WorldOWeb https://www.worldoweb.co.uk Resources tutorials and inspiration on Mac, Linux, Web Design, WordPress, PHP, jQuery and Open Source. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:05:32 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 5774203 WordPress HTML5 Clickable Div – Highlight Hover Post https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/html5-clickable-div-highlight-hover-post https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/html5-clickable-div-highlight-hover-post#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:58:36 +0000 https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=9391 By Tracy Ridge

In this tutorial we will highlight hovering over a clickable div which has an image and a title. For an example please visit my homepage With the magic of HTML5 and CSS3 you can now insert a , which is a block element, inside of a which is an inline element. Previously this would have […]

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By Tracy Ridge

In this tutorial we will highlight hovering over a clickable div which has an image and a title. For an example please visit my homepage With the magic of HTML5 and CSS3 you can now insert a

<div>
, which is a block element, inside of a
<a>
which is an inline element. Previously this would have resulted in HTML errors.

HTML Code - Clickable Div

Image provided by Shutterstock

If HTML5 doesn’t fit your requirements there are 2 jQuery methods in the zip file along with the code to add to your own WordPress theme.

Prerequisites

A little knowledge of HTML5, jQuery and CSS3 would be useful but not required. A text editor like Brackets Text Editor may also be beneficial. A testing server may be required to test out the WordPress snippets.

Demo

Download

In the source code you will find the following:
HTML5 Method
2 jQuery Methods
WordPress Include Code

Once downloaded extract and open index.html in your browser.

Download

HTML5 Clickable Div

Below is a snippet of the HTML5. The thumbnail class is attached to the link which itself is the container. The inner

<div>
holds the image and title.

<a class="box col thumbnail " href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/3-tan-short-coated-puppy-on-gray-dirt-during-daytime-26128/" title="Doggies">
            <div>
                <img src="images/dogs.jpg" alt="Dogs">
                <h2>These dogs are cute</h2></div>
        </a>

        <a class="box col thumbnail " href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/lights-tree-cactus-christmas-tree-76081/" title="Cactus">
            <div>
                <img src="images/cactus.jpg" alt="Cactus">
                <h2>Do you feel a little prick?</h2></div>
        </a>

        <a class="box col thumbnail " href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/iphone-notebook-pen-working-34202/" title="Mac">
            <div>

                <img src="images/mac.jpg" alt="Mac">
                <h2>A Mac Lovers Paradise</h2>
            </div>
        </a>

WordPress Code

Below is the WordPress loop which fetches the latest 4 posts and outputs the HTML5.

<?php global $post_id;?>
        <div class="grid">
            <?php $args = array( 'posts_per_page' => '4'); //sets the amount of posts per page

                // The Query
                $query1 = new WP_Query( $args );

                // The Loop
                if ( $query1->have_posts() ) :?>

                <?php while ( $query1->have_posts()) : $query1->the_post();?>
                    <a class="box col thumbnail" href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>">
                        <div>
                            <?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($post_id, 'full');?>
                                <h2><?php the_title();?></h2>
                        </div>
                    </a>


                    <?php endwhile;  endif; //end loops?>
        </div>
        <?php wp_reset_postdata(); //reset query, particularly useful if you need more loops?>

CSS

img {
    max-width: 100%;
    height: auto;
}

h2 {
    -webkit-hyphens: auto;
    -moz-hyphens: auto;
    -ms-hyphens: auto;
    hyphens: auto;
    font-size: 3em;
    -ms-hyphens: auto;
    text-align: center;
}

h2 a {
    color: #333;
    text-decoration: none;
}

.thumbnail {
    border: solid 1px #D4D4D4;
}

.thumbnail:hover {
    background: #ECEDEF;
    cursor: pointer;
}


/*HTML5 Method */

a.box:-webkit-any-link {
    text-decoration: none; /*Stops text link in Chrome from having decoration */
}

.box {
    display: block;
}

.box h2 {
    color: #333;
    text-decoration: none;
}

Sources

I have used the following resources in this tutorial.
Images courtesy of Pexels
Grid provided by Gridlex
Normalize CSS – An HTML5 alternative to CSS Reset

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WOW Update – New Theme and Key Tools https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/wow-update-new-theme-key-tools https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/wow-update-new-theme-key-tools#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:28:52 +0000 https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=9399 By Tracy Ridge

Hey it’s been a while since I have posted. I’m still here but if you are a past visitor you will have noticed that I recently updated my WordPress theme and WOW has had a bit of a major overhaul, bootstrap style. It took me a good few months to complete the design and make it […]

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Hey it’s been a while since I have posted. I’m still here but if you are a past visitor you will have noticed that I recently updated my WordPress theme and WOW has had a bit of a major overhaul, bootstrap style. It took me a good few months to complete the design and make it as bug-free as possible but as I now work part-time in a school and being a widowed single mother time is very precious.

Bootstrap

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Why I chose Bootstrap? Having played around with it in the past it suited my needs, particularly using the Sass version as Boostrap 3.6.   I could have created my own framework for this theme but this would have been more time-consuming and why reinvent the wheel?

I didn’t require the full Bootstrap framework but being able to remove certain parts of it came in quite handy and very simple to do with Sass.  Foundation is pretty cool too but Bootstrap is a much easier learning curve and therefore perfect for the job.

Key Tools for Building the Theme

Some of the tools that I found valuable in this new build were my testing server Ampps.  My preferred code editor Brackets.  CodeKit for compiling the Sass, optimising images, compressing JavaScript & CSS files viewing and testing browsers on my local network across devices and its invaluable auto-refresh browser upon saving.

GitHub Desktop for saving all my local code changes with the ability to revert if something went wrong and Forklift, my trusty FTP client.

Key Changes

Now back to the changes. I have now have a separate homepage from my articles (blog) page.  The homepage shows the latest posts and all the popular posts from the past.  A re-designed Projects page shows all my tutorials with easy access to all the code and corresponding posts. On the TODO list is to create a WordPress Projects Page Plugin in the near future to make this even simpler.

I removed a few redundant WordPress plugins and extra JavaScript code including Social sharing services for now. I’m  looking at alternatives on how users can share my posts in the meantime.   I have always have had very minimal advertisements. I run this blog as hobby but donations are very welcome and keep the cost of it down even more.

Hope you have enjoyed your tour of the new WOW. If you come across any errors please let me know.

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10 Striking WordPress Themes to Display Your Posts https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/10-striking-wordpress-themes-to-display-your-posts https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/10-striking-wordpress-themes-to-display-your-posts#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:11:37 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=9130 By Tracy Ridge

As WordPress continues trying to get the first place in the CMS website building platform league, more and more people give their preference to it. The easy usage and diversity of applications, from a personal blog to an e-commerce website, makes it tempting to choose WordPress for your web resource. Whether you are building your […]

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By Tracy Ridge

As WordPress continues trying to get the first place in the CMS website building platform league, more and more people give their preference to it. The easy usage and diversity of applications, from a personal blog to an e-commerce website, makes it tempting to choose WordPress for your web resource.

Whether you are building your website from scratch or considering to revamp it, at some point of your user experience you’ve probably might have faced an age-old question – which one is better – a free or premium theme template to sparkle your website?
So, let’s clear this out and take a look at the best representatives of both to answer the question whether you have to pay a few or not so few bucks or take free stuff and spend your money on something else.

Adv WordPress Theme

ADV WordPress Theme

The quality clean and flat template is a perfect solution to display your posts within your financial, advertising or corporate website. Built with the powerful Cherry framework, it helps you establish and customize your resource with ease. The functional template is responsive and retina ready to display your content perfectly on any screen even with high pixel density.

Price: 75$

Blogetti WordPress Theme

Blogetti WordPress Theme

The template with a fabulous black background is just a fit for any food website. The diversity of powerful widgets, valid and well-documented code makes it functional and easy in use. Extra documentation is perfect to make the customization headache-free, although if you have some questions or troubles with it, a template comes with free support.

Price: 45$

7 Level WordPress Theme

7 Level WordPress Theme

The template is advised for any business, corporate or finance website. It can be also used in another sphere. Responsive and cross–browser compatible, it renders your content beautifully on any screen. Balanced content structure and clean layout will help to drag the attention to your content. Calendars, Commenting System, SEO-friendly, Sortable Gallery, Social Options are in the package.

Price: 75$

Art Gallery Responsive WordPress Theme

Art Gallery Responsive WordPress Theme

The template is just the thing for any design website. Clean and crisp layout and bright fonts can be amended by the large, dynamic and browser-sized background videos to improve the visual experience of your clients. WMPL ready template makes it easy to change pages, custom types and your posts in diverse languages to run an international website.

Price:75$

Cafe and Restaurant WordPress Theme

Cafe and Restaurant WordPress Theme

The template with an amazing color scheme is recommended for any food website. Still its responsive and sophisticated layout is also a helpful thing to highlight your great taste within any other web resource. Drag-and-drop editor makes it easy and convenient to set your resource. Cross-browser features ensure that your website performs the same perfect in any browser.

