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Oil reserves: no thaw yet

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Largest companies have begun to run down their inventories

A complacent market

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

THIS week our correspondents discuss the general election campaign in Britain, the latest news from Greece and the slowdown in America’s economy

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How Do I Update WordPress?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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So you’ve already learned to install WordPress plugins and to automatically update the plugins for your WordPress website. Now you may be wondering, “How do I update WordPress itself?”

That’s a good question and, as luck would have it, the aim of this post is to answer it. But before we dive into the actual steps, let’s take a step back so you can understand those steps better when it’s time for you to update your WordPress website.

Do You Need to Read the Rest of This Post?

WordPress comes in two flavors: hosted and self-hosted.

When you create your WordPress site over at wordpress.com, you’re using the hosted option. While not as customizable as the self-hosted option, it’s the perfect platform if you want to get up and running quickly. Luckily for you, all WordPress.com sites are updated automatically, so you don’t have to worry about how to update your site on your own. May we suggest one of our other super-useful posts instead?

If you create your WordPress website over at one of the many available hosting companies, you’re using the self-hosted option. Self-hosted WordPress sites are infinitely customizable, and that’s a good thing. What’s not so handy is that you need to update your WordPress site manually or set it up to update automatically. So if your site is self-hosted, the rest of this post is definitely for you.

Types of WordPress Updates

There are two different types of WordPress updates:

  1. Major Releases: Major releases add new user features and goodies for developers and fix both critical and non-critical bugs. These typically occur every 4 to 5 months.
  2. Minor Releases: Minor releases fix security vulnerabilities and critical bugs only. These occur as needed.

You can tell the type of update by its version number. WordPress version numbers follow this format: #.#.#. Here’s how it works:

  1. Major releases are indicated by a change to the first two numbers. For example: versions 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 4.0 and 4.1 were all major releases.
  2. Minor releases are indicated by a change to the third number. For example: versions 3.9.1, 3.9.2, 3.9.3, 4.0.1 and 4.1.1 were all minor releases.

One fun point of interest: as the WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, all major releases have been named in honor of jazz musicians they admire.

Updating Automatically vs. Manually?

There are two ways to update WordPress: manually and automatically.

You may be wondering why you’d want to update WordPress manually instead of conveniently setting and forgetting automatic updates.

As we’ll discuss below, you can set up automatic updates for: all releases, major releases only, minor releases only or no automatic updates at all.

Many folks just let their site update automatically and that’s just fine. However, major releases do have the potential to break backwards compatibility meaning that things like plugins, themes and custom code that worked before a major release update might not work after.

In English?

Installing major updates automatically may break your website until the broken plugin, theme or custom code is updated.

Minor releases don’t pose this threat as the core WordPress development team works hard to ensure that backward compatibility stays in place during minor release updates.

How do you decide which approach to use?

  • If your site does not use a lot of plugins, uses a theme provided by WordPress and does not use much custom code, automating both types of updates will most likely be safe.
  • If your site does use a lot of plugins, a premium theme or a good amount of custom code, you may want to automate minor release updates and manually update major release updates during one of your website’s slow traffic times (over the weekend or at night). That way, if something breaks, it will affect fewer of your site visitors.

That said, it’s time to get updating. Ready? Let’s get to it …

How Do I Update WordPress Automatically?

By default, every website built on WordPress version 3.7 and later has automatic updates enabled for minor releases.

If you’d like to automate major release updates, plugin updates and theme updates or if you’d want to turn off all automatic updates, you can do so using a plugin like the ones below:

WP Updates Settings

The WP Updates Settings plugin is our top choice for automating your WordPress updates. As you can see below, it offers a clean interface and lots of options for managing your site’s updates.

 

WP Updates Settings Plugin

Update Control

The Update Control plugin adds some options to your site’s General Settings page, letting you specify how auto-updates should work.

Advanced Automatic Updates

Although the Advanced Automatic Updates plugin hasn’t been updated in 2 years, it still gets rave reviews. Created by the same folks as the Update Control plugin, this one goes to 11 with lots of bells and whistles.

How Do I Update WordPress Manually?

When a release is ready to go, you’ll see a message like the one below. Click on the “Please update now” link to begin your website’s update process.

