Following the media news about Facebook and the ability of “bad actors” to search Facebook based on a telephone number or email address and locate people, Cambridge Analytica and other news where personal data is being used in manner that most people might object to, the system API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) are being reviewed and modified or retired to help to tighten up on security.
If you are using one of two Facebook plugins in your WordPress site, you may find it is no longer working. That is because Facebook have modified the interface. There will be ways around this I expect, but I am going to leave it a few weeks and let the dust settle.
If you find your facebook feed page is corrupted, or at best not looking great because it has a warning message in there, disconnect it from the menu for now.
I understand that there are workarounds, that require admin access to the Facebook Group page and knowledge of a special key and secret. I have not used those when setting up your page. As I find out more I will update this page.
You can read about the changes here if you want to have a go yourself: https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2018/04/04/facebook-api-platform-product-changes/
YOU ONLY NEED TO TAKE ACTION IF YOU CHECK YOUR SITE AND SEE A MESSAGE LIKE THE ONE ABOVE. IF YOU DON’T SEE THE MESSAGE YOU ARE UNAFFECTED.
It seems that Google have withdrawn Google Recaptcha Version 1 function that is used on some contact forms wef 31/03/2018. Please check your contact form now and see if this has happened to you. It was withdrawn yesterday. If you have this problem on your site nobody can send you a message so it is important to resolve it quickly.
This is what you need to do:
Login to the site go to Forms in the sidebar menu and select it.
This for most people will show a single form or multiple forms. Select a form and open it in the editor and check to see if the bottom most item says New reCAPTCHA.
If you have that on your form, delete it. Then save the form.
Check ALL of the forms on your site if you have more than one. Save each one.
On completion go into your site as a user would, and locate each form and send a message to confirm it is working. Check the form still makes sense as well.
This has removed the Spam Protection mechanism used in this form. So your spam count may go up as a result of making this change. However your visitors can still send you a message.
This particular form plugin is no longer supported by the author, so we should probably find an alternative form. Check back on this site later for a solution that uses the new or an alternative Google ReCaptcha function.
If you immediately start getting hit by an increase of Spam let me know please.
I have just finished working my way around 100+ websites and backing them all up. I also check them to make sure the infrastructure is up to day. There are a couple of interesting observations that are worth noting, particularly if you are new to editing, or struggling with updating your website, or don’t like updating it for some other reason.
All of the points raised and guidance are included in a downloadable document at the end of this article.
1). Google Searches.
Before I start checking a site I perform a google search on the entity name (not the domain name) to make sure it comes very close to the top, if not at the top of the first page on Google. I have never had any problems getting people to the top of searches without paying a penny. But there are things you need to do to stay there, and stay fresh.
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2). A picture paints a thousand words
Well in web terms it doesn’t unfortunately. I have seen lots of examples of people placing images, such as posters on their home pages. Posters are generally a graphic stored as a PDF, JPG or PNG file. It is an image file. Humans can read and interpret images. Google and computers generally cannot.
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