Price:75$

Zerif Lite

Zerif Lite

Zerif is one of the first-class free templates. Being retina ready, cross-browser compatible and SEO-friendly it renders your content superbly on any screen of any handheld device and highlights it with full-screen images being perfect for business and corporate websites.

Price: FREE

Esteem Responsive

Esteem Responsive

Esteem is advised for any business website though it can be used for any other purposes as well. Diverse color options will help you set the individual style of your website. A kit of helpful custom widgets is going to make your resource more professional.

Price: FREE

Business Responsive

Business Responsive

Clean and professional template with custom page layouts, diverse set of columns and color switcher will bring your business services to the highest level. The custom menu makes it easy to customize your content, so even as there’s no official template support, you probably won’t need any help in setting a website.

Price: FREE

Llorix Lite

Llorix Lite

Llorix is a free and convenient in use e-commerce ready template with a spectacular design, which makes it quite the thing for any web resource.  Responsive sections make your content look straightforward. Color switcher can easily change the whole look of your website.

Price: FREE

FoodHunt

FoodHunt

The responsive and flexible template is perfect to suit the style of any food website resource. The parallax effect and structured sections will give intensity to your content and help to highlight useful things.  Powerful plugins such as RestaurantPress will help you create a well-organized menu-item for the convenience of your clients.

Price: FREE

Conclusion

As we can see there are plenty of great and high-quality templates both – free and premium. However, regardless of how much they have in common, they surely have a lot of differences.

The one you should take depends on what exactly do you want to get from your website. Each template free and paid has its pros and cons, let’s state some of both:

Free

  • The price – the statement speaks for itself. To get something for free is definitely a plus.
  • Support – the free template often comes without any support. You can always settle for general support via WordPress.org or search for answers at the forums. But it won’t be as convenient and quick as the officially provided support.
  • WordPress standards – being held in the official repository each template corresponds to certain standards which ensure the quality and compatibility. That’s why it’s sometimes so easy to find more compatible plugins for a free template than for a paid one.
  • Design – as every man to his taste, my personal opinion is that finding the beautiful free template will take you some more time than finding a free one.
  • Updates – apparently free templates don’t update as often as the premium ones, it can be quite inconvenient sometimes.

Premium

  • The price – sometimes the price for the template can be way too high, but as we all know – no money, no honey.
  • Support – the paid template always comes with some kind of support, which is a certain advantage for a user with some experience. So if you have a question or a bug, you will certainly have some help.
  • WordPress standards– the premium templates don’t undergo the official review process and can ignore the general WordPress standards.
  • Quality – the premium templates are usually of a higher quality than freebies, because the price has to satisfy the customers’ requirements. Developers try to feature their products with spectacular quality and design to gain the clients.
  • Updates – paid templates update really often, which is great if you want to improve your website.

So this question is not so easy to answer, as templates become more featured and remarkably designed, the scales tilt both ways. The free templates are great to start with, to create your first website or a personal page and gain experience. As to the premium templates, they are usually better in quality and design, and come with support and updates, which is suitable for business and e-commerce to have the better results.

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WordPress Database Cleaning Plugins Round-up https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/wordpress-database-cleaning-plugins-round https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/wordpress-database-cleaning-plugins-round#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:04:07 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8874 By Tracy Ridge

Cleaning your WordPress database might not be top of your agenda.  Whenever you have published a post or page, trashed a comment or simply haven’t even thought about it, there is likely to be left-over useless data. Over time that data builds up clogging up your database which can affect the performance. You can off course […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Cleaning your WordPress database might not be top of your agenda.  Whenever you have published a post or page, trashed a comment or simply haven’t even thought about it, there is likely to be left-over useless data. Over time that data builds up clogging up your database which can affect the performance. You can off course go into your database and clear things up manually which may be exhaustive for the average user or you could make use of a cleaning plugin.  Here is my round-up of WordPress cleaners to keep your WP database in tip-top shape.

Comic Book Cleaner Cleaning The Floor

Image provided by Shutterstock

All the cleaners have been updated in the past 6 months.  I will be checking out the features, the user interface and how easy they are to use and navigate. Please also view the comparison features table.

WP Clean Up Optimizer (Free Light Version)

WP Clean Up Optimizer WordPress Plugin Screenshot

WP Clean-Up Optimizer is a light edition of a premium plugin. On clicking the button in the sidebar the dashboard, displayed in horizontal tabs, loads. This page shows you database information at the very top and underneath you have a further 4 tabs. The first tab offers a data optimizer tool with detailed information on the types of data is cleaned.

The DB optimizer only enables you to empty the contents of the tables but does display all WP tables in red and disables optimising these for safety reasons.  Both data and database optimizer schedules are only available in premium editions.

The login logs tab details information on who has logged in and information on the country and IP address which can be useful. Other notable free features include a system status tool, which can be found in the sidebar menu, this gives you information about your server settings. The limits set by the light version of this plugin can either annoy you or force you to upgrade.  The premium versions are quite reasonable and start at £12 for a one-off single install up to £409 for an extended 50 install license.

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WP Sweep (Free)

WP Sweep WordPress Plugin Screenshot

WP Sweep is a useful little no-nonsense cleaner that can be found in the tools sidebar menu, kudos for keeping the sidebar clean!  Once loaded you can find a post, comment, user, term, options and database cleaner section along with a sweep button for manually sweeping specific areas.  At the bottom there is a master sweep button which will sweep everything. The plugin also advises you to back-up your database.

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Advanced Database Cleaner (Free)

WP Advanced DB Cleaner WordPress Plugin Screeshot

Advanced Database Cleaner is found in the settings sidebar menu. A neat fresh look, not too cluttered. In it you find 4 tabs clean database, optimize database, clean cron and reset database. In the clean database tab it details all the elements to clean and gives you info on what’s already clean. You can also schedule a cleanup with options to run hourly right through to monthly.

The optimize database tab will only display what needs to be optimised. It also has a scheduler but has a notice that it doesn’t need running all the time. The cron tab displays all tasks, like version checks, theme and plugin updates and how often they run.  The reset database is a handy little tool which can be useful for developers to reset their database back to its original instead of having to re-install WP.

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Clean Up Booster (Free Light Edition)

Cleanup Booster WordPress Plugin Screenshot

You can get access to the plugin from the sidebar. The plugin, which offers a premium upgrade, seems less cluttered than the clean-up optimizer interface and goes with a vertical navigation.  The light version offers cleaning data, optimize and repair database tables, viewing login/visitors logs and email management. With each area you are informed of the limited tasks that are available in the free version. The premium upgrades start out at a one-off cost of €18  to a 5 user license for a one-time cost of €99 so there is a plan to suit your budget.

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WP DB Booster (Free)

WP DB Booster WordPress Plugin Screenshot

You can find WP DB Booster with its own menu icon in the sidebar. The dashboard displays all the information in colourful rectangles at the top of the dashboard along with the data cleanup. There is a separate section for transient options at the bottom which can be cleaned on its own. In the right pane there is a traffic light system of database security tests which will tell you about your installation.

The database tables tab shows you the information on your database without any option to clean, repair etc. The log tab displays information on plugins installed and the statistics bar displays charts on your database and logs. The system status tab displays information on your MySQL, WordPress and PHP installation. Some coding errors exist within the plugin but they don’t seem to interfere with the running of the plugin.

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LDW Clean (Free)

LDW Clean WordPress Dashboard Screenshot

LDW Clean is a basic cleaner with a clutter free dashboard.  It will clean data and optimise tables. Simply select each check-box which you want to clean and press the clean database button at the bottom to remove them. It might not be as feature rich as some of the free alternatives but it’s very lightweight and simple to use.

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Other Worthy Cleaning Plugins

Transients Manager

Transients, cached data, can remain in the database long after they have expired.  With Transient manager you can see a display of all your current transients where you can view, edit or delete them individually or by using one of the buttons at the top of the dashboard you can delete all expired transients or delete all those with an expiration (that haven’t expired yet).

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Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Lightweight cleaner with plenty of options.  You will find the settings page in settings where you can configure all the settings.  Once configured you can go straight to the optimizer, which is in the tools setting, from the settings page where you can start the optimisation. The cleaning process cleans data and optimizes tables.

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Plugins Garbage Collector

This tool inspects your database to see if there is any data from old plugins still installed in your DB. It highlights all data other than standard WP tables, which is an experimental feature. If you see something you have uninstalled then simply remove it.

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Conclusion

Whether you run a small blog or a large one there is a tool that will get the job done.  The light versions of the premium editions offer you the basics but because you cannot use half the functions without upgrading which may be a little overkill.  However if you want a swiss-army knife plugin that has multiple features then one of the premium plugins may be worth shelling out for.

