Fetching Friday – Resources, #FollowFriday, More Security Issues, & Timelapses

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, #FollowFriday recommendations, a bit more about WordPress security, related news, previews for next week’s posts on kikolani.com, and some awesome timelapse videos.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week.

Blogging / Design

Social Media

Business

This was an interesting collaboration between several blog owners and one guest writer, Dragos Roua of eDragonu, part of an internet first of massive guest posting.

Personal Development / Growth / Self Improvement

#FollowFriday Recommendations on Twitter

Here are my #followfriday recommendations.

One more shout to last week’s recommendations: @Vered, @BWelford, @ExtremeEzine, @SharonMCP.

Also, if you enjoy this post and my tweets on blogging, social media, photography, and more, be sure to give me a shout out as follows:

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Related News

Why has it been so quiet on Kikolani?
This week, as some of you may have noticed, there have been new articles, but not many comment replies from yours truly. I wanted to keep up the posting pace, but I have had a lot on the agenda this week.

First, let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. There was the additional cleanup and paranoia of future attacks caused by the php expoit early in the week, as described in the following section on WordPress security. Also, an evening at home without internet.

Now the good stuff. Soulmates Wedding is up and running – lots of wedding and honeymoon photos. I re-organized a bit by moving a few things from my sidebar to the footer, adding Popular Posts to the footer, and finally adding the Top Commentators list to the sidebar. I also have my first freelance WordPress customization gig! So needless to say, it’s been a busy week.

I should be back to normal next week, and will get caught up on my comments. I have appreciated them all! :)

WordPress Security
In last week’s Fetching Friday, I wrote about a PHP exploit – gumblar that I experienced on my WordPress site, and also shared some links to WordPress security tips.

At the beginning of this week, I experienced the new incarnation – martuz.cn of the same PHP exploit. This one took a bit longer to clean up, but I think I have finally seen the last of it, as my site has (cross my fingers) been normal for over three days now. For more about the clean up process and how to recognize if you have it on your machine, check out the article on TechJaws. Also, see these additional articles on securing your blog and WordPress security tips.

There is also another new thing going around, that I would love some input on. It happened to another blogger on WordPress – this script has added ads to their site. The ads are in a hidden div tag right after the body of every page, so you cannot see them when you are on the page, but if you search for the blog on Google, the description that comes up talks about gambling, poker, and lots of other things that this blog has absolutely nothing to do with. The only thing I have found so far on it is that it happened on a forum as well. Any advice or links to this exploit would be appreciated.

Preview for the week of 25 May 2009

Next week’s photographic selection will be from Disneyland, the next to last in my honeymoon series of photos. As always, I’m saving the best one for last.

This week, I detoured from my anniversary post because I was compelled to write “What is Success” instead. It was one of those couldn’t write anything else until I got what I wanted to write out of my system. So next week, the anniversary post. It’s probably more fitting, as this site started closer to the end of May anyway.

Timelapses


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Comments

  1. says

    Kristi,

    This is getting addictive. I like the way you create your Fetching Friday structure and I see great potential here. I already sent you a DM on Twitter about this.

    I loved the timelapses, they are fantastic! Also, couldn’t wait for the Disneyland photos.

    Last, but not least, thanks for the link love and for the mention of the Massive Guest posting experiment. It’s still hot (like it’s been live only for several hours) but it was great fun and I already see how can I improve it.

    Have a great week-end :-)

    Dragos Rouas last blog post..Massive Guest Posting

  2. says

    Why has it been so quiet on Kikolani? That’s a joke right ?
    I’m seeing you all over the internet spreading your love and joy :)
    I’m so glad I know bloggers like you or I would of quit along time ago Serious.
    Have an awesome holiday weekend hopefully you and your husband don’t have to wk
    and can have a great time. I have a feeling that your about having a great time regardless of what you do :)
    Your awesome and thanks for mentioning I told Frank I won’t mention I was first LOL << I could of just said that LOL
    Happy LONG weekend everyone and God Bless Our Troops past and present.
    and Stumbled

    • says

      @Frank: You’re welcome. I hope that if someone finds themselves with that exploit, they will find the information I shared useful.

      @Dragos: That experiment is a first of its kind, and I can’t wait to see if it catches on and the benefits for all of the bloggers involved. And thanks for sharing your idea!

      @Jonathan: Fetching Friday has really caught on, and I enjoy writing it. I try to add one new thing to the layout a week, but I am also trying to focus more on the content and less on always tweaking the layout.

      @Ari: Glad to have lured you in again! :)

      @KushMoney: I assume you mean my wedding site, Soulmates Wedding? I’m glad it is romantically inspiring.

      @John: Well, I was going around the net, but I wasn’t caught up with my comments, which I am working on now. I hope you have a great weekend too!

      @Stephen: You’re welcome. I love watching those.

      @Landscapers Brisbane: Glad to have another Fetching Fridays fan! :)

      @Bruno: Thanks!

      @Celes: Keeping the themes sites bookmarked is a good thing… any time you are looking for a new layout, it helps to have them all handy.

      @Nihar: I’ll definitely come by and take a look around.

      @Hisham: You’re welcome.

      @Stu: Definitely. There are more varieties of the PHP exploit going around, and each one seems to take just as much work to clean up.

  3. says

    Hi Kristi! Glad you’re “back” from the security problem. I’m really enjoying your Fetching Fridays, although I usually see them on Saturdays or Sundays. :)

    MiscBytess last blog post..Cat safety tips

  4. says

    “The ads are in a hidden div tag right after the body of every page, so you cannot see them when you are on the page, but if you search for the blog on Google”

    Interesting. So were the ads/links visible at all on the site if you visited it from Google?

    It seems like Google would detect and ignore the hidden divs, possibly penalizing the blog, because hidden text is a pretty old trick.

    Steve@Lift Chairss last blog post..An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System

  5. says

    Hi Kristi,
    It is my fourth visit at this article. I like video of Pumpkin male flower. Its very beautiful and fantastic. All videos are very good but I like this most.

  6. says

    i really liked Your this post i got some really good solotuions from this,
    First i got my amswer for why am not getting commentors, second is getting a good theme from that list and some cutomization