Direct Link Your Clients to Leave You a Google My Business Review in 2016

You use to be able to directly link to the review box on Google for your business by simply getting the link to the about portion of your Google + page and simply adding “?review=1” to the end of the URL.

It’s now 2016 and this is not the case anymore.

Fortunately, it’s still simple to do!

  1. Type in your business name in Google.
  2. Click on “Write a Review”
    Link to Google My Business Reviews
  3. A pop-up box will appear and again click on “Write a Review”.
    Link to Google My Business Reviews Part 2
  4. Copy the new URL in the URL bar and create your link.

See? It’s Pretty painless, so go out there and make it rain Google reviews!

Make it rain gif

Hacked and Some Prevention Tips

One of the websites I manage got hacked today.

Suddenly my site is infecting people with Boner ads and I mean, why? Can’t Viagra sell itself?

At this point in my career I’m pretty used to it, but today I found this “code” in the midst of infection:

Douchebag Hacker

God damn I’m sorry, but, how douchey is that?

I’m still in a mystery as to why someone would hack? It’s not like there’s a shortage of Web Development jobs. Is it to be “cool”? I know Hollywood kinda portrays it that way, but it’s really not. You’re just being an asshole.

Well, enough ranting for today; here are some tips for staying safe in WordPress:

  • Use a Security Plugin and enable automatic scans. I use WordFence and I’ve been quite happy with it. It alerts you on any hacking attempts, malware injections, and if a plugin or theme needs updating. It also blocks IPs and has a myriad of other cool features – for free.
  • Always keep your plugins and themes up-to-date. I can’t stress this enough, hackers are relentless and are always finding new vulnerabilities. Keeping everything up-to-date means you have the most up-to-date security protection or at least as far as that developer is aware of. Remember to take a backup before any updates!
  • Use Comment Moderation Software like Akismet or WP Spam Shield. This will help prevent malware and spam links from making their way onto your site.
  • Don’t use a common username like “admin”, it’s just not safe (more details here).
  • Make sure your password is tough one and is not on this list (Source: https://www.skyhighnetworks.com/):
     
    Top Passwords of 2015
  • Important! Please take the time to get a knowingness and understanding of what Hardcore Hacking Mode is and what it looks like.

As a final note, why are you listening to me? Didn’t I start off this post on a rant about being hacked?

Yes, I did…

Well, all I can say is, it happens. In this day and age it’s a constant battle between black hat and white hat online. Target got hacked big time in 2013, the Playstation Network got hacked in 2011 and the list goes on (Check out this from information is beautiful for a pretty neat infographic on the subject).

Really the best we can do is write the best code possible, keep all of our security up-to-date and stop clicking on those boner ads ;).

How to Replace the Main Background Image with Revolution Slider in the Cafe Pro Theme by Genesis

I noticed a lot of people asking about this, so here’s the solution!

  1. Download Slider Revolution from Code Canyon and install it per Code Canyon’s instructions.
  2. Navigate to this folder: /public_html/wp-content/themes/cafe-pro via FTP.
  3. Open the front-page.php file and right before this last bit of code:
    genesis();

    Add this code:

  4. Save the file. This adds the Revolution Slider to our Home Page template.
  5. Open up the Cafe Pro theme’s style.css (/public_html/wp-content/themes/cafe-pro/style.css) file and add this code:

    If you look at the site now, you will see it isn’t quite there yet.
    We need to comment out some JavaScript that is conflicting with our CSS.

  6. Open up the home.js file (/public_html/wp-content/themes/cafe-pro/js/home.js) and comment out both instances of this code:

You did it!