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Bait Spam Emails on the Rise

Bait Spam Emails on the Rise

Be on the look out for email messages that create a sense of urgency that you are going to lose something. They do this so you mind has a mini panic attack and all it takes is one second to no think clearer and you hand over your login details or make a payment to a fake website. 

Here is a good example, “Your domain abc.com WILL BE TERMINATED WITHING 24 HOURS” 

  1. Any company managing your domain registration will not type in ALL CAPS. It’s not professional. 
  2. In this example you can see the payment link is to a domainregister.ga, what and where on earth is a .GA from? A quick google search tells us that belongs to the country Gabon. An African country west of the Republic of the Congo.  ICANN WIKI  
Double check any website that wants you to give it money. 2020 was one of the worst years on record for hacking, scams, and fraud. I guess when you quarantine hackers they just have more time to think and plot. Be careful,  it’s a cold world out there, grab a coat. 
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Easy WP SMTP Plugin Zero-Day Vulnerability Found

Easy WP SMTP Exploit files

500,000+ Websites

Have this plugin currently installed and is currently being exploited by threat actors. 

The WordPress Easy WP SMTP plugin, which has 500,000+ active installations, fixed a zero-day vulnerability affecting version 1.4.2 and below that could allow an unauthenticated user to reset the admin password among other issues.

The Easy WP SMTP plugin has an optional debug log where it writes all email messages (headers and body) sent by the blog. It is located inside the plugin’s installation folder, “/wp-content/plugins/easy-wp-smtp/”. The log is a text file with a random name, e.g., 5fcdb91308506_debug_log.txt. The plugin’s folder doesn’t have any index.html file, hence on servers that have directory listing enabled, hackers can find and view the log:

easy wp smtp explaoit

Then, they perform the usual username enumeration scans to find the admin login name, for instance via the REST API:

Once they find the admin name all they need to do is request a password reset on the login screen and grab that email with the link to enter the new password. Boom they are in with Admin privileges.

A huge shoutout to The Ninja Technologies Network over at NinTechNet for finding this and notifying the developers to fix it before releasing the information.

WordPress Admin Password Reset
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Before Upgrading To WordPress 5.6 Do This So Your Site Doesn’t Break

5.6 Is Here But Will It Break Your Site?

Just in time for the holidays WordPress releases version 5.6 named “Simone” to the public. With it comes a few exciting new changes including the new Twenty Twenty One theme. The new theme seems to be following the trend of muted pastel colors that is growing rapidly in popularity. Along with this update is some upgrades to the block system in the Gutenberg editor and some other updates you can read here on the WordPress Site.  

different colors of twenty twenty one theme
Different presets for WordPress’s Twenty Twenty One theme

Before smashing that Update Button…

Just like with version 5.5 there are some jQuery updates in the version which was planned over three updates 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7. They have release a plugin to test your compatibility with 5.6 which you can install and run prior to making the major update.  The test plugin can be found here:  Test jQuery Updates Plugin.

With the update to WordPress 5.5, a migration tool known as jQuery-migrate was no longer enabled by default. This may lead to lacking functionality or unexpected behavior in some themes or plugins that run older code.

The Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin serves as a temporary solution, enabling the migration script for your site to give your plugin and theme authors some more time to update, and test, their code. With the update to WordPress 5.6, the included version of jQuery is also upgraded. This means that old code that previously caused warnings now may instead may cause errors or stop working entirely.

Twenty Twenty One Theme
Twenty Twenty One Theme

Not Sure If You Should Upgrade?

Not to worry, Help 4 WordPress has got your back. As experts in WordPress, we are here to help you. You might only need our help one time or you can have us on call 24 hours a day with one of our memberships. You can even choose us to host your WordPress site and then you will know it is optimized to run its fastest.

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How To Migrate WordPress from cPanel to a new cPanel

This guide will show you how to step-by-step migrate a WordPress website from your current cPanel to a different cPanel. There are many reasons why you would need to do this. You may have built the site for someone and need to migrate it to their own account. You could be moving from one hosting company to another. We will start off in the cPanel you are wanting to move your website out of. Let’s get started!

