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WordPress Security Best Practices

Web Development, WordPress | Posted by Keefr June 19th, 2017

Great article by iThemes, who just so happens to make a security plugin for WordPress. But seriously, the seven things that the article focuses on are things I’ve tried to focus on over my years as developer with my teams and employers.

I love too that it points out that exploiting sites isn’t usually a concentrated/personal attack, but rather bots constantly sniffing the Internet for exploits, sites that haven’t been patched, have exploitable, permissions etc.

Things like using HTTPS everywhere have gotten easier over the years as well, as free domain validation level certificates have become easy to do, providing your web host offers the service via something like Let’s Encrypt.

BTW, the iThemes Security Pro plugin has been a mainstay in all our WordPress installs. While some people don’t like actually paying for plugins, you should at least use their free version to harden your WordPress sites with ease.

Source: – 7 WordPress Security Best Practices

Common WordPress Security Issues

WordPress, WordPress | Posted by Keefr January 19th, 2017

In 2016, we added another plugin that’s part of our base install with any WordPress site we’re developing – iThemes Security / Security Pro for helping to harden WordPress installs. The article linked below outlines some of the common things WordPress, its plugins, and its themes are susceptible to in terms of security holes.

Obviously, as the maker of the theme, their piece is partially about selling the need for their plugin, but 1) that’s ok — both the free and paid versions are great and 2) the information is accurate, valid and something you should be considering with every WordPress install you put out into the public.

Source: iThemes – 5 Common WordPress Security Issues

Coping With WordPress Coding Overwhelm

Web Development, WordPress | Posted by Keefr December 19th, 2016

Saw this article this morning, and while the meat of the article is specifically referring to WordPress, the first couple of paragraphs are good words to live by whatever the project — even outside of development.

Documentation, failure and research, while all great things needed within development, also span good work ethics and problem solving in general.

Source: wpmudev – How to Cope with WordPress Coding Overwhelm

What It’s Like to Contribute to WordPress

Web Development, WordPress, WordPress | Posted by Keefr May 5th, 2015

WordPressNice article about contributing to a little ol’ open source software project used by 60 million people on the Internet — WordPress.

Kudos to all of those out there who continue to add, fix, contribute to WordPress. It’s become a crucial part of my profession and I’ve loved getting under the hood more and more — though not at the level the poster in the article linked below has.

A core contributor/developer sheds some light on the process of contributing code to WordPress core.

Source: What It’s Like to Contribute to WordPress

Security updates for our GA and SEO plugins & many others • Yoast

Web Development, WordPress, WordPress | Posted by Keefr April 26th, 2015

wordpressAny piece of software is only as good its latest version and its security updates. WordPress and its plugins are no different.

Recently WordPress’ core was updated by there’s also a bunch of plugins where exploits have been found. The two lessons here: 1. Stay on top of the software updates for both WordPress and its plugins. 2. Use plugins that are actively still being developed whenever possible.

In this post, we’re announcing a security update to both our SEO plugin and our Google Analytics plugin. Chances are, a few of the other plugins you use are affected too. Read on below if you’re interested in the how and why, but make sure you go into your WordPress admin and update. Don’t just update our plugins, update all of…

Source: Security updates for our GA and SEO plugins & many others • Yoast