If you are looking for smaller plugins that do a good job then the free ones would be worthy and it all depends on your own personal preference.  Have you ever cleaned your WordPress Database or do you have a favourite WordPress cleaning tool?

 

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Display your WordPress Recent Posts FAQs https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/display-wordpress-recent-posts-faqs https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2016/display-wordpress-recent-posts-faqs#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:51:36 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8419 By Tracy Ridge

Rewind back 3 years when I published the tutorial display your WordPress Recent Posts on a Static Page.  I wouldn’t ever have dreamed that it would be one of the most commented posts on my blog and even now people are still asking on hints and tips on how to expand the code further so I’ve […]

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Rewind back 3 years when I published the tutorial display your WordPress Recent Posts on a Static Page.  I wouldn’t ever have dreamed that it would be one of the most commented posts on my blog and even now people are still asking on hints and tips on how to expand the code further so I’ve decided to go through all the comments and gathered enough to have a FAQ section.

WordPress Website Image

Image Provided by Gil C / Shutterstock.com

**Generally all code will be specified in the loop unless otherwise stated**

Featured Images (Post Thumbnails)

My featured Image doesn’t show up.

If your post thumbnails don’t work make sure you have set a featured image in your post edit screen and make sure you have included the following snippet in functions.php

<?php add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );?>

Can I change the size of my featured image?

If you want to use the default image size then simply use

<?php the_post_thumbnail();?>

You can also change the size of your post’s featured image by choosing one of the following.

<?php the_post_thumbnail( 'medium' );?>
<?php the_post_thumbnail( 'large' );?>
<?php the_post_thumbnail( 'full' );?>
<?php the_post_thumbnail( array(100, 100) ); //Custom Size?>

If that doesn’t work try get_the_post_thumbnail

<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($post->ID, 'full'); ?>
<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($post->ID, array(100,100),'thumbnail');?>

Errors

If you get PHP errors check that your path to wp-blog-header is correct and you have you used a relative link

folder/wp-blog-header.php
  rather than an absolute link
http://mydomain
   Also check for any whitespace after the opening and closing PHP tags, particularly in your functions.php.

If you get 404 errors try adding the call to blog header below the doctype If that doesn’t work then add the following under the call to blog header but above the doctype tag.

<?php require('wp-blog-header.php');  

/*if you are getting 404 errors add the next 2 lines*/
 status_header(200);
 nocache_headers();

?>
<!--HTML starts here-->

To enable error messages but not display them check/add your wp-config.php for/with the following

<?php 

define('WP_DEBUG', true); // or false
if (WP_DEBUG) {
  define('WP_DEBUG_LOG', true);
  define('WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', false);
  @ini_set('display_errors',0);
}  
?>

Pages & Posts

Can I get the full content or excerpt?

If you want to add the full content use 

<?php the_content();?>
  and if you only want to display a snippet use
<?php the_excerpt();?>

Can I display the full post content without the more tag?

Yes add the following above the loop 

<?php global $more; $more=1; ?>
  and the following  inside the loop 
<?php the_content();?>

Can I display pages instead of posts?

Yes simply change an argument in the $args array.

$args = array( 'numberposts' => 6, 'post_status'=>"publish",'post_type'=>"page");//change post_type from post to page

Can I choose what posts or pages I want to display?

Yes but only by post or page ID

Can I choose what Categories I want to display?

Yes but only by Cat ID

Can I use a unordered list instead of a DIV?

Yes, sure you can just remember to add the opening

<ul>
tag above the foreach loop and the closing tag
</ul>
below the loop.

Can I use this code within my current WordPress theme?

Yes but the code is slightly different depending on the outcome you want.  If you want the posts outside the loop then the original code snippet should work.

If you are adding the posts inside a theme page that already contains the loop then my preference would be to add a new function inside functions.php and call it within that loop, shown inside the examples below.

The following goes inside functions.php

<?php

/*****
Get the latest 10 posts function to add to functions.php
*****/

function get_wow_posts(){

global $post;
$args = array( 
              'numberposts' => 6,
              'post_status'=>"publish",
              'post_type'=>"post",
              'orderby'=>"post_date");


$postslist = get_posts( $args );

echo '<ul id="latest_posts">';
 
foreach ($postslist as $post) :  setup_postdata($post); ?>
 
<li>
  <strong><?php the_date(); ?></strong><br />

  <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title();?>"> 
<?php the_title(); ?>
 </a>

</li>
        <?php endforeach;?>
</ul>
    <?php wp_reset_postdata();
}
?>

Below is an example, highlighted on line 13, of displaying posts inside a typical theme page by calling the function 

get_wow_posts()
   above.  Please note that all themes differ.

<?php if ( have_posts() ) :?>

     <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();?>

          <article <?php post_class('home-page'); ?>>

                 <?php if (!is_front_page()) : ?>
                      <h1 class='title'><?php the_title();?></h1>
                 <?php endif; ?>

                        <div class="content">

                                <?php get_wow_posts();?>

                        </div><!-- the-content -->

                    </article>

                <?php endwhile; ?>

            <?php else :?>
                <article class="post error">
                    <h1 class="404">Nothing has been posted like that yet</h1>
                </article>

<?php endif;?>

 

Can I use Custom Fields?

Yes you can. For instance if I created a custom field called ‘Teaser’ I would add the following.

<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, 'teaser', true);?>

I can only  see 1 page or post?

Do you only have 1 post/page published? Publish more and see if it works.

Dates

How Can I display the date with each post?

Change

<?php the_date();?>
  to  
<?php echo get_the_date();?>

Server

Can I link to my WordPress from a different server?

No try parsing the RSS feed as in the following tutorial.

Can I link to my WordPress site from another site on the same server?

Yes you can but it depends on your server settings and would be a case of trial and error.

Does this work with wordpress.com websites?

No, you must have your own hosting.

Possible Problems/ Debugging

Some image and post plugins may conflict with the snippet so if it doesn’t work try disabling them temporarily. If it doesn’t work for you try switching to the default WordPress theme that comes bundled with it.

Conclusion

Hopefully the above will answer any questions you may have. If it doesn’t then please feel free to post any questions and I’ll try my best to answer them and update this post periodically.

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CSV to Geochart – Google Visualization Chart WordPress Tutorial https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/csv-geochart-google-visualization-chart-wordpress-tutorial https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/csv-geochart-google-visualization-chart-wordpress-tutorial#respond Sun, 13 Dec 2015 00:10:56 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8448 By Tracy Ridge

In this tutorial we will parse a CSV file, containing random countries, with their own colour and tooltips displaying both the country and it’s continent. The CSV file will be converted to JSON dynamically and added to a Google Visualization Geochart in your WordPress Blog. Prerequisites Access to your WordPress theme folder. Knowledge of PHP, […]

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By Tracy Ridge

In this tutorial we will parse a CSV file, containing random countries, with their own colour and tooltips displaying both the country and it’s continent. The CSV file will be converted to JSON dynamically and added to a Google Visualization Geochart in your WordPress Blog.

Geochart from CSV Tutorial

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Prerequisites

Access to your WordPress theme folder. Knowledge of PHP, JavaScript and WordPress functions is useful but not required. The CSV file can either be self hosted or from Google Drive providing that you publish the file as a CSV and that you place it in a shared folder.

Download

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Example

The demo CSV file can be accessed from Google Drive. The final outcome of the Geochart will look like this.

Geochart Finished Look

Let’s get Started

In the Download, among the source files, there is an example of the CSV file which we will use to create our geochart. Upload the js and data folders to your WordPress theme folder. If using a Child Theme upload to that folder and not the parent.

Ajax in the Head

Before we start to enable our ajax event to fire when non-admin users look at the page. Open up header.php and check to see if ajaxurl is defined. If not add the following just above the wp_head() function.

<?php if (!is_admin()){?>
   		<script type="text/javascript">
    		var ajaxurl = "<?php echo admin_url('admin-ajax.php'); ?>";
		</script>
	<?php }?>

Add the Chart Container to the Blog Post/Page

<div id="regions_div"></div>

Enqueue The JavaScript and Hook in our Ajax Actions

To add the JavaScript to our WordPress blog we need to officially enqueue our scripts so that they are present for the chart to load. Open up functions.php and add the following and save but don’t close. Please note that if you are not using a child theme change all instances of

get_stylesheet_directory_uri()
with
get_template_directory_uri()

/**
 * Enqueue our JS
 */
function map_chart(){
    //if (is_page('page_name')){ Highly recommend limiting to post (is_post) or page(is_page)
                wp_enqueue_script('chart', 'https://www.google.com/jsapi');
                wp_enqueue_script('chart_main', get_stylesheet_directory_uri(). ' /js/chart-map.js', array('jquery'));

//}
}
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'map_chart' );
    add_action( 'wp_ajax_build_map', 'build_map' );//admin action
    add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_build_map', 'build_map');//frontend action

The Google Visualization library is quite heavy and unnecessary to load on every page or post. Simply un-comment Lines 5 & 9 to only load the JavaScript on a specific page, replacing page_name with the Page ID, Page Title or Page Slug. If you are displaying your chart in a blog post replace is_page() with is_single() See is_page() and is_single() on the WP Codex for further details.

