Years ago in the early days of WordPress, everything was free. You either chose a boring default theme, picked one someone else had created or wrote your own theme. Then two things happened: 1) people realized they need to make money and 2) hackers discovered themes are a way to create security holes.
Unfortunately, since one can get website code easily, it is easy for a hacker to use a particular theme to hack your website. Also, there is the do-it-yourself trend, in which someone who knows no coding wants to set up a whole WordPress site with only a click here and there.
However, if one also wants a complex theme or lots of choices, this can bring about what is called “code bloat” – lots of calls to the database that slows down your site or lots of short codes that make theme switching difficult. In this post we will discuss two issues: theme security and code bloat. Then the post will suggest a few ways to make good theme choices.
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Have you heard about the most recent brute force attack on WordPress websites? Is your site protected against XMLRPC pingbacks? Do you have a security plugin installed and a system for creating unique secure passwords? Do you add increased functionality to your WordPress website using code snippets or use HTML code in text widgets? Find the answers to these questions in this week’s #FridayFinds.
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This week in my #FridayFinds series, I share links to: a motivational video, seven statistics on Facebook engagement, tips on improving your website performance and a step-by-step tutorial on how to delete the “Admin” user in WordPress (a known security risk).
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This is a new weekly post where I’ll be sharing interesting posts that I’ve found throughout the week. Today, I’ll start with a brief recap on the recent attack on WordPress sites including a link to an article that I believe covers the situation thoroughly with some steps that you can take immediately. Whether you’re a newbie blogger or a seasoned veteran, you should either be able to either learn something new or share your experience and personal recommendations with the rest of us.
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