WordPress 3.5.2 Security Update

As we’ve expressed in the past, website maintenance is extremely important. WordPress has released a maintenance and security update 3.5.2 and all My Santa Fe Network websites have been updated and tested. If you experience any issues please report them to us. Below is a  list of items that have been addressed in this release.

  • Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.
  • Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts, reported by Konstantin Kovshenin, or reassigning the post’s authorship, reported by Luke Bryan.
  • An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. Reported by mala and Szymon Gruszecki. (Developers: More on SWFUpload here.)
  • Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.
  • An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability. Reported by Wan Ikram.
  • Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting. Reported by Andrea Santese and Rodrigo.
  • Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails. Reported by Jakub Galczyk.

My Santa Fe Network: A Website Re-Design

Screenshot01Over the past few weeks I’ve taken on an initiative to refine the design of My Santa Fe Network. The previous design was nice (in a we rushed it kind of way) but it needed some attention and I wanted to make an emphasis on Responsive Design.

Although the new design is similar in ways to the previous website it’s also very different in function. I spent a lot of time on details. I wanted to keep the big Santa Fe scenic visuals  on the home page header but also allow content to take precedence when needed.

It’s Responsive!

Responsive Design

The latest initiative in web design is to create designs that respond to the size of your users device screen (mobile or tablet) or browser window (computer). About 23% of visitors are on mobile devices and this much of the market cannot be ignored. This doesn’t mean mobile devices cannot reach your website, it just makes browsing your website a lot more convenient without your visitors having to zoom in and out of content.

There’s a lot to Responsive Design so I wanted to test drive responsive elements in an environment where if they didn’t work properly it didn’t affect a customers website. I’m still working out some bugs with the responsive elements (vertical tablets) but those will be ironed out in time.

Visitor Engagement

I’m testing out other ways to get visitor engagement and one of those ways is a on-page chat functionality where prospective clients can ask questions and give feedback if they feel inclined.

Overall I’m very happy with the design but I gotta get back to the real work. Feel free to browse around. If your a previous client of mine please feel free to contact me about implementing responsive elements into your website. There are some very low cost alternatives to having to totally rebuild your website and some websites naturally lend themselves to responsive design.

My Santa Fe Network Support Website

My Santa Fe Network has launched a pretty cool support website to help track your website updates and projects.

If you’re having problems with your website or are just interested in a project in general please feel free to create an account and submit a services ticket. Whether you’re a My Santa Fe Network client or not we’ll assist you in whatever way we can.

The My Santa Fe Network support website marks an initiative to serve a broad base of clients. We realize that our client base is growing and managing support requests needed to get better. Transparency is the key issue when we considered the expansion.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

This is very simple but AWESOME plugin. Recently I dealt with an issue where I found out my hosts backup solution for website files wasn’t working. Thankfully the file I was trying to recover was only a static CSS file and I was able to retrieve it through my Firefox browser cache. This method was a tedious process since Firefox encrypts your cache. Typically encryption is a good thing but not in this particular situation. Needless to say after hours of recovering things I didn’t need I was able to find the file, upload it and alleviate the situation. Crisis averted even though I probably lost two or three hours. Continue reading “WordPress Backup to Dropbox”

MSFN Version Update: WordPress 3.4

WordPress has officially released a new version of it’s celebrated blogging platform/CMS and My Santa Fe Network has updated its website and client websites that fall under the My Santa Fe Network support and maintenance agreement.

If you are a client of My Santa Fe Network and happen to come across any bugs or issues after the update please contact us immidiately. Although we’ve gone through all of our websites there still is the possibility we missed something. Continue reading “MSFN Version Update: WordPress 3.4”

Testimonial: Corinne Allen | New Terra Enterprises, LLC. & Dance Space Santa Fe

I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to work with Corinne Pace on many different projects including: Dance Space Santa Fe, New Terra Enterprises, Shane Sparks promo material, Dance Space promo material and various graphic illustrations for her father Allen D. Allen and his physics papers.
[quote]Rob Yardman and My Santa Fe Network is an invaluable business partner. His knowledge is extensive and he works fast and reasonable. Rob has an amazing eye for design as well which never ceases to impress me. He has been the best web administrator I have ever worked with in 25 years of business. I would recommend him to anyone who wants a reliable person who really knows their stuff!
– Corinne Allen | Owner, Dance Space Santa Fe
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Testimonial: Virgina Vigil, Campaign for NMPRC

My Santa Fe Network is proud to be a major part of Virginia Vigil’s campaign for New Mexico PRC, District Three. MSFN has provided on-site desktop support, graphic & logo design, web based I.T. solutions, as well as a custom website. Virginia’s website has become her central platform for voicing her campaign policies, reaching out to voters, raising a voice for concerns, and to acquire volunteers for her campaign.

I am so very pleased to recommend Rob Yardman for any and all of your IT services. His fine tuned knowledge of the capabilities of services that can be provided through the internet is phenomenal! Whether you have a small business, a project based need, or a long term maintenance need for promoting a product or service….Rob is your man!

He is the consummate professional! – Virginia Vigil

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Harry Montoya: Candidate for Congress

Harry Montoya for CongressWorking with Harry Montoya has always been a great experience. I personally had a background with Harry while I worked as a web developer for Santa Fe County and I also built his website when he ran for President of the National Association of Counties (NACo).

After announcing his bid for New Mexico’s third Congressional District, Harry proved to have a great platform and My Santa Fe Network was more than happy to have him on board as a premier client.

During the website build Harry had an initial design in mind and although we played with a couple different themes he preferred to stay with a blue overall palette. Ultimately we were happy with the final outcome.

“My Santa Fe Network produced a fantastic web site for our campaign that is easy to read, follow and interact. Rob’s professionalism in discussing the development of the site and his quality of work and the efficiency in which he completed the work is excellent! We highly recommend him to anyone wanting this type of individual to do your web site.” – Harry Montoya

Please visit Harry’s campaign website at: HarryMontoyaForCongress.com.