Fetch the CSV Data

Whilst functions.php is still open we are now going to add the code snippets to fetch the data from the CSV file either in the data folder or directly from Google Drive.

/**
 *
 * Function get_csv()
 *     1. default - parse local CSV file (data folder)
 *
 *     2. or fetch URL of the GDrive document providing that it is in a shared folder and is published to            the web as a CSV
 *
 * @return json encoded data
 */

function get_csv(){

//Get the CSV file - default or replace with your GDrive URL
$url = get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/data/map_data.csv';

//$url= 'https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/output=csv';

// Request the data from the CSV file
$request =   wp_safe_remote_get($url);
$response = wp_remote_retrieve_body( $request );

//Convert the data to an array
$data = array_map("str_getcsv", explode("n", $response));

//Count how many rows
$count = count($data);

//Use first row for names
$labels = array_shift($data);

//Use labels as keys
foreach ($labels as $label) {
  $keys[] = $label;
}
//create array with key[id]/value of count -1 as we shifted top row for headers
    for ($i = 0; $i < $count-1; $i++) {
        $idVal[]  = $i;//values
        $idKey[] = 'id';//key
        $id_array[] = array_combine($idKey,$idVal);//combine both
    }

 //combine the labels key with the existing data
 foreach($data as $d) {
        $newArray[] = array_combine($keys, $d);
}
//Merge both arrays together
foreach($newArray as $key => $value){
    $result[$key] = array_merge($id_array[$key], $newArray[$key]);
}
//uses built-in wp_json_encode to decode data and return the result
return wp_json_encode($result);

}

/**
  Function build_map is fetched by the JavaScript Ajax request and uses the  get_csv() function
 */
function build_map(){
        $data = get_csv();// gets the CSV data
    echo $data;
die();
}

Lines 19-20 – Requests the CSV file from the URL variable that is specified. If the file is on the server then the CSV file should be a relative link and if using Google Drive the URL will be absolute.

Line 23 – This parses the CSV file as a string and maps it to an array.

Line 26 – Counts how many rows are in the array.

Line 29 – Strips the first row as headers to be used as keys in the array (Lines-32-34).

Lines 36-40 – Creates an id array with the total count. These are used to map the colours to the right country in the JavaScript.

Lines 43-45 – This combines the rest of the data with the labels.

Lines 46-49 – Merge both arrays together to create 1 associative array.

Line 51 – Converts and returns the JSON when the JavaScript executes the Build Map Ajax function (Lines-58-62).

Chart-map.js JavaScript

The JavaScript files pulls everything together and options can be changed to suit your own preferences.

var $j = jQuery;
var mapColor;

// Load the Visualization API and the chart package.
google.load("visualization", "1", {
    packages: ["geochart"]
});

// Set a callback to run when the Google Visualization API is loaded.
google.setOnLoadCallback(drawRegionsMap);


//Create our Chart through an Ajax request by passing the build_map action which will be parsed with the build_map function in functions.php

function drawRegionsMap() {
    $j.ajax({
        url: ajaxurl,
        data: {
            "action": "build_map" //run build_map function in functions.php
        },
        dataType: "json",
    }).done(function (csv) {
        var data = new google.visualization.DataTable();
        data.addColumn('string', 'Country');
        data.addColumn('number', 'id');// The id  associates the color field
        data.addColumn({
            type: 'string',
            role: 'tooltip'
        });
        mapColor = []; //array to hold all the colours from the CSV file

        $j.each(csv, function (i, item) {//jquery each function

            data.addRows([[{
                v: this.countryCode,
                f: this.tooltipTitle
            }, this.id, this.tooltipText]]);


            mapColor[i] = item.Color;//add each color item to the array - accessed in options below

        });
        var countColors = mapColor.length; //counts the colours - accessed in options below

        var options = {
            backgroundColor: {
                fill: '#FFFFFF',
                stroke: '#FFFFFF',
                strokeWidth: 0
            },
            colorAxis: {
                minValue: 0,
                maxValue: countColors ,
                colors:
                mapColor
                },
            legend: 'none',
            datalessRegionColor: '#f5f5f5',
            displayMode: 'regions',
            enableRegionInteractivity: 'true',
            resolution: 'countries',
            sizeAxis: {
                minValue: 1,
                maxValue: 1,
                minSize: 10,
                maxSize: 10
            },
            region: 'world',
            keepAspectRatio: true,
            width: 600,
            height: 400,
            tooltip: {
                textStyle: {
                    color: '#444444'
                },
                trigger: 'focus'
            }
        };


        var chart = new google.visualization.GeoChart(document.getElementById('regions_div'));

        chart.draw(data, options);

    });
}

Line 16 – This is the start of the Ajax Request to build map in functions.php. As it returns the dataType JSON there is no need to decode it.

Line 22 – Once the Ajax request is complete we start to build the chart.

Lines 24-29 – Creates the Columns to hold our rows

Lines 32-42 – Using jQuery’s each function we add the rows to match the columns. Line 40 represents the colours from the CSV file to be used to colour the individual countries dynamically in the options.

Line 43 – Counts how many colours, there are, which is added to max value in options. This ensures that each country has a corresponding colour.

Conclusion

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you come across any errors or have any suggestions how to improve it further then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sources

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WOW Weekly – Sony Release PS2 Titles and Apple Open Source Swift https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-sony-release-ps2-titles-apple-open-source-swift https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-sony-release-ps2-titles-apple-open-source-swift#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2015 16:27:55 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8575 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. Sony unlock an extra core and release the much awaited Playstation 2 games for the Playstation 4 on the Sony store with added features and benefits that might just make them worth spending your money. Apple release it programming language, swift, and all its tools with an open source license. Our […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. Sony unlock an extra core and release the much awaited Playstation 2 games for the Playstation 4 on the Sony store with added features and benefits that might just make them worth spending your money. Apple release it programming language, swift, and all its tools with an open source license. Our new releases this week include Linux Mint 17.3 and GIMP.

Sony Playstation 4

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Sony Playstation

Sony have unlocked an extra core in their Playstation 4 processor unleashing extra power to game developers. Unfortunately current games cannot access this power unless they are willing to patch their games to add support but future games can use this extra power to build more awesome games.

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On the subject of games, following on from 2 weeks ago when Sony announced that they were going to publish PS2 games to the Playstation Store for purchase they have released 8 games. All the games have been enhanced to work with the PS4. Enhancements include trophy support, 1080p rendering, remote play, activity feeds, 2nd screen support for the manuals with Playstation Vita or the Sony App, live broadcast and share play. The downside is that if you have already got these in PS2 format you will have to buy them again so if you are not prepared to shell out a few quid for the new features you could always dust off the old PS2 or PS3!

  • Dark Cloud £11.99 (SCE Worldwide Studios)
  • Grand Theft Auto 3 £11.99 (Rockstar Games)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas £11.99 (Rockstar Games)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City £11.99 (Rockstar Games)
  • Rogue Galaxy £11.99 (SCE Worldwide Studios)
  • The Mark of Kri £11.99 (SCE Worldwide Studios)
  • War of the Monsters £7.99 (SCE Worldwide Studios)
  • Twisted Metal: Black £7.99 (SCE Worldwide Studios)

Apple Open Source Swift

Apple have published Swift, their programming language and all its tools which are publicly available on GitHub.

Swift is a replacement language for C-based languages like C, C++ and Objective-C. It was designed to create the best available language and its uses range from systems programming, mobile and desktop apps and scaling up to cloud services. Swift was designed to make writing and maintaining programs easier for the developer and focuses on being safe, fast and expressive.

New Releases in Brief

GIMP 2.9.2 Development Version

The popular open source image editor, Gimp has released a developement version. The new features in this version has enhanced support for file formats (WebP, PNG, TIFF, PSD, and FITS), 16/32bit per color channel processing, layer blendering, better colour management tools. All the tools in GIMP are now GEGL based. The new unified transform tool combines rotation, scaling and skewing. Several existing tools have also been updated.

Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa

The Cinnamon version includes the latest 2.8 release which has better support for QT5 applications and comes with upgraded applets and the workspace switcher now displays a desktop representation of your windows. Nemo file manager has had really useful updates to include quick preview by default and quick-rename which enables you to quickly change the file names, although this is disabled by default.

The Mate version (1.12) has an updated application menu, better integration with video players, VLC, Totem etc.

Both versions include better support with multiple desktops and peripherals and the software sources tool detects your location and tests the mirrors near you, it detects if your PPA’s are compatible, protects against corrupted mirrors or cache. The driver manager detects drivers in the background and will now refresh the cache before looking for drivers. Libre Office has also been updated to version 5 and Linux Mint will come with openVPN support by default.

