WordPress, the most popular blogging software is vulnerable. You don’t need to worry about it, WordPress has released a security patch — 2.8.2. If you are using 2.8 or 2.8.1 you should upgrade right away!
Quote from WordPress:
WordPress 2.8.2 fixes an XSS vulnerability. Comment author URLs were not fully sanitized when displayed in the admin. This could be exploited to redirect you away from the admin to another site. Download 2.8.2 or automatically upgrade from the Tools->Upgrade page of your blog’s admin.
Sensonize.com got hacked a few days back because of this vulnerability which is extremely dangerous. You can lose all your content and blog if a hacker runs this exploit on your blog.
The upgrade changes only 10 files and doesn’t touch the database. A simple upload and replace is all that’s required. Or you can use the auto upgrade feature built into the WordPress software.
By Mohnish On May 29, 2009 23 Comments
Sensonize dot com has got a new theme! This is like the 5th theme in the past one year lol! Alright, but this time, it’s a bit different. I’ve actually gone ahead and spent some money on it 😛
I always wanted a theme which is simple and neat, but yet offers many features. Many of you might think that this is just a plain old simple theme. No my friend, this theme has got features which many pro themes don’t have!
Some features I like:
- Highly editable in WordPress Widgets
- I don’t need to touch a single code
- Comes in three colors for the price of one
- Extremely SEO friendly
- Light, yet crisp
- Makes pages load 50% faster
- More monetization options
and more.. The list never ends!
This theme is not the like the ones that cost a fortune… This theme is the one that makes fortunes! It’s extremely simple and very cost effective! — Only $67 for 3 colors! That’s like $22.33 for each color set — for LIFE! No additional cost, no subcribtions – Just one time payment.
Dude! This theme is the BOMB! If you are into the make money online niche and don’t use this theme, you’re blog isn’t worth it! Spend some bucks and get this them for $67 only!
By Mohnish On March 8, 2009 5 Comments
Choosing the right blogging platform is the first step for a blogger. A blogging platform is really important but it it not always necessary to spend money on buying web hosting, hiring a designer/coder, buying a domain and then start blogging. You could simply use BlogSpot, which is a free service by Google and buy a domain for $9. Even if you don’t buy a domain, web hosting, wordpress etc you will still be known as a blogger.
WordPress is not free…
All those who think that WordPress is a free blogging platform which you could just install on your web hosting account with a single click and start blogging, You’re WRONG! If you thought it was so simple to use it then why would people use BlogSpot or any other free blog hosting services? WordPress is not a free blogging platform. If you thought it was free, think about the $100 hosting and $10 domain which you need to pay for EVERY YEAR! Thats not it! If you get stuck up somewhere you might need to hire a WordPress expert to solve your problems.
WordPress is difficult to learn…
When I was new to WordPress I didnt even know how to upload an image. I slowly learn’t using it and the use of WordPress plugins. I seriously had bad times when it came to upgrading the software, but now there are no such problems after WordPress added the 1-click upgrader. If you’re a start up blogger I strongly recommend you BlogSpot! Its simple and neat and I myself used to use it before.
Why use BlogSpot?
One simple reason, its FREE! Apart from being free, it’s great platform for new bloggers. I have seen people use BlogSpot for 4+ years and achieve and page rank of 3+. Its not really easy to get a PR4 unless you are really blogging since 2005 or are a quality blogger. BlogSpot has some great features which wordpress might not have and it allows you to store 1024 MB (1 GB) of files for free! Not bad at all! You can use Adsense/Adbrite or any other publisher network and make money with it 😉
Why use WordPress?
WordPress is for advance users. If you have $150 to pay every year then go ahead with WordPress! But when you start using WordPress you will be dumped into an advanced level of blogging which you might get confused with or start with BlogSpot and when you think you’re ready, transfer all your articles to WordPress. Yes, you can do that too! 🙂
What I recommend:
The bloggers who make money blogging use WordPress, including myself. You host it on your own server so that you have total control over it. However, many bloggers use BlogSpot and make money too! As I have said above, If you’re a serious blogger and sure about what you are doing, go ahead with WordPress! But if you’re just starting to blog, I highly recommend BlogSpot . BlogSpot might ban you if you’re doing too much of affiliate marketing or sell links, where as in WordPress, you are your own master 🙂
I hope you are now clear about which blogging platform is right for you to start with blogging.
By Mohnish On March 7, 2009 No Comments
After upgrading my wordpress theme I faced this error.I figured it was a character encoding mismatch problem and a quick search on the WordPress forums confirmed it. You have to comment out two lines in your wp-config.php file (found in your main blog directory). The line:
Comment them out like this:
Fixed it in no time! 😉
NOTE: This is still a BETA Fix. If anything does wrong uncomment the line and everything should be back to normal.
By Mohnish On March 6, 2009 2 Comments
We all know what happens when you don’t have a good web host. You get all messed up, over charged and you finally have to switch over to a new host. But what if you choose the perfect web hosting for you? A hosting which can hold all your visitors, content and website. I have reviewed about 10 web hosting companies and selected the perfect 3 companies which can host your wordpress blog.
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