One of the most important things you need to know as a blogger is how to secure a Wordpress site. Sure, you can pay someone to harden your site, but not everyone offering this service knows what they're doing - or can be trusted. You may want to bookmark this post, because I'm going to come back to it every few months and update anything that's changed. In it, we're going to … [Read more...] about How to Secure a WordPress Site
I've been away for a while. A big part of the reason was that, for the first time in my 20 years online, I got a computer virus. This nasty bit of malware, Cryptowall 2.0, strolled right past ESET, my highly-rated antivirus and firewall and beganencrypting all my data files. (Crypto has also been known to beat Norton, Kapersky and most of the others.) So I have spent the … [Read more...] about Ransomware: how to protect your PC, and why bloggers must
I've been working with the Genesis Framework for Wordpress lately, and I recently discovered there are two ways to make Genesis display the post meta and info conditionally, and which method you need depends whether the theme is HTML5 or not. On most sites, I use excerpts on the front page, and most Genesis themes place the post meta and post info - that's the author byline, … [Read more...] about Genesis: How to place the post meta and info just on single pages
Maybe you will never, ever decide to merge the posts from one of your Wordpress blogs into another. But if you do, as I once did, you might find this list of instructions helpful. Terminology check: "merging" blog refers to the blog that's going to have all its posts moved into another one, and the one that's receiving those posts is called the "merged" blog. Backup AT … [Read more...] about How to merge WordPress blogs together
My first encounter with a Wordpress 406 "Not Acceptable..." error was back when I upgraded to WordPress 2.1. It wouldn't let me post, edit posts, access options, etc. I searched extensively online at the time, and found that the error has something to do with a host using mod_security. The general recommendation was to turn mod_security off. I see that method is still being … [Read more...] about WordPress 406 errors "Not acceptable…"