AD: The Bible – my thoughts after the first episode

It is always interesting as they create new TV series and films based on the Bible. We have recently seen quite a lot of similar films, and some of them are terrible (read: Noah from 2014), while some are better. The last can for sure be said about AD: The Bible, at least based on my experience watching the first episode.

AD The Bible

I watch AD: The Bible on NBC online, something that can be done using a VPN, and you can read more about watching NBC from abroad here. So, I got started and was very curious on what the first episode of the NBC serie should be like, but it only took me minutes to realize that I liked it a lot, not only from a film perspective, but also from the perspective that I am a Christian who believe in Jesus as my savior who not only died for me, but also rose again from the dead, something that the first episode is about.

In the first episode there are of course parts which are fiction and which are not supported by the Bible, but from the other perspective, they can not be said to be unbiblical, so they are just helping our imagination to get a feeling of what life was like in that time, and what Caiaphas, Pilate and all the other characters involved in the crucifixion and the resurrection felt and thought about the events taking place.

In fact, to me it seemed very true to the original story, so I felt like I just half the time watching praying and thanking God for the sacrifice he did sending Jesus to die for my sins, and just like with Passion, I really did not manage to watch all parts of the crucifixion, it simply gets to intense and tough… Imagine what Jesus did so that I can live, and not only live, but live forever.

I am looking forward to watching the other episodes, as the next four episodes are already available to watch on the NBC website.

AD: The Bible is by the way a follow up to the original series named The Bible which was launched on the History Channel in 2013. I have not watched that series yet, but I guess that I will watch that as well, as soon as I get some more time!

Have you watched AD: The Bible? Did you like what you see? I pray that God will touch those who see it so that it will be much more than just a film, but something that will open their eyes for who Jesus really is, the Son of God, who died and rose again from the grave on the third day!

How to use Duplicator to move an entire WordPress page?

duplicatorIf you want to move an entire WordPress site from one server to another and from one server to another that has been like a mess for a long time. We have earlier written on using Search and Replace and moving websites with images, but using Duplicator you can save a lot of time and energy.

Duplicator is what the name says it is, a duplicator. What you first need to do is to download the Duplicator plugin to your WordPress site and then you need to open the plugin and create a package. That is easy and after a while you will see a screen where you can download the package to your computer, and then you will see installer. Download the installer.php and the package to your computer, and half the job is already done!

Duplicator, package and installer.php

What you now need to do is to launch your FTP-client and upload the .zip-package and the installer.php to the new server on which you want the new WordPress site to be. When you have uploaded these files you launch your browser and visit www.mynewsite.com/installer.php (replace www.mynewsite.com with your actual address). As you open installer.php you will have to add you SQL data to make a connection, and then you just run the action and within some minutes you will have duplicated your entire site with images, links, settings, plugins and everything to a new server. And duplicator even updates all your links, meaning that your links and settings will be updated with your new address instead of the old one. Great stuff! :)

Good luck, and hope you have found this little guide useful!

Heading keyboard shortcuts not working in WordPress – Solution!

Have you problems with using the keyboard shortcuts for making headers in WordPress after updating to WordPress 4.2? I had as well, but now they have been fixed. What was causing the problem? What was the solution?
Wordpress 4 header keyboard shortcuts

For a long time I have made a text in WordPress and simply marked it with the mouse and pressed CTRL + 1 and it has turned into a header 1 tag at once. If I wanted a <h2> tag I simply pressed CTRL + 2 for this to happen. But, then suddenly after upgrading to WordPress 4.2 this stopped working and instead I jumped between the different tabs in my Firefox browser. What went wrong? I tried a lot; deactivated all my plugins, changed to the standard WordPress theme – nothing seemed to help. But, then I found the solution.

How to fix keyboard shortcuts not working in WordPress 4.2?

