September 27 isn’t Google’s birthday, nevertheless there’s a doodle

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New Delhi: There is a doodle on the Google home page that celebrates the company’s 16th birthday. But the interesting fact is that September 27 isn’t the search giant’s birthday.

The selection of September 27 as Google’s birthday seems to be a one of convenience than the actual date when the company was founded.

Google celebrated September 7 (the day when the company was incorporated) as its birthday till 2005. In 2005 Google changed the date to September 27 to make it coincide with the announcement of the record number of pages that the search engine was indexing.

Independence Day in India

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What do people do?

Independence Day is a day when people in India pay homage to their leaders and those who fought for India’s freedom in the past. The period leading up to Independence Day is a time when major government buildings are illuminated with strings of lights and the tricolor flutters from homes and other buildings. Broadcast, print and online media may have special contests, programs, and articles to promote the day. Movies about India’s freedom fighters are also shown on television.

The president delivers the ‘”Address to the Nation” on the eve of Independence Day. India’s prime minister unfurls India’s flag and holds a speech at the Red Fort in Old Dehli. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs are held in the state capitals and often involve many schools and organizations.

Many people spend the day with family members or close friends. They may eat a picnic in a park or private garden, go to a film or eat lunch or dinner at home or in a restaurant. Other people go kite flying or sing or listen to patriotic songs.

WordPress.com and WordPress.org

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WordPress is a publishing platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online, and proudly powers millions of websites. It comes in two flavors: the fully hosted WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version available at WordPress.org.

WordPress.com
Focus on your beautiful content, and let us handle the rest.
WordPress.org
Get your hands dirty, and host your website yourself.
Premium hosting, security, and backups are included. You can even upgrade to a custom domain, like YourGroovyDomain.com. You’ll need to find a host, and perform backups and maintenance yourself. We offer VaultPress for security and backups.
Choose from hundreds of beautiful themes. Make it your own with Custom Design. Install custom themes. Build your own with PHP and CSS.
Integrate your site with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networks. Install a plugin, like Jetpack, to enable sharing functionality on your site.
Popular features like sharing, stats, comments, and polls are included. There’s no need to install plugins. Install plugins to extend your site’s functionality.
Personal support and the WordPress.com forums are always available. Visit the WordPress.org support forums for assistance.
You must register for an account on WordPress.com and abide by our Terms of Service. No registration with WordPress.org is required.

WordPress is a community-driven project that’s developed by and for people like you. Many thousands of people from around the world contribute to the project, and many millions of websites are powered by it. From large company websites to personal blogs, and everything in between, everyone can publish with WordPress.

There are two ways that you can get started with WordPress. You can host a WordPress installation on your own server, or you can host your site here at WordPress.com and let us handle the technical bits.

Hosting your own WordPress site can be fun and rewarding, but it also requires some technical knowledge and places more responsibility on you, the publisher. You can download the WordPress software for free at http://wordpress.org, but it must be installed on a web server before it will work. You will need to research and install your own themes and plugins. Many hosting providers offer a one-click installation of WordPress — here are a few examples. If you’re looking for a web development agency that specializes in building beautiful WordPress sites, check out the CodePoet Directory.

WordPress.com is different. Here at WordPress.com, you don’t have to download software, pay for hosting, or manage a web server. You can instead focus on creating wonderful content, and let us handle the rest!

WordPress.com is a great choice for bloggers, photographers, artists, plumbers, doctors, restaurateurs — almost anyone. However,  techies that prefer to maintain full control over their code, should consider hosting their own WordPress installation. We provide a large number of themes and built-in plugin functionality so you won’t need to upload your own.

Publishing your website is always free here at WordPress.com. And many excellent premium upgrades are available to help you supercharge your site. These upgrades let you use a custom domain (like YourGroovyDomain.com), extensively customize the appearance of your site, upload HD video, and lots more.

WordPress.com is a commercial enterprise owned by Automattic, a company started by the founding developer of WordPress and staffed by full-time developers, designers, and support engineers. Automatticians (employees of Automattic) regularly contribute back to the WordPress software so that the entire community can benefit.

