Akismet – The End of Comment SPAM

Has comment SPAM got you down?

icon-256x256Akismet to the rescue! Comment spam can take a lot of time to sort through, but Akismet can do the sorting for you. This nifty plugin will automatically filter out SPAM comments and place them in your SPAM folder. Whether you are holding comments for moderation or not, this plugin will save you time.

Installing Akismet is Easy!

Step One – Install and Activate Akismet

Navigate to the Plugins page from your WordPress Dashboard. Akismet is (most likely) already installed on your blog and all you will have to do is activate it. If you see Akismet listed on your Plugins page simply click the “Activate” link. If Akismet is not in your list of plugins navigate to Plugins > Add New. Akismet should appear at the top of the Add Plugins screen. Click the “Install Now” button and activate Akismet.

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Step Two – Get Your Akismet API Key

Go to akismet.com/plans/ and choose a plan. The “name your price” plan can be free, or you can choose to pay an amount that is a fit for your budget 🙂 . You will need to either login with a WordPress.com account or create a WordPress.com account if you do not already have one. Once you have successfully signed-in and completed payment (optional) you will receive an API key.

Step Three – Configure Akismet Settings

From your WordPress Dashboard navigate to Settings > Akismet and add the API key to the configuration page. Done!

If your website or blog is already burdened with a lot of SPAM you should navigate to Comments and click “check for spam.” Akismet will run through all of the comments on your site (that were submitted before installing Akismet) and filter out the SPAM. Please note that if you have a lot of SPAM this may take a while.

Tada! Comment Spam is Now a Thing of the Past

Now you can sit back and relax while Akismet sorts through your SPAM comments and leaves just the true gems for you.

If you are a power blogger or enterprise user you should check out Akismet’s paid plans to learn more about their advanced features and other WordPress services.

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Search Algorithm

Mobile-Friendly Search ResultMobile internet usage continues to grow. In fact, global internet usage on mobile devices has surpassed desktop internet usage in 2014 according to ComScore. We at MIGHTYminnow have been early adopters of mobile-friendly standards, and currently ensure our client’s websites are developed to be responsive. A responsive website displays beautifully on devices of all sizes and offers no barrier for user interaction and engagement on mobile devices.

Since Google’s search results are always about relevance, it makes perfect sense that they would serve search results to mobile device users that are mobile-friendly. This is exactly what Google will begin doing on April 21st when Google launches their mobile search algorithm, which will consider mobile friendliness as a ranking factor. Currently Google’s mobile search results include a handy label next to mobile-friendly sites letting users know that these sites will display well on their device. The next step will actually favor mobile sites in the search results. This means that if your website is not mobile-friendly, mobile users will have a hard time finding your website through Google search on a mobile device.

To find out if you website is mobile-friendly, try Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test.

Need help making your website responsive? Have questions? Contact us!

MIGHTYminnow creation RocketDogRescue.org named Best Online Adoption Site

Beast Bay 2015RocketDogRescue.org has won Best Online Adoption Site in the 2015 Beast of the Bay Awards hosted by Bay Woof magazine, beating out many national pet adoption websites. Each year devoted dog lovers in the Bay Area select winners for 56 fun categories from best dog-friendly politician, to best dog-friendly bar.

The minnows at MIGHTYminnow are so excited for our dog loving clients at Rocket Dog Rescue for winning best online adoption site, as well as being runner-up for best rescue group, and runner-up for best thing to happen to Bay Area dogs in 2014, with the recent opening of their Urban Sanctuary & Adoption Center in Oakland.

MIGHTYminnow has had a long and loving relationship with the team at Rocket Dog Rescue and this website has been made with all the usual web development ingredients (WordPress, custom plugins, graphic design & really cute dog photos), but this website has also received a big dose of love from the MIGHTYminnow team. So this win is very near and dear to our hearts. Cheers!

Victory! The Net Neutrality Ruling

NetNeutralityHip, hip, hooray! The FCC has saved the day… or more precisely the internet. Today the FCC voted in favor of Net Neutrality which classifies access to broadband as a telecommunications service. Specifically, internet service providers have been classified as “common carriers” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, the same classification given to public utilities and telecommunications provers. Under this ruling all data on the internet will continue to be treated equally, thus preserving the data equality that has inspired and spawned endless services, applications and communication channels that are available today.

This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech. They both stand for the same concept.

– Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman

Mm Plugin: Better Font Awesome

Better Font Awesome allows you to automatically integrate the latest available version of Font Awesome into your WordPress project, along with accompanying CSS, shortcodes, and TinyMCE icon shortcode generator.