Step 1 Locate Your Current WordPress Files

We first need to make sure we are grabbing the correct files. An easy way is to locate the domains section and click on the Domains Icon. Once that loads up you will see all the domains attached to your cPanel and the Document Root the website files are located in. Simply click on the Document Root link and it will load in a new tab.

cPanel Domains Section
cPanel Domains List

Step 2 Identify Your Database Name

Now that we are in the folder that contains your website files we need to locate a file called “wp-config.php”. This file contains the name of the database your site is connected to. We want to grab a copy of the database but we have to know which one it is first. Please locate the file and right-click on it and select view. In my example below, you will see a line of text:
define( ‘DB_NAME’, ‘i6276752_wp4’ );

The database name my site is using is named: i6276752_wp4

Later we will download a copy of this. Save this information for later.

WordPress Files
WordPress Connection String

Step 3 Compress Your Files

We need to make sure hidden files are showing for this next step. In the File Manager, there is a settings button with a gear icon in the top right. Click on the gear and make sure to check the checkbox next to “Show hidden files.”

cPanel Hidden Files

Now we can click on “Select all” at the top of our screen and then click compress in the upper right of our screen. You can rename the file before completing this action. Remember to download this ZIP file.

Download a copy of your Database. cPanel > Backups (in files section). Select the Database name you identified earlier.

 

Step 4 Upload Your Files and Database

From the cPanel main screen. Find the software section and look for the “Select PHP Version” Icon.
1. This needs to match the PHP version you had on the other hosting plan. You can upgrade after you setup the website.
2. We want to increase max upload size in the options section.

 

cPanel > File Manager > go to folder ‘public_html’

Click on Upload button and drag your zip file and database file on to window. Leave the tab open and let file upload. Lets go back to cPanel main screen so we can restore the database.

cPanel Backup Wizard
MySQL restore on cPanel

Step 5 Add Database User and Connect to Database

Remember this information from step 1? We need to add the User and password and add the user to the database we want to use.

WordPress Connection String
cPanel User Privileges

Step 6 You’re Done

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Put Your Website On A Diet!

Are customers complaining about your website as being sluggish?

COVID-19 brings new challenges to the table. With the lockdowns, quarantine & surprise enrollment in homeschool, the internet has sustained a massive increase of people that would not normally be online. This has lead to massive congestion of internet traffic and frustrated end users.

How To Slim Down Your Homepage

Take a serious look at your homepage, the first page that loads when you go to your website. Review your entire page top to bottom. Look at all the information and mentally note pieces of information that are not absolutely needed to tell the customer what to do or where to go next. If your page is longer in length that two of your screen heights (top to bottom x2) We need to split your homepage into 2 parts. Part A and Part B.

Screen Height Example


  1. All that non-essential information needs to go on to Homepage B. (you will want to create a new page)
  2. Homepage A should have all the essential information needed for the customer to know what to do and where to go next.
  3. If there are any images you can remove, do so. If you have background videos playing I highly advise you to lose it for the time being.
  4. It is perfectly okay to have a note on Homepage A about how you have slimmed down your site and why.

Dear Customer, Our website looks a little different today. We are slimming down in order to ensure a site that loads quickly for you. The Internet has experienced heavy traffic and has slowed down since COVID-19 events started. Many people are home working online and students are video conferencing with teachers. The rest of our home page can be found by clicking this button over here. Thank you for your flexibilty.

Website being squeezed
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Updating Essential Add-ons for Elementor Just Borked My Site!

(Edited 10/19/2020)

So you updated Essential Add-ons for Elementor and your site just Borked (Broke) all which ways. CSS Slammed to the left side of the Page, One Module you used on half of the site is now just all over in the Template Box you put it in, or worse the whole site won’t load at all and you don’t have a backup. Well… You are in some luck as you have some things to try here. Never do we say things are over until we say they are, right! There’s always Help For WordPress on Help4WordPress.com too.

You will first want to go into your WordPress Dashboard and navigate like this WordPress Dashboard -> Essential Add-ons -> Tools -> JS Print Method ‘External File’ -> Save Settings. After this, I would suggest click Regenerate Assets just for good measure.

If that didn’t work then make sure you cleared the cache of your Content Delivery Network and also any Cache Plugins you have installed on the site. This will ensure all of the regenerating and clearing of internal files you did is cleared from their cache too. Most CDN’s will automatically grab your .js and .css files without any input from you to assist in making your site faster for users. It like most measures to assist in site speed have an inherent downside.

