During an internal audit of the Slimstat Analytics and Paid Memberships Pro plugins, we uncovered two SQL Injection vulnerabilities that could allow low-privileged users like subscribers to leak sensitive information from a site’s database.
If exploited, the vulnerability could grant attackers access to privileged information from affected sites’ databases (e.g., usernames and hashed passwords).
We reported the vulnerabilities to the plugin’s authors, and they recently released Slimstat Analytics version 126.96.36.199 and Paid Memberships Pro version 2.9.12 to address them. We strongly recommend that you update affected plugins to their respective latest version, and have an established security solution on your site, such as Jetpack Security.
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Social media has become an integral part of modern business. It provides an unprecedented opportunity for businesses to connect with their customers and build a loyal following. However, with so many competing voices on social media, it’s harder than ever to stand out.
In this article, we’ll share 23 social media post ideas that can help your business stand out on social media. First, we’ll cover some basics by defining the different types of social media posts. Then, we’ll highlight the importance of automation before sharing two dozen social media post ideas you can use right away!
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Most websites — including those using WordPress — deal with spam on a daily basis. Even if you just created your first site a few weeks ago, chances are you’re already facing the reality of spam comments, queries, account sign-ups, and more.
CAPTCHAs can effectively mitigate unwanted spam, especially if it’s coming from your contact forms. But while one can help alleviate problems with spam, you’ll likely encounter the unintended consequence of a more difficult experience for your real visitors.
That’s why many sites have chosen to use Akismet — a more streamlined anti-spam solution for WordPress — instead.
So, which option is right for your site?
In this article, we’ll start by talking about the downsides and alternatives to using CAPTCHAs, so you get the full picture. Then, we’ll show you how to protect your WordPress contact forms both with and without CAPTCHAs.
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These days, social media is an essential part of any successful business strategy. It’s not a luxury, but a necessity. With over 3.6 billion people using social media worldwide, it’s a digital playground for businesses to showcase their products and services, build brand awareness, and connect with customers.
But it’s not just all fun and games. It takes a well-planned strategy to succeed on social media. That’s where this guide comes in. It’s a complete playbook to help you navigate the world of social media marketing and advance your goals.
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When it comes to creating a successful social media content strategy, it can feel like there’s an endless amount of options and platforms to choose from. But don’t let that overwhelm you, because with a little bit of planning and a lot of creativity, you can build a strategy that will help boost your brand awareness, increase customer engagement, and drive sales.
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The product page is crucial to the sales process. It’s where the shopper decides to proceed and purchase the item or leave with no guarantee of return. Your goal as an online store owner is to get site visitors to your product pages, then have them take the final steps of Add to Cart and Checkout.
To that end, it’s essential that your product pages do the best possible job of promoting the item being sold. The WooCommerce default product template is clean and professional, giving you a solid foundation for your page that you can build upon using the methods below.
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Adding visual elements to your site is an easy way to make your pages more engaging. You might include marketing banners, product images, galleries, or video tutorials. Unfortunately, including a bunch of files can weigh your site down and result in slower performance.
Lazy loading is a great way to relieve pressure on your server while increasing the loading speed of your website. It delays images from rendering for visitors until they’ve scrolled down to their place on the screen. Better yet, some lazy load plugins are free, easy to use, and come with extra features for website optimization.
In this post, we’ll explore some of the best lazy load plugins for WordPress. Then, we’ll show you how to choose the ideal tool for your needs.
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This month we have worked on several under-the-hood improvements to enhance your Jetpack experience, including further enhancements to the Form block.
Continue reading → Jetpack 11.8 – Under-the-hood improvements for your site
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You learned about the importance of the .htaccess file in our blog post How to Access and Edit the Default WordPress .htaccess File. As you can imagine, an important file such as .htaccess can be a target for bad actors. In this article, we’ll point out cases and indicators of compromise that affect this file.
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Search functionality is essential for most websites as it helps visitors locate the information, content, or products they need. WordPress comes with a native search system, but this can only perform basic lookups, and it can be slower than users expect, especially if your website contains a lot of content.
Luckily, there’s a wide range of advanced search plugins for WordPress that enable you to offer a speedy experience. These plugins often come with useful features such as instant search results, ecommerce product support, and spelling correction that help ensure your visitors can quickly find the information they’re looking for.
There are a lot of WordPress search plugins out there, so to help you find the perfect one for your site, we’ve put together this handy guide. Read on to explore the features you should be looking for in a WordPress search plugin, and then see our reviews of five of the best options.
Continue reading → 5 Best WordPress Search Plugins for Better & Faster Site Search