I have added a page under the main menu that shows you how to use this site. There are currently over 200 news/ self help/ information items on the site with hints and tips and 34 fixed pages. I realised that some of you visiting here may not be aware they are there because they cannot be located directly through the main menu.
They are news posts that are accessed through the news and alerts page. Each is categorised according to the content in the page and it’s relevance.
To help you get as much information as possible from the information on this site please see this page for more an explanation of how the site works. How to use this site.
For clients of Wingrove-Media
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Please note that if you are not recognised as a client you will not be added to the mailing list. Most general articles on this site are freely available to everyone, I have made this available in the same spirit of many other developers who wish to help people, if only in thanks to those that have helped me in the past when I first started. The purpose of the content in this site is primarily targeted at my client base who have a specific implementation or are using specific services to support their website and email.
Please check the sidebar for a list of articles, or search the site for something using the methods described in the sidebar. There is a category cloud in the side bar which is used to categorise posts. You can use this to narrow down your search.
On many sites there are one of two contact forms used, one is called Form Manager (generally very old sites) and the other is called FS Contact Form. Neither of these form handlers are available now through the WordPress repository. Neither of them are supported any more by their authors. It is very much in your interests to replace them.
I am recommending the removal of the existing contact forms on all websites and replacement with Contact Form 7 and another plugin called Contact Form Redirection.
Both of these are supported contact forms and have current versions compatible with WordPress version 4.9.5.
By using these two plugins it will be possible to achieve the following:
- Contact Form similar in appearance to your current form
- Ability to upload an attachment
- Supports Google Recaptcha version 2.00 (to reduce spam).
- On screen message to sender to confirm message has been sent
- Redirection to a Thank You page
- Ability to format the message that is returned to your organisation
- Send a copy of the submitted message to the author to confirm submission
It can probably do many more things, but these are a superset of what we are currently supporting on the most advanced sites.
The downside is Contact Form 7 is not that intuitive to use if you are a novice user compared to the former versions. However it is one of the most popular plugins for managing user forms.
Contact me if you need some help.
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.