If you have a Wordpress site and have not been receiving your admin emails, you should start using Mailgun to deliver your email.
Mailgun is the email automation engine trusted by over 10,000 website and application developers for sending, receiving and tracking emails. By taking advantage of Mailgun's powerful email APIs, developers can spend more time building awesome websites and less time fighting with email servers. Mailgun supports all of the most popular languages including PHP, Ruby, Python, C# and Java.
One particularly useful feature of this plugin is that it provides you with a way to send email when the server you are on does not support SMTP or where outbound SMTP is restricted since the plug-in uses the Mailgun HTTP API for sending email by default. All you need to use the plugin is a Mailgun account. Mailgun has a free account that lets you send up to 200 emails per day, which is great for testing. Paid subscriptions are available for increased limits.
Here's a useful plugin (from Black Studio) for enhancing your sidebar content:
This plugin adds a new Visual Editor widget type that allows you to insert rich text and media objects in your sidebars with no hassle. The default WordPress text widget lacks of functionalities and it requires HTML knowledge, this plugin was born to overcome these limitations. With Black Studio TinyMCE Widget you will be able to edit your widgets in a WYSIWYG manner using the native WordPress TinyMCE editor, just like you do in posts and pages. And if you are a developer you may still switch back and forth from Visual to HTML mode.
Add rich text widgets to your sidebars and edit them using visual editor
Switch between Visual mode and HTML mode (including Quicktags toolbar)
Insert images/videos from WordPress Media Library
Insert links to existing WordPress pages/posts or external resources
This is definitely going on my queue at Lynda.com!
with some basic site configuration, code updates, and free plugins, you can make an existing or brand-new WordPress site much more secure. Beginning with the basics (your backup/restore and password settings), author Jeff Starr explains how to harden WordPress by setting up user roles, configuring authentication keys, and setting proper file permissions.
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