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The Buzz Over Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm

It’s been a long time since the Google team felt a real need to provide a mobile friendly algorithm for users to have access to various websites around the world. The algorithm these days is the talk that is catching up fast because the search giant is ensuring a release of another algorithm in the month of April.

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Vantage Update Issue and Solution

Since the recent release of Vantage 1.4, it has been brought to our attention that some customers are experiencing issues when they try to automatically update.


Customers may see “a theme update is available” message in wp-admin. Once they click to update, their site goes completely down (white screen of death).

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Website Redesign and More

It’s been a while since our last blog post so we wanted to give everyone some general updates on our business.

First of all, we’ve been working on a complete site redesign which will give us a more modern feel. The site hasn’t been updated since we launched back in 2010 so we’re long overdue for a new coat of paint.

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A New SSL Exploit – POODLE

Yesterday, Google published a post that exposes a flaw in Web encryption standards. It’s similar to the Heartbleed bug exploited earlier this year but not nearly as serious.

It’s called POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption), which exploits yet another vulnerability in one of the Internet’s basic security protocols (SSL more commonly known as https in your browser) that could potentially give an attacker access to your sensitive online account information.

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Taskerr – A Micro Jobs WordPress Theme

Introducing our latest WordPress application theme, Taskerr! This powerful new theme enables site owners to build their very own micro jobs marketplace. You connect people needing jobs done with others willing to do them.

This underserved niche enables any business imaginable to list their service for a fixed price (which they set). Sites like Fiverr and TaskRabbit are perfect examples of how this amazing new “gig economy” successfully works.

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Escrow Payments Status Update

Work has begun on a new escrow system which means HireBee and Taskerr will be able to offer percentage-based fees (in addition to fixed fees). This has been the number one requested feature of both themes (even though Taskerr hasn’t even been released).

We’ll initially roll out PayPal Adaptive Payments — the most globally accepted escrow gateway option. Next in line will be an up-and-coming escrow service called, Balanced Payments. Both are powerful solutions that any site owner should consider to maximize their sales.

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We’re Attending WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe is fast approaching and we’re super excited about it.

Not only will the majority of the AppThemes team be there, it’s the first time we get to meet each other in person! Yes, you’ve heard right. We’ve been a global company from the start and have never all personally met each other.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, there are two main WordCamps every year. WordCamp San Francisco and WordCamp Europe. The European venue changes annually and this year it’s being held in Sofia, Bulgaria. If you’ve never been to one before, these are the ones to attend (San Francisco is in Oct 25-26).

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Taskerr – Coming Soon to a Browser Near You

Not far behind the release of HireBee, we’re just about ready to roll out another app theme. Before doing so, we wanted to leak out this little teaser prior to the official launch later this month.

Taskerr allows you to setup and monetize your own micro jobs website. Match job listers with sellers so they can get small things done at an unbeatable value. You make money by taking a fee from each job. Earning passive income is really that easy!

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