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We have some exciting changes to announce at tangerinemoons! As of April 1, 2019, we’ll be upgrading our WordPress maintenance plans to further secure and monitor your WordPress website!

With the daily occurrence of website hacking and programming vulnerabilities, security is extremely important for every website owner. Every day, we see attempts on the sites we maintain by hackers trying to gain access. With this in mind, we have introduced our security threat monitoring, detection and malware removal to ALL of our maintenance plans. See below for further details.

Basic Maintenance and Support Plan is now Lite Plan.

Great for bloggers and personal websites that only need the essentials: security, backups and updates.

Standard Maintenance and Support Plan remains Standard Plan.

Perfect for websites with requirements beyond the basics, including website availability checks. We’ve added 30 minutes of content changes to the existing plan in addition to detailed monthly reporting for backups, maintenance and security.

Premium Maintenance and Support Plan remains Premium Plan.

Perfect for websites with requirements beyond the Standard Plan, including monthly database optimization, performance checks and more frequent offsite backups. Increase in monthly support from 1 hour to 2 hours.

Pro Maintenance and Support Plan remains Pro Plan.

Even more monthly support! An increase from 2 hours to 3 hours make this plan essential for robust, complex websites.

Visit our WordPress Maintenance Plans page for further details on the features and pricing for our plans.

Are you a current tangerinemoons client?

The new maintenance plan changes will not affect your current subscription. New features will automatically be added to your current plan without an increase in the current monthly rate.

Whether you’re thinking about signing up for one of our WordPress maintenance plans or have been a client for years, we appreciate your business and look forward to a lasting relationship, as we work hard to protect and ensure the success of your WordPress website.

Facebook open graph images

For some reason over the past 2 or 3 weeks, when sharing posts from my music blog at arcadianforest.com to Facebook, the shared post would not display the correct thumbnail assigned to the post. I’m not sure if they have changed things up over at Facebook or what the issue was, but I dove into the issue to try and figure out the problem.

First step – I verified through looking at the code that all of my Facebook Open Graph Meta tags were in place and I ensured the thumbnails were at a required minimum of 200px by 200px. The recommended size is 1500px x 1500px but I’m not sacrificing 2 Mb (in this particular case) just to have my post image displayed on Facebook. The Facebook Open Graph Meta tags can be entered into the <head> of the page, or in my case with a WordPress blog, I opted to use a plugin to enter the meta tags based on my blog post. I’m still experimenting with several plugins in providing the best results without loading other unnecessary junk included with the plugin.

Second step – after verifying my image size and tags were in place, I began using the Facebook Debugger tool with several of my posts for troubleshooting and received various results, even with the same plugin and with the same image size. In some cases, the post would check out OK, while in other cases, the tool would tell me that the image was too small.

To make a long story short, I found that it makes a difference in how the file was being saved from PhotoShop (or not). To test this, I took a post that I tested with the FB Debugger tool and told me that the image was too small. I saved the image from the post, opened it in PhotoShop and used the “Save for web” option at 100% optimized, uploaded the new version, inserted the new image into the post and rechecked the same post with the new image and now the post checked out OK.

I also tested by downloading an online image temporarily – then of course deleted the image after testing due to copyright issues ;-) – used the image in a post and FB debugged it, and received the “too small” error message. I opened the same image in PhotoShop, resaved it, uploaded and add it to the post, redebugged it and it checked out OK.

In both cases, I reconfirmed that the thumbnail was working properly by posting on Facebook to see if the thumbnail appeared and after saving the file in Photoshop, and reuploading, they did in each case I tested.

Hope this troubleshooting information will help someone that may run into the same issue … and frustration.

 

 

If any of you are like me, I despise a cluttered desktop … much like my life …clutter irks me. So, I started trying to figure out a way to declutter my desktop, first by starting with my dock as I had a ton of icons across the dock.

First step – I created folders within my applications folder for the various application categories. For me, I used Media, Browsers, Microsoft Office, Creative Suite and Tools. Then I added application alias’ to the appropriate category folders.

  • Media: iTunes, Facetime, Spotify, Image Capture, etc.
  • Browser Shortcuts: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.
  • Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Tools: Grab, Calculator, Evernote, Jing, etc.

After creating the appropriate folders, I then click and drag the new application folder from the Finder to the right side of the dock divider near the trash (but not in the trash…oops ;-))

After creating the new icon on the dock you have the option to change the view of how the applications are shown by right-clicking on the icon and select fan, grid, list or automatic!

Personally, I selected Grid to make it easier to find the app of my choice.

After creating the icons on the desktop, it looked … well … cluttered as it was displaying a stack of icons contained within the folder with the first app in the list on top.

I decided to create my own icons to replace the new cluttered category folders on the dock.

First, you’ll need to create the icons and then save them in the mac icns format. I created the icons and saved as PNG’s to make the backgrounds transparent. I then used a handy online tool, iConvert Icons, for converting the png files to icns files. I then located my new application category folders within Finder>Applications that I created earlier, right clicked on the folder and selected Get Info.

You are then presented with a window similar to the following:

Open the new ICNS file you created earlier with the application of choice, copy the icon(COMMAND+C), then select small blue folder located in the top left of the Get Info window (shown with red arrow). After selecting the blue folder icon, it should change somewhat and be surrounded by a glow. Then paste the icon to the folder(COMMAND+V).

Your new icon should be in place and you can now close the Get Info window and your new icon should appear assigned to the folder within Finder. When pasting the icon, the machine may request for permission to change the icon and will require you to type in your username and password.

For the icon to appear properly on the dock, it may be necessary to right click the icon on the dock and select “Folder” instead of “Stack”. And Voilà …