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20,000 spam and counting!!

We use Akismet and recommend it to all our customers, since it’s crowd sourced it is one of the single best ways for preventing a WordPress site from being overwhelmed by comments from spammers. Today, we passed over 20,000 spam comments that Akismet has intercepted, without any need for a panic.

To date Akismet 22,743 spam comments from getting in the way! It was back on 9th Mar 2015 that we announced we’d passed the 10,000 spam mark, about fourteen months for 10,000 spam – kind of sad really.

Sadly there’s no way to permanently beat the spammers since a vast majority are using PHP cURL to automatically fill out comments. This does however play to Akismet’s strength in that the more times spammers post a comment, more Akismet becomes aware of it and it gets stopped.

Goodbye Internet Explorer (sort of)

Dean Hachamovitch who has been in charge of Internet Explorer development for 10 years left Microsoft back in December and for a while Microsft has been m,aking hints that it would be killing off Internet Explorer for a while now. The new browser will be called Spartan. Internet Explorer will apparently IE will still be in some versions of Windows 10 mainly for big business compatibility, the Spartan browser will be the way for a vast majority of Windows 10 users access the web.

Internet Explorer used to have a significant portion of the browser market, in 2000 it was above 80%. Last month it was around 18%, compared to Chrome’s 48% (Source: Statcounter Browser Stats.

Over the years there have been lots of mocking of IE for being behind the times with what technology it worked with especially more modern design methods and it’s slow speed.
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10,000 spam and counting

We use Akismet and recommend it to all our customers. As a crowd sourced anti spam measure it is one of the single best ways to stop your WordPress site from drowning in spam comments. At the weekend, we passed over 10,000 spam comments that Akismet had intercepted and dealt with silently, with fanfare or drama.

To date Akismet has saved the ERSWS Website from 22,743 spam comments!

Sadly there’s no way to permanently beat the spammers since a vast majority are using PHP cURL to automatically fill out comments. This does however play to Akismet’s strength in that the more times they post a comment, the more Akismet is aware of it.

Google Look Inside

One of the businesses that ERS Web Solutions works with is JPS Stationers in Chesham. A family run,  old fashioned stationers where you can buy a single biro. There’s been a stationers and office supply business on site for about a hundred years.

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Split Testing Ideas Article

It’s an effort to keep updated on all the various trends, ideas and new things in web development and internet marketing. Personally I use an RSS Reader on Android smartphone and when time is spare waiting for appointments, sitting on public transport etc have a catch up. Useful articles are then sent to Evernote for archiving, tweeted (@ERSWS) and often shared on our Facebook page.

This week an excellent article about split testing (also referred to as A/B testing or multi variant testing) to improve conversions at Digital Marketer caught our attention. It’s a long article but well worth a read if you are involved in managing a website.

32 Split Testing Ideas From 4 of the World’s Leading Conversion Experts

Banning visitors by IP address

We’ve recently had a surge in spammers and trouble makers visiting our website and had to resort to banning them via their IP Address and .htaccess file [?]. Always double check everything you do in any .htaccess file, changes can have undesired effects.

NEVER test IP banning using your own IP address – you will lock yourself out of your own website. Once banned getting back in can be a drama.

You will need some form of FTP Software to edit .htaccess files or if you use WordPress a plugin such as WordPress SEO by Yoast

Block By Single IP address

If you just need to block a single IP address, or more IPs not in the same number range, you can do it by using this line in your .htaccess file (DO NOT put your own IP address in!)

deny from 64.128.256.123

Block a number range of IP addresses

To block an IP range, such as 64.128.256.1 up to 64.128.256.123, you can leave off the last part of the number.

deny from 64.128.256

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