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A while back iThemes reported they had to remove VirusTotal Malware Scanning from their iThemes Security WordPress plugin. They have just announced that the plugin will now use Sucuri’s SiteCheck Malware Scanner.

While Sucuri’s SiteCheck is available in both the free and Pro versions of iThemes Security, the Pro version allows for daily automated scanning. That’s a nice add-on, if you ask me.

This is a great addition to the iThemes Security plugin. However, my websites already use the Sucuri Security WordPress Plugin which incorporates Sucuri’s SiteCheck (albeit scans have to be done manually) so this is a bit redundant for my needs. Having a different malware scanner would help cover more bases.

For alternative malware scanners, there’s always StopTheHacker. That service was StopTheHacker was acquired by CloudFlare last year so perhaps more integration is in the works.

Baymard has a write-up on Quick Views and Product List Usability. The key takeaway: Quick Views, which have become a staple for online Product Lists, often hide poor design in the Product List themselves. Almost everything the Quick View brings could just as easily be implemented in the Product List itself.

Good food for thought.

Quick Views are often symptom treatments for poor product list designs. Indeed the test subjects were only appreciative of Quick Views on test sites that had a problematic list item design.

Designmodo has a quick overview of what to expect in Bootstrap 4. My initial thoughts:

  • Moving from Less to Sass. Crap, now I gotta learn Sass and set up my development environment to support it.
  • Grid System based on ems instead of pixels. Nice.
  • Dropped support for IE8. OK, whatever…
  • Dropped Glyphicons. Uh… please announce a replacement.
  • Optional Flexbox. Yesssssss…
  • Cards as a new component. Nice.

My biggest gripe is easily having to switch to Sass. Ah well, I’ll live.

I’ve been using BlockBadQueries on all my WordPress websites for quite some time now. And I just realized BlockBadQueries Pro was released in June. The Pro version offers more minute customization options than the free version though if you just want to set-and-forget I suggest sticking with the free version.

BlockBadQueries is based on the 5G Blacklist 2013 and the 6G Beta. So you could certainly copy the rules into your .htaccess file if (assuming you’re comfortable with Apache commands & regular expressions) you want to customize the rules for free.

They say “Don’t re-invent the wheel.” It’s pretty sound advice but you should probably know the different kinds of wheels you can choose from. And because it had been a while since I’d experimented with third-party libraries, I decided to mess around with Google’s Material Design Lite framework.

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Now that Google has released it’s Material Design Lite (MDL) Framework, how does it stack up against the incumbent behemoth that is Bootstrap? Tutorialzine has a quick run-down comparing the two including their grid systems, navigation bars and other components. The article includes live, side-by-side comparisons of various components.

Want to get started with Google’s Material Design? Well now you can with the newly-released Material Design Lite Framework.

According to iThemes, version 4.8.0 of iThemes Security WordPress plugin removed the malware scanning feature that relied on VirusTotal. It’s not iThemes fault; VirusTotal discontinued the service to all WordPress plugins. Well, darn.

iThemes suggests using VirusTotal’s URL scanner or Sucuri’s SiteCheck, both of which require you to scan each website manually. Sucuri also offers automated server-side scanning as part of their paid plans.

One other option that wasn’t mentioned by iThemes is the Sucuri Security WordPress Plugin which allows you to initiate a scan from your WordPress admin. The scan needs to be initiated manually though.

As a service to our clients, and for the protection of their privacy, Caveena Solutions ensures that all domain names purchased through us have Domain Privacy. This simply means that our client’s personal details are not available to the public eye. Domain Privacy is currently under threat.

When you purchase a domain name, you are required to use your real name & contact details in case, for example, someone wants to purchase the domain from you. This means that your name and contact details are publicly available to everyone on the Internet and can be found by anyone including would-be scammers. Caveena Solutions uses Domain Privacy on all domains purchased through us as a way to protect our clients.

The big body in charge of domain names is ICANN – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – and they are entertaining the thought of doing away with all Domain Privacy services. But you can send them your comments. Go to and follow the instructions to call or email ICANN.

It’s your Internet. It’s your choice.

A while back I made a post stressing the importance of providing users with all available options when offering a choice. A few days ago I was filling out an online form and was presented with these options:

A form asking "What is your gender?" giving 4 options: Female, Male, Transgendered and Other

That’s when it hit me that society (for the most part) has started to recognize gender identity beyond the usual Male or Female. It just blew my mind to think that such grand debates have finally come down to the everyday level of implementation. Trippy.