I was surprised to see that my big client’s LIVE website was automatically updated to WP 5.0.1. It appears my client is letting SiteGround’s auto updater do this. What is your philosophy of allowing WordPress automatic updates vs. doing them manually?
I see WPBeginner describes how we can fine tune the type of auto updates by installing the Easy Updates Manager plugin:
It’s highly rated, does anyone have experience with this plugin, or recommend a different plugin, or would you rather set variables in wp-config.php to configure the auto updates?
WordPress default is to auto update WP core minor updates only. However you can control: whether to automatically update plugins, themes, WP core MAJOR updates, or disallow ALL auto updates.
More info on this topic, including pros and cons of auto updating, can be found here:
Note that the likelihood of a WordPress update breaking your website can depend on whether you’ve modified core WordPress files of your website, or whether you have a LOT of plugins which can conflict with each other.
My preference is to apply ANY update manually, at a time of my choosing, so I can backup before, apply the updates, then check the website. But that’s time consuming. Has anyone experienced a WordPress (or plugin) update that broke a website? What turned out to be the cause?
It seems both WordPress and Joomla make the website editor go the extra mile to add a title tag to an image in a post. This is the tag that allows you to describe the significance of the image. Browsers usually display the tag’s value as a “tooltip” when the visitor hovers over the image. Not to be confused with the “alt” tag which describes how the image looks to a visually impaired person and helps Google to rank the image.
Try hovering over this image to see how your browser displays the title tag.
Both CMS’s automatically build an alt tag value when the image is first used in an article or post. Joomla hides the setting for the title tag behind an “Advanced” tab in the JCE image editor. That’s not helpful for encouraging a novice author to provide text for the title tag.
Today in WordPress I wanted to add a title tag to the image in my new post. I dutifully filled in the caption, description and alt tag values in the image editor when I uploaded my image. A title tag was automatically filled in for me. But when viewing my post in a browser window, no tooltip on hover!
So, I went to text mode in my post and added the title tag “by hand.” This time on hover I got an entire paragraph of text with embedded HTML markup. So that didn’t work. On close examination of my markup I could not see what was wrong. So I found this helpful article by WPBeginner.
It explained the purpose of alt and title tags, and even explained that the “title” setting WordPress uses when the image is first uploaded, is NOT the title tag that shows as a tooltip. The article’s directions said that, in my WordPress visual post editor, click on the image then click the edit button that appears.
Look in the “advanced” section to find a field you can fill in with the value of the title tag.
I had to hunt a while to find the “advanced” section, as it was out of view within the popup box. But finally, “success!”
I have figured out how to add the title tag in two ways now: if nothing special is going on with captions or other shortcodes, you can simply add a title attribute to the image in question in the post editor’s text mode; or you can use the image editor, scroll down to “advanced” settings and fill in the tag there.
By the way, in adding those last two images, I was reminded of how easy it is in WordPress to display a CAPTION for the image: you just fill in the caption field within the image source. In Joomla how the caption is used depends entirely on the template, and it requires tricky CSS overrides on the web developer’s part, and perhaps CSS knowledge on the editor’s part, to make it look good.
Also, I accidentally selected two images and found BOTH were inserted into my article. Does anyone have a good use for such a feature?
I got an email the other day saying my site was automatically updated to WordPress 4.3.2. How did that happen? I’m self-hosting this website, and I’d not logged in for a couple of months.
It turns out whenever your site requests a page, that is, someone visits your website, this page load will trigger a check for updates.
The update runs in the background via wp-cron. wp_cron checks whether there are any scheduled events in the database. If yes it calls spawn_cron(), which starts another PHP process to do all the actual work.
Lots of processes in WordPress are handled by the cron system: scheduled post publishing, processing pings, update checks, etc.
The automatic update only happens when wordpress.org releases a new minor or security update. Otherwise (for a “major” release like WP 4.3 to 4.4) you must do the update manually by logging in to the back end.
I am far enough along in my WordPress training that I decided it was time to come up with SOME backup solution. Reading through the section of my WordPress book, Backing Up a WordPress Site, I found that, as with Joomla, backup isn’t built in. Instead our main choices are:
choosing an automated backup service such as VaultPress or BackupBuddy for a monthly fee;
backing up with a free plug-in such as Online Backup for WordPress;
or manually: backing up your files over FTP and backing up your database via an SQL dump from PhpMyAdmin.
I settled on BackUpWordPress as being very popular and free, installed it, looked it over, and found that you RESTORE your website from backup via FTP and PhpMyAdmin. It seems the only benefit to this tool is it facilitates MAKING the backup. Restoration requires about the same steps as restoring a manually made backup, as described above. Are you kidding me?
I went over to the Akeeba Backup for WordPress website and downloaded and installed the plugin. It looks like as with Akeeba for Joomla, there’s a Pro paid and Core free version. I got the free version for now, installed it and was happy to see its familiar user interface at my WordPress dashboard (see this post’s featured image above, and the “manage backups” image below).
The video tutorial showed me that websites are restored or moved using the familiar (to Joomla users) kickstart.php process:
Make a new database if necessary
Upload kickstart.php and the Akeeba archive file to the website’s home directory
Run myWebSite.com/kickstart.php and follow the instructions to restore the website.
I don’t know why Akeeba Backup for Joomla is not listed in the WordPress plugins website, but once it’s there I predict it will become one of WordPress’ most popular plugins.
What’s your favorite backup solution for WordPress?
“###” that is. The formatting shortcuts are a new feature of WordPress 4.3.
Starting a bullet list with “*”
Asterisk that is, followed by space then a character
To get out of the list, hit two newlines
Here comes a numbered list:
Start it with digit followed by )
“1)” that is
End of my list.
Note, to get the link to open in a new window, I don’t see the option in the add link menu. I added “target=’_blank'” in “text” mode.
Since every post should have an image, I’ll provide a copy of my “sites icon” here. Sites icon is a feature that came along in WP 4.3.
By the way, how to center the caption? It looks like I’ll have to modify the theme’s CSS, to style figcaption or class=”wp-caption-text” to have style text-align: center. Maybe when we get to child themes? I’ve tagged this post with “learn” to indicate something TO learn. Maybe I can have an additional tag “learned” to indicate posts demonstrating things I’ve learned.
Paragraph Breaks vs. Newlines
Enter/newline starts a new paragraph
Shift-Enter gives you line breaks
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Yup, one less reason to go to HTML view. Does shift-enter work in JCE as well?
Use Firefox: turn it on here: options > advanced > general > check my spelling as I tyyyype. (It took looking in options again to start checking.)