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Simple Comments 1.4 Has Been Released

It has been a while, but we want you to know Simple Comments 1.4 has been released. It is possible you aren’t seeing the update in WordPress. If that is the case you can login to your My Account dashboard, go to API Downloads and get a fresh copy right now, and don’t forget to get a copy of your new API Key under the API Keys tab since it has changed. If you aren’t sure how to install the new copy, first go to Plugins and deactivate, then delete Simple Comments, then under plugins click Add New. Now read the WordPress Plugin Installation article we created for further instructions.

If you no longer have an active subscription for Simple Comments, but would like the new version, use the coupon code scapril15 in the checkout to get 50% off. This offer expires April 15th.

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the import org.junit cannot be resolved in Eclipse

When creating a Java project, or importing an existing Java project, that uses JUnit tests in Eclipse, you may run into the error message:

the import org.junit cannot be resolved

The error results when properly attempting to import JUnit with lines like the following:

import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;
import static org.junit.Assert.fail;

The error occurs because the JUnit library has not been configured for the project, but can be resolved using the following steps.

1. Right click on the Java project and select Build Path > Configure Build Path.

2. Click Add Library.

3. Select JUnit, then click Next.

4. Now select the latest version of the JUnit library, then click Finish.

The error should now be resolved.

 

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Replace WordPress Cron Job with Linux Crontab

If WordPress Cron Job isn’t getting triggered on-time, which is common if the blog does not get a lot of traffic, WordPress cron can be setup to use a real Linux crontab to make it trigger on-time. If you don’t have access to the Linux command line for your server, then ask your webhost to setup this up for you.

In wp-config.php disable WP Cron:

Open a Linux terminal command line window and enter:

Now press the i key to insert a new line and paste the following with your domain name:

Now press the Esc key, and then the keys :wq, and enter, to save your changes.

This will fire the cron every 2 minutes.

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Credit Card Fraud and Hacked Accounts on the Internet

How to Protect Yourself from Credit Card Fraud

SSL Secured Todd Lahman Shopping Cart

Hacked credit cart accounts and credit card fraud makes the news during the peak holiday season, but that never slows down online purchases. What should you do to protect yourself? The answer, put your credit/debit card information into the right hands.

See that image at the top of this article showing the lock, and the https? That means your data on toddlahman.com is securely encrypted using Secure Socket Layers (SSL) whenever you are passing information back and forth between your web browser and toddlahman.com. Never make a purchase if you don’t see that lock and https on the page your typing information into, because once you click the submit button your data could be read by anyone unless it is SSL encrypted.

It also matters what a website does with your data. Does the website save your credit card information? On toddlahman.com we don’t save any of your credit card information, because it takes a lot of manpower to provide Level 1 PCI security to keep that information safe and secure. Here at toddlahman.com we let Stripe and PayPal receive and store your sensitive credit card information. Stripe is our preferred payment gateway because they’ve made it clear they are PCI level 1 complaint, which means they are as secure as anyone could ever be storing credit/debit card data, so we know you are in good hands.

Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS)  is a tested standard that payment gateways must comply with to assess how well they secure credit/debit card data. Level 1 is the stringent level of certification that Stripe complies with. When Stripe stores your data you can be assured they are doing everything in their power to prevent you from being a victim of credit card fraud.

Your security and privacy are very important to toddlahman.com, as is a positive experience with our software. Happy shopping! :)

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WordPress Plugin Installation

WordPress Plugin Installation

Installing a commercial paid-for plugin from a zip file for the first time can be a little confusing. A WordPress plugin installation from a zip file using the WordPress dashboard is quite simple once you know how. This guide should prove helpful, but it is not for WordPress.com customers, it is only for self hosted installations of WordPress from WordPress.org.

WordPress Plugin Installation Add New Plugin

 First go to Plugins > Add New.

Upload WordPress Plugin

 The search link is to find free plugins on WordPress.org. Click on the Upload link.

Select WordPress Plugin File

Now select the plugin zip file to install.

Safari Preferences

 

If you don’t see a .zip file, but only see a directory you will not be able to complete the installation until you find the zip file. If you are using the Safari web browser, go to Safari > Preferences.

Uncheck Safari Open Files

 Under the General tab of Safari preferences, Uncheck the box for Open “safe” files after downloading… This will prevent Safari from opening the plugin zip file after it is download, so it will remain a zip file that can be uploaded to WordPress, and will not be converted to a directory that cannot be uploaded to WordPress.

Install WordPress Plugin Button

 Once you have selected the plugin zip file click the Install Now button.

WordPress Plugin Installation Activate Plugin

If the installation completed successfully you should see the screen above. All you need to do now is click the Activate Plugin link.

WordPress Plugin Activated

Now you can edit the plugin settings. The plugin settings can be under Settings, have their own top level menu link and icon, or the settings could be under another top level menu item. Consult your plugin’s documentation for more information about the configuration settings for your plugin.