If all else fails then I am betting the people over at https://wpdeveloper.net/ will get you straightened out. If you have a Subscription Plan with https://help4wordpress.com though we will handle it for you and probably already know there is an issue. As we are on your site 24/7 monitoring and surfing through pages to see if errors occur.

*Disclaimer* The Help 4 Network and Help 4 WordPress Receive NO Referral or Paid Promotion for this post. We are just avid users and lovers of Elementor and the Various Plugins like Essential Add-ons for Elementor by WPDeveloper.net. Even when we hate it because it broke on us lol!

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Why are Web Hosts A Thing of WordPress Past

Lack of Help for WordPress

First off we are not saying the “Web Host” is going anywhere, just in the terms of WordPress their support or want to hear of, the end is vastly approaching. WordPress has always been a dirty word in the Web Hosting Industry as something No One EVERY wanted to support or even acknowledge they even knew about. With BLOGAID.NET sounding the alarm that yet another Web Host has thrown in the towel on WordPress Support and any Help for WordPress moving forward. I mean I doubt they are going cold turkey but who knows.

Also, the Help 4 Network doesn’t have any of its assets inside of that network, but still. What are all of those users to do? Turn to random developers on the internet they have never heard of nor can get ahold of in the middle of the night? We are glad when people leave us reviews like THIS ONE who explain how great it is to be with a “Fully Managed WordPress Service” instead of just whoever they can find online or even the 4th cousin removed on your Great Uncle Vinnie’s side. Then you could always grab that college kid down the road who you think knows about websites because well he goes to college and has a newer phone than you.

The average time it takes to build a new website from the ground up is 7 – 60 days.

How long do you have to be offline in this economy?

Help for your WordPress can’t come soon enough. So the simple answer is “NO TIME”. You have ZERO TIME to be offline in this economy driven by the need to be fulfilled in the microsecond. Customers are on to the next website in under 10 seconds if your site isn’t fully loaded and less the 3-4 seconds if your site doesn’t start to load in a meaningful way. Meaning something to click on or worth looking at.

Users today want websites that engage them and get them on the next big thing they need and need it NOW! So that leaves you in a place where being offline even for 5 minutes can hurt and hurt bad. So why do I want to have a Web Hosting Provider that only hosts MY Website in one server in one room on the internet? Even if we are talking AWS we still have rebuild time. We still have yet even 1 User who could have spent that 1 million dollars ALL of US small business owners are looking for. Meaning we are still “SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS” and not 1 million dollars closer to retirement as most see themselves doing one day.

Help 4 WordPress employs “Load-Balancing Techniques” that others haven’t been employing and ensure YOUR WEBSITE isn’t just hosted on 1 Web Server, in 1 Room, of the Basement of 1 Building, with 3 -4 fiber connections at once with maybe 3-4 connections to that at most as well. You can see how the current thinking of “HOSTING SMALL-MEDIUM BUSINESSES” has stayed in the 1990s while the rest of technology has advanced.

The logic behind the “Self-Healing Hosting Network” is simple. Provide a Hosting Service that doesn’t rely on just one Hosting Provider to keep their hardware going…

We have taken 25+ Years of Networking, Computer Science, and just plain “GET IT DONE YESTERDAY” know-how and combined it into one company to create a balance of “Who knows what geek language that place just spoke but they are good” with “Those people are so friendly but couldn’t fix my website if I told them how” and brought you a team that will ensure your site is online all of the time once fully deployed to our “Self-Healing Hosting Network”. We can date ourselves, but We have been doing things since before there was YouTube and Google to help you find the information you need.

The way your site will operate is more like the way the larger enterprise sites operate. Meaning Customer A can visit your site and be routed to the Web Server C which is closest to them while Customers B & C are sent to Web Server A because that is closest to them. Wait what happens if to Customers B & C if Web Server A is offline or updating? Well, that’s why we have backups and failover built into everything we do. Web Server A is not just Web Server A. It is Web Server “A-1” which means if A-1 goes down A-2 jumps right in as its backup and so on. We can’t tell you for security purposes how many these can be as some packages and websites require us to help load this out pretty far depending on the size of the Web Site and the Amount of Traffic to it. So Help for WordPress in this situation can be very exhausting.