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WOW Weekly – Dell, Xbox Turns 10, WP App Release https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-dell-xbox-turns-10-wp-app-release https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-dell-xbox-turns-10-wp-app-release#respond Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:43:35 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8438 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to this week’s WOW Weekly. Dell got into a little hot water when a rogue root certificate was found on its systems. Xbox 360 celebrated its 10th Birthday. WordPress.com release a handy new piece of software for the Mac and the Raspberry Pi Zero is looking rather yummy. Dell eDellRoot Security Alert Dell the […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to this week’s WOW Weekly. Dell got into a little hot water when a rogue root certificate was found on its systems. Xbox 360 celebrated its 10th Birthday. WordPress.com release a handy new piece of software for the Mac and the Raspberry Pi Zero is looking rather yummy.

Dell - Computer Security

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Dell eDellRoot Security Alert

Dell the giant computer manufacturer got itself into a little hot water when it was discovered that they had included a rogue root certificate on their systems. The eDellRoot certificate can cause major security issues and through misuse can verify illegitimate software as being legit, also known as a man in the middle attack. Dell insist that they were wrong to install the root certificate as the intended purpose was to use it with the Dell support tool which makes it faster and easier for customers to maintain their system. They have issued an in-depth guide to uninstall it but will also release an update soon to automatically remove it.

Xbox 360 Turns 10

It’s hard to imagine that the Xbox 360 is now 10 years old. When it was released on the 22nd November there wasn’t enough units manufactured in time and those that were lucky enough to buy one could practically double their money if they wanted to sell their new prized possession.

The Sony Playstation 3 was released in 2006 in direct competition with the Xbox 360 for the hardcore gaming genre, a battle which was won by the 360 in our household even though we purchased the PS3 first, remember the Blu-Ray/HD debate? When we bought the Xbox 360 7 months later it became our personal favourite and the PS3 was used for playing Blu-ray discs and the occasional game that you couldn’t buy on the 360.

On a sad note the Xbox 360 is likely to get discontinued next year whilst top game companies are only developing games for the Xbox One and PS4.  The Xbox 360 has shaped a gaming generation, roll on the next 10 years!

New Releases in Brief

WP.com brings out a new open source blogging app for the Mac, with Windows and Linux versions coming soon.  Not only does it free your browser from distracting you, with Jetpack you can publish from your self hosted blogs, WP blogs, read the blogs you are following and check out those vital web stats. I wrote this blog post using it and I’m pretty impressed with the  realtime speed on switching back and forth from wp-admin to desktop app. Looking forward to future versions and my dream would be to include established plugins like Yoast SEO.

The Raspberry Pi, a popular cheap mini computer board for DIY enthusiasts has been around for 3 years and now has a new kid on the block.  The Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales, is the size of a credit card and is priced at $5.  Featuring a 1GHz ARM11 core broadcom processor which is 40% faster than the Pi 1, 512MB of RAM, micro USB sockets for data and power, a mini hdmi socket for 1080p video output.  The raspberry pi zero runs Raspbian.  If you are lucky to get your hands on one the MagPie magazine are giving one away for free in their latest edition. If you can’t find a copy of the magazine then someone has snapped them all up and will be selling them on Ebay at a highly inflated price, no doubt!

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WOW Weekly – Microsoft Embrace Open Source, Sony goes Backwards https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-microsoft-embrace-open-source-sony-goes-backwards https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-microsoft-embrace-open-source-sony-goes-backwards#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:30:40 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8429 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. This week Microsoft finally shakes hands with the open source community at last after years of snubbing it. Sony announced that they are releasing emulation software for the PS4 which will enable you to play PS2 games but what’s the catch. Apple announce that during the holiday period they will not […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. This week Microsoft finally shakes hands with the open source community at last after years of snubbing it. Sony announced that they are releasing emulation software for the PS4 which will enable you to play PS2 games but what’s the catch. Apple announce that during the holiday period they will not accept any new apps or updates.

Open Source Details

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Microsoft Embraces Open Source

Microsoft finally embraces the open source community after years of being an enemy. The change comes with the new CEO Satya Nadella, successor to Steve Balmer, wanting to bridge the gap between Microsoft’s developer platforms by building a closer relationship with the open source world.

In 2014 Microsoft open sourced its .Net Core framework and is now making release candidates for Linux and Mac with versions of Visual Studio available for both platforms. Microsoft is pushing new apps to Android and Apple devices before developing for its own Window’s devices. With the rise in popular open source software and Linux distributions this is a good move for developers who want to build apps for multiple platforms and no doubt cost-effective for Microsoft.

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Sony Goes Backwards

Like Microsoft did with the Xbox One last week; Sony have announced that they are going to enable backwards compatibility for certain PS2 games through emulation software. However there is no indication whether you will need to buy the games through the Playstation store as new or you can insert the original discs to download them for free.

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Apple App Store

The Apple App Store have announced that it will not accept any new apps or updates to existing apps between December 22nd & 29th. It’s warning developers that any new releases should be submitted well before this time. Over the year the revenue from the app store has increased by 25% and the number of customer transactions grew by 18%.

New Releases in Brief

Yoast SEO, the popular SEO WordPress Plugin has had a major release this week. The major update includes real-time content analysis with an upgrade of the snippet preview to change to a preview editor. The re-written plugin now uses the power of the browser than the server to make the plugin faster. No need to save the post on update anymore. The plugin has collaborated with OnPage.org enabling you to check out whether your site can still be indexed by search engines and notify you on your WP dashboard and by email. The premium version is $69 a year enables you to have multiple focus keywords.

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WOW Weekly – iPad Pro, Xbox One and Google Self Drive https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-ipad-pro-xbox-one-and-google-self-drive https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-ipad-pro-xbox-one-and-google-self-drive#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:46:18 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8403 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. Apple released the iPad Pro this week but pro really does come at a price! Google’s self driving car got itself into a little bother. Microsoft roll out the latest Xbox One console updates enabling backward compatibility for a selection of 360 games with many more to arrive in the coming […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. Apple released the iPad Pro this week but pro really does come at a price! Google’s self driving car got itself into a little bother. Microsoft roll out the latest Xbox One console updates enabling backward compatibility for a selection of 360 games with many more to arrive in the coming months.

Image of ipad Pro

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Apple iPad

Apple started selling the much awaited iPad Pro this week. The 12.9 iPad Pro has the highest resolution, 5.6 million pixels, retina display of any iOS devices and with the new A9X 64 -bit chip it doubles the graphic performance of the iPad Air 2. Pretty impressive piece of kit but if it’s on your santa’s list this year you will have to part with £799 for the 128 GB version. You won’t get much change out of £1100 if you purchase the pencil (£79), silicon case (£65) and keyboard (£139). Going pro really does come at a price!

Google’s Self Driving Car

Google’s self driving car got into a spot of bother when it was pulled over by the police department for doing under the speed limit in Mountain View, California. The driverless car was doing 24 MPH in a 35 MPH zone and no action was taken. The prototype car has been limited to doing 25 MPH for safety reasons to make them feel friendly and approachable. Personally I would love to see driverless cars on Aberdeenshire Roads but not until they can do the speed limit at least.

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Xbox One Updates

If you have fired up your Xbox One over the past few days you will notice that the dashboard has had a pretty big overhaul. Gone are the hideous user un-friendly tiles to a more modern simplistic user-friendly dashboard with a new homescreen, guide, community section and the voice assistant cortana. The new update comes with backwards compatibility to some of the most popular 360 games including Fallout 3, Gears of war 3, Borderlands, Fable 2 and Mirrors Edge with the likes of Bioshock and Call of Duty Black Ops to follow soon.

See the list of games over at xbox.com

Tool of the Week

The Open Source Adobe Brackets Code Editor which is written purely in Javascript, HTML and CSS is one of the most used tools in my arsenal, having tested it from it’s initial release it just keeps getting better. The latest version which was released in October added several features including folding selected text, improved search functionality, CSS Code Hints in PHP, fixes for El Capitan and bug fixes on top of the easy to use GUI and countless extensions what’s not to like.

New Releases in Brief

Dropbox have updated their web interface with a nifty new Recents feature. Recents shows you your recently updated files. If you work on multiple files scattered around your dropbox it will list them in order of last edited which is super useful if you don’t have an organised folder structure.

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WOW Weekly – Facebook Empathy, Twitter Heart https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-facebook-empathy-twitter-heart https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-facebook-empathy-twitter-heart#respond Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:14:32 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8387 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. Like or dislike, twitter has changed its heart over favourites. Facebook makes Public Events more interesting and shows empathy for developing countries who use Android. Apple have released their 4th Generation Apple TV. Facebook Facebook have officially ditched the maybe button which appears on public events in favour for an interested […]

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Welcome to WOW Weekly. Like or dislike, twitter has changed its heart over favourites. Facebook makes Public Events more interesting and shows empathy for developing countries who use Android. Apple have released their 4th Generation Apple TV.


