Is your website secure?

Your website is up.
You’re getting visitors.
Things are looking up.

But is your site secure, or are your visitors getting a lovely “Not Secure” message when they visit your site? (Google Chrome pushed an update on July 24, 2018 to show this message on any site that doesn’t have an SSL certificate.)

In this day and age, you NEED an SSL certificate
(that nice green padlock) on your website.

Whether you’re a small blog, or an online store taking credit card payments or ACH banking information, SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates are critical, and even better, are being issued for FREE. That’s right — free. A few short years ago, you’d have to pay upwards of several hundred dollars per year JUST for an SSL certificate (and you still can), but with a service like Let’s Encrypt, you can get that security without the annual cost. Your site is secure, your visitors feel warm and fuzzy, and you don’t have to pay anything extra? Sounds like a win/win to me!

How can you test your site?

There’s a quick, easy, and free way to test your site for security – head over to https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ and enter your domain name (I recommend you check the “do not show the results on the boards” checkbox).

We strive for perfection without sacrificing performance and usability. In an effort of pure transparency, here’s the results of our website (you can see them yourself here: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=tbare.com&hideResults=on):

How can we help you?

At TBare.com, we take the security of your website very seriously. From SSL Certificates on the server, to the plugins that add that cool “share this page” link on the bottom of every webpage – security is paramount to making sure your site stays secure, the information you collect (even contact form submissions) stay secure, and everyone can sleep better at night.

Having been building websites and web servers for almost 20 years, we’ve gained the experience needed to ensure your web environment is as secure as it can be, and we take the necessary steps to keep it as secure as it should be.

Let’s get started!

If you’d like to talk about the security of your website, and what we can offer, shoot me a message on my contact form

Create a simple WordPress Plugin with Shortcode

Creating a WordPress plugin from scratch can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here, we’ll show you how simple it is to create your own WordPress plugin with a shortcode to display some content.

  1. Get started!Create a folder on your development machine, and create a blank .php file with the same name as the folder:
  2. Add the Header.Open the PHP file in your text editor of choice, and paste in the header section of the Plugin:
  3. Add the function that will return the info.For this example, we’ll create a simple <h3> with a custom class, and style that class to have a green color. The function name should be unique as to not conflict with other plugins, as should the shortcode name.
  4. Register the shortcode

    Now we’ll add the code that registers the shortcode so WordPress knows what to do with it when it sees it in content. Here we’ll use the shortcode ‘tbare-shortcode-demo’to show the contents returned in the function we created in step 3:
  5. Save, Zip, and upload!

    You’re probably aware, but the easiest way to install a plugin is to upload a zip file. So, Zip up the entire folder you created in step up, upload it to your site — (‘Plugins’ > ‘Add New’ in case you’re not aware where to go).

    (don’t forget to activate it after you install it) :)

  6. Test it out.

    Add the shortcode into your page or post, and watch see how it works!

 

Here’s the full code from the pieces above:

 

And here’s the results on this page:

Check it out!

Disable click on WordPress parent menu with children

‘ve got a few sites where the client has requested that main menu items that have sub-menu items not be clickable, but just be a placeholder for the sub menu items themselves.

This comes in handy, specifically, when you have drop down menus (using SuperFish, for example) — Safari on iOS handles SuperFish pretty well – the first tap drops down the menu, and the second tap will actually take you to that page, but what if you don’t want the first level to take you anywhere?

Moving from a dev to live WordPress site?

If you’re like most website developers, you probably do most of your development on a subdomain (ie dev.domain.com) as opposed to the live site.

Welll, this is all fine and dandy until you need to move your nice, new WordPress site from dev.domain.com to www.domain.com — all of your images, links, site name, site domain, etc all have links tied to the dev URI.

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