New Name, Same Great Service

Michael Mann Web Design became Michael Mann Web Design & Development in the interim, but is now just Mann Web Development. While I still provide design services, my main focus going forward will be development to encompass both design and development. The new site colors are blue and orange, with a revised logo. The site is in the process of being revamped, cleaned and thoroughly scrubbed.

Facebook Page Cover Graphic

Facebook pages are an amazing business tool. If your business has a page on Facebook, how does your Facebook page cover graphic look on mobile? Some business pages are missing out on optimizing across platforms. Each part of Facebook offers a different optimized size, with page covers size being:

  • 1200 pixels wide by 675 pixels tall on the Desktop
  • 1200 pixels wide by 457 pixels tall on the Mobile
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Benefits of a Properly Managed WordPress Site

WordPress is an amazing platform upon which to build a business or a community. Providing a central location for clients or customers to see what you are about and have to offer is amazing. However, maintaining a WordPress site, with themes and plugins can be a nightmare, but it does not have to be. This is why I offer a managed WordPress option.

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Yoast SEO Overview

If you are a WordPress user, plugins likes Yoast SEO can assist you. SEO plugins work by applying optimizations for search engines. If you have a SEO plugin installed and activated, Congratulations. SEO plugins offers a setup for working on your sites ranking ability. Let’s jump right in.

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Search Engine Optimization Simplified

Search Engine Optimization is something you will hear about over and over again. People will mention it when referencing a new update from Google. It seems like a daunting task, but with several simple steps, you can manage the optimization of your content for the search engines.

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Daily Web Site Update Checkups

For those who have been using my monthly maintenance plan, something will be changing starting today. These changes will improve the service, as well as the communication around this offering. Starting today, instead of the previous schedule of web site update checking happening once a week, the checks will take place on a daily basis.

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Free WordPress Cleanup for Your Web Site

Now, through the end of 2017, I will be offering free WordPress cleanup services for web sites. This comes with zero strings attached, including zero offers to upgrade or purchase any of the services I currently offer. This is a love gift, giving back to the wonderful WordPress community and is available regardless of whether you are a current or past customer, or someone I just met through this offer. I will retain no site information beyond the assistance I provide, as is customary for my business, unless that information is permitted by the client and is kept as securely as I possibly can. It is not my intention to use this free service to acquire new customers.

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WordPress 4.8.2 Released

WordPress 4.8.2 is the second security release under the 4.8 release of WordPress. This fixes some core issues, as well as the following:

  • $wpdb->prepare() can create unexpected and unsafe queries leading to potential SQL injection (SQLi). WordPress core is not directly vulnerable to this issue, but we’ve added hardening to prevent plugins and themes from accidentally causing a vulnerability.
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Training Arm of MannWD

The training arm of Michael Mann Web Design is growing. In the past, I operated under two distinct sites: WPbyMe and OS4Me. One was for WordPress based training and the other for all things Open Source Software related.

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Today’s Site Outage (April 26, 2016)

Today we experience a site outage. This applies to my sites as well as any clients hosted through AtomicVPS. Here is what the hosting staff had to say about this outage.

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WordPress 4.1.2 Released

Note: All clients will be updated today!

Previous to this post, WordPress update notifications have been taking place only over at, my WordPress training site. From this update forward, notification will take place here as well.

WordPress 4.1.2 is considered a critical security release and it is strongly encouraged you update your sites immediately. This helps to patch a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability. which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site and affect 4.1.1 and earlier releases.

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WordPress 4.1.4 and 4.2.1 Released

A vulnerability was discovered that would allow someone to leave a comment, which when approved could allow them to compromise your site. 4.1.4 (for those still not on 4.2) and 4.2.1 were released to help seal this issue by removing any malicious comments on upgrade from previous versions and ensure the comments are not too long.

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