The solution is, at least if you want to make headers, to not use CTRL + number anymore, but instead you need to press a much more complicated combination of buttons: Shift + Alt + Number. If you want to know more about this, you simply open the Toolbar Toggle and press the question mark, and there you can see the updated and new shortcuts for WordPress editing in WordPress 4.2. But for the sake of making nice headers, you are now to use Shift + Alt + Number to create the header that you want to!

Hope this has helped you, and have fun blogging on! If this has helped you, please share it so others suffering from the same problem will find the solution, just like you just have!

Other keyboard shortcuts available in WordPress 4.2

Letter Action Letter Action
c Copy v Paste
a Select all x Cut
z Undo y Redo
b Bold i Italic
u Underline k Insert/edit link

The following shortcuts use different access keys: Alt + Shift + letter. Macintosh uses Ctrl + Alt + letter.

Letter Action Letter Action
1 Heading 1 2 Heading 2
3 Heading 3 4 Heading 4
5 Heading 5 6 Heading 6
n Check Spelling l Align Left
j Justify Text c Align Center
d Strikethrough r Align Right
u List a Insert/edit link
o 1. List s Remove link
q Quote m Insert Image
w Distraction-free writing mode t Insert More Tag
p Insert Page Break tag h Help
x Add/remove code tag

Focus shortcuts:

Alt + F8 Image toolbar (when an image is selected)
Alt + F9 Editor menu (when enabled)
Alt + F10 Editor toolbar
Alt + F11 Elements path

My page suddenly lost quite a lot of Facebook likes

My page suddenly lost quite a lot of Facebook likesHave your Facebook page suddenly lost quite a lot of Facebook likes? Maybe you had a Facebook page dedicated to your blog, and suddenly you experienced that you lost 10-20-30-40-50 followers, in just a night? What happened?

In these days Facebook is doing what they call a serious clean up, and in this clean up process they are removing inactive users and their Facebook likes. In other words, you have not actually lost likes from active Facebook users, but you have lost likes from Facebook users who no longer exist. Maybe they have ceased to exist and therefore their Facebook account has been removed, or maybe they just deactivated their Facebook account to user their time more wisely instead, and since they do not manage to just use Facebook 5 minutes a day, it is either take care of Facebook by deactivating their accounts, or if not, Facebook will take care of you! So, such users who have deactivated their accounts will also have their Facebook page likes removed, so if you have lost quite a lot of Facebook likes recently, this is probably the reason!

If a user that once deactivated their Facebook account suddenly decides to activate their account over again, then their Facebook page likes will turn active again, and you will get their Facebook like of your page back!

Have fun!

Now it is even more important to make your website mobile friendly!

Not long ago I was outdoors and wanted to look for something on Google with my mobile phone. That is when I noticed something that I have not seen before, a little text added by Google to the search telling me if the site in the search result is mobile friendly.

You will see it on the screenshot further down that Google will now present this extra information to mobile users in their search results, meaning that websites which are mobile friendly will be marked as “Mobile-friendly” in search results, while sites not mobile friendly will just remain without the mobile friendly text.

If you have ever surfed the web with a mobile phone you will for sure know how annoying it is when you try to read a text on a website, but you spend all your time scrolling in all directions to be able to read one single sentence. And, if you have experienced that you will for sure enjoy the information Google now provides you, meaning that you will click the mobile friendly link on third place in the Google search results, instead of the first two results which are on sites that are not mobile friendly. In other words, it is more important than ever to make your website or blog mobile friendly.

Google shows mobile friendly sites

Yes, siggiblog.com is a mobile friendly site!

Above you can see the results as I looked in Google for information on how to remove and find malware on your website. As my blog showed up in the search result it is listed as a mobile-friendly site, something I am happy for, and for sure tons of people searching Google for information.

But, how can you make your website or blog mobile friendly. If you are a WordPress user the number one answer is simply to pick a mobile friendly WordPress theme. That will solve the problem in a few seconds! If you use some other platform they will for sure have themes which are mobile friendly as well, and if you do the hard coding yourself you are probably so smart that you know how to make your website mobile friendly anyway!

