Millions At Risk From Critical Vulnerabilities From WordPress Plugins

First time accepted submitter dougkfresh writes “Checkmarx’s research lab identified that more than 20% of the 50 most popular WordPress plugins are vulnerable to common Web attacks, such as SQL Injection. Furthermore, a concentrated research into e-commerce plugins revealed that 7 out of the 10 most popular e-commerce plugins contain vulnerabilities. This is the first time that such a comprehensive survey was prepared to test the state of security of the leading plugins.” It does seem that WordPress continues to be a particularly perilous piece of software to run. When popularity and unsafe languages collide.

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How to Set Up a Hosted WordPress Site

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and publishing platforms available,
with more than 66 million sites around the world. But free content management and sleek templates aren’t the only features WordPress offers — you can actually download software from and set up your own custom website within minutes.
The trouble is, the idea of building a site from scratch is pretty daunting, and you may not know exactly where to start.
SEE ALSO: 34 Gorgeous WordPress Themes for Photographers We’ve put together a basic guide for setting up your own hosted WordPress site,
including how to register for a domain name, sign up with a hosting provider and successfully download and install the software onto your computer.
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Blog Monetization Service Skyscraper Comes Out Of Closed Beta, Adds VigLink Integration & WordPress Plugin

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Skyscaper launched last year as a pretty straightforward blog advertisin service with a focus on helping bloggers make money through direct ad sales.
That’s still a main part of its business and the service is currently serving u over 1.5 million ads every day, but as its co-founder Paul Burger told me las week, the company’s focus is slowly shifting to becoming a full-service blo monetization service that “covers all bases.” Until today, Skyscraper was onl available as a closed beta, but it’s now open for all. Today, Skyscaper is als launching its integration with VigLink, a service that helps publishers tur their links to retailers into affiliate links without the need to sign up for al oft he 30,000 retailers the service currently supports. Thanks to the partnershi between the two services, turning this service on will just take a few clicks fo existing Skyscraper users. As Burger noted when I talked to him, this is just first step in Skyscraper’s shift to offering a broader range of services. Th team, which has now grown to four after the company raised a $500,000 seed roun last year (and added a few vowels to its name in the process), realized tha while direct ad sales are important for independent publishers, most use variety of methods to monetize their sites. To do so, most use a multitude o services and constantly switch back and forth between them. In the long run,
Skyscraper wants to become a dashboard for all of these services as it expand its offerings. One area Skyscraper is thinking about beside the VigLin integration, for example, is sponsored posts. With today’s launch, Skyscraper i also making its new WordPress plugin available for download, which will make i even easier for the vast majority of bloggers to get started on the service. On nifty feature of the plugin is that it doesn’t just make the integration easier,
but that it also installs a widgetized version of Skyscraper’s media kit tha bloggers can use on their “Advertise Here” pages to funnel potential ad client directly t
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