Not sure which way to go? Find out more about WordPress.com and WordPress.org to see which is best-suited for you.

How and where to use wordpress security keys

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WordPress security keys and salts come by default with your wordpress installation and it works cool, but to make it stronger you can add new keys. You can see your wordpress security keys and salts in wp-config.php file that is in your main wordpress directory. Below is the sample for wordpress security keys and salts that you see in your wp-config.php

/**#@+
 * Authentication Unique Keys and Salts.
 *
 * Change these to different unique phrases!
 * You can generate these using the {@link https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ WordPress.org secret-key service}
 * You can change these at any point in time to invalidate all existing cookies. This will force all users to have to log in again.
 *
 * @since 2.6.0
 */
define('AUTH_KEY',         '/hHrAb@zT|.-,+5+6d+p/vgvoBo%^_uByCSRF5s}|X$}oKnV.6QeS%Z7 +[&b^Mq');
define('SECURE_AUTH_KEY',  'bD- +{BOSiGR{cazC**g%UZ~evg4Fi;gldyEZwo |$?Sr0mCg|XB]=*wk^95/(k+');
define('LOGGED_IN_KEY',    'urr!,9Md+:tv0LG0unbD{jE{/Wb$xDd2oE$db|F#:}-yhU}_q-~i{$%^B*');
define('AUTH_SALT',        '.uXW!]|5D)WYza(*Bfv@c,WeHuZpi+/*cOQM;anz]Wn@$JR:s}9Y%RW||[)|N1e6');
define('SECURE_AUTH_SALT', 'K=[42 K20RoEiyq*k7$AVL+_S4veav^jd]2u.^#Ku-s)G>6xP+!F[=9;CPpaqIP*)P&LoOkNu#}_>H2mSu]ZO?|fu%kt9QnZWg)D3h$||up77n3(q?w}!-Gb');
define('NONCE_SALT',       'P:$u1_xKe0u%NA-rRR[4{Qg0%fI72Pm5W;WQ4`atpa*v~7X%jwvgY@;.^+koG.yN');

/**#@-*/

Don’t copy this key instead generate and grab the whole variables from wordpress secret key generator. Now paste the generated keys in your wp-config.php file accordingly. Now save the file and you don’t need to remember these variables anymore. Generate these keys once again and add it accordingly in your wp-config.php just in case if you recovered your site from a serious hack.

One more thing if your any users were logged in to your wordpress dashboard then they will be asked to login again.

Hope this article helped you with securing your wordpress site using wordpress security keys and salts.

Manual Updating WordPress

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  1. Get the latest WordPress zip (or tar.gz) file
  2. Unpack the zip file that you downloaded.
  3. Deactivate plugins.
  4. Delete the old wp-includes and wp-admin directories on your web host (through your FTP or shell access).
  5. Using FTP or your shell access, upload the new wp-includes and wp-admin directories to your web host, in place of the previously deleted directories.
  6. Upload the individual files from the new wp-content folder to your existing wp-content folder, overwriting existing files. Do NOT delete your existing wp-content folder. Do NOT delete any files or folders in your existing wp-content directory (except for the one being overwritten by new files).
  7. Upload all new loose files from the root directory of the new version to your existing wordpress root directory.

NOTE – you should replace all the old WordPress files with the new ones in the wp-includes and wp-admin directories and sub-directories, and in the root directory (such as index.php, wp-login.php and so on). Don’t worry – your wp-config.php will be safe.

Be careful when you come to copying the wp-content directory. You should make sure that you only copy the files from inside this directory, rather than replacing your entire wp-content directory. This is where your themes and plugins live, so you will want to keep them. If you have customized the default or classic themes without renaming them, make sure not to overwrite those files, otherwise you will lose your changes. (Though you might want to compare them for new features or fixes..)

Lastly you should take a look at the wp-config-sample.php file, to see if any new settings have been introduced that you might want to add to your own wp-config.php.

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