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I’ve shut down my Weblinks Website

I’ve shut down my Weblinks Website

Early web publishing and bookmark sharing

One of the first websites I ever made was a simple Blogger (Google’s blogging platform) site to record some of my favourite websites.  This was a long time ago, before social media and before you could synchronise browser bookmarks across devices.  I put a lot of thought into the name of that site, and called it “Simon’s WebLinks”.  If I found a website I thought I might want to share with someone else, or access from another computer, I would write a short post including a screenshot and hyperlink.

Once I found out how cheap and easy it was to register a domain name, I even set up Simon’s WebLinks with a custom URL – www.simonsweblinks.com

Moving to WordPress and a new domain

Fast forward a couple of years and I had discovered WordPress around the same time that new Top Level Domains became available.

(A new Top Level Domain is a web address that doesn’t end in the tradition dot-com or dot-net, such as dot-website). 

I registered the domain name weblinks.website and created my brand new WordPress website.  At the same time, I also imported the old Blogger site into a seperate WordPress site and archived it at simons.weblinks.website

WebLinks Website

The first ever post on Weblinks Website (can still be seen on the WayBack Machine)

We don’t need a WebLinks site in 2018

These days a lot of people don’t browse the web, they browse social media.  If you do have favourite websites, broswer bookmarks can be synced across devices.  There is just no need for a WebLinks Website anymore.

When the weblinks.website domain renewal came up, I had to make a decision whether or not to keep the name for another year.  Looking back over the site, I was suprised at how many of the great websites I frequented years ago no longer existed.  The site now had more bad links than good.  It was time to let my Weblinks Website die.

Now what?

Even though weblinks.website has gone, much of the site can still be seen on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.  If I do come across any amazing websites worth sharing in the future, you can bet I will write about them here on my personal blog.

NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day

NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day – apod.nasa.gov/apod

Vancouver webcam

Vancouver webcam – www.katkam.ca

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My other blog was hacked

My other blog was hacked

Vic Pics blog hacked

My other blog, Vic.Pics, was hacked!
Luckily it wasn’t too bad.  Thankfully I have regular automatic WordPress back-ups to restore from.

I’d logged into the site’s Dashboard and installed some updates, I then clicked on “Visit Site” for a quick look before I started working on the next post.  I was shocked to see that the most recent post title had been changed to “hacked by NG689Skw”.  Clicking on the post revealed that the text and image had been deleted.

I had been using two factor authentication, where I needed my phone to log-in, so how had NG689Skw access my WordPress install?  Checking my settings revealed that my admin password hadn’t been disabled.  Doh!

My hosting provider, Crazy Domains, offers automatic back-up of WordPress installs, so I was easily able to roll-back the site to the previous back-up.  The next step was to try to prevent any further un-authorised access, so I also updated my settings, removing all password log-in methods.

The moral of this story is to ensure is to have back-ups of everything and use two factor authentication for your log-in.  Make sure you disable the legacy settings, so a password cannot be used to log-in.  That way you can spend more of your time writing and publishing.

 

This post contains affiliate links to my host provider, Crazy Domains.

Adding a gallery

Screenshot of the Karla Gallery added to simonyeo.id.au

I’ve been thinking about adding some photo galleries to this site, my personal site, for some time.  After looking at a couple of other gallery options, I’ve decided on the Enviro Gallery plugin for WordPress.

To kick things off, I’m starting with a collection of photos of my daughter, karla.  To check it out go to simonyeo.id.au/karla-gallery.

Watch this space for more galleries, coming soon.

 

Change to simple slugs

Whether you call it the "slug", "permalink" or "URL" the web address can get a bit messy and complicated, depending on your WordPress settings, so I've cleaned things up little for my personal website and blog.  Traditionally, for various reasons, the URL web address would include a date element, such as the year and month of publication, and often a category element as well.

Traditional URL permalink slug showing blog category and date elements

All that extra information in the address bar isn't necessary these days, so I've decided to keep it simple.  Now all you will see when looking at a single post on this site is the blog title.

The new look simple slug permalink, showing just the post title after the domain name.

Having made the changes to my permalink slug settings, I need to look after any links to my site that use the old URL format, so I've installed a WordPress PlugIn called "Change Permalink Helper" which will automatically re-direct visitors to the new format address.

Screenshot of the Change Permalink Helper WordPress PlugIn