We are pleased to announce that Galvanized Media has brought two of their most popular websites onto our HeartyHosting platform. As of July 1st, both Eat This, Not That! and Best Life are now on Boyle Software’s powerful cloud-hosting service, optimized for the kind of high-traffic these media sites receive on a regular basis. We have been handling overall development of Galvanized’s WordPress sites for several months now, but we are really happy that they have selected HeartyHosting for this pair of flagship properties.
Lots of new features were introduced with the new OK! revamp: an “Exclusives” carousel, a “Blast from the Past” block, “Trending” zones, and a bunch of UX improvements. Photo galleries were improved not only in design but a “switcher” was also added, giving editors the ability to choose between different layouts: slideshows, list views, etc.
Although WannaCry, the massive worldwide ransomeware attack, is the biggest story these days when it comes to cyber crime, it’s definitely not the only issue causing problems for sites right now.
Last week, website security leader Sucuri identified code that appears to be WordPress API related, but is actually sending active cookie data to attackers. This is most problematic when the active user is a site admin because it gives someone the opportunity to create a new admin user which can be then used to do considerable damage to a site and/or gain access to user data.
We’re seeing reports this morning that a massive security breach associated with WordPress 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 has apparently led to the defacement of up to 1.9 million pages across almost 40,000 domains.
Upgrading to version 4.7.2 should fix the issue and WordPress urges anyone who hasn’t already updated to do so immediately. WordPress actually announced the security issue in a blog post at the beginning of February, but apparently there are still many sites that either weren’t aware or didn’t realize how serious the issue really is.
If you or anyone you know is running a WordPress site, please make sure it is updated to 4.7.2 as quickly as possible.
I was always a bit skeptical of the whole Cloud IDE thing, that was until recently when I gave Cloud9 a shot. I must admit, I was surprised when I read the Engineering Orientation wiki page for one of our clients, Vroom.com, as it suggested I create a Cloud9 IDE account as part of my project setup. What??
I figured I’d give it a try…
We are super proud to announce that our client American Media, Inc., reported record-breaking traffic during the month of August! Across all AMI’s digital properties, their number of unique visitors reached 55 million visitors during the month – up 17% over August 2015!
AMI – whose sites are hosted on our own HeartyHosting platform – attracts over 33 million unique monthly visitors to their Celebrity Network and about 13 million unique visitors with their Active Lifestyle category. Their leading sites in these groups are Radar Online and Men’s Fitness, respectively.
American Media’s flagship website Radar Online is nominated for the MIN Best of the Web awards in three categories: “Digital Team of the Year,” “Editorial Excellence,” and “Use of Facebook.” A second AMI site, Muscle & Fitness, is also nominated in the “Content Marketing Program or Campaign” category.
WordPress 4.4 – dubbed “Clifford” after jazz trumpet great Clifford Brown – is out now with some significant improvements. Along with better responsive image handling, the RestAPI has been better integrated to give “developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.” The clean “Twenty Sixteen” theme is also a new addition, promising even better responsive design across platforms. Check out the teaser video from the folks at WordPress:
Looks like the big media companies continue to shuffle the deck. On September 8th, Meredith Corp. and Media General announced a merger. Together it will be the third-largest owner of network affiliates – 88 stations in 54 markets.