The Weekly WordPress News: Panda Update in Progress, iThemes Hacked & More.

Some good news for WPLift this week, we seem to be recovering from the Panda 4.0 which hit our Google traffic back in May this year as Google are currently rolling out an update to it.

I have been doing a lot of research into this Google update as a lot of seemingly good blogs and other sites have been hit by it, I have interviewed other site owners and been recording my findings and I think I now have a pretty good understanding of it so I will be drafting this up into a post to be released in a couple of weeks to show what I did to recover – I want to make sure the recovery is for real first and do some more analysis of our stats etc.

Panda Update in Progress

If your site has been hit by Panda 4.0 get in touch and I may be able to help or add your thoughts to the post.

If you are an iThemes customer, I recommend changing your passwords if you use the same password there as any other sites as they they announced the other day that they had been hacked and passwords may have been compromised. They reset all customer passwords as they were using an old version of aMember which stored passwords as plan text. This was fixed in version 4 of the plugin but it seems they were running an older version of it. I use the same software at ThemeFurnace but we are running the latest version so no problems there – I guess even the largest companies don’t upgrade software when they should.

On with the news! Have a great weekend everyone :)

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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