Be alert and get good incoming links!

Good links coming from outsideIf you work as a webmaster you will for sure want more visitors to your website. One of the ways of getting visitors to your site is by gaining good incoming links from other websites referring to your site. This will give you traffic in two ways.

Good links referring to your website will bring visitors to your website in two different ways.

  1. It will cause people to press the link on the original site and thus they will end up at you site looking for further information on the subject your have written about.
  2. It will make Google consider your page an authority on the subject as other websites refer to yours, and thus it will cause your site to get a better Google ranking, meaning that you will get more visitors sent to your site from search engines such as Google and Bing.

But, how can you get good incoming links referring to your site? I have written some articles on this subject earlier, so look around in the blog for information on such articles, but in this article I simply want to share one single idea that may help you get some good incoming links and an improved ranking in search engines.

Stay alert and get good incoming links!

The idea I would like to share in this article is simply about staying alert and being really quick when something happens in the big world. I will not share ten thousand examples, but I will simply share how I used this personally a couple of years ago (without knowing about it), and how this really helped me. I currently live in Budapest and here I work with a website helping tourists coming to Budapest. I remember the people working at Budapest Airport suddenly went into a strike, and at once I wrote an article to the Budapest Guide with information about the strike. I kept the article fresh throughout the first day and the coming days of the strike, and in addition I wrote several new articles on the subject. I did not think of it then, but afterwards I noticed that many people came to the Budapest Guide for information on the subject and since the site was so updated with useful and fresh information on the matter they decided to refer to it from other blogs and websites, so that other travelers could come to the Budapest Guide for information on the strike. As I looked afterwards I saw sites with high Page Ranks who referred to the site, and all I had to do was to stay alert and keep the site updated with lots of useful information on the subject for a short amount of time.

How can you implement this on your website and blog? I do not know, but hopefully you will find it out. If you ask God to open doors and keep looking, you will for sure see some open doors within shortly!

 

Matthew 7:7-8
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Comments immediately tagged as spam in WordPress

Wordpress commentsI recently had a problem on one of my blogs. Unfortunately it took me a while to understand that it really was a problem, but then I noticed that all comments made to my blog were immediately tagged as spam in WordPress, and thus I did not even notice that comments were made, and after 15 days they were deleted from the spam folder.

As I found out I quickly made a search in Google to find the solution, and in the first post I found the solution (for me) was found. The person wrote that he had to disable his Anti-Captcha plugin, and once that was disabled, the comments started showing up again (former comments remained in spam queue or deleted, but new comments will start showing up again). That did it for me. If you suffer from a similar problem I recommend that you disable different plugins, especially anti-captcha plugins if you have them, and see if that will help you solve the problem!

In my case the interesting was that Akismet cleared the commet, saying that it was not spam, but still it remained in the spam filter. This is what it looked like:

1 min ago – Comment status was changed to spam
1 min ago – Akismet cleared this comment

Hope these instructions have helped you, and good luck and have fun blogging, commenting and accepting comments made to your blog!

WordPress says I have comments awaiting moderation, but they do not exist!

1 comment awaiting moderationHave you ever had a similar problem? You have a WordPress blog and then in the top menu of your blog you can see that WordPress says how many comments you have awaiting moderation. It is of course great if you have lots of comments awaiting moderation, but what if you want to check them, but as you look through your pending comments, you simply cant find them.

In other words, WordPress says that you have comments awaiting moderation, but in the reality for you, they do not exist, because you can not find them! I have had this problem on several blogs until recently, but luckily I managed to find the solution that fixed the problem, so that I now can see all comments awaiting moderation, and remove all comments that I consider spam or junk.

So, what did I do to get rid of those invisible comments awaiting moderation?