WordPress is ready to be updated

Once you click the link, you’ll be taken to the update screen shown below. There are some points of interest on this screen:

  •  The message in the white box recommends that you backup your website before updating. That’s good advice because if, as we discussed above, the new release does break your site, you can simply restore the backup to get your site up and running again.
  • Not sure how to backup your WordPress website? We’ll be releasing a post that walks you through that process in a couple of weeks so make sure to check back.
  • If you want to know what a particular release adds or fixes, click on the link to the new version (as shown below, the link reads, “WordPress 4.1.1″).
  • Some businesses prefer to download the update and try it on a test system. Most folks however to click the “Update Now” button and that’s what we’ll do during our walk through here.
  • At the bottom is a notice that your site will be in maintenance mode during the update. That should be fine as updates are quick however, if you have a lot of activity on your site, try to chose a time when that activity is low.
  • In the short period that the update happens, your visitors will see WordPress’ default “Down for Maintenance” message.

The WordPress update screen

Once you click the “Update Now” button, you’ll be taken to the update status screen you see below:

During a WordPress Update

After the update has applied the latest release, you’ll be taken to a page similar to the one below. There you can learn more about the release and how it’s changed your website.

After a WordPress update has been applied

 

Conclusion

To sum up, if your WordPress site is hosted over at wordpress.com, you don’t have to worry about any of this stuff. WordPress will handle the automatic updates for you. Of course, you’re missing out on all the customization possible with a self-hosted WordPress site.

If you host your site yourself with one of the many providers out there, you’ve gained a lot more control over what your website can be. But with great power comes great responsibility. You’ll need to deal with WordPress updates yourself, either manually or automatically.

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This article, “How Do I Update WordPress?” was first published on Small Business Trends

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Glass Lewis calls for vote against BP pay

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Shareholder group says remuneration exceeds market peers despite underperformance

Turkey Bans Media Coverage of Prosecutor Hostage Crisis

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu imposed a temporary media ban on the coverage of the ongoing crisis in Istanbul, where a prosecutor had been taken hostage earlier on Tuesday.

Armed men, claiming to be from the banned leftist group DHKP-C, seized public prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz in a courthouse in Istanbul.

Kiraz was working on the case of Berkin Elvan, who died in March 2014 after he had been fatally injured in the 2013 Gezi Park protests and spent 269 days in coma.

The media ban is in line with emergency security legislation in cases when national security is threatened, Anadolu news agency reports.

Security forces stormed the courthouse and shots have been heard, but it remains unclear whether there are any injuries.

The abductors, who seek justice for the murderers of Berkin Elvan, said that they are to kill the prosecutor unless their demands are fulfilled.

The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, shortened to DHKP-C, is a banned Marxist-Leninist group, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU and the USA.

DHKP-C, which was founded in 1978, has claimed responsibility for conducting several assassinations and suicide bombings.

The most recent act of violence was carried out in January, when a female suicide bomber blew herself up and killed one police officer.

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USAF F-15s to Take Part in Military Drills in Bulgaria from April 10

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

US Air Force F-15 fighter jets will arrive in Bulgaria next month to join military exercises in the eastern European country, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Up to 12 F-15s will arrive after Apirl 10, the newswire quoted a Bulgarian defence ministry official as saying.

The deployment, part of the Pentagon’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, will take place from April 10 to June 30.

The operation aims to demonstrate the commitment of the US military to NATO allies in view of tension along the Alliance’s flank in eastern Europe prompted by Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

Moscow has denied Western accusations of providing support to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

 

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Sofia Declared Best Bulgarian City to Live in for 2014

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia was awarded on Tuesday for the third time the title the “Best City to Live In” for 2014.

The title was presented by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev to Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, Darik radio reports.

This was the eight edition of the “Best City to Live In” annual competition, which is organised by Darik radio and 24 Chasa daily.

Sofia was awarded two more titles – high-tech city and the special prize of the National Palace of Culture (NDK), where the ceremony took place, for most bright city in the field of culture.

According to the audience of Darik, the best city to live in 2014 was Ruse, while the readers of 24 Chasa declared Plovdiv as the best city to live in.

As in previous years, there were special prizes in several different categories, with Plovdiv awarded as business city, Hisarya as the greenest city, while Stara Zagora was declared the most prospective.

Harmanli was designated as a hero city after the town successfully managed with the refugee wave, which affected it.

