Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

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

WordPress Plugin Equivalents in Drupal

Content Management Systems, Drupal, WordPress | Posted by Keefr June 28th, 2016

DrupalIt’s no secret that WordPress is my go-to for content management system driven web sites. It’s free. It’s mature and it’s got a huge community both in terms of support and in its plugins library. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel most of the time.

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Optimizing a Complex Site for Pagespeed

Optimization, WordPress | Posted by Keefr July 6th, 2015

Optimizing a Complex Site for PagespeedThe article linked below goes into some nice detail about improving the speed and perceived speed of a relatively complex WordPress-based web site.

Its biggest point though is in the fact that page speed score shouldn’t overrule actual speed improvements.

Optimizing a Complex Site for Pagespeed