I asked in a forum and then I got the advice to disable all plugins in WordPress, and if that did not help, then change to the standard Twenty Fourteen template in WordPress. I started to disable all plugins, and once I had done that I check the “comments awaiting moderation” again, and on the list of pending comments I could suddenly see them all listed. They were mostly spam, so I trashed them, and finally I got to see the number of comments awaiting moderation back to 0 again.

After this check I did a more thorough check to find out exactly which plugin managed these problems in my case, and after activating and disabling some plugins I found the guilty plugin to be the plugin I use on some multilingual WordPress sites, a plugin named WPML. Since that is an important plugin to me, I simply disabled it, deleted the comments, and activated the plugin again, and life went on as before, just that I did not have any invisible comments awaiting moderation anymore!

Hope this have helped you, and enjoy blogging!

 

A little Sucuri review

Founders of Sucuri

Daniel and Toni, founders of Sucuri

After using Sucuri for more than three months I have found that time is here to write my very own Sucuri review, based on my experience from using their security services for this time.

My original reason for visiting the Sucuri website and signing up for their services was that I had experienced a series of attacks of different WordPress sites that I work with and administer, and the amount of time and energy used trying to fix these problems, in addition to fees that I had to pay to the different hosting services for retrieving old backups of my sites, told me that I need to find a solution that will take the weight of my shoulders if there should be any future attacks to any of my sites. I therefore signed up for a Sucuri account where I could register 15 different websites, meaning that Sucuri would monitor these websites, and if there should be anyone hacking any of the sites, adding some PHP code or placing some malware somewhere, then Sucuri will not only monitor and discover, but also clean up afterwards. That was my original goal, and this is where the Sucuri review starts.

My first impression of Sucuri

As soon as I signed up I immediately signed up for an account where I could add ten sites (and then added five more after some days). It was easy to use the control panel and to add sites, and adding the so called SSH protection was also easy, just uploading a file to the public folder using FTP and then Sucuri would discover it and the protection was one (very similar to authenticating a website for Google Webmaster Tools or Bing Webmaster Tools). After adding a site it takes an hour or two, and then they will scan the site for the first time. Upon adding my sites everything was fine, but already during the first scan Sucuri found some malware on one of my sites (that I did not know of so far).

How does Sucuri remove malware and fix hacked websites?

Sucuri reviewAs you discover that you have a website that has been infected (maybe because you received a warning from Sucuri), then you need to make a removal request. This can easily be done using the Sucuri dashboard, and you will need to give them the name of your FTP server, a username and a password for this to work. At first I was a bit insecure about giving away so confidential information to a complete stranger, but because of the nice Sucuri reviews I had read elsewhere online, I thought that these guys needs to be proffesional and they will for sure not spoil their good name and fame by doing bad stuff at my website. And I was true… There was no problems then, and it has never been problems giving away FTP information later.

A few minutes after opening the case I received an eail that someone is looking into the case and that I can expect more information within a few hours. A few hours later I received a new message that the malware had been removed and that the site was now error free.

Since then I have used Sucuri about 10 times I guess to remove malware and injected PHP code from sites. Some of the hacking attempts have been more advanced, meaning that at most it took 24 hours for a matter to be solved, but it was solved and the website was up and running throughout the entire process.

Sucuri fixing the complicated problems

How webhosts relate to malware and hacked WordPress sites differ. Some hosts tells you to fix the problem, if not, they will have to shut down your site. Other hosts shut down your site and take it offline from the moment they discover the problem, and I have quite some sites hosted on servers with the latter kind of hosts. In such cases it is very important to fix the problems as soon as possible, because a site that is offline will of course harm those coming to your site looking for information or out there to buy your services, and if your site is offline for a long enough amount of times, it may also harm your Google Rankings. During this period I had some sites yet not registered at Sucuri.net, but when my host found them to be sending spam emails, they immediately took them offline. Desperate for a quick solution, and not willing to pay a lot to my webhost for restoring an old backup of the site, I quickly added the hacked site to my Sucuri panel and at once create a malware report on the site. Again, it only took hours before the matter was fixed and I could tell my host that the problem had been removed, and that they could reopen my site again. In this way I did not really have to pay anything extra for this, only my yearly fee subscription to Sucuri!

