“Domain Registry” Expiration Scam

We received a letter from Domain Registry looking to renew our domain. They sent a form for us to fill out with credit card information or we can go to their website to pay the bill. They do not own our domain, so this is a complete scam.

Their website looks totally legit, and has a form to pay for the domain renewal online. These attempts are looking more legitimate and we want to make sure our customers don’t get taken by this scam. Feel free to pass this information to anyone.

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Full Page Screen Shot Firefox

When designing a website it is hard to see the full web page when the content is added, so printing the full page is helpful to show the customer. We were looking for a quick way to do this and found Firefox has a great tool built-in. We used the following documentation from Mozilla to figure out how to take a full page screen shot.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/take-screenshots-firefox

In the end it is so easy. Just Shift +CTL + s, but give it time to build. Then you can save and print it.

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Speed Up DIVI Builder No Reload

We were building a site with DIVI, and we noticed we the builder would lock up. We would have to reload the page and get back into the builder, and this was causing us a bunch of time. A quick search got us to the page where Elegant themes describing what they would do. Here is the page.

https://divi.space/divi-tutorials/how-to-fix-the-divi-builder-timeout-error-on-your-wordpress-website/

Our PHP was up to date, but our limits needed to be raised. After they were raised and our XXAMP was restarted the site was much easier to work with.

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WAF – Web Access Firewall Install

For the past 7 years we always install some type of Web Access Firewall into the sites we build, and have noticed in recent months more attempts to access the sites. As more websites come online and the skills of hackers also develop the need to protect those sites become increasingly more important. A simple site often stores the credentials of at least one or two users. This will often be a name, email address, and a password.

One of the ones we like to use is “RSFirewall“. They have been great with our Joomla sites and the past couple of years we have used their free version on a number of WordPress sites with no issues. Most attacks come from 3 party plug-ins vulnerability, but brute force is still very common.

Hackers can reverse the encryption to expose the password of user and use this password and email address to potentially use this to get money. Installing a WAF can be easy, and we encourage every site owner to install one. We always make sure a site can be fully recovered before installing any plugins or components by making a complete backup of the files and database. We are always here to help anyone with their websites.

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Update WordPress to 5.9

We feel you should always update, but on this update we had an issue. First if you are going to update make a full back up of the site and download it. We have a bunch of WordPress site so we started to update a few this morning. The first one is using DIVI wouldn’t install the update, but didn’t break the site. The second site a running a Gantry template ran until “updating database” where it sat for 10 minutes. . In the end we got all the sites updated, so stick with it.

The DIVI site wouldn’t install the update the first couple of times. We were ready to do a manual update after we ran a full backup, but ran the 5.9 update from the dashboard once the backup ran. We don’t know exactly fixed it issue, but glad it was updated without breaking anything.

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Should I Upgrade Joomla 3.X to 4

Short answer…probably not yet. We only say this based on our testing. We used a Joomla 3.10.4 site and downloaded the lastest upgrade package from the Joomla website. We are running a Gantry 5 Template on the site, and a bunch of extensions. None of the extensions are crazy. Mainly Akeeba and No-Number/Regular Labs products. We ran the update and the site was broken.

In the browser title was:

Error: 0 Class 'JRequest' not found

We were hoping it just worked, but we have tried this in past and got roughly the same result. We like using Joomla for the Access Control Levels and the way Joomla handles media such as images over WordPress. Joomla 3.10.x will be around for a few more years; however, we were hoping to go to Joomla 4 for the over all enhancements. Perhaps using a simpler template would work better. For now we would suggest holding off on just upgrading your Joomla 3.X site to 4.

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Website Maintenance Plans A Must

Using Content Management Systems (CMS) makes building websites so much faster, but left unmaintained the site can hurt more than help. We run firewalls on the sites we build and one of the popular tactics we see in the logs is “File Inclusion”. These files often redirect “Search” users to other sites. This will cause a site’s reputation to be affected.

Running updates is not always easy. For the most part the updates work great, but when they go wrong and they can you have to restore the site. When we have had updates go wrong, so we always start with a full backup. Even if the site is small this first step is so worth it. It is probably the best and fastest way to recover your site.

Maintenance isn’t always updates; moreover, this is great time to look at any comments your site may have gotten. This is the time we look at the firewall and block IPs that are repeat offenders. This is also a good time to verify your Google Analytics is tracking correctly. We also take a peek at the users to make sure we don’t see any bad actors in there as well.

We log into unmaintained customer sites and often see many updates that are needed, and it can be scary. So many possible changes. If you read this article and are unsure about updating your website please contact us and we can help. Better safe than sorry….

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DIVI Drop Menu Showing 3

We noticed a few or our DIVI sites started showing a “3” instead of the sideways “chevron” icon. Looking around on the web we were presented with a couple of approaches. One was to add a line of code in the header and another suggested adding a few lines to the .htaccess file. We also noticed some sites ended up being fixed with a DIVI update. One site was tough which is why we added this post.

After adding the following to the .htaccess file most of the pages were fixed.

<IfModule mod_headers.c>
  Header set Access-Control-Allow-Origin "*"
</IfModule>

Our home page was still having the issue, even after clearing the cache in the browser and in the DIVI template. We were able to fix this by going into the “page settings” and disabling the “static page generation” in the “Advanced” tab.

Both of the tricks worked a bit, but not the best solution. We found the best solution so far is the one from this article below. Adding a link in your header area to reference the fonts.

https://www.smartdigitalsolutions.co.uk/divi-3-three-menu-icon-flashing

<!-- Preloading font to fix menu icon flashing 3 -->
<link rel="preload" href="/wp-content/themes/Divi/core/admin/fonts/modules.ttf" as="font" type="font/ttf" crossorigin="anonymous">
<!-- Preloading font to fix menu icon flashing - end -->

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JCH Optimize Version 7.0.1 Gantry Template Issue

We have used JCH Optimize through the years to improve the load times of websites. While making an update to a Joomla 3.10.2 website and updated the JCH to version 7.0.1. This ended up altering our CSS and removed the padding from the Navigation section. We didn’t delve into finding the exact issue yet, but simply turning the plugin off fixed our issue till we get it fully resolved.

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