Membership Site
Sep 18th, 2011 by Xarah

Since the last post I had decided on a topic: chocolate (doh) LOL I was first going for “internet security and online fraud” because of what had happened to me a few weeks ago (also an awesome blog post) or “women going into their menopause phase” because of what’s happening to me right now, but I actually stumble over lots of content on chocolate that way lieing in my computer collecting dust. I took them out and shook them out.

Ok, topic down. Membership yes or no? I went for yes. I set up the plugin and the settings, added some pages and posts and spent quit a long time figuring out why the contact form was not showing up anymore. It was “protected”. Well, at one point I decided if someone wants to get in touch with me, they just have to sign up.

Membership question down.

Free or not free. I decided free because this is not something someone would pay for and my goal was – after all – to get them on the site and maybe descover healthy chocolate and go and buy.

Payment question down.

Three down! WOOHOO! Then I set up a google campagne. I don’t see any ads on chocolate, two for chocolate molds but none is mine. I wonder why I don’t see my ads. Oh, maybe because Google knows I’m not in one of the countries I chose. Duh! Revelations while I write this post.

Ok, two or days the google ad is up and I have one click! It’s Sunday morning and I decide to undo the membership part. The main reason for that site is to draw chocolate lovers in and have them find healthy chocolate to draw customers.

Imagine my surprise when I logged into my chocolate blog/membership site and found I had hardly any options. I also realised I must have put myself as member which only gave me what members had. And the next point made my decision to take down the membership part: as a member I had access to the membership plugin and could see who was a member and all.

Disabled and deactivate. Done.

Oh, you want to go have a look? Here you go: Chocolates Are Good 4 You. Tell your friends 😉

Jul 26th, 2009 by Xarah


My friend Wes in Julies Blogging Support Skype Room gave me the following tip:

“You should also get into the habit of creating at least a blank index.html file within your /wp-content/themes and /wp-content/plugin folders. You can do that within Freehostia FileManager … at the top of each Folder level, there’s a place to create a blank folder or file … make sure you click the “file” radio button.

This way someone cannot go to or to see what you are using (possible hacker acccess info) or if you purchased a theme, they can just right click on the zip file and download it from this location. Having a blank index.html file, they will see a blank page.”

I used Cyberduck to do it and it was drop dead easy! If you have a wordpress blog, no matter where you host it, go check it out if someone would get an empty page or a list of your content.


Haveing Fun
Jul 25th, 2009 by Xarah

I’m having fun finding plugins and uploading them easily with Cyberduck.

I had first wondered if I needed to unzip them so I went to a Skype room (Jerry’s WordPress Skype room) and asked the question.

In the meantime I bookmarked my blog’s ftp address in Cyberduck and even found out fast where the plugins go to and saw, there was already one in there, not zipped. So my question was answered. I went back to the Skype room and at that very moment someone answered  my question 🙂

I also got a tip about security in another Skype room (Julie’s Blogging Support Room), which I will  do right after sending this post out and maybe write about it tomorrow. I think it’s pretty important to know if you use Freehostia.

Have a sweet day!

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