Stop WordPress Registration Spam

Stop WordPress registration spam. Is your website being overrun with spam registrations by robots? Have you gone to the WordPress site and looked for a solution? Have you found only other people looking for the same solution you are, but no meaningful replies. Have you wondered why WordPress does not have an option to disable registrations?

I have wondered all of that myself. In one instance I was making a new WordPress site, and nobody in the world except the domain registrar, WordPress and the plugin publishers knew the site even existed, the domain was freshly bought only minutes before. Somehow though, within minutes of starting to create the website someone and their robot knew that the website was there and has already begun to make spam comment submissions. So I required them to register, thinking this might solve the problem, while I was still building the site. Nope, they simply gave me robot generated spam registrations.

So, who told them the website was there? Good question, and I have no idea, and I seriously wondered about that? Was it WordPress? Was it a plugin supplier? Was it a registrar? No matter who did the deed, they are relentless in spamming that site every few minutes around the clock! So much for being able to stop WordPress registration spam

So back to stopping WordPress registrations. How does one disable WordPress registrations? I am sorry to say that unless one goes into the code and strips out that code or comments it out, or manages to find a WordPress plugin to stop registrations, that actually works well, there is no way.

Neither does it seem that the folks who come up the the new releases of WordPress wish there to be an easy option to allow a website owner to do that inside the WordPress admin panel. Now that is strange, not like people have not been talking about that issue for the last 5 years  or more.

Now, if you do go in and modify the code, please realize that if you ever upgrade your WordPress site, then you will most likely need to go back in and make the same or similar modification to WordPress all over again, every time you upgrade. If you do not know how to make such changes your are best off not trying to, or you may damage your website.









10 Oct 2013

Google Hummingbird Update

There was a recent update announced by Google, the Hummingbird Update. It is designed to make search engine results better. Weather it actually make them better or not, I guess only time will tell, and lots of user options.

Still today I used it to search on a history topic of mine, a hobby interest. I see that opten Wikipedia still ranks number one of the topic in question, ahead of the organization who’s history it was writing about. It is interesting to see that Wikipedia articles are ‘more true’ in the eyes of Google than  the official page of the organization which is the topic of the Wikipedia article.

The big advantage of Wikipedia is that anyone can contribute to it. The disadvantage is that anyone can edit or delete the hard work of others if they do not agree with it, or it they do not want anyone else’s contributions but their own to show on that page. When, as happened to me this am, you spend hours adding what you thought was a well meant, objective, well written, top notch contribution to the Wikipedia page, only to have to slashed and burned in an angry fit by another user minutes later who was outraged that you dare update their page! It is their page! They own it! Only they can determine the truth! Well, it can kinda get under your collar a bit. Lesson learned, don’t bother to contribute to Wikipedia, which is a shame really.

So back to the Google Hummingbird Update. In the case of the above instance this one person can now determine what is truth for a specific topic, and Google will blindly give it precedence over the official site of that topic, and indeed all results for that topic because it is on Wikipedia. Somehow that seems a bit flawed to me.

So to take this example to the silly extreme, lets say I wrote an untrue nonsense article into a Wikipedia article that they had sacrifices at night on an alter in front of the Googleplex, quoted a tabloid article, next to martian get woman pregant, and presto it will now rank higher than for Google results? For most any topic but Google that might be the case! That is the danger in giving to much automatic weight to Wikipedia. Hopefully ongoing updates to Hummingbird will address that sort of stuff.

I really do sympathize with Google though. It is a  touch job to index all the world’s data and then present it in a  meaningful way to users who make queries which can be a bit cryptic, me included. Overall they do a  wonderful job of getting us high quality results. It is especially amazing when you stop to realize that they do not charge us an access fee to use Google! I mean after all to do what they do must be expensive, not to mention time consuming!

So, that is today’s rant about Wikipedia, and of course since I own this blog, they can’t delete it in a few minutes from now.

So, in closing, welcome Hummingbird, may you live long and prosper in the digital world!





27 Sep 2013

New York Web Hosting

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26 Sep 2013

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25 Sep 2013

City of Barrie

The City of Barrie is a great place. Lot’s of people call it home, and they don’t call if home because they have to, they call it home because they choose to live there. Even lot’s of people who work in Toronto choose to live in Barrie and surrounding areas such as Angus.

The Go Train make sit easy to commute from a choice of two train stations in Barrie, and likely more in the future, to most anywhere in Toronto. Lot’s of folks choose to drive down Highway 400 instead of taking the train, and that is just fine as well.

Barrie has great beaches, nice parks, lower house prices than Toronto, good medical care at the RVH Hospital, and most things a family, or a couple or retired folks could ask for.

Many businesses choose to locate in Barrie, as costs are lower than on Toronto or the GTA, yet the cost to transport goods the extra at most 90 Km is only slight. So, over all if is more cost effective for them to locate in Barrie.

(This is not a City of Barrie website.)

22 Sep 2013

Business Start Up Blog

Welcome to our Small Business Start Up Blog. Here we hope to offer tips and advice on a range of Small Business Start Up issues. You are welcome to submit articles to be posted here as well as long as they are on the topic of Small Business Start Up. In addition is you happen to need a domain name, web hosting, web design or SEO services, in summary a website for that new business start up of yours, please do keep us in mind. Thanks!

22 Sep 2013

Barrie Website Hosting

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22 Sep 2013

Barrie SEO


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21 Sep 2013

A new look

Today we started giving this site a bit of a make over. If you were looking to buy a domain name or web hosting or web design then please visit our other site. Thanks!

13 Aug 2013