You can now install blogs with ‘www’ directly from the Add Blog form

In the past, if you wanted to have www in the address of the blog, you needed to go through the WordPress settings dashboard. From today on, you can just add it in the domain field of the Add Blog form (without http://).

This will simplify the process of adding a blog even further, making it a bit less cumbersome to add a blog on www.

Try it out and let us know how it goes!

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Easy Blog Networks System Update #24

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.

Completely new Mailbox for easy receiving and replying of emails sent to EBN blogs

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.

Restore Archive.org sites directly into EBN!

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.

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Security while traveling and using WiFi

I recently attended a conference where I had to stay in a not cheap hotel that had shared WiFi. Being a curious person (as any Mr. Robot fan would be), I wondered how secure accessing the Internet there really is. Well, as you might have guessed, it’s horrible. 

I could see every guest’s device on network, lounge printer and even some hotel guests’ printers. ::shocked::

In this configuration, anyone can inject ads to any page, sniff traffic (credit cards), or run at the moment very popular crypto mining in the browser on any page you visit.

You might be asking yourself at this point, how this affects you (the user), me (the developer) or Easy Blog Networks (the product)?

For starters, Easy Blog Networks staff cannot access the app without “Secure Endpoint”. So, let’s say the staff is traveling (either at a conference or sipping Margarita while watching dolphins swim) and using an insecure wifi, someone cannot just delete all servers or blogs, or get a list of emails from the app.

However, any user or a potential user can still be affected. Previously, everything relied on the user to be cautious. Browser vendors are slowly adding meaningful policies directly to the browser, but they are not enabled by default and each app vendor has to review and enable them.

And this is where Content Security Policy and HTTP Strict Transport Security come in place. As app developers, we can instruct the browser to use Content Security Policy to disallow loading any scripts on a page that are not approved by us.

Comcast injecting ads on a page? Denied.

Starbucks mining crypto coins on our page? Denied.

SEO conference attendee getting list of all your blogs via some clever advertising? You get the idea now. Denied.

And the second even more important one is HTTP Strict Transport Security. This will tell the browser to never load a page over an unsecured connection (HTTP).

I might have gotten you worried now and thinking how to actually verify that using Easy Blog Networks is really safe.

You can check any page using SecurityHeaders.io where Easy Blog Networks has “A” score. However, there is still space for improvement, and as always, we are working toward that goal – making users and staff safe.

Happy and worrisome New Year. :)

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