Tips & Tools

Facebook Privacy. Don’t get mad, change your account settings

facebook-48  iconFacebook have updated their Data Use Policy and inevitably, once again, there are several new “Facebook you can’t distribute my information” posts and emails doing the rounds. It’s been said before, and I’m sure in a few months’ time it’ll have to be said again:

Facebook is a commercial concern, not a public service. If you play in Facebook’s backyard, Facebook gets to set the rules, not you, and In order to play in their backyard you have to agree to their rules of the game.

If you don’t like the rules, go play elsewhere. It’s that simple. More >

Brute Protect – Recommended WordPress Plugin [update]

If you have a standalone WordPress installation, I recommend adding the Brute Protect plugin. Brute Protect is designed to reduce the chance of your WordPress site falling victim of a ‘Brute Force Attack‘. This is where a nefarious computer system (a malicious bot) continually tries to break into your WordPress account. More >

How to Add a Video to a WordPress Blog

Wordpress-48Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to add a YouTube video to a WordPress blog. This will work equally well for a WordPress page or post.

It is easy to add a link to a video, but, if you do your site’s visitors will end up leaving your site to see the video and they may not return. It is much better to show the video in your WordPress post or page by embedding it.

Update: Timing is everything! With the release of WordPress 3.6 Video (and audio) embedding is now built-in. So you’ll only need to follow the steps below if you’ve not updated to WordPress 3.6. Read about the WordPress 3.6 update here. More >