updates & maintenance

Maintenance needs vary from client to client. General information will be shared here when we hear of news that may affect our Designs by Sandbox website clients. If you have specific questions regarding how any of these announcements affect your website, please contact us.

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WordPress 4.1.2 Security Release

Yet another automated WordPress update... here's what you need to know about it!

This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.... WordPress versions 4.1.1 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site.
- https://wordpress.org/news/

If your website is still running a very old version of WordPress, then you might need to update manually. If you need help with this, please contact us.


WordPress 4.1.1 Maintenance Release

Have you been notified by email that your site was automatically updated? You're not alone! WordPress 4.1.1 was just released, and sites that were already running 4.1 are being automatically updated to 4.1.1.

As far as we can see, there is not a whole lot to say about this particular update. To read more about it, please visit this WordPress blog page.

If you are still running an older version of WordPress and need some assistance in processing your website's technical updates, please contact us.


WordPress 4.1

A new version of WordPress is available - Version 4.1 of WordPress is available for update in your WordPress dashboard.

"...Named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, ... new features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing.... Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them."

-wordpress.org/news/2014/12/dinah/

This new version of WordPress, officially released on Dec 18, 2014, also includes a new "default theme" called Twenty Fifteen.

For our clients who have a current maintenance plan, we will update your site to WordPress 4.1 at your next scheduled service. For clients who are maintaining their sites independently, please remember to double-check that the plugins on your site have all adjusted to this new version of WordPress, and then go ahead and update. (There does not appear to be a conflict with any of the themes that Designs by Sandbox has employed for clients' sites to date.) As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.


WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release

Wordpress announced a new release on November 20, 2014 - WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release.

"WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 within the next few hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.9.2, 3.8.4, or 3.7.4, you will be updated to 3.9.3, 3.8.5, or 3.7.5 to keep everything secure."

- WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release

Since this is a security release, ALL websites should be updated to a more secure version of Wordpress. Some websites will update automatically, others will need to be updated manually.

To check to see if your website is running the most recent version of Wordpress, login to your dashboard as an administrator, go to "Updates", and read the messages listed.

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.


Responsive II Theme

Cyberchimps has announced the official release of a new theme, Responsive II.

CyberChimps has worked hard to bring the latest improvements and innovations in web technology to you with the new Responsive II theme. Responsive II represents a complete reengineering of our best-selling Responsive theme. It is not only based on a new mobile-first design and grid, but it has been equipped with all of CyberChimps’ newest technologies.
- http://cyberchimps.com/2014/10/responsive-ii-is-here/

As previously mentioned, most of our Designs by Sandbox website clients use Responsive theme, and there was initially some concern that updating to the new platform for Responsive2 would require a significant overhaul. Good news - Cyberchimps is keeping Responsive Theme (both the Pro version and the Free version), and Responsive II is marketed as a separate theme.


WordPress 4.0

A new version of WordPress is available - WordPress 4.0 has just been released.

"While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy."

- http://wordpress.org/news/2014/09/benny/

Some websites will automatically update, others will need to be manually updated. When you login as an administrator to your dashboard, check the Updates screen to see which version of WordPress your site is currently running.


WordPress 3.9.2 Security Release

Wordpress announced a new release this morning (Aug 6, 2014) - WordPress 3.9.2 Security Release.

(We haven't even officially announced this new Sandbox Support Services website yet, and already there is a compelling reason confirming our decision to build it!)

Since this is a security release, ALL websites should be updated to this new version of Wordpress. Some websites will update automatically, others will need to be updated manually.

To check to see if your website is running the most recent version of Wordpress, login to your dashboard as an administrator, go to "Updates".


what does "Mobile First" mean?

The soon-to-be-revealed Responsive 2 theme will have a "mobile first" approach. What does that mean? This article explains it a bit... http://cyberchimps.com/2014/07/mobile-first-means-more-than-just-a-responsive-wordpress-theme/

Not surprisingly, many of the principles used in a mobile-first-mentality are also key principles for strategic marketing, and you probably heard us saying some of these same things when we worked with you to organize your website's content.

In fact, an Oct 2013 article from Forbes predicted a few of the current trends:

With the prediction that mobile will overtake desktop usage within the next 2 years, not incorporating mobile into a solid content strategy is no longer an option.... Creating content that can be read ‘on the go’ will become increasingly important, which means mobile-friendly formatting, shorter and more actionable blog posts, and considering which devices your audience will be using to access your content.
- Jayson DeMers, 10/08/2013, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2013/10/08/the-top-7-content-marketing-trends-that-will-dominate-2014/

Never hurts to periodically revisit your marketing strategies, and either reaffirm or reconsider your content organization.


Responsive2 theme

This could be big news, but to be honest, we're not yet sure exactly what it will mean. The parent theme, Responsive, that we use almost exclusively for Designs by Sandbox websites has just announced an overhaul - Responsive 2.

... [The Cyberchimps team has] begun a complete rewrite of our Responsive theme, both the free and Pro versions, which we call Responsive 2.0.

What this means is that there will be some changes coming that could affect you. This will take several weeks, and there’s no delivery date set at this time. In other words, we will take the time to do it right. We owe that to you, and to ourselves, to continue to provide themes you can trust.

-http://cyberchimps.com/2014/05/spoiler-alert-responsive-2-0-is-changing-the-game/

We will keep an eye on this, and will let you know what we learn....