Features

  • Always up-to-date – automatically fetches the most recent available version of Font Awesome, meaning you no longer need to manually update the version included in your theme/plugin.
  • Backwards compatible – shortcode output is automatically updated depending on which version of Font Awesome you choose, meaning that you can switch versions without having to modify your shortcodes.
  • Compatible with other plugins – designed to work with shortcodes generated with plugins like Font Awesome Icons, Font Awesome More Icons, and Font Awesome Shortcodes, so you can switch to Better Font Awesome and your existing shortcodes will still work.
  • CDN speeds – Font Awesome CSS is pulled from the super-fast and reliable jsDelivr CDN.
  • Shortcode generator – includes an easy-to-use TinyMCE dropdown shortcode generator.

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Mm Plugin: Custom Post Type Parents

This plugin is meant to solve the problem of highlighting “parent” pages for Custom Post Types in the menu and lists of pages. It integrates with custom menu output as well as output for any functions like wp_list_pages() that utilize the page_css_classor nav_menu_css_class filters. When viewing a custom post type, the assigned “parent page” will be indicated with standard WordPress classes (e.g. current_page_item) in navigation menus and lists of pages.

Usage

  1. In the admin, navigate to Settings > Custom Post Type Parents
  2. For each custom post type, use the dropdown to select a “parent page”

Menus and lists of pages will now have the appropriate classes applied to the specified parent pages. Additionally, Custom Post Type Parents will apply these classes to Simple Section Navigation widgets, if the plugin is installed.

Classes

Custom Post Type Parents applies the following classes to parent and ancestor pages (all classes are consistent with default WordPress classes and are backwards compatible).

Parent

  • .current-menu-parent
  • .current_page_parent
  • .current-custom-post-type-parent
  • .current-{post type}-parent

Ancestor

  • .current-menu-ancestor
  • .current_page_ancestor
  • .current-custom-post-type-ancestor
  • .current-{post type}-ancestor

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Mm Plugin: Taxonomy Icons

Taxonomy Icons allows you to easily add icons to your taxononomy, category, and tag terms. The plugin automatically integrates the latest version of Font Awesome Icons, allowing you to choose from hundreds of icons to assign to your taxonomy terms.

Assigning Icons

Taxonomy Icons gives you an easy-to-use icon selector that is available when creating new taxonomy terms (categories, tags, custom taxonomies), or editing existing ones. Simply navigate to the taxonomy screen in the WordPress admin (e.g. Posts > Categories), and you’ll see the drop down selector under the heading “Taxonomy Icon”. When you select a new icon, a preview of that icon will appear to the side of the dropdown.
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Mm Plugin: Widget Alias

Widget Alias allows you to create an “alias” of any existing widget, effectively reproducing / duplicating it. This can be especially handy when you want the same widget to appear in multiple sidebars. Normally you would have to edit each widget independently, but Widget Alias means you’ll only have to edit one.

Features

This plugin is similar to Duplicate Widget, with a few key differences:

  • Widget Alias gives you the option to override the aliased widget’s title.
  • Widget Alias uses AJAX to update the drop-down <select> menus on the fly, which means you see widget changes (adding widgets, deleting widgets, re-ordering widgets, etc) in real time.
  • If you delete a widget that is being aliased, the aliased copies simply revert to “None”, instead of being deleted. This allows you to keep track of where you’ve used Widget Alias widgets, if need be.

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Mm Plugin: HTTP URLs

Use the simple [http-url] shortcode to convert any URL to either HTTP or HTTPS.

Why Use This Plugin?

The most common case for using this plugin is in conjunction with social media sharing/commenting plugins, in which data is tied to a specific URL. On sites that are visible via both HTTP and HTTPS, this means that two different sets of differing data are created for every page. HTTP URLs provides a handy solution to this common problem.

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Mm Plugin: Dashboard Notes

Dashboard Notes lets you create super simple notes and instructions for your clients within the WordPress dashboard. Choose the color of the notification, whether or not to include a logo, and exactly what pages to include the notification on (uses simple URL matching).

Usage

  • Install the Dashboard Notes.
  • Go to Appearance > Widgets where you will see a new “Dashboard Notes” sidebar.
  • To create a note, simply drag a new widget into the sidebar and give it some content (we typically use a text/HTML widget).
  • Once you’ve added content to the widget, click save, and the Dashboard Notes settings for this widget will appear.
  • Adjust the settings to meet your needs, and click save when you’re done.
  • Refresh, or navigate to any page to see your new note in action.

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