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September 01, 2016

Can WordPress Be Used For Enterprise Resource Planning?

When most of us think of content management systems, we have in mind a tool that can be used for building websites and blogs. But content management systems — including WordPress — can be used for much more than web publishing. The ability to categorize, process, filter, display, and control access to information are the […]

August 31, 2016

What’s The Difference Between Tags And Categories In WordPress?

A website is a network of interconnected pages. Links within the content bind the pages together into a single entity, but they aren’t the only — or the best — way to organize pages according to the content they contain. To do that, we need a taxonomy, a way of grouping pages according to their […]

August 25, 2016

Users Of The All In One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin Should Update Immediately

Versions of All In One SEO Pack older than 2.3.7 are vulnerable to a serious cross-site scripting vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take over a WordPress site. All In One SEO Pack users should immediately update the plugin to the most recent version, which contains a patch to remove the vulnerability. All In […]

August 24, 2016

Don’t Use “WordPress” or “Woo” In The Name Of Your WordPress Business.

The popularity of WordPress nourishes a thriving ecosystem of plugin and theme developers and designers, as well as thousands of businesses that offer WordPress-related services. The WordPress economy is worth many millions of dollars. And, it’s largely an open playing field. With a little knowledge and hard-work, it’s relatively easy to get started as a […]

August 23, 2016

Can You Help Make WordPress More Accessible?

Recently, we’ve been looking at how WordPress users can contribute back to the WordPress community. We discussed the ways that non-programmers can contribute, including aiding in translation efforts. Today I’d like to take a look at how you can help make WordPress more accessible. Accessibility testing is an important part of the WordPress development process. […]

August 22, 2016

Watch Out For WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities & Hacks, Identify Scripts & Stay Updated

My client’s website was hacked via an outdated WordPress plugin. In “Steps to Fix and Prevent a Hacked WordPress Site”, you learned how to fix a client site after a hack. The steps in that blog came from two real-life scenarios, and today we will look more closely at one of them: an outdated plugin […]

August 18, 2016

The OurMine TechCrunch Hack Shows The Danger Of Poor Password Management On High-Profile WordPress Sites

On July 26, TechCrunch, a popular WordPress-based technology business blog, was compromised by OurMine, a team of hackers responsible for a series of attacks targeting high-profile individuals and sites. The attackers accessed a user account and published a blog post announcing that TechCrunch’s security had been breached. In this case, the attackers were relatively benign; […]

August 10, 2016

Facebook And Automattic Release Instant Articles Plugin For WordPress

In preparation for the imminent opening up of Instant Articles to all publishers, Facebook and Automattic have teamed up to develop an Instant Articles plugin for WordPress. Instant Articles is Facebook’s answer to slow websites — compatible web pages will load much more quickly within the Facebook app than on the web (assuming that the […]

August 09, 2016

Abandoned WordPress Plugins: What Are Your Options?

One of WordPress’s great strengths is the plugin ecosystem. Developers have created thousands of plugins — most of which are free — that add any functionality you can imagine. Many businesses are built on WordPress, and some of those businesses depend on the plugins they use. What happens if those plugins go away? What do […]

August 08, 2016

Guard Against WordPress Vulnerabilities With Scanners, Theme & Plugin Security Best Practices

If it seems as if WordPress websites are hacked more often than others, there’s some truth to that theory. WordPress vulnerabilities are common – the security firm Sucuri found that a significantly large portion of websites compromised during the first three months of 2016 ran on WordPress. Sucuri investigated 11,485 compromised sites, and 78% of […]