adobe. 

To cut a long story short, it looks like Adobe have been working through their licenses and revoking them causing customers to dial in to get them enabled again. During the conversation you have to provide evidence of where you acquired it from. In my case it turned out it was not an “approved reseller”.

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Broken Facebook Feed Fix

Around April/ May 2018 Facebook made changes to the way data could be streamed based on content on Facebook Group pages. This stopped most Facebook feeds on websites where I used the plugin Facebook Feed by WebDorado. 

Apparently it is possible to get the feed working but there are some things that an admin will need to do to get it to work. That is a “Facebook Account Admin”. 

WebDorado have released a tutorial on it. If you can set it up, you should be able to get your facebook feeds working again on your website. I have not done this yet by the way, just letting you know.  They appear to have updated their plugin with a link to the guidance. 

What do I need to do?

Firstly check to see whether your website is using a Plugin called Facebook Feed by WebDorado. If it is then follow this link for more guidance on what you need to do: https://web-dorado.com/wordpress-facebook-feed/options.html

I cannot really help you here, you need to work with whomever is responsible for the Facebook page for your organisation as they will have the authority to access the system. If you manage to get the information required, let me know and I will help you to get it working again. 

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Gutenberg – WordPress new editor

I turned this on in my services website and have tried to use it. My advice to all of my clients is stick to the old editor. While I can figure out how to use it, I am doing this all day, and I know something about writing code, and this is reminiscent of a code editor in some respects from the 1990’s driven by lots of keyboard shortcuts which I know none of you will remember because you are not editing every day. I just spent 10 minutes figuring out how to add a link in, when I tried to follow the guidance a search request popped up from Google (I am using Chrome), so there was a conflict in keyboard shortcuts, tried another way, and while I could get the old editor to work, added the link, the text was not changed! I had to hand edit it.

I have seen a huge amount of push back from WordPress veterans. I have tried to keep an open mind, but in this day and age, if it is not intuitive, people will not use it. This is not intuitive, you are going to need to keep a handy guide, which is really not acceptable for people whose day jobs are not developing websites. Maybe it is a way for WordPress to pull it back in to a smaller community of “experts”, I don’t know. It seems like a huge step backwards.

Avoid being caught out by the switch

I don’t know when it is scheduled to change, but you can take some precautionary steps right now. On your dashboard (the screen you see when you login) there will be an item on there introducing Gutenberg. There is also a button where you can permanently install the old editor (the one you are familiar with). Click on that and follow the instructions to install it.

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Divi Booster Malware Message

3rd September 2018

If you monitor the messages reported by WordFence, it has been highlighting a malware detection in Divi Booster. Divi Booster is a plugin which I have added at most Divi based installations as it offers some useful additional features. It is a premium plugin I have paid for.
The author of Divi Booster has checked what WordFence has been reporting and it is due to URL deep in the code to do with an obscure tablet browser. Unless you were looking through the code Divi Booster, which I doubt, you would not have been aware of it, or even seen it.

The offending URL has been removed from the plugin by the author, and I am currently upgrading all sites affected. Bottom line, don’t worry about it, however it is good that WordFence is in the background protecting all sites and causing authors to review and change their plugin code.

This URL has the details in. At the time of writing everyone has been upgraded to the latest version. Divi Booster Malware FeedbackFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Webmail Guide

Following some interaction with one group that is moderately new to webmail on this system I have written the following guide which covers these areas for anyone that is interested:

  • Creating Mail Folders to manage your email on the server
  • Changing your password
  • Setting up an Out of Office Message
  • Setting up an Email Signature
  • Sending Pretty Emails (with formatting turned on)
  • Setting defaults for the mail application
  • Cookies
  • Which Browser to use.

You can download the guide by clicking on the button below. 

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Windows Update

Unfortunately this just missed the newsletter. It is Wednesday 15th August 17:15hrs.

Microsoft has just released a set of updates for August that cover 60 vulnerabilites. 19 of which are considered critical. If covers MS Windows, Edge Browser, Internet Explorer, MS Office, ChakraCore, .Net Framework (used my many applications), Exchange Server, MS SQL and Visual Studio (also used by many applications). 

It is highly recommended that if you are using a Windows computer that you upgrade your system. You can do that by going to the start icon (bottom left of your screen), Settings, then look for Update and Security.

Also bear in mind that one of the updates is for Outlook and we already know that issues have been created in Office 365, so if MS Outlook stops working after you do the update. You need to reset your password through https://stackmail.com as previously discussed in another recent article. 

I subscribe to Hackernews (not as bad as it sounds) which often flags up issues. As this patches 19 critical vulnerabilities I thought it is was worth flagging up. 

You can read the article here if you are interested.