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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My client’s website was hacked via an outdated WordPress plugin.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 The steps in that blog came from two real-life scenarios, and today we will look more closely at one of them: an outdated plugin […]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 […]

August 05, 2016

Use Two Factor Authentication To Guard WordPress Against Brute Force Attacks

Passwords are an unquestionable means of defense against hackers. A compromised WordPress site can damage your clients’ business reputation — the kind of harm that takes a long time to recover from. Yet no matter how complicated you make a password (adding numbers and symbols), it’s still not the strongest form of protection. Hackers can […]

July 27, 2016

Lessons WordPress Users Can Learn From The Panama Papers Breach

I’m sure you’re all aware of the Panama Papers: a leak of epic proportions that exposed the offshore dealings of the rich and famous. Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca was breached, and well over a terabyte of data handed over to journalists, who are going through it with a fine-tooth comb. The leak has given […]

July 26, 2016

WordPress Is A Powerful Donation Solicitation Platform For Nonprofits

Soliciting and collecting donations are the core fundraising activities of many nonprofits. It’s also the most expensive. Traditional nonprofit fundraising techniques include event hosting, direct solicitation, mass mailing, and cold calling. Some of these techniques have a high chance of securing donations, but also a high associated cost that eats into the money available for […]

July 22, 2016

Nomad Mage Virtual Magento Group

Good developers never stop learning. The best way to keep learning is to stay active within the community, and one of the best ways is Nomad Mage, a virtual user group for Magento developers, by Magento developers. With monthly online webinars, Nomad Mage gives expert developers a way to share their expertise. While these webinars […]