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Facebook

Facebook have officially ditched the maybe button which appears on public events in favour for an interested button. Do you think it would make people more aware or interested in the event? It would be interesting to know how many people who actually publicly announce that they are going to attend an event actually go. Will the interested button make anyone more interested?

On a good note some of Facebook’s employees are switching over to Android phones, in favour of Apple, to experience its app over a 2G connection. This will give developers insights and experience to what it feels like for emerging countries, who have a high Android user-base, and allow them to deliver an app with better user experience. Facebook really does care!

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Twitter

Twitter changed its star favourite button for a heart like button. Like me (pardon the pun), many people used the favourite button to bookmark stuff to read later. Having a heart button may stop many users using it this way but then it may also increase the way people interact with your tweets. You may get more likes than favourited. It would have been nice to see both a heart button and a star button but that’s probably being too greedy.

Apple

Apple have released their 4th Generation Apple TV with the all-new Siri Remote. It is a little pricey at £169 for the 64GB version but with the added bonus of playing games, it might make it on every santa’s list this Christmas. The downside is you may have to increase your budget by £50 to buy the gaming controller and remote loop strap to save your TV and your sanity!

Tool of the Week

For anyone that offers help to family or friends remotely Teamviewer is the goto software for controlling other peoples computers. TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial users and the latest version 11 is available to test and offers faster 15% and ability to use less bandwidth and Unattended access for Android devices. TeamViewer 11 is designed to run on Windows (Including 10), Linux, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow.

New Releases in Brief

Sketch 3.4 is a lightweight, extensible, easy-to-use professional design software for the Mac. The new version comes with plenty of enhancements including re-using layer styles and elements, exporting layers outside of sketch, bitmap editing, improved copy and paste and much more.

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WOW Weekly – TalkTalk Trouble, Ubuntu Turns 11 https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-talktalk-trouble-ubuntu-turns-11 https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-talktalk-trouble-ubuntu-turns-11#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:04:06 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8368 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly.TalkTalk made big news last week when a massive cyber attack compromised the details of all it’s customers. TalkTalk have since announced the attack wasn’t as bad as first feared but will this be enough for the customers that want out! From Warty Warthog to Wily Werewolf Ubuntu is 11 years old! […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly.TalkTalk made big news last week when a massive cyber attack compromised the details of all it’s customers. TalkTalk have since announced the attack wasn’t as bad as first feared but will this be enough for the customers that want out! From Warty Warthog to Wily Werewolf Ubuntu is 11 years old! First released in 2004 the open source Linux distribution has gracefully transformed into the modern operating system we see today.

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TalkTalk Hack

On Wednesday 21st TalkTalk one of the UK’s major telecommunication companies suffered a cyber attack which compromised the details of its 4 million users. TalkTalk immediately took down their website to stop the attack it was uncertain just how much data had been stolen. TalkTalk have insisted that it’s not as bad as first feared, with the attack only affecting the website, stating that users passwords have not been accessed.

Quite a few people have reported of having phone calls claiming to be from TalkTalk and as a result have had money stolen from their accounts. The likelihood of these phone calls coming direct from the hack are quite remote and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s just crime organisations hearing about the hack and jumping on the band-wagon to exploit the vulnerable.

Needless to say TalkTalk will probably lose a lot of customers over this and it may take time to gain its reputation back. If you are a customer follow their advice and sign up to the 1 year of paid Noddle alerts that they have provided, ignore any phone calls you receive pretending to be TalkTalk and stay vigilant. From a security point of view I do feel in this day and age sensitive information should be encrypted and it should be a legal requirement.

Keep up to date with the incident

Happy 11th Birthday Ubuntu

11 years ago on the 20th October a little unknown Linux distribution was released. It’s name was Ubuntu. Fast forward 11 years and 22 versions Ubuntu is now transformed into a modern operating system with a huge ever-growing fan base. When I first experimented with Ubuntu back in 2007 it was the name, Feisty Fawn, that made me interested but unfortunately I struggled to get the wi-fi drivers to work and gave in.

After adopting Linux Mint full-time in 2009, I opted to install 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) on my old Asus laptop and even my children warmed to the Linux life. Of course Ubuntu has made some revolutionary changes to its desktop over the time. I for one wasn’t a big fan of unity and preferred the traditional Gnome 2 desktop but now appreciate that Ubuntu want to be different and whether you are a lover or hater Ubuntu shaped the Linux world. Without it would we have ever seen steam have ever arrive on the Linux desktop?

Celebrate with OMG Ubuntu

Tool of the Week

If you are a big social media user it’s pretty tedious getting the right size image to use along with your posts. Pablo is a handy online tool from the makers of Buffer that will allow you to upload, create, edit photos and captions to make them suitable for all of your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram posts.

New Releases in Brief

iOS 9.1 was released last week, fixing many bugs this major update launches Apple News in the UK, you can now train Siri to recognise your voice. El Capitan also had an update fixing compatibility bugs with MS Office, JPEG issues in preview, messages not displaying properly and missing outgoing server info in Mail. Both iOS 9.1 and El Capitan have introduced over 150 new emoji characters including levitating.

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WOW Weekly – Are LogMeIn at it Again, Surely Not? https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-are-logmein-at-it-again-surely-not https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-are-logmein-at-it-again-surely-not#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:38:15 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8352 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to this week’s edition of WOW weekly, featuring LogMeIn, Apple, the number 7 and a Microsoft trade-in! This particular edition should be renamed to fortnightly as last week I devoted time to having a good clear out (home wise) and spending time with my children during the first week of their school holidays. I […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to this week’s edition of WOW weekly, featuring LogMeIn, Apple, the number 7 and a Microsoft trade-in! This particular edition should be renamed to fortnightly as last week I devoted time to having a good clear out (home wise) and spending time with my children during the first week of their school holidays. I also managed to upgrade to El Capitan which was well worth the upgrade! Sadly I’ve given up trying to install Windows 10 on my aging 5-year-old laptop.


Password Cartoon - LogMeIn Acquires LastPass

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LogMeIn Buys into Password Management

LogMeIn recently announced that the company have acquired LastPass the popular password management service. If you didn’t already know LogMeIn lost a lot of users after announcing that they were going to stop free access to their popular Remote Desktop Software back in early 2014.

At the moment it’s uncertain that LogMeIn will do the same with LastPass but there will be a lot of customers that will have already made the switch to alternatives like Dashlane and KeepPass because they have lost faith. I will keep you posted.

Microsoft Windows 10 Trade-in Scheme

Microsoft are offering a trade-in scheme which offers an incentive to upgrade to Windows 10 by getting cash back for your old computer. The incentive offers up to £100 cash back when you buy a qualifying product.

Once you have made your purchase you have 14 days to claim online and then package up your old computer, laptop or chromebook to claim the cash back. The qualifying trade in items have to be under 5 years old, have a working power supply and battery (if they are portable). The screen also has to be minimum of 11.3″. In America they are running a similar offer (If you can call it that) offering $300 for you to trade in a Macbook. How generous!

Check out the UK’s Trade-in scheme.

Tool of the Week

A friend recently asked me if I could find an alternative to a well-known piece of software that comes with a shareware license which periodically nags you to buy it. The alternative to this was 7Zip which is open source. 7Zip allows you to compress/decompress popular formats like 7z, RAR, ZIP, GZIP and many more.

It also integrates into the windows context menu for easy access to quickly (un)compress files in a flash. It’s a must-have piece of software for any Windows users. There are also unofficial ports, Keka for the Mac and PeaZip is also pretty good alternative for Linux and Windows users too.

New Releases in Brief

Apple have been busy spoiling us yet again with updates to its office software for both iOS 9 and El Capitan. Pages word processing, Numbers spreadsheet and Keynote Presentations apps has improved compatibility with Office formats and offers better integration with HandOff allowing you to switch between Mac, iPad and iPhone etc for editing. They also integrate well with El Capitans new Split View. Head over to Apple to see the huge list of fixes and improvements.

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Infographic – State of Piracy Security Report https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/infographic-state-of-piracy-security-report https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/infographic-state-of-piracy-security-report#respond Sun, 04 Oct 2015 21:43:35 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8326 By Tracy Ridge

Arxan and iThreat Cyber Group have published The Application Security report detailing how the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material (piracy) on the web is growing rapidly. Over 1000 sites have been analyzed over the past 3.5 years are part of the dark web which is not indexed by standard search engines. 50 are […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Arxan and iThreat Cyber Group have published The Application Security report detailing how the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material (piracy) on the web is growing rapidly. Over 1000 sites have been analyzed over the past 3.5 years are part of the dark web which is not indexed by standard search engines. 50 are in the business of distributing pirated releases.

