Saturday, November 17, 2018

Firefox Turn Off Google Tag Manager Preview

I recently added Google Tag Manager for a customer and in experimenting I added to my company website. Now in FireFox I am getting a preview pane at the bottom of the page. In Chrome this can be turned off, but I couldn’t find how to do in Firefox till I found the following article.

https://www.shoutmeloud.com/disable-google-tag-manager-preview-pane.html

The basics for this are:

  • Log in to Google Tag Manager.
  • Go to your site dashboard (Workspace < Overview).
  • Click on the option that says Leave Preview Mode.

I hope this helps someone else out there.

Google Analytics Not Displaying Full Page

Using Firefox I went into Google Analytics to see the results on a website recently launched and want to see if the SEO was going as planned. When I clicked on “landing pages” I was getting a double scroll on the right-side, and I couldn’t scroll down to the bottom of the results pane. It looked like this….

A search lead me to trying Chrome where it did work. Suggestion were to try this page “https://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/”, but that was no help.

I resolved this issue by resizing the browser window. Grabbed one corner to adjust the size of the window and content on the page resized its self.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Screen Ruler In Firefox

I often need to know the viewport or screen size when developing the style sheet for a site. It took a little bit to understand where to find the built in screen ruler in Firefox. Here are steps.

  1. Hit f12 to bring up the developer tools.
  2. Click on the gear to bring up the settings
  3. Scroll down till you find “Toggle rulers for the page”.
  4. Once that is checked you will see the ruler icon at the top of the toolbar.

  5. Clicking on the ruler icon will display the ruler on the page.

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

IP blocked by M&T Bank / mtb.com – how to unblock

We recently installed a Barracuda firewall and accidentally left “Proxy” on.  This caused our IP to used as a spam relay which got our IP put on a blacklist.  A trace route from our server to mtb.com showed the packets getting to MTB.com and stopping. We assumed it was MTB.com blocking the ip.

MTB said they get their blacklist for outside sources. They directed me to the following site were I was able to submit a request to get the IP off of the blacklist.

http://www.brightcloud.com/tools/url-ip-lookup.php

I could see that the IP was showing as suspect. I clicked on the “IP Reputation” and submitted the IP for review. I knew the proxy issue was resolved the IP should be cleared. This didn’t resolve the issue.

I discovered Barracuda has their own IP blocked. This showed our IP as not having a “poor” reputation.

http://www.barracudacentral.org/lookups/lookup-reputation

Do more searching brought me to this page.

https://www.whatismyip.com/blacklist-check/?iref=ip-lookup

There were two sites that had our IP listed. When I tried to go to mailhosts.org I get an error saying that domain is available. Blacklisted with no way to get it removed.

Looking into alternative fixes.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

 

The site ahead contains malware Security error – how to fix

Clients site got the following message when users got to the site.

My journey started with the host which was wrong. It was all google this time. Here are the steps to get google to review your site and take it off the blacklist.

  1. Go to https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/99020?hl=en
  2. Go down to “My site…” and click on “request a review”
  3. On this page is a video to walk you through process.
  4. Next I logged into Google Webmastertools. Clicked on Messages. Clicked on the property with the malware message. And hit “Request a review”.

  5. Lastly click “I have fixed these issues.”
  6. A window will open for you to tell Google what you did to clean the site.

  7. You will get a message “Your request was submitted successfully. Please check back later.”

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Google Chrome redirect – http://www.google.com/ig/redirectdomain?brand=TSND&bmod=TSND

Had a customer call in because he was on the LA Times website and clicked on a link that caused his browser to pop-up a Microsoft warning. The warning said he was infected and  needed to pay. He hit control-alt-delete and closed chrome. He restarted his machine and called us.

I opened Chrome and looked at the start page. It was set to “http://www.google.com/ig/redirectdomain?brand=TSND&bmod=TSND”.  When I put that URL into another browser it took me to just Google. I figured the rest was unecessary and reset his home page to just be “http://www.google.com”.

I downloaded a rootkit scan tool from Bleeping Computer and ran a quick scan. We also use Vipre Anit-virus. I updated the difinitions and ran a full deep scan with Vipre. Nothing else was wrong.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Joomla 3.6.3 Unable To Edit Module

I updated a bunch of sites yesterday after the 3.6.3 release. When I went to add the login module the edit page was complete white with a drop down box. I was deeply concerned and thought maybe this Gantry template was the issue. It was not. I found this page.

https://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=709&p=3435967

I refreshed the browser window and everything was fine. Basically came down to Joomla worked on their caching component and you need to manually refresh the page.

Another install I upgraded simply refreshing the cache did not work. I was using Firefox. Firefox is making it tough to find the delete recent history. I had to close out of the administrative area all together. Open a new tab and then the modules were be having the way they should.

The articles are a different story. When I go into edit an article I get the following message.

joomla_3_6_3_update_error

I can still edit and save the article

I hope this helps someone else out there.

 

Are Placeholders 508 Compliant and Should They Be Used Over Labels?

I have a cousin that is blind and fully uses the web. This is amazing to me. When I am building websites I often think about how my site could be used by people with life challenges.

While redoing a site I wondered should I ditch the 508 compliant “label” tag and just use a “placeholder” tag.  After some Google searches and good old common sense I have determined that label tags should stay.

Here are my reasons:

  1. Placeholder text color can be an issue with some users.
  2. Placeholder text can be confusing to screen readers. I personally have no experience with screen readers, but have heard this from screen readers users.
  3. I read that placeholder text can confuse users into thinking the field is already filled out.
  4. I know labels are 508 compliant.

This article was helpful with my determination.

https://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2011/02/html5-accessibility-chops-the-placeholder-attribute/

I hope this helps someone else out there…