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WordCamp Halifax Summary

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This last weekend CloudAccess.net’s very own team members Danielle and Eyvonne attended WordCamp Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Event was hosted at the unique and picturesque Dalhousie University campus, which gave a great insight to the Victorian era. Our trip started off with a delicious stop at The Red Stag Tavern, where we got to meet the Lead Event organizers and speakers. 


WordCamp Halifax got off to a great start with an amazing opening speech by the Lead Organizer, Alison Knott. Speakers and Sponsors were thanked and appreciated, attendees were warmly welcomed and everyone was eager to get the day started. We thoroughly enjoyed setting up and playing Mario cart at our booth, which gave us the opportunity to meet lots of new and friendly faces. As the official WordCamp Halifax After-Party Sponsor, we were able to provide a fun atmosphere for some more good eats and merrymaking. This allowed everyone to network and make new friends and connections. The event turnout was fantastic and we genuinely hope everyone enjoyed WC Halifax as much as we did.

After the event, Danielle and Eyvonne were fortunate enough to have an extra day to get out and explore the history and culture of Nova Scotia, Canada. Some of the things they did for fun included a wine tour in the Annapolis Valley, with visuals of the stunning Bay of Fundy. They also visited the Victorian-style Public Gardens and explored the 4th Completed Citadel from 1856 which really took them back in time.

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WordPress 4.6 released

So here comes another major release of Wordpress with version 4.6, which includes cool new features and of course bug fixes. This article will explain how you should proceed with updating the site and then we will check out the new features introduced.

Those who do not have automatic updates set to ON will need to update the site manually, but make sure you take a BACKUP of the site before proceeding with the update.
Go to the Dashboard > Updates > Update your site. Easy, right!

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Protection from Critical WordPress XSS Vulnerability

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Earlier today a zero-day XSS vulnerability was discovered, and it appears to affect all versions of WordPress. This vulnerability resulted in a critical security update release and it is recommended to update your WordPress site immediately.

The CloudAccess.net Abuse Team learned of the vulnerability shortly after its release. Within 2 hours, our team had crafted security measures at the server level in an effort to thwart this particular attack vector. The action taken by our team will likely result in less infected sites on the CloudAccess.net network and ultimately less affected clients.

The CloudAccess.net Platform is built specifically for hosting WordPress and Joomla websites. The well-being of these sites is our top priority and we take these types of vulnerabilities very seriously. As the Joomla and WordPress communities continue to harden the applications, CloudAccess.net will continue to evaluate each application's security at the server level.

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What's New in WordPress 4.1

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Last week, my colleague Derek Snieg posted a blog titled What to Expect in Joomla! 3.4. WordPress 4.1 came out last December, and you can now launch free WordPress 4.1 sites on our platform so I thought it would be a good idea to write about the new features you can find in the newest version of WordPress. Below is an overview of the major feature inclusions. 

Twenty Fifteen - the New Default Theme

As most of us know, WordPress was first developed as a blogging platform, and Twenty Fifteen is a new theme that gets back to these roots. Twenty Fifteen is a clean, elegantly-designed, highly-customizable, blog-focused theme. It looks great on all devices, whether mobile or stationary, and comes with improved language support from Google's Noto Font family.

Distraction Free Mode

Ever want to just write? Doing so in WordPress 4.1 is easier than ever with the improved distraction-free writing mode. This feature has actually been around for a while now, but the way the interface fades in and out and the accessibility of the full toolbar has changed.

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