What about Sucuri firewall?

To be honest, I have not tried it yet, and I have not felt the need for it. At least Sucuri has fixed all my problems so far without me having the firewall installed and paying quite a lot of money for it monthly, but if I should need it in the future or be convinced of the fact that I actually need it, then I will for sure write more about it here in the Sucuri review, but I believe that for most webmasters out there it is not very important to add the firewall, at least not in the start.

Sucuri review conclusion

Sucuri full refund policyAfter using Sucuri on 15 websites for about three months I am really satisfied and happy about the investment. All in all this costed me 400USD (since I signed up they have raised the prices quite a lot), but based on all the time I have saved already on having Sucuri clean infected sites and also the fact that they have found and removed malware quickly from sites, hindering them from going offline and me suffering from that, I am absolutely sure that it was a good investment for me. If you are insecure they do have a thirty day full refund policy, in case you should be unhappy with the product.

If you want to try Sucuri yourself, visit the Sucuri website for more information on prices and information on the product.

If you have have tried Sucuri yourself, why not share your thoughts and experience writing a comment!

How to find and remove malware on my WordPress site?

Find and remove malwareThere is nothing giving you a bad start to a day as an email from your hosting company telling you that your website has been infiltrated with malware, and they have already taken it offline, or if not they will have to take action against your site within shortly if nothing happens. There you are with no clue what to do, and afraid of loosing income or customers, because your site is punished and hacked.

I have personally experienced 5-6 website of mine being hacking in 2014 and normally my hosting companies simply shut down the websites because they said thousands of spam emails were sent out every minute while the site was offline. As a very minor tech junkie I do have some insight in PHP coding and so, but not at all enough to look through PHP code and other files to look for code injected by hackers from where to do all kinds of ugly and creepy things on or through my website. In this little blog post I will therefore simply tell what I have done personally to find and remove malware on my WordPress sites.

How to find and remove malware on my WordPress site?

I have in some cases been able to remove the malware on my WordPress all by myself, but I must admit that in most cases I have simply left the job to the professionals. When I could remove the malware myself, this is what I did.

  1. I asked my host to identify the hacked/infiltrated files on my server. I then deleted those files, and replaced them with new versions directly downloaded on new (if a plugin has been hacked, then I deleted the plugin, and downloaded a new version of the plugin from WordPress website).
  2. I downloaded all files to my computer and ran a scan with my virus scanner. A few times I actually found something, but in most cases my virus scanner did not detect anything, even though several files where infiltrated with malware.

And this was about what I could do in my own power. If this was not enough, then I found out that I would simply give it on to professionals. Who are those professionals? Those are the guys who helped me get rid of the problem, and who at the same time takes care of me in the future and immediately removes the problem whenever some new suspicious attack should take place on my WordPress site.

Who are those professional guys who removes malware from my WordPress site?

Remove malware from WordPress siteI read around on blogs all across the Internet and in general I found one name that showed up over and over again. That was Sucuri. This is a brilliant service, something I now can say based on my personal experience. As you sign up they will monitor your website 24×7, and if there should be any malware detected, code injections or other hacking attempts, they will remove it for free and make sure that your site remains safe and healthy. If the hacking attempt has already taken place you can just sign up for their services, add your site and at once create a case on your website telling that you have received a warning about malware being found on your site, and then they will start the job normally between 2-3 hours. And once they have cleaned it they will keep watching and taking care of your site further on into the future, for as long as you keep your subscription active.

To visit the Sucuri website, click here.

Save money with Sucui
If you are earning money with your website, then you know that hacking attempts and forced offline status harms business and income. Sucuri will help you make sure that your website stays online 24×7, and that you will not lose money in case of a future hacking attempt.