Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: Yes, it’s safe, it’s very safe, it’s so safe you wouldn’t believe it.
Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: No. It’s not safe, it’s… very dangerous, be careful. —Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman in “Marathon Man”
Upfront, you need to know: You’re not safe; you’re not secure. Running a website is an inherently insecure operation. However, you can radically reduce your risk.
Much has been written about web and WordPress security. If you’re responsible for a website and have read none of it, your site is probably insecure. It’ll stay that way until you take your security responsibilities seriously.
Rather than repeat the volumes of excellent advice, we’ll link to some of the best sources, and briefly recap the basics. The following is (as is often the case at Transom) WordPress-centric. More…
Website owners often go WordPress plugin crazy. Plugins do so much, so quickly, so easily — from adding image galleries to keeping your site more secure. But plugins can cause WordPress woes: different plugs may not play well together, or, when not updated, may behave weirdly with recent WordPress versions.
So how do you know if a plugin is A-OK or D.O.A.? Glad you asked. When evaluating a WordPress plugin, Transom poses these questions: More…
Like buildings and bathrooms, websites should be built so everyone can enter. You’d think civic-minded public media orgs would lead in web accessibility. Instead, many barely follow the guidelines. More…
The Delicious Playtagger seems to be gone, for now, maybe forever– possibly due to Yahoo! revisions to the Delicious service. Here’s a quick fix (version 0.1; check back: will write a better one later): playtagger_mod.zip
To get ‘er goin’:
Unzip playtagger_mod.zip and upload to your site the folder: playtagger_mod
In the file: playtagger_mod.js.
Change the variable at the top: playtagger_url.
to the URL of your uploaded /playtagger_mod folder (needs trailing “/”).
In the <head> of any files you want the Playtagger- Mod to work, place:
Password-protecting a WordPress Post/Page hides its Content and Excerpt, but not its Custom Fields: those can still show. Below are ways to hide ’em, and functions for customizing the default WP Password-Protected messages.
Password-protect a Page/Post
Setting the Visibility to Password-protected changes the:
I’m a high school computer science teacher and I often have students who want to hack on things like WordPress or other open-source projects, but they don’t see a path from where they are to that goal.
Hearing Voices uses the WPAudioPlayer plug, which, since it’s Flash, the iPhone can’t see. But iPhone Safari is HTML 5 aware, and supports mp3 play. So here’s our quick&filthy fix. In the file: /plugins/audio-player/audio-player.php, find the: function getPlayer, and w/in that the variable: $playerCode. More…