Another Way To Game Klout

Empire Avenue missions can be used to game your Klout scoreAnyone who has been around social media for a little while can tell you that Klout is a game and, like most games, is susceptible to being gamed itself. While Klout claims to be a reliable measure of a person’s or brand’s influence over social media on a given topic the fact is that it really isn’t all that reliable.

If you are serious about your Klout score here is an easy way you can game it: Continue Reading

Protecting Your Site From the Perils of Free and Open Wi-fi

Beware of free wifiIf you have ever used a free public wi-fi connection to do work your website chances are you’re exposing your site to an attack. The local coffee shop, library, etc might seem like a great place to work and it while it might be great for your productivity as a web developer/blogger/etc it is also a great place for attackers to steal the login credentials to your website (and many other sites you use) exposing both your site and yourself to a major security hole that can lead to compromised websites, spam, and in some cases even identity theft. Continue Reading

Is It Time To Revisit Jetpack for WordPress?

Jetpack by WordPress.comJetpack, with almost 1.5 million downloads, is one of the most popular plugins out there. This project, which was launched in early 2011, is an attempt by Automattic to bring many of the features of WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress.org websites and blogs. While I used it before Bit51.com, since Bit51’s launch I have moved on to other solutions and haven’t looked back….

….until two days ago. Continue Reading

Securing WordPress is Easier Than Making Coffee

Securing WordPress is Easier Than Making Coffee

Here are the slides for my session at Austin WordCamp 2012 entitled “Securing WordPress is Easier Than Making Coffee.” This one-hour session covered the basics of WordPress security including:

  • WordPress security statistics
  • Common attack methods
  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Recovery

Enjoy! Continue Reading

When Will Your Website be Responsive?

When will your site become responsive?One of my priorities lately, both on this site and others I work on is to make my all my websites responsive.

For those of who who aren’t familiar with responsive design in the past, if you wanted a mobile version of your website you used add-ons, themes, and other tricks to create a completely different version of your site for mobile users (take a look at this site on your phone to see what I mean). These methods change the user experience and create all sorts of challenges for users that may be using different kinds of devices etc.

Now, enter responsive design. A responsive website responds to the browser it is being displayed in and rearranges data in each browser to give the user the most consistent, most applicable experience possible. For an example take a look at http://nd.edu in your browser adjusting the width of your browser window from very wide to very narrow. See how the information and even the background image changes? This is responsive design and ensures that the information your users can get on their laptop or desktop is the same information they can get on their tablet or their phone. In short the design responds to the user’s needs rather than the information responding to the user’s device.

So here’s my question for the day? Are you planning on making your site or blog responsive? Please answer the poll below and let’s talk about our plans in the comments? How are you going to make your site responsive? Have you encountered any specific challenges?