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Securing Your WordPress Site

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phew, i just updated my site, i read an article from MyTestBox “Is your WordPress blog hacked? Why not upgrade to the latest version?” and realize how fragile my site is. I think anyone who have wordpress blog should know this.

Here are a couple of things that i didn’t know it would be key point factor in securing my site.

  1. The wordpress default plugin directory is not secured, so anyone can see what plugin i’ve installed, in case u want to see it the default directory is in here “www.yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins”.
  2. Change my admin password regularly, lucky i’ve just download a portable password manager KeePass Password Safe Portable couple of days ago. There’s a built in password generator in it (dont forget to click save after u’ve save all of your password).

There’s also a lot of recommended plugin in the site. And i thought updating my site with the latest wordpress is enough.

WordPress Admin Management Xtended

building blog
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I have a confession, I suck making category for my writing at this site :( that’s why i always confuse what category supposed for my posts and after that i put it in the same category over and over again, after a while i realize what should be the category of the writing and edit the post and save again. it’s a tedious task.

My biggest problem with it right now, i want to change all category of my post in the past with the appropriate ones so it became readable if i want to search it. but editing one by one is hideous, but i considered myself lucky because my writing is still not much (around 170 post), what if my writing like Mr. Roy at downloadmunkey.net? if i’m not mistaken he once had 150 post in a month?! that a great deal of works if he want to change all category of the posts. Before i had a lot of post like him i’d like to change it quick and that’s when i think there’s should be a WordPress plugin for mass changing category and tags.

Looking at the WordPress Extend Plugins Resources found this fantastic plugins, WordPress Admin Management Xtended. It not going to let you mass category change, but it will let u change it via the manage admin view.

Under the action text u could see those blue button which function as changing the date, allow comment or not etc. It’s a superb plugin imho, btw there’s a video explaining the function of Admin Management Xtended

While I add plugin for category i also add

All of this plugin i read it at Top 10 must install plugins for WordPress users!

A little redesign on the site

Could not sleep
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Got some spare time last night cause i couldn’t sleep until 5 AM and i want to change the look of my site for a couple of month now. I want to make it more sleek with a lot new graphic logo and changing the typography so it becomes more readable.

I is Lazy
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but it the end, i was too lazy :D i only use plain Thematic standard structure with mock-up in colour and typography (Bigger is better right :D).

Here are the screenshot taken from browsershots.org before the changes

here are the old font type and size

and here are the new changes

here are the new font type and size

Add plugins too, Google Site Map xml. All in all, the site use Thematic framework from Ian Stewart and Fasticon rss icon from Smashing Magazine.

WordPress Video Tutorial

Wordpress Logo
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I’ve been searching a wordpress video tutorial for quite a while now, but never found that really works. I read about Five Ways to Familiarize Clients with WordPress on WPCandy suggest using WPScreencast.

The bad news is, WPScreencast video doesn’t work at all here in Indonesia.
so i had to scourge in the jungle of youtube and found the perfect video tutorial from snowydancer. He had the perfect line-up video tutorial to get your wordpress experience smoothly for your client. The video still use wordpress 2.61 admin page, but nevertheless it is still the same admin page structure with the newest version. The video is available in a wide range of variety from managing content on wordpress to adding image in posting.