It’s been a few months since our last System Update blog post. Users have been regularly notified about the major features but here’s a quick recap of the work since November:
- Completely new Mailbox.
- Added Paddle as the main payment method while keeping Clickbank for existing customers.
- Removed Moz metrics from the Dashboard. Moz DA is not used by many SEOs anymore, and it’s by far the most expensive one to get. We’re keeping Majestic and we’ll be looking if users are interested in Ahrefs.
- Improved security.
We’ve also done a lot of work behind the scenes for decreasing the amount of traffic from crawlers, with a positive impact on security and server speed.
Better email management has been on our todo for a long time. We started with email forwarding but that caused IP blacklisting so we needed to move to Blog Inbox inside WordPress. That was far from optimal – basic features like sorting by date and search were unavailable. The main problem was finding something that would work well but not leave footprints (a lot easier said than done).
Finally, we’re happy to announce that we found a great solution that will work for the long-term. The new Mailbox is a solution for not just receiving but also replying to emails sent to any of your EBN blogs. Emails sent to all of your blogs will now be seen in one Inbox. You can also search for old emails, reply to senders or forward an email to your own address. For detailed instructions on how to use the new Mailbox, please read the Help Article.
You should soon start to see Mailbox icon in the top navigation menu that will guide you through the process of accessing the Mailbox for the first time. Some users’ Mailboxes might still be in the process of being provisioned so you might not be able to access it just yet.
Blog Inbox inside the blog will still be available for at least a few months.
One major annoyance for some EBN users has been the inability to easily restore sites from Archive.org into their EBN account. But with the help from people at Wayback Machine Downloader that has now been resolved!
Wayback Machine Downloader offers easy restoration from Archive.org of any website into your EBN account. And they’re offering a special 15% discount for all EBN users!
You can find the link to Wayback Machine Downloader discounted plans in the EBN app sidebar.
To order EBN-compatible files and install them to your EBN blog, follow the instructions on their website.
There have been some major changes since our last system update post. The primary one that helps the most users is the new easy theme editing option. We have also been improving the security of the platform and the blogs.
- Easy theme editing.
- Blocking malware domains.
- User Survey 2017 – we learned a lot about our users and their common frustrations, changing our development roadmap accordingly.
- Domain field validator – we’ve improved the error reporting of the domain field when adding a new blog.
- Updating login security – preventing legitimate users from being blocked (ongoing)
- Blacklisting themes: we’ve seen a few blogs with active malware themes (impacting only the blogs where they were installed) that we removed and blacklisted.
Yashar Ghaffarloo has done another security audit for EBN. At the time of writing all found vulnerabilities have already been fixed. EBN is still the only PBN hosting platform that does regular third-party audits.
In the coming few weeks we’ll be focusing on adding a backup payment provider and an update to Mailboxes.
As another step toward better platform security, we’ve just added a new feature that removes and disallows adding of malware domains, listed by MalwareDomains.com. Malware domains are domains with a history of being used to propagate malware and spyware on the internet.
This greatly improves the safety and neighborhood of existing blogs on EBN.
This is the error you will see if the domain is listed in their database:
In the majority of cases, this is an issue of the previous owner so you will need to request removal from the database. You can do that by contacting them here.
We’ve also added this information to our Help Center article.