Primorsko was proclaimed the best party city, while Asenovgrad was deemed the most beautiful city.

Burgas was declared the city with the best sport infrastructure, while Veliko Tarnovo was awarded the title of most historical city.

In the 2014 edition, 27 district cities participated, which were assessed on 31 criteria, among them state of the environment, level of investments, birth rate, unemployment rate, etc.

Until now four cities have been awarded the “Best City to Live In” title – Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Veliko Tarnovo.

Last year, Burgas and Veliko Tarnovo were the joint winners, which represented the first time that there were two holders of the title.

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Energy, rail and telecoms sectors locked

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

To force open some of China’s closed doors, the US is seeking a bilateral investment treaty

Sofia Declared Best Bulgarian City to Live In 2014

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia was awarded on Tuesday for the third time the title the “Best City to Live In” for 2014.

The title was presented by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev to Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, Darik radio reports.

This was the eight edition of the “Best City to Live In” annual competition, which is organised by Darik radio and 24 Chasa daily.

Sofia was awarded two more titles – high-tech city and the special prize of the National Palace of Culture (NDK), where the ceremony took place, for most bright city in the field of culture.

According to the audience of Darik, the best city to live in 2014 was Ruse, while the readers of 24 Chasa declared Plovdiv as the best city to live in.

As in previous years, there were special prizes in several different categories, with Plovdiv awarded as business city, Hisarya as the greenest city, while Stara Zagora was declared the most prospective.

Harmanli was designated as a hero city after the town successfully managed with the refugee wave, which affected it.

Primorsko was proclaimed the best party city, while Asenovgrad was deemed the most beautiful city.

Burgas was declared the city with the best sport infrastructure, while Veliko Tarnovo was awarded the title of most historical city.

In the 2014 edition, 27 district cities participated, which were assessed on 31 criteria, among them state of the environment, level of investments, birth rate, unemployment rate, etc.

Until now four cities have been awarded the “Best City to Live In” title – Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Veliko Tarnovo.

Last year, Burgas and Veliko Tarnovo were the joint winners, which represented the first time that there were two holders of the title.

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WixMusic Lets Musicians Set the Tempo for Their Brand

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Wix is hoping to hit the high note with independent musicians on its latest offering.

Saying that indie musicians are under-served in being provided a competent Web platform to share and sell their music, Wix has introduced WixMusic.

This new specialty platform allows musicians to upload their recorded music directly to their new Wix site and sell it immediately. Wix says it has created specialty site themes targeted at musicians. And because mobile devices are often used to stream music, the new WixMusic sites are optimized for those devices, too.

Wix hopes the new platform will appeal to independent bands, DJs, music producers, studios, singers, songwriters and musicians.

In an official announcement of the new platform March 31, Wix Co-Founder and CEO Avishai Abrahami, says:

“WixMusic is the latest verticalized solution added to the Wix platform, further executing our goal to provide comprehensive ways for anyone, including musicians, to build, manage and grow a business or brand online.

“Musicians want to focus on their music, not code websites, or piece together the tools they need. That’s why we created a complete and commission-free solution, letting this unique professional audience create an online presence that encapsulates their sound.”

And perhaps most important to indie musicians, Wix takes no commission on the sale of their music.

Check out the Wix video introducing the service, highlighting how one band takes advantage of WixMusic:

Add this to an array of services already by Wix, best known for its drag-and-drop Web construction platform. Thousands of businesses have taken advantage of Wix’s relatively easy-to-use site building app to create a ready-to-go eCommerce platform, the company says.

Now, that can include musicians with WixMusic.

That’s not to say that musicians should pull a Taylor Swift and yank their music off other popular, albeit crowded, streaming services, but having a ready-made eCommerce site allows musicians to grow their brand and build their own identity.

The WixMusic platform also allows musicians and bands to market themselves as a brand, too. The platform allows groups to sell their own branded merchandise.

Bands using new platform can also create an email newsletter to stay in contact with their fans.

Wix includes tracking and metrics that musicians can use to monitor their site’s successes or shortcomings. That includes determining how recipients of an email newsletter responded to it.

This new platform will be gradually introduced, according to a Wix statement, and eventually available to all users soon.

Image: Wix.com

This article, “WixMusic Lets Musicians Set the Tempo for Their Brand” was first published on Small Business Trends

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