Various notes from WordCamp Austin 2012 (#wcatx)

Why WordPress Is A More Powerful Word Processor Than You Think – Brandon Kraft

Plugins to check out:
Tinymce advanced
Jet pack adds better spellcheck, proofread, embed other items
Crayon displays code hilited, line numbers
Edit flow helps setup workflow for editor, author, admin, etc.
Editorial calendar adds date reminders
Tinymce ultimate let’s you select which buttons you want, etc.
Page exclude adds a checkbox, “include this page in menus”, uncheck this to exclude pages from the page navigation that users see on your site.

Securing WordPress Is Easier Than Making Coffee – Chris Wiegman
Slides at http://www.slideshare.net/cwiegman/securing-word-press-is-easier-than-making-coffee

Plugin: Better WP Security at

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-wp-security/

Read the page. Watch the video. Install and activate the plugin. You won’t be sorry.

Just in case:
Periodically backup your uploads folder with FTP to your workstation. Also, your Custom themes and plugins, and your Database, of course. Keep a list of plugins you use in an unpublished post (use this to rebuild your site once the database is restored). Remove unused plugins and themes.

Detect:
Watch logs, patterns, spam counts, analytics

Recover:
Delete it all. Yes, EVERYTHING.
Reinstall WordPress, the database, and all the plugins (remember that unpublished post mentioned above?).
Upload media
Change the database password and your users’ passwords.

Other plugins to check out:

Login lockdown
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/login-lockdown/

WordPress https
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-https/

WordPress firewall 2
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-firewall-2/

Sucuri Sitecheck Malware Scanner
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

WordPress Backup to Dropbox
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-backup-to-dropbox/

Read http://Codex.wp.org/hardening_wordpress

Things We Learned The Hard Way – Things WordPress Pros Wish They’d Known Years Ago – Presented by the Automattic Team (Pete and Evan at automattic.com)

Problems with Plugins:
Break with wp updates
Security probs
Slow

and themes:
Break with wp updates
Security probs
Slow

Don’t put all your faith in a plugin cause you’re at their mercy.
Plugins recommend by your client are probably a bad idea.
Don’t hesitate to pay for good plugin if it’s that helpful. $50 that saves an hour or two is well worth it, especially if you get paid more than $25/hour.
Usually, it’s best to not reinvent the wheel, but with plugins, you don’t know what you’re getting. It’s better to start fresh on writing your own plugin than starting out with someone else’s (which may have bugs), and modifying it.

Only use plugins from reputable sources. How do you tell which are reputable?

  • High download count
  • Gets updated regularly
  • Good rating by a high number of people
  • Community support is great

The same logic holds for themes, too.

Be selective when choosing clients
The client is never absolutely right
Always communicate

Free contract templates:
http://speckyboy.com/2010/08/12/5-free-to-use-freelance-design-contract-templates/

Code poet ebooks:
http://build.codepoet.com/2012/05/11/getting-pricing-right/
http://build.codepoet.com/2012/05/11/wordpress-meet-responsive-design/

 

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