The report by Arxan and iThreat Cyber Group (ICG) breaks down the types of piracy into sections. Software Piracy, Online Gaming Piracy and Digital Media Piracy.

Android tops the list in software piracy with a massive 41% of 30,000 software titles and over 9,000 (17%) software key generators found which generate the product licensing keys to enable unauthorized access to software or digital media. In 2014 software based game piracy there were 23,000 pirated game releases with an estimated figure of over 31,000 for 2015 means that online game piracy has doubled since 2012.

Digital media is being widely pirated. In 2013 and 2014 an average of 1 Million pirated assets were discovered with an estimate of 1.3M for 2015 if the rate of piracy remains the same. TV (24%) and adult content (23%) make up the majority for digital media piracy.

Conclusion

Well despite piracy being illegal it is still on the rise in a growing profitable area for those that distribute it and of course it’s also the biggest distributer of malware for those of you that are security conscious.

Despite companies investing money to prevent piracy it’s going to be a continual problem as there are teams out there who reverse engineer or crack software for the pure pleasure and they always seem to be one step ahead. It’s obviously a blow to lose revenue of this kind and possibly make the users that do legitimately use the software pay more in the long run. Obviously the smaller companies or app developers don’t have the budget to invest huge quantities of money in protecting their software can make subtle changes to prevent piracy and protect their applications. You will find more in the report which is pretty damming and an interesting read.

An Infographic and Report detailing How Piracy has Increased in 2015

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WOW Weekly – Alphabet Becomes Proud Parent to Google https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-alphabet-becomes-proud-parent-to-google https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-alphabet-becomes-proud-parent-to-google#respond Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:51:28 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8323 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. It’s been another busy week in tech with Google finally becoming part of Alphabet, Apple releasing El Capitan for the Mac and another minor update for iOS 9, a XOR Trojan threatens Linux servers and a popular ad blocker is sold to a mystery buyer. As always we have our tool […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. It’s been another busy week in tech with Google finally becoming part of Alphabet, Apple releasing El Capitan for the Mac and another minor update for iOS 9, a XOR Trojan threatens Linux servers and a popular ad blocker is sold to a mystery buyer. As always we have our tool of the week and new releases in brief.

Alphabet Blocks

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Google Alphabet

Google have officially become part of Alphabet. Alphabet is going to be the parent company of a group of companies. Each company, with Google the largest, will have its own CEO and will continue to develop independently as its own brand under Alphabet. As Google as many fingers in many pies this makes perfect sense and will also allow the different brands in relatively different fields to continue to grow stronger.

Apple

Apple release the long-awaited El-Capitan. The new features offers a new split screen view which is useful when you have multiple apps open at the same time. Spotlight has been tweaked to enable you to search using realistic natural language , for example; “spreadsheet I worked on last Friday”. You can also search for a lot more including videos, sport scores and weather. Mail has improved with a full-screen view and swipe gestures. Lot’s of improvement under the hood have made El Capitan faster and better graphics performance with Metal for Mac.

Head over to Apple to learn more.

Adblock

Adblock, the popular ad-blocking browser extension, was sold to mystery buyer earlier in the week who refuses to name the new owner. Adblock also recently announced that they have an acceptable Ads policy where some ads are allowed but if you feel that this is obtrusive then you can always turn this feature off. Adblock wants to block the bad stuff on the web not necessarily cripple blogs and website owners from making money. I guess with the hush-hush approach into this sale there will be a few conspiracies flying around the web.

Read More about AdBlock

Linux Trojan

Akamai’s Security Intelligence Response Team (SIRT) has monitored a XOR Trojan has been used to hijack Linux machines to build a botnet that distributes DDoS attacks. The target of attacks have mainly been the gaming sector followed by educational institutions. The botnet has attacked up to 20 targets per day appears to be of asian origin with the malware spreading via Secure Shell (SSH) services susceptible to brute-force attacks due to weak passwords.

Tool of the Week

Tool of the week is the cross-platform E-book management Calibre. Calibre runs on Linux, Mac and Windows with a portable version available for Windows. If you have a vast growing ebook collection Calibre offers E-book conversion for all the popular formats, it offers syncing to devices, a viewer, editor and a content server to get access to all of your books online. The latest 2.40 version has a Kindle driver which detects new Amazon Kindle KFX format which is present on e-ink kindles.

New Releases in Brief

Apple release iOS 9.0.2. This minor update fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app mobile data usage, fixes bugs with iCloud, iMessage and screen rotation issues. Podcast stability has also been improved.

Firefox 41.0.1 has had a minor update fixing potential issues with flash, a startup crashes with some Intel graphics cards, Yandex Toolbar and AdBlock Plus.

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WOW Weekly – Apple Brought Down by The XcodeGhost https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-apple-brought-down-by-the-xcodeghost https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-apple-brought-down-by-the-xcodeghost#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2015 22:08:03 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8277 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to this weeks edition of WOW Weekly. Apple were brought back down to earth this week after hackers tricked developers into downloading a modified version of Xcode (XcodeGhost) which was used to create the iOS apps. Apple ended on a high releasing the iPhone 6s to the public and pushed out a minor update […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to this weeks edition of WOW Weekly. Apple were brought back down to earth this week after hackers tricked developers into downloading a modified version of Xcode (XcodeGhost) which was used to create the iOS apps. Apple ended on a high releasing the iPhone 6s to the public and pushed out a minor update to their latest iOS 9. Gnome has released a new version of their popular desktop and tool of the week is pretty useful if you are a blogger.


Mimicking the XcodeGhost

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XcodeGhost Malware

Apple removes iOS apps, including the popular WeChat, from the app store due to both the app developers and Apple were apparently unaware that the apps had been infected with malware, which mainly infected users in China. Hackers succeeded by tricking the app developers into downloading a modified version of Xcode (XcodeGhost), the software that developers use to create iOS apps. This fake version of Xcode included the malware, which then made its way into the apps, which were then uploaded to the App Store for users to download. As for the damage it’s caused we will have to wait and see.

Tool of the Week

The tool of the week is a tool that I couldn’t live without. If you are a blogger you are more than likely to have a clipboard manager in your arsenal. There are a few around for all different platforms but personally I like CopyClip for the Mac. CopyClip has 2 versions. The 1st version is available for free and the 2nd version which comes with an embedded search bar, the ability to pin clippings to the top of the list and edit them is available for £3.99. You can get both from the Mac App Store.

New Releases in Brief

iOS 9 was released last week and already they have pushed out an update which fixes several bugs. The minor update, 9.0.1 fixes several issues with the setup assistant, a bug where alarms and timers fail to play, also fixes an issue with custom APN setup would lose mobile data and a bug in safari and photos where the video frame appeared distorted when pausing video.

Gnome have released version 3.18 of their popular desktop for Linus distros. The new desktop comes with Google Drive Integration, a new calendar application which comes fully integrated into user accounts. File improvements, firmware updates, automatic screen brightness, and a host of new features for people with touchscreens and touchpads.

If you are looking for an office application then this week Microsoft released Office 2016 and if your budget doesn’t stretch that far you can always test drive the latest release candidate of Libre Office 5.02

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Feedburner Finally Binned From My WordPress Blog https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/feedburner-finally-binned-wordpress-blog https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/feedburner-finally-binned-wordpress-blog#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:18:54 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8280 By Tracy Ridge

After 7 years of using feedburner I have finally decided to switch. Google haven’t yet killed off feedburner entirely but having announced that they are no longer going to support or update it. Like many people who are flocking to alternatives I thought I would jump on the bandwagon. Obviously switching to something new can […]

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By Tracy Ridge

After 7 years of using feedburner I have finally decided to switch. Google haven’t yet killed off feedburner entirely but having announced that they are no longer going to support or update it. Like many people who are flocking to alternatives I thought I would jump on the bandwagon. Obviously switching to something new can be quite problematic and true I did encounter a couple of problems and here is how I solved them.


RSS Icon - Bin Google Feedburner

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Finding the Right Service

I spent a while exploring options that fit my needs. Basically I wanted to find a suitable alternative that can give me about the same features as feedburner and if possible, preferably free.

After doing a little research I opted for Specific Feeds

Specific feeds offer a free service where you can subscribe to feeds via RSS, have them delivered to your email address and you can also view them within your dashboard. Specific feeds is not just all about those that are wanting to subscribe to feeds you can also add your own blog or website to their directory, thus allowing more exposure. Within an hour of joining I already had 10 subscribers without even publishing anything on social media.

Feedburner Problems

Some time ago I used a WordPress plugin to redirect any requests to my feedburner feed. I had long since deleted the plugin but it still remained in my database. Whenever I pointed to my feed with the URL it was still getting redirected to Feedburner in a loop. I decided to export all email subscribers and delete my Feedburner account. I checked my .htaccess to see if anything was in there that could cause the re-direct then I also accessed my database via phpMyAdmin, searched for anything with feedburner and deleted it (Make a backup first).