If I am a Small-Medium Business why do I want something that large?

Simply put. How else are you going to get there? How else are you going to sleep at night knowing your website is online and you have a team of geeks making sure you are staying ahead of the next technology issue inside of WordPress and figuring out how you will benefit from geeks who Help with WordPress. How else are you going to get less time on the phone figuring out who is at fault for fixing what on YOUR WEBSITE? Get more time running YOUR BUSINESS and less time on the PHONE with YOUR WEB HOSTING PROVIDER OR DEVELOPER OR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR! Who has time for all of those calls and time to run your business? Why not pay one bill every month then let us pay all of the other bills with you just submitting tickets with us making it happen.

(Credit for Image) That feeling you get when you just say “Get it done.” and it gets done. Help 4 WordPress is the Ultimate Help for WordPress there is.

Yes, you heard that right. One place and one call that has all of your Web Developers, Application Developers, Web Designs, Graphic Designers, System Administrators, and Security Pros in one place. No more 5 calls just to be told and figure out all along it was a problem with the first calls whatever you call it doohicky. Don’t waste yet another moment searching a million freelance websites and choose Help 4 WordPress to be YOUR Help For WordPress moving forward. Trust the only company that treats even the Small Business as the Large Business so we can make your Business into that Large one tomorrow! Help 4 WordPress.com

Your new I.T. Consultant, Web Developer, Hosting Consultant, Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Video Editor, and so much more in 1 Place!
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Why should I choose a team to help with my WordPress instead of just a single Dev/Designer?

In today’s landscape, your Developer or Designer needs to have more behind them just themselves. In today’s world the landscape of Hosting, Web Application Optimizations, Security, and Everything else that goes along with a website is ever-changing roles. So much so that one person has to work over drive to keep up. Believe me when I say I am speaking from experience. You simply need a team to help manage it all.

With how fast Vulnerabilities have hit the web and the ever-changing roles of security are enough to keep someone busy full time. Take a look at THIS and just look at how many ways WordPress can be broken and all of the plugins you have to pay attention too. Do you think the 500K users of Elementor knew right away that version 2.9.10 was an issue? No. It took teams of people to know that and figure that out. It took even more knowledge and know-how to figure out if the version that replaced this one will work with all of your other plugins without issues. Then add in all of the research that goes with that. Now we are talking about some serious amounts of time!

Why not just hire a team that deals in WordPress as if it was in our DNA? Hire Help 4 WordPress and replace all of the different things you need to have just to get your WordPress going and keep it going.

The Help 4 Network maintains a network of Ethical Hackers to ensure we stay on top of all of the news. Our team is also doing nothing but web technology all day long even if they work another job it still pertains to what we do here. Making our team the 24/7 watchdogs you need to make sure your site stays online and active! Our team can boast of time at multiple Fortune 500 Companies and even top-level Security Firms in this industry. When it comes to our Clients and their WordPress install we take ZERO chances and work actively to stay ahead of the things and people who want to see you offline.

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Who should I turn to for WordPress Help?

So why is it important for me to know what I am looking for in the person or company I get WordPress Help from? First its because your time is worth as much as theirs is. This is something that higher-end developers and designers sometimes forget when handling clients. So make sure they respect your time. Next, ensure they have done other websites or have worked for companies that you have actually heard of and can verify work with. Here at Help 4 WordPress, we have a list of clients that will gladly answer their phone and say they are a proud client of Help 4 WordPress and absolutely love the work we do. So even if it isn’t us make sure the person or agency you work with can do the same. If they can’t, RUN!!!!

Now we also want to make sure that language is not a barrier. That goes both with English Speaking Customers and Non-English. Make sure you and the person or team you hire are completely firing on the same wavelength here. Getting WordPress Help is hard enough when the person you are speaking with doesn’t understand anything you are saying. Doesn’t matter what language you speak, frustration knows no borders. Here at Help 4 WordPress we simply want to help everyone with their WordPress Issues. Even if that means pointing you to one of our competitors or even to a completely different platform than WordPress.

So with Help 4 WordPress just simply wanting to Help You With Your WordPress Issues and Help for WordPress is what we will do. Why not simply contact us and ask the question, Can you Help Me with My WordPress? I am betting we can Help with your WordPress. If we can’t we bet we know who can!

CONTACT US NOW!