Author Archive: Alistair Barnett

Alistair Barnett is a member of Solostream Support. He is a walking Internet how-to and can almost always tell you where to go on the Web to do x, y, and z. Over 15 years' experience of being an avid Copyeditor, Web Designer, and Internet consultant allows him to assist in any way he can. His focus is on attention to detail, while also being a helpful, easygoing person.

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Introducing Our Newest Theme: WP-Boundless

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boundless-scrnWe’re pretty excited about WP-Boundless. It was developed with the direct input of Solostream’s customers. The best ideas that have been incorporated are the feedback that you have suggested to us.

Here are some of the new features that make this a unique theme:

One-click Color Schemer – This tool enables you to select the specific color of your Site Title banner and then automagically generates a complete color scheme for your site. This is the fastest and easiest way to create a custom color layout.

Advanced Site Styling – Another set of color controls makes it possible to change many individual design elements throughout the theme. You can set up the theme to have an entire spectrum of colors just by clicking buttons — no need to muck around with CSS code!

The header can be set up to use the stylized ribbon graphic or you can easily upload your own custom image/logo for a feel that is truly your own.

The theme is perfect for a novice who wants a clean styled blog as well as power web gurus who will appreciate the speed in which design changes can be quickly implemented. The possibilities are endless!

More info and how to buy here: WP-Boundless

Check out the theme demo here: WP-Boundless Theme Demo

Demo video may be viewed here: WP-Boundless Demo Video

How to Fix Your WordPress Site If It Gets Hacked (Part Three)

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PART III: Plugins to Make Your Life Easier

Below is a list of plugins that I have used to harden WordPress (and make my life easier). In no particular order, they are:

WP Security Scan – Scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions.

1. passwords
2. file permissions
3. database security
4. version hiding
5. WordPress admin protection/security
6. removes WP Generator META tag from core code

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How to Fix Your WordPress Site If It Gets Hacked (Part Two)

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PART II: Database Modification and WP Admin

If you’re reading this, I can empathize. It’s really a downer when you’ve realized that your database has been compromised, but hopefully we can get things working right again.

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How to Fix Your WordPress Site If It Gets Hacked (Part One)

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PART I: Introduction and Housecleaning

It’s no fun when your WordPress site gets hacked. I had a first-hand experience the other day when I was told by my brother that it happened to his site. After being able to successfully get it up and running again, I’d like to now share some helpful information and a step-by-step guide with all of you.

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Mastering Image Uploads/Inserts with Solostream WordPress Themes

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We received a thoughtful inquiry from a customer recently who wanted to know how to better understand the manner in which images are managed within our themes. This is naturally too good a topic for just one customer so we thought we would share our complete explanation with everyone.

At this time, our most popular themes incorporate the functionality of “Get The Image” to generate thumbnail images that appear in Feature Articles and Post Excerpts. There is some confusion as how this tool works and what happens when you use it. Without further ado, here’s our best explanation.

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Troubleshooting Browser Formatting Problems

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We have received a number of inquiries lately about browser display problems like:

My site displays perfectly in Firefox but when I open it in Internet Explorer 7 it is all scrambled. How can I resolve this problem?

First and foremost, we want to let you know that we make every effort possible to quality check our templates before they are distributed for sale. We test them in different browsers and operating systems to ensure that they display properly.

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Protecting Your Site When Making Updates and Edits

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We’ve all heard of Spring cleaning sessions. Well, for whatever reason, Solostream customers have created an equivalent phenomena right now — Fall Update/Upgrade/New Plugin season. Perhaps this is being triggered by the soon-to-be-released WordPress 2.7.

The rash of activity has triggered an important conversation with our team that we need to share with you. One of the most painful (and frustrating) experiences in working with technology is the moment of a major crash when installing an update or the unintended disruption of a feature or service when a new plugin is installed on a site.

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