I double checked that I had the following snippet in my WordPress theme functions file.

add_theme_support( 'automatic-feed-links' );

Please note that some feeds may be hard-linked in the header.php file so it’s best to check in there too.

All was good so I accessed the feed by URL and it worked, no redirect just plain XML, which is what I was after. With most browsers and feed readers recognising feeds and allowing you to get access to them with built-in tools without seeing the XML code I decided to still have the good old feed which you can subscribe to which is http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/feed or you can hook up with specific feeds with the following URL: http://www.specificfeeds.com/worldoweb.

Conclusion

If you need to monitor your RSS subscribers then Specific Feeds will do this and you can always install Simple Feed Stats in WordPress to view how many people access via the browser etc. This way you will get the best of both worlds. If you are looking for more a paid subscription with an alternative service may be more beneficial.

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Ampps For Mac – Update to 3.3 Manually Without Re-installing https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/ampps-mac-update-3-3-manually-without-re-installing https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/ampps-mac-update-3-3-manually-without-re-installing#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:51:36 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8248 By Tracy Ridge

Ampps is a fantastic piece of software if you want to run a testing server but upgrading on the mac has always been pretty awkward. The first time I upgraded, back when I was a Mac newbie, I deleted all of my files by accident! Luckily I had created a backup first. The good news […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Ampps is a fantastic piece of software if you want to run a testing server but upgrading on the mac has always been pretty awkward. The first time I upgraded, back when I was a Mac newbie, I deleted all of my files by accident! Luckily I had created a backup first. The good news is Mac users can download and install the update from a compressed file so there is no need to install from the disk image again.

Prerequisites

Open Ampps and change the PHP version back to 5.3, then close and exit the software. As with anything I would always make a backup first to be on the safe side. This tutorial uses the terminal – some knowledge would be useful but not required.

The easiest way to open the terminal is to open Spotlight using the keyboard shortcut ctrl + space Type terminal and hit enter.

Download and Install Ampps

Once you have created a backup let’s go ahead and grab the update.  Please note that this is not the disk image version found on the main website.

Once downloaded copy the 7z file and pop it in your Ampps folder in Applications. Alternatively if you prefer to use the terminal enter

cp ~/Downloads/Ampps-mac-3.3.7z ../../../Applications/AMPPS

Now let’s check to see if the file has been moved into the correct folder

cd ../../Applications/Ampps

List the files in the directory

ls

You should see the update file directly inside the folder (highlighted in the image below).
Screenshot of Mac Terminal

Now let’s extract that compressed file. Whilst in the terminal enter:

sudo /Applications/Ampps/extra/bin/7za x -r -y /Applications/Ampps/Ampps-mac-3.3.7z

Enter your password and the files will start to extract as in the image below

Mac Terminal - Ampps Update Complete

Conclusion

If all has gone to plan your update will be successful. To check open Ampps, click on the Help tab, click on About and you should see that it’s be updated to the latest version. If you encounter any problems then please feel free to leave a comment.

Sources

How to update Ampps manually

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WOW Weekly – Apple iPad Goes Pro, Microsoft & More https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-apple-ipad-goes-pro-microsoft-more https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-apple-ipad-goes-pro-microsoft-more#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2015 15:45:04 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8230 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly.  It’s been a busy week in the world of technology with Apple making some expected and rather unexpected announcements at their keynote special event. Microsoft have also been busy after officially announcing the release date of their popular office software. Also checkout the Tool of the Week and New releases in […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly.  It’s been a busy week in the world of technology with Apple making some expected and rather unexpected announcements at their keynote special event. Microsoft have also been busy after officially announcing the release date of their popular office software. Also checkout the Tool of the Week and New releases in brief.

iPhone 6 & 6S Plus

Apple announced the expected iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus which features a faster processor, 12 MP pictures and 4K video, better network support and battery life. The new generation of multi-touch comes in the form of 3D Touch which senses how deeply you press the display. Peek and Pop lets you preview content like previewing a photo whilst taking a photo or popping in or out of apps. Multitasking is made simple with the power of iOS 9.

Apple TV

The new Apple TV (4th Generation) comes with a faster processor, an app store, a cool Siri remote, multi-user gaming using your remote, iPod Touch or iPhone.

Apple iPad Pro, Keyboard & Pencil

The iPad Pro boasts a bigger processor, 12.9 inch retina display, 4 speaker Audio for richer sound, the side-by-side multi use feature makes it easier to switch in and out of apps and run them side-by side. Apple also showed us a couple of accessories for the iPad Pro.  The smart keyboard is a full size keyboard which connects to the iPad using the built-in smart connector.  No more pairing devices, cables or charging batteries.

The Apple Pencil should appeal to everyone, including creative professionals, it comes with a lightning adapter which you plug into your iPad Pro for a simple charge. A 15 second of charge will last half an hour with a max battery of 12 hours on a full charge.

Did any of you see the Apple keynote special event? It was nice to see Microsoft show off what you can do with the iPad Pro and their own office apps.

Microsoft Office 2016

While office for Mac has been around a few months, Microsoft will be releasing the new 2016 windows version of office on the 22nd September. The new features include a dark theme, easier file-sharing and collaborate in real-time, better dictionary support, Tell Me tools lets you type and search for the feature that you want to use, better interaction with touchscreens and much more. Checkout the preview version of office if you can’t wait.

Tool of The Week

SUMo (Software Update Monitor) checks that you have the latest up-to-date versions of software on your computer.   Sumo will automatically detect if an application needs updating before you have actually opened it.  Flash, Java, Adobe Reader are often being updated to fix critical bugs so it’s worth keeping your software up-to date with just a single tool.

Visit the SUMo website

New Releases in Brief

If you run a WordPress website you will have probably heard of Yoast SEO which is a fantastic little plugin which can help you setup your SEO for search engines, optimisation of content and meta data. Well as of 23rd September Yoast will be releasing the first version of SEO for the users of Drupal 7.

Jetpack 3.7 has been released for Self Hosted WordPress installs. The new version comes with a simple user interface which makes turning features on or off a lot simpler.  There is also a new feature that detects if you have moved your site to a new URL. Jetpack detects changes and asks if you are moving to a new site address or is it a totally new site requiring a fresh connection. Depending on the answer Jetpack will automatically sort itself out for you under the hood. Other changes include new VideoPress player that works on all devices and allows you to paste a VideoPress link to automatically embed videos.

Visit the Jetpack Blog for more info.

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WOW Weekly – PayPal launch Pay Through URL & More https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-paypal-launch-pay-url https://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/wow-weekly-paypal-launch-pay-url#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:17:52 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8215 By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. This week’s news covers PayPal getting on the Pay through a URL bandwagon and guess who got a new logo?  Tool of the week is in the form of a windows migration tool and not forgetting our New releases in Brief section. PayPal have started to offer a service called paypal.me […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Welcome to WOW Weekly. This week’s news covers PayPal getting on the Pay through a URL bandwagon and guess who got a new logo?  Tool of the week is in the form of a windows migration tool and not forgetting our New releases in Brief section.

PayPal.me

PayPal have started to offer a service called paypal.me which helps people make payments easier. Once you have signed up for the service you will create a URL which you can share with people who can then transfer funds through their own PayPal account.  

There is no fee if you are in the UK have selected the “Friends & Family”.  There is also an option where you can also use the link the pay for “Goods and Services” where the person who sends you money is opting for PayPal Buyer Protection.  The standard fee for the UK would be 2.9% + £0.30.  PayPal.me is available now in the UK, US, Germany, Australia, Canada, Russia, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria.

Gotta Love Google

Love it or loathe it, Google got a new logo and I like it. It’s a bold step to move from a serif font over to a sans-serif but it’s blends in nicely with the ever-expanding brand, it’s clean, friendly and just fits. If you don’t like the new Google Logo then you can always install a chrome extension to revert every image to the old one.  but then again why would you?  Interested in learning more about the new Google Identity then check out the article on evolving the google identity.

Tool of The Week

Microsoft have partnered with Laplink to offer PCmover Express software to transfer files, folders and more from older versions of Windows on to your new Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC. The free download will only be available from September 1st through to August 31st, 2016 so grab it while you can.

Learn More

New Releases in Brief

Skype have released new version 6.0 for Android, iPhone and iPad. All the versions come with a new re-designed interface, enhanced search and the Android version includes a floating action button and improved messaging.

Bootstrap 4 Alpha has recently been released. Although only in Alpha so there will still be some bugs in the wild. Bootstrap has switched from Less to Sass, has a opt-in flexbox support, dropped support for panels, wells and thumbnails in favour of the new cards component, combined all HTML resets into a file called reboot, all JavaScript plugins have been re-written and there has been improvements to the documentation, tooltips and popovers.

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